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V.I.S.I.T.: Two Wheel Tuesday: A Lovely Cafe Racer

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Now, this olelongrooffan does not hesitate to admit that I know nearly nothing about motorcycles, although I am learning more every week thanks to a certain Hoon contributor who is providing that knowledge to all of we Hoons. But, having said that, I do recognize something special when I see a certain two wheeled ride. And this was one of those times.

I don’t have a lot to offer on the specifics of this except that is a Honda and another image seen after the jump.

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Shots in the Lot: 1969 Pontiac Firebird

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Not to be outdone by the glorious golden Firebird we looked at last week, this blue bird was spotted in a Redmond parking lot just a few weeks ago. As usual, I decided to stop and get a few pictures to share with all y’all. Check it out. … Continue Reading

V.I.S.I.T. – Murica Edition

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This year for Independence Day, the wife and I decided not to blow up our own fireworks, opting instead to watch the city do it for us; after all, those tax dollars aren’t going to spend themselves. However, I did run down to the fireworks stand to pick up the obligatory sparklers and morning glories to make the kids happy. It was on that sunny day one week ago that I came across this flaming beacon of freedom – the Pontiac Firebird.

It’s not unusual to spot the occasional Firebird or Trans Am around here, but seeing one this nice is a rare bird, indeed. Most 3rd-generation F-body Camaros or Firebirds I see these days are sagging, sunburnt, and slow – a little like their owners. This appears to be a 1983 model with matching gold wheels, but the experts among us can correct me if I’m wrong. All I know is I know what I like, and I like this. A lot. It’s in good shape, including the correct bad panel gaps! A few scuffs here and there, but nothing unusual for a 30-year old car.

There is nothing that says ‘Murica quite like a shiny gold, T-top Firebird, is there? I want to grow a mullet and pop in a Bruce Springsteen cassette just looking at this. The thing that makes me the most proud, though? Just as I finished taking these pictures, a teenage boy trotted out of the store and hopped in with his buddy. This kid has good taste.

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Stockholm Sightings – Audi 5000S

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Walking around the Kungsholmen island of Stockholm, close to our hostel, I noticed this chrome-laden, seemingly early Audi 5000S parked on the street. The bumpers sprouted out proudly, the sealed-beam headlights added a touch of old-world class to the otherwise aerodynamic design, and the entire car was sparkly clean.

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Stockholm Sightings – Chrysler LeBaron Convertible

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This thing, this right here, this Chrysler LeBaron is among the best sightings I’ve posted, from my own view point. I managed to see just the angular, white-on-white tail sticking out of the line of parked cars, and decided to walk closer. When I realized what it was, my step hastened, my pace quickened. An actual, early K-platform LeBaron convertible right there in Stockholm’s Södermalm district, just a stone’s throw from the old town. Can you tell I was excited?

To own, I’d perhaps prefer the newer LeBaron. Those are a touch more modern in appearance, not revealing their Reliant K roots too easily, but the older car is a lot more Iacoccan. Like Regular Car Reviews put it in their charitable piece about the ’80s New Yorker, Lee Iacocca knew how to make an entire line-up out of just one basic car.

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Stockholm Sightings – Saab 900 Convertible

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I just finished watching the 2004 film Sideways. I’ve seen it before, but the last time around I hadn’t owned a classic-shape Saab 900. As the cabrio in the film is in a rough shape and gets a bit rougher by the end of the film, it kind of made me sad – but to cheer myself and everybody else up, I decided to post these photos of an immaculate 900 convertible instead.

Like the Cortina, I saw the 900 in Stockholm last weekend. It’s probably the nicest example I’ve seen in ages.

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Stockholm Sightings – Ford Cortina Mk2

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No sooner have we swiped the American sightings under the rug of past Hooniverse pages, for it to be time to see what I saw in Stockholm this past weekend. The sights on Swedish streets were numerous and post-worthy, and I’m pulling one of the nicest ones out of the bag to begin with.

This second-generation Ford Cortina was parked in a quiet neighbourhood, untouched by passing Midsummer dreamers.

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V.I.S.I.T. – Calling An Espada An Espada

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[Ed Note: I was recently given an amazing opportunity to go to France for a weekend to see a bunch of cars drive around in circles. REALLY big circles. An 8 and a half mile track in central France called La Sarthe. You may have heard of it. I was there at the behest of Michelin Tires on assignment for FlatSixes.com to cover the experience of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and you can see my race report, and more over there.]

Ferruccio Lamborghini, for years, admired the famous Spanish fighting bulls of Don Eduardo Miura, and even went so far as to name all of his cars in homage to the world famous fighting bull breeding ranch. Following the Miura proper, Lamborghini produced this front-engine V12 2+2 tourer. This one was named Espada, after the sword used by bull fighters, but colloquially used to describe the fighter themselves. This, to me, describes this car in either of its two forms. One, as a sword itself, scything its way through traffic with V12 torque, and carving its way down mountain passes. Second, this car is a fighter, a scrappy underdog taking on the earthly might of the bull, a metaphor, in this case, for…  I don’t know, something, I guess.  I’ve never been very good at metaphors.

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V.I.S.I.T – Euro Car Sightings in California

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It is weird, how my eye always picks up on the European cars in American settings, when watching practically anything State-made on TV. The same thing, unsurprisingly, happened when I wandered around Los Angeles and San Francisco; it was always the Volvos, Benzes and Alfas that I felt I had to photograph.

Looking back on my photos, there’s a ton of material with old Mercedes-Benzes neatly parked on Californian curbs. Still, it’s the Volvo 240s still sputtering on that I appreciate the most.

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Wagon Wednesday – Ford Falcon Futura in San Francisco

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Walking from the Wharf towards the Transamerica Pyramid, I instantly noticed this Falcon Futura on Greenwich Street, right next to La Trappe Cafe, a place to get some Trappist beer if that’s what you’re looking for in San Francisco. The sun-baked, faded red Falcon wagon looked perfect in the midday sun, and I was quick to snap a few photos.

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