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You vicious bastard! Come on! Oh my God! I’m warning you! If you don’t start! I’ll count to three, one, two, three. Right, that’s it ... I’m going to give you a damned good thrashing. Fawlty Towers s1e5: Gourmet Night, Basil to car, BBC 1975
I mean if they don’t like making cars, why don’t they get themselves another bloody job designing cathedrals, or composing violin concertos? The British Leyland Concerto in four movements, all of them slow, with a four-hour tea-break in between. I’ll tell you why: because they’re not interesting in anything apart from lounging about on conveyor belts stuffing themselves with my money. Fawlty Towers s2e4: The Kipper and the Corpse, Basil to dead man in bed, BBC 1979
Aerodynamics are for people who can’t build engines. Enzo Ferrari
I have yet to meet anyone quite so stubborn as myself and animated by this overpowering passion that leaves me no time for thought or anything else. I have, in fact, no interest in life outside racing cars. Enzo Ferrari
I build engines and attach wheels to them. Enzo Ferrari
Everyone should have a Gullwing. Wayne Carini, Chasing Classic Cars s5e3, Discovery 2013
I’m a car fanatic and each morning I wake up with a smile on my face, whether I’m commentating on the Formula One or at Silver Hatch racetrack in Roary the Racing Car. Murray Walker
He made millions of dollars stealing high-end luxury cars. The techniques he used made the thefts virtually untraceable. Masterminds e12: The King of Car Thieves, 2003
In the early nineties thefts of high-end vehicles reached epidemic proportions. ibid.
But in spite of these measures in the late 1990s one person found a way to steal hundreds of high-end cars off the streets of Toronto, Canada. ibid.
But in Bill Dhaliwal’s shop there’s a lot more going on than car repairs. ibid.
Dhaliwal’s army of young thieves spreads out across the city. ibid.
17,538. He is selling cars at a rate of six per week, and making $150,000. (Gangs: Canada & Cars & Canada) ibid.
In May of 1999 Dhaliwal is nabbed for possession of a stolen car and sentenced to six months behind bars. ibid.
The police have had enough of Dhaliwal; they decide to bring him down. Now they must find a way to infiltrate the organisation. ibid.
The most successful car theft ring in American history. His tightly controlled organisation stole thousands of luxury vehicles. The police couldn’t stop him. Masterminds e38: Hot Wheels
In 1999 a massive wave of car theft hits New York. The thieves are so efficient cars are gone in a matter of seconds. ibid.
A former intelligence officer in the Chinese army named Minjin Yang. ibid.
A simple traffic accident will soon threaten to bring his multi-million-dollar operation to a screaming halt. ibid.
He created an illegal empire hidden deep in the heart of New York City … ‘Tens of thousands of cars broken into.’ Masterminds e46: Money Bags
In the 1990s the streets of New York were a haven for ambitious car thieves. ibid.
‘In New York City it is 4,500 airbags stolen.’ ibid.
The mastermind was Maurizio Percan, a small-time businessman who created the biggest illegal car parts empire in US history. ibid.
Cars, crumpet and crime. Bruce Reynolds
It’s almost a relief to have found myself in an actual accident. Crash 1996 starring James Spader & Deborah Kara Unger & Elias Koteas & Holly Hunter & Rosanna Arquette & Peter MacNeill & Judah Katz & Nicky Guadagni et al, director David Cronenberg, him to her
They bury the dead so quickly; they should leave them lying around for months. ibid. her to him
Here we go – the fatal crash of James Dean. ibid.
I live in my car; this is my workshop. ibid.
The reshaping of the human body by modern technology. ibid.
For the first time there’s benevolent psychopathology that beckons towards us. For example, the car crash is a fertilizing rather than a destructive event – a liberation of sexual energy mediating the sexuality of those who have died with an intensity that’s impossible in any other form. ibid.
Maybe the next one, darling. ibid. him to her
Do we see, in the car-crash, the portents of a nightmare marriage between technology, and our own sexuality? … Is there some deviant logic unfolding here, more powerful than that provided by reason? J G Ballard, Crash foreword
Vaughan died yesterday in his last car-crash. During our friendship he had rehearsed his death in many crashes, but this was his only true accident. Driven on a collision course towards the limousine of the film actress, his car jumped the rails of the London Airport flyover and plunged through the roof of a bus filled with airline passengers. The crushed bodies of package tourists, like a haemorrhage in the sun, still lay across the vinyl seats when I pushed my way through the police engineers an hour later. ibid. p1
In his vision of a car-crash with the actress, Vaughan was obsessed by many wounds and impacts – by the dying chromium and collapsing bulkheads of their two cars meeting head-one in complex collisions endlessly repeated in slow-motion films, by the identical wounds inflicted on their bodies, by the image of windshield glass frosting around her face as she broke its tinted surface like a death-born Aphrodite, by the compound fractures of their thighs impacted against their handbrake mountings, and above all by the wounds to their genitalia, her uterus pierced by the heraldic beak of the manufacturer’s medallion, his semen emptying across the luminescent dials that registered for ever the last temperature and fuel levels of the engine. ibid. p8
His exhausted face, with its scarred mouth, was lit by broken rainbows. I pulled the dented passenger door from its frame. Vaughan sat on the glass-covered seat, studying his own posture with a complacent gaze. His hands, palm upwards at his sides, were covered with blood from his injured knee-caps. He examined the vomit staining the lapels of his leather jacket, and reached forward to touch the globes of semen clinging to the instrument panel. ibid. p9
Through Vaughan I discovered the true significance of the automobile crash, the meaning of whiplash injuries and roll-over, the ecstasies of head-on collisions. ibid. p10
During the months that followed, Vaughan and I spent many hours driving along the express highways on the northern perimeter of the airport. On the calm summer evenings these fast boulevards became a zone of nightmare collisions. Listening to the police broadcasts on Vaughan’s radio, we moved from one accident to the next. ibid. pp10-11