A Bad Driver's Guide To Crashing Your Car In The Snow

As a person who has crashed a number of cars in a number of situations, let me tell you that I have never found a better way to wreck than in the snow. » 3/04/15 12:38pm 3/04/15 12:38pm

Baja Bugs Are Still Crazy Affordable

I bought an old lifted VW Beetle two years ago because it was cheap. Cheap to buy and cheap to own. As it turns out, Baja Bugs are still crazy affordable. » 2/10/15 4:27pm 2/10/15 4:27pm

Hell Is Street-Parking Two Broken Cars In Manhattan

I have long been a proponent of owning old and classic cars, that life isn't so bad driving what the rest of the world might think of as a clunker or an old jalopy. I was wrong. » 9/25/14 9:00pm 9/25/14 9:00pm

Learning Fast And Loose At Rally School In My Baja Bug

"It's tippy-er than I thought it'd be," Wyatt says. It's unclear if he means that the car turns in faster than he expected, or if the car feels like it's going to roll over. I get the sense he means the latter. » 7/03/14 2:45pm 7/03/14 2:45pm

On Dangerous Roads

I looked over my shoulder and all there was was darkness. Sheet rain was falling and the road was only slick where it wasn't flooded. I was just cresting a mountain up on New Hampshire state highway 16, and Death was riding in the passenger seat. » 6/26/14 2:05pm 6/26/14 2:05pm

[Here we see a wild Baja Bug far outside its natural desert habitat. This vehicle was spotted in the Pennsylvania forest near the running of the STPR round of the Rally America championship. Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove] » 6/02/14 10:32pm 6/02/14 10:32pm

I Fixed My Car's Headlight And Now I Am The World's Greatest Wrench

Did your car's engine just explode? Did your truck have a critical axle failure? Don't worry, as the world's greatest mechanic, I can repair it. Why? Because I just fixed my car's headlight, ALL BY MYSELF. » 6/02/14 6:45pm 6/02/14 6:45pm

I Rolled My Dream Car, A 1973 Baja Bug: Part II

I close the door and take a step back. Thick black smoke is coughing out of the back of my car, staining a pile of snow behind. I'm in an impound lot in some town I don't know the name of, my car is sagging to one side, and it's shaking pretty bad at idle. "See?" I pronounce, not without a great deal of bitterness in… » 4/18/14 3:00pm 4/18/14 3:00pm

[Here are a couple mechanics hanging out and eating mangoes after work at Willets Point behind my car, yesterday. The city continues its plan to close up all these people's shops to fix up the Mets' Madoff losses.] » 4/17/14 10:13am 4/17/14 10:13am

You can now sign the "Petition Gawker to petition Jalopnik to petition Raphael Orlove to release part two of his Baja Bug story." Get to it right here. Come on people, Obama's not going to read this without your help! » 4/03/14 6:06pm 4/03/14 6:06pm

Why Yes You Can Drive A Baja Bug Covered In Snow

Question: half a foot of snow falls on New York City. My car is an air-cooled Baja Bug. Can I drive my car even when the engine is covered in powder? Answer: yes. Very much yes. » 1/23/14 2:20pm 1/23/14 2:20pm

Why You Should Run Autocross Even If Your Car Is A Hunk Of Crap

Autocross: is it just an excuse to talk about buying swaybars? No! It's an extremely cheap way to do excitingly stupid things in your car, even if your car is a hunk of crap like mine. » 1/21/14 4:00pm 1/21/14 4:00pm

What Lesson Did You Learn This Year About Keeping Your Car Alive?

With the year coming to a close, it's a good time to think back and ask yourself, how the hell is my old hooptie still on the road? » 12/31/13 11:30am 12/31/13 11:30am

Forget Speed And Style -- There's Only One Thing I Want From A Car

Lots of people think that the faster a car is, the better it must be. That's not the case. Some people just want style over everything else. Mistake. There are those who think that handling is the ultimate automotive qualifier. Wrong. » 11/14/13 4:00pm 11/14/13 4:00pm

I Rolled My Dream Car, A 1973 Baja Bug

I could feel one wheel dangling in the air. Then everything started to heave over. I thought I could just throw my weight across the passenger seat to stop the car, but gravity didn't care. 'Shit,' I thought, 'I just rolled the Bug.' » 10/29/13 12:01pm 10/29/13 12:01pm