Linkin Park’s – Honda Civic Si Coupe and CBR250R

I read the following press release with interest, it’s on promotional material (AKA free competition and prizes) relating to the Honda CBR250R. I like the design but find it strange that they picked the CBR250R rather than something more popular model… I do not tend to post releases like this but it is an exception and besides the CBR is a good motorcycle. The bands and music are pretty cool. Unfortunately US only…

 The press release is as follows:

LOS ANGELES, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The 2012 Honda Civic Tour (HCT) is giving music fans a chance to win a Linkin Park customized and autographed Honda Si Coupe and CBR250R motorcycle plus an exclusive fly-away trip to Los Angeles that includes signed instruments and a visit to a Linkin Park music video shoot. Beginning today, July 12, 2012, fans can enter to win by visiting Attendees can also register to win the vehicles at each stop of the tour where the customized vehicles will be on display.  The Honda Civic Tour kicks off August 11 in Bristow, VA, featuring Linkin Park, Incubus and opening act Mutemath.

The members of Linkin Park collaborated on their personalized Honda Civic Si Coupe and CBR250R motorcycle. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda says, “The idea for the customization on the car was to take something based on the artwork from our new album, LIVING THINGS. The 3-D figure you see on the album cover is actually a scan of Chester’s head breaking apart and fracturing, with fire underneath. We took those visual cues, and tweaked it to look cool on the Civic Si.” Adds Chester Bennington, “This was some of the most complicated artwork they’ve ever done for a car on this tour, and I’m grateful that Honda let us put this much time and energy into making it look so awesome. I really hope that whoever wins it appreciates the quality of the artwork that’s on it as much as we do!” 

The Civic Si is bolstered by the exclusive Honda Factory Performance aero body kit, featuring front, side and rear underbody spoilers. The CBR250R motorcycle design was also based on the LIVING THINGS album artwork. “The car and motorcycle have a similar look,” says Shinoda. “The motorcycle makes me want to ride motorcycles. It kind of has a superhero look.” The stylized Linkin Park logo appears subtly on the side panels just behind the motorcycle’s front wheel; the Honda Civic Tour insignia can be seen below the windshield, and signatures of the band are on the gas tank.

In addition to a chance to win the customized vehicles, fans may also enter the Linkin Park Civic Tour Fly-Away Sweepstakes, presented by Honda Financial Services, at, beginning July 12, 2012, at 7:00am PT / 10:00am ET and endingNovember 30, 2012, at 8:59p.m. PT / 11:59p.m. ET. The Grand Prize includes: round trip airfare for two to Los Angeles from anywhere in the continental U.S.; deluxe hotel accommodations for two nights, ground transportation; all taxes related to accommodations and air transportation; a visit to Linkin Park’s music video shoot and meeting with members of the band; one autographed guitar and practice amp signed by members of the band; one five piece starter drum kit signed by members of the band; shipping of musical instruments to winner’s residence; local Los Angeles Sightseeing tour and dinner for two in Hollywood, CA. The Grand Prize will be awarded before December 31, 2013, and is worth over $5,000.00. Ten first prize winners will each receive an autographed limited-edition Incubus screen printed poster.

Linkin Park DJ and programmer, Joe Hahn, was tapped by the Honda Civic Tour to direct the commercial spot for the 2012 tour.  Hahn, an accomplished director, has guided almost all of the Linkin Park iconic music videos including “Numb,” “New Divide,” and “Waiting for the End,” and is gearing up to direct his first feature film, Mall. The spot was filmed during the video shoot for “BURN IT DOWN” the debut single from Linkin Park’s new album, LIVING THINGS.