Video: Latest Rush trailer reminds us that James Hunt was awesome

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Rush The Movie - trailer screencap of F1 field in the rain

Rush, the upcoming Ron Howard flick that focuses on the intense rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One World Championship, is looking better and better with each trailer.

The most recent spot focuses on Hunt, playing up his reputation as a notorious womanizer and playboy. You get a glimpse of the transformation that Chris Hemsworth’s character goes through as the movie proceeds, from the free spirit shown in the beginning of the trailer to the intense competitor eager to best Lauda.

Take a look at the trailer below and be sure to check out the previous clips here and here. Rush hits theaters on September 27. Don’t plan on much from Autoblog that day – we’ll all be at the theater.

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Report: Supercross champ James Stewart arrested for impersonating police officer

Filed under: Motorsports, Truck, Etc., Government/Legal, Toyota, Motorcycle, Celebrities

AMA Supercross champ James Stewart with his truck

James “Bubba” Stewart, Jr., two-time AMA Supercross champion, was reportedly arrested in Osceola County, Florida on Monday night on charges of impersonating a police officer. Stewart allegedly approached a car on State Road 417 in his 2008 Toyota Tundra and turned on a set of red-and-blue flashing lights. When the car pulled over, the occupants identified themselves as two off-duty Florida state troopers and an off-duty Orange County sheriff’s deputy. Oops.

With that revelation, ESPN reports that Stewart sped away from the officers, who phoned in a description of his rather distinctive-looking truck. Not long after, Stewart was pulled over near Orlando International Airport and the lights were found in his passenger’s luggage. The Toyota was impounded.

Stewart has been charged with impersonating an officer, and his friend has been charged with tampering with evidence, both felonies. Stewart and his friend both posted bail and were released on Tuesday morning.

Stewart has since apologized for the incident, saying without apparent irony that he wants to prove he’s “someone who upholds the law.”

[Source: ESPN, Motorcycle USA | Image: N-Fab]

Report: Supercross champ James Stewart arrested for impersonating police officer originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Videos: James Lipton tries to find plural of Prius in Toyota ‘Wordliness’ series

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James Lipton and William Shakespeare

James Lipton and guests work out the correct plural of Prius – Click above to watch video after the jump

Toyota is still working hard to find the plural for the word Prius. Joining in to lend a hand is James Lipton, host of Inside the Actor’s Studio. Lipton sits down with William Shakespeare, Randall the Octopus, MC Flossary, a group of cheerleaders and a spelling bee champion.

Each guest casts their vote for the correct plural of Prius and voting is still open on Toyota’s Prius Family site. Currently, Prii is leading strongly with 40 percent of the vote. Priuses sits in second with 27 percent while Prius, Prium and Prien bring up the rear. We still think a group of the hybrids should be called a smug of Prius, but that’s just us.

The winning word will be revealed on February 20th, 2011 but you still have time to cast your vote. Click past the jump to see what James Lipton and his guests think the correct choice should be.

[Source: Toyota, YouTube]

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Video: James May on the Ariel Atom V8

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Ariel Atom V8 Top Gear

James May rocks the Ariel Atom V8 – Click above to watch the video after the jump

The latest Ariel Atom sports 500 horsepower from its supercharged 3.0-liter V8, yet it only weighs 1,200 pounds. That adds up to about 900 horsepower per ton; a ratio that shames anything from a Lotus to a Bugatti Veyron. Sounds riveting, and Top Gear‘s James May had the honor of exercising the super-fast machine in a very thorough manner.

Beyond the jump is 12 minutes of TG goodness featuring the Ariel Atom 500. Not only did May have his way with the Atom, he then put the track day superstar against a Lexus LFA and a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera in a race from zero to 100 and back to zero. The super Atom then thundered around the TG test track in a one-on-one battle against the BMW S1000 RR, and of course, was handed over to The Stig for a proper power lap. Hit the jump to gaze upon the marriage of Top Gear and the Ariel Atom 500.

[Source: YouTube]

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James May explains why he already hates the hosts of Top Gear USA

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James MayJames May hates Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood and Adam Ferrara. Before you Top Gear USA haters get too excited at that last sentence, let us explain further. James May hates the Top Gear USA presenters… because he believes they are destined for greatness.

Why exactly does he feel this way? Because of their names. May believes he’s “lumbered with a single-syllable surname evoking a popular bank holiday,” while Foust’s name suggests he can do things with a car that others only dream about – and he really can.

Rutledge Wood, meanwhile, has a name that leads May to believe he should be the next great American novelist, and Adam Ferrara is one letter away from being a child of Enzo.

Whatever May thinks, his discussion of America’s Top Gear and its hosts is a great read. We’re not saying his insight will cause you to give Tanner, Rutledge and Adam a bit of a break for the first few years… but it might have you questioning your hate, just for a moment.

[Source: The Telegraph]

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James Glickenhaus’ P4/5 Competizione makes maiden track voyage

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Glickenhaus Ferrari P4/5 Competizione

Glickenhaus Ferrari P4/5 Competizione – Click above for high-res image gallery

Jim Glickenhaus and his team have given their stunning Ferrari P4/5 Competizione its first taste of track time with a short sprint around a closed course. According to Glickenhaus, the run went better than expected with the one-off Ferrari interpretation staying light on its feet and easy to fling. Despite testing on a relatively short track, the driver was able to ratchet the car up to third gear before having to call it quits.

As you may recall, the Ferrari P4/5 Competitizione is hewn from carbon fiber and borrows pieces from the similarly sinister Ferrari F430. The last time we saw the car, Glickenhaus and his team were putting the finishing touches on the vehicle for its first shake down.

The Glickenhaus Ferrari P4/5 Competizione is set to wage war against the rest of the fighters at this year’s 24 Hours of Nürburgring. That means that this beast will square off against the likes of the Porsche 918 RSR and a host of other high-power creations. We can’t wait.

Gallery: Glickenhaus Ferrari P4/5 Competizione

[Source: Facebook via Jalopnik]

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BAIC launches 007 SUV, James Bond shaken and stirred

BAIC 007 Sport Utility Vehicle

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It may have his code number on it, but we highly doubt that James Bond would be caught driving the BAIC 007 SUV. The Chinese automaker is reportedly getting ready to launch the somewhat dowdy compact sport utility vehicle, and whether by coincidence or on purpose, it bears the name of MI6’s greatest agent.

According to China Car Times, this new 007 SUV starts at just over 80,000 RMB or right around $12,100 U.S., so at least Mr. Bond wouldn’t have to feel too badly if he wrecked a few dozen of them in the course of making his appointed rounds. The base BAIC 007 SUV is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a five-speed manual transmission, while higher trims are available with a 2.4-liter engine and a navigation system.

Gallery: BAIC 007

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[Source: China Car Times]

BAIC launches 007 SUV, James Bond shaken and stirred originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 14 Jan 2011 18:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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James May hospitalized shooting Top Gear Syria special

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James MayOne of the three amigos of Top Gear has wound up in the hospital after an accident that occurred during filming in Syria. James May fell and hit his head on a rock while trying to help tow Jeremy Clarkson’s vehicle. May was standing on the tow line when it went taught, giving him a quick flip in the air before coming back down to Earth head-first. The crew was a few hundred miles from the closest thing resembling civilization, but May was taken to the nearest hospital and treated for his injuries. Despite the apparently large amount of blood from the wound, Captain Slow said that the whole hospital trip was more of an excuse for the locals to use their brain scanner than for his health.

The filming was part of a holiday special where May, Clarkson and Richard Hammond all attempt to recreate the 1,200-mile journey of the Three Wise Men. No doubt, our three intrepid hosts were utilizing less than suitable vehicles for the occasion.

[Sources: The Sun, Sky News | Image: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage.com]

James May hospitalized shooting Top Gear Syria special originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 23 Dec 2010 12:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Video: James May pits American RV vs. British camper van

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James May

James May explores RVs, U.S. and UK style – Click above to watch video after the jump

On the subject of recreational vehicles, James May comes alive. Taking a video tour of a U.S. RV and a campervan, or what suffices for an RV in the UK, May brings a severe wit along as his helper. According to Captain Slow, the Boogie Nights-like interior of the U.S behemoth lets you know how you’re supposed to treat its interior, while the oven in the British equivalent “is barely big enough for one of my pies.” It’s a toss-up as to who wins that round… Follow the jump for all of May’s motorhome feelings.

[Source: BBC America]

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Jesse James shutters West Coast Choppers?

Filed under: Hirings/Firings/Layoffs, Motorcycle, Celebrities

With the so-called Chopper Craze settling down to a dull hum and his sordid personal life in shambles, prompting a move to Texas, news that Jesse James is shutting down West Coast Choppers should hardly come as a shock. While we’ve yet to independently confirm reports, the news comes from reliable custom motorcycle source Cyril Huze.

For those who are still interested in making me-too custom choppers using off-the-shelf parts from catalogs, James’ West Coast Choppers parts and frames will reportedly be manufactured by Daytec and Belt Drives LTD and will be available for order through Custom Chrome.

[Source: Cyril Huze Blog | Image: SRV/bauergriffinonline.com/Getty]

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