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Weekend Edition – Helsinki Street Sightings: Ford SportKa

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The Ford Ka is a neatly packaged, if seemingly disposable little car. They appear to rust so quickly, I think the numbers of first generation cars will dwindle in the next decade.

So, while there still are common Ka:s, let’s take a look at this sportier version, aptly named the SportKa. There was also a droptop version, named the StreetKa. Being able to take either for a spin would definitely be interesting.

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Weekend Edition – Helsinki Street Sightings: Hyundai Coupe

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The facelifted Hyundai Coupe – or Tiburon in select markets – has now reached the age where it kind of looks cool. No, really, hear me out: I don’t hate the bug-eyed front. Sure, it makes barely any sense compared to the attractive-but-maybe-a-little-plain original, but viewed on its own, it’s bold and daring and swoopy.

It does appear a little small-wheeled, but these things are getting very cheap and they still seem to hold on pretty decently, at least here.

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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Peugeot 205 GTi

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What, more 205? Well, this one is in the same vein as the earlier Fuego clip: promotional material from the ’80s, combined with a modern retro electro soundtrack. The secret agent business with the 205 GTi has been turned to the megamax with absolutely pulsating sounds by Perturbator.

And like the YouTube description puts it: HELICOPTER ! ROCKETS ! TRAINS ! EXPLOSIONS !

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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Renault Fuego

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This video is a collection of Renault Fuego advertising material, set to a retro electro soundtrack. It works pretty well, and Myrone’s Exclusive Coupé is a cool “hero car” sort of tune. It has also been combined with a BMW 850 promo with definitely satisfying results.

I’m not quite sure I need a Fuego in my life, but the clip makes for a strong case for it.

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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Ford Sierra XR4 (Argentina)

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Despite being available as only pretty shoddy quality upload – it’s been on YouTube since 2006 – this Argentinian ad for the Ford Sierra XR4 is very likeable. Sure, it’s dated and revolves around the idea that the Charlton Heston lookalike behind the wheel uses a black Sierra to woo an impressionable catwoman, but somehow it all works pretty well together.

And the music is as ’80s action theme as it can be. That’s always a good thing.

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’80s Ad Weekend Edition – Peugeot 205

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What a better way to start a 1980s themed weekend edition than posting a video dated to 1990? Well, to some people 1990 was still ’80s, and I haven’t actually even stopped living in the 1980s either, so I do think it’s all good. In any case, it’s likely this awesome piece of advertising was shot in ’89, so it’s legit.

Now that I’ve preceded the Peugeot 205 ad with babble not actually describing the ad at all, we can move on to the clip itself. It’s very much reminiscent of the ending of A Man and a Woman, where the hero drives his Mustang quickly to catch up with the train. A 205 is a nice alternative for American muscle.

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Weekend Edition: Vårmønstringen 2015 by Norsk Sportsvogn Klubb

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Quite a headline, isn’t it? The event is an answer to the question I’m sure many of you have been pondering, “What is the sports car scene like in Norway?”

The Vårmønstringen is a spring awakening of sorts. Held by the Norwegian Sportscar Club, it’s one of the biggest yearly automotive events in Norway, and this year’s gathering was the 40th so far. These photos by Hooniverse reader and power enthusiast Adrian Jektvik show just how diverse the scene can be.

And yes, there was a Koenigsegg there.

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Weekend Edition: The Art Car Museum of Houston

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Often when I take a trip, I’ll have a look around to see what local car culture is available to see and experience. Such was the case last week, when I landed in Houston, Texas, for my sister’s wedding in Austin. Something very different from the cars I’d normally be checking out was available in the form of The Art Car Museum. In a way it’s almost strange that I haven’t looked more into art cars before this, because it bridges two of my biggest interests, art and cars, but I just hadn’t found the opportunity in Florida. Interestingly enough on a personal note, it was a trip back to Houston, where I was born, that brings us this unusual mixture of cultures. … Continue Reading

Weekend Edition: 1973 Volkswagen SP2

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The Volkswagen SP2 is one of the “most from the least” sort of sports cars. Built from humble Type 3 origins in Brazil, it manages to look absolutely brilliant for the money.

With an air-cooled 1700cc engine and a Variant floorpan, the dimensions promise a front-mounted V6 or the sort, but all the 75hp business is in the back and there’s a frunk up front. But as Volkswagen-based specials come, the SP2 is simply beautiful compared to the fibreglass contemporaries one could assemble in the comfort of your own garage.

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Weekend Edition: Weird Neighbors at the Classic Motorshow 2015

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The yearly Classic Motorshow, held in Lahti, Finland, accumulates the most interesting classic cars and the most enthusiastic car people to a fair centre not far from the city centre. The parking lot is certainly an interesting place every time the show is held, and despite today’s sad weather the turnout was good and eclectic.

Along with the chuckle-inducing CVH plate on the Testarossa, there were some definitely interesting pairings seen today. Take a look.

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