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Featured Gallery – International Harvester Scout – 7th Ave, NYC

July 16th, 2010 by Ian

Summer in the city. Gotta love it.

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International Harvester Scout II – NW 18th & Johnson, Portland (OR)

June 1st, 2010 by Emir

I don’t know too much about these little utes but their muscular looks, short-wheel-base, huge tires and questionable ride quality have always fascinated me. Of course, I would always feel more comfortable around a Defender, Wrangler or a Gelaendwagen. Their lean aesthetic and purposeful/functional design epitomize off-road vehicles as far as I’m concerned. But in spite of their misleading design (muscular off-road vehicle with a few soft curves), I’m sure these Scouts have something to say. Like a small dump truck that’s being forced into a car body…

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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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Lamborghini LM002 – Stratton Mountain Resort: Stratton, VT

January 26th, 2010 by Stu

I’m hanging a Louie out of the Stratton Mountain parking lot and nearly drove into a tree at the sight of this Lamborghini tank (uhm SUV). But the ultra rare (301 built between 1986 and 1993) LM002 does more than scare motorists. Just like the Mercedes G Wagon and Hummer H1, the machismo 4×4 was constructed with military applications in mind. And just the Mercedes G Wagon and Hummer H1, Americans took a liking to versions equipped with leather seats and modern creature comforts. We followed the Italian off-roader for a while and the V12, shared with the Countach, positively howled the entire way. Leave it to a New Yorker to pack one of these full of people and head to the ski slope. I hope everyone wiped their feet.

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Toyota Land Cruiser – Washington Street, NYC

January 10th, 2010 by Ian

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This 60-series Land Cruiser may not be the plush people mover we see in Toyota showrooms today but it’s certainly a revolutionary leap away from the smaller, more simplistic rock jocks that preceded it. With that said, it’s interesting to note that we have come full circle with our utility vehicles – high windowed, truck-based road mammoths like this are out and sleek, car-based soft roaders are in. What will utility look like next?

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VW Thing – Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood

December 21st, 2009 by Nick

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There’s just something about a car being so damn ugly it’s beautiful. If this is a grandfather, the grandson is a steroid-using, metro-sexual, in-the-gym-5-days-a-week H2. Part of “the greatest generation”, where form followed function, this thing sits on the porch, shaking his head, asking himself, “where the hell did we go wrong?” You can call it dated, boxy, ugly or utilitarian, but whatever you do, don’t dare call it unoriginal.

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Under the hood: Monty the Land Rover

December 14th, 2009 by Stu

Pictured – Monty, a ’94 Land Rover Safari Defender, passing through the valley of the East African Rift while on a 14,000 mile adventure from London to Cape Town.

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People tend to choose vacation destinations based on how blue the water is or how pampered they will get at the spa. And for those of us bound to e-mail inboxes and office cubicles, average length of stay is usually somewhere in the week to ten day neighborhood. Ric and his girlfriend Charlie took a slightly different approach to their escape from reality this year. The Shepherds Bush, London-based couple decided to skip the Pina Coladas and all-you-can-eat buffet lines and instead spend six months roaming the earth in their ‘94 Defender affectionately known as Monty. Ric, Charlie and Monty, who left London October 1st, will have clocked an astonishing 14,000 miles when they reach Cape Town in March. That’s about 2,000 miles more than most Americans drive in a single year. As you can imagine, WIFI access is pretty hard to come by but, somewhere between the border of Ethiopia and Kenya, Ric and Charlie were good enough to share their experiences with us.

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Jeep Wrangler – West 25th Street, NYC

December 7th, 2009 by Ian

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We spotted Darth Vader’s Wrangler on W25th Street and it’s all business. Black wheels, matte black finish and enough auxiliary lighting to land a damn airplane. Overall a very dark and ominous affair to say the least. Check out the custom wheels inside those massive tires – we might like these better.

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Land Rover Defender – Puerto Mutis, Panama

December 3rd, 2009 by Stu

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We spot Defenders in Manhattan all the time. But the owner of this handsome 110 would likely brand them as off road posers considering the biggest daily obstacle they will face is a pothole on the West Side Highway. And we must admit, this 4×4 looks particularly at home outside the concrete jungle, where its heavy duty underpinnings can make good on their engineering promise.

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1973 Ford Bronco – West 20th Street, NYC

October 29th, 2009 by Ian

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Say hello to Buttercup. When she’s not chillin in Chelsea, this car-crazy Bulldog is cruising the city in this sweet ’73 Bronco. Check out her custom seat – Recaro has nothing on this dog.

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