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Link Love From The Car Connection: Porsche Is Calling, Vin Diesel Is Speeding, And Some Music Is Better Left Behind

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Hello, Friday. Goodbye, work-week. Can't say we'll be sad to see you go. Here are some news items to get our fellow 9-to-5ers through the last grueling eight hours:

  • Art of the streets -- Garden-variety art cars get covered in hot glue and plastic army soldiers. Real art cars get tricked out by superstars like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Here in the U.S., you can see the former on the street anytime, and the latter at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (February 12 - 24) and New York's Grand Central Station (March 24 - April 26). [LACMA, via Autoweek]
  • If only the service were as fast -- Like cell phones, but hate the modern conveniences that weigh down iPhones, Blackberries, and such? Well perhaps the Porsche Design Group's sleek, simple quad-band P'9522 is more your style. Like other consumer products from the Group, it looks awfully sturdy, but we'll wait for the important "dropped in the hot tub test" before passing judgment. [MotorAuthority]
  • Puttering around the house -- Here's a two-fer for gearhead gamers: not only is Midway launching shoot-em-up driving title The Wheelman next month (starring Vin Diesel, aka American Jason Statham), but next week, Rockstar Games releases The Lost and the Damned, a downloadable add-on for Grand Theft Auto VI. Here's the trailer for the latter, complete with guns, car chases, and a cameo by everyone's favorite, Bob from Accounting:

  • What goes around -- What's Link Love without a little love, right? Well, Subaru is spreading the L-word for five major nonprofits via its "Share the Love" program. See, in December, the company made charitable contributions of $250 on behalf of every buyer of a new Subaru. Buyers could earmark their donations for the ASPCA, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, or the National Wildlife Federation. Now the checks are being disbursed, and the grand total is a whopping $4.7 million. Interestingly, Subaru was one of very few companies to post gains in 2008. Coincidence? [TheDetroitBureau]
  • Speaking of giving back -- GM workers in Missouri are facing a three-week shutdown of their Wentzville plant, so the UAW is encouraging them to volunteer for local charities during the forced time off. The union held a volunteer fair yesterday to show workers options at a variety of organizations. We don't like the shutdown, but we can totally get behind this effect. [Freep]
  • Music video lagniappe -- England's Prefab Sprout made a splash in the early 80s with its debut album, Steve McQueen (released in the U.S. as Two Wheels Good). The group's follow-up album...well, it was a sophomore effort, and you know how those can be. Here's the vid from "Cars and Girls" off that second CD. At least it's on-topic--and it's slightly more memorable than the band members' hair:
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