Get Out of the Way: A History of How Ambulance Lights Save Lives

For as ear-piercing as ambulance sirens are, you’d think they’d be better alert systems. Truth is: they’re shockingly ineffective. Drivers register the sound only at close proximity and at very low speeds. Guessing from which direction the ambulance will appear is always tricky, too—especially when the new Daft Punk is … » 6/06/13 2:19pm 6/06/13 2:19pm

Woman Used Ambulance Like a Taxi, Ignoring the Social Contract

The social contract is a sacred thing, and, in the vacuum of constant police surveillance in which most people carry on with their daily-chores, we count on strangers to follow a few unstated or quietly stated rules that help society run with greater efficiency. Don’t sneeze into a crowd of people with one’s mouth… » 4/28/13 9:39pm 4/28/13 9:39pm

Wildlife Control Ambulance, Fiat 500, And Chevy Vega Kammback Down On…

This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition » 10/01/08 4:20pm 10/01/08 4:20pm, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the . Today we've got an odd trio of cars spotted in the vicinity of Prospect Park in Brooklyn by . There's a very rusty '68 Cadillac ambulance with a cryptic "Wildlife Control" theme, a…

Ten Best Tailgating Vehicles

The season for tossing around the pigskin and gorging yourself on pig products in the shadow of stadiums is here, and in that spirit we've identified the ten best vehicles for serious tailgating. With the help of our grill-happy readers » 9/26/08 3:00pm 9/26/08 3:00pm we've put together a list of cars, trucks and vans that meet the requirements for…

PCH, Yankenwagen Me, Krankenwagen Me Edition

We've got a virtual tie in the Playboy Jimmy Versus Heap-O-Triumphs Choose Your Eternity poll, and that's just how we like it. To get such a split, we need to pick two vehicles that trigger roughly equivalent "I must have that!" and "get thee behind me, Satan!" reactions, and today we're shooting for that split with… » 11/21/07 5:30pm 11/21/07 5:30pm

Who Shall Wear The Ambulance Hell Project Crown?

Saab-O-Maniac SeanKHotay won our last PCHPC vote, but now dculberson has stepped up in an attempt to unseat Belvedere Adrian, owner of the '58 Plymouth Ambulance, to take the Ambulance Hell Project trophy for his own! He's got a '66 Pontiac Superior Consort that looks like a never-ending nightmare quite a refreshing… » 10/26/07 2:30pm 10/26/07 2:30pm


We mentioned our Belvedere-loving friend with the '57 Plymouth ambulance in the Choose Your Eternity Ambulance Edition post, and now he's handed over some photos of his personal Hell Project. It doesn't run, it's rusty, and it's missing all the special ambulance gear... but just imagine this thing with a Cross Ram 413… » 10/16/07 12:30pm 10/16/07 12:30pm

Project Car Hell, Caddy Ambulance Edition: '49 or '68?

In the agonizing choice between Italian style and American truckcar goodness, our readers tend to prefer an eternity spent with the three '59 El Caminos to one spent with three '73 Fiats, though the race was pretty close- more Dewey Versus Truman than Mondale Versus Reagan. Today, the choices are inspired by our… » 10/09/07 5:30pm 10/09/07 5:30pm

Dodge M43 Ambulance

I'm not sure what's up with this neighborhood in Alameda's East End, but the streets have quite a few military vehicles parked in front of Craftsman bungalows. In addition to this Air Force ambulance, there's the Pinzgauer, the Ford GPW Jeep, and another couple of war-wagons I haven't posted yet. Is is some sort of… » 8/24/07 9:00am 8/24/07 9:00am

Keep Her Away from J.J. and Victor!

Speaking, as we were, of good ol' ThnderBlt, we noticed that one of his classmates from his rather chichi and exclusive high school made the news recently when she got all hepped up on a booze/Aleve cocktail and stole an ambulance on the Stanford campus. Two paramedics had a drunken student on a stretcher when law… » 6/11/07 7:30pm 6/11/07 7:30pm

Pull Over! Here Comes the Cayennebulance!

Assuming that Germans aren't content to use ambulances derived from sluggish vans or boring station wagons for hauling the sick and injured, Porsche has had a crew of interns create this Cayenne ambulance. If this thing actually makes it into service, we're hoping the drivers will get hefty bonuses for every second… » 5/10/07 5:30pm 5/10/07 5:30pm