Aston Martin Featured in 12th James Bond film

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James Bond

There are key elements to every James Bond film. The world’s best known spy always has an over-the-top villain to fight, a mysterious woman to pursue and the coolest gadgets to thwart the bad guys.

Bond also needs the hottest wheels. And the one sleek machine he has driven more than any other is the famed Aston Martin.

When the 24th James Bond movie hits theaters in November 2015, the protagonist played for the fourth time by Daniel Craig will be behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB10. It will be the 12th Bond film featuring an Aston Martin.

The luxury British sports car company is creating the DB10 specifically for the next Bond movie, Spectre. Unlike previous models featured in Bond films, the company will produce only 10 of this model and all will be used in filming. The car will be developed and built by the designers, engineers and craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters. The company said “the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins.”

According to Automotive News, the two-door coupe will be powered by a 4.7-liter V-8 engine. Road & Track reported that it will feature a six-speed manual transmission at the request of the filmmakers.

Previous Aston Martins used by James Bond include:

  • The DB5, featured in GoldFinger (1964), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall (2012). The original Aston Martin driven by Sean Connery in Goldfinger was auctioned in 2010 for $4.1 million. It was equipped with an ejector seat, machine guns, rotating license plates and other spy gear.
  • The DBS, featured in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), the only film in which actor George Lazenby played the title character.
  • The DBS V12, featured in two Daniel Craig films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace (2008). In the former, the car was equipped with a defibrillator that Bond needed to dave his own life.
  • The V8 Vantage Volante, featured in The Living Daylights (1987) as both a convertible and hardtop.
  • The V12 Vanguish, featured in Die Another Day, during which the car could be made invisible with push-button “adaptive camouflage.” (Not available on the street version).

Are you excited for the new James Bond movie? We are! Let us know your favorite Bond movie memory in the comments below!

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Love Cars? Check Out Three Unique Car Shows!

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There is nothing better than spending the weekend at a few car shows admiring hot rods, rare classics or the futuristic models you don’t see every day cruising down the road! From the classic car shows held at state fairs to larger exhibitions like the annual Chicago Auto Show, they are always exciting, but some are truly unique. These three are definitely for anyone who enjoys the rare and unusual finds in the auto world!

Car Shows Monterey Motorsports Reunion

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Each year the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion gives auto racing fans the chance to experience the evolution of the sport. Showcasing racecars from nearly every decade of motorsports history, the reunion is more than just a show. The 500+ cars accepted are not only displayed, they also compete in 15 different competition groups and race around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, earning the reunion the nickname “a museum springing to life.”

First held in 1974, you can catch the show every August in Salinas, CA. Unfortunately, this year’s event was held last weekend so if you missed it, you’ll have to wait until next year to check it out!

Microcar Classic Event

Home to “America’s Oldest Car Collection,” the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts is a destination in its own right. But each year, the 85-year-old museum hosts several lawn events dedicated to specific types of classics. The Microcar Classic Event is one of the most popular–and fun car shows!

Believe or not, drivable miniatures existed long before the Yugo, the Mini Cooper and the Smart Car. And the museum’s annual Microcar Classic gives enthusiasts a chance to see—and even ride in— hundreds of these bygone roadsters. Held each July, the 19th annual event held this year featured classic Fiats, Crosleys, Messerschmitts and more.

ArtCar Fest

Car Shows ArtCar FestImagine a couple who can’t agree on what to do over the weekend (sound familiar?). She wants to check out some cool car shows; he wants to go to an art gallery. What if they could both be satisfied attending the same event?

ArtCar Fest is a traveling festival showcasing the phenomenon of artistic transportation. ArtCars are street-legal vehicles that have been permanently transformed into permanent works of art. The vehicles are licensed, registered and insured vehicles driven by their owners just as a normal vehicle. ArtCars are more than just automobiles with fancy designs airbrushed on the hood! They’re sculptures on wheels you must see up close to fully appreciate.

The volunteer artists who organize ArtCar Fest call themselves social entrepreneurs who want to bring their art to the public. They have produced this festival for more than a decade and organize ArtCar visits to schools and hospital across the country.

Do you have a car show you attend every year? Or one that you’ve always wanted to, but never had the chance? Tell us about it below!

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