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Entries from August 31st, 2011

Sights & Sounds – A Traffic Sampling in Sacramento

August 31st, 2011 by Andre

The everyday stream of traffic in Sacramento is pretty exciting. Sure, New York has its share of neck snapping rides. But it’s just another situation entirely on the left coast. Cool rides are f#cking everywhere. Rides with character. Hot rods, supercars, choppers, vintage treasures…the list goes on. Sacramento, versus LA or Vegas for instance, is more down to earth. Less flash. More old stuff. Like the Ford Model A rod [above] spotted on Front street, just next to the Sacramento River and close to the historic Tower Bridge and Old Sacramento. Or the cherry red GT350 pictured after the jump. Even the city firetrucks are photogenic.

Classic cool.

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Armored & Absurd Ford Excursion – Hollywood, Florida

August 29th, 2011 by Stu

These armored vehicle sightings are too much fun. And not just because of how unbelievably ridiculous they look parked among Toyota Corollas and other plebeian methods of civilian transport. This particular rig, which appears to be right off the set of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, seems to be loosely based off of a late model Ford Excursion or heavy duty Ford pickup. As if the Excursion didn’t already carry a large footprint at ~ 19 feet, the owner made sure there was plenty of extra room for his entourage of bodyguards by adding an additional set of doors. I have no idea what the well-to-do owner does for a living to warrant such extreme protection measures, but apparently threat levels were low enough for a quick stop at the strip mall in Hollywood. I guess Target and WalMart are neutral ground for people with dubious intentions.

Thanks for the snaps Steve!

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Glass Truck – Chiang Mai, Thailand

August 24th, 2011 by Aaron

Utility, the common known descriptor used to quantify the relative satisfaction received from consuming a particular good or service. When it comes to things on wheels, the term applies directly to clever use of space. Another way of putting it…how can I extract the maximum amount usefulness from the vehicle’s interior. People usually go right to SUVs, Trucks, Station Wagons, and Minivans, but that’s not to say clever use of space is not important for sedans or other body configurations. This interesting little hauler, spotted in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is glass heavy with minimal sheet metal. Vehicle height supersedes the small footprint in achieving a spacious cabin. With the rear bench folded down, one could seemingly move out of a small apartment with all the cubic feet of storage space on reserve. Check out the zig zag step ladder and massive greenhouse in the rear. It’s far out in a far east sort of way. All I can think about is the crazy amount of broken glass splashing rear occupants in the event of a side impact. Let’s hope it’s plexiglass for their sake.


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Volvo P1800S – NW 19th and Irving, Portland, OR

August 18th, 2011 by Emir

Not our first P1800 sighting in Portland, but nonetheless a beautiful find.

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The Allure of the Automobile – Portland Art Museum

August 10th, 2011 by Emir

Looking for something fun to do in the Portland area? Not anymore you’re not. Running through September 11th, The Allure of the Automobile is showcasing 16 of the world’s most luxurious, rare, and brilliantly conceived automobiles designed between 1930 and the mid-1960s. From the avant garde 1937 Hispano-Suiza owned by French apéritif baron André Dubonnet to the ’57 Jaguar XK-SS Roadster once owned by Hollywood legend Steve McQueen, the exhibition traces the evolution of the motorcar, showcasing developments in automotive design and engineering.

How does that old saying go? The one about not makin ‘em like they used to.





 


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Ferrari 612 Scaglietti – SW Lower Boons Ferry, Tualatin [OR]

August 5th, 2011 by Emir

Spotted this elegant 612 Scaglietti in a Whole Foods parking lot of all places. So, while the owner shopped for organic peanut butter inside, I fired off a few rounds for your viewing pleasure. Despite its seemingly fresh looks, the 612 has actually been retired from the line up. The new prancing horse flagship, known as FF, has taken the top spot from 612. The FF stands for four seats and four wheel drive, a drastic departure from the elegant grand touring machine pictured here. Progress…go figure

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Hamptons Car Spotting – Southampton, NY

August 4th, 2011 by John

It never ceases to amaze me, the Hamptons that it. Within 5 minutes of heading into town to grab a cup of morning joe, I spot a Cobra, Diablo and other assorted treasures pictured after the jump.

You’ve got to love the Summer.

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Mid Town TV Shoot – West 54th Street, NYC

August 1st, 2011 by Stu

I looked out from the window of my cab as it strolled west on 54th street. The sun was shining and people  seemed to be enjoying the Summer slumber. Out of no where, the stretch of pavement between 6th Avenue & Broadway is flanked by acres of classic sheet metal. There were Studebaker pick up trucks, Checker taxi cabs and countless other charming American oldies lining the largely commercial section of the street. The whole thing was kind of trippy, as if I had stumbled into a city block frozen in time. Of course, any New Yorker worth his salt will instantly recognize the scene as being part of a TV or Movie shoot. This time around, the throwback rides were being used in filming a new ABC show called Pan Am.

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