eGarage http://egarage.com Stories in Motion™ Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:43:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 PPI Razor GTR Spyder http://egarage.com/car-profiles/ppi-razor-gtr-spyder/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/ppi-razor-gtr-spyder/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:43:51 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14782 The sound from the PPI Razor GTR Spyder is deliciously demonic as the V10 exhaust drones into the higher RPM's and yet the most deliriously nauseating part of all this is the amount of attention and consistency of cameras pointed at the PPI Razor.

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Words Nic Jimenez | Photos Richard Le

In no other car was I ever asked with greater frequency – “What kind of car is that?” The answer is a bit of a tongue twister. This is the PPI Razor GTR Spyder by Speed Design, widely known across the world on your phone or computer simply as #PPIRazor. Designed in California and developed in Germany.

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The base car is a 2014 Audi R8 V10 Spyder, cut, split and then strikingly redressed in a whole lot of carbon fiber and adding much more width. PPI Speed Design developed this supercar to not only raise eyebrows but to re-imagine an open air version of the existing PPI Razor GT and GTR coupes.

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Yes, it has holes in the doors. Perfect for California where the weather is perfect year round. After many weight saving modifications including wind tunnel tested aerodynamics, this V10 powered anomaly with its re-mapped ecu and extensive exhaust development pushes the performance limits. With over 621hp at 7600rpm, the car clocks 0 to 60mph at just 3.2 seconds.

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ppi Razor eGarage ADV1ppi Razor Audi R8 GTR Spyder ADV1The carbon widebody was cloaked in a sleek Satin Black Chrome that was developed specifically for this car by master vinyl wrap artist – Shareef Khan at SSCustoms. The wrap hides the car during the day, but highlights the canards and other carbon details as certain specific edges were pinstriped in a reflective 3M vinyl that glows gold when hit with direct light. Inside and out the PPI Razor GTR Spyder is always a show stopper.

ppi Razor LDG Bike eGarageThe good folks at SSCustoms teamed up with us at eGarage to maximize the striking visual madness by mounting a 15.8 lb carbon matching track bike built by Livery Design Gruppe. PPI Speed Design puts together an amazing product and collaborates well with others. Only one event could embrace this supercar with such an insane set up. During the absolute peak of summer we were asked to showcase the PPI Razor GTR Spyder at the McCall Motorworks Revival in Monterey, California.

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ppi Razor GTR Spyder LDG Bikesppi Razor R8 rearWhen it came to the wheels, there was a design collaboration between PPI Speed Design and ADV1 wheels to develop a distinctive lightweight/high strength 3-piece set of wheels that would further accentuate the overall look of the Razor. The dark brushed aluminum 19 inch front and 20 inch rear set up is already causing a frenzy with car owners requesting mono block versions for their Tesla and other exotics.

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ADV1 eGarage ppi Razorppi Razor R8 rearThe word “exhilaration” doesn’t even begin to describe what it feels like to be at the control of it all, gripping the thick squared off carbon/alcantara steering wheel. Are you inside or are you outside? Why are there holes in the doors? Because it’s absolutely as insane as ripping around in any open aired vehicle like an Ariel Atom or a KTM XBow or perhaps a BAC Mono. When you are fastened tightly in the leather wrapped Recaro driver’s seat of this open cockpit, you are getting hit by wind from all directions. With an omnipresent beam of sun, shifting from gear to gear with a gang of pedals at your feet this feels like the epitome of a badassery.

eGarage Audi R8 ppi-RazorThe sound of the V10 is deliciously demonic as the exhaust drones into the higher RPM’s and yet the most deliriously nauseating part of all this is the amount of attention and consistency of cameras pointed at the PPI Razor. This is the best car to be in with someone you like, smiles from ear to ear. Without a doubt this is by far one of the worst cars to be stuck in traffic with, especially if you don’t like double take attention from motorists.

ppi Razor interior R8 V10 eGaragePPi rolling RearPhotographer Richard Le is from Sacramento, California. Ricard has been published in several notable magazines and in an array of Automotive digital media. He is a friend from within the syndicate of eGarage, he is a fellow creator, and a talented visual artist. He spent an entire day with the PPI Razor, and what you see is the result of a small Sony DSLR camera, a pair of lights, a laptop, and a whole lot of ambition.

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ICON BRONCO http://egarage.com/car-profiles/icon-bronco/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/icon-bronco/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:34:25 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14739 ICON 4x4 Bronco 5 The ICON Bronco has long amazed the world of Automotive. From its introduction at SEMA to the desert off road this thing is serious business and commands attention. The high quality details need to be seen in person, photos and videos and just don't do this machine any justice. The ICON Bronco features the Ford 5.0 Coyote : 412 Horsepower and 390 lf/ft torque.

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We have had plenty of face time with Jonathan Ward of ICON.

The ICON Bronco has long amazed the world of Automotive. From its introduction at SEMA to off roading in the desert, this thing is serious business and it certainly commands attention. The high quality details need to be seen in person because photos and videos  just don’t do this V8 powered beast justice. The ICON Bronco features a Ford 5.0 Coyote which boasts 412 horsepower and 390 lf/ft torque.ICON 4x4 Bronco3

“This is American history, revisited. A part of our cultural experience, re-engineered for modern use. Timeless, versatile, distinct.” We first encountered Jonthan Ward when we created a short film for the ICON sub-brand The Derelicts. During that time, the Bronco was just starting to see the light of day, FJ’s were in full swing and The Thriftmaster was just an idea on paper. We certainly can’t wait to see whats next from ICON.

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The 275 GTB Man http://egarage.com/car-profiles/275-gtb-man/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/275-gtb-man/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:47:12 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14607 The 275 GTB cars tickle the ears and attract the glances : heads turn around, cameras unsheathe. Our man is always available to answer the questions of the passers-by, intrigued.

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Words and Photos | Raphael Belly

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For some, buying a classic car may be merely adding a car to their collection while for others it is a dream purchase. You don’t buy a classic car as a commuter, just to get you out of the house and to your place of work, rather you buy what made you dream during your youth.

The lucky owner who we present now perspires and bleeds the passion of automotive. His heart is consumed with the prancing horse, Ferrari. “When you love you don’t count the cost” says the Syldave proverb. The quotation was not randomly chosen – our man acquired 3 Ferraris during the last 40 years: 3 Ferrari 275 GTB! Each of these cars has a long story and two of the three Ferrari 275 GTB are very special models.

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco

At the beginning of my exchange with the owner, I did not think of writing an article around his cars as I wanted to concentrate only on the pictures. Then, after our discussions, I realized that he had many interesting things to say. eGarage is not just about the cars but about the people behind the cars.

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco

The goal was not to reveal his private life nor to be ostentatious, but I wish to present this article as a tribute, a tribute to this man full of kindness and passion who spent 40 years of his life to build this wonderful collection. Furthermore nowadays we tend to think about “this car costs so much” or “this collector owns this car” and we don’t look necessarily farther. I decided to point out the history of this man and his Ferraris, rather than to simply show the photos of each car.

It brings a soul to this history and it is also the opportunity for the owner to explain each car by presenting proofs, verifiable and irrefutable, available for consultation on the websites of each car.

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco

The Ferrari 275 GTB is a Berlinetta GT, front engine, produced by Ferrari between 1964 and 1968 around 740 units.

At the time, everything at Ferrari was not as simple as now; there was multiple versions within the same model, and the model in itself underwent numerous modifications in the course of its production. The “long nose” body already existed on the famed 250 GTO in 1962  and 1964. That’s why the first prototype of the 275 GTB (in February, 1963) was constructed with a long nose. On the other hand, the beginning of the 275 GTB production in 1964 only saw Maranello producing the GTB /2 Short Nose.

Ferrari thus decided to begin production only with the Short Nose. ”/2 ” indicates the presence of 2 camshafts (with 3 or 6 Weber carburetors), and Short Nose meaning the shortened front bonnet. The chassis was made of steel. The body could be steel or aluminium.

The Long Nose body was used on the 1962 250 GTO, but when the production of the 275 started, Ferrari preferred to use the Short Nose (to reduce the resistance to high speeds). So in 1963 and 1964 there was only 275 Short Nose. In 1965, Ferrari changed their mind and put the Long Nose back on the 275.

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C

In 1966 the Ferrari 275 GTB /4 is introduced with the ”/4 ” signifying the change to 4 camshafts. It becomes available from then in Long Nose only, with 6 Weber carburetors, with a steel or aluminium body. The 275 GTB /4 of 1966 is recognizable by its light bump on the front bonnet (4 camshafts require more volume).

The first photos were of the Ferrari 275 GTB /2 (6 carburetors) Long Nose. The places to to take photos are not numerous in Monaco, you can count them on the fingers of one hand. Add to that the usual risks (parked cars, closed access to the place, etc.) and you will understand why I like to take photos on the famous main dike of the Port Hercule.

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco

I thus decided to put the car near the Heliport in the district of Fontvieille, hoping to have some helicopters join us. And, we were rather lucky because the ballet of helicopters was ceaseless. The owner enjoyed himself and asked me regularly if I had had them in the photo with his car : “now, now take the picture there are copters behind ! It is good you had it ?”.

It was the opportunity for him to explain his history (of love) with Ferrari and the 275 GTB. “When I was young the car of my dreams was the Ferrari 275 GTB, it was a magnificent car which made me dream but I had no means to buy one to be honest. Even if the price did not reach the summits of the current time, it was still a Ferrari GT, thus extremely expensive .”

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco

I wondered how this man had been able to become owner of these cars. However, I did not ask him his secret because it’s none of my business. But while I thought about that he immediately moved on by telling me this point, “As I did not have the means to buy one outright, I decided to search for a 275 GTB wrecked or in parts, to buy them cheaper, and to reconstruct it afterward to reach my dream; own one”.

But our man indicates me straightaway that he did not purchase to speculate : “I don’t care of the price or what the car’s worth, I had no objective to buy them to resell.”

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco

He spent 40 years of his life to buy, to restore, to investigate his cars : “I have always been fascinated by automobiles. I was a decorative painter in Monaco and I spent my holidays traveling the world in search of wrecks/parts cars. I went to Poland (to look for a Mercedes 540K abandoned by the German army in 1945), then to Greece, to the USA repeatedly, to collect car parts and information, and to meet the people connected to these cars.”

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco

“When I was 10 years old in the 1960s, I spent time looking for abandoned motorcycles in barns, warehouses, etc. with a friend. One day by walking in a barn I was given a 500 DKW (which was unusual) coming from the German army.  I brought it home and my father asked me ‘where did you get it?’. I had to say who had given it to me and my father went to meet him. This man hurried to reassure my father by telling him not to worry, that the motorcycle would never work because it has been almost 10 years since he got it working. My father thus let me tinker on this motorcycle. And two days later, he heard me on the motorcycle driving by. Two years later, I bought a 500 Terrot for almost nothing, it is still in the garage.”

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco

He specified, “This one has an underestimated story.”

This wonderful 275 GTB /2, Long Nose, aluminum body, 6 carburetors, chassis #08501 was bought and owned by Dennis Wilson in 1967, drummer of the famous group The Beach Boys. It was grey back then.

At the beginning of 1968 Dennis Wilson and Beach Boys crossed a slack period. One day Dennis picked up two hitch-hikers, who turned out to be members of “The Family” – a movement of dozens of members established by Charles Manson in 1966. Charles Manson was an American criminal, whose movement was made famous by a series of murders in Los Angeles in 1969 and in particular, Sharon Tate in August 1969, who was Roman Polanski’s wife. Dennis spent the night with both hitch-hikers at his home in Los Angeles and then got acquainted with Charles Manson. And they became friends, and the whole Family with Charles Manson, settled down in Dennis Wilson’s residence.

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco Dennis Wilson

In the brothers Wilson’s home, Brian and Dennis, at the beginning of 1968 there was three 275 GTB : this Ferrari 275 GTB /2 6C #08501 (which was then grey) Californian plate VAM 559, another Ferrari 275 GTB /2 6C #08743 (which was grey also before being repainted red) which belonged to Brian with Californian plate TVR 872. Finally, a red 275 GTB /4. Brian Wilson’s Ferrari 275 GTB /2 6C #08743, was borrowed by members of “The Family” and had an accident in Los Angeles. The front and the back were damaged.

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco

“The Family” stayed a few times in the Wilson brothers house and this ended in 1968. Then, all the members settled down in famous Spahn Movie Ranch of Los Angeles (a ranch created to be used as film set and television).

During summer, 1968, Dennis Wilson went to Spahn Movie Ranch with the 275 GTB #08501 to train and play music. This time another member of “The Family”, Steven Grogan, known as “Tufts Clem” and Charles Denton Watson “Tex” borrowed Dennis’s car, and they had an accident with it. The next day “Clem” and “Tex” claimed they had a narrow escape and that the car had made two flips, they managed to exit from the car through the passenger window. The car had big damage : hood, bumpers, wings, the roof, and in the back. Only the trunk lid, the back wing and the right passenger door remained saved at the body level, the engine and the chassis too.

Ferrari 275 GTB 6C Monaco

The wrecked car was then put on sale in Hollywood Sport Car Garage in Los Angeles. In 2002, our dear current owner acquired it, totally restored it, and painted in yellow.

For more details make sure you to visit the site completely dedicated to the car: http://www.ferrari275gtbc.com/index.html

Ferrari 275 GTB SEFAC Monaco

Let us cross from the yellow to the red with the second Ferrari 275 GTB, and the first one of the special versions : Ferrari 275 GTB S.E.F.A.C #05161. This 275 GTB seems standard at first sight but if you look more carefully (at the back especially) you will see that it is very special.

I saw this 275 GTB S.E.F.A.C for the first time in 2010, during the Monaco Telethon (a charity event with ride in Supercars). At the first look I believed it to be a Ferrari 275 GTB but two things intrigued me : the air inlet on the hood (neither the 275 GTB /2 or 275 GTB /4, or even 275 GTB /C has a stock air inlet), and this rear so particularly reminding me of the 250 GTO (Serie II, so called the 1962 250 GTO).

Ferrari 275 GTB SEFAC Monaco

Within Scuderia Ferrari, a special department was created on May 23rd, 1960 : the S.E.F.A.C (Societa Esercizio Fabbriche Automobili e Corse). Michel Paul Cavallier (an important French industrialist, a CEO of factories Pont à Mousson) mobilized his stockholders’ equity and becomes an administrator at Enzo Ferrari’s side. Michel Paul Cavallier often went to Maranello to Ferrari for numerous meetings, with the engineers from Ferrari and Enzo Ferrari, and they discussed many special projects. He took part himself in the origin and elaboration of the famous 4 cylindered engine Facel Vega which was extracted from the famous Talbot 6. He is at the origin of the famous gear-boxes called Pont-à-Musson.

Ferrari 275 GTB SEFAC Monaco

Ferrari 275 GTB SEFAC Monaco

Among these projects, they decided to create the first prototype of Ferrari 275 GTB : a car on the 250 GT Lusso basis (chassis and engine, and prototype body of the 1964 250 GTO). The 275 GTB S.E.F.A.C #05161 had been born. It was delivered on March 23rd 1963 while the 275 GTB production series was to begin at the end of 1964. This Ferrari 275 GTB S.E.F.A.C #05161 is thus the Prototype of the production series 275 GTB produced later. Its body is aluminum and it adopts a Long Nose body.

Ferrari 275 GTB SEFAC Monaco

Ferrari 275 GTB SEFAC Monaco

Unfortunately the S.E.F.A.C will be damaged in 1963 on the Fiorano test track and will be given up to Michel Paul Cavallier who kept it until his death at the end of 1964. After his death it was sold to colonel Dick Mitchell and left for the United States in 1965, where it was converted into Spider, to return finally back to France in the 1990 when it was restored in its original configuration.

Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale

Let’s continue with the special models – the third and last 275 GTB of the collection of our passionate friend : the Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale S.E.F.A.C. #08249. A Long Nose, 3 carburetors, aluminum body.

The red 275 GTB S.E.F.A.C #05161 which we spoke about before was the first project of the Societa Esercizio Fabbriche Automobili e Corse. After the death of Michel Paul Cavallier, a second and last project was born on February 14th, 1966 : the Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale S.E.F.A.C.

Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale

At the end of 1964, the 250 GTO competition is over and Ferrari tried replace them. To promote the 275 GTB which were produced since the beginning of 1964, Ferrari decides (through the S.E.F.A.C.) to produce some 275 GTB Competizione Speciale which carry the chassis numbers #06701, #06885, #07185, etc. and our Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale S.E.F.A.C. #08249 presented here. It’s not officially a Speciale but it has a lot of common features with the 3 Speciale cars.

This car is the result of a special order introduced by the Milanese Edoardo Spreafico for his friend Lorenzo Bandini to drive the 1000 kilometers of Monza of 1966. Much work was required to meet the needs of Lorenzo Bandini, light manufacturing for the race and all the latest technologies of this time, all to make the car look as a production 275. But at the beginning of 1966, Ferrari changed his mind for 1000 km of MONZA and decided to make Lorenzo Bandini run the Dino 206S number 852, and the Spreafico team with Giovanni Pessina and Piero Botalla racing in the 275 GTB Competizione Speciale #08249.

Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale

After having acquired the car on April 26th 2004, the owner evaluated 1 year later in April 2005 by the Institute of Soudure (IS), the company which evaluated the Concorde after its crash, to prove that the car was built as it stands by origin and in particular that : the lightening structure was made at the same time as the construction of the car, that it was conceived with a dry oilpan, that the body was neither unsettled, nor changed, and finally that the mechanics are completely original.

The 275 GTB Competizione Speciale each have their peculiarities but all have in common the following : a very thin aluminum body, a light steel and aluminum structure offering a reduced weight from 150 to 200 kg compared with the standard 275 GTB, and they are all equipped with a ribbed engine (as the one of the 250 LM) containing 4 points of attachment, as well as of numerous characteristics of competition : removable trapdoor for the fast access to the clutch, the side exhausts, etc.

Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale

That’s why at first sight it can seem “damaged” due to its dented body. But by having in mind its story and this unique body you will understand why it stays like that “in its juice”, to replace it with a new body could be more elegant for some but it would be a big mistake and regrettable. Over and above the fact that even in case of restoration nowadays we realize no more bodies are so thin.

When we were on the dike of the Monaco Hercule Port taking photos we had to move the car for various shots. To avoid having turning the engine on and off, we leave it in neutral and the owner indicates me that we are going to push it (it’s very light : 800 kg!). I get ready to help the owner to push when he launches to me “Oh not there! Help me to push here (indicating me a precise place on the back wings). If you push there (in the place where I planned to push first of all) the body risks to sink because it is 1mm of thickness”. He confided me that it was regularly necessary to straighten the body which moves over time and of the use. It is really someone who knows the his cars as if it was a part of himself, it is really impressive and praiseworthy. Moreover, when we set the photography session, he admitted to me having spent 2 hours the day before to pamper it and to prepare it: “I spent the evening to add some oil, to check if everything worked well at the mechanical level, to control everything and I hand washed it.”. “You know it is not a car that only needs to turn the key and it starts!” He adds, smiling.

Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale

Many people were jogging by. They stopped to take photos and to ask about the car and its age. Among them, a woman started to speak with our man, and according to the discussion she was able to realize all the passion which lives within our owner : “I feel your fascination. It seems obvious and even more when I look at you and the car – you are linked and you appear well magnificently together. I feel that there is a history between you and a real soul comes from the car and you.”

As the previous special project of the Societa Esercizio Fabbriche Automobili e Corse, the creation of the 275 GTB Competizione Speciale was not in vain because the few Speciale produced between 1965 and February 14th, 1966 (the last one produced : #08249), served as the basis to the 275 GTB /C (Competitzione) which was produced in 1966.

Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale

Delivered on February 14th, 1966, the 275 GTB Competizione Speciale S.E.F.A.C. #08249 raced the Coppa FISA de Monza. And then to the 1000 km of Monza April 25th 1966, driven by Giovanni Pessina and Piero Botalla. During the race, it underwent a superheating engine because of the power of the V12 3,3L. The mechanics decided to cut the top of the radiator trim by hand (to aerate the engine), the same way they had made it on the 275 GTB Competizione Speciale #6885 at the 24 hours of Le Mans. During 1000 km of Monza in 1966 it underwent damage in front and back when it collided with the 2nd Ferrari 275 GTB #06785, causing it invaluable minutes in repair. In anticipation of the 50th Targa Florio in 1966, it was sent to Maranello in May 1966 for repair from the accident in Monza. Afterward, front night lights were added, as well as ventilation gills in the back wings.

Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale

In January, 1967 it was sent again to Ferrari in Maranello to meet driving regulations for road use. At the end of January, 1967 to 1973 it changed several hands in Italy and was exported to the United States in July 1973 where she was supposed to race Daytona via Jim McRoberts.

It was taken apart entirely with the goal to be restored, but the project never succeeded. On July 21 1980, it was resold to the United Kingdom but during its transport from the United States to the United Kingdom it was damaged in its container. It was offered by Bonhams auction on April 28th, 2004 in the form of a “Basket Case” with all the dismantled parts. This is when our man acquired the car. “When I bought the car I have to admit that it was a stretch financially, but I wanted it, and did not think. My wife treated me as madman but she said to me, “we will manage”. To pay for it I had to sell my completely restored 250 GT Lusso”.

For more details make sure you to visit the site which is completely dedicated to the car : http://www.ferrari275gtbcompetition.com

Owning such cars is not an easy thing. The first thing is to have parking enough to store 3 collectible cars, a hard thing in Monaco and its neighborhoods. Then you have to start them and to drive them : without safety belts because in the years 1960-1970 it was not compulsory. In the case of the 275 GTB Competizione Speciale S.E.F.A.C. #08249, it is a racing car so was not made for the road.

Once at the wheel, one must manage to maneuver in the dense traffic of the South of France. With these cars, we do not speak about power steering or about parking aids etc. One must fight with the steering wheel to turn, all while having greatly reduced visibility. But all this is a part of the charm and the philosophy of a classic car, in the same way as the smell of the old leather on board, the raw metal, the gas and the exhaust, and the sound of the engine for a radio. Even after years of ownership, our man is still amazed in the Monegasque tunnels, “You hear that! What an engine! It is fantastic.”

Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione Speciale Monaco

They tickle the ears and attract the glances : heads turn around, cameras unsheathe. Our man is always available to answer the questions of the passers-by, intrigued.

All these details around these cars testify to a certain fragility. Fragility not because the cars were badly conceived or built, but fragility because you have to pay attention to everything : the type of garment which you wear, not to crack the old leather, trying to protect the mechanics by putting the car in neutral, avoiding the repeated stop & start, etc.

But it is not so complicated as underlines the owner : “honestly it is rather simple to drive these cars, it is rather flexible”. But, I realize why these kind of cars stay in garages. And I realize even more the luck I have to see ones wildly in the street, as well having seen them racing during motor events such as Historic Grand Prix of Monaco, the Tour Automobile, The 10000 Tours, etc.

At the end of this adventure, I would like to thank the owner for his patience, his kindness, confidence, and his availability throughout.

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Lamborghini Aventador | Ferrari FF http://egarage.com/current-interests/lamborghini-aventador-ferrari-ff-rvt3/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/lamborghini-aventador-ferrari-ff-rvt3/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:21:52 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14713 Aventador rear RVT3 eGarage

In a crazy world of social media and the many aspiring Automotive photographers, Richard adheres to our mantra of Stories in Motion by perpetually providing next level visually stimulating and inspiring imagery.

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Photography  Richard Thompson III   |   Words Nic Jimenez

It is crazy to think that Richard Thompson III and I have been pals now for almost a decade. Over these past 10 years we have worked on many projects side by side. More than a few years back, when I launched eGarage we hosted an Automotive Photography workshop together. Most recently we spent a very productive and collaborative weekend creating a wonderfully imaginative Lamborghini video. Time really does fly and one clear indication to me is that Richard never stops working. By “working” I consider Richard to be an artist more than just a photographer. As an artist, his work never stops evolving. In a crazy world of non-stop social media that is oversaturated with many aspiring Automotive photographers,  Richard adheres to our mantra of Stories in Motion by perpetually providing next level visually stimulating and inspiring imagery.

Here we see what he can do using a new Lamborghini Aventador and a Ferrari FF owned by an eGarage fan in Los Angeles.eGarage RVT3 Lamborghini V12RVT3 eGarage Lamborghini FerrariFerrari FF- Lamborghini Aventador RVT3 eGarageLamborghini Aventador RVT3 eGarageCLICK HERE TO SEE EACH INDIVIDUAL PHOTO -> eGarageFerrari FF eGarage RVT3Aventador interior RVTIII eGarageLamborghini Aventador Wheel RVT3 RVT3 Aventador eGarageAventador rear RVT3 eGarage Aventador RVT eGarageCLICK HERE TO SEE EACH INDIVIDUAL PHOTO -> eGarage

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Lamborghini Huracan Up Close http://egarage.com/car-profiles/lamborghini-huracan-close/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/lamborghini-huracan-close/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:08:16 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14684 Max_Fotography-Lamborghini

The Lamborghini Huracan, a newborn from Lamborghini line of vehicles. The most significant aspects that have been a common way of associating with a V10 Lamborghini is first, the sharp and angular shape that has ran in the family of all Lamborghini models since the Miura.

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The Lamborghini Huracan, a newborn from Lamborghini line of vehicles. The most significant aspects that have been a common way of associating with a V10 Lamborghini is first, the sharp and angular shape that has ran in the family of all Lamborghini models since the Miura. The newest addition to the legendary family is an even more technologically advanced and more powerful version of the previous iteration, which ultimately means that one can go from Zero to not legal anywhere except the Autobahn that much quicker. Every single aspect that was known to be flawed is simply ten times better on the Huracan.

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Huracan WheelsThe original E-Gear paddle shift transmission has been replaced by a much more quick and efficient dual-clutch transmission from the new Audi R8 V10. While the transmission is similar to that of the R8, the Huracan also shares the original 5.2 liter V10 as well, which, proven by the predecessor of the Huracan, the Gallardo, is an absolutely astonishing combination, continuing Lamborghini’s mantra of having both great Italian looks and an engine to match them. The other aspect of the car that has changed almost entirely is the interior. Once the door is open jaws will drop. In my opinion is the most magnificent interior in a sub $300,000 car. My preference is the more extreme, fighter pilot, performance style seats, however, this car had the more ergonomic black leather seats with contrasting white stitching.

Lamborghini Huracan Max_FotographyOne of the biggest updates that is immediately noticeable once the red switch is flipped up and the symphonic V10 is started is the all new gauge cluster. There are not too many photos in this article of this feature but it truly does highlight the fact Lamborghini is trying to make its new cars able to be driven on a daily basis. It includes the interchangeable tachometer and speedometer but those two can be switched out for a full-screen navigation screen. After all the talk of the more efficient and adaptions to be driven on a daily basis, the really incredible advancement is the updated engine. The new switch located at the bottom of the steering wheel is yet another great addition to an already impressive vehicle. The name for the switch is the “ANIMA” which means “soul” is truly how you can change the car’s entire personality.Huracan INstrument ClusterOne could let their wife take it to go grocery shopping in the “automatic” or “strada” mode and attempt to stuff the groceries in the slightly larger trunk and you could drive the car all the way to a racetrack, flick the selector down to “corsa” set an untouchable lap time and drive it back home again. The versatility of this car is absolutely ridiculous for a car of this nature, minus having a third or fourth seat to scare some unsuspecting passengers. The Huracan now pumps out a total of around 600 hp and it is shocking how easy the car is to drive on regular road. More importantly, besides the engine, the exhaust is without a doubt the most notable of the performance changes. Even a cold start will be sure to wet some pants and send chills down the backs of anyone who cares to take a listen.

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Lamborghini ENGINE STARTDifferent than previous generation Lamborghinis the exhaust on the Huracan has increasingly more common “crackling.” I know it is hard to explain this crackling of the exhaust but I am sure anyone who reads this article will know exactly what I am referring to. It is a sound that must be heard and cannot be described, similar to how fine art must be seen in person and a picture will just not capture the true beauty of it. With every downshift the exhaust will just continue to crackle until you are ready to put your foot down and yet again break the speed limit. With every new Lamborghini they just can’t stop getting better. I am currently dead set on the fact that this is the best V10 Lamborghini ever built, but I know I will be proven wrong again by them within the next decade. That is the only time I think I could be so overjoyed of being proven wrong.MaxFallor Huracan front

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Vintage Electric Bikes | Ferrari 458 Italia http://egarage.com/current-interests/vintage-electric-bikes-ferrari-458-italia/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/vintage-electric-bikes-ferrari-458-italia/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:59:57 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14661 Vintage-Electric-Bikes Our good friends over at Vintage Electric Bikes took on a special project at the end of 2014. This project was commissioned by a car collector in which he wanted his E-Tracker (eBike) to match the color of his 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider. The paint from Maranello is a special 1950's/1960's deep plum known as Vinaccia.

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Our good friends over at Vintage Electric Bikes took on a special project at the end of 2014. This project was commissioned by a car collector in which he wanted his E-Tracker (eBike) to match the color of his 2014 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider.  The paint from Maranello is a special 1950’s/1960’s deep plum known as Vinaccia.

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A Visit with Christian Coujin http://egarage.com/current-interests/visit-christian-coujin/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/visit-christian-coujin/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 14:18:22 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14628 Christian Coujin's own garage is quite diverse. From motorcycles and a vintage Formula Ford to a Datsun 510 wagon, Veilside Supra, and freshly built RAUH Welt 993 we can see why he says "these aren't going anywhere, none are for sale they're all favorites."

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Whether it’s Hot Wheels, art, trucks, racecars or motorcycles, there are endless collections peppered all over the world we still have yet to discover. Plain and simple, humans love to collect. One of the perks of having raced cars and collected/built unique cars and bikes is that eGarage is continuously meeting unique, like-minded people in the Automotive world. It’s not just a job, it’s a passion. Being able to speak the same language as fellow enthusiast/collectors allows for invitations into other peoples homes, their garages, and their world.

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Hidden just outside Seattle is Christian Coujin’s home/garage compound. An RWB owner, a collector of many things, an entrepreneur, an elusive and interesting friend of ours with very unique style and humility, Christian splits his time between the U.S. and Asia and is the founder of Era-1 parts.

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The look and feel Christian was going for is “man-cave” throughout. His space is warm, comfortable and brightly lit by his attitude on life. He talks about endless possibilities and his latest venture in which he will collect and build RWB cars in Asia. His hopes are to have a gathering place for the car nuts in Malaysia, a place as comforting as his home, a place that other car guys/gals can call their home. He wants the Malaysia studio to be a museum where fans can go and learn about RWB, the history, the process, and the vision.

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Christian’s own garage is quite diverse. From motorcycles and a vintage Formula Ford to a Datsun 510 wagon, Veilside Supra, and freshly built RAUH Welt 993 we can see why he says “these aren’t going anywhere, none are for sale they’re all favorites.” He just recently welcomed his first Mercedes Benz, a brand new G63 AMG to navigate through Pacific Northwest winter.

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Whatever you want to call it… happenstance, serendipity, or fate, enthusiasts are going to meet fellow enthusiasts and talk about cars and life. Thanks to Christian for the invitation.

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“I like to chill out and relax here, take a load off, stay creative, and I like to drive a lot, but usually at night when no one’s around.” – Christian Coujin

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Morgan Estate sells for 25 Million http://egarage.com/current-interests/morgan-estate-sells-for-25-million/ http://egarage.com/current-interests/morgan-estate-sells-for-25-million/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 17:29:30 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14624 Morgan Estate woodside
Woodside Capital Partners, Managing Partner - Kelly Porter has sold his Los Altos Hills home in California to Cell Marque Corporation (biotech Company) President Nora Lacey. The final sale price $25 Million. Realtor Arthur Sharif, who represents Porter confirmed with Business Insider.

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Woodside Capital Partners, Managing Partner – Kelly Porter has sold his Los Altos Hills home in California to Cell Marque Corporation (biotech Company) President Nora Lacey. The final sale price $25 Million.

This historic home was originally listed the property for $45 million in 2008, before listing it at $27 million. Sharif added that they had received multiple offers including an offer from a Facebook couple. Known simply as the “Morgan Estate,” the 30,000-square-foot house received landmark status when it was completed by former Stanford University trustee Percy Morgan in 1914. This home has seven bedrooms , seven bathrooms, and in true Bruce Wayne-style there is a speakeasy hidden behind a library shelf of books.

 

 

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Bonneville "The Flood" http://egarage.com/videos/bonneville-flood/ http://egarage.com/videos/bonneville-flood/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 20:26:02 +0000 http://egarage.com/?post_type=videos&p=14622 eGarage went to the Bonneville Salt Flats in August 2014 to document a very special “Speed Week”. It was the hundred year anniversary of land speed racing on the Bonneville salt. A century of speed. Much to our dismay the salt bed was flooded by torrential rains and the event was cancelled. The footage that follows is […]

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eGarage went to the Bonneville Salt Flats in August 2014 to document a very special “Speed Week”. It was the hundred year anniversary of land speed racing on the Bonneville salt. A century of speed. Much to our dismay the salt bed was flooded by torrential rains and the event was cancelled. The footage that follows is what came of our short trip. The quotes from noted historians highlight the magic that is Bonneville and the spirit of those that compete there.

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HRE Wheels | Porsche 918 Spyder http://egarage.com/car-profiles/hre-wheels-porsche-918-spyder/ http://egarage.com/car-profiles/hre-wheels-porsche-918-spyder/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 16:24:43 +0000 http://egarage.com/?p=14613 At the end of 2014 HRE Performance Wheels went out with a huge exclamation point. They showcased the infamously fast and sexy hypercar Porsche 918 Spyder with a high tech set of ultra lightweight centerlock wheels. The HRE P101 mono block was finished in brushed dark clear. Here we see the results. IMG_9531

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HRE Wheels | 918 Spyder | photography by Linhbergh Nguyen

At the end of 2014 HRE Performance Wheels went out with a huge exclamation point. They showcased the infamously fast and sexy hypercar Porsche 918 Spyder with a high tech set of ultra lightweight centerlock wheels. The HRE P101 mono block was finished in brushed dark clear. Here we see the results.

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