Well it’s not an Aston…

20 08 2007

E in a Merc?

I saw a video of Entourage’s Kevin Connolly getting into a car, but aside from the side view mirrors below that to me said Merc, I’m pretty lost on this one. I tried using Google to get some more clue on what he drives and found Celebrity Car Parade, which doesn’t bode well for me as aspiring celebrity-car expert.

As usual, I defer to the wisdom of the crowd.

E in a Merc? (3)

One more shot…

E in a Merc? (2)

Oh, and you were correct to point out that the verse I spoke of was actually Juvenile on a Lil’ Wayne track. I guess Lil’ Wayne isn’t the lyrical genius I grew up thinking he was…





How’d Scott Storch get a Veyron?

18 08 2007

Lil Wayne - #1 Stunner

Say what you will about the genre, there has always been an undeniable and deep-link between hip-hop and cars.

To quote the ever poetic Lil-Wayne on his track “Shine”:

Yellow Viper, yellow Hummer, Yellow Benz
Yellow PT Cruiser, yellow ‘Lac on rims
Drop yellow ‘Vette and a platinum Rolls Royce

[My boy Ben in Miami can fill in this last line:]
That’s seven different cars, everyday I got a choice.

Genius? I think so.

Well I bring this up because Forbes recently did another excellent piece on cars that I wanted to share with the crowd. In conjunction with their naming Jay-Z #1 on a list of hip-hop cash kings, they did a slide show/article on hip-hop moguls, producers, and artists entitled “Hip-Hop Hot-Rods”. I don’t want to spoil it, but I know for a fact Wyclef’s McLaren F1 is just one of a stable of whips, even though he wouldn’t jump to the top of most people’s lists for having a tight car-game.

And just so you don’t think I’m always re-hashing Forbes content, here is an original, informal analysis I did on car brand mentions in hip-hop tracks, done by cross-referencing brands with the Online Hip-Hop Lyric Archive via Google. If you ever doubted what a nerd I was about cars, here you go:

Reseach in Lyrics

The Benz has always been a staple, as has Cadillac. Runners up included Jag/Jaguar as well as Hummer and Beamer/Beamer/BMW.

Last, as long as we are on the subject, Falafel Beatz!





Kanye returns from future, brings Benz.

16 08 2007

Futuristic Benz

Judging by the absence of a steering wheel on his Benz and his futuristic sunglasses, Kanye West has obviously figured out a way to time travel and has brought back a car that drives itself.

That or he’s in London and the steering wheel is on the other side. Can’t really explain away the sunglasses.





We are not alone!

13 08 2007

m-class-rim.jpg

I have gotten at least five comments today alone regarding the post “Remember when heroes had capes?” arguing that the Mercedes Hayden is walking to is in fact an ML and not a GL (ML, not GL, rims). Like I said, I agonized over this one.

I bring this up not to defend myself (dumb mistake), but to say how delighted I am to know that there are people out there who obsess about and watch this stuff as carefully as I do. We are not alone!

On that note, if anyone can tell me what kind of car Bai Ling (I think I saw her on Entourage?) is driving below, I will be most impressed.

Bai Ling Ling Bai





Remember when heroes had capes?

9 08 2007

Hayden Panettiere / GL

Well now they drive Benzes.

Hayden Panettiere, who stars on NBC’s series Heroes as a high-school cheerleader with regenerative healing powers, is seen here getting into a Mercedes GL. One, I agonized over whether it was an ML or GL and decided it was a GL based on the slope of the grill (I’m a huge nerd, I know). Two, if I had banked +$2 million by the time I was 18, I’m pretty sure I would have spent it on something other than the same car my mom probably drives.





T’s Cadillac or E’s Aston Martin?

7 08 2007

Decisions…

We all know Ari Gold switched the numbers on his wife’s Benz so she thought she had the V12. And how many times did we watch Tony Soprano in his Chevy Suburban during the opening credits? But do you remember what Sil was driving when he took Adrianna on her final ride? (A Cadillac of course.) Or did you know that Vince’s cousin Dom was at the time driving the only ’07 Mercedes S65 in the US?

I don’t know how I missed this, but Forbes published two excellent Top 10 lists, the first being Ten Memorable Car Scenes from The Sopranos and the second, Vehicles Featured on Entourage. Big ups to Forbes for putting these lists together.

If you think about it there is some automotive overlap between the two shows. Though not featured in the slideshow above, Chris Moltisanti drove a yellow Hummer H2 just like Turtle’s, and later he aquired Johnny ‘Sack’ Sacramoni’s Maserati – a coupe to E’s Quattroporte. Considering Chris’s Hollywood ambitions, it all seems to fit.

The bottom line is both shows, especially Entourage, are like mana for car lovers. Not to mention the shows are incredible in their own right. Bless you HBO.





Can I still get a Mercedes?

6 08 2007

Nardelli

So the big news today is that Cerberus Capital Management LP has tapped former Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli to run their new gem, Chrysler. Now some of you might remember that back when Boeing’s former Vice President Alan Mulally took the helm of Ford Motor Company, he had to get rid of the keys to his unwelcomed-in-Dearborn Lexus LS460. Given Nardelli’s $200 million Home Depot severance package, I’m guessing he didn’t blow it on a PT Cruiser. He claims today to have once driven a Dodge Dart. Well at least as CEO he’ll know what kind of car not to build…