After finally saving up for his dream car, a first-generation Acura NSX, Fred Plan wasn’t about to let it sit idle in some garage. He ended up putting a whole lot more mileage on the car than he’d planned, but his story’s a great example of “if you treat a car right, it’ll be good to you right back.”
Imagine rolling up to your high school reunion on a golden throne carried by your servants, like some pharaoh who thinks he’s a living god. That was the glorious awkwardness parking the Mercedes G500 4x4² at a Denny’s. That was only the beginning of a surreal weekend at the infamous Mint 400 off-road race with this…
Is an E36 BMW or a Lexus IS300 a better drivable tuner car? How many Jeep tattoos is too many? Why are off-road sports cars so hot right now? All this and more discussed on this week’s Smoking Tire podcast, featuring Jalopnik!
Acclaimed car nerds Freddy “Tavarish” Hernandez, Jeff Glucker, Chris Hayes and myself sat down around a few microphones to talk about off-road adventures, Freddy’s insane car collection and a few other bits of automotive news. Enjoy it right here right now!
AT Overland’s new Tacoma Habitat package looks like a really elegant solution for off-road camping comfort without the mass of a full-on RV.
The Trophy Lite we rented to race the 2015 Baja 1000 left it all on the course. Literally. If you think that looks harsh, you should read what it felt like to ride in the thing. [Image via the author]
Twelve hours in, I lost the last scraps of sanity.
The 2016 Nitto Tire King Of The Hammers is raging in Johnson Valley, California right this second and will be going strong through February 6th. If you’re interested in things that go fast, make noise, crash a lot and get driven by the same guys who build ‘em, you’re going to want to see this.
Royal Enfield is India’s main motorcycle brand. It’s known for cute quirks like odd shifter placement and reliably falling apart. But the slick-looking manageably-sized on-road/off-road Himalayan might be worth overlooking some shortcomings for.
Matt Farah and his gang of miscreants at The Smoking Tire have made a sequel to their road-trip epic All Cars Go To Heaven and it’s coming out on Christmas. This trailer is a peak at “what you do when there are no adults around,” and you’ve got three terrible but wonderful cars for an 819 mile road trip from hell.
Where we’re going we don’t need roads. Couple spare quarts of oil might be wise, though. [Image: John Y. Can/Flickr]
Of course the headline is hyperbolic; we should all have vast fleets of wheels for every possible activity. But that’s not always realistic, and a bike that can do a little bit of everything has a lot of appeal. That’s what I’m trying to build with my latest project: this single-cylinder dirt bike.
The Baja 1000: hardcore off-road vehicles racing each other, fighting a fiercely hostile landscape. Jumps, powerslides, awesomeness. Also hours of being jostled around a steel cage and pissing into a bag taped to your leg. Wish us luck!
Six men are driving 1,500 horses across a Mexican wasteland. On a tight schedule to make town, they’ll cut though plenty of danger, dust and drinking before the week’s out. It’s not a John Wayne movie, it’s a Baja prerun—the drive ahead of a huge off-road race. If you think the west isn’t wild anymore, this will…
Joel Ramer and his girlfriend got stuck off-roading this old Jeep Cherokee on a powerline road in Walpole, Massachusetts last week. Seems egregious that he was arrested for trespassing and disturbing the peace, but the $48,000 recovery charge is downright offensive.
An educated full-time employee of a extremely high-paying company would rather live in a ten-year-old van in his office parking lot than pay San Francisco rent. How’s your apartment hunt going?
I woke up naked and freezing, stretched around a heater like some desperate, heat-starved lizard with a headache so strong I was sure I’d been put to sleep by a frying pan to the face. A typical morning—until I noticed the Rocky Mountains instead of my Babes & Big Rigs calendar in the window. Welcome to van life.
In the stale air of a AAA office, I looked up from a poorly-cut paper pamphlet to the dead eyes of the old man handing it to me. “This can’t be legit,” I said as I flipped through my newly-minted International Driving Permit. Yet, incredibly, it was. Here’s your definitive guide to the absurd (but real) IDP.
Jaguar reestablished itself as a car company worth caring about with the F-Type sports car and the upcoming XE sport sedan. Now they’re trying to turn that sparkle into real money by making the larger 2016 XF sedan distinctive, but practical enough to be a real rival to the Germans. I think it’s close.
The 2016 Dakar Rally, an extreme off-road endurance challenge spanning multiple countries and thousands of miles, was supposed to start in Peru. But weather there’s predicted to be so bad that the entire race had to be changed. At least the new route looks somewhat spectator-friendly.