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|The first Mustang ever sold – and it’s still running||
Ford’s legendary Mustang is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary today. The Mustang was launched in 1964 and is one of those car’s that completely encompasses American culture and of course, the rise of Ford.
Of course, in celebrating 50 years of Mustang, some interesting anecdotes and stories are bound to come out of the woodworks. One such story, is this one; the first Mustang ever sold – to a 22-year old (female) teacher from Illinois.
Gail Wise had just finished college in 1964, and had landed herself a job as a Grade 3 teacher. To get to and from work, Gail had to buy a car and with the help of her parents, set out to their local Ford dealership.
Here Gail’s life was about to change forever. The car salesman showing Gail and her parents around, couldn’t control his excitement about a new Ford model they have in a back room. The Mustang was only supposed to go sale in two days time, on April 17th. However, the enthusiastic salesman showed Gail the Mustang and she fell in love.
Needless to say, she bought the car on the spot, for $3,400 on April 15th 1964.
As the years went on, Gail kept her Mustang. It wasn’t until she met her husband that she wanted to sell it. However, her husband decided to keep the car and it subsequently stood in their garage for 27 years!
When the couple retired, they decided to have the beloved Mustang re-done. Everything from the inside to the outside was restored to mint condition.
The story is very touching and inspiring and a perfect way to describe the profoundness that is the Ford Mustang.
Check out the video on Gail’s story below:
|Mercedes AMG – turning burnouts into art||
One would never really think of associating auto motives, and especially what they can do, with high-fashion or sought after art. Sure, there will be the occasional collaboration between Versace and Lamborghini or Nissan and Zac Posen – but never has there been a car to (literally) leave it’s mark on fashion.
Well, that is exactly what Mercedes AMG is doing. In a rather unusual fashion statement, Mercedes AMG is using burnout marks to sell handbags, t-shirts, briefcases and other items.
While the concept is quite strange, there is some merit in the project. Mercedes argues that no burnout mark looks the same (obviously), so why not create burnout marks, print them onto fabric and then use said fabric to create garments and bags.
The project is naturally more geared towards automotive lovers – now they can carry a high-fashion bag with a burnout mark etched across it. The ultimate accessory for any die-hard motor fan, and more so, Mercedes AMG fan.
In a video illustrating the new fashion trend, Mercedes uses a CLS63 to create burnout marks, which is then in turn printed onto these fashionable items.
It is, how do we say, more of an avant-garde fashion piece, but still, it does look rather interesting and actually not that tacky – considering the fact that its a burnout print printed on an expensive handbag.
The Mercedes AMG Burnout Collection will go on sale at the AMG showroom and selected AMG Driving Academy events.
Check out the video below. Would you want a Mercedes AMG Burnout Bag?
|Audi S4 Quatrro tackles the Polar Vortex||
As you may of heard, North America’s mid-west is basically Antartica right now. Temperatures are way below zero and the snow just keeps on coming.
Of course, with the immense amount of snowfall, and with the roads being covered and looking like some kind of icy white paradise, it must be real hard (if not impossible) to drive around.
Some places have reported more than 12 inches (that’s 30 centimeters!) of snowfall. This basically means you can’t moving anything that is engulfed in the snow. But one man, and obvious car fan, did the impossible; he took his Audi S4 Quatrro out for a day in the snow. And obviously its a challenge with the Quatrro being low on the ground.
The video the man posted is quite funny and actually makes it look like driving an Audi in the snow can be fun.
This is one sure fire way to not get depressed by the gloomy weather – but to make the most of it instead. People are so clever.
Check out the video below:
|Man makes parody video-ad for old Nissan – and Nissan buys it||
Well this is one way to sell your old, used car. And while still entertaining everyone, even the car manufacturer that made the car!
A filmmaker from Florida, Luke Aker produce this pure gold advertisement under his production company, Ikonik Productions. The ad is parody on new age car advertisements that accentuate every little feature of the car, in the most dramatic and epic way possible.
The video accompanies a Craigslist ad that Aker posted to sell is 1996 Nissan Maxima. Not only is the car almost 18 years old, it is also battered and bruised and lets just say, definitely not in mint condition.
While the ad is truly a piece of fine entertainment, it is what happened after the ad went viral that makes this story so amazing. Somehow, through the powers of the internet, Nissan actually got hold of the ad. They were so impressed with it’s witty style of advertising, that they made Aker an offer to buy the car.
Not only did they purchase the old car, but they also donated $1000 to the Wounded War Project.
Needless to say, the cleverness of this video reaped the benefits in the end. Check out the ad below:
|Tesla Model S bought with Bitcoins||
Well if this isn’t an indication that the world is becoming more and more digitalized, then I don’t what is.
The New Port Beach Lamborghini dealership in California has just announced that they have sold their first car – a used Tesla Model S – to a customer who paid for the car using Bitcoins.
Bitcoin is a new age digital currency that has taken the world by storm in recent months. Although they have been in use for a few years now, Bitcoins have recently skyrocketed as a legitimate currency in many avenues.
Two weeks ago, a flight attendant from Hawaii bought a trip to space (on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space traveling service) using Bitcoins. Many other things can be purchased using Bitcoin – from books to music to super fancy electronics.
However, this is the first time (that we know of) that a car has been bought using Bitcoins.
The New Port Beach Lamborghini dealership announced the controversial transaction on it’s blog, and with it announced that they will now be accepting Bitcoins as a legit form payment option for any car purchases at their dealership.
It was not clear how much the new Tesla owner paid for his car in Bitcoins, but it is believed that it was upwards of $100 000 in ‘real’ money. with Bitcoins trading at round about $900 each, the customer had to pay more than 100 Bitcoins.
The world as we know it might is chaining – and it’s changing fast. However, its not all bad. Just think; if you can collect enough Bitcoins, you might be driving away in a Tesla Model S (although we know its way more complicated than that!) Either way, good on the anonymous buyer in New Port – we’re sure he deserves his new ride.
|Need for Speed Movie: Trailer||
The Need for Speed film is album is almost upon us and just to tantalize our tastebuds even further, they have just released a full length trailer.
And yes, we have it here for you to see!
The film circles around muscle car mechanic and street racer, Tobey, who is unfortunately framed for a crime that he did not commit. When he eventually gets out of jail, he is even more determined than ever to settle the score with the guy that was responsible for his conviction.
Expect a lot of fast cars, daring racing and some intense smashes. But that is how like it though, isn’t it?
Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14 2014.
Check out the trailer below:
|Aston Martin Vantage V12 vs Vantage GT 4||
The popular Drive channel on YouTube is back with another thrilling episode full of pricey, spicy and fast automobiles.
This week, they take one of the world’s most beloved super car brands (and also James Bond’s preferred ride), Aston Martin, and pit two different models against each other.
Two drivers take on the road to establish whether a Aston Martin Vantage V12 or Aston Martin Vantage GT 4 is the best.
with the V12 being called the ‘ultimate hot rod’ and the GT 4 labelled as a ‘gentleman’s race car’ it’s really interesting to see which Martin fares better.
Check it out below:
|‘Tuned’ Season Premier||
The Drive channel on YouTube, the one that brings you the crazy and super entertaining series like Chris Harris on Cars, has launched a new series called ‘Tuned’.
Tuned, as you can expect from the name, will feature tuned cars in various shapes and sizes.
The first episode, which made it’s debut yesterday, features a Subaru WRX Coupe. One of the more popular upgrades for this car is a R-STi drivetrain swap. In this episode of Tuned, the guys pit a R-STi drivetrain swap (JDM) against a USDM drivetrain swap.
The point of the matter? To figure out which method works better!
Check out the video below and make your decision:
|Ford Torino turned into art piece by liquid metal||
Art is subjective. Art is also weird sometimes. But as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Now, some ‘beholders’ will find this sculpture of a 1971 Ford Torino beautiful, and others, well, might just find a little bit strange. This sculpture of the legendary 1971 Ford Torino, was made by Romanian artist, Ioan Florea.
Florea used liquid metal to mould his sculpture into the shape of a Torino with some impressive detail on it, too. asked why he chose the Torino, Florea said that the big American cars used to make a strong impression on him as a child.
To create his rather unusual sculpture, Florea used nano- materials and nano-pigments. Yes, it does kind of sound like a science experiment, but it seems as though Florea’s experiment went the right direction.
The nano-materials and pigments creates an internal, 3D structure that then dictates the polymer how to behave. And thus, his vision of an unusual, yet strikingly beautiful 1971 Ford Torino was completed.
There have been many car sculptures through out history; some made of cardboard, some made of wax and now, one made of liquid metal.
Although we don’t have a lot of details about exactly how Florea managed the liquid metal, we sure know that people will be talking about his Torino sculpture for quite some time.
Gallery: Check out the liquid metal Ford Torino –
|Rush: Official Trailer||
If you are a car lover, especially a Formula One lover, you have to go and see this film.
Rush is a film about the infamous 1976 Formula One season. It chronicles the rivalry between legendary Formula One drivers, James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
This biographical film is different than most in it’s genre. It’s deep and beautifully written while still being action packed (obviously, a it’s a racing film). It has been praised by critics and is already receiving some heavy Oscar buzz.
Rush stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) as James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Niki Lauda.
Written by Peter Morgan and directed by Ron Howard – Rush is a definite must for everyone, even the ladies!
It was released in September, so check your local cinema for listings. Believe me, you don’t want to miss this one!
Check out the trailer below:
|Vredestein: Winter vs Summer Tyres||
As we have reported before, Vredestein has an exceptional line of tires that are now (finally) available in South Africa. Not only are they beautifully designed, but, as their slogan reads, they are also ‘designed to protect you’.
This is why they have developed tyres for any weather condition. Whether it’s summer or winter – they have a set perfect for you and the conditions you will have to face seasonally.
Temperature, rain, wind and speed are all factors that come into play when driving. Thus, it should be obvious that one would need different tyres for the different seasons, because the conditions are sometimes almost extremes.
Check ou this video below to see exactly how Vredestein’s winter tires compare to their summer one’s – and then you can go and get yourself a summer set, while we are still in spring!
|Lamborghini Aventador made from Paper||
Many us can only dream of owning a Lamborghini one day – never mind a top of the range Aventador!
But, for one man, he would go to any length to make his dream of owning a Lamborghini Aventador a reality – even if it means he’s not exactly getting the ‘real’ thing…
Taras Lesko decided that he will, in fact, own a Lamborghini super car even if he has to build it himself. And build he did! The only exception? His medium was different than what you’d expect. No steel or metals, but… paper!
Lesko’s attention to detail whilst building his dream car is second to none. if you didn’t know that this supercar was built from paper, you’d never guess it wasn’t the real deal.
It is almost 2 and a half meters in length, which is quite big for a paper sculpture!
The exterior of the car is game inspired. It features the exact “Need for Speed” police car paint – also amazingly done.
Fortunately, Lesko made a stop-motion video that captures the whole building process (and don’t worry, it’s sped up so you don’t have to sit through hours of paper folding)
Check out the video below:
What an amazing talent this man has – can I ask him to fold me a Bugatti?
|Video: Massive Boulder almost Crushes Car||
This must be one lucky driver and passenger!
On Saturday, During Taiwan’s current tropical storm, called ‘Kong-Rey’ heavy torrential rain caused a massive mudslide on one of the hilltops situated next to a busy road in the city of Tainan.
This resulted in chaos on the road as one Toyota was pushed into on coming traffic by the mud. But the chaos doesn’t end there; just as the mud subsides, a massive boulder, probably twice the size of the car, comes rolling down the hill.
It seems inevitable that the Toyota (and the driver and passenger) will be crushed. However, by some or other miracle, the boulder comes to a holt mere centimeters before it hits the car.
And, as luck would have it, the car driving behind this white Toyota Sedan has a dash cam and captured EVERYTHING!
The amazing video, that already has more than 6 million views on YouTube, looks like something out of an action film, but, alas, it’s all real – and we have it here to show you!
Check out the shocking video below:
Source: Motor Authority
|Compilation of Car Scenes in Famous Films||
Have you ever watched a film that did not feature a car somewhere, somehow? Mmm. It’s quite difficult to think of any!
Unless it is a period film, a fantasy film or something pre-historic, most modern day films feature a car or automobile somewhere in some scene.
Supercut, the YouTube channel that mashes everything together, has released a two minute compilation clip of scenes from movies that feature the super popular ‘widescreen shot’ through the windshield of a car.
This shot, as you will see, is a wide angled shot of people driving in a car, and you, the viewer see them through the windshield. I’m sure you can think of some scenes like that already!
The clip features scenes from more than 30 famous films – all using the same ‘widescreen-through-the-windshield’ shot.
Think you can name all the films these scenes are from? Go on over to Supercut’s YouTube page to see a full list of all the films used to create this mashup, and check your answers.
Just another way of showing the importance of cars in pop culture, films and, of course, everyday lives.
|Lamborghini Veneno looks mean on the Road||
On Monday we reported on Lamborghini’s plans to manufacture a roadster version of the super mean looking Veneno.
Seeing as though the Veneno is such a rare Lamborghini, and is sort of living in the shadows of it’s sister, the Aventador, it is very seldom you get to actually see one in action – much less casually cruising through the streets of a suburb!
Supercar spotter, Brian Zuk, was lucky enough to capture exactly that – a Veneno casually cruising the streets of a neighbourhood. Of course, the looks f the voluptious Veneno grabbed the attention of many on lookers, as they thought it probably was some super hero’s car.
It really is a sight for sore eyes to see this amazing, futuristic car in action. And a $4 million each, it won’t be a regular sight in any environment!
Check out the video below – and try not to be too jealous!