Archive for February, 2009

21
Feb
09

More to come…

I’m being lazy in regards to actually writing the test drive, so I thought I’d talk a bit about the shoot.

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this car was red, but it was cold.

The weather is a random factor in the scheduling of test drives and it is hard to plan around them. What good is a performance car if the weather is shit and you spend the whole test period going 30mph? the review then turns into how much you liked the interior. Indeed, it’s even hard to get test drives this early in the year because PR figures logically it would be a waste of time to send their 500+mph  RWD supercar to the northeast in January.

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V walks the plank.

Fortunately, the weather was forgiving when we had the Audi, and it worked out quite well for both the shoot and the test that it snowed late in the week. I got to drive the car in a variety of conditions, and during one of the heavier snow storms, we had a gorgeous natural setting for a shoot.

moving for the plow again...

moving for the plow again...

We took the Audi to a remote part of the neck and took as many shots as we could before we froze. Driving though the back roads in such fresh snow, the area didn’t seem real. I felt like driving through a stunning Macy’s christmas window display.

The spot we picked was by the water and out of the way. It’s remote location and the weather made thing easy as far as traffic or interruptions, save for a couple times we had to move for a plow. ( which plowed our scenery away…) and the times we had to wipe down the car.

We ended up with a great number of shots and it was hard to narrow down the best ones. I’ve been spending time photoshopping towels and footprints out.

-Alex K.-

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12
Feb
09

This is what it’s all about

A friend just reminded me of this footage, and since I’ve been particularly grumpy today, I figured I’d do something positive and share it.

The details are below, but I’ll just say that this is bite-the-back-of-your-hand stuff that melts the hearts of enthusiasts.

Do yourself a favor and turn up the volume for the most satisfying soundtrack to come from the late 70’s.

On an August morning in 1978, French filmmaker Claude Lelouch mounted a gyro-stabilized camera to the bumper of a Ferrari 275 GTB and had a friend, a professional Formula 1 racer, drive at breakneck speed through the heart of Paris . The film was limited for technical reasons to 10 minutes; the course was from Porte Dauphine , through the Louvre, to the Basilica of Sacre Coeur.

No streets were closed, for Lelouch was unable to obtain a permit.

The driver completed the course in about 9 minutes, reaching nearly 140 MPH in some stretches. The footage reveals him running real red lights, nearly hitting real pedestrians, and driving the wrong way up several one-way streets.

Upon showing the film in public for the first time, Lelouch was arrested. He has never revealed the identity of the driver, and the film went underground until a DVD release a few years ago.

12
Feb
09

Fuck it, I’m moving to Australia too.

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I’ve been incapacitated for a week or so now by what I’m convinced is the Plague. This is all made more unbearable due to the fact that before the onset of plague, I have been dealing with difficult web programmers, frustrating PR managers, general financial woes, my jeans ripped, my phone broke, and my brother took off to “find himself” for an indeterminate amount of time. He is as of this writing driving south to Florida, making various visits along the way. Good luck, V.

On a positive note, our Lion Dance season ended positively, and my test drive of another Audi was enjoyable.

And that’s pretty much it. I’ve been hittin’ the MGS4 pretty hard, but as much as I value my sitting around time, I’m itching to get back to useful and productive work.

-Alex-

03
Feb
09

Yikes…

I’m concerned when search terms like “patrick swayze as a tranny” brings someone to my blog.

I am more concerned when it does so 3 times.

01
Feb
09

Thanks for saving me the time

one of those happy accidents happened with the automatically generated links to other blogs. I was tacked on to stuffblackpeoplehate.com, specifically on a rant about modded cars. It’s particularly comforting to see someone write what I’ve been saying for years:

“You’ve just spent $30,000 to make a 1997 Honda Civic do 0-60 in 5 seconds when you could have used the same amount of cash (plus the $10K – $25K you spent on rims, stereo, and paint) on a late model S4, M3, or Z06 and had time left over to make more money, work on your personality, and otherwise not be an idiot. Oh well.”

read the whole thing at http://stuffblackpeoplehate.com/2008/08/11/tricked-out-cars/

you’ll get a kick out of it.

Edit: how come nobody told me this was the best blog ever? ?
Edit 2: How come spell check on my blog doesn’t recognize “blog” as a word?