Winding Road Hot List: Volume 38

By John Beltz Snyder

May 18, 2012

Every week we sift through a truly amazing amount of “stuff” in the dozen or so hours we spend online—you know, the time spent not driving sweet cars. A lot of the cool stuff we find has to do specifically with new cars, naturally, but there’s also a huge amount of awesomeness that doesn’t completely fit in the normal Winding Road world. Once, we were in the habit of simply reading, watching, or talking amongst ourselves about this web detritus, but recently we thought it might be a good idea to start sharing it with you all. Thus, The Hot List.
We aim to bring you a list of the most interesting bits of information we run across. Ten worth-knowing-about things that may or may not be related directly to the world of cars, but all of which we think our typical enthusiast readers will be able to really dig into. We don’t know, from week to week, what will show up on this list, which is part of the fun for us and for you.

Read, enjoy, and comment. If you happen to know of something that you think would make for a good inclusion on next week’s list, drop us a line at
Brook & Hunter Premium Mo-Tool Axe
Who doesn’t love a good multitool? We’ll tell you who: people who like to keep their belongings intact. This comes with several blades, a can opener, pliers, a file, screwdrivers…and if that can’t take whatever it is apart, you can smash it with the built-in hammer and/or chop it with the axe.
Want (wanttt.comt)
Looking to replace whatever it is you just destroyed with your multitool? Want keeps tabs on all the coolest new products, particularly gadgets and fashion items—many of which you probably never knew existed (like the glow in the dark contact lenses you see here)? Want is like our Hot List, only way more extensive and a lot less weird.
Panic Button Light Switch
This very important button mounts on your wall so whenever you feel the urge to sound the alarms, you can, well, turn off the lights. The Panic Button replaces your light switch, so you can feel like you’re starting a nuclear war every time you enter a dark room. It works as a dimmer too, for romantic mood lighting.
Kung Fu Vettel
We love watching Sebastian Vettel go fast, but now we get to see him kick ass (alongside actress Celina Jade, and an Infiniti FX) in this short film called Kung Fu Vettel: Drive Of The Dragon. Expect more creative advertisements featuring the Red Bull Formula 1 team in the near future.
DeLorean Bicycle
Even those of us not obsessed with automobiles are familiar with the DeLorean, but did you know there’s a bicycle sharing the same name? And yes, it’s is constructed of stainless steel. And, no, we don’t know what happens when it hits 88 miles per hour.
Tûranor PlanetSolar
This amazing solar-powered yacht is the largest of its kind, and the first to circumnavigate the Earth. Switzerland’s Raphael Domjan dreamed it up, had some help building it, then navigated it around the world. Gear Patrol has the story.
Executive Pinstripe Hoodie
Combine classy and comfortable with this Executive Pinstripe Hoodie. It comes in navy or grey, and there’s even a plaid version if that suits your flavor. We don’t know if you could get away with wearing in in lieu of a nice blazer, but it’s worth a try.
Brazilian Barbecue Briefcase
If you do decide to opt for the above hoodie for your next business meeting, may we suggest this as your go-to briefcase. It opens up and unfolds into a portable rotisserie barbecue grille. The spits are powered by a rechargeable battery, good for eight hours of slow roasting.
Stay Puft Marshmallows
If an open flame is more your style of cooking—and if you’re a Ghostbusters fan (who isn’t?)—you should toast some of these Stay Puft marshmallows over your campfire. Yes, real Stay Puft marshmallows! As if that alone weren’t enough, these suckers are caffeinated.
Robot Mind Control
Science, man! Yes, sometimes it can even be used for good. Take, for instance, Cathy Hutchinson, who has been paralyzed in all four limbs for 15 years. In this video, with a little help from our friend science, she controls a robotic arm with her mind. How cool is that?
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