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Entries from January 31st, 2011

Deep Thoughts: Looking Back on a Vintage Cougar Brochure

January 31st, 2011 by Stu

Somehow I feel dirty while thumbing through this brochure for the 1970 Mercury Cougar. Like I had been to an all day running of Ron Jeremy’s greatest hits or something. The ad agency that designed these books must have used the same cast, and definitely a few of the same props. For those of you who may have missed this one, it also says “Ready for Action” on the front cover. Also, if you happen to forget what animal the now defunct Mercury pays homage to, there are several shots of a real Cougar there to remind you. I like the big cat in the image below, almost as if the seductive-looking blonde woman is holding back the vehicle’s sheer power with that chain.

Anyone in the mood to watch Thundercats?

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BMW M5 – Pasadena Freeway, Los Angeles

January 27th, 2011 by Stu

Our dear friend, fellow blogger and purveyor of all things cool Nick Maggio recently ran a post on his blog about this utterly amazing ’88 E28 M5, the first of just 30 black on blacks to be imported to these shores. Nick was good enough to reserve a few choice pics from his shoot for all you loyal Man on the Move fans out there. So, without further ado, have a gander at these glorious pics of a car that was labeled the fastest sedan in the world when it debuted, in Amsterdam of all places, way back in 1984. Not only are these E28 M5s among the rarest BMWs ever made, they were built largely by hand.

Thanks Nick!

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Under the Hood: Mark Oldman

January 26th, 2011 by Ian

Pictured: Anti-snob wine expert and acclaimed writer Mark Oldman, standing proudly with his ’07 Parnelli Jones Mustang.

It was one of those random NYC moments.  I happen to be crossing the street when I heard the roar of something otherworldly.  I turned my head and caught the glimpse of what seemed to be a NYC taxi on steroids.  As this bright orange blur inched closer I decided to raise my arm up and try to hail it down. To my surprise the man behind the wheel pulled over to me and rolled down his window.  “Hey what’s up?,” he said. My response, “what the hell is this thing, I heard you from 2 blocks away?”  Then the light turned green, and it was time to move. ”my name is Mark Oldman,” he screamed over first gear and then chirped through the light. Shit, I missed the shot..so I went home and googled Mark Oldman.

It turns out that Mark Oldman is one of the country’s leading wine personalities. Seriously, the guy is way into grapes…lead judge on the PBS series “The Winemakers,” a regular on Martha Stewart Radio’s “Living Today, and the wine guru for “Everyday with Rachel Ray.”  He also leads wine lectures and courses all over the country, including the Aspen Food and Wine Classic, and the South Beach Food Network Wine and Food Festival.  Oh, I forgot to mention the 5 incredibly successful wine books he’s written..including his most recent release “Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine.”

Putting aside all these accolades and accomplishments, Oldman happens to be one of the nicest, most down to earth guys around.  I exchanged a few emails with him, and the next day I was sitting shotgun in his bad ass 400 HP Parnelli Jones Edition-Mustang. Oldman lovingly refers to it as “El Tigre.” The “Grabber Orange” paint and matte black details stick out like a sore thumb amongst all the yuppified Range Rovers and BMW’s stacked 5-deep in the garage. Yet, this is the kind of sore thumb you want, the kind that grins at you and says “saddle up partner, we got some fast driving to do.”

This model was named after the legendary racer Parnelli Jones, and his autograph is on the dash to prove it.  The power, color, and form of this beast pay homage to Jones’ 1970 Boss 302 Mustang, which ruled the SCCA Trans AM Series in the early seventies.  “El Tigre” is #480 of only 500 produced, with #001 belonging to Parnelli Jones himself.  This car has all the retro-muscle details you want and expect.  The matte black shaker protrudes from the hood to swallow some high pressure air, while the hood pins make sure that hood stays put; side note: they look tough as hell. The jet black louvers that cover the rear window ensure poor visibility for the driver, but also scare the shit out of any would–be tailgaters.

After our ride, Oldman was kind enough to invite me into his new apartment to check out some of his wine, and art collection.  And this is only the wine that he keeps at home, there’s a storage facility down the block for the real collection.  I also got to see the office where these books are crafted.  He only moved in four months ago, and he’s been on a book tour..so give the guy a break about the mess and lack of furniture.  Most importantly his car is in the garage below, there’s plenty of wine in the fridge, and there’s art on the walls.  We don’t feel so bad..

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Big M Auto Dismantlers at Twilight – Williams, California

January 25th, 2011 by Stu

If Tim Burton changed careers tomorrow and became an automotive photographer, his creepily captivating snaps might look something like this. “I shoot abandoned places and junkyards by the light of the full moon and use flashes and flashlights to light the scene during the time exposures. I’m capturing these haunting, off limits places using techniques that enhance their surreal nature”, says Troy Paiva, an acclaimed night photographer whose surreal imagery has been written about and shown in galleries and museums all over the US. “Wandering around in a high desert junkyard, by yourself, in the middle of the night is a strange thing to do, and this work reflects that strangeness” Yes, it’s pretty bizarre to hang out in creepy old junk yards at 2am, but then again, amazing work doesn’t come from obvious places. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Troy’s work…these goose-bump-inducing photos are not Photoshop creations. Some minor digital adjustments were made to a few of the photographs (multi-exposure compositing, contrast adjustments and minor cloning), but the lighting FX and color are all done “in-camera”.

Pictured here, ‘The Big M’ Auto Dismantler Yard in Williams, California. It specializes in 1950’s Mercurys, but the grounds iare also packed with big finned Chryslers, DeSotos, Dodges, Fords and rare late ‘50s GM cars. Troy says this collection, combined with an owner sympathetic to night photography weirdos, makes for a dream location.

“Exploring these kinds of places is just something I’ve always done.  I’ve always been a car guy and attracted to junkyards.  Once I discovered the idea of night photography back in ’89, I immediately saw it as a way to document them.  I love the solitude and quietness that the remote locations and the cover of night provides.  The act of night photography is a very zen, meditative process anyway, but adding these kinds of evocative locations to the equation pushes it to a whole new level.”

Rock on Troy. We look forward to showcasing more of your amazing art in the future.

These images were shot during the April, May, July, September 2009 and february 2010 full moon phases. Source: ©Troy Paiva / Lost America (images used with permission)

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2011 NY Motorcycle Show – Jacob Javits Convention Center, NYC

January 23rd, 2011 by Stu

While they may not be the stereotypical maniacs pictured in old movies, bikers are definitely a charismatic bunch. So while we really enjoyed scouring the show floor for the tasty array of shots you see below, we found an insane level of pleasure chronicling the many biker groups representing proudly with their own brand of bitchin leather vests. In fact, we made an entire gallery out of it.

You’ve got to see this to believe it.

Other sites worth seeing included BMW’s all-new, thoroughly road worthy K1600 line, the brand’s newest six-cylinder flagship designed to take Honda’s Goldwing on in a head to head battle for long distance cruising rights. It’s insanely advanced to say the least, as evidenced by the in dash navigation lighting up the drivers line of sight. There was also a fair amount of custom metal taking up floor space thanks to Progressive’s Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show,where professional and amateur custom builders of choppers, cruisers and sportbikes enter their bikes into the competition and judge each other’s work. Our favorite was easily the chromed out bobber you see just below these words. Simply stunning.

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Reflections of America Series: Volume 8 – Frankie’s Root Beer

January 20th, 2011 by Stu

Acrylics on Canvas – 36” X 27”

Here is another stunning piece of photorealist car porn from our talented friend Bob Petillo. This week’s painting features an outrageous ‘37 Olds with an American icon reflected in its front fender and shining chrome bumper, complete with roller skates and a short order cook. Can you find the kegs of root beer? Here’s what Bob had to say on the matter…

“I was in Ohio on my way to a car show and came across this place. The ‘37 Olds was there looking mighty photogenic. It was as if my camera started beeping and flashing and sending up flairs. Photo Moment! Photo Moment! A few minutes later, I had everything I needed to put this painting together and make it look as real as a photo. The actual painting process took a little longer than most of the others, but I think I caught a very nostalgic image of Americana. If you look deep into the reflection, you’ll find a few more extras…like my Dad’s ’68 Buick Electra and a few fries on the ground for the birds.”

For those interested, Bob offers limited edition reproductions of the Reflections of America series on his website.

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Land Rover Station Wagon – NW Westover & NW Arlborough Ave, Portland, OR

January 19th, 2011 by Emir

In response to the venerable Range Rovers lining the streets of NYC, here is a more spartan cousin from the same family. Even though it was green (and not yellow) I still could not stop thinking about those awesome Camel Trophy rallies of the past. Enjoy

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Man on the Move is Experiencing Technical Difficulties…We Swear!

January 19th, 2011 by Stu

From Choppers in Brooklyn to moto rickshaws in Tanzania, we do out darndest to bring you something special to gaze upon each day. So you can imagine how embarassed we are about the lack of posts so far this week. Not to be cliche or anything, but we are experiencing technical difficulties beyond this car blogger’s limited frame of reference.

We thank you for your patience and, don’t worry, Man on the Move isn’t going anywhere.

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Motown 2011 Edition: Sights and Sounds From Cobo

January 13th, 2011 by Stu

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Motown 2011 Edition: Lambo’s Devilish Auto Show Opener

January 11th, 2011 by Stu

Pictured: Lamborghini R&D Chief Maurizio Reggiani and CEO Stephan Winkelmann, speaking about Murcielago’s successor during a special press conference on Sunday night in Detroit.

It’s that glorious time of year again when 700,000+ shivering car fans get together under one gigantic roof in downtown Detroit to talk about, look about and think about 2011’s latest round of sheet metal. That’s right folks…it’s Detroit Auto Show time.

Let’s kick it off sexy style with a little opener Lamborghini was kind enough to invite us to on Sunday night. They brought a special, lightweight Superlegerra version of their infamous Gallardo to the party, and despite the fact that all of the execs from Lambo were clad in designer wares, I can honestly say the mid engine matador was the best dressed Italian in the room.

The evening was dedicated to teasing the next generation Murcielago, the brand’s current $450K V12 flagship. We didn’t get much in the way of visuals and details (there was a short video), but here is what we learned. Contrary to web chatter, the car will actually be named 834 and not Aventador. All the stuff you drooled over as a young kid, and full grown adult in my case, will still be present. That means Lambo style scissor doors, gaping air intakes and a bohemouth V12 powerplant that Lambo tells us will put an incredible 700 HP to all four wheels.

Enjoy the car porn below and stay tuned for more from Man on the Move coverage from COBO hall

[Pictures courtesy of Man on the Move correspondent Dave Pinter]

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