No where in the world will you ever find such a diverse representation of automotive street culture than you will in and around LA county. One minute you are gazing upon a choice Ferrari F430 Scuderia Spyder (below) at the valet and the next minute it’s super customized classics and rough & tumble CJs rolling past on Wilshire. The action just keeps on coming and there is no shortage of characters behind the wheel. I certainly got my fill of these awesome rides and LA car culture while I was in town last weekend. We hung out in Culver City and downtown LA for a couple of days and then headed to Bacara (parking lot above) for some much needed R&R and local Santa Barbara wine tasting.
Pictures are a mix of Blackberry and SLR shots taken throughout the weekend.
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How freekin cool is this ‘ 63 2-door woody wagon from the now defunct Morris Motor Company. I spotted the cheeky British shaggin wagon on my way into Santa Barbara for a bit of wine tasting. It was parked prominently out front of a local gas station, looking good as the day it was sold. The best part…it’s a 2-owner car since new and is for sale for just under $15k. It was restored 6 years ago, but it’s not clear if the claimed 23,000 miles are “from new” or racked up since the restoration. Either way, $15k seems pretty reasonable for something as thoroughly cool as this. In case you were wondering, this is the model that inspired the modern day Mini Clubman, an XL version of the Mini Cooper.
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It’s pretty common knowledge….race cars are for the track and street cars are for the street. Apparently the owner of this aerodynamically advanced, oddly proportioned, late-model racer was out sick the day they taught the rest of us that in school. I have absolutely no clue what type of race car this is so feel free to weigh in below. All I know is that its slippery body appears ahead of its time, as if designed by one of the modern day X-Prize teams striving for maximum efficiency.
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Corrigan’s is a well known joint among Hamptonians with a penchant for fast automobiles. No matter the obscure make or model, they can bring it back to life without much issue. The shop is moments away from what used to be Bridgehampton Raceway, now a fancy shamncy country club, so you can imagine the iconic moments in racing history and famous racing affiliations ingrained into its provenance. But after a brief visit a couple of weeks back, it seems the shop’s actual appearance doesn’t quite live up to the grand reputation that precedes it. There are beaten up, eroding classics as far as the eye can see, many of which have become one with the earth, sprouting vines and other greenery through their grilles and up into their undercarriage. I guess the owner is too busy fixing cars people care about to tend to these forgotten classics. Maybe he can market a new kind of mulch once they are done rotting.
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I stumbled upon this work in progress while investigating Corrigan’s Service Station in Brideghampton. I probably shouldn’t have lifted the tarp, but what fun would that be? Previous mystery rides have been way to easy for you. Hopefully this shot is a bit tougher. So, what do we have here? please weigh in after the jump and stay tuned for the full tour of Corrigan’s garage..
I like to think that I take good pictures. Hell, sometimes I think I take great pictures. But then you stumble onto a guy like Benjamin Boerum and you are quickly humbled. The Brooklyn native has made it a point to witness at least one American Le Mans Series race each season…
“Friends and I lean on being present at the bigger American sports car events where either Audi or Peugeot make the trip across the Atlantic to compete. This year we headed to Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans, a 1,000 mile or 10 hour (whichever comes first) endurance race. We were 3 of the 124,000 people watching Audi’s and Peugeot’s big, diesel-powered prototypes duke it out on the beautiful, 2.54mi, 12 turn circuit in the rolling hills of Braselton, GA. I attend to document these record-breaking, engineering marvels, which in the future, will be viewed as the Jaguar D-Types, Ford GT40s, and Porsche 917s of their day.”
Source: Benjamin Boerum Photography (images used with permission)
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Based on the sublime weather we enjoyed Sunday, it’s clear the gods love cars as much as we do. Yes, the sun was shining, the temperature was a comfortable 68 and there were heavenly rides as far as the eye could see. Old ones, new ones, British ones, Italian ones, American ones, pre-war ones…well, you get the picture. The gathering of precious metal from around the world represented perhaps the best showing yet (150 cars) for the 7th annual Scarsdale Concours d’Elegance, which is held smack dab in the middle of downtown Scarsdale each year. The show was started by a couple of Scarsdale car-loving high school kids (Evan Cygler and Dennis O’Leary) back in ’03 as a means of getting a lot of great cars in the same place at the same time. Among the entrants, a positively gorgeous 1928 Vauxhall Hurlingham Speedster that nabbed best of show honors. Also of note, a seriously pink Lamborghini Espada, Pininfarina-bodied Corvette and flock of massive Cadillac tail fins from a time luxury cars were long than many of todays small yachts.
Co-founder Evan Cygler was good enough to invite Man on the Move to participate in the judging, which allowed yours truly to wear a cool red “Judge” ribbon and equally cool red tie. The rules and judging standards were quite relaxed compared to most of the stuffy concours shows of the Pebble Beach variety, but we had a great time picking our favorites for categories like Best Super Car, Best Muscle Car and Most Outstanding Coachwork. The show has been pretty well received over the years. So much so, that the town of Scarsdale will officially take over its operation moving forward so that young Evan can focus on his career now that he is out of college.
Go get ’em Evan!
Check out all the sights from the show after the jump and in our 2010 Scarsdale Concours d’Elegance featured gallery
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Another amazing work from our friend Bob Petillo, this time using a beautiful BMW Z8 in SOHO as his subject. Painted in Photorealism, this 48″ x 32″ Acrylic on canvas painting sits in the private collection of Jacqueline Lefrak, New York City. Here’s a little more from Bob on the project…
About Photorealism: The man who gave us the name “Photorealism” is the New York City gallery owner and art agent Louis K. Meisel, who has published various books about Photorealism as a valid modern art genre. Photo-realism is a name given to the art of making a painting look like a picture taken with a camera. In other words, the sparkles on the cars I paint pictures of will show prisms and glares very much like those created by light through a camera lens.
About “Tenement“: A friend and I decided to spend a day visiting some Soho galleries of New York City. Parking a few blocks away, the walk there revealed this amazing reflection in the hood of a BMW Z8. WOW!
I took a few pictures, then a few more, and even more stepping back further and further almost falling into an open sidewalk stairwell. Good thing I was with someone. Had she not yelled “Bob!” it might have been my last picture, last thought, last moment. Instead it was a beginning. Having already painted “Red, White and Blue”, this image inspired a whole new series. While painting it, I thought about the scene. An economic upgrade to that part of New York City in this decade would see a BMW parked across the street from a renovated apartment building, now a high end, upscale condo. Hey, it’s walking distance from Soho, a major world cultural center, reflecting modern America. It’s a “Reflection of America” perhaps to be more appropriately rendered as reflections in American classic cars…but that’s a whole other story and painting.
Traveling through Italy on a recent business trip, I had expected to see all manor of exotic sports cars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati. But it quickly became apparent that my thinking was that of a wishful, wide-eyed tourist and all those articles I had read on issues plaguing urban mobility and Europe’s small streets and even smaller modes of transport were totally accurate. Hell, you could probably fit 5 Italian streets across the width of Sixth Avenue (okay maybe not, but you get the point). Another truth about small cars in Europe…people actually like them. Everywhere I looked, there was a small car of some sort – fancy ones, purposeful ones, classic ones and racy ones. I got back on the plane desperately wanting to park myself in an Alfa Giulietta or Fiat 500. Hopefully my fellow Americans will get the small car memo once much improved, and drastically more exciting, new compact products like 2012 Ford Focus hit our shores.
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