Depreciation can be a wonderful thing, letting buyers afford supercars that would usually be well out of their budget. Ed Bolian of VinWiki is well-known for his love of bargain supercars, but this time he got more than he bargained for.
YouTube channel VinWiki founder and host Ed Bolian is renowned for his unusual supercar buying choices. Put to good use in the CarTrek series with fellow YouTubers Tavarish and Hoovies Garage, Ed’s skills may have landed him the world’s worst Aston Martin.
Explaining his choice to buy an Aston Martin Vanquish in the first place, Ed says “I really really wanted to get a Vanquish; I think it’s one of the most impressive-looking cars Aston ever built.” Given his love affair with the car, he set his sights on finding the cheapest one he could get his hands on.
It turns out that Ed’s Aston Martin Vanquish used to be ‘likely’ owned by a drug lord.
Ed Bolian buys ex-druglord Aston Martin
Part of the reason that the Vanquish has depreciated so heavily from their original $245k+ price is their reputation for “terrible” gearboxes and poor reliability. Ed is no stranger to such things, however, so this did not put him off buying one.
Having found a suitable candidate with only 23,000 miles on the clock, Bolian began his inquiries. It turns out that despite being at auction and in the car of two car dealers, there was very little information on the car.
Eventually, it was discovered that the car was imported back from Columbia, and according to Ed’s friend it “looks like it was owned by a drug lord!” With no history, details, or service records, the car was sold as-seen, which turned out to be Ed’s downfall.
In the end, he was able to score the car for $25,000 – becoming the cheapest Vanquish that Ed had ever seen for sale. Upon arrival, it turns out that Ed may have got more than he bargained for.
It turned up already displaying numerous faults. The car was started in ‘limp mode’, the gearbox was flagging warnings, and the car was “very, very unwell” in his words. The fuel pump was also an issue, and the car would shut down half the motor unexpectedly.
Seeking a ‘master mechanics’ opinion, the news was not good. Bolian received a text from the mechanic stating, among other things, the he “doubted the car was ever driven on a [paved] road.”
In the end, Ed was able to drive the car for his new YouTube series, but not until it had received serious work, including a new clutch, fuel pumps, and other consumables. Despite its low list price, the Aston needed some serious maintenance, likely totaling up to a considerable amount.
Remember – these old supercars may be cheap, but maintaining them is the real kicker.
The Chipotle Challenger Series returned on Octrober 1, this time featuring Fortnite Battle Royale action as players and a star-studded list of influencers and streamers went head-to-head.
Both of the previous events in the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series were won by surprise teams, as unexpected players made it all the way through the qualifiers to take home the winner’s prize and a year’s worth of free burritos in the finale.
Chipotle Fortnite Challenge Results – October 1
This time, though, the winners were a little less shocking as Furious, Ronaldo, and illest took home the grand prize – $50,000 and a year’s worth of free Chipotle burritos!
The Trio blitzed through to first place with three extremely high scoring games out of their five in the grand finals. 77 points pushed them just ahead of the second-best team on the day by a total of three points.
A look at the top three Trios at the end of the Chipotle Challenger Series event.
Who else was playing?
As well as the qualified teams, there was another stacked lineup of celebrities, streamers, and YouTubers taking part in the tournament. Here are some of the biggest names:
Soccer phenom Christian Pulisic
Hoopster Josh Hart
Top hoops draft picks Cole Anthony, Obi Toppin, and Tre Jones
DJ Deacon Phillippe
In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there were four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams scored one point for each elimination they earned.
There was a total of four qualifiers for the tournament. Each qualifier:
Allowed up to 1000 trio teams
Had private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
Had a Ladder system that allowed registrants to play for the totality of the 3-hour window
Qualifying teams then have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby of 33 trio teams with streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes. Again, it was played in a private lobby, which included:
The top four teams from each qualifying round
17 teams of invited talent
A 5-game series
Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool
A total of $50,000 in prize money was presented to winners of the Fortnite event. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the winners also secured themselves free burritos for a year!
Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results
Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.
Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30
Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.
As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.
The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.
A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.
These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.
Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.
Chipotle and esports
This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.
The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.
In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.
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