With winter slush in full takeover of the New York streets and sidewalks, I’ve sidelined the ’76 Schwinn project codenamed Hipster Hotrod for the season.
The Jeep Wrangler was crowned “hottest 4×4 of the year” for the fourth time at this year’s SEMA show.
That shouldn’t surprise anyone, seeing as it pretty much has the “hot 4×4″ category all to itself. With the demise of the FJ Cruiser, the Wrangler is the only customizable off-road play-oriented new vehicle you can buy.
My locally-cognizant girlfriend claimed she found a new coffee place on Franklin Ave (Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY, USA). When I went to investigate the following day, her astuteness was confirmed– the man mixing lattes at what I discovered was a Trinidad And Tobagain-themed establishment called “Scarlet Ibis” had opened his doors the day before.
From the outside, Ibis does not break away from the dingy/chic vibe mirrored in the façade of every Crown Heights establishment catering to hipsters (as opposed to the just plain “dingy” vibe of the area’s bodegas). It’s hard to spot as it has no signage beyond a small chalkboard on the sidewalk, but this will not surprise an avid NYC coffee hunter.
Deep in the Catskill Range lies a strange military surplus retail outfit staffed by a sole, cantankerous old proprietor.
I happened upon the place en route to my grandfather’s house, and demanded we stop on the way back for a look.
The guy had half a dozen Unimogs, Deuce-And-A-Halfs, four shipping containers worth of surplus wear, and this VW-powered treaded Bundeswehr-mobile.
I reckoned it would have been the perfect tool to get out of my driveway this winter, but the maniac behind the counter wanted some obscene amount of money for it.
This year is the 46th iteration of the (in)famous dash in the desert known as the Baja 1000. The Ensenada, Baja, Mexico based-event pits trucks, bikes, and buggies against the brutal environment that is the Baja Peninsula. The festivities kicked off on the 12th and officially conclude on the 17th.
The action starts at 11:00 PM Pacific Standard Time with bikes and ATVs, with cars and trucks running the next day at 9 AM Pacific.
Months ago I made it out to Arizona for the 2013 “Overland Expo“– a multi-day festival in the desert at which packs of expedition-obsessed people driving all manner of motors congregate to talk shop, swap stories, and show off their rigs.
Today, as I look longingly toward the sky through a Brooklyn airshaft, it’s time to revisit that glorious weekend and share it here.
Caterham, famous maker of that delightfully classic open-wheel road racer we all love, has announced intentions to have a go at motorcycles. Three prototypes were revealed days ago at the International Motorcycle Exhibition (EICMA) in Milan, and we’re all eager to see what becomes of them.
Caterham Bikes will offer two electric options (“Classic-E” and “Carbon-E”, you can guess which one is modern looking) and one 750CC dual sport called “Brutus.”
The Brutus is being billed as “the SUV of motorcycles” and will have an automatic transmission, plus the capability of being converted into a snowmobile through some sort of conversion kit that, Caterham promises, can be fitted in four hours.
…Consider me officially intrigued.
The last Toyota FJ Cruisers will roll off the assembly line with the conclusion of the 2014 model year. To commemorate the departure of the iconic off-roader, Toyota is building 2,500 “Trail Teams Ultimate Edition” FJs.
Features include the special “Heritage Blue” color that harkens to FJs of yore, TRD suspension, a skid plate, bead-lock wheels, BF Goodrich A/T KO tires, rock sliders and a roof rack.