It is currently Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:59 am


USA trip: advice needed

Miscellaneous (car related) stuff and BSing. Craigslist/eBay finds, stuff from Hooniverse or elsewhere in the automoblogosphere, youtube or whatever.

Moderators: Greg, Hatchtopia, needthatcar, julkinen, Graverobber

  • Author
  • Message
Offline
User avatar

Marto

  • Posts: 107
  • Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:38 pm

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostThu Jan 09, 2014 3:15 am

Northern California.

Along with getting 50+ bedbug bites in Fresno and somehow getting stuck on a Chinese tour bus for four days, I took a few shots in NorCal. Most of these are from San Fran and Alameda. Perhaps you recognise these streets...

Image
Guess where.

Image
A very nice 242 in Alameda. Sorry about the cables, the shots from the other side were even worse due to my ineptitude camera-wise. The blanket covered backseat makes me worry that Marvin was shot in this one too.

Image
This old Alamedan navy-blue limo was parked 200 yards from...

Image
...this one. Anyone know what is going on with these things?

Image
Anyone know this place on Alameda?

Image
That'll buff out.

Image
What's that? A Galaxie? I don't know.

Image
Not a good sign for a limo. Yes, another NorCal limo.
Offline
User avatar

Marto

  • Posts: 107
  • Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:38 pm

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostThu Jan 09, 2014 3:32 am

So, SoCal and west to Austin.

Actually, I landed in LA straight from Tokyo. So the below is the first car pic I took in North America.

Image
The Germans do weird with a special sense of purpose.

Image
And speaking of Europeans, can anyone explain this?

Image
Or, can you explain these roof racks?

Image
Once again, I don't know what this is. Other than sexy.

Image
Again, street parked in LA. No idea what it is. Pity the shot of the Death Proof Charger I took came out horrifyingly bad...

Image
I know what this is though. A Ferrari 348, right?

Image
There's a difference between old and retro.

Image
This is bat country.

Image
For the record, I hated Vegas.

Image
Is this a Chevette? Whatever it is, it was parked at Hoover Dam. Damn.

Image
Just your average Nevada souvenir shop.
Last edited by Marto on Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:04 am, edited 1 time in total.
Offline
User avatar

Marto

  • Posts: 107
  • Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:38 pm

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostThu Jan 09, 2014 3:58 am

The South West to the North East.

This post covers a lot of ground.

So I got a Craiglist rideshare from LA to Austin (there were concealed weapons, ritalin, fake names and a twister, involved).

I got another Craiglist from Austin to New Orleans.

From NO I flew to NY, took a bus to Boston and back, then I jumped on an Amtrak to Toronto.

Image
I think I captured this monstrosity somewhere in Austin. I was drunk. On beer. And tacos.

Image
So this is my ritalin-loving, fake-name-having, taser-toting, LA-to-Austin-wthout-sleeping Craigslist driver... Dan! Or was it Dave? Darren? Great guy though.

Image
Austin to New Orleans. Compare speedometer and cat placement.

Image
Shot taken right outside the gates of Harvard.

Image
I did not put that cigarette butt there. Just too perfect.

Image
I just... I... what is this?

Image
I stayed in an illegal warehouse loft apartment in Brooklyn. In a loft bed no less. This was parked just around the corner.

Image
As was this. In New York. This. In New York.

Image
Most turbulent flight I ever took was the train trip from NY to Toronto.
Offline
User avatar

jibduh

  • Posts: 57
  • Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:33 am

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostThu Jan 09, 2014 10:04 am

Marto wrote:
Image
And speaking of Europeans, can anyone explain this?

American sourced? Poorly thought out marketing? Not sure what a European salad is, but apparently it uses American ingredients!
Image
Or, can you explain these roof racks?


I think they might be able to stack some tires on top? raising the center of gravity to the dashboard? For a track day? :P

Or, maybe just for the bags during a grocery run :D


Re: Japan

I was amazed by the variety of cars I saw there. Part of it was probably as American being overseas for the first time, but it's very much so a place I'd like to revisit.
BlackIce_GTS wrote:M is a number somewhere between 53 and 75, X is between 12 and 13
Offline
User avatar

Marto

  • Posts: 107
  • Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:38 pm

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostFri Jan 10, 2014 6:17 pm

Oh Canada!

Image
At a gas station somewhere between Toronto and Montreal I think. Look what's parked behind it...

Image
"Ooh, in hot pursuit."

Image
Quebec City has a mad-keen COD:MW3 fan.

Image
A nice little Falcon 2-door in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At least I think it is a Falcon.

Image
And then there's this experimental electric car that the University in Toronto had just acquired that very day. This is its first drive under with the new owners.
Offline
User avatar

Marto

  • Posts: 107
  • Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:38 pm

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostThu Jan 16, 2014 5:18 pm

Look, I have to finish this whole thing...

So, this is the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. By now, I'd been on the road for about four months...

Netherlands:


Image
Chernobyl Smart car?

Image
Lulz.

Image
There's at least three of these circulating Amsterdam.

Image
That's not a roadside cafe, that's a road ON cafe.

Image
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? I love that this monstronsity was parked in a bicycle zone.

Image
It's not floating, it has simply defeated the water.

Germany:

Image
AUTOBAHN! Utterly shocking shot, but the speedo and the tailights tell the story. We were doing 197km/h at the time, that's about 120mph, and we had just been overtaken. By a diesel station wagon.

Image
Possibly driven by the guy above.

Image
Berlin: Fully road legal, single cylinder, 50mph top speed and no suspension.

Image
They are just so small and loud.

Image
Imagine if the license plate was: SRMX ALOT

Image
Yet another foreign mystery car.

Austria (I didn't like Austria):

Image
You have to respect honesty in advertising.
Offline
User avatar

jibduh

  • Posts: 57
  • Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:33 am

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostFri Jan 17, 2014 2:19 pm

I want that microcar. The one from Berlin. Though, I wouldn't turn down a drive of the Chernobyl smart car. Preferably in an empty parking lot with lots of foam padding around the perimeter.
BlackIce_GTS wrote:M is a number somewhere between 53 and 75, X is between 12 and 13
Offline
User avatar

Marto

  • Posts: 107
  • Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:38 pm

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostFri Jan 17, 2014 4:21 pm

jibduh wrote:I want that microcar. The one from Berlin. Though, I wouldn't turn down a drive of the Chernobyl smart car. Preferably in an empty parking lot with lots of foam padding around the perimeter.


I heard them before I saw them. I saw them before I knew anything about them.

Then I found this:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zei ... 00570.html

"But it's too exciting an experience to feel frightening. Traveling in a mini hot rod is sensory overload -- all roaring single-cylinder engines and tearing winds. It's an intense, unfiltered experience. Not to mention the lack of suspension: In a mini-hot rod, driver and vehicle become one. It's a bit like sitting on a carpet and being pulled over asphalt. Driving over cobbled streets makes the teeth chatter."
Offline
User avatar

jibduh

  • Posts: 57
  • Joined: Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:33 am

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostFri Jan 17, 2014 7:28 pm

The video in the link just confirms the awesomeness. I find it hard to believe it's road legal. It's like a faster version of the cycle kart I want to build something along the lines of Image
BlackIce_GTS wrote:M is a number somewhere between 53 and 75, X is between 12 and 13
Offline
User avatar

Marto

  • Posts: 107
  • Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:38 pm

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostSun Jan 19, 2014 2:37 pm

After a few boring, expensive days in Austria, it was time for the great train journey to Istanbul. Actually, it wasn't "great" in the biblical sense. Just catching trains city to city. The highlight being woken in the middle of the night by a Serbian border control guard demanding "PadPORT" who then smashed an inkless stamp down on a random page and stalked off to the next sleeper compartrment: "PadPORT!"

Acutally no, the highlight was eating black bread with lard and an entire bottle of red wine. Or "talking" with some non-English speaking Czech guys using the international language of shots.

Anyway... Hungary and Bulgaria:

Image
Crossing the Danube in Budapest. It wasn't blue. Typical of the cars you'll see on European roads. The brand mix doesn't change as you get to the poorer countries, the cars just get older. I think there is a generally eastward old car migration. That's why there are so many W123s and W124s in those countries, they migrated and then they just kept on keeping on.

Image
Street cats trying to stay warm in Bulgaria. Also as you head east the number of street cats goes through the roof.

Image
Bulgarian maps are pretty utilitarian in naming things.

Image
Let's get out of here. (No, I didn't go to Moscow. I jumped on for the leg to Belgrade: "PadPORT!")
Offline
User avatar

Marto

  • Posts: 107
  • Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:38 pm

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostWed Jan 22, 2014 5:12 pm

So I am close to wrapping up this long series of posts. I think we're all tired of them. This one is about Turkey and Sri Lanka - how boringly exotic. ZZzzzzzz...

Anyway, let's talk Turkey. What a country!

Image
Honestly, Kodak must have shot all its advertising images in Turkey. Five below zero celsius, 500 metres above ground altitude. Taken with my rubbish phone camera.

Image
A rare thing in Turkey, a neat and tasteful modded car. Nice wheel choice. Pity about the flat tyres. Most of the souped up cars in Turkey are locally constructed rebranded Fiat 131s sold by Tofas: the Dogan seems to be the most popular model.

Image
Turkish is an elegant and sensual langauge.

Image
Shocking photo, but holy wheelbase Batman!


Sri Lanka: Heat, sweat, dirt, odd people and the occasional maggot in your curry.

Image
The whole place runs on old buses. Very cheap. Very slow.

Image
Making a dash through the monsoon in Kandy: tuk-tuk with no headlights, instruments or functional wipers.

Image
Speaking of tuk-tuks, many of them are covered in weirdly threatening or inspirational quotes. Or just random stickers. I distinctly remember one that had "There is no god. Power, love and speed."

Image
The horror.
Offline
User avatar

Marto

  • Posts: 107
  • Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:38 pm

Re: USA trip: advice needed

PostFri Jan 24, 2014 4:26 pm

jibduh wrote:Re: Japan

I was amazed by the variety of cars I saw there. Part of it was probably as American being overseas for the first time, but it's very much so a place I'd like to revisit.


And no Camrys. None.
PreviousNext

Return to The Driveway

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron