Archive for category Random Car Stuff
Nearly every state now offers various custom plates for colleges, special interest groups, and political causes. Some, like Virginia’s Udvar-Hazy plate, are awesome. Many are not. What’s the worst?
I’d argue that Virginia, despite putting an SR-71 on a license plate, still sucks it up for their hilariously bad pro-Internet license. Seriously. SERIOUSLY? You want to look high tech but it looks like something done in a Windows 95 version of Paint. And since Virginia’s most infamous tech company is reddit, it should really just be Pedobear.
Some car companies bend over backwards to help enthusiasts get their hands on sporty cars, track them, and race them. Other car companies? Not so much.
We were talking about the maybe-it’s-dead, maybe-it’s-not Mitsubishi Evo when Bryce Womeldurf explained why he’s not holding out much hope. Nor is he that distraught, because Mitsubishi already broke his heart before.
I used to be very worried about this, but then I sold my Lancer and got realistic about the cost of owning an Evo. Then the dream sort of died and I stopped caring. Would it be nice to see another Evo? I suppose it would, but the Evo X is a vastly different car than it’s suped-up econobox rally car forefathers. It’s gone upmarket. Which means I have virtually no chance of buying one any time soon.
Jessica Sawyer thought she was taking her £80,000 Bentley GTC for a car wash in Manchester, UK, but fifty minutes after she dropped off her convertible, she got a call from the police saying it had been driven through a brick wall. How did it happen?
Bam Margera, skateboarder, musician, professional prankster and Jackass star, has drawn the ire of authorities in Iceland after his rented Toyota Land Cruiser came back wrecked, dented and covered in paint. This is what happens when you rent cars to people on Jackass.
Gossip website TMZ reports that Margera was arrested when he touched down in Iceland this week in connection with a Land Cruiser he allegedly trashed when he was in the country last year. He brought the luxury SUV back to Hertz with dents, rear damage, and oil paint coating the interior. Then he left the country without paying for the damage.
There’s a good chance information about your location is being kept on file in a police database.
U.S. police departments are increasingly adopting automatic license plate readers that keep track of your location according to information released by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) today. Those documents show that many departments retain that information for years, regardless of whether or not it pertains to an innocent person.
What would Batman drive for his weekly trips to Home Depot for the bits and pieces needed to keep his lair deep below Wayne Manor in tip-top condition? Certainly not the Batmobile – there’s no way a 4×8 sheet of plywood will fit between the wheel wells, not to mention the fact that jet turbine engines have an unfortunate tendency to set trailers on fire when towing…
No, what Batman needs is a pickup truck. The boys from Ford teamed up with Galpin Auto Sports to build just such a machine, and it has just debuted at Comic Con. Designed by Jared Barris, grandson of the legendary kustomizer George Barris, the 2012 F-150 pickup you see here, dubbed Crime Fighter, is painted Tuxedo Black with Ferrari Red highlights and is affixed with fins on each side of the truck bed. It’s nothing if not unique. Continue reading “Holy crime-fighting Ford F-150, Batman!” »
I can’t lie. I’ve always dreamed of hooning old cars on a homemade dirt track in the middle of nowhere. For some reason it just feels so right, so American and it looks like SO much fun. Sure there’s a fair amount of risk involved, but in this day and age, what doesn’t involve danger! Check out the mayhem after the jump. Continue reading “Hillbilly 500: Oh! That’s never good!” »
Yes, I know what you’re thinking… Jim, these are basically the same car. Why yes, they are basically the same car, but it is their subtle differences that actually make them unique. It’s not like the cars are just re-badged for the sake of moving more units. The front sheet-metal is totally different, as are the front and rear bumpers, tail-lamps, and trunk lids. So what if they share the same lineage?
By: Wallace Wyss on 7/17/2013
A million-dollar show car vanished from Oklahoma. Why aren’t the police right on it?
Because the “crime,” if it was in fact a crime, happened half a century ago.
The car was a Cadillac Le Mans, a two-seat concept, one of four made. They were built at the behest of 6′ 6” Harley Earl, the towering showman who was General Motors’ first VP in charge of design. Continue reading “The mystery of the missing 1953 Cadillac Le Mans concept” »