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Datsun Fairlady 1600 Roadster – Prytania St, New Orleans (LA)

July 5th, 2011 by Austin

Spotted this Japanese classic on Prytania, just a few miles from the action on Bourbon Street. The handsome little roadster, produced from ’65-’70 in this iteration, was Nissan’s answer to popular British sports cars of the period from the likes of MG and Triumph. It would eventually become the Z car we all know and love today. Love the rally lights nestled into the grille and tripple layered tail lights in back. The prominent hood buldge is imposing to onlookers and adds a bit of sass to an otherwise understated sports car.

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Ford SVT Raptor – White Sands & Las Cruces, New Mexico

June 9th, 2011 by Austin

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Pontiac Bonneville: St. Charles & Josephine St. – New Orleans, LA

November 2nd, 2010 by Austin

Spotted this gorgeous Pontiac Bonneville on St. Charles ave and Josephine St. outside of a new restaurant called the Eiffel Society. Much like the hip new restaurant, which has been constructed inside of a building that was originally part of the Eiffel tower, this Pontiac is representative of an iconic automotive brand whose legacy will live on forever, enriching car culture and the enthusiasm that supports it.

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Model T Rally: Going-to-the-Sun Rd – West Glacier, Montana

September 7th, 2010 by Austin

Pictured here, a crowning achievement of the human race pitted against the sheer magnitude of planet earth. Yes, the Model T is a monumentally significant innovation that not only put middle America on wheels but also revolutionized the manufacturing and marketing of mass market products for the century to follow. While other automakers were hand-building in the dozens per month volume range, Ford was cranking out a model T every 93 minutes. Not bad for a farm boy from Detroit. But in the grand scheme of it all, the car and newfound sense of industry that it catalyzed, are mere blips in earth’s infinitely chaptered log book. The mountains of Glacier National Park, for instance, were formed 170 million years by huge glaciers of the last ice age. The bedding structures of these rock formations are believed to be the remains of the earliest identified animal life on Earth. To put it bluntly, we are merely visiting here.

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Random Shots From My Droid – New York, New York

August 16th, 2010 by Austin

Modern smart phones are entirely too good. My Droid, for instance, has a 16 GB hard drive that is so big that I often forget about pictures I have taken around the city. I cleaned house a little bit recently and figured I would share. These vehicles were seen in and around Brooklyn and Manhattan.

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Waterfest 2010: Raceway Park – Englishtown, New Jersey

July 26th, 2010 by Austin

Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ was brimming with love for Deutschland during Waterfest 16 last weekend. The annual VW/Audi car show and motorsport event is the largest of its kind in North America and saw damn near 20,000 in attendance this year. Attractions like a tire burn-out contest, drag racing and various judged car shows kept people pretty entertained throughout the 2-day event. And if that didn’t quite keep your attention, there were enough aftermarket part sponsors and vendors to occupy almost a mile of display space. Seriously, they took up a mile of display space at the 2009 event.

Be sure to check out our Engines of Waterfest featured gallery. It’s choc full of glorious headers, carbon fiber accent kits and other engine bay goodies these German car freaks stuffed under the hood.

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Gumball Rally Finish – Time Square, NYC

May 11th, 2010 by Austin

Time Square served as the finish line for 125 2010 Gumball Rally cars that participated in the 3,000 mile, cross-continent journey that started in London on on May 1st and ended in our very own Time Square a scant 7 days later on May 7th. Needless to say, locals and tourists alike flocked to the intersection of 42nd & Broadway to catch an eyeful of automotive exotica. Sure, there were a bunch of Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Aston Martins and other six figure sports cars. But perhaps the coolest arrival of all was Tony Hawk in the A-Team van.

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Under the Hood: Bertrand Delacroix

May 5th, 2010 by Austin

Pictured: Art dealer, silk screen artisan and lover of fine Porsches Bertrand Delacroix inside his print shop in the Boerum Hill area of Brooklyn

We peeked into Bertrand’s massive Brooklyn loft with big, stupid grins plastered onto our faces. Why? Because the 16,000 square foot, mixed use building was filled with enough cool toys and hip furnishings to make any grown man blush. There is a hang glider suspended from the ceiling, vintage French mopeds displayed in the foyer, a beautiful wood-carved pool table and humidor and a bunch of over sized modern paintings hanging from the wall. Perhaps coolest of all, there is a 1:1 Porsche to Pug ratio – seriously, there are 3 of each strewn about this amazing bachelor pad. For the record, Bertrand does have a girlfriend and we’re guessing this glorious man palace didn’t hurt in cementing the relationship.

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Under the hood: David Lyon

April 16th, 2010 by Austin

Pictured: GM Executive Director of Interior Design David Lyon inside the 2011 Buick Regal

GM gave us an advance preview of their new Buick Regal before it hits dealerships this May. We weren’t able to drive this particular pre-production unit for fear of the wheels rolling off into Park Avenue traffic, but the sporty-looking sedan definitely has some curb appeal – taught surfaces, an athletic stance, upscale styling cues and a level of interior refinement that goes beyond hard plastic and faux chrome accents. Overall, the aura (no pun intended to Saturn may they R.I.P) is decidedly European, which makes sense considering the Regal started life in Germany as an Opel Insignia [GM’s German subsidiary]. The Insignia has been on sale in Europe for about a year, where it sold more than 140,000 units and nabbed European Car of the Year honors. GM tells us it is often cross-shopped with the Audi A4…not too shabby for a brand that was selling rolling barcaloungers not too long ago. The Regal is also sold in China where Buick has achieved unprecedented sales success and possesses an almost Rolls Royce-like status in terms of prestige.

GM is down to its core brands after laying Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer and Oldsmobile to rest and selling off Saab to the Dutch. So it seems Buick is more important than ever for the GM brand portfolio. But as any auto marketer will tell you, there is no greater challenge than bringing a once great brand like Buick back to life. If Cadillac stands for luxury and Chevy for mass market quality and affordability, that leaves Buick square in the near-luxury segment currently occupied by the likes of Acura, Lexus and Infiniti. Fresh product and contemporary design seen in Buick Lacrosse and Enclave certainly aren’t hurting their chances based on the younger wave of buyers flocking to Buick dealerships. We caught up with 20-year GM vet David Lyon to get his take on things. Dave currently oversees interior design across all of GM’s brands and was formerly Executive Director of GM Asia Pacific Design where, among other projects, he oversaw the design of the utterly gorgeous Buick Riviera concept. More pictures and a Q&A after the jump.

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Under the hood: Fred Kanter

April 7th, 2010 by Austin

Pictured: Vintage auto parts giant, eccentric car collector and Packard maniac Fred Kanter with his current daily driver, a two-tone 1979 Buick Electra Limited

We arrived at Fred Kanter’s massive Boonton, NJ warehouse early on a Sunday morning. I had seen the old building a million times before while speeding past on nearby I-287 and was always intrigued. You can’t really miss the place – it has a massive Packard sign affixed to the side as if the iconic, and now defunct, automobiles were being manufactured inside. But Fred, an engineer by trade, is in the business of preserving old cars not building them new. Along with his brother Dan, the Kanter bros started their first automotive business, Kanter Auto Parts, in 1960 when they were teenagers. That company is now the world’s largest supplier of new, used, and reproduction parts for vintage American cars.

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