What’s your favorite James Bond car?

Here’s a very cool video montage of the awesome cars from the James Bond films. The variety is pretty stunning through the years, though the Aston Martin DB5 by far gets the most attention. As the Bond films started becoming huge cultural events, the film producers could count on the automakers to push hard to get their cars included, so that product placement became and important part of the Bond formula. Companies like BMW made sure to take advantage of the opportunity.

James Bond and his vintage Aston Martin DB5 get back together in “Skyfall.” The new film opens in the US next week and we’ll see Daniel Craig with the legendary vehicle. The beautiful gray version in the movie will likely end up on some cool new posters. If you want to dress up your walls with cool images you can do a lot worse than the legendary James Bond vehicles. If you combine it with slick frames by shopping at a poster frames depot you can get a very upscale look. It’s perfect for a den, garage or a man cave. Pick your favorite Bond cars and you’ll be off to a great start.


Ford is shutting down UK plants

Ford is cutting capacity in Europe to stem losses as sales have plummeted with the economic crisis. Overcapacity is a real problem in Europe for all the automakers, and we’re now seeing a bit of a death spiral as the slowdown creates more problems. The Europeans have been dealing with a debt crisis, but the central bank there has not been nearly as aggressive as the Fed in the US, where massive monetary stimulus has helped to keep the economy afloat. Austerity measures in Europe are needed but they have compounded the problem with the weak monetary response.

Meanwhile, in the US, after the auto bailout, the Fed stimulus and the Obama stimulus, the economy is slowly growing, but at least it’s growing. The auto bailout trimmed the number of dealerships, and that has helped those left over to be successful. You go into a dealership and you’ll see plenty of activity. The used car market is also robust, and that helps dealers, independent used car dealers and online sellers. This activity helps ancillary businesses, like advertising and business printing services, that rely on this economic activity. Sellers and dealerships are buying ads, making car repairs, and getting promotional materials and print brochures online at UPrinting and other online outlets. This ripple effect is critical.

Those in the US who opposed the auto bailout and the stimulus should look at what Ford is doing in the UK.


Betting guide to the 2012 F1 season

The 2012 F1 season is reaching a thrilling climax with six races remaining.

Sebastian Vettel’s win in Singapore last time out kept the pressure on championship leader Fernando Alonso, who is the 4/9 favorite on the Ladbrokes sport page to clinch the title.

Here we take a look at who’s vying for glory in drivers’ championship and constructors’ championship ahead of the next GP in Japan next month.

Drivers’ championship

Only two drivers – Vettel and Alonso – can win the F1 title this season, according to Jenson Button, who finished second in Singapore and is sixth overall in the championship standings.

“It’s between those two but there’s still a lot of people with a long shot,” said Button to the BBC.

“That’s what we’re all going to go for.”

Button, for the record, is 66/1 to somehow overhaul Alonso, who is 29 points clear of Vettel.

Kimi Raikkonen, a 25/1 shot to be crowned champion, is next in the standings followed by Lewis Hamilton (9/1) and Mark Webber (66s).

Alonso would be wise not to underestimate Vettel as the two-time champion will not want to give up his title without a fight.

Constructors’ championship

Despite Alonso’s commanding lead in the drivers’ championship, his Ferrari team find themselves third in the constructors’ championship, 55 points behind leaders Red Bull.

Red Bull also have a 36-point lead over McLaren-Mercedes and are 4/6 favorites to stay ahead of the chasing pack. McLaren are 5/4 to become constructors’ champions.


Lamborghini Gallardo in quarter mile

Here’s a badass video from Underground Racing.


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