eGarage http://egarage.com Stories in Motion™ Mon, 25 May 2015 02:20:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Lamborghini Miura P400 http://egarage.com/car-profiles/lamborghini-miura-p400/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/lamborghini-miura-p400/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 15:17:44 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15678 Lamborghini personally chooses "Miura", the name of a particular race of fighting bull. Ferruccio had this idea when he visited a Spanish breeder of fighting bulls owned by Don Eduardo Miura, near Seville. Miura is a bull very appreciated in the bullfighting universe because of its power. It boasts a reputation of a robust fighting spirit.

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Words and Photos: Raphael Belly

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The history of a car manufacturer is punctuated with tops and bottom, with new cutting edge developments and with mythical models that mark its history forever. For the Cavallino, Ferrari, we all know the myth around the 250 GTO. And for the bull, Lamborghini, the Miura marked the spirit of the Automotive world both for its revolutionary technical side and the purity of its lines.

The Lamborghini Miura’s tremendous media impact can be understood only if we look into the past, to the end of 1960s, when the Miura was in its prime.

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All the magazines that published a Miura image, often accompanied it with a dreamlike creature. The car is used all over the world for movies and broadcast productions. Kids own scale Miura models, even in wired remote control. Even the name is suggestive and exotic, it rings true. Miura, five irresistible letters, with a Latin charm and reminds inevitably of the hot challenges between bulls and toreros. Born only from the will of two young engineers of Lamborghini, the Miura embodies the archetypal sports car.

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In the 1965 Turin Motorshow, Lamborghini displayed a naked frame of the Miura. Its design and its drawing give her an innovative aspect. It is unofficially baptized “400 TP “, and this naming highlights an unexpected characteristic for those who know the manufacturer Ferruccio Lamborghini and his taste for the competition. This chassis is the same as that of a racing car, a passionate choice of two young technicians of Sant’ Agata Bolognese: Gian Paolo Dallara and Paolo Stanzani.

Although they are more or less certain to suffer a refusal of their direction, both engineers launch into a realization of a welded chassis, with folded and leaky sheet steel body. They install in the rear the V12 engine of the 400 GT transverse position (in Italian, transversale posteriore, or “TP”), located behind the passenger compartment. Typical on the racing cars of this time, this location is never again seen on a touring civilian car. Finally, the gearbox and the differential of the Miura are attached to the crankcase in a single block.

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Presenting their creation to Ferrucio Lamborghini, both of the young Paolos, Dallara and Stanzani, are afraid of his reaction. But much to their surprise, he accepts the project. “It will be good advertising for our house”, grants the boss to his technicians. “But we shall sell no more than 50 units. And for the competition, do not even think of it!”. A young designer at Nuccio Bertone, Marcello Gandini is called by Lamborghini to dress the Miura chassis.

For once, the forecasts of Lamborghini turn out inaccurate, the Miura will become a bestseller and an icon for Lamborghini. Nevertheless, it never participated officially in competitions. Only some units were hired in races, with some known drivers such as the German Gerhard Mitter and the ltalian Marcello Gallo.

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While I’m photographing the car, I take advantage of it to move closer to the owner and ask him why he chose this car, the opportunity for him to explain the story of his Miura and its purchase:

“When I bought it in 1991, there werr 3 Miura for sale: one red, the engine was unsettled and under repair so I passed on this car. Another, which was in very good state with original interior came with a hefty price. And finally, there was this pistachio green Miura. At first I did not find green that elegant, but I had this opportunity and the car had only 21000 kilometers. On the other hand, the inside was “Texan”: leather embroidered cow skin white and black sewn with big laces, etc. Thus, of course it was cheaper than the others, the budget suited me a little more, and I let myself be tempted even though it was not the color I wanted.”

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“Once at home, I wanted to repaint it yellow. I had even bought several Miuras at 1/18 scale that I painted in several colors to give me ideas: one in grey, one in yellow, one red. My wife convinced me to leave it green at the moment. But I decided to completely re-do the interior. We expected the seats to be in a nasty state because the previous owner had covered them with this “Texan” leather to mask their degraded state, but under this leather the seats were in an exceptional totally original state.

I began to enter the car into some concours. In particular in Mougins (France) in the 1990s was where my Miura entered the first one in its category. It is at this moment, by looking at it on the lawns of the concours that I began to appreciate it with its green tint.”

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“One year during this same concours Mougins, Tonino Lamborghini (the son of Ferrucio Lamborghini) was invited to Mougins for a gathering with only Lamborghini cars. Tonino then came to see me and said, “Bravo to have kept this Miura in the original color”. It is necessary to know that the first Miura was painted in pistachio green, called “Verde Green”, verging on yellow, while that of the SV was a pistachio green verging on a green apple, called “Verde Miura” or “Lime Green “, and a certain SV was painted “Rio Green”, and even one in “British Racing Green”.”

“I have never had any mechanical problems, except for some carburation regulations. It is a fantastic car, full of unique aspects giving it the the most beautiful driving sensations: its driving position, its unique character, and its noise.”

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The sport chassis of the Miura, so unusual for a road GT, does not go unnoticed. Nuccio Bertone, the very renowned designer of many prestigious cars, immediately falls in love with it. According to the official biographies of Lamborghini, he showed his enthusiasm to Ferruccio during one face to face with him, “I am the one who can make a shoe for your foot”.

A handshake later, everybody set to work, Ferruccio wanting his “TP 400″ to be ready for the Geneva International Motorshow at the end of February, 1966. Bertone saw only the naked chassis in Turin, in October, 1965. Gandini had only four months to secure the agreement between both men, and to create the driving prototype of the Miura.

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Actually, the challenge was brilliantly accomplished. As expected, the Swiss Show crowned her queen in March, 1966. Marcello Gandini, a few years later said, “we worked seven days a week and practically 24 hours every day”. During the Geneva International Motorshow, the displayed Miura is a prototype, fitted with wheels, lights and with a trunk door in a single part, made with plexiglass.

Very quickly, the car was fitted with rims called Campagnolo in alloy, while, to optimize the engine cooling, its plastic “lid” is replaced by a similar part but with parallel and horizontal lines, in a shape dedicated to the evacuation of the hot air. This configuration is nowadays traditional, but, at this time the Miura was the first road car to get this feature.

The front lights and their vertical “lashes” on the hood are the distinctive feature) of the Miura first version, in 1966. The back trunk is said “of courtesy”. It can contain hardly more than a small suitcase. The spare wheel is also accommodated under the trunk, a placement typical of the competition cars.

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The engine of “TP 400″ was the classic V12, stemming from the initial project of the engineer Giotto Bizzarrini. Compared to the 400 GT versions, the engine of the Miura was refined and optimized. The 4L V12 kept its bore, but its engine revs and compression were modified. The value of maximum torque was 369 Nm at 5100 rpm, and the power reached 350 HP at 7000 rpm. It was very light, weighing only 980kg, the maximum speed was estimated at more than 280 kph.

A power level very important at this time because the Formula 1 world champion of this time was a Lotus of “only” 205 HP. As for the Porsche 911, it was 130 HP at that time. Actually, the maximum speed of 280 kph and the accelerations outstrip clearly the rivalry. The SV version (with its 385 HP) will afterward be timed at 288,6 kph.

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At this stage, the only thing that remains is to give a name to this new car. Lamborghini personally chooses “Miura”, the name of a particular race of fighting bull. Ferruccio had this idea when he visited a Spanish breeder of fighting bulls owned by Don Eduardo Miura, near Seville.

Ferruccio never wanted to reveal what pushed him to choose this comparison with a bullfighting race. Miura is a bull very appreciated in the bullfighting universe because of its power. It boasts a reputation of a robust fighting spirit. As for Ferrucio Lamborghini, he was born under the astrological sign of the bull, and his admirers identify his strong mind and forward thinking.

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The fact remains that, after the Miura, all future Lamborghinis will be placed under the sign of the bull. Indeed, with rare exceptions, as the Countach for example, all the successive models of the of Sant’ Agata Bolognese house were baptized under names evoking bullfighting.

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After a sunny morning playing with this rare and elegant bull, it is time to return to its “finca” (Spanish for meadow in which fighting bulls are raised) where his owner pampers it. I made sure to thank him for this unforgettable moment.

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A Strait Awareness http://egarage.com/uncategorized/a-strait-awareness/ http://egarage.com/uncategorized/a-strait-awareness/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 16:02:57 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15623 If you’re lucky enough to live your dreams, don’t take it for granted. Appreciate the good and the bad while you have it, then turn around and take it all in; like standing at the (literal) edge of your country, next to the love of your life, soaking in the breathtaking sight and doing all of it ‘your way.’

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Strait Awareness WEST 1000

Sometimes you have to rewind a bit in order to really grasp hold of what you’ve done – to observe, objectively, a juncture in your life. So I suppose I should begin this story from the end, when I was standing maybe five-feet from a 300 foot vertical drop. Less if you consider that what I was standing on was nothing more than a precarious dirt floor perched over an edge. Justin stood close behind, in as much awe as me, I suspect. He took pictures, capturing the silent juncture we were sharing in the presence of something beautiful.

Strait Awareness Trail

Strait Awareness Dirt

One wrong step and I’d tumble (more like free fall) down to the Strait of Juan de Fuca – the only waterway that connects the Pacific Ocean to the Puget Sound. The view was crystal-colored: swells of blue and turquoise water, sparkling in the sun. Sizable cliffs, though dwarfed by my current location, protect what is most precious further inland of the waves. Justin and I lamented. This was the last of the bunkers, the last “treasure” in our hunt, and we were sad to be finished. As every obstacle we encountered from “here on out,” we had encountered before.

Strait Awareness Trees

The bunker, or battery, was a modest “two-bedroom apartment” that had enough space for just two machine guns, a couple cots, some household needs and a fire. Or so we speculated. Active since 1940, and constructed for WWII, this bunker was the brightest, the most inviting, the hardest to get to and, for that reason, the least disturbed of the bunch.

Strait Awareness Trail

Strait Awareness Bunker

The group joked about moving in for the summer. Bringing the most basic personal items, it needed to be comfortable and we could make the place ours. When reality kicked (back) in, the glare from outside the rectangular cement window drew us in like moths. Everyone seemed at ease. The memory of the hardships we endured to get there began to fade. This one wasn’t the most impressive in size, nor story. It was a place that had to be earned. And as “Adventure Motorcyclists,” this fact was the only encouragement we needed.

Strait Awareness Bunker

Andy was our guide – a good friend of Justin’s and fast-growing friend of mine. He’s lived on the Olympic Peninsula his entire life, and to say he’s scoured it from top to bottom is an understatement! He planned to lead us on a four-day, off-road excursion in search of what I deemed to be America’s present “ruins.”

Strait Awareness WEST 1000

Each day we’d take wide gravel roads, varying in how much maintenance they’d seen over the years, which sometimes split into narrow complex paths like the slender fingers of a river. Our trials ranged from ruts to whoops, water-crossings to dried-up creek beds, and more. My biggest challenge, however, was keeping up. Each rider had their own skill level, all of which seemed to dwarf mine. However none of them felt inclined to leave me in the dust (gratefully). This harmony amongst the group made the difficult parts of the search seem almost laughable. Almost.

Strait Awareness Bunker

A few of us had unknowingly overlooked the first battery on our list the afternoon prior. Without Andy, we couldn’t remember where the proper door was. We parked atop a level, albeit still quite large, mound of earth. When we finally made it inside, what we found was an unassumingly large, chilly, pitch black series of rooms. If our lights had failed us, we would be left to wander aimlessly in the dark – pissing ourselves,

Strait Awareness Bunker

I’m sure – feeling our way around very carefully through the concrete halls, praying not to fall into a ditch. Anticipating the trip, I had wondered if I’d be anxious inside of the bunkers. Knowing that I had no real idea what exactly went on in there over the years. What creepy tales still loitered; trapped forever between the walls. Just who, or what, has lingered through these ruins?

Strait Awareness Bunker

Many, many forgotten fortresses line Washington’s coasts. Millions of taxpayers’ dollars went into the massive six to sixteen-inch guns, which, later reduced to 500 tons of scrap metal, had only been test-fired… once! The technology used to spin the turrets at the flick of a wrist, could likewise turn ’round a train car. It’s all very intriguing when you put it together – absorbing what knowledge of the once great relics that you can glean from Google, and then standing in their presence. The second noteworthy site on our list was just that, “great.” So big, so deep inside – we speculated – that it was the only one of the bunch to be barred at all entries.

Strait Awareness Bunker

In front of the steel gates we stretched our eyes as wide and far as they could reach to try and get a good look. Cut outs in the walls told us that there may have been a track installed, used to shuffle munitions (and ?) around the corridors. A strong breeze through the gate revealed the possibility of multiple levels dug, who-knows-how-far, below the first. Vegetation clung to the exterior, draping loosely off of the roof, which was hiding in plain sight. The pine trees around the bunker were so tall, so thick; I could hardly believe there was a clearing that faced the Strait less than a century ago.

Strait Awareness Lake

We hiked around on foot, stumbling over the giant cylindrical outline of what once held the military’s finest in artillery – that same turret that twirled a piece of a train like a ballroom-dancer – the one whose gun could fire 28 miles out toward any poor soul who dared it. I left that day a little proud of what we’d “found,” knowing quite well that this was a regular stop on Andy’s ‘Olympic Peninsula Moto-Tour.’

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After dusk, conversation grew as we gathered ‘round the campfire. Excitement from the day had barely begun to dwindle, though our bodies weighed heavily from exhaustion. By the next day’s end, however, Justin and I had soaked at the Sol Duc hot springs – a necessary luxury as far as I’m concerned. Treasure-hunting for bunkers wasn’t just some trip to some destination. It was an opportunity to become a part of its history.

Strait Awareness River

Until those structures truly succumb to the forest, my existence (in some way) was added to the countless number of untold stories that the next explorers might try to piece together. That had to be earned. What we rode our motorcycles through that week tested both our limits and willpower, things that all people should know about themselves. I discovered my limits that week from the many challenges we faced – a discovery worth maybe a little more than the “treasures” we discovered.

Strait Awareness Hill

We raced the sun to our last bunker. We stopped at a gate where Andy made a sharp right into the woods and was gone. We followed suit and pursued him along the most technical trail of our expedition. There was not one trace of a tire track or footstep on our path. By the time we reached our prize, my heart pounded and sweat poured while I struggled to remove my sticky riding gear.

Strait Awareness Road

At the edge of the cliff, overlooking that crystal blue ocean, I reminisced. This week taught me to take chances, seek out adventure and not waste time waiting for it to find you. Most of all, if you’re lucky enough to live your dreams, don’t take it for granted. Appreciate the good and the bad while you have it, then turn around and take it all in; like standing at the (literal) edge of your country, next to the love of your life, soaking in the breathtaking sight and doing all of it ‘your way.’

Strait Awareness Night

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Midnight Rambler http://egarage.com/videos/midnight-rambler/ http://egarage.com/videos/midnight-rambler/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 08:21:09 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=15672 The rough streets of downtown Los Angeles aren’t typically thought of as a great driving destination, but things change at night. Join our friend Magnus Walker on his favorite route around the city. You’ll want to turn your speakers up for this one. Enjoy.

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The rough streets of downtown Los Angeles aren’t typically thought of as a great driving destination, but things change at night. Join our friend Magnus Walker on his favorite route around the city. You’ll want to turn your speakers up for this one. Enjoy.

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Supercars and Fried Chicken http://egarage.com/car-profiles/supercars-and-fried-chicken/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/supercars-and-fried-chicken/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 16:01:46 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15568 The Ford GT, while equally befitting the supercar moniker as the Carrera GT, is in another world. The sharper lines of the Ford contrast against the rounded edged Porsche. The Porsche's tight and rigid interior is stark compared to the Ford's decidedly more American interior.

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Words and Photos: Mike Juergens

It’s early on Saturday morning and it’s quiet. The sound of metal chains and a garage door creaking open disturbs the early morning peace. A car emerges that I’ve never expected to be face-to-face with. It’s a car whose reputation precedes it in every way. People who have never experienced it fear it.

Porsche Carrera GT front

Porsche Carrera GT emblem

This car was originally conceived as a replacement Porsche Le Mans prototype for the 1999 racing season as the 911 GT1 and the LMP1-98 programs had ended. Porsche engineers decided to move forward with a V10 which would delay the Le Mans Prototype by one year. Porsche had secretly built and shelved a V10 for use by the Arrows Grand Prix International Formula One team in 1992. The engineers resurrected the V10 engine and increased it’s size to 5.7 liters from 5.5 liters with intentions of fitting it into a new Le Mans Prototype.

Carrera GT Engine

The Le Mans program never saw the light of day in favor of the Cayenne SUV. Also, most likely due to meddling from Ferdinand Piëch who wanted to see Audi’s new LMP1 R8 not face any competition from Porsche. During the 2000 Paris Motor Show Porsche displayed a concept car fitted the V10 engine. Due to interest and an influx of sales from the Cayenne the car was green lit and just over 600 cars arrived in the US.

Carrera GT engine vent

Behind the garage door was one of these 600 cars. All 10-cylinders and 612 horses roared to life in a cold start. The sound of which is hard to describe and I’m not even gonna try. We removed the roof panels, an engineering marvel on their own, so that we could enjoy the unseasonable Seattle weather. The car barked to life. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck. I was face to face with a unicorn, a loud unicorn.

Carrera GT key

Once leaving the garage, I got my first taste of the mighty Formula-One-esque powered street car. It was humbling. The sound of the V10 screaming away behind my head is something I’ll never forget. This road car puts the current batch of Formula One cars exhaust note to shame. It’s astonishing that a road car can make a more appealing noise than a full-blown race car.

Carrera GT wheel

Carrera GT spoiler

It would be a stretch to call this car a daily driver. There’s so much power on tap and the redline is so high that it’s almost impossible with the traffic to row through the gears. The clutch is difficult, requiring a mix of faith and touch that is unique to this ceramic race spec system. The car can experience a snap oversteer that has claimed many a victim. Rumor has it that Porsche engineers weren’t altogether satisfied with the suspension settings of the cars that left the factory. The car bites. It bites hard. It can be expensive. Worse, it can be deadly. It’s intimidating.

Porsche Carrera GT rear

We made our way through the edge of the Seattle downtown and under the viaduct past the Starbucks headquarters. We had a few errands to run and we were also on a mission to get some Ma’ono Fried Chicken. Yes, its possible to run errands and do day to day stuff but, with the tops stored in the bonnet, there’s zero storage space available even for fried chicken. It turns out that this wasn’t a problem as there wasn’t any left to take home. Wow, that was good chicken.

Porsche Carrera GT interior

Porsche Carrera GT Alki Seattle

We headed back towards downtown Seattle taking the long way around to avoid the traffic and found some great stopping points to help frame the car against the Seattle skyline. I couldn’t think of a better way to experience Seattle for my first time. It’s a day that I will never forgot but it wasn’t over yet.

Ford GT rear

At the 2002 Detroit Auto Show, Ford unveiled the GT40 Concept Car. Ford started the development of the GT40 successor to celebrate Ford’s centennial year. It was part of Ford’s campaign to show off and revive its heritage names. Ford was serious about the GT40 concept being successful that they even brought Carroll Shelby in to assist with the performance testing.

While the GT shared a similar appearance with the original Ford GT40 cars, it was wider and taller than the original 40. Structurally, there is nothing similar between the modern GT and the 1960’s GT40 which inspired it.

Ford GT Bonnet

Delivery and production of the first Ford GTs started in the Fall of 2004. Ford wanted to use the GT40 name. Safir Engineering, who built continuation GT40s in the 1980s owned the naming rights. Ford had to settle on using just the GT name. The production run of 4,038 GTs ended with the 2006 model year on September 21, 2006. There was a reported 3,452 sold.

Ford GT interior

The Ford GT, while equally befitting the supercar moniker as the Carrera GT, is in another world. The sharper lines of the Ford contrast against the rounded edged Porsche. The Porsche’s tight and rigid interior is stark compared to the Ford’s decidedly more American interior. The use of carbon fiber is much less obvious in the Ford. It’s there but they hide it away. The seats and driving position definitely fit larger American frames better. The driver and passenger also have more room between them. There’s no rubbing elbows in the Ford.

Ford GT 3/4

With the Ford, you get all the benefits of driving a supercar: the sound, the performance, and the looks, without having to deal with the crazy maintenance costs or fears of scraping the belly on a driveway. But those doors are undeniably the main thing that makes the car trickiest to park. You’re either swinging into a curb or you’re hitting your head getting out. These are “problems”.

Ford GT Seattle

But yet, if I had to pick I would choose the first car. For the simple reason that it plays the supercar role better. With it’s extreme engine note, cramped and uncomfortable interior, unforgiving driving characteristics and it’s European. While the Ford GT40 has a rich history rooted in Le Mans the Ford GT is far from that original car. The namesake is still there but the Le Mans DNA is not. The Carrera GT remains the car that could have one day dominated Le Mans. It would be hard to pass up owning such a marvel of German engineering.

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The Road is Life http://egarage.com/videos/the-road-is-life/ http://egarage.com/videos/the-road-is-life/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:30:08 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=15617 Mike quit his job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 29,000 miles and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of his own meals, he keeps the costs low and the landscape changing. We caught up with him on his way down the west coast to hear his story.

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Mike quit his job to ride a Honda Ruckus over 29,000 miles and counting. Wild camping most nights and cooking most of his own meals, he keeps the costs low and the landscape changing. We caught up with him on his way down the west coast to hear his story.

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Lunch Break http://egarage.com/videos/lunch-break/ http://egarage.com/videos/lunch-break/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:36:22 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=15566 When the company car is an Ariel Atom, running out of dog food is as good an excuse as any to go out for a mid-day drive. Ride along with one of the eGarage Rottweilers, “Bronx”, as he enjoys his seat time. Filmed entirely on Go Pro 4.  

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When the company car is an Ariel Atom, running out of dog food is as good an excuse as any to go out for a mid-day drive. Ride along with one of the eGarage Rottweilers, “Bronx”, as he enjoys his seat time. Filmed entirely on Go Pro 4.

 

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Resto Motors 1949 Chevy 3100 http://egarage.com/car-profiles/resto-motors-1949-chevy-3100/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/resto-motors-1949-chevy-3100/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:59:39 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15530 The goal behind the truck was to show the automotive world what we could do. Every aspect of the truck was customized from a full custom dash and interior, to the CAD designed chassis with air ride suspension to make the truck more comfortable to drive.

Resto Motors 49 Chevy

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Words: Jake Fleuridas | Photos: Nathan Leach-Proffer

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Resto Motors 49 Chevy 3100

Resto Motors is the creation of my cousin/business partner Reuben Gates and I. We are both gear heads with a passion for building cars. I have been building and designing cars for 12 years now with a background in off-road racing/suspension design, sheet metal fabrication, and CAD design.

Resto Motors 49 Chevy 3100

Hot rods were always a fun hobby that I grew up with and hoped to one day build a career out of. Reuben has a background in mechanical engineering and also has been a hobbyist hot rod builder in his spare time since he was young. Together about 2 years ago we decided to take the leap and start our own shop. After a little over a year of planning, we opened the doors to Resto Motors last fall in Denver, Colorado.

Resto Motors 49 Chevy 3100

Everything on our cars are done in house and meticulously thought out so as to give our buyers the best cars we possibly can in the budgets they want.

Resto Motors 49 Chevy 3100

The 1949 Chevy 3100 we just built was originally built as a personal/shop truck. The goal behind the truck was to show the automotive world what we could do. Every aspect of the truck was customized from a full custom dash and interior, to the CAD designed chassis with air ride suspension to make the truck more comfortable to drive. I added some stainless screen to the hood and fenders to give it that “attention grabbing” appeal.

Resto Motors 49 Chevy 3100 A full handmade bed was built in house to make the back out of the truck more proportionate.

Resto Motors 49 Chevy 3100 Custom gauges I had built by Speedhut were made with a 1/2 smaller diameter to continue the rivet theme inside the truck.

Resto Motors 49 Chevy 3100

Resto Motors 49 Chevy 3100

The drivetrain is a modern 4.8 Vortec engine to increase reliability and drivability. A complete exhaust was built and tuned in-house to make the truck sound just as we wanted. The wheels were narrowed 1.25 inches and taken off of a 2007 Silverado. Rack and pinion steering, 13 inch wildwood power disc brakes on all 4 corners. Old air products a/c unit. Griffin products radiator. Airaid custom intake.

Resto Motors 49 Chevy 3100Custom knotty walnut bed without stainless slats to give it a more rustic appearance. Handmade wood fold down dash to mimic the appearance of the stock stainless dash and hide the glove box/bluetooth radio. In house hand formed copper rose shifter molded into the dash. Custom bomber style seat with leather inserts

Resto Motors 49 Chevy 3100


 

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2014 Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance http://egarage.com/videos/2014-pebble-beach-concours-delegance/ http://egarage.com/videos/2014-pebble-beach-concours-delegance/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:56:06 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=15525 This is the Concours D’Elegance, calling it a car show does not do it justice. Held each August on the 18th Fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an annual gathering of rare and antique automobiles, international automotive luminaries and motorcar enthusiasts from around the globe. It is an event […]

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This is the Concours D’Elegance, calling it a car show does not do it justice. Held each August on the 18th Fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an annual gathering of rare and antique automobiles, international automotive luminaries and motorcar enthusiasts from around the globe. It is an event of dazzling elegance, appropriately held at a resort famous for both its beauty and its refinement.

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Drag Racing Down Under http://egarage.com/events/drag-racing-down-under/ http://egarage.com/events/drag-racing-down-under/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:30:56 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15498 On the weekend of April 4-5, Meremere Dragway hosted the NZ Hot Rod Mag Club Champs and Auckland Performance Tuning Nostalgia Drags. This is easily one of my favorite events of the year and is the last big event on the New Zealand drag racing calendar for 2014-15 season.

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Words | Photos by Nic Kuiper

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Down Under Drag

On the weekend of April 4-5, Meremere Dragway hosted the NZ Hot Rod Mag Club Champs and Auckland Performance Tuning Nostalgia Drags. The club champs being run on the Saturday and the nostalgia drags on the Sunday. This is easily one of my favorite events of the year and is the last big event on the New Zealand drag racing calendar for 2014-15 season. So, I dragged myself out of bed early on Saturday morning and took the 40 minute drive to the drag way.

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Down Under Drag

It was a nice sunny day and there were already a lot of awesome cars getting ready for the days racing when I arrived. I roamed the pits as usual to see which cars had turned up. Most of the cars there I had seen before but there were some new ones, including Ron Hope’s Nitro Burning AA/FA Rat Trap which had been brought over for another event and had stayed in the country to take part this weekend.

Down Under Drag

Down Under Drag

On Sunday I woke up to the sound of rain on the roof. Not what you want to hear when heading to a drag racing. I went along anyway and hoped for the best. By the time I got to the track the rain had stopped and the sun had come out.

Down Under Drag

Down Under Drag

The Nostalgia drags cars had to be of American or NZ Origin and be Pre 1972. With a great mixture of Front Engine Dragsters, Funny Cars and other classics taking to the track.

Down Under Drag

Down Under Drag

Racing got under way but didn’t last more than 20 minutes, before the skies opened up and put a stop to the racing for quite awhile. Once the rain cleared we were back into the racing and the spectators that had stuck it out through the rain were treated to some great racing between a wide selection of classic cars.

Down Under Drag

Down Under Drag

The passion of the owners and crew was clearly evident with the quality of the cars and the celebrations as they set quick times or won races. Thanks to Bay Rodders and Meremere Dragway for putting on a great event once again, I can’t wait for next year.

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Down Under Drag

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2015 Dubai Boat Show http://egarage.com/current-interests/2015-dubai-boat-show/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/2015-dubai-boat-show/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2015 04:21:34 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=15387 As I embarked on a tour of automotive photography around the globe, Seattle > Tokyo > Dubai > Seattle, I haphazardly stumbled into the 2015 Dubai International Boat Show. By chance our friends at Zenvo and W Motors are displaying cars in the Supercar Promenade at the show and invite eGarage along.

Dubai Boat Show

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Dubai Boat Show

As I embarked on a tour of automotive photography around the globe, Seattle > Tokyo > Dubai > Seattle, I haphazardly stumbled into the 2015 Dubai International Boat Show. By chance my friends at Zenvo and W Motors were displaying the Zenvo ST1 and the W Motors Lykan at the show, so I had all encouragement needed to attend. This is Dubai after all, the show should be extraordinary.

Dubai Boat Show

W Motors Lykan

Empowered with a “VIP parking pass” I approached the entrance of the boat show, I was stopped quickly at the VIP entrance.  “Where is your invite sir, anyone can show up with a VIP Parking Pass.” I was a bit caught off guard, as I was told this was all I needed to enter.  Luckily, at the entrance was the Supercar Promenade,  so I was ushered to my contact for my entry ticket. My friend softly replied, “Oh here you go ma’am, here is his pass right here.

Dubai Boat Show

Phew…As we walk back the lady quietly said, “These parking passes are gold,  I had to take three trams just to get here.”  Her tone quickly changed from a combative nature to a much more friendly approach.  I finally was handed my ticket so I proceeded toward the entrance once again so the we could check off my pass. I pulled her aside and said “Here keep this VIP parking, I am staying at the Grosvenor House, I don’t need parking. Her face was full of shock, she already was apologetic for her  previous approach. I prefer kindness of combativeness, after all, I told her I am just an American tourist with VIP Parking.

Dubai Boat Show

I checked in with my pals at the Supercar Promenade, they quickly brought to my attention that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum should be arriving any minute, and this would be a great opportunity to capture a photo of him. For those of us that are not well read on who His Highness is – Sheikh Mohammed is the man responsible for the global growth of Dubai, Emirates Airlines, Palm Islands, Burj Al Arab 7 star hotel and Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building.

Dubai Boat Show

Dubai Boat Show

When he entered, visually, it was hard to understand what was going on. Like a flood, cameramen and this large entourage overtook the Supercar Promenade.

Dubai Boat Show

Let’s rewind a bit, the Dubai International Marine Club on Dubai’s rapidly developing waterfront played host to the Boat Show.  The 2015 show was the 23rd edition of the event, and on display was over 430 yachts and boats with over 26,000 visitors.

Dubai Boat Show

Dubai Boat Show

Dubai Boat Show

I’ll be the first to admit, a boat show isn’t my comfort zone. My breadth of knowledge doesn’t expand past knowing the difference between a small boat and what is consider a megayacht. The show had both, at the highest of levels.  What automotive photographers experience at motor shows forces us to work around poor lighting, objects such as ropes, stands, or other obstructions that make it difficult to capture a car. The boat show had a completely opposite set of difficulties. The one that seemed to challenge me the most was the limited space on Marina. This thin dock space really only allowed for a few angles of these extremely large objects that I must try to fit in frame.  The natural light was good, but the sheer size of these yachts cast shadows upon everything. It certainly wasn’t comfortable, but an exciting challenge worth embarking, as long as I didn’t fall into the water!

Dubai Boat Show

I circled the marina a few times, just to get my bearings. The volume of yachts here was simply mesmerizing, sure, I have seen Port Hercules in Monaco, and even the ships at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, but neither have the shock and awe of value of the Dubai Boat Show.

Dubai Boat Show

Dubai Boat Show

The ever evolving skyline of Dubai just seemed to tower over the marina.

Dubai Boat Show

Aside from the megayachts and the marina displays, the show plays host to fishing, sailing, diving, watersports, and still my favorite part of the event, the Supercar Promenade.

Dubai Boat Show

Dubai Boat Show

As the sun begun to set over the show, my time on the marina was finished. I survived the sun, and I didn’t fall into the sea, it was time to return my comfort zone around the supercars.  What a collection of vehicles, onsite they had a few first for me, the Zenvo, the Lykan, and the Mercedes-Benz 6×6.

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The last opportunity for me at the Dubai Boat Show was meeting a Lieutenant of the Dubai Police. The event hosted a Dubai Police liveried Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Bentley. We discussed a possible future tour of the Dubai Police HQ garage and how insane the driving in Dubai can be.  I certainly will be returning to Dubai for an opportunity to visit the station.

Dubai Boat Show

The 2015 Dubai Boat Show was an impressive array of of boats, supercars, and intro into the culture of Dubai.  This is a show anyone in Dubai should take the time to explore. The Dubai International Motor Show is in November, for us petrolheads this may be the next best reason to visit the City of Gold.

Dubai Boat Show

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