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Modern Art Monday: Your 2015 Pebble Beach Concours Top Dog

1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A

Monterey Car Week has come to a close. Our man Mad Science himself was there, and he took in the sights and sounds at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Young Greg Catch-A-Durian-Fruit was there with his family, and Parsh-Phanatic Bradley BrownHell was there to sniff the tailpipes of anything with an engine that lay flat.

We weren’t on the lawn though, and your not-so-humble author as actually never been at all for the automotive festivities (I once played golf there years ago, for free, way before I was in this racket… I shot a 112). Regardless, it’s hard not to pay attention to the event, that has seemingly swelled over the years. It’s always been crowded, but now with social media it seems to hit you (welcomingly, for the most part) from all angles.

That means we knew about the top dog the moment it happened. Above is your Best of Show (or Best IN Show, as every other website likes to incorrectly describe it); a 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A, with coachwork by Carrosserie Worblaufen. That’s a longer model and trim name than you standard Isotta Sport plus. Also it has two rear spares, which we assume helped it garner extra rah-rah sticks in the final vote tally procedure.

Regardless, we wanted you to soak in the winner for this year. We look forward to next year, when Pebble Beach looks to celebrate the Grand National and GNX*. It’s a bold move for the event, and we can’t wait to see how the attire on the lawn changes to suit the marque model.

*This may be a rumor.**

**That we started.***

***Which won’t happen until Pebble Beach 3065.

Modern Art Monday: Lego Ferrari F40 Set Built In Super Speed

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Have you seen the new Lego Ferrari F40 kit? It’s pretty awesome, so I pre-ordered one for early delivery, and I just finished building it. It took about 4 and a half hours across two evenings to put everything together, and it was a lot of fun. There were some pretty interesting engineering solutions that Lego did to make their F40 as accurate as can possibly be in this scale with nothing but bricks.

Unlike some other complicated builds I’ve done, this one didn’t require any “special” bricks, and it still looks amazing. Go pick one up and build it yourself. You won’t regret it.

This build, in total, took me four and a half hours to complete, and I’ve compressed that down into just over 4 minutes for you to watch. Enjoy the video after the jump!

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Norman Timbs Streamliner from Automodello is a 1:43 Scale beauty

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In the 1940s, a man named Norman Timbs set out to make a car of his own design. In 1948, that goal came to fruition when the Timbs Streamliner roared into existence. Its sleek all-aluminum body was hand-formed by the man who stuck his own name on the car, and the resulting shape is truly a work of art.

With a curb weight of just 2,500 pounds, the 248 cubic-inch Buick straight-eight had no problem pushing the Streamliner to a top speed of 120 miles per hour. The car became a cover girl for the second ever issue of Motor Trend, before it moved on to private ownership.

As happens to nearly all old vehicles, the car disappeared before it was discovered in a yard in the California desert. It was intact, however, and soon restored to its former glory. From there it was off to Amelia Island, where the Streamliner took home some hardware and has continued to do so ever since.

Now it’s arrived on my desk… in 1:43 scale, thanks to the excellent artisans of Automodello.

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Modern Art Monday: The Autostadt Museum

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A few years ago, I trekked to Germany to sample both the Volkswagen GTD and the XL1. It was my first trip to Europe. Being an automaker’s press launch, there wasn’t a whole lot of sightseeing as, believe it or not, this is still a work trip.

Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed taking that GTD down the Autobahn at a speed just a tick higher than the engineers had listed the top speed. Additionally, piloting the XL1 through the streets of Wolfsburg was more exciting than it sounds, and a driving experience I won’t soon forget.

Still, there was a sliver of time set aside to explore the campus of all-things Volkswagen group while we were in Wolfsburg. It’s an area called the Autostadt, with sections dedicated to VW, Porsche, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Seat, etc. Of much more interest, however, is the Autostadt Museum.

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Modern Art Monday: The Rocket – Artful or Awful?

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Galpin Auto Sports and Henrik Fisker joined forces recently. The two came together to create a custom vehicle, which was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show. It’s called the Rocket, and it’s a re-bodied 2015 Ford Mustang. Said re-body happens by way of carbon fiber, which means the 725-horsepower V8 engine will have less heft to push around.

The power figure sounds great and all, but that’s not what I’m talking about today. Instead, I’d rather pose a question to all of you. Seeing as it’s Modern Art Monday, I’m curious how you all feel about the styling of the Galpin Fisker Rocket.

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Modern Art Monday: Up close and Personal with a Lada 2103

Kamil Kaluski November 3, 2014 Modern Art Monday

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Few weeks ago I had an opportunity to spend some time with this 1982 Lada 2130, which isn’t actually a Lada but rather it’s a VAZ. You see, these cars were known as VAZes in the Soviet Union and Lada was just their export name. Head over to TTAC for the whole write up and hit the jump to see more pictures of the car.

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Modern Art Monday: HRE Wheels brings back some classics

Jeff Glucker September 15, 2014 Modern Art Monday

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HRE Wheels has been banging out some of the best wheels in the business since 1978. Over the course of those three decades, it’s no secret that wheels have evolved. From the construction to the styling and available sizes, wheel makers have to respond and move with the greater automotive enthusiast industry. HRE Wheels has certainly done that, but the California company also knows when it’s time to revisit some classics.

I’m a huge fan of the brand’s Vintage Series of wheels, specifically the oh-so-gorgeous 501. Now though, the Vintage lineup is joined by the Classic Series, which is clearly aimed at some 1990’s iron. Hop the jump to see a few more samples from the latest set of high quality rollers.

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Modern Art Monday – A Last Year Suicide Door Lincoln Continental, now for sale on eBay…

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It is the Labor Day Holiday Weekend, and as such, we are running a bit light on posts for your reading pleasure, so I thought I would step in with a Modern Art Monday piece… And look what I found. This is a 1969 Lincoln Continental Sedan that has just been spruced up for a new owner. The Suicide Door Continental Sedans and Convertibles have been quite tasteful in design and execution, though to be truthful, the 1969 version was starting to drift away from the purity of the original design. So, it it elegantly tasteful, or hopelessly overwrought?

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Modern Art Monday – The Porsche 918 Spyder

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I was fortunate enough to make it out to my first Monterey Car Week last week… well sort of. I was only there one day. In my short time there, I still saw my fair share of some truly wonderful cars, both in the hilariously expensive traffic jams and parked on some fancy golf course. The one event I had time for was Porsche Club of America’s Werks Reunion, a gathering of all things Porsche at the beautiful Rancho Cañada Golf Club in Carmel, CA. Roughly 500 privately owned Porsches were in attendance and greatly represented the brand’s most iconic cars (more on those later in the week, I hope).

If there’s one car that stood out to me that day, it would have to be this one: the Porsche 918 Spyder. Porsche’s newest and most revolutionary super car, the 918 Spyder is brutally fast yet impressively efficient, track-focused yet civilized, and above all, breathtaking to look at. Click past the jump and I’ll tell you all about it, once I clean the drool off of my camera.

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Newport Pagnell Keeps Aston Martin’s Heritage Alive

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Aston Martin has been producing vehicles for 101 years now. The automaker came to be back in 1913. This means that Aston Martin predates both Bentley and Jaguar. Bentley was founded in 1919 while Jaguar arrived in 1922. That gives Aston Martin a six-year production head start over Bentley and a nine-year advantage over Jaguar. Aston Martin, however, is a small builder of bespoke beauties, and its total production figures might surprise you.

Over the course or 101 years, Aston Martin has produced around 70,000 vehicles… total. Bentley has produced that many in the last nine years. Jaguar could knock out that many vehicles in a year. I don’t tell you this to diminish what Aston Martin has done over its 101 year history, but rather use these data points to show you just how small the automaker really is.

What they are big on, however, is building beautiful machines… and at the Aston Martin Works facility in Newport Pagnell, hand-crafted classics are coming back to life.

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