Weekend Motorsports Roundup, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2015

Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what's going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and where you can talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend? » 1/31/15 5:05am 51 minutes ago

Ralph Lauren Barely Visits His Enormous Car Palace And That's Okay

Ralph Lauren's car collection is very nearly perfect. It holds gems like the 1930 Mercedes-Benz SSK "Comte Trossi" (pictured here), a 1955 Jaguar XKD, a McLaren F1 LM, and a Ruf CTR3. So when a lawsuit divulged that he only spends 30 hours a year in his garage, I was weirdly cool with that. » 1/30/15 10:05pm Yesterday 10:05pm

Idiot Shocked Spare Tires Aren't Standard Anymore: #BoycottCadillac

There's a valuable lesson here. No matter how dedicated you are to the cause of I Don't Know Shit About Cars, sometimes it doesn't hurt to know just a little. Alternately, you could go full freakout like Jerry Ascione, and make a big deal out of the fact that you didn't know some cars have been getting rid of spare… » 1/30/15 9:05pm Yesterday 9:05pm

Secret message found inside WW2 bullet is the end to a very funny story

August, 13, 1944. The British 8th Army occupies Florence. The Allies finally break out of Normandy. Meanwhile, somewhere in the south of Tuscany, a soldier writes this encrypted message and hides it inside a bullet. In 2015, someone found it and deciphered it. It was the end of a hilariously absurd story. » 1/30/15 8:46pm Yesterday 8:46pm

Spyker Wins Appeal, Was Never Bankrupt According To The Law

I have to hand it to Victor Muller. When they were about to get evicted, he said everything will be fine. When Spyker's creditors pushed his company into bankruptcy, he told us it's not over yet. And it turns out he wasn't bluffing. Or at least not entirely. » 1/30/15 8:35pm Yesterday 8:35pm

Deadmau5 Is Replacing The 'Purrari' With A 'Nyanborghini Purracan'

American Canadian hero Deadmau5 isn't going to let a lame cease-and-desist order kill his love for memes, exotic cars, or grating puns. After Ferrari quashed his 458 Italia "Purrari," the EDM artist announced on Twitter he's replacing it with a Lamborghini Huracan in Nyan Cat livery. Not bad! » 1/30/15 7:35pm Yesterday 7:35pm

Why South American Truck Culture Just Might Be Better Than Ours

Here in the US, we've got some pretty great pickups and 4WD vehicles to choose from. We've also got plenty of cool communities to go on off-road adventures with. But after a month of driving trucks around South America, I'm starting to think they do trucks even better. Here's why. » 1/30/15 7:05pm Yesterday 7:05pm

This Is What It Looks Like To Land The Gargantuan C-5 Galaxy

The Lockheed C-5 Galaxy is the largest western military aircraft ever built, and fully loaded it can weigh nearly a million pounds. One of the most amazing, and troublesome, of its components are its finicky landing gear, especially the twin truck nose gear that kneels so cargo can be loaded via the Galaxy's front… » 1/30/15 6:35pm Yesterday 6:35pm

Of Course Flyin' Miata Will Stick A V8 Into The New Miata

"IT DOESN'T HAVE ENOUGH OF TEH POWER!!!1!" the naysayers will scream about the 2016 Mazda Miata, even though it sounds like an absolute delight as well as a marvel of modern weight-saving and engineering. But for the people who always want more, Flyin' Miata says they'll have them covered. » 1/30/15 5:12pm Yesterday 5:12pm

You Should Never Ever Ever Purchase A Manufacturer Buyback Vehicle

From time to time someone asks me what happens to all those lemons the manufacturers buy back from my clients. Or, sometimes, "Should I purchase a manufacturer buyback vehicle?" The answer – based on 23 years of work in the field – is a Taylor Swift-esque Never Ever Ever. » 1/30/15 4:58pm Yesterday 4:58pm

eBay Challenge: The Best Four-Cylinder Cars For Less Than $4,000

What happens when you want great fuel economy, rock solid reliability, and don't want to sublet a kidney for it? You buy a four-cylinder, that's what, jabroni. This week's challenge is to find the absolute best four-cylinder cars money can buy for less than a $4,000 budget on eBay. Bonus points if they're all one… » 1/30/15 4:50pm Yesterday 4:50pm

Water Skiing In An Airplane Is The Ultimate Aquatic Thrill

If you've ever wanted to experience the feeling of gliding on the surface of the water, but don't have skis, a rope, or even a boat, just jump into a Piper Cub, grab a few buddies and get wet with the formation airplane water skiing craze. Watch as this trio of pilots demonstrate how to use hydroplaning to their… » 1/30/15 4:35pm Yesterday 4:35pm

The Best Batman Ever Drove A Custom Atari-Equipped '71 T-Bird

I can't believe I never heard of this guy until very recently. I can't believe most of us haven't heard of this guy. Because Willie Perry may just be the closest thing we've ever had to an actual, no-joke super hero. Like Batman, he had no made-up powers; unlike Batman, he wasn't rich. But he had the badass car, and… » 1/30/15 4:11pm Yesterday 4:11pm

A Better List of the Automotive Instagram Accounts You Must Follow


Instagram is a fun, especially if you love cars. It became widespread initially from the social aspect of sharing photos with friends, but I think it's maintained momentum because, along the way, it's become a legitimately creative medium. A few months back, Chris Perkins wrote a post about automotive Instagram… » 1/30/15 3:49pm Yesterday 3:49pm

Get An Extra $100 Off The Epic 3DRobotics IRIS+ Quadcopter Drone

If Richard Branson is involved, chances are it's pretty cool. For a little while, Deadspin readers can get an additional $100 off the IRIS+ Super Drone (plus free shipping) with the coupon code "100flight" . This is the lowest price available on a very high end consumer drone that does it all. » 1/29/15 4:30pm Thursday 4:30pm