Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bryan Cranston's August 2013 GQ Photo Shoot

I'm a huge fan of Cranston's Walter White on Breaking Bad, and place him second only to Jon Hamm's Don Draper in Mad Men as the best acted, most compelling character on TV today - an order likely more down to my slight preference for the latter show than any discernible difference in talent between the two.  Either way, both shows are superb examples of how we're currently in the midst of what many consider to be the "Golden Age" of television drama, and I highly recommend checking them both out if you haven't already.

I stumbled upon this photo spread on GQ's site earlier today and of course immediately fell in love with the theme.  I recognize the lowrider as an Olds Cutlass, but what's the red convertible?  I'm pretty sure it's a FoMoCo product, but that's as narrow a description I've got in me.

Edit: it's a Galaxie, thanks to reader Ravuya.

Source

A Rather Excellent Tumblr - Mechanics

Anyone have any idea what the hell is going on in the third pic down?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cars, Coffee, Ibuprofen & Meeting a Hero - Mazda 787

It'd been several weeks since I made it out to Cars & Coffee, Irvine, mostly due to routine, non-automotive related stuff - house chores, fitness, sleeping, showering, family... The biggest deterrent, though, has been getting up at 4:30 in the A.M. and promptly driving nearly 100 miles on very little sleep when every joint in my body feels full of coarse sand and bee venom. 

You see, I've been walking/interval jogging nearly five miles, five days a week in an effort to add some lightness, and though I'm still more closely resemble a fully laden Range Rover than a Lotus Seven, I have lost the equivalent weight of a Honda Civic battery in under two weeks.  I'm still eating some pretty extraordinarily unhealthy things once in a while, too, so all in all I'm pretty happy, despite being too tired and sore to do anything at all.

This past Saturday, though, equipped with 800 mg of Ibu and a whole lot of black coffee, I somehow found myself in the LS400 pointed towards Irvine.  After meeting up with my buddy Bowl-Rice and his immaculate Oettinger A4, then stopping again to pick up my dad, we ended up arriving pretty late around 7:30. 

We'd only been there for a few minutes when I heard something really wicked sounding start and settle into an idle lumpier than the sock full of batteries that I've become accustomed to feeling like I've been beaten with.  It was obviously a Wankel - "probably Mad Mike's bridgeported 13B-powered Mango Corolla", I thought.  Getting a little closer and seeing the 200 or so captivated men and their annoyed looking female companions (with fingers in ears) surrounding the source of the noise I became very excited - maybe it was some kind of mad triple rotor Cosmo or batshit insane RX-7 drift car?

Nope.

It was a freaking 787.


Please pardon the poor composition - I had to wait for the crowd to clear to snap these shots, but the situation was still far from conducive to full-frame photography.  The first shot is taken from a still of a cell phone shot video, hence the awful resolution and lighting.  Speaking of that video, here it is in its full, unedited glory amateurishness.  The brapping begets redlining at about 2:10.






So, that's one dream attained.  The sound cannot be conveyed in video - every staccato pop from the exhaust was felt in the chest like a compression wave when standing near large-bore fireworks exploding, or heavy bass at a small venue concert with very large speakers.  The shrill, trebly rev peaks that come across as flat and one-note on film are actually comprised of seemingly dozens of layers of harmonized effervescence - like a distant and weak radio broadcast of the Vienna Boy's Choir repeatedly hitting a crescendo through a thick fog of static noise, amplified through god's own hifi.  

I will never forget it.

Chris Harris Drives Fangio's C Type at the Mille Miglia

And magic ensues.  This is one of the most inspiring things I've ever seen.



Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Hint of Things Coming

Excuse the corners, not my idea.  Still, an interesting slice of context as to the size of Auto Union's Silver Arrows cars - they always look MASSIVE in photos, but apparently they're anything but.

More and deeper to come soon.  I've been ridiculously busy, but have no plans to abandon my baby.

Edit: some have suggested this may be a 2/3rd scale replica.  Le D'oh!!