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Sunset Snapshot on wet road 03 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Chance and coincidence

“The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we’re not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.” Paul Auster
Flag GermanyFellow photographer Marco Spalluto (spallutography) and I once discussed the influence of the various factors when taking photographs. Spotting the opportunity, composing the picture, getting all the settings on your camera right and pressing the button at the right time. All of them are essential, but to get everything anywhere close to what you think is perfect takes a lot of time. However, many awesome moments are exactly what the name suggests: moments in time. Capturing a moment in bright daylight is more often than not measured in thousands of a second shutter speed.
What if that special moment only lasts a few seconds and the only equipment available is a smartphone? Try anyway!
After driving in heavy rain for almost two hours today, I spotted a hole in the clouds that appeared to be big enough to get a glimpse of the sunset. Driving on a westbound road in the rain might just yield the opportunity to see the sunset with some interesting reflections.
The first picture admittedly isn’t good. While the composing might be allright and ticking a couple of boxes, the result is rather boring.

Sunset Snapshot on wet road 01 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

OK. Let’s add an overpass and some mist from the vehicles traveling on the Autobahn on top to spice it up with some drama. And once again, the picture does not deliver because now the sun is just a white blob and most of the color wasted due to overexposure. Now this really is disappointing! But…

Sunset Snapshot on wet road 02 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

… following the road through a left-hander after the overpass suddenly changed everything:

An explosion of colors! I especially love the contrast between the speed displayed by the proximity to the guardrail and the almost static rain drops on the windshield. The powerline pole is a welcome addition and I am surprised by the detail available in full resolution. The reflection on the road surface is exactly what I had envisioned. Does that make me a happy photographer? Yes.

Sunset Snapshot on wet road 03 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2015)

Mind you – the pictures have been taken with the standard camera settings of a Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone (while riding shotgun in a friends car).

Mr. Auster was right: sometimes things just happen and there is nothing (or not much) we can do to influence the outcome. I’m happy with the picture because it shows that millisecond that made an otherwise not-so-memorable journey on a rainy day a great one. 🙂

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Volvo P1800 | Schloss Freudenhain Passau

Flag Germany“You recently posted a picture of a beige car on Facebook. I don’t know what kind of car it is, but the picture is so beautiful that I looked at it more than once.”

This quote is from a friend who isn’t really interested in cars – but has a professionally trained eye and lots of practical experience with equilibrated color combinations. When we met a couple of days after posting the preview shot on Facebook, she told me that she loves how perfect the color and style of the car correspond with the background. The way she spoke about her impressions of the picture catapulted me back to that very hot day in 2014 when I portrayed Stefans’ Volvo. Daniela, this article is dedicated to you for putting my previously unspoken feelings about these photos into words. Thank you.

3rd Passau Classic Car Day, July 6th 2014.
The thermometer already exceeded 30 °C at 09:20 am, when Stefan drove his 1963 Volvo P1800 to the event location: Schloss Freudenhain in Passau.

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Mitsch (2014)

Little did he know that by the end of the day his vehicle would be the star of a photo shooting on the other side of the fence. Nor did I – but seeing the P1800 drive by in front of Schloss Freudenhains’ cream colored walls in the morning sun instantly sparked my desire to portray the vehicle right there. Sometimes you only need a split second to identify a perfect match.

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Mitsch (2014)

Looking at the reflection in the chromed P1800 S hubcap you can see that the courtyard is empty. After a hot day, filled with conversations about the beautiful classic cars, participants and visitors had left the venue. Before heading to a Biergarten ourselves, we used the afternoon sun to make the most of what seemed to be the natural habitat for this beauty.

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Stefan purchased the Volvo from a dealer in Munich in February 2014. The chassis number 4561 indicates that it is one of the ~6000 early models produced in the UK by Jensen. Production was eventually moved to Sweden late in 1963, apparently due to bad build quality. Vehicles made in Sweden are called P1800 S. For a few months, P1800 S models still featured the characteristic cow horn front bumpers of the Jensen-built models.

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Stefan says his P1800 was originally delivered to the USA and first registered in July 1963. After decades of cruising the highways in the USA, it was eventually sold and shipped to Germany in 2007.

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Mitsch (2014)

The body has apparently never been welded and is in excellent condition.

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Mitsch (2014)

The vehicles 90 hp B18 engine is standard with the overdrive being a factory option. Later P1800 S models featured standard overdrive and more horsepower (96 hp).

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Mitsch (2014)

A few parts on Stefans car are not original, such as the door boards at the time of the shooting. However, he recently purchased and fitted a set of OE parts.

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Mitsch (2014)

Not too long after the photo shooting, Stefan also replaced the skinny original wheels with wider items and lower profile tires. These wheels are period-correct, because they have been available as a factory option.

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

The chrome trim is in mint condition and beautifully reflect the matching colors of Schloss Freudenhain.

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

The owner loves driving the P1800 as often as possible and enjoys the fine details of its design.

1963 Volvo P1800 at Schloss Freudenhain Passau | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

I want to say a big thank you for the letting me photograph your classic car and for all the information you provided for this article. Have a safe drive and enjoy it!

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Citroën 2CV | Chopped Duck Sweet & Sour

Flag GermanyA hot summer day in 2014. Heading towards the Nürburgring for the annual Oldtimer Grand Prix, we decided to stop at a rest area to buy refreshments. The petrol station was filled to the brim with travelers, their (mostly humdrum) cars, and a couple of trucks for good measure. But there is always a nugget to be found somewhere, if you just look hard enough. Actually, we didn’t really have to look hard, because the nugget occupied one of the prime spots. The owner and his friend just wanted to leave, but happily stopped and agreed to answer some questions and let me take a few pictures. Thank you, guys!

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

So what do we have here? It’s a Citroën 2CV with plenty of modifications. Most visible and hard to miss: the top has been chopped. In order to keep the original windscreen, the angle of the A-pillar has been adjusted. If I remember correctly, it also had something to do with being able to make the car road legal (TÜV approved).

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

The rear has been treated to one of those parts that look cheesy on a normal 2CV. But on this car, it somehow looks as it was purposely designed for it.

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

I always loved the design of these aftermarket 2CV wheels – but widened like that makes them pop even more! Great choice!

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Up front, the widened fenders look awesome. In conjunction with the chopped top and the lowered ride height, this 2CV looks a lot angrier than the rather cute stock version.

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

The ventilation scoop in the fender is not just there for looks. It helps with extracting the heat of the tuned four cylinder, air-cooled Citroën GS boxer engine.

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

The engine itself was finished nicely and featured plenty of brilliant solutions, most of which I unfortunately don’t remember now, more than half a year later.

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

But one thing I do remember is the fantastic sound. You just can’t beat a carburetor with an open air filter!

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Inside, all the vital functions can be monitored. The guys told me that the ignition switch broke during their holiday. But hey, if this happens to you with a modern car, you’re in for a costly repair in a foreign country with all chances of being ripped off, because you have no choice. Older cars are better in this regard – just hot-wire it and drive home 🙂

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Alfa Romeo seats help with driving long-distance in such a vehicle, because they are way more supportive than the stock seats.

Citroen 2CV Chopped Duck | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

In case you’ve been wondering about the title of this post: the 2CV is nicknamed “Ente” (duck) in German.

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 23-16 Vorserie | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Barn find | Mercedes-Benz W201 2.3-16 Vorserie (pre-series)

Flag GermanyWhich old car enthusiast has never dreamed of a barn find? How would it be to open the gate to an old garage and finding something long forgotten? Just imagine seeing the dust of decades dancing in the early morning light and inhaling the dry air.

Well the days of finding a classic car by chance are over, because most garages and barns have been treasure hunted already and are empty now. Today treasure hunting is more of a virtual game, as we are trying to find beautiful bargains that only had one caring owner, super low mileage and a full service history with all the dealer stamps in the right places. On top of that, a folder containing all the invoices is more than welcome and considered the icing on the cake.

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

However, while looking for such cars you sometimes stumble upon advertisements containing information that doesn’t really make sense.

This happened to a friend of mine, who found a well used (and abused) 1984 Mercedes-Benz 190E with 184hp advertised as a “donor car”. The vehicle looked like a half-decent tuning attempt from the late 1980’s: lowered, then-cool SEC look grille, lots of fake wood inside and full set of 16V aero parts.

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

So far, so good. But wait a minute… what? Mercedes-Benz 190E from 04/1984 and 184hp? This is impossible, because the 16V could be ordered only half a year later at Mercedes-Benz dealerships. Therefore, it must have been a conversion and was considered to be interesting as a part donor for the own 190E 2.3-16. It never hurts to have a few spare parts stacked away, does it?

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

After a not-so-enlightening phone call to the owner and figuring out it was only a 15 km drive, the trailer was hooked-up immediately and the GPS fed with the address. Most readers might be able to relate to this kind of spontaneous thinking. 😉

The seller was an elderly gentleman, who had just purchased a brand-new SLK. He was very friendly and inquired, what the young man may want to do with this old piece of junk car?
“I have a car exactly like this one and want to have some spare parts for it.”
The seller wanted to know if he also had a Diesel?
“Err… no. It’s an early 2.3-16, very similar to this one.”
Shaking his head, the elderly gentleman asked whether it also had a transmission that you have to shift the wrong way around and left Roland speechless as he turned away to open the hood…

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

… which of course helped to conceal a major grin, when he not only found  the correct engine and transmission, but also a VIN featuring this combination of letters and numbers: WDB201034. In addition to that, the papers of the car do not have a Allgemeine Betriebserlaubnis (ABE), which proves that it really is a pre-series vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Without any further bargaining, the vehicle was bought “as seen without any warranty”. The deal was sealed with a handshake and the car immediately loaded onto the trailer. Back home, the research began…

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

A 2.3-16 specialist confirmed, that there have been 40 pre-production (Vorserie) cars: three for Nardò, 20 for the Nürburgring and 17 for press, promotion, pictures and exhibitions. The vehicle pictured here is likely one of the 17, with engine number seven.

With the information gathered so far, the W201 16V Club e.V. was contacted. They confirmed, that it is not only one of the pre-production cars, but number 26 produced as ordered by 292 (Deutschland, Sonderbedarfsfahrzeuge) and delivered on April 27th 1984. Therefore it is possible that it might be the Geneva exhibition car. Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz didn’t confirm the numbers until now. Let’s hope the history will be clarified soon.

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

The car doesn’t have the usual corrosion, but suffered damage to the body from an accident on the left front and right rear. There are a few rusty spot where the body gave way to the forces of the accident, but the axles, brake lines and other body panels are rust free.Unfortunately there is no information about the accident whatsoever. The elderly gentleman never knew what gem he had in his hands and wasn’t interested in the history of the car at all.

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

The interior is not in the best shape either, but with the help of a good upholstery shop, it is possible to bring it back to the old glory. However, the car is complete and features all the 2.3-16 specific bits and pieces. The fake wood should be removed however…

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

To wrap this post up: the car is up for sale, but will only be sold to somebody who is going to restore it. Parts raiders need not apply! If you are interested, you can find more pictures and the contact data over here at mobile.de.

Bonus pictures

The car features period-correct Pioneer TS-1615 speakers…

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

… and a sticker of roughly the same vintage. The origin and meaning of the sticker is uncertain, as of now.

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

The car seems to have fond memories of a certain event 30 years ago 😉

Mercedes-Benz W201 190E 2.3-16 Vorserienmodell | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Yellow and Blue | Day six

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

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Yellow and Blue | Day five

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

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Yellow and Blue | Day three

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

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Yellow and Blue | Day two

While digging through my picture archives, I became aware of having many pictures that have one thing in common: matching color schemes. It really is interesting how some color combinations can be found whichever country you go to. This week I’m going to feature a selection of pictures containing the bright colors Yellow & Blue.

To make it more interesting, the pictures are sorted by age, starting off with the oldest and progressing to more recent shots during the week. Three topics are going to be covered every day: matching backgrounds, race cars and other vehicles.

Day two | Matching backgrounds

The Toyota Hilux Bakkie pictured here might have blue lettering on the door, but I choose the photograph because the sky provides a spectacular background to set off the 4×4, descending a steep hill at Kallies Quarry.

dbs Yellow and Blue Toyota Hilux Kallies Quarry ZA | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

The nicely weathered locomotive is resting near Hartbeesport Dam.

dbs Yellow and Blue train engine ZA | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Day two | Race cars

Europeans will think they see a SEAT Ibiza with a wrong grille – but this vehicle was indeed branded and sold as a Volkswagen Polo in South Africa! I found it at Zwartkops raceway, just like the Porsche 924 yesterday.

dbs Yellow and Blue VW Polo ZA-spec | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

This FIAT Panda 4×4 lives in the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim / Germany. The little gem easily won it’s class at the 1983 Rallye in Algeria and competed in the Paris Dakar Rallye. If you are interested in the background story, check out what the builder and driver has to say.

dbs Yellow and Blue FIAT Panda 4x4 Rallye | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Day two | Other vehicles

For some reason or another, many Italians like to wear mirrored sunglasses. Well, this Italian living in South Africa is no exception – and the blue sky almost make the window tint look blue…

dbs Yellow and Blue FIAT Uno Mk2 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Arriving in Durban later that day, we found a matching Toyota Hiace Siyaya Taxi. The window wasn’t tinted, though, but rather wrapped in clear kitchen foil.

dbs Yellow and Blue Toyota Hiace Siyaya Taxi Durban | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

And last but not least, how about a Citroën 2CV which looked like it was specifically painted in these particular colors, only to be featured here at Drive-by Snapshots Yellow and Blue Color Week…

dbs Yellow and Blue Citroen 2CV Lit-et-Mixe | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Volkswagen T1 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

3rd Classic Car Day | Passau Freudenhain

Flag GermanyMy friends from Passau Classics sent me an invitation to their 3rd annual Classic Car Day, held at Schloss Freudenhain. The one-day event is open to all classic and vintage cars and does not require booking. Therefore the organizers don’t know which and how many cars are going to show up. This might sound odd, but is a proven concept by now. The surprise factor is something unique, and when a rare car rolls up to registration the smiles on the faces are unbeatable. I really like the concept and wish more events would be like that. Informal and friendly are the words best describing the beautiful day 🙂

Please find a selection of detail pictures below. You might also want to visit Passau Classics on Facebook for more pictures and information.

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Opel Kadett C GT/E | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Volkswagen T1 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Volkswagen T1 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Volkswagen T1 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Ford Model T | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Chevrolet C10 Custom | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Chevrolet C10 Custom | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Chevrolet C10 Custom | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Chevrolet C10 Custom | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Chevrolet C10 Custom | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Ford Thundebird | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Mini Mk2 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Volvo P1800 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details TVR | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

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Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Volvo P1800 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2 Details Ferrari 328 GTS | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2 Details Ferrari 328 GTS | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2 Details Ferrari 328 GTS | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day Details Volkswagen Käfer | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day Details Ford | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day Details Porsche 911 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2014 Details Volkswagen T1 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2 Details Ferrari 328 GTS | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Passau Classic Car Day 2 Details | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Land Rover Defender Janus | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Land Rover Defender variations. No happy end, unfortunately.

Flag GermanyBeing regular exhibitors at the Abenteuer Allrad in Bad Kissingen, the Off Road Center guys always showcase their skills with a couple of great Land Rover Defender builds, parts and accessories. This year they had, amongst others, their Janus-style Defender “Lotte” on display…

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Volkswagen Käfer Cabrio | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Volkswagen Käfer Cabrio | Fasten your seat belts!

Flag GermanyMy friend Gerd and his wife Claudia started the drop-top season rather late this year. After collecting the Volkswagen Beetle convertible from storage and giving it a good wash, we decided to quickly snap a few pictures before officially starting the season.

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BMW 318is E30 M42 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

BMW 318is E30 | Double the fun

Flag GermanyThe big portal crane in the Regensburg harbor didn’t only make a great location for the BMW E30 photo shooting, but also paid hommage to the 3-series predecessor by sporting the correct number…

BMW 318is E30 M42 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

After attending the event yesterday, we decided to see if there are any other spots in the Regensburg harbor suitable as backgrounds for automotive photography. We wanted to take some pictures of the diamond black 318is pair, because we totally forgot to do it last time around when the cars met at the Oldtimer Grand Prix 2013. Excuse me? A pair of 318is? Yeah, right! Both cars are equipped with the fabulous M42 engine, which was never available in the convertible from the factory. All in all it was a great day out, with the weather providing the perfect atmosphere and light. Today it was raining heavily all day long…

BMW 318is E30 M42 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

BMW 318is E30 M42 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

BMW 318is E30 M42 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

BMW 318is E30 M42 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

BMW 318is E30 M42 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

BMW 318is E30 M42 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

BMW 318is E30 M42 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2014)

Volkswagen T2b Emotions | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Volkswagen T2b | Emotions

Flag GermanyThe title says it all. This post is about emotions. The Volkswagen T2b pictured here sparks many of them, quite literally. These vehicles are just so positively sympathetic, you couldn’t force the smile off your face – even if you wanted to. Not smiling isn’t an option due to friendly feelings, friendly people and friendly encounters. Slowly (as they are) but surely, the classic  VW campers creep into your heart. You just want to pet them, as the sign in the opening pictures suggests 🙂

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Land Rover Series I Matching Background | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2013)

Matching Backgrounds | Three Flavours of Rover

Over the years, I have taken quite a few pictures where the subject and the background match perfectly – be it color, style or period correct settings. Fix yourself a cup of tea, lean back and enjoy three flavors of Rover: grandpa, son and grandson.

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Peugeot 504 Golden Brown | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2012)

Sleeping Beauties | Golden Brown

Frequent readers know that most posts here at Drive-by Snapshots feature multiple pictures of a certain subject, most often accompanied by a little story. However, my archives are brimming with those lonely single pictures. Until recently I wasn’t really sure how to post them without boring you. A post containing one picture just isn’t really going to cut it. Last week, a good friend of mine had a great idea and suggested that I could group them for posts. While digging through the archives, I actually found many pictures that have something in common: a matching background, color or theme. Today, Drive-by Snapshots presents: three sleeping beauties – golden brown.

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BMW Motorcycle Sculpture Berlin | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Ford 20M Coupé | A golden helmet and a matching car

Flag GermanyFound this a couple of years ago in Berlin, in front of the MeilenWerk. The place is now called Classic Remise. The BMW K100 motorcycle sculpture itself is worth taking a closer look. Just by chance, a matching Ford 20M Coupé was parked right next to it. Speaking of interesting contrasts…

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DeTomas Pantera | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2007)

DeTomaso Pantera | Close to perfection

Flag GermanyThe DeTomaso Pantera is a car that will always have a special place in my heart. I fell in love with this elegant but somewhat brute supercar when living in the US. Our neighbor had a yellow Pantera with a stroked liter V8 engine, based on a Ford FE Marine(!) block. Visiting the 2007 Jim Clark Revival, I found the Perfect Pantera. It just has the perfect stance and is equipped with a beautiful set off multi-piece BBS wheels. The body has been tastefully modified, retaining the clean lines of the original design – albeit accentuated perfectly.

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BMW E12 535i Bastos | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

BMW E12 BASTOS | Old glory

Flag GermanyBack in the days when sex smoking was safe and racing was dangerous, many cigarette companies used race cars to promote their products. The French brand Bastos supported a number of teams and cars. Each vehicle featured the signature red/white color combo with Bastos lettering and gold accents, similar to the cigarette boxes. I found this Bastos liveried BMW E12 at the Nürburgring Tourenwagen Revival. The car seemed to be restored, judging by the shiny paint and lack of battle scars. Old glory, indeed.

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Volkswagen Beetle Pick-up | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2011)

Volkswagen Käfer Pickup

Flag GermanyWhile hunting for a project car, I found this excellently crafted Volkswagen Beetle Pickup. The vehicle belongs to the Hagenauer body & paint shop in Würzburg. The split rear windows are a nice touch, but the rear bumper and lights leave something to be desired. They could have created something that suits the overall appearance of the Beetle Pick-up better. But that’s complaining at a high level 😉

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Borgward B611 | Drive-by Snapshots by Sebastian Motsch (2009)

Borgward B611 | Long extinct – but not forgotten

Flag GermanyBorgward produced quite a few technically interesting vehicles in the 1950’s but was forced into bankruptcy in 1961. The Borgward B 611 I found in Bremen represents a company that unfortunately is long extinct. However, the brand is still loyally supported by enthusiasts from the (e.g.) Borgward IG and the Borgward Club Bremen. The van featured here looks like it was properly restored at one stage and painted in period-correct colors. Sun visors have been popular accessories back then, available in various sizes and colors.

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