Friday, November 21, 2008

My Concession to Conspicuous Consumption

Car traffic is still better than human traffic

Despite global warming and the energy crisis.

Even if we’re talking about gas-guzzling bling that costs more than the combined GNP of several small nations.

More on human trafficking in an upcoming post, but…

One of the things about having kids is that you pick up on some of their interests... I was never much of a automobile buff myself, but our boys are crazy about sports cars and luxury supercars. It’s one thing that all three of them have in common.

I haven’t seen the new James Bond film Quantum of Solace yet, but I hear that it opens up with an amazing car chase sequence featuring an Aston Martin DBS. After it gets smashed up, the new left-wing James Bond switches to an assortment of whiffier, greener, PC hybrid vehicles…. The thing is, in association with the opening scene, a real DBS, with a hefty price tag of $233,000, really did get totalled.
Back in April, the £134,000 ($233,000) Aston Martin DBS used for filming the most recent James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace, plunged into Lake Garda, in Italy, when Fraser Dunn, an Aston Martin technician who was driving the car to the set lost control, piled thorugh an iron railing and plunged into the lake... The car was completely destroyed, but the driver got away with only minor injuries.
Hey Fraser... Nice going, leadfoot. You're lucky to be alive... On top of all that, some collector paid over $350,000 for the wreck.

Speaking of car collectors… As far as the web is concerned, my sons are constant denizens of Jay Leno’s Garage. Shown below, the host of The Tonight Show gives you the low-down on the new 2009 Aston Martin DBS.

If a $233,000 crash seems a like a wasteful extravagance on a film set, at least it was an accident. In the making of Batman: The Dark Knight, they claim to have wrecked a $400,000 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 on purpose.

Although, I’m a bit skeptical. I’m suspecting that was a kit body on top of a cheaper chassis.


Liam said...

Still a lot cheaper than a woolly mammoth, which apparently will cost $10 million to bring back. But a woolly mammoth is a classy ride.

Jeff said...

A mammoth is a sweet ride (but not a low ride). Ask Sid the Sloth from Ice Age.

Did you know they found one intact?

cowboyangel said...

There's an analogy of something essential about life, but I don't know what: Hollywood spends $233,000 on a car for a film. Stunt driver totals it. Someone else pays $350,000 for the wreck.


Didn't know Leno had a little show. Though I knew he was into cars.

European seats, because our butts are too big!

Jeff said...


Yes, that just goes to show how "rational" the marketplace always is.

You should check out Jay Leno's segment on the Ultimate Aero. Very cool car.