The Amazing Decorated Trucks Of India

One of the most striking things an American will notice on India's highways is how almost all their cargo seems to be transported by these lavishly decorated and slightly ramshackle large trucks. They're everywhere, often overloaded to twice their normal height, and barrelling down the road with a gleeful disregard… » 2/18/13 3:57pm 2/18/13 3:57pm

Tesla Road Trip - Going from Point A to Point B is Only Half the Battle

If we take the headline gist of the NY Times article – Tesla Model S Bricks in travel from DC to Boston – then yes @TeslaRoadTrip and XanderWalker proved him wrong.  If you really get into the article though, there are issues that XanderWalker barely touches on that are not disproven, and more so when you learn more… » 2/18/13 3:26pm 2/18/13 3:26pm

This Is What A Spy Plane Eye Chart Looks Like From The Air

There's a good chance that a surveillance satellite is taking pictures of your neighborhood right now, but you'll never know it's there. It's way too high above the Earth's surface to be seen by the naked eye. But there's something here on the ground that helped develop those satellites into the highly precise… » 2/18/13 3:00pm 2/18/13 3:00pm

Air Force Pararescue Jumpers Dive Out Of Helicopters Into Hell

If you ever find yourself lost behind enemy lines with no hope of getting past the bad guys, over the lines, and to the safety of your own people, you're pretty well stuffed. For military pilots, this scenario is a distinct possibility. That's why the Air Force has crews of pararescue jumpers to fly into all sorts of… » 2/18/13 2:29pm 2/18/13 2:29pm

Museum of the US Air Force - Restoration Facility Photo Dump

My family and I flew up to Dayton for a couple of days to check out the Air Force Museum.  When we arrived we signed up for the presidential hangar bus trip and I signed up as a standby for the restoration facility tour. They only get 44 people over there once a week, so this was a rare opportunity. Amazingly enough I… » 2/18/13 1:18pm 2/18/13 1:18pm

Watch Your Ass, Someone Might Steal Your Tailgate

It's pretty easy to remove the tailgate from most trucks. All you have to do is pull the handle, flip the gate halfway down, and pull it off the tabs. Theives have picked up on that, and according to statistics from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, tailgate theft is up 18 percent this year. Since 2006, 1,345… » 2/18/13 12:53pm 2/18/13 12:53pm

Driving India's Jeep In A Desert Rally Without The Burden Of Skill

I knew I wanted to drive a Thar long before I had any idea I'd ever get to India. I was interested because it's one of the best automotive examples of evolution to an environment. Think of it this way: both the Thar and the Jeep we Americans know and love started with the same source: the WWII-era Willys Jeep. This… » 2/18/13 12:00pm 2/18/13 12:00pm

How To Get Your Tickets To The Second Jalopnik Film Festival

The Second Annual Jalopnik Film Festival is even bigger and better than last year, with a mixture of never-before-seen films from some of the most respected names in the car world and work from up-and-comers across two nights in New York City on November 5th and 6th. Tickets for sale HERE on Blipshift and full details… » 10/06/14 2:05pm 10/06/14 2:05pm