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Entries from June 11th, 2010

Roadside Treasures – Montauk, NY

June 11th, 2010 by Stu

Montauk breeds cool when the Summer bug infects New Yorkers each year. All the pent up energy manifests itself in the way of classic pony cars, acres of chrome and magnificent tailfins. You can thank regular Man on the Move contributor Aaron Stern for the striking 35 mm snaps that so accurately capture the splendid Summer mood.

Pictures (used with permission): Aaron Stern – A Medium Format Photography

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2010 Greenwich Concours d’Elegance – Greenwich, CT

June 10th, 2010 by Ian

Another year has passed and the summer season is upon us. That means only one thing to classic car fans in the New York area…the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance is right around the corner. Well actually, it happened last weekend. But don’t you worry, we were there and brought back some pictures for you to drool over. Yes, there is no better way to wish you had more means than to go gawking at a lush green field full of seven figure vintage automobiles with names like Bugatti, Ferrari, Delahaye, Aston Martin, Talbot Lago and Maserati.

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Smart Fortwo Electric Drive – Old Fulton Street, (DUMBO) Brooklyn

June 9th, 2010 by Stu

SmartUSA invited us Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass to drive some early prototype versions of their Fortwo EV due out in January 2012. Outside of the pleasing electric whine coming from the motor positioned behind you, the little Fortwo Electric Drive performs much in the same darty, well-planted way that the gasoline version does despite the additional 308 pounds brought on by the batteries. And much like the gasoline version, people ooh and ahh at every intersection, red light, and attempt to park the little bugger. The green wheels and massive “Electric Drive” sticker weren’t exactly helping us fly below the radar.

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BMW 2002 – Holt Ave, Los Angeles

June 8th, 2010 by Nick

Nothing wrong with a custom 2002. Blah blah blah stock this stock that blah blah. Sometimes you gotta just do what you want to make the car your own. This thing has been pushed and pulled to fit into the owner’s mold of his ideal car and he couldn’t be happier. No, I’m not making assumptions that the driver is, in fact, a he. He happened to come out of his house while I was visually molesting his car with my iPhone. Bobby doesn’t care about resale value or keeping a binder stocked full of original receipts and bills of sales, he claims that got thrown out at least five owners ago. He’s in this to “drive this thing into the ground.” He loves it and so do I. Keep on truckin’, Bobby.

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Fine Lines: Aston Martin DB4 Convertible | Swaine Adeney Brigg Umbrella

June 7th, 2010 by Ian

There is obviously more than one way to protect yourself from the elements, but we’re not here to discuss disposable ponchos. Being that rainy days are about as British as Queen Mary and bad teeth, some talented blokes came up with a classy solution to all the rainfall a long time ago. Namely, keeping dry under the finest of materials. Of course, we’re talking about the Aston Martin DB4 Convertible and the Swaine Adeney Brigg umbrella. Both issued royal warrants for supplying the royal family and both were sported by the likes of 007.

The Aston Martin DB4 Convertible was unveiled in 1962 and is definitely among the sexier ways to keep the rain out. The lightweight, Superleggera body was designed by Milanese coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Touring. Leave it the Italians to design Britain’s sexiest car, and form the basis for all future Aston Martin classics.  Beautiful and rare, just 70 convertible examples were known to have been built out of the roughly 1,110 DB4s produced.

You may not think you know Swaine Adeney Brigg, but perhaps the most famous hat in show business, the one worn by Indiana Jones throughout the film series, was crafted by the famed British company.  Formed in 1943 when Swaine Adeney joined forces with Thomas Brigg and Sons, Swaine Adeney was origninally a maker of fine leather whips and later luggage.  The company went on to specialize in the finest of walking sticks and umbrellas. The wide variety of hand woven silk cloth and luxurious handle materials makes them the choice of any true dandy.

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The A-Team Van: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre – Hollywood, CA

June 3rd, 2010 by Stu

Our good pal Matt spotted this infamous GMC van outside the Chinese theater on Hollywood & Orange Blvd. I know what you’re thinking, and no, Mr T is not running errands around town with this thing. Instead, the van was brought out of the archives for the A-Team movie premiere scheduled to take place later today at that very theater. Interestingly, we featured this van not too long ago when Tony Hawk crossed into Time Square with it upon completing the Gumball 3000. I’m no PR expert or anything, but perhaps using the van was a promotional stunt to build interest in the movie?

I pity the fool that actually goes to see this movie…

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Toyota Land Cruiser LWB – Wilshire Blvd (Koreatown), LA

June 2nd, 2010 by Nick

You asked for it! That’s what I whispered to this long-wheel base Toyota Land Cruiser diesel as I snuck up on it in a seemingly deserted parking structure. I mean, c’mon, what car isn’t begging to be photographed when perfectly back into a parking spot on the ground floor of a Koreatown lot while all the rest of the poor saps are at work? Before they were bulbous, available in colors they should never be available in and came standard with a multi-disc changer and iPod adapter, the Land Cruiser was a badass piece of Japanese off-road machinery. Standing the test of time, this beast is still more than capable of handling the rocky terrain of the foothills or the treacherous streets of Miracle Mile.  No matter what, Toyota, both then and now, got that two-tone thing down pat with that unmistakable crisp roof.

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International Harvester Scout II – NW 18th & Johnson, Portland (OR)

June 1st, 2010 by Emir

I don’t know too much about these little utes but their muscular looks, short-wheel-base, huge tires and questionable ride quality have always fascinated me. Of course, I would always feel more comfortable around a Defender, Wrangler or a Gelaendwagen. Their lean aesthetic and purposeful/functional design epitomize off-road vehicles as far as I’m concerned. But in spite of their misleading design (muscular off-road vehicle with a few soft curves), I’m sure these Scouts have something to say. Like a small dump truck that’s being forced into a car body…

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