Not Coming to NBC This Fall
For once, other people's misery isn't being made into a reality show. But it's still in the name of cash and prizes via Thrifty Car Rental's Honeymoon Disaster contest. It's actually the 11th such contest for Thrifty, which gave the winning couple, Jeff and Rhonda West of North Carolina, airfare, a hotel, and a rental car plus $500 to have a second honeymoon. Here's why you'll care.
The couple was headed to their honeymoon in Jeff's mint '68 Camaro RS when a hubcap fell off. They found it, and the journey continued. Then a rear tire blew out. While Jeff-still in his tux-was inspecting the car, it started rolling down the hill because he forgot to stick it in Park. Oh yeah, and Rhonda was still inside. Car and woman came to a stop in some bushes. After dealing with the tire change and hubcap, they got to their hotel, only to discover it had burned down the day before.
They went from hotel to hotel looking for a vacancy, but as they were rejected from yet another, they returned to the parking lot to discover the Camaro had been stolen. Honeymoon over.-Tori Tellem
Some people might get a hankering for a Harrison Ford flick or one with Angelina Jolie. Those people are lame. What they should be craving is a movie with an Impala as extra No. 455, or maybe something starring a too-fast-and-too-furious Plymouth Fury. And that's what imcdb.org is all about: Internet Movie Cars Database. Pick a make of vehicle, and you'll find a pretty good inventory of movies and television shows in which it appeared. Star rankings signify whether the car had a mere drive-by performance or if it was a full-blown costar. Are you in the mood for popcorn and a GTO? Don't bother with your box set of ChiPs, since the '69 ended up mostly on the cutting-room floor. Go with Two-Lane Blacktop for the '70 in all its Oscar-worthy glory.-Tori Tellem
Car In Black
Johnny Cash's '75 Cadillac Fleetwood sedan was auctioned off at the fourth-annual Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach World's Greatest Collector Car Event and sold for $23,220, including fees. At auction, it had about 50,000 original miles on it and featured an all-original body, a rebuilt auto transmission, a two-year-old paint job, and a 500ci V-8.-Tori Tellem
Think You Might Die In A Car Wreck? Check Your SkinWe're not entirely sure what this has to do with orthopedics, but as doctors were gathered at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting and wet T-shirt contest, Dr. Justin S. Cummins presented the results of a study he'd led. It claimed that when all racial groups are using the same safety equipment (think seatbelts and airbags), white drivers and passengers have a 50 percent greater risk of death and a notably higher incidence of severe injury during an accident than nonwhite occupants. It's a crapshoot, but they're guessing driving patterns play the key role (as in stop driving so fast). All the evidence to support this theory is weak at best, but since we're the media, it's our job to make you afraid of birds, your car, and leaving the house. Assume the fetal position. -Tori Tellem