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    In 2005, the American Flyers took a motorcycle ride across Turkey. We rode the radically advanced and “all-new” 2005 BMW 1200 GS. Throughout the ages, Turkey’s strategic location as the gateway from Asia to Europe has played a key role in Eurasian history.

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    The inaugural Turtle Invitational Concours d’ Elegance was held at the Turtle Garage in Bedford New York. The festivities were a smash success and we look forward to hosting the event again in 2019. We had an incredible roster of cars, but moreover, a great group of passionate car enthusiasts.

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As car and motorcycle enthusiasts, we’re often looking for new stories that go beyond what a typical Google Search will find.

We know it’s not just about the simple facts of a car or bike, or the stats about them. It’s about everything that goes with them: their history, documentation, the people behind them and their stories. The Turtle Garage is all about telling these stories, so you can learn more about your passion.

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The Autonomous Revolution is Upon Us

Bloomberg is on the vanguard of accurate and thoughtful reporting on the emerging and powerful trends of self-driving cars. In this recent article, Jess Shankleman succinctly points out why this autonomous automotive revolution is going to happen way faster than the markets (or the public) thinks. The coming transformation will claim victims from airlines to bicycles […]

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Road & Track Retrospective: 1970

Over the years, Turtle Garage has amassed a large archive of old car magazines dating back to the 1950’s. On a recent rainy Sunday, I took a few hours and perused my Road & Track library—I was surprised at what I found. I became addicted and began burning up hours just pouring through the content, […]

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Car Trek: Elon Launches a Tesla into Space

“These are the days of miracle and wonder This is the long-distance call The way the camera follows us in slo-mo The way we look to us all The way we look to a distant constellation That’s dying in a corner of the sky These are the days of miracle and wonder And don’t cry […]

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Scottsdale: Sacred Ground for Car Collectors

The Western Wall, Bethlehem, Mecca, and Scottsdale are all holy places. My first pilgrimage to the Arizona desert auctions converted me to a believer. My 48-hour trip was a transcendental experience—it was short but unforgettable. The auction events at Scottsdale are sprawled out and scattered across town. If you replace the ocean with desert, events […]

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Chris Bangle: From Black Sheep to Trendsetter

“Christopher Bangle has had a lasting impact on the identity of BMW Group’s brands. His contribution to the company’s success has been decisive, and together with his teams he has mapped out a clear and aesthetic route into the future” —Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW Board Member Chris Bangle is an American-born automobile designer who ultimately […]

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Across Turkey on a Motorcycle

In 2005, the American Flyers took a motorcycle ride across Turkey. We rode the radically advanced and “all-new” 2005 BMW 1200 GS. From a historical and geographical perspective, Turkey is fascinating. It is bordered by eight countries, including Iran, Iraq, and Syria. It is flanked by large bodies of water on three sides of it—The […]

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The Power of Provenance

Researching a vehicle’s past is as much an art as it is a skill. It takes patience, persistence, and perseverance. It takes help from willing strangers—and a lot of time. It takes an outgoing personality to reach out to people who might have crossed paths with your car or motorcycle. To be a good researcher of vehicle […]

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2017: The Year in Review

THE STATE OF THE TURTLE: 2017 has been a year of growth and improvement at Turtle Garage. Our subscriber base has surged and we are realizing an enormous increase in traffic. Over the last year, our developers have upgraded the site and added new features and functionality: a live automotive stock ticker feed, real-time industry […]

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The Twelve Cars of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…..a partridge in a F-40! Wouldn’t it be great to wake up Christmas morning and find twelve exotic and eclectic vehicles under the tree?  The following cars (and motorcycles) sure would make for a very unusual garage! Our curated list below is a money-is-no-object selection. […]

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I C O N S: A Private Tour of RM Sotheby’s NYC Auction

On Wednesday, RM Sotheby’s returned to the Big Apple for their ICONS auction. Thirty spectacular cars rode the elevator to the 10th floor of Sotheby’s Upper East Side headquarters. Gord Duff of RM invited Keith Martin and me for an early morning private tour. It was wonderful to walk the Sotheby’s halls without anyone else […]

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Philip Richter and Keith Martin

Purchasing, restoring, or selling a special vehicle? I am happy to share my contacts, experience, and knowledge with like-minded individuals or groups.

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