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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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What if the DeLorean in ‘Back to the Future’ was an Old Fiat?

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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If Marty McFly tried speeding back to the future in an old Fiat 500 instead of a DeLorean, would he even make it to 88.8 miles per hour? It’s questionable. Graphic Designer/Illustrator Gerald Bear’s great new series, Unconventional Heroes, imagines a world where the cars in our favorite cult films and television are a lot less super… and far, far smaller. [Read more...]

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Is this Infinite Traffic, or A Celebration of American Iron?

Thursday 02.13.2014 , Posted by
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A literally endless stream of Matchbox and Hotwheels toy cars threads its way through the air, looping around a möbius strip that forms the symbol for infinity. The work is part of artist Chambliss Giobbi’s new exhibition American Iron, a show that explores the “inventiveness, expanse, and ultimate collapse” of a uniquely American culture. [Read more...]

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One Cool Ride: A Drivable Truck Carved From Ice

Friday 01.03.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen lots of art cars over the past years, but never one that would melt away in warm weather. Canadian Tire, an automotive company that makes batteries, decided to put their cold weather MotoMaster Eliminator battery to the test by putting it inside a completely frozen truck and then driving it around town. Now, if that isn’t a Canadian experience, nothing is! [Read more...]

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12 Crazy Christmas Decorated Cars

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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Tis the season to be jolly and decorate like crazy, right? In our neighborhoods during the holiday season, there is always that one neighbor who goes above and beyond the common Christmas decor standards and makes their local utility company very happy. Well, what about cars? [Read more...]

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A Video of Midday Traffic Reorganized by Color (Part of Cy Kuckenbaker’s Rhythm Exploring ‘San Diego Studies’)

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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If it seems like there are a load of silver and white cars on the road, you are completely correct. Getting stuck in rush hour traffic, it’s just one of those things you notice as you stare around aimlessly hoping for a break in the gridlock. Cy Kuckenbaker has just given us a whole new appreciation for this colorful rhythm, using After Effects to sort out cars by color in footage of State Route 163 in San Diego. His editing is convincing, giving the highly trafficked segment of freeway a look of unusually perfect organization. [Read more...]

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