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Mini Cooper Coupe JCW Photo Shoot: Water Street – DUMBO, BK

July 15th, 2012 by Anthony

Pictured: Mini’s Saucy Cooper Coupe posing suggestively on Water Street in Brooklyn

If I were an advertising copywriter tasked with developing pithy headlines for Mini’s Cooper Coupe, they might look something like this…

Maximum Mini, Mini to the Max, Cute No More, The anti-adorable…well, you get the picture. The iconic British brand wants to level the gender playing field when it comes to who’s buying their nimble little cars. Sure, the S variety of Cooper, with its twin-charged engine and racy add-ons, appeals to a devoted army of male driving enthusiasts. But apparently not at the scale Mini deems acceptable. As far as I’m concerned, the Cooper Coupe is the equalizer.

Mini was good enough to let us form our own opinions with a loaded, Pepper White John Cooper Works edition (pictured above) that was loaned to us one recent weekend. Say what you will about the design, but it turned a ton of heads during my time behind the wheel. One dude even asked me if I chopped the roof myself. I dig it…like Mini’s cheeky british homage to the hot rod class.

The driving experience is virtually identical to that of the already capable Cooper S John Cooper Works, perhaps slightly sportier thanks to the righteously tuned exhaust that spits and snorts like an angry hog when you get up on the accelerator. Probably the biggest departure from Mini’s typical formula is the 2-seat layout and lack of hatchback utility.

The Verdict: A unique alternative to premium sports coupe mainstays.

PROS – Additive proportions, impressive acceleration, grabby brakes, righteous exhaust

CONS – Poor rearward visibility, jarring ride quality, $40K price tag

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Dodge Lancer – Fort Greene, Brooklyn NY

November 18th, 2010 by Ian

Spotted here in all it’s glory, a 1962 Dodge Lancer 770 2-door.  It’s not everyday that you come across one of these so-called “compact cars” circa 1962 (a little more exicitng than a Civic or Corolla wouldn’t you say?) Dimensions aside, this was a very unique car thanks to stand out design cues like a full-width grille, round taillights, snubbed trunk, and chrome Lancer script that happens to be the perfect little detail.  And don’t let the sedan qualities of this ride fool you, the Hyper-Pak equipped Lancer is known to conquer many a drag strip.

You can thank our good buddy and Brooklyn-based man on the street Dave Pinter for the glorious snaps.

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Smart Fortwo Electric Drive – Old Fulton Street, (DUMBO) Brooklyn

June 9th, 2010 by Stu

SmartUSA invited us Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass to drive some early prototype versions of their Fortwo EV due out in January 2012. Outside of the pleasing electric whine coming from the motor positioned behind you, the little Fortwo Electric Drive performs much in the same darty, well-planted way that the gasoline version does despite the additional 308 pounds brought on by the batteries. And much like the gasoline version, people ooh and ahh at every intersection, red light, and attempt to park the little bugger. The green wheels and massive “Electric Drive” sticker weren’t exactly helping us fly below the radar.

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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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Hummer H1 – Henry Street & Clark, Brooklyn

February 12th, 2010 by Austin

If there were one day of the year that was less offensive than others to drive one of these around, I guess Monday was it. So kudos to the owner of this extra obnoxious HumVee for buying a vehicle that is utilized properly 1 day out of the year. I’m not in the Sierra Club or anything but buying one of these just seems absurd at this point. Yes, I know – high powered sports cars get the same or worse gas mileage as this H1. But at least they fit inside lanes and accelerate like a bat out of hell.

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Custom Chopper – Montigue Street, Brooklyn Heights

December 15th, 2009 by Austin

Custom Chopper in Brooklyn Heights

This Brooklyn chopper stands out like a skinny girl at a Jenny Craig meeting. From the hand-tooled leather saddle and handmade pipes to the intricate paint scheme and hand formed tank & rear fender, the design detail is simply exquisite. Further supporting this bike’s ultra clean looks, the designer omitted the front brake and fender. Hundreds of man hours and a silly amount of cash have likely gone into its construction. And as you might be able to tell, form definitely trumps function. Your spine will pay for looks this good – the rigid tail and lack of any suspension underneath the seat mean this baby is a real buckaroo over the city streets. This custom chopper is what we call TTT – Tavern To Tavern.

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2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – DUMBO, Brooklyn

September 15th, 2009 by Austin

2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500Say what you will about high-horsepower American sports cars but don’t even think about talking smack on Ford’s new GT500 or it will come and find you. The throwback pony car gets better for 2010 thanks to, among other things, fresh styling, a more evolved interior, considerably more power and a newfound level of handling prowess that puts most straight-line stereotypes to bed. Ford was good enough to loan us one for the weekend and, after more than 500 miles behind the Alcantara-lined steering wheel, all we can say is yeehaw.

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Ford Thunderbird – Columbia Heights, Brooklyn

September 9th, 2009 by Austin

Gen 2 Thurnderbird Brooklyn rear

Another classic T-Bird in Brooklyn. What are the chances? Pretty good actually – Ford sold nearly 200,000 of these Gen 2 models from 1958 – 1960. Thanks to the rather long rear overhang, this baby appears to be floating when viewed the rear. We prefer the European flavor seen in the gen 3 design (1961-1963) but certainly acknowledge its handsome predecessor in the ranks of vintage American greatness.

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'57 Chevy – Cadman Plaza, Brooklyn

August 28th, 2009 by Austin

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Pop your head into one of those cramped little stores on Canal Street and you will find ‘57 Chevy toys sitting alongside a mini Statue of Liberty, a 30 rock snow globe, the I Love NY T-shirts and a poster of Marilyn Monroe’s skirt blowing up. The iconic automotive shape goes together with American culture like peas and carrots.

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Mercury Cougar – Columbia Heights, Brooklyn

August 25th, 2009 by Austin

Mercury Cougar

More refined and upscale than its Dearborn platform-mate, these ‘67-’68 gen 1 Cougars were positioned as Mustangs that had gone off to European finishing school. Aside from the fact that the two cars shared no exterior body panels, Cougar customers also got more luxurious appointments and standard V8 power. We were stopped dead in our tracks by the gaping full-width grille that is often likened to that of an electric shaver.

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