Monthly Archives: August 2012

RCA DEGREE SHOW, PART THREE

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The last stage this day. From story telling to material experiments. Architecture, ceramics, industrial and automotive design. Old skool chalk paper and rub on meet rapid prototyping. Funny enough it is the automotive section that returns to the aesthetics based on material properties. Folded paper, glass, metal origami. Inspirational. Don,t expect critical writing for this final wrap up, just enjoy the pictures.

-Matt.


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RCA DEGREE SHOW, PART TWO

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Testbed. No, this is not the name for a discounter in cheap mattresses with a four weeks money back warranty. We enter a cosy and chaotic building with a rough touch. Testbed, definitely the department with a hands on approach on design. Smart solutions and ingenious  ideas. An Archimedes wage, instruments to amplify the vibes of the city, a wrap-it-prototyping machine. Conceptual thinking presented on i-pads, animation or video included.

A break, the interior of the Doodle Bar is an inviting place to chalk down some ideas. Simple and effective.

-Matt.

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VROOAMM!

It’s Friday lunchtime and I’m just tucking into my Chả Giò at the local Vietnamese. My phone on the table vibrates. Who’s that now?

Still with one hand gripping my spring roll I check my messages. No name, just a German telephone number and a picture of an Aston Martin Zagato with the phrase “Vrooamm!” written underneath. I know instantly who it is and excitedly text back “Where are you? Is it in Münich?” Only one person I know in Germany could have such exclusive access to rare metal like this. Kacher!

Let me explain. Georg Kacher is one of the most respected motoring journalists in the World! He writes for CAR, Automobile and Auto Bild and I just happen to know his Son ‘Basti’ who incidentally works for the Audi Press department in Italy.

After a few more messages, it’s set up for that evening, 8.30 at the Kacher residence near Ammersee, 30 minutes South-West of Münich.

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One fast drive later, work colleague and good friend Stevie Fahr-Becker and myself arrive in a flurry of noise (we decided to take both our cars! my R8 and his 964 Turbo) The Sun is setting fast when we arrive and my priority is to snap a few photos  before it disappears completely. The Kachers come to greet us and after formalities are exchanged attention turns quickly to the car. Stevie does the taking! I do the walking, well shuffling really as I desperately try to get some good angles in the fading light. We discover that the Zagato, which has been delivered by truck from the UK, is worth a cool 500,000 Euros! No driving tonight! Dad’s tired and Juniors not insured! We admire the mighty V12 instead, it’s started and revved, not too loud though! Can’t upset the neighbours! but I’m sure these neighbours are used to the sound of a few Supercars? Doors fly open and we’re greeted to a cocoon of wavy stitched leather and suede (even the headlining is wavy!) I try the Sports seats for size ‘Like a glove!’ Head room is generous, enclosed by the trademark Zagato ‘double bubble’ roof.

With it's signature Aston Martin grille and large nostrils in the bonnet, the Zagato is powerful and purposeful. Sharp lines intersect taut surfaces and all is beautifully finished with deep petrol blue paintwork accentuated with aggresive carbon fibre diffusors and spoilers. Muscular haunches over the rear wheels are dramatically sliced to reveal the protruding rear lights that when lit look like a jet fighter in after burn!

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The light has finally gone, time for a beer and something to eat. Talk turns inevitability to cars again and especially design. What’s new? What’s coming? Who's where? Interspersed by Stevie's incredible and amusing car engine impressions, it's a relaxing conclusion to a fantastic evening. It's getting late, we could speak all night about cars, I know! but it's time to go home. We say our goodbyes and say we must meet again. There’ll be another time, I'm sure! 

 

Le Mans 2012

Part III

24h is a long time for watching cars racing each other. When you need a break you can go sightseeing at the campsides where you find every car you can imagine parked next to the owners tent. I love the contrast between the expensive metal and the cheap way of living at the racetrack. I really like the many different TVR's- they are just mad. The special stickers and number are the proof that this is surely one of the biggest meating of private Carfreax…

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- Fab.

RCA DEGREE SHOW, PART ONE

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Straight from Heathrow into the heart of the city. Gray buildings filled with colorful art. Sculpture, painting, installations. There are no boundaries between the latter. The themes keep coming back. Food, financial crisis, death and truth. Sometimes blunt, brash and big, then again delicate, detailed and design-ish. A really inspiring first section of a rainy and arty day. This years Royal College of Art degree show in pictures.

-Matt.

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Le Mans 2012

Part II

The 458 is loved by all of us because it wears just as much as it needs to cover the most important -just like the little black dress from your girlfriend. As race version it looks heavy equipped and trained- but "xiaoxin" (=be careful): what pictures can't tell: it screams like a devil. Not to go so far that this is the reason- but it won this year. The italien emotion on the podium was fantastic as the team shouted for their winning drivers ("Forza Fisicho")

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- Fab.

Le Mans 2012

Part I

Le Mans is not round the corner of Beijing – and NO the Chinese haven't copied the racetrack and built it up here. But even so i had the chance to experience the once in a lifetime event of visiting a Le Mans race this year. After some time i finally post some pictures. Part 1 is all about the color combination that never look wrong in Le Mans: light blue & orange

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- Fab.

BAVARIAN GAMES (2)

Protect me from what I want!

Does this not sum up the grand total of carfreakishness?

We love 'em – and just can't help it. Even without sound, the mere sight of them makes us defenseless; cars, cars, cars… we just have to be near them!

Despite the Olympic spectacle being right around the corner, we opt for kidneys instead of rings this time (sorry Matt and Steve) because BMW's unique and ever-expanding Art Car family just never ceases to impress.

So here's a little encore for you carfreax and art lovers. Jenny Holzer would've given her blessing, given the cultural context, I'm sure. Big thanks again for the hot reporting and perfect pix by Naud!

- Geert S.

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Art cars 13 Chia

Art cars 14 Hockney

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London – 2012

With a big roar the turboprop leaps forward into action. Sunny blue skies have already been replaced with drastic rainstorms, it’s still hot and very humid. I’m in an almost empty plane with nothing more than a small weekend back-pack, but none the less I’m on my way.

On my way… to London, on my way to London on the opening night of the Olympic games. My ETA is 19:05, which theoretically is just in time to catch the opening ceremony.

Theoretically…

Althoug I like ‘the games’, my plans for this weekend are somewhat different. Carfreak as I am, or better even as ‘we’ are, my brother (Geert P.) and me both noticed a small article on the Top Gear Facebook page, telling about an extraordinary exhibit in London.

“BMW has flown in their amazing Art Cars and placed them over six floors of a public car park in the hipster-haven of Shoreditch, East London.”

Say what?

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Yep, indeed, all the Art Cars in one place. Hell, f*** them Olympics we know where we need to be this weekend!

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So after watching the obligatory opening ceremony from a London park, and after a good night’s rest we’re on our way. Geert’s blue mean machine is the tool for the mission today. Seems only fair I get to ride it at least once before it’s doomed to get sold, or is it? Anyway, roof down, sun up and we’re off to London. After a bit of agony we arrive at Shoreditch. Loudly painted walls all around and the quiet atmosphere are a bit contrasting. Then again, the £ 1,- parking fee we have to pay to park the car in the middle of London seems out of place as well.

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In mere seconds (the exhibition is free of charge, what on earth is happening to us today) we arrive at the top floor. After punching in the e-mail address in an iPad we get a free bag of goodies which include a magazine on the Art Cars, a magazine on art, and a free Andy Warhol poster.

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Okay let's sum this up; we get goodies and get to watch an historic Art Car collection and all we needed to do is chuck up one pound for parking!

No need for me telling you guys it was awesome. Just browse the pictures! 

- Naud.

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Art cars 06 Rauschenberg
(squares by Geert S. – tbc)