The James Bond Cars (In Loving Memory of Sir Roger Moore)

Bond Cars 12 18 08 030We’ve all wanted cars we can’t have… but how about wanting cars that don’t exist?  Well, OK, maybe some of these do, but when is the last time you operated an oil slick or machine gun from your driver’s seat?  Had pontoon skis pop out of your rocker panels?  Have you ever said, “Can you swim?” then driven off the end of a dock?  Lost an unwanted passenger via an ejector seat?  Of course you and I haven’t, but we all know somebody that has, with vehicles that feature all of these “usual refinements” and more, and he’s been around for quite some time now. Continue reading

AMC Hornet: The Best Bond Car Ever

Note: I am posting this to honor the passing of Roger Moore in whose film this car appeared.

“He’s mad, I tell you, mad!”

No, I’m not. (“Denial! That’s the first sign!”) Friends and fellow car lovers, before you start composing angry emails to management berating them for letting a raving lunatic type his incoherent rantings into the blog, first lend me your eyes and allow me to make the case.

SecondBondHornet

Continue reading

Roger & Me, a review:

amazon 51GAPX0WTVLRoger & Me is not a car movie per se, but it’s automotive-related enough to warrant mention here, IMO. It talks about the social-economic nosedive of the once-prosperous historic town of Flint, Michigan (the director’s hometown and point of interest and ironically enough, General Motor’s birth city) and the quest of the documentary’s director to talk to the man who has been labeled responsible for the loss of jobs due to outsourcing and restructuring: the General Motors CEO Roger B. Smith. Along Moore’s odyssey to even get close to Roger, we see everything from glory-days flashbacks to inevitable then-current state of things ranging from foreclosures and evictions to disturbing forms of making ends meet and survival, as well as interviews with Flint-raised celebrities, the rich, the laid-off and the hopelessly optimistic (a fancy Hyatt hotel in Flint to make it a more appealing destination. Really?). Continue reading

1998-2004 Porsche 911 (996)

This article was originally posted on March 4, 2015 on CarLustBlog.com. Only the intro has been tweaked.

Silver 996

♪ The stars are out tonight
The moon is shining down on me
With rays of pure delight
And I’ll be spendin’
♪ 24/7 in my 911
And I ain’t gonna work
A 9-2-5
24/7 in my 911
On a highway to heaven
It’s the time of my life… ♫

–Vengaboys.

Porsches, particularly 911s, are typical car-lust fodder for the masses. That’s OK, it’s earned it. It has also ended up being disliked for a number of reasons. That’s OK, it’s earned it. But as you read on about the following example of Stuttgart’s icon -in its polarizing 996 incarnation- you’ll see why this is a machine to lust after.

Back in the 90s, while Uncle D lived in Chicago, he oftentimes let me know on his visits to this magical place called the Chicago Auto Show, which, of course I could never attend, being in Chicago and all that. One year, around the turn of the Millennium, Uncle D sent me some new car brochures. Among them was the then-new Porsche 911s. I was smitten! Here in my hands was the brochure of the 911 of the future, complete with cutout pics. While I was very much aware of Porsches and 911s, I didn’t know anything about its previous air-cooled brethren, its lack of full evolution throughout the model run; I just thought it was the coolest thing ever. Continue reading

Daredevil Drivers (1938), a review:

imdb MV5BMmQzYmI0ZDEtZjZlZC00ZWM4LThmMjEtYjQ5ZGIxNDBiNjQxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMDMxMjQwMw@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,783,1000_AL_This is the most honest poster of this movie that I could find.

If you think the 1938 movie Daredevil Drivers is about men and women who risk their skin with motorized vehicles in the name of show business and/or thrill-seeking, you can stop reading. The title only works for the film in the vaguest of senses. Still, could’ve been worse: the pre-release title was gonna be Road Pirates. Yikes.

The movie starts with racecar driver Bill Foster (Dick Purcell) and riding mechanic Stub Wilson (Charley Foy) who having won their last race, got disqualified for reckless driving and suspended from driving on sanctioned tracks. While towing their racecar, they got into an accident with an old bus. With his racecar wrecked, Bill takes up his complaint with the head of the Neeley bus company, a woman named Jerry Neeley (Beverly Roberts). Bill goes as far as coming up and help carry out with a business scheme to help the rival bus company owner Tommy Burnell (Donald Briggs), just to make things worse for Jerry. To finalize things, Bill sues Jerry, using Burnell’s lawyer. Continue reading