Saturday, July 06, 2013

Hi Def Hi Res photography is remarkably vivid

Sad news to pass along, the photojournalist blogger and all around nice guy Jae Bueno passed away this week


Something I just found he had written about photographing shows his class,

" I too have been approached my a car owner who was not happy that I was photographing his car. He was not happy that I was working for a magazine and was going to make money off of his car. I heard him out and proceeded to delete the image while he watched. As I walked away, he asked what magazine I was shooting for when I answered him, his "mood" changed and he asked if if I would take another shot "cause he's always wanted to be in the magazine". I respectful reminded him that he did not want me taking photos of his car and walked away. Every now and then I see him at a show. I will photograph every car around his but I will not photograph his. He has never approached me again. His loss, not mine." from

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beauty of a Bugatti

I didn't know that Dick Smothers raced anything but the dragster!

Even a Lotus looks better in Gulf colors

Imagine being there

Skateboard art? or household use?

another cool VW furniture conversion

it takes a lot of effort to make your boat match your car

parents should get awards for making such cool things for their kids

a Dymaxion supporting the war effort in WW2

rock hard beetle

Happiness is a long VW bus

Ferrari 250 GT California of the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off, a rare great movie that hasn't been sequelled or remade

some iconic and highly desired vehicles have ended up abandoned in forests

might be true, a pack of dogs that get to the city to scavenge for food by using the train

Each morning, like clockwork, they board the subway, off to begin their daily routine amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

But these aren’t just any daily commuters. These are stray dogs who live in the outskirts of Moscow Russia and commute on the underground trains to and from the city centre in search of food scraps.

Then after a hard day scavenging and begging on the streets, they hop back on the train and return to the suburbs where they spend the night.

Experts studying the dogs, who usually choose the quietest carriages at the front and back of the train, say they even work together to make sure they get off at the right stop – after learning to judge the length of time they need to spend on the train.

Scientists believe this phenomenon began after the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, and Russia’s new capitalists moved industrial complexes from the city centre to the suburbs.

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a Duesenburg that didn't get past the drawing and planning stages of a coachbuilder, but was created by Franklin Mint in 1:24 scale, the 1939 Duesenberg Coupe Simone Midnight Ghost

if actually made into a car it would be the only vehicle I can suppose would rival the Jonkheere Rolls Royce for design excellance

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The car was made by the american car body designer Emmet-Armand on the basis of the Duesenberg Type J. They only made one of them which was ordered by the French cosmetics king Gui(Guy) De LaRouche
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1939 Duesenberg Coupe Simone Midnight Ghost - LE Issued on the 10th anniversary of the car that never was, this incredible die-cast model is the creation of acclaimed designer Raffi Minasian. Inspired by the modernist lines of the Art Deco movement, it captures all the romance of a bygone era. The graceful sweep of the fenders, the luxuriously appointed interior complete with a crystal-clear steering wheel - every detail of the designer's vision brought unforgettably to life. Hand-painted an elegant Midnight Ghost, this special anniversary Limited Edition bears the designer's signature on a plaque mounted to the undercarriage.

The Coupe Simone – A Brief History

 The story of the Duesenberg Coupe Simone and Emmett-Armand Coachworks was first revealed in 1996 at The Franklin Mint Museum exhibit, "Crossroads." Chronicled by Designers Roger Hardnock and Raffi Minasian, this unique presentation revealed the recently discovered remnants of the coachworks, a diary of the events leading up to the delivery of the Simone in Paris, and drawings of this unusual car under development.

 In 1998, Franklin Mint Precision Models released the 1:24 scale die-cast replica of the Coupe Simone.

– The "Midnight Ghost" Emmett-Armand Coachworks had been working on the Coupe Simone for more than a year when plans began to develop for new projects.

LaRouche, a wealthy cosmetics king and patron for the project, arrived at the coachworks late in the evening. Had the train been on time, LaRouche might have arrived earlier and appreciated the subtlety of the metallic black and silver trim as it glowed in the early sunset light. Instead, he was not pleased with the "rather evil appearance," calling upon Emmett and Armand to "please research a color combination more becoming to that of his refined tastes." Emmett, attempting to divert LaRouche's discontent, invited him to take the car for a drive. An excerpt from Armand's diary recalls the results:

"Although the two had only left a few minutes before, their early return was punctuated by the fact that Emmett was driving. LaRouche exited the car visibly shaken as Emmett came around to steady him, stumbling with his walking cane. We offered LaRouche (more accustomed to chauffeurs) some calming tea as he confessed that he had only driven a few times in cars featuring no more than 20 or 30 horsepower. His ghostly white face and trembling hands convinced us that the supercharged version of this car would be nothing more than a waste and certainly a hazard to our client. Emmett and I removed the supercharger and offered it for return to the Duesenberg Company. Curiously, they encouraged us to retain the unit should we have a use for it in future projects."

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Friday, July 05, 2013

the Lincoln Highway has a 100th birthday party car parade celebration

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the route for the first transcontinental highway were made Oct 31st, 1913

for the Centennial tour, about 140 cars, mostly Ford Model T and Model As drove in from the East Coast end at Time Square New York, and Lincoln Park San Francisco

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for a good write up: and a gallery:

this year at the Goodwood Revival, a GT 40 reunion. Sept 13-15 2013

Eddie Van Halen backed his Lamborghini to the recording studio and revved it to record the sound for Panama at 2:49 and 2:56

the red convertible at minute one is in the vault at the Petersen Museum

The song was reportedly written about a car.

 According to David Lee Roth this was because critics accused him of writing about nothing more than partying, sex, and cars, but Roth realized that he had yet to write a song about cars.

In an interview with Howard Stern, Roth explained the meaning behind the trademark song. Although the song features some suggestive lyrics, it is about a car that Roth saw race in Las Vegas; its name was "Panama Express", hence the title of the song.

 Panama was the name of Dave's car.

Dave had the hood and bumper mounted in his hallway, which can be seen in Dave's video for "SHOOBop".

During the bridge of the song where Roth says "I can barely see the road from the heat comin' off of it,"  Eddie Van Halen can be heard revving his Lamborghini in the background. The car was backed up to the studio and microphones were attached to the exhaust pipe to record the sound for the song.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

the new issue of Street Rodder Premium is on the magazine racks right now, it gets published every June and November

New magazine premiere issue on magazine stands right now, Maximum Drive from Muscle Car Power magazine producers

best contents page I think I've ever seen... simple, illustrated with exactly what I want to see, the car, what page. Who needs anything more on a contents page? Aren't you frustrated when you see something on the cover of a magazine and can't find it on the contents page? I am, constantly