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Entries from November 29th, 2012

Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce: SW Alder & 16th – Portland

November 29th, 2012 by Emir

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Franschhoek Motor Museum: Western Cape – South Africa

November 27th, 2012 by Stu

Tucked away amid countless wine farms and sprawling green pastures in the quaint South African town of Franschhoek is a world class museum boasting some 220 vehicles that span more than a century of manufacture. The prized collection, started in the mid 70s by the late Dr Anton Rupert, is quite easy to miss but well worth searching for along the dusty country road to which it’s situated. Among the many jewels are some seriously rare breeds of road car, race car, and cycle [motorized and otherwise]. All of the major nations are represented, and all of the marquee brands are present and accounted for. From a pre-war Isotta Fraschini to a luscious Jaguar D-Type to an utterly exotic McLaren F1, this tribute to 2 and 4-wheeled enthusiasm will easily swallow 4 hours of your day. Even better, you can do it with a glass of fine South African vino in your hand. What could be better than that?

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Man on the Move In Africa: Bo-Kaap Township, Cape Town

November 21st, 2012 by Stu

If the hilly streets of San Francisco and Cuba’s colorful narration got together, Bo-Kaap might be the result. Of course, we managed to find a handful of charming 4-wheeled finds in this historical and multicultural township perched high on the slopes of Signal Hill just above Cape Town’s city center. Known for its predominantly Islamic community, cobble stoned streets and vibrantly-colored homes, the neighborhood is choc full of visual splendor and automotive character. Spots included a rad Tdi Defender pick-up (above), non-US VW Scirocco, and Peugeot 404, among others.

More to come as Man on the Move continues to keep it real in Africa.

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Pontiac GTO: E38th & Chicago – Minneapolis, MN

November 18th, 2012 by Emir

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Man on the Move in Africa: Cape Town Sights & Sounds

November 14th, 2012 by Stu

Within the first 15 minutes exploring beautiful Cape Town, we run into a smattering of awesome two-wheelers and what is perhaps the coolest auto rental facility on the planet. Cape Cobra Hire rents, well you might have already guessed it, Cobras. Not real Cobras of course, that would be sheer lunacy. Instead, renters must make due with super cool Backdraft Racing replicas. The ones I saw on site had small block V8s with about 350 HP. Here’s the best part…the day rate works out about $180 per day once you convert to US dollars. Back home, I’m not even sure that kind of money would get me a subcompact from Avis.

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Ferrari 599 Fiorano: SW Alder & 16th, Portland

November 13th, 2012 by Emir

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Fight Night: Ford Mustang vs Hurricane Sandy – Teaneck, NJ

November 8th, 2012 by Stu

Guess who won?

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Motto Guzzi 1000S: MCAD campus – Minneapolis, MN

November 6th, 2012 by Emir

Man are these things cool.

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage – Lexington Ave, NYC

November 5th, 2012 by Stu

Hot rod. Yes, hot rod. You know the species well. Iconic American nomenclatures like Hemi and Big Block and Yenko come to mind. But exotic british sports cars? They’re certainly no slouches in the speed and handling department but to call them a hot rod…is that kosher? When it comes to vehicles like the Aston Martin Vantage V12, you bet your ass it is. We’re talking about a Porsche 911-sized footprint that has literally been stuffed like a sausage with V12 power from big brother DBS. The result is a well-heeled beast with one hell of a mill under its carbon fiber-encrusted hood.

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Audi R8 GT – La Jolla, California

November 2nd, 2012 by Stu

The first thing that came to my mind when this lightweight Audi R8 GT Coupe pulled into the car wash didn’t revolve around beauty or speed or exclusivity [333 exist worldwide]. Not even the $200K+ price tag floated through my subconscious. Rather, I found myself wondering how Audi recommended cleaning the Suzuka Gray Matte finish covering this R8’s sleek aluminum shell. A similarly garbed version of the BMW M3 [Frozen Grey Coupe], for instance, is fragile enough to not be covered by the vehicle warranty. So you better think twice before scrubbing one of these babies too hard.

I guess it’s hard looking this good.

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