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These were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0

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Monday, 3 July 2006
Conspicuous Consumption
Topic: Oddities

Conspicuous Consumption

Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis, has his automotive shots - the "Fiat 500 of the Week" on the streets of Paris. Things are different out here. Sitting in front of the French sidewalk bistro at Sunset Plaza, a 1992 Vector W8 twinturbo - six hundred twenty-five horsepower, with its Kevlar, carbon-fiber, and fiberglass body - a local product, built down in Wilmington, at the harbor. Hollywood note - a red W8 made a rare appearance in the 1993 movie Rising Sun - Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes and the Japanese and all that. The Vector is a bit over the top - the car's first customer was Andre Agassi. Vector intended to follow the W8 with the Vector WX-3 and Vector WX-3R, but series production never got off the ground. Production of the W8 ended in 1993, when the company was purchased by Megatech, and pretty much disappeared. No more Vectors. More on the car here and the company here. Amusing.

1992 Vector W8 twinturbo on Sunset Boulevard



1992 Vector W8 twinturbo on Sunset Boulevard



A stretch limo pulls in front -

1992 Vector W8 twinturbo on Sunset Boulevard



Across the street, a bit of a contrast -

Not a 1992 Vector W8 twinturbo on Sunset Boulevard



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