had to do it because i am a man of my word:
taken from *SamBlob
For the first 20 people who comment on this journal, I will choose 3 deviations from each of your galleries that I like the most and feature them on this journal.
But in exchange, you have to do the same tag in your journal (that is, if you want to)
i will re upload and notify this journal as many times as i can and let the commenter know their stuff is up.
Suzuki Cappuccino: shame these never came to North America because of its small size. it would've been one of those cars that would've given Suzuki some real street cred in the US. especially with a Suzuki GSXR600 engine under the hood. its later itineration was buillt completely in Aluminum, including its K6A 660cc Turbo engine, driving the rear wheels.[link]
Dennis Gage in his Pacer: his famous motto "Honor the timeless classics" is basically the motto of my group, Classic Car Fans, which was adopted in his honor. also, despite all the crap the AMC Pacer was given, it went on to be a cult classic alongside its Gremlin twin.
and i actually met the man in person at a car show in PR.
Toyota Soarer: what can i say about this underrated coupe? this car is basically the Japanese version of the Lexus SC300/400 with a twin Turbocharged 2.5 liter inline six. in Japan and Australia, this car is one of the essential drift cars over there alongside its Mark II and Chaser brethren. Lexus, you should've sold them with that turbo engine alongside the 3 liter and the V8 back then.
Giant Minecraft Kingdom: i'll be completely honest, i only played Minecraft once, and sadly i didn't like it. but i do appreciate what its all about: creating anything using bricks, its the Videogame version of Lego. and you can do some amazing stuff in it, like this one his brother did for example:
Killer Pumpkin: i'm going to say this made me laugh, the bigger one reminds me of the mishapen pumpkin from the Halloween Robot Chicken skit, in which he's depicted as the retarded one of the bunch, and also gets spared from the other kids who destroyed the normal ones and one of them has been used as a toilet.
overall, kudos on his mom for the idea and approach:
Orange Lamborghini: small town and a Lamborghini Gallardo? what are the odds of finding one there? anyway, i've seen a couple of them myself numerous times and i'll have to say the v10 sound is amazing. one of them was the infamous LP540 model:
Toyota Gone to Seed: one of the cars i've always lusted upon when i was a kid was an RT40 Toyopet/Toyota Corona sedan. there's just something about a small RWD sedan that just makes you think of all the possibilities regarding mods. not to mention looks wise, it was one of the many cars i used to practice on when i was little. i used to see them quite often but these days they're all but gone:
Colt 1500: i just found this one while i was looking at Chris's gallery. there's a guy who has one of these in front of his house alongside a Dodge Shadow 2 door in a similar condition to this one. these were sold elsewhere as the Mitsubishi Galant MK1 and were a huge step from the previous Dodge compact car they sold before it: the Plymouth Cricket.
U want it We got it:when i was a kid, i used to do my own Dioramas using toy cars as well. although half the things like road blocks and cones were made out of gray Crayola modeling clay. few toy companies actually do realistic service station play sets now, even Hot Wheels decided to concentrate their efforts on fantasy settings (which i frankly hate since not all of us want a jungle or a crazed up racetrack to play with........such is life, i guess. i can still get a couple of gas station play sets from the dollar stores from China.
VW SP1: what is this car, you may ask. and what does the SP2 initials mean? well, meet the Volkswagen SP2, basically this was VW's real attempt at building a sports car, it was based on the VW Variant, also known as the Brazilian built VW Type 3. this car was only sold in South America, so not many of them were ever made (around 10,250 units were ever built, 605 of them were exported, one of them was exported to Europe, more specifically in Portugal and a white one is resting in the VW Museum in Wolfsburg. 155 of them ended up in Nigeria) the SP stands for Sao Paulo, where the design headquarters were based.
it was also the base of a joke because it also stood for Sem Potencia (Without Power in Portuguese) since it only made 75 hp from the aircooled 1700cc Boxer. its main competitor was the Puma Sports car since Brazil was closed to Imports in the 1970's thanks to the OPEC oil crisis, a ruthless Military Dictatorship by General Ernesto Geisel and an insane Protectionist policy.
this car is basically one of the holy grails in the VW Aircooled Enthusiast community and prices for one are higher than any of the regular aircooled VW cars.
Puma GTB 4.1: to be completely honest, i've no idea what this car was until a while ago. it looked like a modified Chevy Vega from the looks of it,mixed with a little bit of AMC in it.
but this Brazillian Muscle car not only looked badass, it played the part, only not with a v8. but rather, and get this: a 250 c.i (4,100cc) high output inline six cylinder off a Chevrolet pickup truck. the body was made entirely out of Fiberglass to boot. the GTB moniker means Gran Turismo Brazil. it was basically the most expensive car in Brazil at the time.
the very same car's components were taken from another Brazilian automobile: the Chevrolet Opala, which was based on the Opel Commodore/Rekord and built by General Motors Do Brazil during the Military Dictatorship of General Ernesto Geisel.
the body was made entirely out of fiberglass and only 1,589 of them are known to exist, 700 were S1's and 888 of them were S2's, the one in the pic is the Series 1.
there's even a few in the US and Europe since they were never officially exported. they were only built from 1973 to 1984
66' Willys Interlagos : in a nutshell, this car was basically the very first fiberglass built Brazilian automobile, not to mention their first sports car.
yes, you are infact looking at a Renault Alpine A108, which was built under license by none other than............................Willys-Overland (yeah, THAT Willys-Overland, the very same one that built Jeeps in the 1960's before AMC bought it) it ends up that Willys was building Renault cars under license like the Daulphine and the Alpine 108 alongside the Aero and CJ Jeep.
it also ended up that Ford of Brazil bought Willys-Overland and kept on building cars and offroad vehicles until the 1980's under said name.
it was renamed as the Willys Interlagos (after the famous race track) the model was built in three versions: Berlineta, Coupé, and Convertible. The car also had a successful racing career. From 1962 to 1966, a total of 822 Interlagos were made in São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo.
PR Style Corolla: this one is pretty special to me, actually. so that's why it deserves a spot on the list.
it was the very first art-trade that i've ever done in my life when i was starting out in DA, and Aaron and i decided to do a little bit of car culture exploring. i responded with a modified Isuzu/Holden Gemini with a 572 V8 under the hood, one of the many popular cars to modify in New Zealand asides the Mazda 808/RX3 and the Toyota Corolla E70. and this blue beast with fat Mickeys and a huge Turbo was the result. :
now i want to turn one of those Corollas even more and turn it into the one in the sketch, only with a 13B Turbo and turn it into a Pro Street beast.
When i grow up: i'll be honest, i love small cars (micro vans, bubble cars, small compacts, etc) and when i saw one of these Suzuki Carry vans when i went to a car show, i was ecstatic. these little ones are gray market vehicles and can only be used as (and i'm not kidding here) Off Road vehicles.
the Suzuki Carry has that something i always liked about it, maybe its the looks, the personality being a tiny utilitarian vehicle, or the fact its a cabover design. his little van, Murphy is a clear example. he reminds me of the many VW Transporter vans i see around like the MK2 Breadloaf :
Commer van: its badass, need i say more about this neat British van on steroids?
Oldsmobubble: what can i say, i freaking love Oldsmobiles from the good ol' days, before they went to shit around the late 80's. and the Cutlass from 1970 was my favorite of them all.
Camaro by George Trosley: dude, it must've been a huge honor to have George Trosley do your car. that man is a freaking legend. shame i was born after CarToons went bust.
32' Ford with All Wheel Drive: there's only one thing i can say about this one: Badass
Wanna Go for a Ride, boy? : i like this one myself, a man and his dog side by side with a 1971 Mustang Mach 1 next to both.
Women: well, its true. Mr Peanut's packing some serious heat, LOLOLOOLOLOLOLOLOL. and he's a boss pimp!!
Nature: this is actually one of my personal favorite tracks in Forza 3. its called Circuit de Monnserrat i'm currently playing it and i'm already through 80% of the game
1960 Corvette sketch: it was quite an honor to have an artist of such caliber as Mr Daniel G. Storm to do a sketch of one of my car photos, i was really excited when i found out he sent it to me by mail.
to this day, i keep the drawing in a safe place inside the tubing that it came with. i will take a picture of it someday. its in a drawer free from the elements and i plan to frame it someday.
again, thank you, Daniel for being such a good role model and an all around great guy:
83' Dodge & 62' Cuda: i really liked this one since there's not many hand drawn sketches of the infamous Shelby Charger, or hardly even photos of them at all. i've always liked these myself. and the first gen Barracuda was also well done.
65' Corvette: one of my favorite car designs, bar none happens to be the C2 Chevrolet Corvette. its a timeless piece that still grabs your attention to this day. hell, i saw one pass by last sunday in white. a droptop like this one:
Rotary Unity: fellow Rotary enthusiasts from different countries, united by one love of the ubiquitous Rotary engine
Spore Miata final: oh God, its so adorable. IT BURNS!!!! anyway, i just found this one and it looks like a toy NA Mazda Miata(first gen), it even has Rocket boost!
that is one happy FD RX7.
then again, almost all Mazdas nowadays are smiling because of their previous styling language. the current one in the upcoming Mazda 6 will be a drastic change from the previous Mazdas design wise.
My favorite Cat:
arguably one of the best looking cars in history, bar none. the Jaguar E-Type was more than just a mere sports car, it was a rolling work of art, this car became an icon overnight, not just for the Jet set crowd, but also for Britain in general. as Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear said
" Every nation has its icon, the great nation of France has the big brown pile-on in the middle of Paris( i think he was talking about either the Arc du Triumphe or the Paris tower), Australia has the rock(Ayers Rock, that is), the Belgians have an Urinating Infant(also known as the Manneken Pis statue in Belgium) or this, i put it to you is ours, our Jerusalem, our Chariot of fire, the maple around where the people of this funny little rock in the middle of the North Atlantic could gather to remind ourselves that once upon a time we really were as great as we think we are now
i've seen my share of these XK-E's and they trully are one of the most beautiful cars ever made, alongside the Toyota 2000GT and the Ferrari 250 GTO.
the image speaks for itself, the 364/5 Daytona convertible or the hardtop were the epitome of Sex on wheels.
Working man's Ferrari:
i said it in a comment and i'll say it again, the NSX was Honda's crowning achievement. the pinnacle of their F1 engineering for the street and a Supercar that was actually reliable. not to mention the legendary Ayrton Senna helped develop this car by testing it on the racetrack and engineering it.
the concept version of the NSX was commisioned and done by none other than Italian design house Carrozzeria Pininfarina S.P.A back in 1984 and after that then Honda's design team took over to work on it.
WAT SHITBOX MSC (Merda Stradale Corsa):
me and Maurizio came up with this one while we were chatting about in Facebook and told him it needed a racing model, so after a couple of name suggestions as well as parts, we ended up with this clusterfuck of a car.
Also, ITS RUNS ON HUMAN FECES BECAUSE METHANOL!
Lancia Beta Coupe:
why? because old Lancias are badass.
the biggest car in the world, also its gonna be operated by a crew of at least 20, including the driver himself.
Drift, Mario, Drift:
a 920 hp Holden Monaro meant for drifting? her father must be loaded in order to maintain such a beast. also, it looks pretty clean and simple.
this car was sold as the Pontiac GTO in the US market.
oh man, the 4th gen Toyota Corolla is truly special really. this was basically the last gen of the RWD Corolla lineup (Excluding the 5th gen Corolla AE86/85, that one was the last of the breed) and quite honestly one of the cheapest cars to work on and turn into a race car, if you can find one.
my older brother owned a wagon version of this one, but the front end had the more badass looking quad round lights rather than the boring square lenses in the 81' to 84' model. in Australia and New Zealand, these are considered as one of the many hoon mobiles you can get. in Puerto Rico, these are usually left stock because they're considered cult classics or turned into drag cars.
Sunrise Aurion GT300:
the Toyota Aurion is basically the Australian/Japanese built version of the Toyota Camry (the US Built "epitome of the Japanese Soulless Appliance" and "Beige king" Camry have nothing on this one, especially when it comes to performance) TRD took it upon themselves to take a 3.5 liter V6, same one off the Camry and put a roots blower on top of it, the result: a whopping 320hp driving the front wheels.
this one in particular was built as a Super GT race car, which is the Touring Car racing championship held in Japan, and it makes the NASCAR Winston Cup look pathetic in comparison. if it was me, that Aurion would be in the GT500 category with a TRD V8 engine driving the back wheels since the car is essentially bigger than a Lexus IS.
Hold that Tiger:
when i was a kid, i used to watch the TV show "Legends of Motorsport" and "American Muscle Car" and one of their featured cars was the Sunbeam Tiger, which was a hot rodded Alpine convertible built by the American branch of the British Rootes Motors company in California( the same brand which gave us the Hillman Imp and the dreaded Hillman Avenger/Plymouth Cricket )
they were powered by a Ford 289 c.i V8 ( the prototype of the car itself was built by Caroll Shelby under commission from Sunbeam for $10,000 after coming up with some potential candidates to replace the 1.5 liter that was originally in their Alpine roadster and found out the Ford 289 v8 was the right one to put in between the chassis rails)
when Chrysler bought the company in 1967, they were not expected to sell a car with a Ford engine, and since they couldn't find a replacement engine for it they decided to discontinue the car altogether. and so ended the rather short 4 year lifespan of an underrated classic. some people argued that it was more practical than the AC Cobra that inspired this very car.
Quietly sneaking up on a Viper:
speaking of Vipers, i've actually ran across one yesterday afternoon. i will keep details hush hush....But, its not stock for the most part.
50' Willys in green:
i wish i would've chosen more, knowing your gallery and all but 3 was the limit. besides, i'm a sucker for old Willys Jeeps myself. especially the panel van model.
EA Games Rant: :thumb330414612: oh God, i stopped buying EA games in general after spending 40 bucks on Need For Speed: Undercover for the PS2, that game was a complete letdown and i managed to finish it in a week after i bought it. i might buy the Criterion NFS's, but that's about it.
EA Games can kiss my ass for all i care.
Mordecai and Marget: i actually watched a couple of episodes of Regular show myself, its actually not bad at all: :thumb321705469:
GAZ Tiger: dude, you have got to do some old school USSR army trucks like the GAZ 66 cabover and the GAZ 69 as well
Stanguellini Formula Junior:
this was Bear's rendition of the famous Stanguellini race cars from the 1950's, a very good one done with Sharpie markers and a ballpoint pen. he was inspired on the one i've done for him a couple of years ago (both, which are now in his house alongside other stuff)
little did i know that in December, 2010 this particular portrait would end up in my property. its around 5 by 7 inches and made on Bristol paper.
why am i showing off this one? because the man is THAT good
1941 Chevrolet (Old Chevy car) :
this one is pretty special, this was one of the many cars that roamed through the golden age of the American car, back when they made cars out of steel and class, back when designers were not guided by Commitees or any of that stuff, but rather their imagination. Az pretty much sent me this to cheer me up since my father passed away.
VW Truck-Run what you got:
the image speaks for itself, this all original T1 VW Transporter pickup is proof that despite the rust, these old trucks can give any modern truck a run for its money regarding toughness.
its not often you find one at all since most of them were sold in small quantities thanks to a certain Protectionist tax called the "Chicken Tax" made by President Lyndon Johnson during the cold war. which was a 25% tax on Chicken related products like Barley, Potatoes and foreign light trucks, which frankly crippled the small truck segment and made it nearly impossible for the domestics to have some real competition.
now when i gotta look for a small pickup truck that will be good on gas and can do what the big ones can, i have to buy a used one since the segment is pretty much dead now, the Ranger and S10 are gone and the Dakota is about as big as an early 90's Ram now...
and foreign commercial vehicles like the Ford Transit have to be stripped of parts or add them in order to circumvent the 25% tax. its 2012, so this tax needs to go as well, it is irrelevant quite frankly.
when Falcon flew on the road: its hard to find a first generation Falcon around, let alone one in factory condition as this one.
Autech Skyline R33 GTR 4 door:
nope, you're not seeing things. this is infact a 4 door Nissan Skyline GTR and it did exist, only in small quantities.
the car was built to comemorate the 40th anniversary of the Nissan Skyline and Autech took it upon themselves to build less than 500 units of the car (Autech is one of Nissan's many aftermarket companies and tuning houses)
Tommy Kaira ZZ-II (also known as the Autobacs Sport Laboratories RS-01)
this was essentially tuner house Tommy Kaira's (Tommy Kaira is a Japanese auto tuner that specializes on Subarus as well as Nissan vehicles and a couple of Suzuki micro cars as well) attempt at building a real supercar, powering this car is the very same RB26DETT off the Skyline GT-R's and drove all the 4 wheels using the very same ATTESSA-II All wheel drive system. later on, the car got sold and rebadged as the ASL RS-01 .
Super Autobacs is a chain of auto part stores that specializes on selling aftermarket parts like wheels and even complete drivetrains. to put it in another way, it is the Japanese equivalent of Pep-Boys and Auto Zone, only more insane and with an inventory that would make both companies seem like a corner store than a parts warehouse, they even have their own car manufacturing firm called ASL or Autobacs Sports Laboratories, responsible for the Garaiya, a mid engined super lightweight sports car with a Nissan SR20DE off a Silvia)
FSO Polonez Tribute:
this Giugiaro designed Polish hatchback from FSO has quite a cult following in Poland for being sort of a people car alongside the Fiat 126P or "Maluch" and the Syrena for not only being cheap, good looking (yeah, i said it, come at me) and for the mere fact that its a RWD car, but also it was one of the few cars Polish people could actually afford in Communist era Poland.
unfortunately, the car was also infamous for its shoddy build quality, questionable reliability (being based on a Lada, i wouldn't be surprised) and having being featured in Top Gear so many times as one of the worst cars ever built..........which is quite an exaggeration, knowing the Yugo Koral/GV is far more worse.... but that is just my opinion.
looks wise, its like a Polish Toyota Corolla AE86, only in 4 door, Ute/Truck form and even a panel van.
Peterbilt 379 Bit Sleeper:
i've always had a soft spot for older big rigs, especially American ones. the reason being that (and i think some of my European friends will vouch for me on this one) is the fact they have character and presence, something you wouldn't usually see on modern Cab over European trucks from MAN, Volvo and Scania alongside Sisu and Tatra (their military trucks are boss, though)
need i say it, i love these old SWB Chevy Stepvans from the old days. blame the fact most of the ice cream trucks that passed by my house were infact old Stepvans. also, helps that Maximum Overdrive was a good movie.
Scania t580 Topline:
these are essentially the Kenworth/Mack trucks of Europe, in the way that they are relatively popular and pretty common.
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PS. MERRY CHRISTMAS, YOU JIVE TURKEYS