Down On The Street

Features of cars found parked or driving “down on the street where the faces shine” as the Stooges song goes.

It’s Not Every Day That You See an Icon Driven by a Legend

Valentino Balboni driving a Lamborghini Miura on Amelia Island
Re-shared from Hooniverse
Text and Photograph by Bryce Womeldurf

Over the weekend, I attended the Amelia Island Cars & Coffee and their 21st annual Concours d’Elegance. While there on Saturday, my wife and I were waiting to be shuttled to our parking area, when a Lamborghini Miura drove by a few times. On one pass, I captured some photographs of it approaching on the straight and rounding the corner. Later that night, looking through the raw files, the driver’s head and face, for some reason, looked very familiar… When I zoomed the image up to full size, I recognized him immediately; the retired legendary Lamborghini chief test driver, Valentino Balboni. Can someone help me get my jaw up off the floor?  (more…)

V.I.S.I.T. – Sebring Edition

MG TD parked in the grass
Re-published from Hooniverse, text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

Often when you attend a major race, such as the 12 Hours of Sebring, there is just as much to see off the track as there is on it. There were rare models cruising the grounds and parking areas of Sebring, devoted entirely to notable makes and models, such as Porsche, Corvette, Audi, and BMW. Each of them had their outstanding examples.

As a follow up to last week’s 12 Hours of Sebring post, I bring you a second piece, this time with the vehicles I saw in traffic as well as what was parked and on display. (more…)

Rare Hand-Made Porsche-Built Mercedes-Benz E500 Spotted on the Way To Work

Mercedes -Benz E500
Text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

Normally, I’m not much of a follower of German sedans, but I know well enough to think that flared fenders on a factory body might mean something special. Exactly what, I wasn’t sure, but the flares and “E500” badge, which sounded familiar from what some friends may have mentioned before, caught my interest enough to grab a quick photo of it before the light turned green and the Smoke Silver sedan disappeared into the city.  (more…)

Looking Back at California 2013


Text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

It’s been a little over a year since my first press trip out to California, a trip that I still think about every day. Recently I’ve been going through some of the extra photos taken out there that weren’t part of my reviews on Hooniverse. Taking a look back today for Throwback Thursday, I’d like to share some of the sights and fond memories of that trip here after the jump.

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V.I.S.I.T. – Calling An Espada An Espada

Espada-4-700x466
Re-shared from Hooniverse, text and photography by Bradley Brownell 

Ferruccio Lamborghini, for years, admired the famous Spanish fighting bulls of Don Eduardo Miura, and even went so far as to name all of his cars in homage to the world famous fighting bull breeding ranch. Following the Miura proper, Lamborghini produced this front-engine V12 2+2 tourer. This one was named Espada, after the sword used by bull fighters, but colloquially used to describe the fighter themselves. This, to me, describes this car in either of its two forms. One, as a sword itself, scything its way through traffic with V12 torque, and carving its way down mountain passes. Second, this car is a fighter, a scrappy underdog taking on the earthly might of the bull, a metaphor, in this case, for… I don’t know, something, I guess. I’ve never been very good at metaphors. Read More…

Wagon Wednesday – Zombie Ford Falcon Surf Wagon

Zombie Ford Falcon Surf Wagon
Re-published from Hooniverse, text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

When I first saw this zombie-fied surf wagon at a quick glance, I thought it was a Corvair. I made a quick turn around and pulled into the empty lot next to the car wash and found in front of me a first generation Ford Falcon station wagon and this particular one looks to be waiting to be saved. It was spotted recently on the side of A1A in St Augustine Beach, Florida. (more…)

V.I.S.I.T. – Typical English Sports Car Edition

Arkley SS
Re-published from Hooniverse, text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

On my way to lunch on Tuesday, I spotted a bright turquoise-colored rear fender peeking out from a parking space. Could it be a Morgan 4/4, here on the streets of Florida? I got a little closer and found myself face to face with what looked like a baby Lotus 7 from the front and a Morgan from the back, but what about that windshield? That looked very familiar somehow. The back end said “Arkley SS” with SS lettering that looked like it may have been taken from a late model SS trim Chevrolet. (more…)