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 danny garcia (DGar)

rio view by reverend baron from the album by the same title, acoustic piano version

what a find… so happy to have discovered this gem… excerpts from an interview below:

“danny garcia nosegrinded into the southern california skateboarding scene during the late ’90s, quickly making appearances in professional videos and earning sponsorships from big names like quiksilver, etc. now the local favorite nicknamed DGar has added another, more musical moniker: reverend baron. “it is fun to have a name, to have a different personality,” he explains. contrary to the tag’s religious undertones, his music takes on darker folk qualities, with dreamy melodies supporting tales of broken love and everyday hardships. another skateboarder-turned-songwriter. “i’ve always played music,” garcia explains, but “the last 10 years have been a little more (devoted) to playing with different people and learning different things, and advance myself in a different direction.”

“when i was young, i watched skate videos all the time,” he recalls. “at that point, the ’90s and early 2000s, skateboarding videos didn’t have to get rights to use music, because they were all small-scale – they just got away with it. they could just use anything, so i heard van morrison’s stuff and the band love, cream and things like that. “there’s no reason for that name,” he says. “i think matt thought of it. i think we were just talking about making a record, just recording a group of songs. that idea was just a name for a project. “the name is one thing, but you end up defining it. you end up making it. so it could be whatever it is.”  by uh

Can women drive? Woman driver wins Argentina 1962 rally in her mercedes-benz 220 SE

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the swedish ewy rosqvist (and her co-driver – not shown – ursula wirt).

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the mercedes-benz 220 SE.

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not the cuban missile crisis: but the two blondes from scandinavia who dominated the headlines.

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here is to women drivers, not in saudi arabia, but in argentina in 1962:

“before the start, the newspapers still somewhat ridiculed the fact that a women’s team were setting out on the marathon rally through argentina. when rosqvist and wirth chalked up a victory on the first stage, their success was soon praised as a respectable achievement. however, when the duo then also won the second stage, there was no more holding back and the swedish women were wildly celebrated by the country’s media. the state of the nation at that time was captured in the german language newspaper “freie presse”, which was published in buenos aires: “it was not the cuban missile crisis, but rather the two blondes from scandinavia who dominated the headlines in the country’s daily newspapers. the entire country excitedly celebrated the outstanding victory of the mercedes-benz women’s team in south america’s tough long-distance rally. proof that women actually can drive, and drive well… just as long as they are blond and don’t live in saudi arabia. by dd

I don’t want anything else but the new Jaguar low drag GT

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more aerodynamically efficient than a ferrari 250GTO

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malcolm sayer was a genius… just memorize that

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interior with original toggle switches…. no gold, no fancy wood, nor excess leather with dollar bill signs…. drool!

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in a world of shit cars, here is a brand new car with airbag, ABS breaking, AC and all the stupid necessary things we all want and need, but cant find in a vintage car, packaged in a beautifully proportioned body of a legend. this car is individually built for each client to his or her specs so the sky is the limit.

a little background on the low drag GT: the jaguar low drag GT is based on the prototype made from the original e-type by jaguar back in the 60’s. efforts to create an optimized racing e-type, with reduced weight and a further enhanced aerodynamic profile for the factory-resulted in the low drag version as the company began to plan the 1962 racing season. in conjunction with the development of the low drag, jaguar were also putting focus into the all-aluminum ‘lightweight’’ e-type, with uprated engines, suspension and brakes. 12 of these all-aluminum were developed, and they soon became the focus of the racing development at jaguar. this left the beautiful low drag prototype in the shade, and although development continued as an ‘after hours’ project, much more focus went into the eventual 12 lightweight jags. malcolm sayer who tested the low drag in a wind tunnel in those after hours, discovered that the shape was more aerodynamically efficient than a ferrari 250GTO (10%) and the standard e-type (20%) but the low drag was left behind as the lightweight jags took the ascendant position and redyed for the 1962 race. it took several decades for the low drag to reemerge from the archives but now you can have a custom one made just for you! now what a treat that would be? the cost, pending your requirements of course, would start around £650,000 i wont mention what that is in dollars. by uh

70’s gems: ferrari 365 GTS4 daytona spider

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ferrari 365 GTS4 daytona spider in production from 1968-1973

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with a tipo 251, engine sporting 4.4 L, V12 and 365 cc per cylinder (thus the 365GTB)

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(above) later model retractable headlights vs (below) the original open headlights covered with glass/acrylic

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below the lamborghini miura (shape and proportions) in production between 1966-1973

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the ferrari 365 GTB/4, better known by the unofficial name ferrari daytona, is a grand-tourer produced from 1968 to 1973. the name daytona was given to the car by the press rather than ferrari officials at its launch during the paris auto show in 1968, possibly because of ferrari incredible 1, 2, 3 finish the year before at the datona race in 1967. its sharp-edged styling resembled a lamborghini (miura) more than a traditional pininfarina ferrari. early daytonas featured fixed headlights behind a glass cover. this particular setup was completely abandoned in 1971 favor of retractable pop-up twin headlights due to new safety regulations in the US, which outlawed headlights behind covers (think of the e-type and the like). we actually prefer the later models with the covered headlights but regardless either would be a dream to posses. price range low of $700,000 and up. by uh

who needs snow to ski: candide thovex for audi

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if you do an ad that is actually not about your product but rather about something truly interesting, then you have a chance for people to see it and share it. and in the end, you win, as they may like you for being a part of that experience. we will take that over an ad that spends time trying to convince you that one brand of luxury car is better than the next. by lz

artist chris burden’s metropolis II at LACMA every little boys dream…

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over a thousand hot wheels all in one place

i know this is a bit old news by now, when i saw it i was going to do a post but that never happened. still it must be in the archives of TS… can the future of L.A. be this? or maybe the future of the world? most likely it will… and per chris burden, well all be driving in autonomous cars going on average at a speed of 230 miles per hour. the city structures are very cool especially the reflective mirror like high rise and the charles eames reference house of cards. i think anyone with a current or past love for slot cars, hotwheels, or matchbox cars would love this… by uh

shity cars we love, the story of ford escort MKI: alan mann racing and other greats

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the ford escort alan mann racing. the ford, not unlike the mini cooper, was a goofy car that kicked ars.

ford escort debut in 007 james bond film… also look for alan mann gold and red escort as well as the original ford escort’s kooky commercials

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ford escort twin cam rally race editions

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the escort MKI was in production from 1968 to 1975

if you are a fan of escorts, go to kick starter, and help david brodie tell his story about his beloved escort “run baby run”

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the original rally race car

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less grill is the best grill

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right hand drive – interior of the RS ford escort MKI and early MKII

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green light 1/43 scale fast and furious ford escort model approx $20

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and now the newly released for 2015 tiny hot wheels 1/64 scale “fast and furious ford escort RS1600” toy version. an awesome replica for $3 that will surely become a collectors. go out and get one.

“the mark I ford escort was actually not made in the US but rather introduced in the UK for its premier at the end of 1967. it replaced the successful long running anglia. the car was presented in europe as a product of ford’s european operation. initially the continental escorts differed slightly from the UK built ones under the skin fitted with dual hydraulic circuits; and wider rims. at the beginning of 1970, european production transferred to a new plant in west germany.

the escort was a commercial success in several parts of europe, but nowhere more than in the UK, where the national best seller of the 1960s, the famous mini cooper/morris were beginning to show their age. in summer of 1974, six years into the car’s UK introduction, ford announced the completion of the two millionth ford escort, a milestone hitherto unmatched by any ford model outside the US. it was also stated that 60% of the two million escorts had been built in britain. it eventually became the european car of the year. a higher performance version for rallies and racing became available, under the name of escort twin cam and went to win numerous races all across the world.”  by dd+wp

American dream: the ford GT40 story, it’s history and it’s versions at the 24 hours of le mans race

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the story of ford GT40 is an incredible one. and yes that is steve mcqueen next to the MKIV with taped-up front lights. they did that to protect the headlights from flying debris during the day to limit maintenance in the 24hr race. winner of le mans, bagging 1st, 2nd and 3rd position against ferrari in 1966 is the stuff of legends. if you don’t know about the story of ford and ferrari’s feud, it is worth checking this out. here’s a conclusive look at the ford gt models starting with the prototype. anyone with further knowledge is encourage to make corrections in the comments or just email us to update. that would be much appreciated, as we couldn’t find a single site showing the range of models. thanx.

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above and below: henry ford II in the ford GT40 108 prototype roadster back in the USA in 1965

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one of the earlier (i believe 1964) ford GT40 models on the race track

 

in 1964 ford attended the lemans but all cars fell behind ferrari due to repeated pitstops credited to massive gas consumption of the mega powered ford engines. finally all ford GT40’s dropped out due to mechanical failure and ferrari as usual took home 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize.

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1964 official results 24 heures du mans” otherwise known as “le mans 24-hour race”

1st place – ferrari       2nd place -ferrari       3rd place -ferrari

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notice the bat mobile wings on this GT40 i had never seen that myself. like back in 1964 ford did not manage to win or even complete the  race with its GT40 prototypes.

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1965 official results of the le mans 24-hour race

1st place – ferrari       2nd place -ferrari       3rd place -ferrari

1966 GT40 MKII-MKI

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this was the decisive year for henry ford the II and his GT40’s, by now ford had various improved versions of the GT40 MKII and MKI’s in the race driven by australian drives bruce mclaren and chris amon amongst others

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the number 5 GT40 in gold and pink livery. in 1966 ford managed to win lemans for the first time, in positions 1, 2 and 3 finally taking vengeance on ferrari for all that enzo ferrari had done to henry ford the II. (more on that story here)

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the #2 for GT40 in black white with gold rims driven by bruce mclaren and chris amon (the 24 hr race requires drivers to take turn as its a continues race for 24 hours)

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the #2 car finishes first ahead of the other 2 fords.

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the trio immortalized in detailed die cast available here for around $2,000

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1966 official results of the le mans 24-hour race

1st place – ford       2nd place -ford       3rd place -ford

1967 GT40 MKIV

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having wounded ferrari ford had to come back to lemans with a bigger gun. the MKIV was born

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but ford wasn’t going to take any chances aside from the 4 GT40 MKIV’s there was also a MKII entered into the race

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and the race was on…

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ford once again took 1st place but this time ferrari was on its tail on position 2 and 3. the aerodynamic MKIV did not stand up to the test as well as the MKII’s did back in 1966, but winning lemans in 1st place is major accomplishment 2 years in a row for a company known for making mass production models Ts.

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1967 official results of the le mans 24-hour race

1st place – ford       2nd place – ferrari       3rd place – ferrari

1968 back to GT40 MKI again

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the revised ford GT40 MKI in gulf livery

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car number 9 driven by pedro rodriguez and lucien bianchi wind the race

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this is also the year actor steve mcqueen films the feature “le mans” using a modified GT40 to mount the camera on

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1968 official results of the le mans 24-hour race

1st place – ford again       2nd place – porsche       3rd place – porsche

1969 GT40 MKI

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troubles for ford

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and yet… ford wins first again for the 4th year in a row… and where is enzo ferrari?

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the story and the cars that came out of that story are simply legend and carry with them more than just beauty and power but an attitude of a man bent on making a point. now how can any one not love that? recently a GT40 used by steve mcqueen sold for an unbelievable price of $11,000,000, what a steal. by dd

fashion vintage cars: Aston Martin DB5 with custom trunk by moynat

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right hand drive aston martin DB5 – yum!

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custom made moynat leather suitcase – sort of buckled in

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JD classics (used-car salesman? i suppose)  + moynat grace paris avenues

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and why not… a jaguar e-type to sweeten the deal, a series-1 rather, if i’m not mistaken

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ok this one did not get the full attention,just a duffel bag thrown in the front seat – i guess it was a bit half-hearted when you compare this to our hermes 2cv post…

so what happens when the oldest trunk maker in paris joins a couple of vintage british thoroughbred cars? a lot of excitement on first glance… on our end at least. because a) we love these cars, and c) moynat is the oldest leather goods and trunk manufacturer in paris. (we hate b).

established back in 1849 when louis vuitton was practically just an unknown french dude to pharrell williams’ grand father. well flash forward and vuitton made it big while moynat remained small and beautifully unknown to most.

so the story goes that LVMH pushed to initially buy out goyard… (you know, those cheap canvas and gum grocery bags they sell at barneys for just $1,400… i have a burgundy one, no monogram, that was extra $… and i needed that actually for my groceries).  it turned out goyard wasn’t for sale, at any price. so after much negotiations, LVMH decided to just purchase little moynat and flip the middle finger at goyard and just mint their own canvas and gum grocery bags to sell for say $2,000… so there, you see… today’s luxury is not about material or even craftsmanship, although it really helps if you have a good “craftsman” story to tell. then you can go and sell anything with a logo on it… come to think of it i need a moynat tote. my keys punched a whole through my other grocery bag.

but then wait, how are we gonna sell moynat? no one knows about moynat? not a problem said mr. arnaut. “just get some one that people know… lets say that guy with a small head and the big hat, pharrell williams, he seems to be doing anything that comes his way these days… didn’t he just cashed in on some of those iconic, eternally white, adidas stan smiths? painting them with childish skittles colors or something? yes lets get him to do a capsule collection… but no skittles this time” ok that’s how you sell moynat to the mass… and tell the rest of us hard noses about the history.

i suppose this half-hearted attempt at old luxury was aimed at us people. and guess what? it worked. here’s the post and i’m off to buy my next luxury grocery bag… and as far as groceries goes, who needs that… didn’t karl say you can’t ever be too rich or too skinny? or was that notorious B.I.G who said that? shit i cant recall… by dd

1962 MGB Sebring Roadster


two of the three original MGBs that won the sebring race

special tuning engine – modified


to reduce fueling stops, the MGs were fitted with dual special tuning gas tanks with quick-release le mans-style fuel fillers

the interiors of the cars were very close to stock in appearance, using the original seats, complete with contrasting piping to match the body color

automobile racing was an important part of every automobile company’s marketing program in the ’50s and ’60s. having just introduced its new MGB sports car to the important U.S. market, in the fall of 1962, british motor corporation’s factory team entered two MGBs in the 12 hour florida International grand prix of endurance at sebring in early 1963. what is surprising is that not only that the little MGB achieved success in the race in 1964, but that two of the three original MGBs still survive, and have just been restored to the exact specifications in which they raced that year. if you are an MG fan you are probably familiar with these little devils, and if not you should surely check the history out. lovely little cars to zoom about town. by dd