Archives For August 2012

Car art or insanity? You make the call.

As most of us do our best to swat flies AWAY, French artist Natacha Mercier did her best to collect them. Using fly paper, a greenhouse, and 100,000 flies along with a Mercedes Benz — the artist created this mobile piece of art.

What inspired this outlandish work of art you ask? The artist said after watching a man decked out in all-white attire and sporting gold “bling” exit his BMW, she witnessed the women around her (herself included) “Drop like flies.” Thus the creation of the fly-covered car.

Upon completion, the artist took the car for a joyride through the streets of Toulouse, France, while onlookers gawked at the vehicle — much like the scenario that inspired it.

What do you think?! Art or just plain crazy?!

Check out the hot video of the fly corpse-covered monstrosity here:

A driver in a Smart Car made a not-so-smart move when he led Houston police on a high speed chase. This toy … I mean car … reached a top speed of 92 MPH on the Interstate 10.

Bet this driver isn’t feeling so smart now — according to Jalopnik — he apparently drove back to his house and casually got out of his car.

Several officers arrested David Wheaton, the driver, on spot without incident.

We’re sure this is the most adventurous thing we’ve ever heard a Smart Car doing! And we just can’t get over the picture! It looks like Mama Car and Baby Car.

But hey, smart car owners everywhere must now be very proud…

We think Texas police must have shared a laugh at some point. How could you not?

Check out the chase below:

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class or G-Wagen
Credit: Wikipedia

Now, I’ve heard of couples deciding to postpone their vacations — sometimes even by months or years.

But if you extend your trip by 23 years, you’ve got a REALLY serious case of the wanderlust.

According to this story from the BBC, German traveler Gunther Holtorf and his wife took off waaaay back in 1989 in their Mercedes Benz G Wagen for what was supposed to be an 18-month African tour.

It ending up taking them … a little longer than that.

Fast forward to now, with more than 500,000 miles under his belt — good ol’ Gunther is still cooking.

Having now dubbed his epic-traveling Mercedes “Otto,” the ex-airline executive has traveled the same distance that it would take you to circle the globe 20 times — and says that good ol’ Otto never suffered a serious breakdown!

(Sheesh, just imagine if Holtorf had let us slap a Viper SmartStartGPS on Otto just before embarking on his never-ending jaunt?)

British soccer star Ever Banega’s $306,506 Ferrari short circuited, became engulfed in flames and burned to a black char this week.

Images that caught fire (haha, sorry about that one) in the local media showed the front fender of the car unscathed and the rest of the car burnt to a cinder, including the entire passenger cab.

Banega was driving the car outside of Valencia (the Spanish city that he plays for), when smoke started pouring from the back of the car and the blaze started to suddenly engulf the car.

Ferrari actually recalled the model of Banega’s car, the 458 Italia, saying that an “adhesive used to attach a heat shield under the rear fender can ignite under high temperatures, leading to a larger fire in the engine bay.”

Whoops!

Might want to check on that small detail.

Here’s a little newsflash for you: Some hot new video of the soccer stud rushing to get a bucket of water at Valencia’s HQ office to put out the blaze before the fire department showed up: