Vintage Inspired Home.

I am currently in the process of decorating my home (a project which has been going on for about 3 years now). This is because I am adding the feminine touch to by fiancé’s previously boyish pad (cue removal of Xbox, black wallpaper, Ikea furniture).

We have slowly been working our way through each room and I get a little bit more allowance of ‘feminine’ in each room! I have decided that I would like to try and fill my home with as many reclaimed, reused, pre-loved objects as I can to add a bit more character and individuality to my home (yes, I do realise Pinterest is full with such ‘original homes’).

Charity shops and EBay have become my new best friends and I have bought some beautiful things for a bargain price! I will be updating my house inspirations and any pieces I do find but here are…

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Video: A hell of a ride at the Nordschleife….or Getting your wife mad in 10 minutes!


Liri Farfus followed countless races closely, always hoping her husband puts in a great result, coming home without a scratch. However, she wants to experience a lap of the Nordschleife by herself – and joined Augusto as a co-driver in the “Green Hell”. Was it a very good idea, watch this video and find out.

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1928 Essex


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This beautiful 1928 Essex was on display at Law’s Show and Shine on April 6, 2013. I talked to the owner, Reggie Higuera, for twenty minutes or so. The Essex, originally painted a deep shade of blue, was repainted another shade of blue by his son a few years ago and the paint job looks very good. I would have believed him if he had told me that it was the original paint.  Because it is so difficult to find parts for the original Essex engines, let alone entire engines, Reggie replaced the powerplant with a more common 6-cylinder engine, a Ford. Also added were small LED turn signals, for safety reasons. 

As it so often does among motorcyclists, our conversation veered away from the car after a few minutes and toward our respective bikes. Reggie also rides a Yamaha Road Star, though he doesn’t get out for long rides as much…

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Wanaka classic cars

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At the end of 2011, my wife and I found ourselves holidaying around the lakes region in the South Island of New Zealand. Just outside of the lakeside town of Wanaka there are a couple of car collections open to the public (for a small fee, whose values elude me at the moment). To get to them head out of Wanaka towards the airport, and you’ll find them both within half a kilometre or so (about a quarter mile for those playing imperially).

The first of these that we went to is a part of a larger collection of toys and games, though in itself it is by no means small, at the Wanaka Transport and Toy Museum. There are a few quite rare cars dotted in amongst this collection, though at time of visiting the collection was poorly laid out, with cars essentially warehoused in a hangar and a…

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Market 469: Spider Veloce 10125*10115 in PA

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Update 4/23/2013: Seller contacted me to tell me the original block is included.  I guess this mitigates some of the ‘original engine’ perceptions.  Can perceptions be mitigated?  Hmmm.

Giulietta Spider 10125*10115.  This clean Spider is available through Hemmings right now. They seem to let their listings ride for months -probably to keep the overall site listing count from dipping below some minimum, so there’s no guarantee it’s still available, but a quick call to the seller should tell.  The car is very clean and shiny, with compelling, although way too dark to reveal much of the details images.  If you are in the market for an early LWB Spider Veloce and $99,500 doesn’t scare you off, you should book a trip to PA and go take it for a drive.

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Nearly invisible door shut lines?  Check.  Borrani wheels?  Check.  20 footer?  Check.  Car looks really good, but…

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Ex-Le Mans Ferrari 340/375

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1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione by Pinin Farina

Offered by RM Auctions | Lake Como, Italy | May 25, 2013

1953 Ferrari 340 375 MM Berlinetta Competizione by Pinin Farina

This Ferrari 375 MM was one of the first 375 MMs built by Ferrari. It was constructed early in 1953 to be ready in time for the 1953 World Sportscar Championship. The 375 road car was an evolution of the 340 but for the race cars, a special 340/375MM was built – meaning it had the proven, competitive chassis of the 340 with the new, more powerful 375 engine.

That engine is a 340 horsepower 4.5-liter V12 that came straight from Ferraris Formula One car (this car was originally fitted with a 4.1-liter V12 but had the engine switched by the factory prior to the 1953 Spa 24 Hours). The body was designed and built by Pinin Farina. Three of these such cars were built and the one you…

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Market 471: Clean and bright Spider 10123 379673

Alfa Romeo Giuliettas

Later that day: Asking price is $64,500.  Big dough for a 10123?

Giulia Spider 1600 10123*379673, 00112*15263.  Following in the footsteps of Market 467 is this extremely clean Spider.  Presentation is fantastic -almost a little too much production on the pictures some might say, but refreshing compared to the dark low-res pictures I so frequently have to work with.  No pictures of the underside are available and the engine compartment could use some detailing, but these may turn out to be trivialities based on what you find when you go look at it.


Hey Aaron, which region is LA?  See what I mean about the production value of the pictures?  This isn’t photoshopped into a sea of milk, it’s in a nice photo booth of sorts.  Oh, and the general fit and finish of the car looks fabulous.  Anyone know this car?

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