It's a sad day today, because everyone's favorite (non-ALF) alien had passed. And while Leonard Nimoy wasn't necessarily known as a huge gearhead, he seemed to have good taste in cars, and has at least this one good car-related story. It involves Spock, Kirk, a bike, and a Buick Riviera.
Leonard Nimoy didn't just have a massive impact on science fiction, he also transformed pop culture. Nimoy, who died today, took the thankless supporting role of an emotionless alien science whiz, and turned Spock on Star Trek into an icon.
We're big fans of Leonard Nimoy here at Los Jalops, because everyone in the world is and if you aren't then you are committing some sort of crime. It's his 83rd birthday today, so to celebrate, here he is in 1973 driving a race car during a drug-induced paranoid delusion.
Now that the Audi of America video featuring Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto has gone virulently viral, picking up nearly 6 million views on YouTube in just a few weeks, it’s time to revisit a little-appreciated detail of the 2-1/2-minute spot.
Spocks both past and present face off in a battle of wits and driving in this hilarious Audi video posted to YouTube yesterday. There's Leonard Nimoy besting Zachary Quinto at chess, singing the "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," and using a vulcan nerve pinch. There's also a lot of smack talk.