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Entries from July 19th, 2010

Jed Clampett’s Hot Rod – Las Vegas, Nevada

July 19th, 2010 by Stu

I spotted this tin can of a pick up truck in a supermarket parking lot just outside Vegas. It loosely resembles a ‘28 Ford Open Cab but I couldn’t be sure based on all the “modifications” that have been done. While this baby ain’t likely to pass inspection at the local DMV, it’s awesome in a Jed Clampett meets Chip Foose sort of way. Paint, what paint? This hillbilly hot rod is coated in a permanent shade of rust and utilizes clever accessories like a door knob shifter and a high voltage sign for a floor mat. Absolutely brilliant. I bet it’s a blast to drive.

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Featured Gallery – International Harvester Scout – 7th Ave, NYC

July 16th, 2010 by Ian

Summer in the city. Gotta love it.

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Tailfins & Dreams – Southampton, NY

July 14th, 2010 by Aaron

It’s dark, cloudy, wet and generally miserable in Manhattan right now. The humidity is bad enough to warrant carrying an extra shirt around. And yet, gazing at these photos of classic cars on a beautiful Summer day in Southampton somehow makes everything alright again. Hopefully they will add some color to your otherwise gloomy day.

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Audi R8 – East 37th St. @ 3rd Ave, NYC

July 13th, 2010 by Stu

Look closely and examine the interaction between the Ibis white Audi R8 and Chrysler 300 limousine pictured here, just where the mid town tunnels spills out into Manhattan. The best part is the dude in the limo, smiling for the camera as he passes off the bottle of bub to the people in the R8. Apparently bridge and tunnel people like to party.

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BMW Z3 Roadster – 2nd Ave & 22nd Street, NYC

July 12th, 2010 by Stu

The Z3 certainly wasn’t the most masculine car on the market when it hit showrooms in 1996. The little 2-seat roadster kicked off a successful line of entry level Z sports cars for BMW but lacked the muscular, taught surfacing of the two Z4 generations that followed (except for the M models of course). But then again, considering the decidedly female SLK that it was up against at the time, I guess BMW wasn’t only the one lacking machismo in the mid 90s. If you are a Z3 owner looking to toughen things up a bit, feel free to take a cue from this guy and add super manly blue flames to the hood.

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New Product: Smart Expressions Vehicle Personlization Program

July 9th, 2010 by Stu

While Smart certainly wasn’t the first automotive brand to usher in a sense vehicle personalization, it was definitely among the first to offer people the ability to customize their rides from the factory thanks to innovations like removable body panels. Ducati even took a page from their play book when they started offering similar packages for their bread and butter Monster line of bikes. Well, the German microcar manufacturer is at it again, this time offering fortwo shoppers/owners the ability to color match paint chips (eat your heart out Porsche) and or decorate Fortwos with a host of colorful vehicle wraps. They call the whole thing the Smart Expressions program and it starts at $1,550 for the custom paint and $1,350 for a wrap. Take your pick at the Smart USA website.

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Aston Martin Rapide – West 26th Street, NYC

July 8th, 2010 by Ian

We love spotting new product. Especially when it has an Aston Martin badge sitting pretty on the hood. Aston says the Rapide is the most elegant four-door sports car in the world and I’m not inclined to disagree with them. The 4-door super sedan is essentially a DB9 Coupe – V12 and all – that has been stretched to accommodate a set of leather-lined, hand finished rear passenger doors. The transition from coupe to sedan is the epitome of seamless and, from the side, you are hard pressed to even distinguish the lithe Rapide from its two-door DB9 sibling.

The owner must be on somebody’s A-list because the valet outside of the Fashion 26 Wyndham Hotel said the car had just 300 miles on the odo and was one of three to currently exist in the U.S. The license plate surround tells us this baby was purchased in Greenwich, at Miller Motor Cars, which is no shocker considering that the tri state area (NY-NJ-CT) represents the most, if not second or third most, important market area in the country for exotic vehicle manufacturers like Aston.

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Shades of Punch Buggy – Cusco, Peru

July 7th, 2010 by Stu

VW is currently running an ad campaign here in the U.S. that builds off of the brand’s long standing punch buggy tradition whereby one persons smacks the other when an original VW Beetle rolls by. All you do is call out the color, “punch buggy turquoise” in this case, and then give your pal/spouse/parent a good shot in the arm. It’s good clean American fun. That arm of yours would be a permanent shade of black and blue if this game were played in Cusco, the historic capital of the Inca Empire located in southeastern Peru. As one travel blogger put it, “Ever wondered why you never see a VW Beetles on the road these days? I can tell you why. Because they’re all in Peru. Every second car here is a Beetle. Pimped out, clapped out, they’re all here. The roads here are terrible, but it seems German automotive enginneering is the always the answer.” And there you have it.

Thanks for the great photos Jeff!

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Chevy Corvette: Fort Stevens State Park – Hammond, Oregon

July 2nd, 2010 by Emir

This blue beauty was one of eleven Vettes spotted in a muscle car convoy that consisted mostly of C5s and C6s. I wish they had stayed longer so I could have taken more pics of the group. As soon as I started snapping the photos, they scurried away like scared little mice. Maybe they were evading police in some sort of Gone in 60 Seconds-type boost and didn’t want my pictures to incriminate them? Hey, it could happen. The more likely scenario is that they were simply moving onto the next destination on their Corvette group rally. Can’t blame a guy for being imaginative.

Equipment used:
-Leica MP, 35mm Summilux f/1.4 ASPH loaded with Fuji Velvia 100
-Nikon D90 coupled with a basic 35mm f/1.8 for DX sensor

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Garage Queens: BMW Z8 – 57th & 11th Avenue, NYC

July 1st, 2010 by Aaron

Spotted this all-aluminum, hand-built Bavarian beauty meets 400 hp bruiser in a west side garage on 57th street and felt compelled to snap a few. It’s almost as if time has stood still for this classically designed roadster. The 507-inspired lines still ring very very true today. It’s actually hard to believe that this car has been out of production for the better part of 10 years considering how new, relevant and fresh it still appears today. The Z4 is cool and all but when will BMW’s skunk works Motorsport division bring us another roadster worthy of such praise?

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