Archive for the 'video' Category

03
Jun
09

Top Video Wednesday

CW McCall might have made the song “Convoy” a classic, but Canadian country star Paul Brandt made the song his own.

When you think about it, it was only a matter of time before Brandt made a song like this. The Peterbuilt rig he’s driving is property of his father’s trucking company, Paul Brandt Trucking. The logos on the side of the trailers are the actual livery paint for his fleet of Petes that roam the prairies around Morris, Manitoba. Even though his son didn’t follow in his trucking footsteps, Paul Brandt Sr. still shows off his pride with a list of his son’s gold records and CMA awards down the side of each truck.

27
May
09

Top Video Wednesday

Anyone who’s spent any time on the internet knows about Fail Blog.  All of us here have been big fans since it first made its appearance a couple years ago, especially when cars are involved:

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23
May
09

Tunes for the Cruise

The Darkness was one of the craziest, weirdest, and most fun bands on the radio in the early part of the decade.  Fronted by rather flamboyant singer Justin Hawkins, The Darkness entered North American rock radio at a time that was dominated by serious, heavy sounds like Linkin Park and Metallica, giving them a reputation as “the band who made Rock fun again.”

As can be seen from this video, the band certainly lived up to their reputation.  It seemed as if The Darkness were a satirical take on earlier rock bands, like Spinal Tap but with talent.

Sadly, addiction problems for Hawkins meant ditching the band, who went on to form “Stone Gods,” while Hawkins went on to form “Hot Leg.”  Although both bands have released new albums, neither has fought a giant crab (see above).

Like what you heard?  Check out some of our past recommendations, like the Reverend Horton Heat or Brian Setzer and The Ripperz.  Or sign up for the Facebook page.  It’s a great way to show off your car, or even just your car pictures.  Not to mention it’s a sneaky way to challenge me at Speed Racing.  Bring on the virtual racing, slowpoke! 

20
May
09

Top Video Wednesday

It’s been seven long years, but Chevy has finally come to their senses and brought the Camaro back!

And not just any random car with the Camaro badge, either-425 thoroughbred with the big V8 option, rear-wheel-drive, and styling that combines the best of the first- and second-generation pony cars.   Even the mileage is decent-23 miles per gallon with the same motor, almost twice as much as the $100,000+ Jaguar XJR convertible.

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06
May
09

Top Video Wednesday

Today we’re checking out a classic YouTube mashup, featuring Jeremy Clarkson getting blown away by a tank.

Originally, this was another wacky “road test” between the Top Gear boys and the British armed forces.  More specifically, it was a race to see if Jeremy could drive a supercharged Land Rover across an open piece of terrain faster than the crew of a British Challenger tank could target him and hypothetically pull the trigger.

And then the internet got involved….

Like what you see here?  Take a look back at our video archives by clicking here, or on the “Video” category to your right.  And if you’re looking to learn a thing or two while getting your video on, check out 40 years of Hot Wheels, featuring some of Mattel’s earliest Hot Wheels TV spots.

And if you really want to be cool, check out the first SundayCruiseFever.com book, coming mid-May!

29
Apr
09

Top Video Wednesday

We’ve all heard the news that Pontiac took the axe over the weekend, and seen all the usual “Oh my god, the world’s going to end!” news coverage of our latest loss.  Although a few car clubs will be a little disappointed, the end of Pontiac doesn’t mean the planet will blow up, much to the chagrin of some doomsday cults.

However, it does represent a major change in our automotive history.  Once again, another legendary car brand is falling prey to hard times, and we car fanatics are left standing by the side of the road, watching the taillights shrink into the horizon for the last time.

With that in mind, we’re taking a look back today at the TV commercials for some of the greatest Pontiac muscle cars.  First up, the oldest commercial we could dig up on YouTube.  This one dates back to 1940, before they figured out how long a commercial is supposed to be (hence the links for parts 2 through 6)

“Pontiac for Pride & Performance, Part 2”

“Pontiac for Pride & Performance, Part 3”

“Pontiac for Pride & Performance, Part 4”

“Pontiac for Pride & Performance, Part 5”

“Pontiac for Pride & Performance, Part 6”

Things started to get shorter as the 40’s progressed, with this sampling from 1946.  It’s still too long for one video, but it’s getting there.

 

By the time the 60’s rolled around, TV ads-especially for Pontiac-were starting to get more modern.  There was great cinematography, driving on a road you’re not allowed on, and a custom-made rock song courtesy of Paul Revere & The Raiders:

 

In the 70’s, cold war paranoia was making bad spy movies more and more popular by the second.  Pontiac’s advertising department was more than happy to show their role in neutralizing the red threat.

 

Then the 80’s came, and it was time to RAWK!!

 

The 90’s came along, and with it a new F-body, with more aggressive styling and attitude-and TV spots to match:

 

Finally, the new millennium came to being, leading the continent into greater social change and awareness.  In this case, it’s being made aware that the Toyota Rattlebucket Pontiac Vibe has four doors.  As pointed out by a talented rapper that no one in the correct target market has heard of.  With blatant insults to our collective intelligence like this, I can’t imagine how GM got into their mess.

 

But amongst all the guaranteed “excitement-free or your money back” ads, a faint glimmer of hope sparkled.  A faint glimmer in the form of a V8-powered sports sedan with more cojones than anything else in its class.  And when it came time to advertise, they put their crack team of middle-aged video game addicts to work producing the coolest 31 seconds of television ever attributed to the Pontiac brand:

 

That’s it for today, but check out some other ads from the past starring The Incredible Crash Test Dummies.  Or if you want a video you can actually sit back & watch, have a look at Madonna’s first, last and only appearance here on SundayCruiseFever.com.  And when that’s done, come check out our Facebook page-you can connect with other gearheads, share pictures of your own ride, and find out when the  newest stories come up!

22
Apr
09

Top Video Wednesday

Ah Madonna, what happened to you?  All those happy 80’s memories of “Borderline” and Papa Don’t Preach,” so quickly replaced with headlines of “crazy middle-aged woman practices religions based on cheap rubber wristbands” (no, that wasn’t a Lance Armstrong dig).

That’s why Clive Owen and BMW partnered up to smack some sense into the troubled popstar.  Back in 2001, BMW released a series of short films showcasing their cars by some of the biggest directors of the time.  Guy Ritchie just happened to be one of those directors.  He also just happened to be married to Miss Madonna.  When hit up to do a short for BMW, he looked no further than the lovely woman hanging off his arm.

Well actually, it’s Madonna, so he was probably hanging on to his own arm after she tore it off in some bizarre sex thing that only Madonna understands.

The directors were given carte-blanche to do as they pleased, although two elements had to be present:  a silver BMW, and Clive Owen.  Clive would later go on to make car guys cheer with his infamous line in Sin City: “Get me a hardtop with a decent engine and make sure it’s got a big trunk.”  Or in this case, “Get me a rock star with a cup of coffee and a big ego.”

Want more?  Of course you do.  Check out our buddy at Miss-Lou Motor Mafia [Click here] for the latest on the Deep South USA’s cruising scene.  Or if you want to stay at home, take a gander at the first SundayCruiseFever.com video to hit the net.  Yeah, it’s older than the current form of this site is, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a look…




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