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My visit to the United States 2011


Illousion

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I won't upload everything right now though, editing 1000+ pictures is somewhat of a chore. The majobrity of the pictures are car-related, so that's why I'll post here. Ne-ways, here's some of what I have.

 

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This Bronco was so cool. Plate said it was a '72.

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Another more recent Bronco in the same parking lot.

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Guys, I love the trucks you have over there.

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This old Vic looked official.

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Alot more common than I inicially expected.

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Ah, the Fleetwood Brougham.

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This Chevelle looked real nice, it's nice to see a four-door.

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Two Swedish cars wearing the same color. ;D

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Alot of traffic coming in to San Francisco from the Golden Gate bridge.

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Such a pristine-condition survivor.

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This DTS, sitting outside a restaurant in Sausalito, looked so fine in black.

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Trio!

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I see you!

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The pristine-Vic again.

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Your firetrucks are mega-cool.

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This Mercedes W107 sat at the Pebble Beach golf club. The W107 was a lot more common than i expected it to be. Nice cars.

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Mid-size Oldsmobile along Route 1, coming down to Los Angeles.

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A Blazer that has stood the test of time.

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Kenworth T600's going to their final destination.

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Awesome!

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The most awesome sight was this Chevelle. Not because it was a '67 or anything, but because it was driven by an older woman. I just had to ask her, and she had owned and driven the car since it was new in 1967, "since $4000", like she said it. True survivor!

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Some more from Moon, some are reposts.

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Is'nt this just badass?

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We got a guided tour of the place. Some private projects that the mechanics had sitting there.

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Their salt-flats vehicle! Apparantly a quick little bastard.

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The frame of the original dragster that was wrecked.

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The owner's Nova, that dragraces in Japan sometimes he said.

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Damn cool place, I could see myself working there. cool.gif

Well, that's some of it. There's more to come, just give it some time.

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Don't let your trip fool you. California is NOT the place to live if you're at all interested in driving and modifying a cool car. The state has more rules and regulations on that type of stuff than anywhere else in the country.

 

 

Cool pics btw.

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You should've come over during a cruise or something. I can imagine you taking two steps on the Pigeon Forge strip and just keeling over if you had waited for the Rod Run.

 

Nice pics, though. You planning on ever coming over here again?

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Lived my whole life pretty much in one State myself. Little travel all in all. When I was just a kid, I'd sit on the fence in our parents yard and watch cars and trucks, and took to drawing them. I showed my drawings here once and just got a "that's disturbing" comment. I'm sure you did well with art as a kid?!? Anyway, I didn't get that, but like most folks, they keep the memories in photo albums and scrapbooks. One school project was to write your own book, and I had a big fix on semi trucks, much like Lurch here, but I seemed to grow out of that, I've also tried Three Wheelers and recreation things like snowmobiles, which I enjoy, and motorbikes, which I like if they're MINIbikes, I don't like full sized cycles.

 

They scare me

 

Anyway, because of that, I like cars from more the aesthetic angle then what's under the hood or the suspension. Interior design is important too. the comfort level of driving for hours at a time comes into play.

 

I like that you seem fond of Cadillac and Chevrolet.

Of all the model kits I ever owned, they all went MIA somewhere, but I have one left... 1966 Chevelle I keep for good reason!!

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Lived my whole life pretty much in one State myself. Little travel all in all. When I was just a kid, I'd sit on the fence in our parents yard and watch cars and trucks, and took to drawing them. I showed my drawings here once and just got a "that's disturbing" comment.

Disturbing drawings of cars and trucks? I'm interested.

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Thanks for the appriciation guys! smile.gif

 

@Pat

I am going to do everything I can to move to the United States. I don't want to spend my entire life in this dump, and the trip has made me want to move even more. I've been thinking about calling the US-embassy here in Stockholm for some general tips and information. Wonder how many calls like that they get every week. lol.gif

 

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I agree with what you say there. I guess that's why I love the land-yacths of the 70's, 80's and 90's rather than the overplayed muscle-cars. About Chevrolet and Cadillac, I like all american cars. smile.gif

 

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Some more pictures! Mainly car-spotting this time, starting with this Volvo P1800.

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4-door compact Pontiac!

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Then there was this quick little trip out to the Laguna Seca raceway.

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I love the 80's Chryslers.

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Forgive me for this one, it's just that while we have alot of Caprice wagons in Sweden, a mint one like this is damn rare here.

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This is just badass.

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English junk. Wonder how it wound up in Cali. ;D

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Mint looking El Camino. I was surprised at how common these were.

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Lovely Cadillac Eldorado.

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Lol happy birthday then. ;D

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Now how cool isnt this? biggrin.gif

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Always loved these. 1964 full-size Ford.

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Beware guys, it's the nightlife-Expedition!

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All this traffic was somewhat overwhelming. Thank god for the carpool-lanes, what a wonderful invention.

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That's downtown Los Angeles way over there on the horizon.

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We kind of wound up here by accident while looking for a gas station.

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English junk. Wonder how it wound up in Cali. ;D

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Don't see too many Daimlers around. Especially Majestic Major Hearses. The 4.5 Hemi is a gem of an engine and makes them quite a beast.

 

Or would that be a DS420 or a Sovereign?

 

Definitely wouldn't call one junk...unless you were joking. I have no idea what a ;D means. I mean, I know everything ever made on that island WAS junk, but still.

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Wow, nice finds Illousion. I never got to see such a wide range of cars over my visit to the US sad.gif...and I went to Detroit.

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Probably because Detroit sucks.

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sad.gif...and I went to Detroit.

Detroit is in the northern part of the country, meaning cars rust like there is no tomorrow. Same thing can be said north of the border. sad.gif

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I'm yet to see Detroit so I couldn't say. lol.gif

Here's some more.

How cool is this van? Badass!

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Can't get over how cool these are.

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Now this is really practical! biggrin.gif

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Never in my life have I seen such a clean Volvo 245.

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Now this is a rare bird. Lincoln Versailles.

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These are so cool!

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Representing Socialist-Sweden! ;D

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This, "thing", doesnt look to reasuring.

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Cleanest Lincoln of this generation I've ever seen.

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This nice Buick was owned by two senior citizens.

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I've got a soft-spot for Volvo Amazons, seing as I own one. Charming cars!

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Wonderful car. 77-79 Coupe deVille.

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This, "thing", doesnt look to reasuring.

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Those DUKW's are awesome. There's a few here just south of me in Chattenooga that do river tours. They're Just WW2 era GMC duece and halfs with a boat body built around them.

 

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Also, you'd sh*t a brick hanging with me and my friend seeing some of the cars he owns/owned/scrapped.

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WOW!

 

Awesome pics, Illousion!

 

Love them. Especially the sunset pictures within the first ones have incredible atmospheres.

Honestly, i dont know many people who have such a great taste in cars.

Old and Classic American Cars are the best.

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Amazing, I have to go to the US one day to see cars. I really want to see a Ford Crown Victoria one day

 

I love the 70s and 80s big boxy cars from the US that you in Sweden seem lucky to have

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Have'nt even uploaded half of what I've got. It's just that the process of editing is tedious. Here are a few that already were edited.

This one was taken on the parking lot of Santa Monica Beach.

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Same here. This RV is just badass.

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Just of Santa Monica Boulevard.

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This one, and the next, are taken up at Lake Arrowhead.

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What can I say? I'm such a sucker for old trucks.

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This Ford LTD-S was just mint. Santa Monica Beach parking lot.

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Badass.

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Damn clean Chrysler. Sat in the parking lot of some mall/outlet.

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I envy you... tounge.gif I'd love to visit USA one day... To see the cities, landscapes, cars, highways...

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Waiting for more Illousion tounge.gif I'm thinking about doing a similar photo expedition tounge.gif

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Waiting for more Illousion tounge.gif I'm thinking about doing a similar photo expedition tounge.gif

but... what's with a four-month bump?

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probably in preparation of his trip to the states and instead of having two topics of cars in the states, it'd be better to have it all in one thread.

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Waiting for more Illousion tounge.gif I'm thinking about doing a similar photo expedition tounge.gif

but... what's with a four-month bump?

This isn't the IV or V section. We don't get that much activity here so various threads can go months or even a year between updates.

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It surprises me how many older cars & straight classics roam the streets in your pictures. Here in the UK a classic car is a rarity on the roads.

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