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…Ken Block is a gymkhana mad man?

Ken Block Gymkhana

We’ve been teased, taunted and tormented, but at long last, the wait has finally paid off and the new Ken Block Gymkhana video is live and ready for viewing:

Not one to disappoint, this video includes plenty of stunts, danger and destruction, and I caught myself literally staring at the screen with my mouth open in awe at some of the moves that he manages to pull off.

Sure, it takes a bit of a budget and quite the car to pull it off, but if there is anyone out there that can start to compete with Ken in this new sport called Gymkhana, I don’t think the automotive world will know what hit it.

[Ken Block – Gymkhana Two]

…Lottery tickets create the Ghost of a Dream?

Ghost Of A Dream

When Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was were creating Ghost of a Dream, a full-scale model of a Hummer H3 made entirely of losing lottery tickets, they were thinking about “what people dream about when they scratch the coin against the ticket”. According to Was, “This is a ghost of all those dreams.”

The piece took about 2,400 hours of combined work to make over a six week period, and is covered in $35,000 of losing lottery tickets, which is also the sale price for the piece as well.

Tickets were gathered from areas all around Brooklyn, Miami and Minneapolis, as well as from friends that sent them in from as far as Seattle and Los Angeles. They were then glued to a plywood and metal frame, though being able to look through the grille or the windows and see the frame is part of the charm, as Was noted “it’s just a shell, it’s just a dream.”

[Lauren Was]

[Via: Providence Journal]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Bowler Off-Road Nemesis GT4?

Bowler Off-Road Nemesis

Sure, it shares a grill with Land Rover, but that’s where the similarities end between the Bowler Off-road Nemesis GT4 and its British born brethren.

Designed to be a ‘road-going’ version of their Dakar-ready racer,

‘It’s going to be as close as we can get to the rally car,’ said Rob Critchlow, Bowler’s international sales manager.

‘It’s never going to be a luxury car – it’ll be a sport-derived sports car but with climate control and leather bucket seats from Recaro. And it’ll be stormingly fast.’

It better be!

Specs include a supercharged, 4.2-litre Jaguar V8 making in excess of 500 horsepower, a ‘slightly’ tuned-down suspension (when compared to their full racer), four sets of sports seats, an advanced tubular space frame, fuel cell, and climate control to keep the desert heat at bay.

Bowler Off-Road Nemesis Detail

Want your own Dakar-ready racer?

Better hurry: Bowler only intends to make 50 per year, and with a price tag expected to be in the region of $190,000, you’ll probably want to live somewhere in or around the UAE before opening up the checkbook and considering a purchase like this, since it’s not a like you’ll want to plow this thing through Los Angeles traffic on a daily basis…

Over, maybe; but through, definitely not.

[Bowler Off-Road – Nemesis]

[Via: CAR Via: Jalopnik]

…Bosch makes Performance Art?

Bosch Performance Art

“Performance Art” is a rather unique commercial that Bosch put together to advertise the power of their spark plugs.

It features Vaughn Gittin Jr. tearing up the streets of Los Angeles in his highly customized Mustang drift-mobile, and is one kind of art that I can definitely appreciate:

(Also, I wrote a post about the ‘behind the scenes’ video that Bosch did for this on my other blog, so be sure to check out The Future of Ads – Bosch Doesn’t Go Far Enough ‘Behind The Scenes’ for a more detailed look at this unique ad.)

[Bosch Performance Art]

…It’s Movie Monday: The Great American Detour?

The Great American Detour

As America heads towards a change it can believe in, real issues effecting real people become more important than ever. To see what’s on the minds of young Americans all across the ‘flyover states’, Current put Lauren Cerre on a bus from Los Angeles to New York, and created The Great American Detour.

The result is a collection of the actual issues that will determine the future of America, told in a voice that is very different from the pundits and the polls that dominate most on-air time screen time: