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@Jonathan Moore I understand perfectly what he meant in the scheme of things, Jonathan. It's just that he very literally said he's always had the expectation that he must ask people's permission to get into their cars and sit in the driver's seat, which is a given... It made me laugh from that point of view.

And yes, it's a glorious little car and the write up does it a good deal of justice. Cheers!

1 week, 5 days ago on The Thunder & The Lightening

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Sorry, before I even got past the first few sentences I had to post.


"I always felt like I should ask permission before getting inside."

No way! Ask permission? Ha! ... Joking, right? Of course you have to ask permission before getting into anyone else's car, no matter what seat you're diving into! That doesn't make a lick of sense. You had to ask or were at least given permission to drive this car too, right? Sorry, morning coffee's in hand and that gave me a non-sense laugh, t'was all...

1 week, 5 days ago on The Thunder & The Lightening

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@MikeYee @gliebau @AmirIzham I agree that the Camry's definitely got the stock stance going on the Alfa, but being lowered doesn't mean being fast. Most of the cars that are slammed and rolling around urban America these days are actually staggeringly slow, little pieces of junk from the '80s and '90s that young kids put on the ground to look cool. I don't expect a slammed car that comes up next to me of any make or or model to be faster than stock.


Now, if the Camry can hit 215 miles per hour and corner like an F1 car with that stock stance, I'll give it that... Otherwise, the Alfa's performance justifies being lowered, even as a sleeper.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Greatest Sleeper Of All Time?

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@AmirIzham It's *alright* as a sleeper, and I say that simply because there's very little ingenious about it - it's built with a basic racing chassis that's got with some sleek independent suspension and running gear, and has a stock body to cover it all up... All while utilizing a platform that dates to 1950s drag racing. I expect much more from a major corporation when they wish to dabble in the custom scene... In any case, it's already been done:

http://jonsibal.com/blog/2008/03/ultimate-sleeper-car/

1 month, 1 week ago on The Greatest Sleeper Of All Time?

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Not to knock a good thing, which this is... But it's not that incredible. When you say it's "a lot like a funny car," you're spot on, because it is. A multi-billion dollar corporation shows up with a funny car that has less awesome oozing from it than a lot of small time shop owners can muster from their own stock, and it's called a revelation and the "greatest" anything? Strikes me odd.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Greatest Sleeper Of All Time?

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Every time I see an article or video about the Morgan factory I read the entire thing. It is one of my must-see destinations in England! Thanks for another lovely write-up. Cheers!

2 months ago on Making A Morgan: <br/>If You Could, You Wood Too

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I lived in San Francisco for almost three years, and there's good reason the Bay Area isn't known for its car culture. There are definitely cool cars to be found, but even this article highlights one of the main concerns I always had with the local scene. A lot of the neat cars are very understated, and on the highway it'd be hard to appreciate that one's looking at anything very out of the ordinary. For example, I just drove down to Beverly Hills on Sunday, and I'm pretty sure I got excited about more cars that I saw there in half a day than I would in the Bay Area over the course of half a year.


The best I can say the Bay Are had going for it was all of the quirky stuff. I loved seeing an old, un-restored supercharged MG TA rolling the streets near Golden Gate Park one morning, when I was able to catch the owner later in the day outside a coffee shop to talk about the rare vehicle. I'd see a classic Jag or Mercedes, and of course the hippie scene keeps the VWs rolling like mad. Plenty of Japanese metal that could be done up nicely, but still mostly close to stock configuration drivers. Lots of great motorcycles around because of the tight urban quarters.  Oakland has a different vibe, but lots of half-assed rides that I never really admired kill that scene for me. Never saw much in Berkeley except more quirky stuff that echoed the SF feel. The tri-valley area (Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermoore) has a good selection of hot rods and motorcycles, and folks just jamming around in nice, stock vehicles... Cool stuff is definitely around, but I'd disagree with the "maybe the Bay should be known for its cars" sentiment. Despite the time I spent there, I was never struck by the thought that the place was a refuge for anything particularly awesome when it came to car culture. Lots of little rain drops worth of it, but no puddles to splash around in.

5 months ago on Bay Area Style: The Car Meet Evolved

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@Chris Nuggets @gliebau Certainly, and the point of the comments section is to be able to voice opinions about various aspects of each article. I happen to find this one's written content lame and off track with automotive journalism, and am perfectly within my rights for saying so. Good day!

5 months ago on Lizard Hunting In The Big Apple

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@Chris Nuggets @gliebau You're welcome to kindly disagree... But I personally don't come to Speedhunters expecting a majority of the text of an article to be dedicated to discussions about NYC, photography and daydreaming. This story is absolutely about those things, as you "see it," but that's exactly why I think it's silly.

5 months ago on Lizard Hunting In The Big Apple

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It would have been cool to hear a bit about the guys that own these cars and their dreams about the scene, rather than just about cameras, lighting and self-indulging fantasies.

5 months ago on Lizard Hunting In The Big Apple

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I've been waiting to see the current version of the Galaxian covered here - as, I believe, an earlier article promised. Being a native Californian and a major hot rod fan, this car blows me away. Browsing Google Images it's possible to see the car in multiple incarnations, and it just keeps on getting better! 'Rodriguez' was a car I first spotted in Rod & Custom Magazine in a piece on a large Mooneyes event, methinks, and Junichi's work on that car stunned me. It was definitely my first impression of Japanese hot rod culture, and I remain a fan! I dowish a larger variety of Junichi's past creations were posted online... Is there a website for his shop?


It's also super refreshing to see the old big block used in the Galaxian with a manual transmission. The combination definitely fits the bill! Thanks for taking the time to share this awesome piece of work, Mike.

5 months, 1 week ago on Galaxian: Japan Reinvents The Hot Rod

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Good times! Your fourth "bonus image" of the Cobra is already on the second page. :)

5 months, 1 week ago on Le Mans Multiplied:<br/> Time Travel At The Classic

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@Speedhunters_Bryn Hey Bryn, I'm also a fan of the idea. Obviously the truck I linked and the build in this article are stunning examples that took a lot of time and money to make, as any proper street rod build does. I wish I had photos of the Pontiac I mentioned, though... The fellow that built it is a rat rodder from Vegas who's into the Rockabilly scene, and he kept the body and interior of the original Pontiac in very rough condition, but set the whole deal on top of a clean Cadillac chassis. He cut out the original Pontiac dash and made it an insert that fit over the complete, untouched Cadillac dash board, so that all of the modern controls were available but hidden beneath panels of the '50s dash board. Mexican blankets over the original Pontiac bench seats, which were just welded to the Cadillac floorboards. It was really trick, and cost him much less than $10,000 to build.

5 months, 1 week ago on Hybrid Technology? Meet The Coroner

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Chevrolet-Other-Pickups-Incredible-one-of-a-kind-show-truck-1955-Chevy-Mercedes-3100-One-of-a-Kind-/141338491669?forcerrptr=true&hash=item20e86e3b15&item=141338491669&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

Same gig, but an early 2000's Mercedes SUV under a '55 Chevy pickup. I've got an acquaintance who slammed an early '50s Pontiac body over a mid-'90s Cadillac, very sweet ride. I really like the idea of doing things this way.

5 months, 1 week ago on Hybrid Technology? Meet The Coroner

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I'm gonna' go out on a limb here and say that's a cool car.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Wagon Warrior:</br> An Audi RS2… Evolved

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@Brian Mikami @gliebau Very nifty! It's always neat to find folks who hold on to original parts in unused condition. I'm mainly used to seeing it in the bicycle scene, but every now and again I'll see someone pulling something out of a box at a local hot rod shop or the like and think "wow, that's never been touched!" Cool stuff. Obviously I wouldn't trust NOS hoses, belts and the like, so you seem to be working with intelligent people for choosing new on those options. ^.^

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Perseverance First: The Daruma Celica

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I got sidetracked earlier when I first looked at the article, and had to go find more photos of Hetfield's Jag. Brilliant design by Dore, undoubtedly one of the kings of custom!

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Selecting The World’s Greatest Sports Coupe

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Bitchin' ride. Being as it's 7am and I've just started drinking my coffee, I have an axe to grind that I cannot be hush about: "Brand new NOS parts" doesn't make sense. "New old stock" says what it means, and it doesn't mean brand new. NOS means unused, original parts - "brand new" means newly crafted parts. :)


So, my question would be, did these guys source a bunch of NOS parts to trick out the drive train, or are there some companies making excellent quality reproduction parts, brand new?

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Perseverance First: The Daruma Celica

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The last time a nearly stock looking, early '70s Mercedes came up on SH, the same sorts of comments that have already begun here (e.g. "So much effort for an almost stock build, SH!") came up a lot. I think this build is pretty cool, not only because I love Mercedes of this era, but because it shows some style and road-ability without having to break a budget, seek out brilliant craftsmen, or even care if the car's been washed before going out for a Sunday jaunt. Cool!

6 months ago on What Were You Thinking? <br />A Vintage Benz Adventure

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In the first photo the reflection of that BMW's rear driver's side window looks like a huge dent in the side of the car next to it. Ha.

6 months ago on The Best Cars & Coffee Ever?

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Having never been to Malaysia, or Japan, but being a long-time Speedhunter reader, I could have been fooled into thinking this was a Japanese car show if you'd said it were. However, there would have been something off - a particular rawness/quirkiness in some of the builds that would make me say "wow, I've never seen them feature a car just like that from Japan." Interesting stuff!

6 months, 1 week ago on Malaysia: A Modifying Melting Pot

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When I was younger (not terribly long ago) I bought Rod & Custom, Custom Rodder, and Street Rodder religiously. I have drawers full of at least several years worth of each. It was sad to see Custom Rodder go after such a short spurt, but I'd reckoned never to see the day when a title like Rod & Custom became history. Last one I bought was two months ago - guess I should have read the editorials more, perhaps I would have caught whiff... Rest In Pages!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Saying Goodbye To Old Friends

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@Iamthetrollhunter That phrase really did bother me, too. "more sweet," or "sweeter." Take a pick!

7 months ago on Porsche Hunting In A Honda

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This stuff is rockin', but being a Californian and an ardent reader here, it is a pity to see my home "so what'd?" in this article title.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on SoCal? So What? Yokohama Cruising, Speedhunters Style!

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I'm being a bit facetious, but not completely... It has to be a well liked model of car and also a well-taken care of example of said model to be a classic, and must be older than the youngest people able to legally drive in one's part of the world.

1 year, 2 months ago on Discussion: What Makes a Classic Car?

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 @N1SMO If you read the article, you'd notice that the owner took a donor car (a 1970, while this is a 1975) and swapped a plethora of parts that he liked and fitted them perfectly to his car. It's also got a rather nice air ride suspension setup.

 

So, no, they didn't "just feature a stock 70's Merc with wheels."

 

This is an article. Read it.

1 year, 3 months ago on ORIGINAL GANGSTER: A DMPD W115 BENZ

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People need to read the Mercury article - the dude did it all by himself! Just for that he deserves it.... Not even to mention that he created an amazing custom.

1 year, 3 months ago on Poll: The Cars Of August

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 @greenroadster Win.

1 year, 3 months ago on Through My Eyes: Edition 38 Show

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 @gliebau  @japanophile25 Touché. I suppose it's the relatively small and jagged shape of this particular grille coupled with the 'lipstick' that bothers me. I've seen it on plenty of Aston racers and it has always been an afterthought until I saw this car.

1 year, 3 months ago on Wild Child: Race-ready V8 Vantage Zagato

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 @japanophile25  I share your sentiment. The red around the grille is an extremely jarring feature on an otherwise fabulously done up automobile. A shame, methinks!

1 year, 3 months ago on Wild Child: Race-ready V8 Vantage Zagato

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I was so prepared to go and then I got a new weekend job in the bay area vending at farmer's markets... Started on the very weekend of the event. What a shame! Next year will have to be my first, for sure. Thanks for sharing the lovely insight and photos!

1 year, 4 months ago on The Pebble Beach Experience

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I've never seen a more well-conceived '50 Merc fordor. Bravo.

1 year, 4 months ago on Bonneville: The Movement Of Light

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I wouldn't call either of those Fords jalopies in the third to last pic. Both are apparently very true to form speedster conversions; the one in the foreground is a T and behind it is an A. Thanks for the coverage... I also imagine that not much more time can pass before I absolutely must get out there!

1 year, 4 months ago on Temple Of Speed: The Bonneville Salt Flats

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It's still Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

1 year, 4 months ago on Poll: The Best Car Movie Ever

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 @AlejandroRamirez  @Larry Chen Of course mechanical engineering is going to be a big one to get one into the automotive industry, but if you're purely interested in writing then it may as well be that you have a background in journalism. Often, in this new world of social media and whatnot, it comes down to sheer talent rather than diplomas to land vacant spots in magazine crews, etc... Good luck, Alejandro!

1 year, 4 months ago on I Woke Up In The Land Of The Rising Sun

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 @AlejandroRamirez Seriously. I just got out of college a couple years ago and already have a bit of professional writing experience behind me, albeit in the history scene. After I put a couple magazine rag articles together and possibly do some volunteer contributing on blogs, I'd like to see my life go down a similar direction for a while. Oh, and I have to pay off my student loans... Yay!

1 year, 4 months ago on I Woke Up In The Land Of The Rising Sun

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Such stories make my life feel very inadequate.

1 year, 4 months ago on I Woke Up In The Land Of The Rising Sun

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What's blown me away with most of these Scandinavian features is how impractical they are, yet how oriented towards performance they remain; there is almost no pretension concerning style when it would trump performance. If this thing pulled up next to me at a light I'd probably faint before I got my foot off the brake and onto the gas.

1 year, 4 months ago on Attack Mode Enabled: The Mi Performance E34

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 @st3althr Considering how the guys frequenting tracks are likely going through many tires, I'm sure they keep both cheap and proper ones on hand for whatever occasion. :)

1 year, 4 months ago on Attack Mode Enabled: The Mi Performance E34

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I only just saw a feature on Mr. Burroughs' BMW-powered pickup over at Rod & Custom Magazine's site last week. I'm very impressed by it - they had a little video of him twirling around aimlessly in a desert, which showed off the sound of the machine quite nicely. Vivat!

1 year, 4 months ago on Cruisin’ Pch: More From Played Out

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 @Nicklas Sounds like a little, Italian bat outta' hell!

1 year, 4 months ago on Greatest Velocity: A 617whp Alfa Romeo Gtv

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Ugh. I've been staring at a very clean, original Jaguar 420 that's gathering dust in an open lot full of farm equipment several miles from here... I've dreamed of doing something like this to it, but it seemed impractical to the extreme. Now, THIS! What a wonderful melding of British class and raw American hot rodding it is... Time to start driving by the 420 more often, again!

1 year, 4 months ago on That’s How We Rolls: Racing Like Royalty

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 @FunctionFirst I can't help but like this post. Thank you, FunctionFirst. Thank you.

1 year, 4 months ago on Show & Shine: The Players Do California

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Duh.

1 year, 4 months ago on Discussion: The Greatest Car Movie Ever?

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 @Larry Chen I definitely appreciate that an awesome amount of work was done to this car. I was just curious about how much fabrication was necessary versus purchasing and applying all of the goodies to make the complete assembly turn out the way it did. As I said, either way it's stunning... Thanks for the other replies, folks!

1 year, 5 months ago on Less Is More: A Norwegian Style Ae86

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Not knowing anything about these cars generally and the amount of off-the-shelf products available, how much of this stuff is bolt-on versus fabricated?. Either way, it's a lovely, super clean little car! Just curious for curiosity's sake. :)(Man, I wish I could edit my posts here... Is there a way? I keep seeing typos as I hastily post the comment, and keep having to delete it. Ha.)

1 year, 5 months ago on Less Is More: A Norwegian Style Ae86

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Dear God.

1 year, 5 months ago on London Calling: Aston’s Royal Park Gathering

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 @roninlotus211 Yeah, I can't bring myself to like it... The only word that comes to mind in its favor is "raw" in that cool sort of way... Otherwise... Nah.

1 year, 5 months ago on Reinventing An Icon: Krb’s 829whp Lotus Lives

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Looks way too much like an Audi TT...

1 year, 5 months ago on Hot Rod Peugeot: The Rcz R

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I really, really don't know what I'd do if someone handed me the keys to one of these and told me it was mine. I'd probably go home, throw it on Ebay and buy an Alfa 8c, a house with a garage, and a mail-order bride.

1 year, 5 months ago on The Pagani Huayra Descends On Japan

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