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In 1966, It Was Detroit vs. Maranello in France

The Ford Motor Company and Ferrari.

See, just reading it doesn’t look right. However, seeing the true story of how these two vastly different car companies headquartered a world apart — contrasted by luxury headquartered in Maranello, Italy and American ingenuity headquartered in Detroit, Michigan — crossed paths (well, crisscrossed on the same path) on the silver screen with Academy Award winners Christian Bale and Matt Damon does look right.

And intriguing. And enlightening. And, in 2019, quite surprising to the everyday car driver.

Will ‘Ford v Ferrari’ best Ron Howard’s thrilling 2013 racing film ‘Rush’ that was also based on an incredible true story? We’ll see.

Interestingly, riding around in my uncle’s Ford Mustang last week was proof enough for me of the American car maker’s prowess for building one hell of a powerful engine and sports car. Was a Ford superior to a Ferrari in the mid-’60s? Since director James Mangold’s film is based on a true story, I will not conduct research into the matter before the film’s release date to maintain the element of surprise. However, the fact that a movie has been made about this event suggests an excitingly dramatic finish regardless of the winner.

Gut Prediction: The name of the winning car company of that historic race in 1966 probably began with the letter “f.”

Let’s hope the film’s grade will be anything but.

From 20th Century FOX, ‘Ford v Ferrari’ arrives at a theater near you on November 15.

Aston Martin Creates New Space in the SUV Market

Wow.

Was Niander Wallace driven around in Aston Martin’s futuristic SUV featured below in ‘Blade Runner 2049’?

Once again, cars are increasingly evolving as the next supercomputer.

The Lagonda’s elegant exterior is an eye-catching vision until the doors open to an interior that is equally stylish and technologically innovative. Perhaps the most surprising element inside this SUV is the gracious spacing for the four total seats in two rows.

On this note, is British car maker Aston Martin remodeling the modern SUV or sedan? The Lagonda SUV is reminiscent of the expensive Maybach sedan interior. With all sorts of money and time being thrown at creating driver-less cars, the next battle between car manufacturers will be designing for either convenience or utility.

Doesn’t the “u” in SUV stand for utility? It’s clear that Aston Martin is challenging the shelf life of this acronym.

The Lagonda is the epitome of luxury and should be viewed as a mere prototype for general design and limited offerings, like its silk-stitching, cashmere, and state-of-the-art computer infrastructure via “the key.” Considering this, the current specifications for this SUV are largely irrelevant. Any of us could make or design something this grand with all the money and resources of Aston Martin. The exciting part, and why this reveal is noteworthy, is because the Lagonda may very well prove to be the template for cars 10-15 years down the road.

The curve of innovation is slow but steady. It’s one of the great, continuous victories of capitalism. And Aston Martin is firmly planting a new flag on this ever-evolving line by presenting an ambitious–albeit unrealistic for anyone not named James Bond–car of the future.

“A dream will not become an innovation if there is no realization.”
–Ciputra, an Indonesian billionaire businessman 

What comes after realization?

According to Aston Martin, ladies and gentlemen, it doesn’t involve starting an internal combustion engine.

H2Zero

There’s a thirst for a clear future.

Approximately 71% of the Earth is covered in water. We’ve all heard this at one point in our lives. Although, it’s somewhat difficult to envision during long road trips across the Midwest when there’s no single large body of water for hundreds of water in any direction. That statistic almost becomes a reverse mirage with spokesman Tom Selleck.

Suppose that’s a perceptive battle of geography. Ironic that a sustainable future may be a little battle defined by geography.

There’s been a continued effort–however subdued–in the innovative pursuit of a car that runs on water, man!

(Bonus points for those who know the pop-culture reference)

In the mainstream, Toyota is leading this effort with its Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle.

Friendly suggestion: Shorten the name so it could actually fit on the aforementioned car’s bumper.

For a cellular breakdown of how Toyota’s water call works, here’s a helpful video.

The tranquil, effortless and dream-like environmentalism aside–well done, Toyota marketing department–the macro solution to some major global pollution problems involving cars looks like it could be rooted in water-based renewable energy.

Obviously, $60,000 isn’t a welcoming price point for the majority of car owners and lessees. Not even close. Having said that, it is a starting point for developing a reasonably priced water fuel car made by a popular–and trusted–mainstream car company in Toyota. Add in the parallel development of accompanying fueling infrastructure throughout the many different parts of the country–suburban, rural and inner city–from coast to coast and maybe Toyota will be able to succeed where Elon Musk and Tesla are experiencing shortcomings as revealed during a recent 60 Minutes segment.

If the Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle proves to be the future of the American automobile, then the “O” in H2O will be converted into a zero, as in water’s zero-emission solution.

Mark & Ellen Are a Funky Bunch Together

Yes, it’s absolutely true:

Mark Wahlberg owns a Chevrolet dealership in Columbus, Ohio. It’s not a weekend publicity stunt. It’s for real. And along with opening a future Wahlburgers in Central Ohio–plus looking into becoming part-owner of Columbus Crew SC–he has proudly been promoting his new car dealership on local news and popular talk shows.

Exhibit E. 

As a Columbus, Ohio resident, I’m waiting to see Mark Wahlberg Chevy commercials, possibly including the one seen above.