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Legend Spy Shot Roundup #8

Posted in Legend, Spy Shots on August 9, 2016 by tysonhugie

Greetings!

I guess I might as well kick this draft post out the door.  I’ve added a few photos tonight that tallied it up to an even 80 Legend sightings.  My last Roundup was posted on April 20th.  So in fewer than four months, I’ve received 120 total cars.  That comes out to a little more than one car per day hitting my cell phone or email.  Here today, courtesy of you my readers and friends, I bring you:

  • 80 Legends
  • 11 NSXs
  • 11 Vigors
  • 3 TLs
  • 3 ILXs
  • 7 Preludes
  • 1 CL
  • 1 RSX
  • 1 Integra
  • 1 EL
  • 1 European Accord

A few winners to feature as we kick things off:

My favorite picture in the lineup is brought to you by Rob, who had traveled to Hawaii for work and who made a special visit to the local Acura dealership in Maui to pick me up a license plate.  Thanks, Rob!

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Second place goes to James, who even during his vacation in Paris this summer, managed to find a pretty nice looking second-generation coupe.  I wonder if this car is still there.  As of July 1st (just a little after James’ trip), all cars older than 1997 were banned in Paris as a smog-control measure.  Yikes.

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And I can’t remember who sent me this one (pipe up!), but it somehow captured both a Legend and a 2016+ ILX in the same frame.  Nice snag!

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Here are the remainder of the Legends, in random order.

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Here we go with the NSXs

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And the Vigors

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A few TLs

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Some ILXs

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A handful of Preludes

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And everything else!

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Whew!  Thanks for playing!

Legend Spy Shot Roundup #7

Posted in Legend, NSX, Spy Shots, Vigor on April 20, 2016 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  543,106

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Odometer (ILX):  160,842

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Happy hump day.  The garden hose came out and the ILX got a much-needed bath on Sunday morning.

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Later in the day I took the Legend to a neighborhood in Chandler, Arizona that has a street named Tyson.

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It’s that time again for some spy shots!  Here are the previous roundups for your viewing pleasure.  These are all thanks to you, my loyal Legend hunters, who continue sending them to me on a daily basis.

Tim gets the grand prize of all Legend spotters for finding Ayrton Senna driving a 1991 “Twilight Blue Pearl” LS sedan for just a few seconds during a 51-minute video.  Tim, you’re a winner!  Look at 27:49 in this YouTube video.

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We’ll kick this one off with a non-Legend photo.  My good friend Conor in New York spotted this fully A-Spec’d out TL!

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And here we go with the Legends:

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Legend Spy Shot Roundup #6

Posted in Legend, Spy Shots on February 3, 2016 by tysonhugie

It’s been awhile, hasn’t it?  It’s been since last June that I shared a Legend Roundup with you.  I finally took the time to compile this latest and greatest episode of Legend spy shots.  For a refresher course, here are a few of the previous ones:

I decided to post this as soon as I hit 100 submissions, and that happened yesterday.  I’ve given up on putting these in alphabetical order by shooter, or even remembering who sent each one to me.

Today’s tally is:

  • 100 Acura Legends
  • 13 Acura Vigors
  • 6 Acura NSXs
  • 1 Acura SLX (go Tyler!)
  • 1 Acura CSX
  • 1 Acura EL
  • 2 Honda Preludes

The 100th car was a Golden Glow 1991 L coupe that Jim sent me yesterday afternoon.

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I ran the Carfax based on the license plate, and it was a low-miler.  The last odometer reading was in June with 118,000 miles.

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Thanks Jim for being one of my top submitters!  Along with many others who are reading this.

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For your viewing pleasure, I present the Mac-Daddy of all Acura Legend photo collections!  Was one of these photos yours?

Enjoy.

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Legend Spy Shot Roundup #5

Posted in Legend, Spy Shots on June 17, 2015 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  533,736

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Odometer (ILX):  131,174

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I know the mileage-mania has gone too far when even my mom is posting things like this on Facebook:

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She’s recently picked up a hot little red 2010 Volkswagen EOS convertible and she’s already racking up the miles AND offering gift card prizes to her friends who most closely guess the date & location of her 50,000-mile rollover.  Did you notice the 44 mile per hour speed to align with the 44,444 odometer?  Now, if only she’d hit that at 4:44 p.m. and with 44.4 on the trip meter.  Keep trying, mom!

(Her car is at right, and the other one is its twin – owned & driven by my aunt Connie)

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Now for today’s feature:

Bring out those spy cams.  My readers have been at it again.  I present to you, in alphabetical order by submitter, the latest in Acura Legend spy pics from around the country.  It’s only been 3 months since the last Spy Shot Roundup, but there were FIFTY (5-0!) pictures submitted since then so I figured it was time to go ahead and post the latest ones for you all to see.

Beau in Arizona (6 submissions – Legend Spotter Extraordinaire Award Recipient)

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Chris M in Maryland

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Chris G in California

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Conor in New York

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Check that rearview!

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Daniel in Arizona

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Dillon in North Carolina

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Grant in Utah

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Ian in Arizona – spotted my friend Joe!

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Ira in Washington

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Jack in Arizona

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James in Arizona

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Jim in Arizona

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Clever shot here!

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Joe in Arizona

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Kyle in Arizona

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Nice attempt at a rearview mirror shot here, Kyle!

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Matt in South Carolina

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Yours truly!  Came up behind this guy on Cave Creek Rd in Phoenix a few weeks ago.  Nicely kept Milano Red 1995 L coupe.

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Nate in Idaho

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Paul in Georgia

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Ruben in Arizona

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Ryan in Arizona

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Scott in California

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Sunny in Utah

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WINNER!  Toby in New York

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Special features!  Jason in New Mexico captured a 1987 Chevy Celebrity Classic, much like my first car.  It even had the same vinyl roof.  Bonus points, Jason!

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We have a few Vigor features this time, too.

Chris C in Florida – blurry, but we can tell what it is!

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Chris G in California

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Kurt in Arizona

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Thanks again everyone for playing!

Legend Spy Shot Roundup #4

Posted in Legend, Spy Shots on March 21, 2015 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  532,749

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Odometer (ILX):  116,494

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Odometer (NSX):  99,627

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It’s that time again, folks!  Let’s take a look at some of our reader-supplied Legend pics.

Over a 10-year span, there were 477,831 Acura Legends sold in the United States.  Twenty years later, how many of those are still on the road?  Half?  Maybe even fewer?  Either way, they’re getting to be a rare sight these days.  But somehow, all of you keep spotting them on the roadways and sending them to me.  Please enjoy the latest collection of submissions.  My friends Jack and Conor are tied for first place with the most Legends captured since last time, with 5 each.

I’ll kick it off with a unique shot.  Hass in Michigan sent me a pic of this restaurant.  I told him we have to eat there the next time I’m in Detroit (most likely for the 2016 North American Int’l Auto Show in January):

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Now, in alphabetical order, here are the entries for this round:

Beau – Arizona

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Brad – California

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Brock – Arizona (what is up with that parking job?)

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Chris – Maryland

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Cody – Utah

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Conor – New York

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Cory – Arizona

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Dave – Washington

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Dillon – North Carolina

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Jack – Arizona

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Jason – New Mexico

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Jim – Arizona

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Mike – Arizona

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Nick – Utah

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Ruben – Arizona

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Ryan – Arizona

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Ryan – Utah

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Scott – California

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Sofyan – District of Columbia

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Tim – New Jersey

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Thanks to all who have shared these fun pictures with me.  Keep them coming, and have a great weekend!

Spy Pics: 2016 Acura ILX Mid-Model Refresh

Posted in Arizona, ILX, Spy Shots, TLX on September 20, 2014 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  531,537

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Odometer (ILX):  96,510

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I took delivery of my 2013 ILX on June 12, 2012 with 16 miles on its odometer.  The 2015 model year ILX is now already out, and aside from some packaging changes and the deletion of the Hybrid powertrain offering, the ‘newest’ car is pretty much identical.  That’s all about to change.

Did everyone catch the spy pics of the 2016 Acura ILX that were released on Thursday?  Edmunds posted them for the world to see, and I like where the design direction has evolved.  Notice the “shield” grille (or otherwise known as the ‘beak’) has been tweaked.  I also see Jewel Eye headlights, much like the RLX, TLX, and MDX already have.  Finally, the front & rear bumpers are much more aggressive looking.

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Awesome tape job!  They should leave those as racing stripes.

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I’m liking that lip spoiler out back.

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No word yet on when Acura will show us the production version of this refreshed ILX, but maybe it’ll happen at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November.  I’ll be there watching, just in case.

My ILX got an “A12” service at Acura of Tempe yesterday.  For $380.74 (ouch), it’s now sporting a pair of new rear brake pads, a new cabin air filter, and some fresh 0W20 motor oil.  It had been 8,271 miles since my last oil change.  My service advisor recommended having the serpentine belt changed on my next visit, but I’m sure that’ll be after I’m well into 100,000 mile range.  Also – SHOCKER – for the first time in history, I allowed the dealership to wash my car.  I’ve been so busy that I just haven’t had time to do it on my own, so it was nice to let someone else do my chores for a change.

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It’s been a wet & wild couple of weeks in the Phoenix area.  On Monday, September 8th, the area experienced its wettest day in recorded history.  By noon we’d already received 3 inches – roughly a third of our annual average.  For me, it was a wet commute to the office.

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For others, it was even wetter.  This is what Interstate 10 looked like at 43rd Avenue.

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Typical for indecisive desert weather, though, by the time I left the office that same afternoon, it was back to blue skies & sunshine.

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It was a few days before the warning signs were removed from roadways around my neighborhood.

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Even the Legend, which probably hadn’t seen rain for a year or more, got stuck in a downpour.

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Finally, it’s always a cool feeling to see a “first” of any new model on the road in a real-world setting.  I was sitting at a light on westbound McDowell Road in Scottsdale, and caught a glimpse of some LED headlights in my sideview mirror.  This was a TLX.

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I felt like a bit of a paparazzi for taking such pictures, but it was kind of exciting to see an on-the-road version of the very vehicle that I saw unveiled as a prototype at the Detroit Auto Show this past January.

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Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!

Legend Spy Shot Roundup #3

Posted in Legend, Spy Shots on August 19, 2014 by tysonhugie

Odometer (Legend):  531,483

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Odometer (ILX):  91,751

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When you’re in Arizona, the best parking spaces at the supermarket are not defined by their proximity to the front door.  They’re the ones with shade.  This is proper parking:  shade in a curb spot way as far away from the entrance as possible.

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My friends know how excited I get when I see a Legend on the road, so years ago they started sending me pictures every time they see one.  It wasn’t until recently that I decided to start saving the pics.  We’re really getting quite a nice collection of shots!

Remember:  I love seeing these photos, but please always send them to me after you’re off the road.  Keep the roadways safe!

And now, I bring you the latest in reader-supplied pictures!  Let’s kick it off with my personal favorite, a 1994-95 LS coupe in Desert Mist Metallic with Oregon plates.  My friend Dusty saw this beauty on Scottsdale Road.  It’s a rare find:  one of only 550 Legend coupes in its color/trim configuration for those years combined.

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(photo adjusted for angle)

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The next three were from Conor in New York.  That 1989-90 sedan looks right at home carrying plywood on the interstate!

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This G2 sedan somehow ended up with a mix & match set of wheels.

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This Canterbury Green Metallic has some aftermarket chrome accents on the B pillar.

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This Milano Red 1994-95 coupe came from Jim in Arizona.

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As did this Rosewood Brown 1991-92 L sedan.

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And this 1989-90 LS sedan.

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Nick in Utah sent this artsy black & white shot of a 1994-95 L or LS sedan.  Probably in Cashmere Silver Metallic.

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Ryan from Utah found a rare 1994-95 Legend GS sedan in Desert Mist Metallic.  It had over 230,000 miles on the odometer and was looking pretty nasty.

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Brett in California found this Granada Black Pearl 1994-95 LS coupe.  Behind bars!

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Dave in Washington spotted this 1994-95 LS coupe.  It might be Sherwood Green Metallic but it’s tough to tell.

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Jason from Louisiana saw this 1989-90 sedan while on vacation in California.

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Extra credit goes to Paul from Georgia for spotting two-in-one G2 sedans.

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He also sent me this 1994-95 L coupe in Cashmere Silver Metallic.

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Josh in Idaho found this bashed up sedan while on the job.

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Tim from New Jersey saw this Cobalt Blue 1991 L sedan at a Mexican restaurant.

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And this 1993 LS sedan (with 15″ coupe rims) at a Wawa convenience store.

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Stephen from Washington saw this 1994-95 L/LS sedan in Desert Mist Metallic on his morning commute.

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Ryan from Arizona spotted this clean 1993-95 L/LS sedan in Cashmere Silver Metallic.

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And Ian from Arizona saw a 1991-92 L sedan in Persian Red Metallic.

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As well as this 1991 L sedan in Golden Glow Pearl with Washington plates.

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Dillon in North Carolina saw this Cashmere Silver at his workplace and had a nice chat with the owner.

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Nice job to all for being on the lookout for Legends!