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Entries from September 15th, 2010

Garage Queens: Ferrari F430 Spyder – East 54th St., NYC

September 15th, 2010 by Stu

This isn’t the first time a prancing horse has nestled its way into the primo parking space you see here. A silver 612 Scaglietti usually occupies the spot. Perhaps the owner traded the nose heavy V12 Scaglietti in for this sportier, mid engine V8 Spyder. Or maybe he owns them both and was feeling a little saucy today, what with the nice weather and all. Or maybe it’s a different owner altogether and parking lot management simply makes a habit of putting the good stuff out front. Either way, we say thanks for positioning the car just prominently enough for all of us to drool over on our way to work each morning.

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G.I. Joe’s Ducati Supersport: NW Marshall & NW 18th – Portland, OR

September 14th, 2010 by Emir

I happen to live near Icon Motorcycle Gear HQ here in Portland. Needless to say, their employee parking lot is often filled with cool rides like this one… a 1990s Ducati Supersport customized to the owner’s G.I. Joe specifications. Despite the fact that a Ducati would make for a terrible military vehicle, this one is pretty gnarly looking.

Enjoy!

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Roadside Treasures Overload: Summer 2010 Closer – The Hamptons

September 9th, 2010 by Aaron

Sadly for beach goers, fall’s cool breeze is beginning to show itself more and more as Summer draws to a close. But the temperature, however crisp, is still prime for many a classic car jaunt in South, East, West and any other Hampton you can think of.  I caught a big batch of these Hampton cruisers over the last few weeks to close out the summer in style.

Enjoy!

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Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé – W55th Street, NYC

September 8th, 2010 by Stu

As I watched curiously at the endless flow of slack-jawed mid-town tourists pointing and oohing and snapping camera phone pictures, it became immediately apparent that you don’t have to be an enthusiast to know you’re in the presence of automotive greatness. Say hello to the Phantom Drophead Coupe, a hand-built, $443,000, 5,886 pound, 18.4 foot tribute to all that is holy in the world of luxury motoring. Just like the 4-door Phantom, Drophead Coupé combines features of the luxuriant 1930s Art Deco with cold 21st century. The eye-catching stainless steel bonnet shields a massive 6.7L V12 capable of propelling the marine-nautical themed land yacht to 60 MPH in a mere 5.6 seconds. Top speed is governed at 150 MPH, which is not really an issue considering how good this thing looks while moving slowly.

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Model T Rally: Going-to-the-Sun Rd – West Glacier, Montana

September 7th, 2010 by Austin

Pictured here, a crowning achievement of the human race pitted against the sheer magnitude of planet earth. Yes, the Model T is a monumentally significant innovation that not only put middle America on wheels but also revolutionized the manufacturing and marketing of mass market products for the century to follow. While other automakers were hand-building in the dozens per month volume range, Ford was cranking out a model T every 93 minutes. Not bad for a farm boy from Detroit. But in the grand scheme of it all, the car and newfound sense of industry that it catalyzed, are mere blips in earth’s infinitely chaptered log book. The mountains of Glacier National Park, for instance, were formed 170 million years by huge glaciers of the last ice age. The bedding structures of these rock formations are believed to be the remains of the earliest identified animal life on Earth. To put it bluntly, we are merely visiting here.

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Chevy Impala: Route 48 – Greenport, NY

September 3rd, 2010 by Stu

Our new friend, pro snapper and Man on the Move contributor Dimitris took a late afternoon cruise to Greenport with his wife last weekend and, while the sun was setting ever so brilliantly on the North Fork of Long Island, pulled over at this choice spot along Route 48 to take it all in. Lucky for us, this handsome ‘65 Impala was there to greet him. Get your fill of these sun-drenched images because big Earl is headed this way.

Have a great weekend!

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Central States Region Ferrari Club – Gingerman Raceway: South Haven, MI

September 2nd, 2010 by Stu

While I was in Carlisle drooling over vintage Corvettes last weekend, our new Mid West contributor Tad was watching lucky Ferrari club members fling their rides around Gingerman Raceway in South Haven. There was even a new 458 Italia there to keep everyone honest. Sadly, the local track day event put on by the Central States Region Ferrari Club came to an early close when a participating Chaparral blew a seal and spewed 100 oil all over the track. I guess that’s what happens when you allow non Ferraris into a Ferrari event (kidding kidding).

Thanks Tad.

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Corvettes at Carlisle – Carlisle, Pennsylvania

September 1st, 2010 by Stu

A while back I did a few posts about my father’s quest for the vintage Jaguar of his dreams. From the many shows and renowned restoration shops we visited, I learned a heap about early XK cars like the 120 and E-Type. Fast forward to the present, where dad has substituted classic American muscle cars in where the gentlemanly British roadsters used to be. We’re now focused on finding a big block C2 Corvette with Knock-off Kelsey-Hayes wheels and side pipes loud enough to irritate the neighbors a little bit. So we did what any other sane person with Vettes on the brain would do…headed to Carlisle to check out the Corvette show of Corvette shows, soak up a little brand culture, learn more about collectable big blocks and perhaps score ourselves a new (well, new to us) Corvette.

Driving through the downtown area surrounding the fairgrounds was surreal. There were Corvettes absolutely everywhere. New ones, old ones, nice ones, ratty ones…there were all kinds. The beautiful Summer afternoon was filled with car talk amongst friends and screaming V8 engines being tested on the dynamometer. Bright eyed locals lined the sidewalks, watching and pointing as all the Vettes rumbled by in every color imaginable. There was even a parade on Saturday to honor legendary racer John Fitch, who in 1960 co-drove the first Corvette, the #3 Briggs Cunningham car, to ever capture a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Some of the more entrepreneurial townies who resided near the fairgrounds turned their driveways and backyards into paid parking lots and spent the weekend enthusiastically waving people in. The fact that they did this shirtless, beer in hand made it all that much more enjoyable.

See how we made out with a classic Vette and check out the many sights and sounds from the show after the jump. And if you really want to laugh, get a load of our Corvettes at Carlisle featured gallery with more cheeky vanity plates than you can shake a stick at.

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