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Justin Timberlake’s Off-Road Ride December 12, 2008

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Justin Timberlake got his start with the supergroup *NSYNC, a boyband which was in a constant battle with rivals The Backstreet Boys  to win the hearts of pre-teen girl worldwide.

Justin Timberlake’s White Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Timberlake crafted his image well during his years with the annoying boy-band, so much so that after the band’s inevitable demise, he was ready to face the world solo. With help from veteran producers, Timberlake crafted a cool, smooth urban appeal which won him a huge following and critical success.

So what does Timberlake drive? A Bentley? A Jag? Nope, this celeb shows his down to earth roots by cruisin in a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

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This rough and ready ride is great on and off road:https://i2.wp.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2006/04/Jeep-Wrangler-Unlimited-1.JPG

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The Batmobile: Now and Forever November 7, 2008

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The famous Batman series was given a new lease on life with the monster hit “The Dark Knight” which hit theaters recently.

In the movie, Batman, played by Christian Bale, must grapple with several black, white and grey issues as he confronts the nefarious Joker.

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However, the caped crusader has an ace up his sleeve– a beefy military style vehicle known as the Tumbler which was described by the designer as a cross “between a Lamborghini and a Hummer”. This beast sports a V8 Chevy 350 with a respectable 500 HP as well as distinctive 44″ tires.

An amazing replica has been built and can be seen here.

Unfortunately, the Joker’s wiles prove too much for Batman, and in one scene the hero ejects and is forced to destroy the vehicle….

The batmobile has a rich history, stretching back into its comic book years and even onto the small screen. In the 1960’s the “Lincoln Futura” was used while later incarnations were built upon Chevrolet Caprices and Buick Rivieras.

A new batman movie is rumored to be in the works, and the latest batmobile will have to be pretty spectacular to top the last one…

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James Dean and the Curse of “Little Bastard” November 7, 2008

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James Dean was the iconic 1950’s film actor whose sudden death ensured his immortality among fans. His tortured performances in “Rebel Without a Cause”, “East of Eden” and “Giant” paved the way for an illustrious future career.
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However, all this changed when Dean puchased a Porsche 550 Spyder nicknamed “Little Bastard”. The actor was a huge fan of racing, and competed professionaly whenever he was not filming. After the Porsche was purchased, Alec Guinness, a fellow actor, told Dean that he would be dead within a week if he continued to drive the vehicle. Sadly, this prophecy came true when Dean died in a head on collision exactly 7 days later.

Little Bastard changed hands several times after the incident, and each time killed or injured those who were associated with it. The car was finally donated to an exhibit, but a mysterious fire destroyed the garage the car was stored in, leaving Little Bastard unharmed…The car vanished in 1960 and has not been seen since.
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Back to the Future: The DeLorean DMC-12 November 5, 2008

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The DeLorean DMC-12 is today best known for being the time machine in the famous “Back to the Future” trilogy and is forever linked to Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly.

Marty is aided by a mad scientist played by Christopher Lloyd who transforms the DeLorean by adding a “flux capacitor” which is activated when the car hits 88 miles per hour and generates the necessary 1.21 “jigowatts” to time travel.

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Physicists my roll their eyes, but the movie was a lot of fun as well as a commercial success which spawned 2 sequels.

The DeLorean DMC-12 was the only car producted by the DeLorean Motor Company (DMC) and was first produced in 1981. Its most distinctive features were its gull-wing doors and rear mounted engine. delorean

The company collapsed, and there are less than 7,000 of the vehicles left today. However, a Texas businessman named Stephan Wynn has jumpstarted the company’s fortunes, and is planning on producing the car once again…