PDF on Wheels: AutoWeek publishes annual humor issue
2002 'Year in Reverse' epub aims to resolve which car(s) James Bond, Jesus might drive

6 January 2003

By Kurt Foss, Planet PDF Editor

[From Planet PDF Weblog for week of 6 January 2003]

AutoWeek 2002 Review

If the year 2002 seemed to pass without the usual dose of end-of-year flashbacks -- annual reflections on the year in the rear-view mirror -- it's still not necessarily too late. At least not if you've got a serious (if not fanatical) interest in cars ... and if you've got a copy of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader available.

For your automotive enlightenment and.or amusement, the editors of AutoWeek Online recently published its annual humor edition, appropriately titled "2002 Year in Reverse." It's proclaimed to be an "annual pilgrimage to the wacky side of our car world." The fact-filled, four-page issue lives up to that billing.

The story headlining the free-to-download PDF publication is "What would James Bond Drive? We test the new Bond cars," with a sub-headline below the lead illustration "What would Jesus drive." Sure enough, that appears to be the religious one himself, not film hero "Bond, James Bond" portrayed behind the wheel in the cover illustration. Whoever it is, you do have to wonder about his taste in cars.

That said, the remainder of the special Reader-ready issue -- which by the way does indeed look at the year in reverse, starting with December 2002 and working back to last January -- is packed with what seems to pass as car humor, or at least humorous anecdotes with an auto angle.

The "What would Jesus drive" refrain appears to be a reference to a November news item about The National Council of Churches condemning sport utility vehicles (SUVs), a news item some of us seem to have missed the first time around. It seems one of the SUV opponents penned the slogan 'WWJD' on a protest sign.

One included news item that is familiar recalls a January 2002 story involving a controversial Chrysler television commercial:

OH, LIKE ANYONE BELIVES A MINIVAN CAN DO THAT
"Chrysler pulls a TV ad showing a minivan passing a snowplow after state highway officials complain it encourages reckless driving."

As to the Bond-preferred cars, we found no further details in the 2002 recap issue. But if you really want to know more about that, a search on AutoWeek Online produces a number of hits for "James Bond." And if you're a serious Bond fan, you probably already know his wheels of choice.

In his latest film, the legendary James Bond has replaced the BMWs in his last two films with an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish -- not sure if the machine guns and ejector seat (as seen in some previous Bond films and Aston cars) are options -- or perhaps now come as standard equipment in the cleverly dubbed Vanquish.


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