New Year’s Drive — Photo Dump

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On the first day of every year, a hundred or so Porsche enthusiasts meet up for an early morning coffee in the Valley and then move swiftly through some amazing empty mountain roads while southern California sleeps.

A special thank you to all who get wasted on New Year’s Eve and make this beautiful experience possible every year.

Here’s an iPhone pic dump for all of you who enjoy Porsches new and old. Pics by (and of) Ryan Fudger, Dave Mavro, Jim Bauer, Brett Rubin, Matt Crooke and yours truly.

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Rush

Need to see this

Depth Of Speed

If I had a whole bunch of money, I’d buy a Lamborghini and give everyone the finger as I drove by. That’s the extent of my interest in cars. While I do appreciate cars and design, I just see them as a method of getting from point A to point B and couldn’t be arsed with working on or restoring them.

What I do enjoy though, is nicely put together pieces on just about anything. I recently came across this Depth Of Speed web series that I really got into. The series basically covers car enthusiasts from all over the country talking about their vehicle. Simple, but very enjoyable.

Go HERE for the Depth Of Speed site and HERE to check out all the videos.

Easy On The Extras

Easy On The Extras is a new image blog that you should bookmark ASAP. Brought to you by good friend and Defgrip contributor, Mike Ardelean, you’ll find a great mix of cars, clothes, and other awesome stuff… with a focus on the cars. Spending time on the site is making me want a car again so bad… I haven’t been paying much attention to cars since I’ve been living in New York for the past few years… Just wishing I had a brownstone in the West Village with a secrete garage that could house a collection of vintage Porches… One day… hahah… For now, check out Easy On The Extras!

Audi R18 e-tron Trailer

A great trailer from Audi for their new R18 e-tron Quattro. My first car was a Audi 4000 Quatro CS and even though it’s been years since I had it, I still think about it on a regular basis. Such a rad car!

Icon Derelicts

Great film from eGarage about Icon 4×4’s Derelicts… Also ACL had a great post about Icon 4×4 that you can check out here.

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Carroll Shelby

Defgrip reader Reed Avery tipped us off to this amazing interview with Carroll Shelby. In all honesty I’m an auto enthusiast but have never been extremely bowled over by any Shelby automobile, as fast and notable as they are, they just seemed lacking in personality and class when compared to European cars. Not that I haven’t been impressed by them; I’ve just never worked them into my future budget the way I would a, say, Mercedes 300SL Gullwing or even a Ferrari 400i.

One thing Carroll Shelby is not lacking, I came to find, is personality and class. Whether you’re a Shelby fan or have never heard of him, I guarantee that if you watch this interview you will be blown away by the heart and soul that Carroll Shelby has put into his career, as well as the standards by which he lives his life and runs his business.

It’s an overdose of one-liners and inspiration and wise words to live by, from a dude that is days away from being 88 years old, and is still at the top of his game. Click here for the interview.

Jay Leno – The Fast and the Famous

Even though Jay Leno is almost the exact opposite of funny, he’s got great taste in cars and a true appreciation for their finer points. Here he navigates us through one of the many hidden racetracks in the hills of Los Angeles from behind the wheel of a Mercedes SLS AMG (spawned by the original 300SL from the 1950s).

This reminds me of a funny quote from Scotty Cranmer a while back where he said he wasn’t feeling California because there are no good back roads for driving.

Click below to see the video.

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New Merit Site

Our boy Jason Eichhorst has revived his Merit Compatibles website with a new focus on original content. For one of his first features he was kind enough to do a feature on my old bike and car, a sort of throwback to three Summers ago when we did the exact same thing for the same site (different bike, different car).  There’s also a cool feature on photographer Jeff Brown and a long-term product test/review of the IPath Gall shoe.

The Decade’s 14 Biggest Design Moments

Fast Company has a year-end feature rounding up the 14 biggest moments in design from the past decade. While I’m not sure I agree with all of the choices, it’s pretty crazy to think back to the first time you saw an iPod, or the fact that Design With In Reach wasn’t around and everyone was driving huge SUV’s. You can also read a more in-depth feature on Good.is.

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Mean Land Rover

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Check out this  article on one of my new favorite websites about a couple who drove their Land Rover Safari Defender from London to South Africa. Part luxe (high-end stereo, water filter, built-in beer refrigerator between the rear seats), mostly utilitarian (built in snorkel for river crossings, sand ladders, protective underbody steel plates), this badass truck took them 14,000 miles for charity.

Click here to read the article.

Benedict Redgrove

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Benedict Redgrove is a photographer with a very minimalistic style who shoots for huge clients like Ferrari, Bently, Audi, BMW, Volvo, Swiss Air, Renault F1, and so many more. Keep reading for some of his work and spend some time on his extensive portfolio, there’s so many great photos in there.

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Cars

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Judging by the response to most automotive-themed posts here on Defgrip, it seems a lot of our readers are car enthusiasts.  Below are a few really good automotive sites which feature (usually) the sort of cars that I love, and that most of you seem to love too… Listed in order of the frequency with which I visit them. American Muscle, German performance, Exotics, slightly modified, over-modified, classy, seen around town, professionally photographed, for sale, commentary, videos, specs… it’s all there.

If you’re even remotely interested in cars, the first two will blow you away (if you’re not already familiar). Enjoy.

Bulgogi Brothers
Loudpop Voyager
Man on the Move
Cars I Have Seen
Jalopnik
Bring a Trailer
Wynn Ruji Photography
World’s Fastest Sedans

Above photo by M. Burroughs, from honorable mention Stanceworks.

Automotive Rigs

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Remote camera angles are cool and I’m always stoked on seeing the process behind them. Cruising around some photography forums today I stumbled came across the site for Automotive Rigs – a company selling car-mount rigs designed specifically for automotive photographers. Check out some shots from their website and more rig photos after the jump.

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Panamera

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My old roommate and good buddy Kevin McAvoy hipped me to these new Porsche commercials. They appear to be an attempt at preemptively addressing the critics who say it’s not a true Porsche… by closely associating the 4-door with the older rawer rear-engined 2-doors and their race heritage, rather than distancing it from them as most purists and critics seem to be doing.

Regardless of how you feel about the Panamera, these commercials are so good. It must have been a fun few days in the desert.

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