The Price is Right addicts love to watch this renowned daytime game show especially for moments when contestants have a chance to win a brand new car. With the exception of the Tesla Roadster a few years back, the typical new car offered to win on the program is nothing exciting. Viewers expect to see a base model Toyota Corolla or perhaps a stripped down Ford Escape, but surely not a nearly $300K supercar. My favorite part of the video is watching the Price is Right contestants and crowd react to the car being revealed. It’s pure pandemonium. I can’t imagine a better car for the Price is Right to break its most expensive prize record and make a statement that they are willing to give away much more expensive prizes then you might have expected. I can easily say that the Ferrari 458 Italia is my favorite car. It drives like a dream and has become well embedded into my Powerball jackpot dreams. I can only assume that the convertible version of the Ferrari 458 that I drove is even better. Perhaps where the car lacks in structural rigidity it makes up for in overall sensory enjoyment with the top down. Watch the video below and see if the Price is Right contestant wins this new Ferrari 458 Spider on the game show or blows her chance.
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This year car companies spent upwards of $4 million dollars per 30 second time spot to highlight their automotive products. This year’s big game car commercials could be described as humorous, clever and even inspiring. Although some may say that this year’s car commercials were not as good as ones aired in past super bowl games such as the Chrysler 200 ad featuring Eminem or the Kia Optima Turbo dream commercial. The following videos are our top 5 picks (in no particular order) for the best 2013 super bowl car commercials. Cast your vote below on which automotive brand you think produced the best all around car commercial(s).
The James Bond film series boasts some of the most exciting car chases in film history. Beyond this James Bond’s cars are always very cool on their own right, let alone their hidden high-tech gadgetry. Well not the Ford LTD, but the others…yes definitely. The cars of Agent 007 are nearly as legendary as the heroic, multi-talented secret agent himself. Of the dozens of Bond cars, the most beloved is certainly the classic Aston Martin DB5 which has starred in multiple Bond films including Skyfall (2012). My favorite has to be the BMW Z8 which appeared in ‘The World is Not Enough’. We hope you enjoy the following informational graphic from Car Buzz that showcases the evolution of the James Bond’s cars through time. Post a comment below and say which agent 007 car is your favorite.
The Batmobile has resurfaced in the news lately with the sale of the perhaps most iconic Batmobile of all time. The original 1966 Batmobile seen on the popular 1960’s Batman TV series was recently auctioned off at the Barrett Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, AZ. The bat car was built by legendary car customizer George Barris. His company Barris Kustom Industries was involved in the conceptualization and production of numerous recognizable custom TV and movie cars. Some of these cars include the Drag-U-La from the Munsters, KITT from Knight Rider and the 1928 Porter truck driven in The Beverly Hillbillies. The original Batmobile car made history at the auction in part because of the car’s iconic history, but perhaps more so due to the massive amount of money that it brought at auction. The Batmobile graphic below shows the variety of Batmobiles that have been deployed in comic books, cartoons, TV and films throughout the years. Post a comment and say which Batmobile you think was the best.
102 year old Michigan native Margaret Dunning has made headlines in her life for a number of topics, including her philanthropy, but recently for her unyielding love of classic automobiles. Her car story is indeed interesting from a variety of angles.
For starters, she is 102 years young and still driving. Margaret gleefully secured her first drivers license when she was only 12 years of age, so if my math is correct she has been hitting the road for 90 years and counting. That in and of itself is a pretty incredible feat and a milestone that is not often accomplished. Don’t assume that since she is a 102 year old woman that she is a slow poke. On the contrary, Margaret jokingly describes herself as having lead in her feet, which points to the large quantity of speeding tickets she has received over the years.
Also interesting about Margaret Dunning is that she has owned and driven the same car for 63 years…so far. Unlike some other old cars that don’t age well and simply appear, well old and out-of-date. Margaret Dunning’s car of choice for the past several decades is particularly classy and if anything grows more elegant with each passing year. It’s a stunning, mint condition and flawlessly maintained (we will get to that part in a next) 1930 Packard 740 Roadster.
Perhaps the most intriguing part of Margaret Dunning’s car love affair is the amazing fact that she has maintained the Packard herself since she purchased it 1949. She happily changes the Packard’s spark plugs and oil for all of these years, although she admittedly can’t jump under the car as easily as she once did. Her skill around cars and will tools was developed on the farm her father owned, which actually was relatively close to the Henry Ford’s property.
Although she never married, Margaret enjoyed substantial success in business. Her self-made multi-millionaire status has helped her afford the luxury of ensuring that her baby parked in the garage is always in top running and cosmetic condition. We salute Margaret Dunning for her amazing car passion that she has persisted throughout the years.