December 30, 2009

HIT LIST: 1970s Seiko

Not the most "classic" of design eras, but certainly one of the most colorful. Wrist watches of the 70's had a certain panache not associated with any other trend in timepiece design. They can look a little dated, but why else would you want a watch from the 70s for any other reason than it appearing unmistakably...70s? Most companies of the time put out a handful of colorful models, but Seiko takes the cake as far as being affordable and looking the part. Although I do love me some Bullheads, I'll take any of the chronos below.

Check out eBay, as they come up pretty often and aren't going to set you back three months rent. Look out military watches, here come the playboys that stayed home and looked after your girl.

The SpeedTimer photograph by Chrissy Avila.

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December 29, 2009

Good Clean Fun

and the 60's, West Coast stylings of the Beach Boys. Say what you will, but these fellas had it down. They represented the culture wherever they went and left their clean-cut mark behind. Canvas shoes, jeans, white tees and a plaid shirt... man, oh man, could you imagine anybody from California dressing like that these days? Oh wait.

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December 28, 2009

What Happens If I Push That One?

I don't think I've ever stepped on board an airplane without looking to my left. Remember when Pilots would let kids visit the cockpit on commercial flights? Those were the days. Damn you, 9/11!!!! Well, pin your wings to your chest and relive all your boyhood fantasies with Michael Davis' photographs of cockpits throughout the ages.

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Everyone Has A Good Side

Can't seem to get enough of all these vintage mugshots. As if the, now, unorthodox poses and compositions weren't enough, you go and throw in some finely dressed law-breakers. No, not as nice as the Aussies, but still decent looking portraits. Breaking the law, and getting caught, has never looked so dandy.

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December 25, 2009

"Can't see the line, can you, Russ?"

Have a good one.

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December 24, 2009

The Best Things In Life Are...

20 million dollars. Smoking joints while racing down Mulholland in, now, one of the most expensive and rarest cars ever made. Painting a Ferrari army green just to piss off everyone at a Ferrari owner's club meeting. Making short films about you and your friend's cars just because you had nothing better to do on a Saturday. At 19, having Steve McQueen stop in the middle of an intersection just to admire your car. Nothing like young, rich Hollywood in the 60s. These two little films will absolutely make your day.

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December 23, 2009

Two Things...

You need to check out today. The photographer responsible for the amazing shots below, and the website I found him on. Bulgogi Brothers has quickly moved up the ranks to my daily-stop list. Great photos of cars and the surrounding cultures. The author's original photos are nothing to scoff at either.

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December 22, 2009

"I wear a 10, but an 11 feels so good, I buy a 12." - Granddaddy

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December 21, 2009

HIT LIST: Stroppe Bronco

A few month ago I posted a picture I had taken, around the corner from my house, of the most amazing '73 Bronco I had ever seen. The paint scheme alone was enough to have me whip my phone out for a pic, but add on all the vintage off-road kit and it was over. I was lucky enough to have a reader able and willing to school me in the comments about what I had taken a photo of -- an original, rare Stroppe Bronco. I've been obsessed since.

In 1971, Ford offered the Baja Bronco package available from dealerships. Your new Bronco was shipped from the factory to Long Beach where Stroppe would outfit it with all the necessary equipment to make it Baja 1000 worthy. The iconic paint scheme, beefed up suspension, automatic tranny and power steering were all done by Stroppe's team, along with any other option you may have paid for. About 7k would get you fully kitted out, and that's including the the price of the Bronco.

About 650 Baja Broncos were produced between '71 and '75. Be prepared to pay a premium to get wrapped up in one these days. Of course, there's always this route.

A lot of the great photos above by here.

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