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Watch 007’s new Aston Martin jump, drift, and barbecue baddies in latest trailer

23 July, 2015


Few movie relationships have lasted as long as the one between James Bond as his trusted Aston Martin. And for the latest iteration of the franchise, Spectre, Bond utilizes a gorgeous fire-spitting, sideways-sliding, show-jumping Aston Martin DB10. Check it all out in the hot-off-the-press film trailer below:

First unveiled at the film’s press launch late last year in London, the DB10 is a one-off edition made specifically for the film franchise. This is a shame, because it stands as one of the prettiest cars to adorn the famous Aston Martin badge in quite some time. But don’t get too sad; Aston Martin have stated that elements of the DB10 give us “a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins”.

While details on the car are thin on the ground, we can probably assume that the rear-mounted flame-thrower will not make it to any production versions …

Motorsport Flashback – Kiwi rallying in the 1970s

Rallying arrived in New Zealand in 1973 like a tsunami. It had been only a few years since the sport was introduced here and shortly afterwards Heatway came on board as the sponsor to take rallying to a new level. The 1973 Heatway would be the longest and biggest yet, running in both islands with 120 drivers over eight days and covering some 5400 kilometres. The winner was 31-year-old Hannu Mikkola — a genuine Flying Finn who had been rallying since 1963 before putting any thoughts of a career on hold until he completed an economics degree. The likeable Finn became an instant hero to many attracted to this new motor sport thing. I was one of them.

Think of it as a four-door Cooper

New Zealand Mini Owners Club coordinator Josh Kelly of Dunedin loves his Minis. It’s a family affair. Julie and Mike, Josh’s mum and dad, are just as keen, and they can usually all be found taking part in the club’s annual ‘Goodbye, Pork Pie’ charity run from the North of the country to the South.
But lately Josh’s young head has been turned by some other revolutionary BMC cars. He has picked up a couple of Austin and Morris 1100 and 1300s, which he started to restore — that was until an opportunity arose to buy a rare example stored in a shed.