When You're A Racing Driver, A 140mph Flying Door Ain't No Thang

Mike Simpson races in the British GT3 Championship in a Ginetta G55. Fighting for the lead at Brands Hatch, his car is hit by flying debris at a not inconsiderable 140mph or so. But what kind of debris, you'll ask if you didn't read the title? Well, not a mirror or a bird carcass or a Green Shell, but an entire door.… » 8/18/13 11:40am 8/18/13 11:40am

Let's start a car race for normal people

Racing is competitive. It's expensive. And you need lots of talent. Most of us have none of those things. But we like cars! We read and watch car things! We love driving! And squealing tires!

Here's my idea: A time-speed-distance style road rally with a few special stages in between at local race tracks. Mix it …
» 8/14/13 2:21pm 8/14/13 2:21pm

A Jalop's Guide to Attending the 24 Hours of Le Mans

I'm writing this while on the train from Le Mans to Paris. The 2013 race ended a few hours ago and Audi won again. Many things happened during the race, including the death of a driver, but I'm not going to dwell on that here. What I want to provide is some info on how to attend the race as a normal fan. No special… » 6/28/13 6:23pm 6/28/13 6:23pm

Show Me All the Cool Stuff About This Car

This is the Marcos Mantis XP, I don't know much about it other than it looks awesome; in fact, I don't know much about Marcos cars in general. There are a lot of strange and beautiful bits on this racecar that I'm sure have a very specific purpose or at least an interesting story. Get your geek on and tell me about… » 4/29/13 9:18am 4/29/13 9:18am

37 Reasons To Follow Jalopnik

If you're reading this it means you've made a wonderful choice or a terrible mistake. Either way, you're here and you're starting to realize it's what you've always wanted from an Internet website. You've found out there are other people just like you. Here are 37 reasons why you should like us on Facebook, follow us… » 3/14/13 12:00pm 3/14/13 12:00pm