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There’s something very cool going on. All over the world small shops are taking advantage of the fruits of industrial production (like an abundance of vehicles and interchangeable parts), injecting them with fresh ideas, and rebuilding them through small-scale production. ICON in Southern California does it by turning old Land Cruisers into highly capable, high-spec wonders. Another So-Cal company, Singer, does it by reimagining the air-cooled 911.

Singer strips the car down to its frame, then cherry picks the best oem and specialty components from the model’s long history, to create the ultimate 911. They even go so far as to reshape the curves and forms of the car itself. They do what we all do when we modify our trucks: that is, build a vision of the perfect vehicle.

It’s industrial design taken back to the level of craft. That is, the design takes place, not in a remote studio, but in the same place where the thing is built. Design and manufacture are fused together. The results are extraordinary.

It’s still amazing to me that we went off-roading on the moon. Here’s some stabilized footage from the Apollo 16 mission.

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The Dakar Rally has been blasting across South America for more than a week now. If you’d like to follow the action, here’s a link to the official site: Dakar Rally 2013.

Oh , wow. This is good. The LeMans Classic races as shot by photographer, Laurent Nivalle.

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If you’re in the mood for a smorgasbord of vintage, off-road action, check out this 70s-era documentary called Dirt. It covers just about everything from swam buggies to desert racing, and features a RV-ing grampa for a narrator.


Just when you thought you’d seen everything, Bring a Trailer posts this 1931 Ford Model 68B, which was modified as a snow-drift-ready mail carrier in Montana. It rides on tractor tires driven through a geared-down truck differential. Wow.

And it’s for sale for $58,000 in Montana, where it still resides. And, yeah, that seems like a lot to me too.

Link trail: Bring a Trailer > Desert Classics

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Have you ever wondered how your manual transmission worked? I was never able to visualize it until I saw this video.

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What would happen if your truck shrunk to a quarter of its size but you remained the same, and it was snowy outside. Probably something like this…


I don’t know if this falls into the “too good to be true” category but there’s a reportedly restored 1947 CJ2A Willys Jeep on Craigslist in Illinois right now for $8500.

I think these early jeeps look great in gray and the rear-mounted PTO winch is a bonus. Drill down for more pics.

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It’s only a couple of months until the Dakar Rally starts up again in January. Until then you can watch the best of 2012 in this action packed video.