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Dec 7 2015
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Rolling Stock Options: Talking About Wheel Design

Changing a car’s wheels is one of the simplest and most effective modifications a person can do. Not only can the right set of wheels completely change the appearance of even the most mundane penalty box, but getting a set of well made lightweight wheels can also dramatically improve the performance of whatever you

Nov 20 2015
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Ornamental Conifer: Freedom Earned From Throttles Turned

Art can be judged on an almost infinite number of criteria from technical skill, monetary value, importance in an artist’s body of work, etc. The best criteria, we feel, is judging art based on how it makes you feel. When viewed in that context, the art created by Ornamental Conifer (aka Nicolai Sclater) is awesome.

Nov 19 2015
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V3llum Does the Los Angeles Auto Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show has been going on in one form or another since 1907. It’s grown and changed over those 108 years to become something of a behemoth. As one of the premier auto shows in North America, many great cars have gotten their world debuts there. Most major manufacturers show up with their latest and

Nov 16 2015
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CAR STYLING AND THE CONNOISSEUR: 2017 Ford GT

Every so often, automobile manufacturers create a car that celebrates a bygone era like Plymouth’s PT Cruiser and Prowler, or honors an important vehicle from the company’s history like Volkswagen’s Beetle and the Chevrolet Camaro. While these are fun styling exercises that capture the hearts of sentimental consumers,

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Oct 29 2015
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These Porsches Run On Midnight Oil

Believe it or not, there was a time not that long ago when modifying a Porsche for any reason was considered a travesty. Keep in mind that this is at a time when most Porsches, 911s and 356s alike, were worth a fraction of what they are today. One of the men who changed the Porsche community’s perception of the

Oct 15 2015
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Designer Profile: Jacques Flynn

Developing a personal aesthetic is a process that is fraught with many potential pitfalls. If you make a wrong turn somewhere along the line, you could end up hot glueing fake vents to every available surface of your dragon-themed C5 Corvette. If, by some miracle, the planets align and everything works out and you

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Oct 5 2015
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First Drive: The Sector 111 Drakan Spyder

The idea of a track day car, something designed solely to go as fast as possible on a track with almost no restrictions placed on the designer, is something that entered the automotive world’s collective conscience some time in the late nineties. They’ve always been the province of the more money than sense crowd, but

Oct 2 2015
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CAR STYLING AND THE CONNOISSEUR: 1962 Ghia L6.4

Great car styling is a subjective concept. Some cars are universally thought of as beautiful like the Jaguar E-type. Some take a second look to appreciate. This ongoing editorial will attempt to explain the visual characteristics of automobiles in a way that will hopefully give you a greater appreciation for the car

Sep 24 2015
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The Car That Beat Hitler: The Story Behind the "Million Franc" Delahaye

The “Million Franc” Delahaye has one of the most fascinating stories of any car on Earth. Its a story that involves international intrigue, world war, Nazis, speed records, being lost and then found, and a restoration. You couldn’t make it up. Now, the “Million Franc” Delahaye resides in the excellent Mullin Museum

Sep 23 2015
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Porsche 962: Der Vorletzte Mittelmotor Rennwagen

The 1980s were a golden era for road racing both in the United States and Europe. The fields of cars were incredibly varied and competitive, the action was close, and the cars were FAST. No car was more dominant in endurance racing during this period than the legendary Porsche 962. Most race cars now have a

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Sep 11 2015
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Dawn Patrol: Up With The Sun at Pebble Beach
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Monterey Car Week can be overwhelming for a huge variety of reasons. Many first timers are simply blown over by the sheer volume of unbelievable cars on view. Some try and do everything which is almost impossible; they bounce from the Quail to the Motorsports Reunion to Pebble Beach to Jet Center to dinners and

Sep 11 2015
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Eames Splint: The Medical Device That Changed Design Forever
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Almost anyone who has even a passing interest in design will have heard of Charles and Ray Eames and their famous lounge chair. The Eames Lounge Chair is an icon in the world of furniture design, and a staple in television and movie set design since its inception well over fifty years ago. The gentle curves of the

Sep 11 2015
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Lalique's Glass Menagerie: The Artistry of René Lalique
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Glass is one of the rare materials that can at one moment seem completely mundane and purely functional and the next it can be unspeakably beautiful, changing the way we see shapes and light. It’s a difficult material to work with, not only because of its relative fragility in its cooled state, but because of its

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