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A Radical Wooden Roadster Built from Plans (in 1959)

Thursday 11.20.2014 , Posted by
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If you were “the least bit handy with ordinary tools and not afraid to get your hands dirty” you could build the car in these pictures, read an article in the September 1956 issue of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. We’re pretty sure you’d need to be more than “the least bit” skilled to build this from the minimal plans, but we won’t fault the author on his choice of interesting cars. The extremely low-slung roadster was built like a boat, out of materials people would be familiar with: plywood panels covered with mahogany. Now that’s different. [Read more…]

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Tales of Auto Elasticity: Hyper-Realistic Pickup Truck Renderings in Impossible Curves

Tuesday 11.18.2014 , Posted by
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3D artist Chris LaBrooy takes the form of classic pickup trucks and bends them to his will in his incredibly surreal images. Truck beds stretch into long curving loops, interlocking with other pickups in impossible looking assemblages. As much as these appear to be sculptures (…how amazing would they be?!), they are actually hyper-realistic digital renderings from his series Tales of Auto Elasticity. [Read more…]

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This Guy Asked His Wife to Doodle on His Car With a Sharpie (and It’s Gorgeous!)

Wednesday 10.15.2014 , Posted by
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When this guy got his car, there was some slight damage on the bumper. Little did he know that the problem would launch he and his wife into a journey of artistic expression. He let her loose with a sharpie to disguise the damage – but her painstakingly applied swirls and paisleys looked so good, she just had to keep going. [Read more…]

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Watch Fabian Oefner Cover a New Ferrari in Glowing Paint

Thursday 10.09.2014 , Posted by
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This isn’t your everyday paint job. Artist Fabian Oefner (featured previously) recently worked with Ferrari on a project that would see their 2015 California T covered in streaks of glowing paint. First he traveled to the Ferrari headquarters in Maranello, Italy, where he test drove the new car [Read more…]

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12 Streamlined Rides from the Age of Art Deco

Friday 09.26.2014 , Posted by
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From the ’20s to the ’50s a streamlining craze swept the world. Inspired by the rise of the airplane and driven by the need for more efficient vehicles, automakers and dreamers around the globe began sculpting cars into aerodynamic forms with beautifully sweeping lines. Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of our favorite designs from the golden age of streamlining. [Read more…]

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There’s a Battle for the #1 Spot at Lotus HQ

Thursday 09.04.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve all been there before. Just when you think that prime parking spot is yours, some mysterious car sneaks in to grab it. That’s the situation here – only it’s dawn, and we’re talking about racing driver Romain Grosjean in the Lotus F1 Team parking lot.

How to solve the situation? Grosjean pulls in some heavy machinery… but because F1 drivers are a competitive bunch, not everything goes to plan. [Read more…]

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Gerry Judah Creates Monumental Car Sculptures for Goodwood Festival of Speed

Friday 07.04.2014 , Posted by
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Each year since 1997, London-based artist and designer Gerry Judah has created a stunning centerpiece for the Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England. His towering sculptures are monuments to the history and thrill of motor sports, and a dazzling treat for the eye. This year he’s really outdone himself. [Read more…]

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Car Camping Revolutionized: This Bed Folds Into a Suitcase

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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If you’ve ever tried camping in your car, you probably found yourself getting less than perfect sleep. Between curling up into the majorly lumpy back seat, or reclining the front seats for an equally lumpy/bumpy experience (one that makes side/stomach sleeping impossible), the options aren’t that inviting. Enter the SwissRoomBox – an ingenious invention that will convert even tiny hatchbacks into a flat sleeping area. And yes, like the Swiss Army knife it claims as a namesake, this smart system folds up into a small package – a rolling suitcase. [Read more…]

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Is that an Oakswagen? This Bosnian Fellow Built a Wooden VW Beetle and a Hat to Match

Monday 05.12.2014 , Posted by
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Momir Bojic, a 71-year old Bosnian man, spent 2 full years converting his Volkswagen Beetle into a rolling piece of wooden art. The entire body is now covered with tens of thousands of hand-carved oak shingles that lend a warm and woodsy texture to the vehicle. It’s now fitted with loads of custom touches too; from latticed tail-light lenses and spoked hubcaps, to windshield wiper covers and an ornate knob-strewn dashboard. Really, he hasn’t missed much. [Read more…]

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Flashy Cars in Splashes of Colorful Marker

Wednesday 04.23.2014 , Posted by
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Who loves flashy cars and markers? Claeys Jelle is bringing these two friends together in magical ways. His renditions of lowered BMWs, speeding Porsches and classic V-dubs, are completely popping with color and a lot of splashes around the bodywork too. He’s even managed to include that Alfa Romeo Junior I’ve been lusting after. I like it.

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