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BMW 1-Series EV – East 63rd Street, NYC

June 25th, 2012 by Stu

As has become the norm among major automakers, BMW is field testing their future EV powertrain with influential urban consumers in what they’re calling the BMW ActiveE Field Trial. The set of 700 Electronauts, as BMW referes to them, can show off their cool new ride to envious early adopter friends while BMW sucks in valuable field testing data and generates solid buzz for their pipeline of EVs headed for showrooms in the coming years (called i3 and i8). It’s a win win situation. I totally get the reasoning behind the decals from a marketing standpoint but it makes the car look like it belongs on the set of Tron.

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BMW Art Car: Esther Mahlangu – MAD Museum, NYC

November 19th, 2010 by Ian

A little over a year ago, we showed you a taste of BMW’s Traveling Art Exhibit from our very own Grand Central Station. This particular BMW didn’t make it to that exhibit though, so head over to the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) to check it out in its full glory. The colorfully decorated luxury sedan, a 1991 BMW 525i, was painted by South African artist Esther Mahlangu as part of the Global Africa Project that aims to explore the impact of African visual culture on contemporary art, craft and design around the world. Mahlangu is the leading representative for this traditional Ndebele tribe’s art form.  “My art has evolved from the tribal tradition of decorating our homes,” says Mahlangu.

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Mini Cooper S [John Cooper Works] – Spring Street, NYC

August 25th, 2010 by Ian

Spotted this John Cooper Works Mini that is mightier than the rest on Spring Street in Soho. Unlike someone we know, this owner was able to control him or herself from covering the entire body in carbon fiber accents and ridiculously oversized rear wings. The result is a boy racer with a tasteful level of modifications that really emphasizes this hot hatchback’s ability to get up and go. All of the modern day Minis are pretty great thanks to their agile handling, great fuel economy, relative light weight, free scheduled manintenance and famous BMW fit & finish, but I particularly adore these supercharged gen 1 models. They somehow appear cleaner and less bulbous than the twin scroll turbo gen 2 models currently in dealers

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Original Mini Cooper – Sun Valley, CA

August 23rd, 2010 by Mike

I recently had the opportunity to go exploring in the streets of Sun Valley during a recent trip. Walking around, sun blazing, I began to recognize a common theme of expansive properties, dirt yards, roosters, mammals, at least three vehicles per household, at least two of them sitting immobile with the hoods up, horse trailers, boats and Sea Doos, all with months of dirt on them, baking in the sun.

I happen upon a yard full of kiddie pools with gangs of ducks wading in them and feel the need to remind myself that I’m only 15 minutes from Downtown LA. Across the street, behind a locked gate, is this great looking Mini of the vintage variety. As I’m admiring it, and enjoying the fact that it’s on Dayton wire wheels, the owner pulls up riding a mini 80cc dirtbike with extra loud exhaust mods. Late twenties/early thirties, shirtless, silver chain around his neck, heavily tatted, arriving home from the liquor store with a large grocery bag in hand (meaning he rode to the store on public roads with no helmet, and shopped in the store with no shirt on). He’s polite and thanked me for complimenting the car and then proceeded to open up the gate to expose two trailers on the property (Airstream and regular RV). There is no house to be found.

Maybe he lives in the Airstream and cooks meth in the RV? Or maybe he’s just a nice guy with no hangups about living in a trailer in a dirt lot as long as he can have his dream car. Weigh in below with your thoughts.


BMW 2002 – NW 8th & Everett, Portland

April 1st, 2010 by Emir

This Malaga Red BMW 2002, which appears to be pre-1974, looks good parked all by its lonesome on NW 8th & Everett in Portland. As per usual, the rain adds a nice touch.

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Fine Lines: BMW 507 | Rolex Submariner 55XX

March 22nd, 2010 by Ian

We live in a world where design is constantly being borrowed and then reinterpreted. And it seems there are no limits to how or where we can draw our inspiration from, as many of the freshest ideas are found in seemingly unrelated areas ranging from fashion and architecture to desk lamps and cell phones. It just takes some good old fashioned observation and imagination to bring it all together. Did BMW consider the Rolex Submariner 55XX, a classic watch that debuted in 1953, when designing their now iconic 507 sports car? Probably not…but we certainly would have.

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German classics – Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica

March 9th, 2010 by Mike

I’m not sure what it is about the Venice/Santa Monica border but it’s like a magnet for independent German auto mechanics. Including the guy I use, there are 7-8 indy establishments within walking distance from my house, usually with interesting cars on the lot. This spot in particular, called Glassers Auto Body, always catches my eye, mainly because of the aging Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 and rotting BMW 2800 that have been sitting 3 millimeters from each other for years now. It’s a shame that two cars with so much historical significance are left in this condition, but even more of a shame that they’re not being driven. Oh well, at least they look pretty, even in this state.

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BMW 2002 – Sawtelle blvd, West LA

February 24th, 2010 by Nick

2002 isn’t a great year to be named after, but I guess it’s better than 1987. Okay, maybe it’s just a number to differentiate between 2 and 4 door models. And although all cars look good in the rain, this 2002 might just look better than most. It’s the perfect mix between tying a sweater around your shoulders and heading to the tennis club, and racing the VW next to you through the canyon.

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BMW 2000CS – Mission Street, Santa Barbara CA

February 15th, 2010 by Nick

Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges! Alright, it has a few left on it, but other than those, this thing could care less about what fancy, German car plant it originally came from. This ride was set up to rip, and it looks the part. It is just dirty and banged up enough to recognize the owner loves it, but knew it’s roll at the same time. The cracked, faded paint mixed with the snooty angle of the front grill gives the car an air of arrogance – like a retired, handsome prize-fighter.

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Mini Cooper – 10 Freeway, Culver City

December 8th, 2009 by Mike

Culver City Cooper

It’s funny how Minis can make everyday vehicles around them look a bit silly. Even though it appears the car is standing still, we were actually traveling next to it at 75 mph. This super clean pre-BMW Mini is modified just enough to affirm you’re seeing something special – but your attention isn’t drawn to any one mod.

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