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Entries from September 27th, 2011

Disintegrated Porsche 911 – Malibu, California

September 27th, 2011 by John

Ever wonder where neglected old Porsches go to die? If this sorry excuse for a 911 is any evidence, the posh Malibu hills are a desirable final resting place. Even the trailer sitting alongside it is completely rusted through. Animals have the ASPCA to look out for their well-being, but who is watching out for once magnificent rides like this? Where is their Sarah McLachlan? We have seen some basket cases before, but this one takes the cake.

What a waste.

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Aston Martin Vantage: NW Naito Pkwy, Portland [OR]

September 21st, 2011 by Emir

Porsche just dropped their all-new 2012 911 on us at the Frankfurt Auto Show. It’s the iconic 2+2 that’s been grabbing enthusiast hearts and minds since the 1960s. Well, unbeknownst to many, there are a few other choices when approaching this category. This handsome Aston Martin Vantage is one of them. And while it may not be as perfectly balanced a sports car as the Porsche, it does emit one hell of a throaty, high revving symphony from the slick looking tailpipes. A symphony that sounds more Italian than British. Hopefully the owner gets some good use out of that drop top before the Winter chill sets in.

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Mystery Car: Beat Up Classic MB 4×4 – Naxos, Greece

September 12th, 2011 by Stu

A member of the Man on the Move tribe spotted this interesting old mystery Benz while honeymooning in Naxos, Greece. A far cry from the plush luxury sleds coming out of Stuttgart today, the deteriorated little ute has certainly seen better days. Still, the rust and faded paint only add to the old world charm. It kinda looks like a vintage mail truck. Love the exposed horn, side exiting exhaust and what appears to be an early rendition of a clamp on hard top.

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Chevy Rat Rod Pick-Up – Kent, Connecticut

September 7th, 2011 by Stu

How can something this rough and unfinished be so utterly cool at the same time? Well, that’s the essence of a rat rod. The rougher the better. It’s precisely this “work in progress” look that defines the breed. This one appears to have started life as a late 40s early 1950s Chevy pick up whose owner placed more importance on putting it to work [function] than he did making it look “pretty” [form]. Slam the body, chop the roof and you have yourself one pretty bad ass rat rod.

There’s a reason why matte paint finishes are so hot right now people.

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Jeep Wrangler – Canaan, Massachusetts

September 6th, 2011 by Stu

It was a gloomy morning in Massachusetts. The ground was wet, the rain was intermittent, and it was uncomfortably humid outside. I was heading back to New York after a fun filled Labor Day weekend in the Berkshires. Despite the weather, I opted for the the backroad way home. You know, the route jam packed with those great winding country roads. While passing through the town of Canaan, this fluorescent orange four wheeler stood out amongst its moody backdrop. The color was certainly distinctive enough. So were the massive off road rubber, custom suspension and absurdly elevated ground clearance.

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Ornamentations: Vol. 2 – The Greyhound

September 1st, 2011 by Stu

Acrylic on canvas - 20”X 16”

Jaguar has their leaping cat, Rolls Royce their Spirit of Ecstasy and BMW their iconic blue and white roundel. In the mid 30”s, Ford favored the use of a chrome Greyhound bursting into action on their V8 Deluxe sedan and roadster. An upscale option on the car, the chrome clad doggy added new dimensions to the word style. Backing it up was a massive hunk of Detroit iron putting out 85HP (respectable for the day) and an imposing silhouette that was all business. Bank robber Clyde Barrow actually drove one of these ’34 Fords, and died in one in one too, so you know it was at least partially successful in eluding authorities via speedy getaways. Photorealist Bob Petillo says, “I was at the Lead East 50’s extravaganza last year in Parsippany, NJ last year when the chrome on the front grill and everywhere else caught my eye”

As always, amazing work Bob.

Reproductions of these and the “Ornamentations” series are also available on www.bobpetillo.com

 

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