We here at RideLust work hard to give you as much interesting content as we possibly can. We review a lot of different cars, and try to deliver a blend of news, humor and commentary that you can’t get anywhere else. We love what we do, and we hope it shows. What better way to wish you a happy 2011 than to give you two of our favorite things in the entire world – hot rods and pinups? Sit back, eat a handful of Advil and enjoy these videos as you nurse your first hangover of the New Year.
If you’re moving to Els Alamus, Spain, to further your career as a walking sexual gratification specialist, heads up: you’re required to wear a high visibility reflective vest to improve traffic safety. The town, near Barcelona, passed the ordinance back in 2004, specifically to reduce the number of pedestrian – motor vehicle accidents involving prostitutes. Fines for non-compliance start at around $56 per occurrence, and often lead to additional fines for things like ‘creating a danger on a public highway’.
Ah, Tuesday. It sucks 20% less than Monday, but it’s still too far away from the weekend for comfort. And what, I ask you, is more comforting that rat rods, hot rods and pinup girls? Nothing, that’s what, so think of this as the video equivalent of meatloaf with a side of macaroni and cheese. Sure, it’s nothing more than comfort food, but this won’t clog your arteries.
Still hungry? No problem, I’ll serve up an extra helping below.
It’s Saturday, so it’s the perfect time to go wash your ride. Just to make sure you’re doing it correctly, you’d better watch this instructional video a few times first. To get pointers. As an educational experience, separate from all of the unnecessary writhing and T&A in the vid. On second thought, there is no such thing as “unnecessary T&A”.
Part rally, part social event, part excuse for the filthy stinkin’ rich to flog their supercars around roads in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, this years goldRush Rally took place on June 8 – 13. While technically open to anyone with the $6,000 entry fee, the rally discourages any participants who don’t drive exotic or expensive cars. If you’ve got a a contemporary Ferrari or Lamborghini, you’re in. Drive a nicely restored Datsun 240Z or Alfa Romeo Spyder, and you’re probably not goldRush Rally material.
You’ve got to love the Swiss. First, they make some damn fine chocolate and they live in a stunningly beautiful part of the world. They understand the importance of an armed population, and virtually every Swiss male has a military-issued assault rifle at home. Better yet, they’re actually trained in how to use them, proving once again that an armed society is a polite society.
Yesterday afternoon I posted a video ad for the new Audi A1, featuring classic cars, pin-up girls, the Audi A1 and the disturbingly androgynous pop band Tokyo Hotel. It was high dollar, for sure, but it just didn’t speak to me. I said it needed 35% less band members, 10% less Audi A1 and 40% more classic cars and pinup girls.
The answer, sadly, is, “I have absolutely no idea”, even after watching the above video numerous times. I think it’s some bizarre German staging of a pseudo drag-race, in Audi A1s, between two members of the band Tokyo Hotel. If you ask me, it needs about 35% less androgynous pop band members, 10% less Audi A1 and 40% more classic cars and pinup girls. What the Porsche 550 Spyder is doing in the midst of all that American iron is just another mystery the video doesn’t answer.
Maybe that’s why we Americans aren’t getting the A1; if we’re not hip enough to like Tokyo Hotel and understand the existential meaning behind this video, they we’re just not ready for the A1. I don’t know about you, but I’m OK with that.
Photo source: Anna Bruce Photography
For those of you who don’t know Ridelust.com has an actual woman that not only digs cars but contributes to our wonderful little automotive site. Some of you may think that Kurt and I made her up, but not only is she a real life gear jamming lady, but she’s an unbelievably talented writer and can drive the wheels off most four-wheeled creations as well. Recently “L” (that’s right… she goes by only one letter cause’ that’s all she needs) attended a little gathering of the SubieGirls and decided to give us all a little insight into how it went.
RideLust Hangs with the SubieGirls… by “L”
Recently, I attended a meet of the DC-area SubieGirls. If you’re not familiar with SubieGirls.com, quite aptly, it’s a site tailored to the female Subaru enthusiast. The forums are an informative and entertaining place to chat cars, get repair and advice on mods, and to just shoot the breeze with fellow lady drivers across the US (and a couple of guys). Everyone on the site is really laid back and helpful. I post on it once in a blue moon, preferring to browse the site for everyone’s latest mods and acquisitions.
Bernie Ecclestone has a thing for Danica Patrick, at least when she’s wearing Nomex. If Ecclestone had his say, she’d make the jump to F1 for the 2012 season. Is he impressed with her driving style? Her ability to make up for an imperfect race car? Her calm, easy going demeanor? No, he’s impressed with her ability to attract huge sponsorship into Formula One, which would be the icing on the cake for the series’ return to the United States in 2012.