Tag: Bay Area


  • BMW Z3 M Coupe: The Weird And The Wonderful

    BMW Z3 M Coupe: The Weird And The Wonderful

    All images are from a recent BMW Z3 M Coupe reunion photoshoot held in the Bay Area. Thanks to Rich (@dasblaushu) and the rest of the M Shoe owners for making this gathering happen. Words and photos by Vijay Sankar (@pink_helmet). … Some of the most interesting cars ever made have taken form without express […]

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  • The Lamborghini Miura Experience

    The Lamborghini Miura Experience

    Words and photography by Vijay Sankar (@pink_helmet) … A solid wall of thunderous wails echoed through the woods lining the Fairfax-Bolinas Road. Flocks of birds were dislodged from mountain sides at the arrival of the exhaust note rocking their world. As much as the visual presence is iconic, the noise of the Miura precedes it. […]

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  • BMW E60 M5–The Power of Ten

    BMW E60 M5–The Power of Ten

    There is electric throttle response throughout the rev range, and it makes peak power at its manic top end near 8000 RPM. It punches well low in the rev range, but boy does it pay to rev it out to the climax. The motor hits so hard at the top after a linear climb through the tach that it feels like it would almost do a wheelie. In M Mode, the individual throttle bodies make the pedal razor sharp, dancing to millimetric movements of your right foot. It’s breathtaking and intoxicating to embark on the journey from 4000 to 8250 RPM. And it sings with an induction note that makes NA BMW engines from the era so memorable. Every single time.

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  • Tales from The California Automobile Museum

    Tales from The California Automobile Museum

    VALT Stories is a series that brings together car culture tales worth sharing from the Bay Area. This series embodies everything from photo essays on notable cars to selected narratives of the stewards of automotive enthusiasm in the community. … Gabriel Ionica serves as the Communications Coordinator at California Automobile Museum in Sacramento. He is […]

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  • The Sights from Sundays on Solano

    The Sights from Sundays on Solano

    Photography by @tinydarkroom. Select photos from Cars and Coffee at our ‘4th Sundays on Solano’ on May 22. Explore and/or purchase many more images from the gallery here. Photography by @tinydarkroom. Explore and/or purchase many more images from the gallery here.

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  • BMW ///M is Still Alive and Well

    BMW ///M is Still Alive and Well

    In search of the soul of BMW, we found that there are still palpable signs of life at the M Division that excite us. You just need to be open new experiences. khj Words and photography by Vijay Sankar (@pink_helmet on Instagram) Caveat: The photos are those of a base M2, but my driving impressions […]

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