Link Love From The Car Connection: Sonny And Cher, The B-52s, And Even More Highway Zombies

January 30, 2009

Wrap up your work week with some gearhead news to go:

  • Vick's liquidation gels: Like Bernie Madoff, athlete and former dogfigher Michael Vick is dealing with bankruptcy court. Unlike Madoff, Vick owned his stuff outright--including a Bentley Continental GT, a Land Rover Range Rover, and a Chrysler 300C he bought for his mom, which may all hit the auction block soon. So, no cookies in jail, ma? [AP]
  • No, really, we're stunned: Exxon Mobil made off with a record $45.2 billion in 2008. Which seems shocking to some people, but, um, doesn't anyone remember $4 a gallon gas? [MSNBC via Jalopnik]
  • Tax code fun: It looks like GM may have to use much of its bailout bonanza of $9.4 billion (or $13.4 billion, depending on how you look at it) to pay off the feds. The rationale is long and complicated, but it involves taxes the company would owe after shifting money around in its restructuring. Can't someone explain this using Weebles or other lay-friendly objects? [DetNews]
  • Blasts from the past: Back when the interweb was just a sparkle in Al Gore's eye, customizer George Barris gussied up two 1966 Mustangs for pop stars Salvatore "Sonny" Bono and Cherilyn "Cher" Sarkisian. Next weekend, they'll be up for bid. (The cars, not Sonny and Cher.) If we knew their music better, we could probably lob a well-spun pun, but thankfully, we don't. [RMAuctions, via PRNewswire]
  • What a difference an ocean makes: Yesterday, Ford posted record losses for its U.S. operations and said it wasn't in the mood to help struggling suppliers. Today, Ford of Europe announced pre-tax profits of over $1 billion. And here were were thinking that things were always smaller over there. [AutoCar]
  • Yes, more zombies: Tired of last week's emergency sign-hacking/zombie thing? No? Good for you. There are a few more pics in circulation you ought to see. [WoosterCollective]
  • Video lagniappe: Just a few more hours 'till the weekend officially begins, but you can get a head start on things below, with a vintage clip of the B-52's doing "Devil in My Car" at the Downtown Cafe in Atlanta. Rock the cubicle, yo:

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