FB Update: Game Over

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Bulletproof customer garage life

Our friend’s garage (posted with his kind permission).  All we can say is – game over.  He wins.

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Garage Life – Nigo’s Garage

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Nigo's Garage - BAPE

Following up on the popular garage life post from a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to share pictures of one of Nigo’s homes and specifically his garage (pictured above). Nigo is of course the founder of A Bathing Ape clothing in Japan and owner of the hilarious pink BAPE camo’d Bugatti Veyron featured years ago on this blog (as well as a BAPE camo Phantom and camo classic gullwing SL Benz).

I think Nigo’s goal in spending is to singlehandedly keep the Japanese economy afloat. With the mass of stuff he manages to accumulate, he might be pulling it off. Next time you blow a couple hundred on some Bapestas, you’ll clearly know where a bulk of your money is going…

But despite Nigo’s wastefulness and excess, the man clearly has style that extends past his own clothing line. Nigo regularly employs Wonderwall, who I feel is the best interior and retail storefront design firm out there (I have a wonderwall hardcover book on my coffee table at home). Although there’s no info on it, my hunch is that he had Wonderwall design this home as well. The home is absolutely sickeningly perfect. I heard somewhere that this home of his is just a home to store some of his stuff and that he doesnt stay there much, if at all. That makes me sad. I try to not feel jealous, but damn…

Anyway the garage pic above is one of the most beautiful settings I’ve ever seen to put cars in. Perfectly executed…

Below is the rest of the house (or some of it I’m guessing). Absolutely nuts.

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For those that are into some of the same things that I’m into, these pictures are just bonkers…he’s got original Kaws paintings (Kimpsons), 4 Murakami LV limited prints on his bedroom wall, Warhols, a Beatles (what I’m assuming is genuine) used drum set, you name it if its cool Nigo seems to have it…

I know Nigo wants everyone to hate on him out of pure jealousy. Damn its hard but I’m going to resist it Nigo, you self indulgent lucky spoiled rotten bastard you.

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Mid East Trip – Now That I’m Back Pt. 2

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Bulletproof Automotive Mid East Trip

Picking up where I left off…

The economy in Dubai has slowed down considerably during the global crisis of the past year. Just the difference in the past 4 months between my two trips differences can be noticed. As my friends in Dubai pointed out, the number of exotic cars on the street have reduced considerably. Many people were living beyond their means and speculating on real estate (no different than what happened in the US or elsewhere). As a result, now is a great time to be buying used high end cars in the UAE marketplace because there are a lot of cars on the market right now.

With that being said, those who are very talented at business, who have good savings strategies or who are just born into fortunate circumstances still enjoy the crazy car extremism that is already well documented on the internet. Most of my friends are talented in business, in an environment that is thriving. The mid east has had an earth shattering rate of growth over the past decade, those who were well positioned and took advantage of the growth have profited enormously.

So now we get to the point about the cars…Unfortunately most of what I would want to show you, I can not. The owners of the cars would like things to be anonymous in many cases. So I’ll just say that before this trip I had never seen a Gemballa Mirage GT (Carrera GT modified to a crazy level), and after the trip I have seen not one but two first hand that my friends own. Besides that, pretty much every car besides the Pagani Zonda I was able to check out in some form or another. Multiple Veyrons, a Reventon, an older Bugatti (EB110), etc. The EB110 was really special for me since I’ve never seen one before I doubt I will again…it was the last “real” Bugatti. before it became VW. I cant imagine the satisfaction of owning a EB110 and a Veyron in the same color. Truly there are some amazing car collections over there.

Bulletproof Automotive Mid East Trip

Above: I shrunk this down enough to show you a random shot when I was sitting with my friends at a villa in Dubai.

Bulletproof Automotive Mid East Trip

The shot above is at the largest Mercedes dealership in the world. And seriously, it was…I was grateful for a complete behind the scenes tour of the new facility which was cutting edge in every way. This was the separate service area for the Maybachs and SLRs. I feel like the world’s largest concentration of SLRs must be in the mid east. One of my friends even has two of them. Oh, and this Mercedes dealership has a 722 GT (the new race car) in their showroom. I dont think there are many (if any) other Mercedes dealerships that can say they have a 722 GT on their showroom floor. Most dealerships are still bragging about having one SL65 Black Series (this dealership I think had 4 or so of those).

In short, everything is bigger in the mid east. It is a culture with huge ambitions for business and one which is set on being the biggest and the best at whatever they build. With huge masterplanned cities going up seemingly overnight, their push into the future is not slowing down as much as the media might suggest (although it has slowed a bit). Places like Dubai who are not benefiting from oil money like other areas (like Saudi Arabia for example) are still reliant on innovation and entrepreneurship, two things that I personally love and enjoyed seeing out there.

Lastly – the intro picture is Ebrahim’s street Supra. Yes, his street car. His race car is way more nutty!  The turbo on this street car is so damn big he made a custom hood to work around it. For pics you can check out www.gt-rr.com and look under Ebrahim in the customer car gallery for some of his other rides too. Ebrahim has one of the cleanest/nicest personal workshops I’ve seen. All of his cars are super clean!

Next, I’d like to show you one of the coolest garages I’ve seen. That will be my last post on the trip coming soon.

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Hater Fodder – Red and Gold Mercedes SLR

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Switzerland is responsible for this gaudy addition to our Hater Fodder section of the blog. Below you can see the base SLR they used, and after looking at the guy in the picture you can almost guess where this project is headed…

Red and Gold SLR Mercedes

So what do you get when that guy designs a SLR?

Red and Gold SLR Mercedes

So lets ignore the gold and ruby interior, or the way those SLR rims manage to look hideous after a gold plating with red center caps. This car is worthy of the hater fodder topic just because of that rear wing being on a SLR. It looks like someone got in on that liquidation sale of Erebuni’s old 1990s inventory of shogun style wings. The front bumper sadly is no better. The car is all SHOCK AND AWE(ful).

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But really…you just need to see another picture of the creator of the car. I feel like this post is more about that guy than the Mercedes, since he really embodies his creation.

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Source: http://www.anliker-ueli.ch/index.php/bilderwelt

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Wild Aero For Mercedes SLR

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FAB Design Mercedes SLR

FAB Design in Switzerland created this wild aero package for the SLR. I really wonder if this is nessasary for such a limited production car…I’d be surprised if they sold more than two or three of these.

At first I wasnt sure what I felt about the kit, it certianly is wild! After a bit more time to digest it, I think they did a commendable job. I like the extended lines on the widebody fenders, I find that to be  unique touch. The symmetry on the rear is quite interesting between the wing and the rear bumper/diffuser. Honestly I dont like the wing design and I doubt its functionality to some degree, but I have to admit that they integrated it nicely into the rear bumper/profile design. Then the long nose front bumper…I wanted to hate it, but I like the drama it creates. The SLR is already a supercar but this long nose front bumper especially gives it more presence.

Overall I find it to be a very unique kit and surprisingly controversial for such an upper class semi-conservative supercar.

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Breaking News – F1 Carbon Fiber Parts Supplier To Make Sunglasses

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I’m excited about a big project that is under wraps at Oakley. A big thank you goes out to my anonymous source who has kept me very excited about this unique project.

Fortunately I’ve been informed by that individual about Oakley’s first leak of information on their internal blog. What that means is that I’m allowed to talk about it! For those of you who read this blog, by now I think you trust my perspective…so follow with me on why I’m writing about sunglasses for the first time:

Oakley has teamed up with a top tier carbon fiber manufacturer who supplies F1 teams. That company, Crosby Composites in the UK, supplies the same F1 spec dry carbon to this secret and impressive Oakley project. Sure, F1 level dry carbon for your face is cool to begin with, but what really makes this unique you ask? Well, Oakley has been experimenting with the factory on ways to finely mill down the carbon fiber into intricate and textured patters that mostly have been unexplored over the years.

Oakley F1 Dry Carbon

Oakley F1 Dry Carbon

More information from Oakley’s blog is below:

“Paul Crosby, the owner of Crosby Composites, leads the London-based company that’s been involved with motorsports for 20 years. They’re synonymous with elite quality – their work steeped in low volume, EXTREMELY high quality carbon fiber parts for Formula 1, the World Rally Championship and touring cars.

In fact, one of the coolest projects Paul’s team has been working on is the astounding RML-built Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren 722 GT. A 680Hp, completely re engineered version of the road-going SLR McLaren, Crosby Composites supplies all the new body components including: the wide wings, prominent side skirts, large rear diffuser and the huge hood. All obvious indicators of outstanding racetrack performance and extensive aerodynamic development.

Paul started the company after leaving the race world as an incredibly well-respected racecar engineer and has just recently returned to doing it in his spare time.

“When we got a call from Oakley asking about our capabilities to machine carbon fiber and heard what they wanted to do, we initially thought they were completely crazy. It turns out they are crazy, but we love it!”

Carbon is cut on 5-axis CNC vertical machining centers, otherwise known as milling machines. The end-mills are diamond-tipped and can cut insanely small.

How small? Try 0.5mm in diameter – about the size of lead in modern day mechanical pencils.

They spin fast – at up to 10,000 rpm during cutting. That’s roughly 3-to-5 times the rpm produced by a piston aircraft engine. Truly elite speed.

The end result is a unique “milled” aesthetic produced by cutting through the woven layers. It’s a funky effect, creating a topographical map of the layers themselves.

The extreme care that goes into choosing the cutter size, implementing the proper speed and the absence of coolant makes milling carbon fiber drastically different from milling metals. Simply stated: ensuring a smooth finish is a taxing, precise process.

Now, there are a lot of companies that could make great carbon fiber parts. Trouble is, most of them don’t have the cost-intensive machining equipment to actually do it.

Crosby Composites does. So why are we talking to the owner of a motorsports production company that specialized in elite parts?

Because we can.”

Crosby Composites SLR

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Early Debut of SLR McLaren Speedster by Jon Sibal

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We all loved Jon Sibal’s early rendering of the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series. It was particularly impressive to see just how close his design was to the actual car which was released after Jon’s design.

So here is my friend (and happy customer as well!) Jon again trying to predict the future and showing us first what the new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Speedster will look like. Or at least this is what Jon thinks it’ll be.

Here’s the link to his original post: http://jonsibal.com/blog/?p=246

Hi res picture below, so dont be afraid to click.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Speedster

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