California: Automotive Heaven or Hell?

Cars Culture

"The word California is sprinkled with stardust. It's a crucible of dreams for some, hell on earth for others. Whatever you feel about it personally, it's a place where the tectonic plates grind each upon each, creating untold energy that "

Car = Art?


"Look at your car. Ignore the kerbed alloy and the parking dent and the fact that you didn’t get around to cleaning it last weekend. Look beyond all that. Look at its forms, its details, its edges and curves. "

PopBang Colour: The Art of Movement


"If British people were as good as Americans at romanticising their industrial past, then there would be paeans to Birmingham all over the pop charts. There aren’t many cities left in this great nation with a network of industrial "

The Art of Scott Pommier


"Toronto-based photographer Scott Pommier began his photographic career pointing his lens at skateboarders. But more recently the biker culture of North America has found a pleasing home in his viewfinder. Scott's biker pictures document the new media-sussed generation of revhead "

Art Fitzpatrick: Original Mad Man

People Culture

"Art Fitzpatrick created in his work for the advertising campaigns of American car companies some of the key images of the chrome-clad dream of the American automobile. Influx caught up with an irrepressible artist who helped define the way that "

The Beauty of Detail


"Some of the most meticulous and highly skilled creatives working in the car industry are seldom name checked. They are the technical illustrators, the draughtsmen who detail the minute specifics of a vehicle's structure through every phase of its design, "

Steven Laurie & the Art of the Motor


" My work consists of designing and fabricating functional homebrew prototype machines, handheld power tools and site-specific installation projects. Crossing the traditional disciplines of performance art, kinetic sculpture and mark-making, I develop tradeshow style displays and tool demonstrations that pare down "

Influx Social

The Ford Capri: Life Begins at Forty


" When in 1986 a friend of mine purchased an outrageous Capri RS 3100, it changed my life. I lived a few streets back from the A12 in Metropolitan Essex. In the wee small hours, you could hear the beast racing from traffic "

Electric Superbikes!


" Whilst calculating the emissions totals for our ongoing roadtrip in Scotland with a Landrover Discovery, we came across a news story about the world's first fully emissions free superbike GP, which is scheduled for the Isle of Man this summer. "

The Land Rover Experiment: Part One


"Dawn's early light in the late spring. I am about to conduct and experiment. Two people. Tons of kit (surfboards, wetsuits, camera gear) and seven hundred miles from the Southwest of England to the Northeast of Scotland. My steed: A "

The Cult of the Café Racer


" Ok, I know. A true café racer shouldn't have anything as pretentious as a French accent anywhere near it. And alright, I know as well that at least the engine on a true 'Caff' racer should have been milled in "

Happy Monday from Ferrari


" Ferrari is celebrating more than one good result this morning. Not only did the apparently troubled Scuderia score its first championship points at the F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain this weekend (Kimi came sixth) but, according to the Fiat Group’"

Silverstone Classic: Rock and Booty


" Now is it just me, or is the recently announced music lineup at this year's Silverstone classic the weirdest imaginable? Lewis Hamilton might be dating Pussycat Doll in Chief, but we think the connection between lycra pop and classic sports "

Aztec: Giugiaro’s Ugly Betty


" Now it's no secret that we here at influx are big fans of the Maestro, Georgetto Giugiaro (below). His designs have graced some of the most incredible concepts and production cars in automotive history – from the audacious and carnally appealing "

New Jaguar XJ


" Jaguar have just announced that an all-new Jaguar XJ will make its public debut this July. And the rotten teases in the Gaydon press office have released just this one bird's eye view of the new saloon. Speaking at Auto "