Archive for November 2012

Thanksgiving Dinner or Cooking with Cars Revisited

November 20, 2012
Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters with special guest, Alton Brown

Adam Savage, Alton Brown and Jamie Hyneman with their Cadillac. Picture is courtesy of Mental Floss.

Did you happen to catch the Sunday night episode of Mythbusters this past weekend? If not, it was amazing. Alton Brown was a guest. Along with Jamie and Adam, they were testing whether you could cook a full Thanksgiving meal using your car. They made a turkey broken down into three preparations — some roasted, some confit style and some baked over herbs — dressing, sweet potatoes, asparagus, gravy, brussels sprouts in blue cheese, creamed corn which they placed in various spots under the hood and under the car, and mini pies, which baked over the air cleaner. Then they drove 4 hours in their Cadillac.

By the time they reached their destination, they removed some thermoses and the pan with the turkey breast (securely wired around the catalytic converter), other thermoses from under the hood, and the pies. They were all cooked very well, with the exception of the gravy, which came out too thin. They improvised a soup from that.

Granted your kitchen is a much better option, but a full meal? I wonder what my parents would think if we showed up at their place about 6 hours from us with a fully prepared dinner. Hmmmmm…

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Auto Krafters!


50 Years of James Bond

November 12, 2012
ImageAston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5. Courtesy of the International Spy Museum.

The James Bond franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with the release of Skyfall. While the movies often follow a predictable script, it’s the gadgets and the cars we love. From exploding pens to magnetic watches, Bond has some of the most innovative toys. And the cars – especially the Aston Martin. You see it and almost immediately start humming the James Bond theme. I had the pleasure of seeing one at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC. (It’s a great experience if you ever get the chance to visit it.) The DB5 on display at the museum was used to promote the 1964 film, Goldfinger.

There were a great many vehicles, including planes and trains, used in James Bond films. Included in the pantheon is large list of Fords, such as the Mustang, Contour, Thunderbird, Galaxie, and Bronco – even the recent Quantum of Solace featuring the Ka and Edge and a brief appearance by a Bronco II. Remember playing Spot-the-Ford while watching television series of the ’60s and ’70s? Well, you can play that game and more when watching the Bond films.

So when watching your own collection of Bond films, or seeing them on television, or even while watching the latest Bond release, enjoy the chase scenes, the gadgets, and some of the most wonderful vehicles ever while enjoying your own “shaken, not stirred” martini.