Dawn Ius

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Friday, 22 April 2016 00:07

#AtoZChallenge: R is for RED

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OVERDRIVE finalThere’s still five and a half months before my YA novel OVERDRIVE drops—but I couldn’t pass up the chance to spend a month talking about it.

Fast cars, cute guys, a kick-ass protagonist, and the hot Vegas sun—OVERDRIVE is a culmination of all my favorite things. Which is why for this year’s blogging challenge, I am doing the A to Z of OVERDRIVE. (I know, you're shocked!)

Not familiar with the A to Z Blogging Challenge? Get the full details here. And then buckle up because you’re in for one hell of a fun ride. 

P.S. Comment on or share the posts throughout the month for a chance to WIN an advanced reader copy of OVERDRIVE!

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 Sexy Nick Barker's special Mustang in OVERDRIVE is Candy Apple Red. Cliche, perhaps, and yet logical, given that red has dominated lists of most popular vehicle colors for decades, especially when it comes to sports and muscle cars. In fact, a quick Google search for famous vehicles brought up dozens of examples, and not surpisingly, more than half of them were red.

I'm sure you'll recognize a few of these favorites:

CHRISTINE - 1957 Plymouth Belvedere


This model of car wasn't even available in red, but when Stephen King's classic horror, Christine, hit theatres, producers insisted—after all, what other color could a "demon" car be?

1977 Ferrari 308 GTS

magnum pi

Famous for it's starring role in the hit TV show Magnum P.I., this Ferrari saw a huge increase in sales during the '80s. No shocker there.

2003 Mini Cooper S

aa 2003 mini cooper s

Featured in the movie, The Italian Job (appropriately a heist flick) this "little" cars could really move, making for some surprisingly intense car chase scenes.

1975 Ford Gran Torino

starsky and hutch

Affectionately referred to as "The Striped Tomato" this car was famously used by two hard-nosed California detectives, Starsky & Hutch.

Lightning McQueen

lightning mcqueen 2

Based on the Toyota NASCAR vehicles, the creators of this cocky but friendly Pixar-animated car looked to famous sports personalities for character inspiration.

All great red cars.

However, the most memorable and most famous, perhaps, is not one seen in books or movies, but rather remembered in song. It is with great sadness today that we hear of Prince's death—a legendary musican and pop culture icon. I can sing almost every single one of his songs, and have watched him perform in awe, but there is one tune I have always sand at the top of my lungs—Little Red Corvette. 

My throat is raw with emotion today. R.I.P Prince. Thank you for everything you gave to your fans—and me.

~ Dawn


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  • Comment Link Ronel Janse van Vuuren Friday, 22 April 2016 05:44 posted by Ronel Janse van Vuuren

    There's just something about the colour red that makes a car more appealing. Great pics. Good luck with the rest of the AtoZchallenge.

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