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Old 11-09-2012, 07:15 AM   #81 (permalink)
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I LOVE CCC - actually met Wayne Carini at Monterey Week last year. He and his group and my wife and I were all smashed at the bar of a packed restaurant as we waited for our tables. He bought me and my wife a glass of wine and we shot the breeze. Super nice and he's like 5 feet tall. He's got a severely autistic daughter and my wife used to teach autistic kids. Came up because he had a fleece on that had some autism awareness logo and he and my wife got to chatting about it.

Back to the shows:

CCC WAS great. It's just good now. The new season has a bunch of cars that are simply not interesting to me (Pierce Arrow, etc). I loved the episodes with Herb Chamber's Daytona or the barn/shed find Dino.

WMCW - is good, but get's repetitive. Lorainne is strikingly beautiful - very classy - but she is a HORRIBLE host. Insanely wooden. The show is good, but it's too repetitive for me and the guy with the cigar bugs.

Fifth Gear - I just can't get into it. Don't know why, but when it's on, I find myself playing around on line.

My favorite shows are Shifting Gears, Tech Toys/World's Most Expensive Rides (which they just rerun all the time) and I do enjoy West Coast Customs and the new Overhaulin'. I don't really like those types of cars, but I enjoy any show that shows me car restoration.

Mecum bores me. Boring cars. Boring show.

Wheeler Dealers is awesome. I love how they get giddy about turning a car for a $500 quid profit (less the 5,000 hours of 'free' labor)! I love the cars they do - Moke, A310, Esprit, Citroen DS, etc. Best of all is Mike's cockney accent. 'Old out yer 'and, fella. You just bought yerself a crackin' mota. My mate Edd sorted out all the fiddly bits. Ta da'
That's awesome! Oh what I wouldn't give to have a drink with that guy!

Agreed on your take on the shows!
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There is a lack of intamcy and connection with the flappy paddle shifting computer smarter than the driver homogenized movement...that's why I love the Elise, it is the Camden Yards of the automotive world.
Agreed. I couldn't stand how close my Boxster was to being a great drivers car but just wasn't there. So I bought an Elise.

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I think in a few years drivers will long for a clutch and gear shift, and just like the muscle car was once forgotten and then became a cherished commodity commanding an outrageous premium, so will the Elise.
I hope you're right. But I'm not holding out much hope.

BTW, I've had 2 2g Eclipse GSX's. Speaking of beautiful cars from the past 20 years, I'd put them near the top of the list of Japanese lookers. Too bad they don't hold together too well.


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I'm quite partial to my old Manta Mirage design.







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You Elise/Exige guys will appreciate the size of the Manta as well.
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Too bad they don't hold together too well.

You got that right...mine was a hunk of crap...lured in by the looks.
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You Elise/Exige guys will appreciate the size of the Manta as well.
Outrageous!

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Simply the most beautiful, rare and prestigious collection on the planet.

There's a great 1 hour show on it - I think it's on iTunes.
I just watched the video from Paris. He must have two McLarens because the one in the video looks like an orange LM. If my memory serves, the one in Boston was silver.
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No but that's awesome, good for you man, I hope I can have half of those cars one day

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It's more painful realizing he lives in HK and those cars cost at least twice as much as they do here, to buy and to operate.
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It's more painful realizing he lives in HK and those cars cost at least twice as much as they do here, to buy and to operate.
Having just come back from HK, I will add there are few places to drive, too many cars, no place to park and their steering wheels are on the wrong side plus they drive on the wrong side of the street.....
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If you are going to toss out the year restrictions I'd have to go with two cars -

First the Talbot Lago. Teardrop design at it's best. I've seen one in person and it's hard to look at it and walk away - you just never want to leave it.



In the much more modern era it's hard for me to deny the 356.



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Thank you guys, my next project is to get a basic 997s and mod the hell out of it
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Thank you guys, my next project is to get a basic 997s and mod the hell out of it
What do you do if you don't mind asking? Im fairly young and still don't know what I want to do for college, what did you do?

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How has the Ferrari F40 not been mentioned yet? /thread.
The F40 is "bad-azz" looking but isnt exactly beautiful. Too racy looking, IMO. Hard to say.

Ironically, Almost every car mentioned here is based on Giugiaros original flying wedge.

So, The Lotus Esprit wins and is owed a great thanks for setting the standard for exotic car design since the early 70's.

The Italians are "welcome" for borrowing the look
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Old 11-13-2012, 05:36 AM   #98 (permalink)
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I've always felt that the F-cars are the most visually appealing vehicles ever made. I also totally agree with s2mikey... the F40/F50 are too extreme to be beautiful. I like the simple beauty of well-sculpted curves that flow together. Not a bunch of vents and things tacked on to make the car go faster.

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I personally think the 458 Italia is the best looking modern car hands down.
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This is my idea of a good looking car. Jag D Type.
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I agree the 458 is absolutely stunning. I think it is one of the best looking cars in modern history. An honorable mention to the 94 3.6 911 turbo.
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