Absence+heart=increased fondness

Again, a ridiculous delay between increasingly strange posts, I hear you cry!

But be not afraid, for this week I have some strange and perhaps inspiring pieces of information, photos, and car-related news.

First up: a selection of odd sights spotted in and around London over these last weeks.

This, i believe, is a Lynx Eventer. Like a latter day Reliant Scimitar GTe it’s essentially a mutant Jag XJS from the late 1980’s, with a boot. A strange and slightly ungainly shape, this nevertheless gets a shout for being both a hideous plum colour and a rare sight.

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Kia Soul – Due to premiere at the forthcoming Geneva show, this is an urban vehicle which, according to Kia, ‘will introduce a world of possibilities for customising and personalisation to future Kia customers’. Sounds like the brief we had for the Rebel! Looking forward to seeing this in the flesh..

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Knight Rider 2008 – Harald Belker re-designs Kitt
Last Sunday NBC aired the new series of Knight-Rider, which, if you’re over 25, will have been a part of your American TV life, along with the A-team and the Dukes of Hazard. It introduced the world to The Hoff…but this time I don’t even know the guy playing Michael Knight. Anyhow, Kitt has been brought bang up to date, sort-of, by using the retro-inspired Ford Mustang, redesigned by Harald Belker.
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Belker has a great personal website here, and a bunch of interesting instructional rendering DVD’s that were cough..shared extensively at University.

And here’s the new Kitt:

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VJ – Apocalypse now vs. Winnie the Pooh……Sounds wrong but works right.Temporarily at the Hayward gallery on London’s South-bank, this inspired installation merged Marlon Brando’s scary speech from the final scene of Apocalypse Now with an innocent yellow bear. Menacing.

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Bikes I Likes, part6(ish)

Spotted this beast in an East London showroom recently: the pic doesn’t do it justice, but it was Huuuge. Looked like it was Paris-Dakar ready.

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Whereas this badboy i doubt could make it over a roadside kerb…nice paint tho’

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StolenSpace Gallery – Brick Lane

Selection of Pete Fowler’s latest original artworks:

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Finally, a ‘lush’ piece of street-art. I’m sure this has been around for ever, but i’ve missed it, until now. Like a Manga explosion, this stretches a good 30-40ft up at the end of a series of terraced buildings in Hoxton Square. I couldn’t see any tag but whoever did it is ‘on it’…

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4 comments

  1. Drewboy · February 20, 2008

    Ah, the good ol’ Lynx Eventer. A car that I personally have hankered after for years (I have a special relationship with mutant barges…Volvo 262C anyone?

    Nyhoo,back to the story: The Eventer’s rear hatch was donated by some piece of shite 70’s Renault metal, perhaps a 5 or a 16, and almost always rusted out quicker than the rest of the thing turning it, eventually into a kind of Jaguarmino…

    The Eventer also appeared in an early 80’s british tv comedy staring Peneloe Keith as a builder. The comination of posh totty, a builders hat and a Jag estate drove my father insane with desire…

  2. The Face · February 21, 2008

    No accounting for taste đŸ˜‰ I’d possibly be tempted by a BRG with XJS 5-spokes.

    Your reference to your Italo-Swedish barge makes me think it’s time for a top-ten list of cool cars we’ve forgotten…any other contenders? (Apart from the 164 and CX, natch)

  3. Drewboy · February 23, 2008

    Vauxhall Carlton Royale Coupe? (with cheese…) Preferably with deep-pile velour seats in moss green

  4. Carolineup · March 27, 2008

    thanks much, guy

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