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John, Paul, George and Ringo, the four men that made up The Beatles, lived in an interesting time when it came to the cars on offer. Power was cheap and fuel was cheaper, while the designs were some of the finest in automotive history. With fame and money, they could have nearly any car the 1960s auto industry could come up with, up to and including what you see above – a 1964 Facel Vega Facel II. This particular example was owned by Ringo Starr, and will be going up for auction at Bonhams

Spell it with two Es and the name Beetle is intrinsically linked to Volkswagen. Drop that second E for an A, though, and you're looking at another 60s icon altogether. While the VW might not hold much sway for music buffs, the Beatles and its individual members hold plenty of interest for car fans.

In a story designed to tickle Beatles fans and environmentalists alike, two Norwegian companies – oil company Norsk Hydro ASA and paper maker Norske Skog ASA – announced last week that they are looking into using wood to produce biodiesel. The companies said they expect biodiesel made from wood to have lower greenhouse gas emissions and are looking to build a biodiesel plant in Norway by 2012.