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V.I.S.I.T. – BMW 733 Has Been Around a Time or Two


I’ve always been attracted to the look of the BMW 7 Series E23 cars, especially the 745. To me, it combines the classic muscle car look in a contemporary German grand touring design. So when I ran across this 733 recently, I had to stop and get a closer look. … Continue Reading

V.I.S.I.T. – Mad Maverick


It was on a recent trip to Mr. Sam Walton’s local general store and grocers that I spotted this little gem, coincidentally the same parking lot I spotted it’s older brother. If I’m not mistaken, this Maverick is painted in Ford’s ‘Last Stand Custard’ (they had some great color names in the early 70s, including ‘Thanks Vermillion’, ‘Freudian Gilt’, ‘Original Cinnamon’, and ‘Anti-Establish Mint’ to name a few). Powered by Ford’s infamous ‘Thriftpower” inline six cylinder, this Maverick was originally built to both replace Ford’s aging Falcon and to combat a serious influx of import cars from Japan and Germany’s Beetle. I’m not sure why, but I’ve never really thought of the Mav as a compact car, but I guess it was. The Mustang’s little brother is a nifty little critter, and I’ve always sort of wanted one, even in slightly ungainly sedan form.

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V.I.S.I.T. – Facebooker Spies Porsche Prototype Train On Mulholland Drive


The V.I.S.I.T. Facebook page is an awesome place to hang out, and occasionally someone shares something truly special. Porsche is known to drive their prototypes around in trains like this, especially on the Southern California loop on which this group were spotted. In this group, though the photos the poster shared are perhaps a bit blurred, we appear to have a facelifted 981 Boxster, and perhaps a few variants of the upcoming 991 Carrera GTS. Maybe even a Targa GTS?

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V.I.S.I.T. – Them’s factory graffics?


I saw this in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Ava, Missouri. I wasn’t sure whether or not it was one of those desirable 4×4 trucks, until I took a closer look. I can now definitely confirm that it was. And in the process, reenforce every stereotype there is about Wal-Mart shoppers, Ozark hillbilly culture, and pickup truck owners.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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