“You can’t drive a painting … I drive these cars — they don’t just sit here.”
– Ralph Lauren shows off his collection of vintage cars to Vanity Fair. Lauren’s two-floor garage houses Ferraris from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, and ’90s, Porsches, Aston Martins, Morgans, Jaguars, “a 1938 Bugatti coupe, a 1938 Alfa Romeo Mille Miglia roadster, and the world’s only 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK “Count Trossi” roadster.” [Racked] Keep reading »
In the market for a new car? You should’ve checked out Gilt today at noon. The private sale company sold a special Volkswagen Jetta (completely new!) for the slightly insane price of $5,995. Normally, these cars retail for $15,995. Missed it? Don’t feel too bad. You’ll get a chance tomorrow and Friday at noon, for two more of the limited-edition cars. Sure, your chances of getting one are kinda slim, but still. Oh, and you can only access the sale through mobile devices like the iPhone app, iPad, etc.
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Do you ever wonder about clothing you give away to the Goodwill? Who will wear it next? Or will it just get trashed? It would be cool to think that in your next drop-off, your blue jeans get recycled by becoming part of a car. That may sound weird, but Ford is apparently releasing a new version of its Focus model, which will use recycled denim to outfit the interior. Reports Forbes: “Each new Ford Focus will have roughly two pairs of average-sized American jeans in it. The recycled blue jeans will be used as both sound absorption material and carpet backing.” But apparently this isn’t the company’s first experience dealing with recycling and eco-friendly materials. It has already been using recycled resin and yarn for seat covers and other furnishings. We suppose making a big deal about this could be more about trying to get good press and seducing the growing class of customers looking for eco-friendly things to show off, but it still seems like a resourceful way to go. [Forbes via Good] Keep reading »
Earlier today, The New York Daily News‘ “Gatecrasher” column ran a story postulating that Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds are having marital issues because they both lead such busy lives. The proof? An anonymous source, natch, plus the fact that Ryan didn’t make a guest appearance when ScarJo hosted “Saturday Night Live” last weekend the way she did when he was hosting a year before. Even though, uh, later in the article, they go on to say that Ryan was in Los Angeles and flew to New York for Scarlett’s birthday on Monday, for a dinner with her and her siblings. The info here is sketchy at best, but what I’d like to direct your attention to is the super creative writing. Not only does the author refer to Ryan as “the abs-solutely fabulous Reynolds,” but in the same sentence, the author describes Scarlett as “his Lamborghini-curved wife.” I dunno about that one. Thoughts? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
After reading Betty White’s recent interview in Parade Magazine, I’ve decided I want to live inside her head. She talked about how much she loves Cadillacs, and how she always names them after birds. Her current Caddy is named “Seagull”—her previous ones were named “Canary” and “Parakeet.” Oh, and her dog is named “Pontiac.” So cars are named after birds and dogs are named after cars. Just go with it, Betty! I wonder what else she names? [Parade] Keep reading »
Remember when men were men and women were cup holders? Chevy does and they are selling posters of their 1959 Impala to celebrate the glory days when women knew their place was in the shotgun seat. Sexist ads don’t endear the rest of the country to feel bad for your financial woes, auto industry. [ChevyMall.com via AutoGuide.com] Keep reading »
Most people don’t expect to get into an car crash, but it helps to be prepared and have a plan in the event of a collision. The Life Hammer should be a part of the preparation. Not only can it safely shatter a car window, but it can also cut through a jammed seat belt with its razor-sharp blade. But even with these life-saving features, we hope you never have to actually use the Life Hammer.
At 3 a.m. last night, a security guard at a building in Sherman Oaks, California, heard a crash nearby and called the cops to investigate. Turns out a car had been pushed over the ravine—the keys were in the ignition, and the car was running, but it appeared that no one was in the driver’s seat. The car was Charlie Sheen‘s Mercedes. When the cops called him, he said he had no idea it was missing and that he had parked it in his driveway at 4 p.m. This case is made even stranger by the fact that almost an identical thing happened with this Mercedes on February 5th. Charlie discovered his car was missing, called the police, and they found it shortly after at the bottom of a 100-foot cliff.
So what the heck happened here? After the jump, some theories. Keep reading »
I’ve always been a little bit obsessed with vanity license plates. Why? Because there’s nothing funnier than the thought of a police officer saying, “Can I run a check on ‘FLASHME?” when they pull you over. Or “DRLOVE” or “NOT OJ.” A friend once told me that in California, to get a vanity plate, you had to write a short essay explaining why you are requesting said plate. I’ve never confirmed if this is actually true, but if it is, my dream job would be to be the person who reads said essays.
I was pretty amused when my sister sent me this vanity plate photo she took over the weekend. This has me wondering: what’s the best vanity plate you’ve ever seen? Share in the comments. Keep reading »