Lost 007 Aston Martin found, Honda enters the time machine segment

Lost 007 Aston Martin found, Honda enters the time machine segment

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Welcome to our round-up of the biggest breaking stories on Driving.ca from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.

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Missing for 25 years, the 1963 James Bond Aston Martin turns up in the Middle East

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation
Aston Martin DB5 “Goldfinger Continuation” Photo by Handout /Aston Martin

Investigators tracking a precious piece of automotive/film history have cracked a case that had been running cold for 25 years. The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 used as the close-up vehicle for the filming of 007 films Goldfinger and Thunderball has been found, safe and sound, in a private collection in the Middle East. The iconic movie car went missing from a Florida airport hangar in 1997 and has only recently been confirmed by experts to be in the possession of a private collector, who allegedly did not know he was purchasing perhaps the most famous stolen vehicle of all time. Estimated to have a value of US$25M, the car remains in custody of the collector, but the Art Recovery International hopes that individual might voluntarily return the stolen property to its former and rightful owner. 

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B.C. woman served distracted driving ticket while waiting in 2-hour COVID testing line

transportation concept – man using phone while driving the car
transportation concept – man using phone while driving the car Photo by Getty

A driver in Burnaby, B.C. is receiving free legal representation from a Vancouver lawyer after police issued her a distracted driving ticket for talking on her phone while waiting in her car in a lineup for a COVID-19 test . “It shocks me that an officer would have voluntarily decided to interact with somebody who might have COVID-19 and get close enough to them to get their driver’s licence, identify them, and serve them a ticket. It’s just not common sense,” Kaytlin Quinn’s lawyer Kyla Lee told Daily Hive. Burnaby RCMP say safe driving has been an issue at the Lower Mainland testing centre, with drivers blocking intersections, not wearing seatbelts, and, as demonstrated by Quinn, ignoring distracted driving laws. 

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Honda Time Machine: GPS bug reverts clock time by 20 years

The digital clock in a 2011 Honda Odyssey
The digital clock in a 2011 Honda Odyssey Photo by Honda

Lookout, Delorean; Honda might be entering the time machine segment. No flux capacitor required. Owners of some Honda and Acura models from 2004 to 2012 are reporting an interesting issue with the in-car clocks that are displaying the wrong time , while others’ on-screen date has shifted back by as much as 20 years. Forum experts suggest the issue lies with the GPS’ time measurement system that uses “epochs,” tracking passing time from a set starting point — when buggy, they can roll backwards in time rather than forwards. 

Low-mile 2005 Porsche Carrera GT breaks most-expensive-sale record on BaT

A 2005 Porsche Carrera GT sold on Bring a Trailer in January 2022 for US$1.9 million
A 2005 Porsche Carrera GT sold on Bring a Trailer in January 2022 for US$1.9 million Photo by Bring a Trailer

Somebody forked over a cool US$1,902,000 (CDN$2.412M) for a Guards red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT with 1,255 km on the odometer, and in doing so set a new record for the most expensive vehicle sold via the online auction house Bring a Trailer (BaT). Not sure if there are bragging rights that go along with that title, but there was original paperwork and accessories for the car, like a set of fitted luggage. The car is a shining, low-km example of a vehicle that went for US$450,000 new and is currently valued at the top end by Hagerty at US$1.5M. 

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Mother charged for isolating teen son in trunk at COVID testing site

2020 Audi A6 Allroad 55 TFSI
2020 Audi A6 Allroad 55 TFSI trunk cargo Photo by Jonathan Yarkony

Police in Texas have charged a mother for putting her teenage son in the trunk of her car while on the way to a COVID-19 testing site . The 41-year-old woman allegedly told health officials at the site that she had her son isolated in the trunk as she suspected he had contracted COVID. Officials then called police and told the woman that her boy would have to come out of the trunk before receiving his test. She was charged with endangering a child and has been placed on administrative leave from her position as a teacher at a Texas high school. Hopefully she hasn’t been teaching Driver’s Ed.

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