Trending: Audi paintball, Shatner, Hawk
February, 28, 2013
By Bill Speros | Special to ESPN.com
Audi scored big (and generated a little controversy on the side) with its Super Bowl ad featuring a young man who, thanks to the rush created by his dad's ride, found some courage after heading to the prom without a date.
The AudiChannel on YouTube took road rage to a whole new, much safer and nonviolent level this week with an initially unlisted video featuring one black and one white (think Mad Magazine: Spy vs. Spy) 2013 Audi RS4 Avant engaging in a wild paintball fight.
The "Ultimate Paintball Duel" video has gained about 400,000 YouTube views in just two days and offers 2:12 of driving skills, paintball machine guns and plenty of surprises. The producers placed six GoPro cameras around each car, put a camera inside each car and launched an airborne camera to catch the action, which was filmed inside an airplane hangar. And the car? It’s certainly not your grandmother’s “wimpy station wagon.”
The open-door paint bomb drop at 1:20 would make James Bond proud.
That's no stretch because both stunt drivers in the clip, Jim Dowdall (black car) and Colin Skeaping (white car), have served as stunt doubles for Bond himself. They are considered two of the United Kingdom's most well-known and experienced stuntmen and have stood in for Indiana Jones, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Batman over the years.
If the music -- "Push it to the Limit" by Paul Engermann -- sounds a little familiar, you likely first heard it while watching the 1983 Universal gangster classic "Scarface." It runs during the montage showing Tony Montana's rise to the top of the South Florida drug world.
Paintball guns were not an option in that flick.
• William Shatner played "Boston Legal" attorney Denny Crane for five seasons. So it's only natural that he'd show up at Fenway Park as umpire in the music video for Brian Evans' song "At Fenway." The release date for the video has been officially set for April 1, according to boston.com. The video was shot in September, and the trailer is available on YouTube. It stars area car dealer Ernie Boch Jr. as the Red Sox's manager and is reportedly the first music video to be shot entirely at Fenway Park.
• Players of Cie Games' "Car Town" on Facebook have a new option these days -- the electric-powered Tesla Motors' Model S, Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year. You can visit the Motor Trend Facebook page for more information on how to add the Tesla S to your "Car Town" garage.
• Tony Hawk fans and others who have an eye for design can have the chance to showcase their best original art work worldwide and win the chance to meet Hawk in the process. The Tony Hawk Foundation, Sigg Switzerland and Talenthouse are sponsoring a design contest in which artists can submit their best "Tony Hawk" bottle inspired designs to the SIGG Original Facebook page through 2 p.m. ET on March 25. Each of the four winners will receive $1,000 and a trip to California to meet Hawk. The finalist designer whose work gets the most votes on social media in a people's choice design contest will earn an extra $500.
Bill Speros is an ESPN.com contributor. He can be reached on Twitter @billsperos or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.