Full grown adult males, plastic ride-on toys made for children, and a very steep hill that’s riddled with dirt, rocks and trees.
Seriously, what could go wrong…
When I was a kid my father built me a go-kart out of wood, a few wheels from the hardware store and a piece of rope. It was a blast of a ride and as a young kid, the fastest thing I’d ever been on. It seems that fznowadays though home built rigs like that are few and far between, which is why I got so excited to see the following video. Sometimes all it takes is a hill, a little ingenuity and the will to go fast.
If you’ve never seen anything directed by Wes Anderson than you’re missing out on one of the best directors of the last 20 years. His visual style ranges from engaging to hilarious and his story telling abilities are second to none. “CASTELLO CAVALCANTI” is a short film directed by Anderson that shows us what happens when Castello Cavalcanti, a vintage Grand Prix driver, crashes into a statue in his ancestral Italian home.
Believe it or not, but every year in Southern California fans of the cult film MAD MAX gather for what is simply known as, “Wasteland Weekend”. Think of it as a mini Burning Man event, except without the naked hippie chicks, good music and weed. In fact basically it’s just a bunch of comic book loving adults prancing around in costumes pretending to be Mel Gibson before he went all bat-shit crazy on us. Check it out after the jump.
What would you do in order to make a living? Would you risk life and limb on a daily basis and, if so, how would you justify it to others. India’s Wall of Death Riders are a group of daredevils who look death in the face for a bit of fame and very little in the way of fortune. Some people say their insane, but for these men, it’s just another day at the office.
It’s not uncommon to be enamored by the technology that lies beneath today’s automobiles. We’ve got computers by the dozens, hundreds of relays and enough wiring to bring oceans together. Back in the 1950′s and 1960′s though it was the design of the automobile that had everyone gasping for breath. Some say this was the pinnacle of design for the American automobile, and honestly, we tend to agree. The following video is great in the sense that it’s hosted by the late, great Loyd Bridges. A wonderful actor and an even bigger car guy. Check it out after the jump.
Think for moment about Disney’s animated movie CARS. Think about their personalities, how they were viewed by the other cars, and how they sounded. Now think about if YOU could come back as a car and if that was possible, what would you be. Personally, I’d come back as a highly modified late ’60s Dodge Charger, but running a close second would be this epic Pagani Huayra. Talk about a stunner…
There are some automotive trends that I just don’t get. Spinners for instance (remember those) was one. The import fart can revolution was another and now there’s this Hellaflush thing, which for the life of me I can’t figure out why anyone would want to do this to their automobile. Yes, it looks pretty good, but from a driving and handling perspective, it simply ruins the vehicle. The guys at FatlaceTV did however make a kick-ass film of the Slammed Society & Hellaflush that took place at the infamous Fuji Speedway in Japan, so I suppose that’s something.
Ever see a child surrounded by toys with lots of pieces, only to find them playing with the simplest of items? MO-TO is a company who believes the way to a child’s heart isn’t through over sensory exposure, but through simplistic creations that make children use their imaginations. Check them out after the jump.
I was once asked to be on a panel of automotive journalist to discuss the idea of flying cars becoming a reality. My answer was “Yes”, they will be a reality, but it will be a nightmare if people actually start to use them. Just think about rush hour in your favorite city with 20,000 people trying to “fly” home. It would be a chaotic nightmare. That however hasn’t stopped inventors from trying to build them. Case-in-point, the Aeromobil Roadable Aircraft 2.5. A flying car that may just be a glimpse into the future.