This Ad For The Brickyard 400 Is The Greatest NASCAR Ad Of All Time

One of the great joys in life is getting to see evidence that someone has gone irretrievably, delightfully insane. Or, in this case, mensane, as in insane from over-saturation in insane men musk, which the Brickyard seems to be laden with. The mensanity evidence is all in this ad for Indianapolis Motor Speedway. » 7/22/14 1:09pm Today 1:09pm

Triumph Once Tried To Sell Their Cars As Furniture Replacements

Remember when you were a little kid, and how happy your racecar bed made you? Sure you do. Why should you have to give that up now that you're an adult in a tuxedo with an untied bow tie and a sexy lady in underwear waiting for you? You shouldn't, says 1970s Triumph. Not if you have a TR7! » 5/28/14 10:00pm 5/28/14 10:00pm

This Is Still The Best Ad For A Driving Game Ever

I'll be honest — I think we covered this way back in 2006, but I don't really care. This ridiculous commercial always feels good to trot out. There's the unrepentant '80s-ness of it, and the amazing realization that a "corporate executive" at one time would have driven a 4-door Rabbit. And, of course, there's the… » 5/06/14 11:00pm 5/06/14 11:00pm

What Chinese Carmakers Can Learn From Dumb Starbucks

Right around the corner from my house, Dumb Starbucks opened up. And it's practically all I've heard about all weekend. This was a bit alarming to me, as I'm accustomed to being the subject whenever "dumb" was discussed in my neighborhood. Like most people, I think there's a lesson here for Chinese carmakers. » 2/10/14 4:20pm 2/10/14 4:20pm

Here's An Exclusive Preview Of Mad Magazine's Fake Hybrid Ad

As a former adolescent male, I spent a lot of my non-masturbating teenage years reading Mad magazine. In fact, I think I first learned what the Watergate scandal was from Mad. So when Mad offered us a chance to have an exclusive preview of their next issue's hybrid car ad parody, I leapt at it. » 10/11/13 3:32pm 10/11/13 3:32pm

When Oldsmobile Claimed To Be Better Than God

Sure, God, you did pretty well with most of that nature stuff you made — flowers are sure pretty and, man, are anchovies tasty. But let's be honest here, you made some pretty big screw-ups as well. Like putting brains, of all things, inside horse skulls. What were you thinking, Almighty? Oldsmobile would like to know. » 9/19/13 5:30pm 9/19/13 5:30pm

Why Do Car Ads Show Car Salesmen As Subhuman Slaves?

There's something strange going on in car advertising. Something I don't believe we've seen before. It's a recent trend in car advertising to portray car salesmen as weak-willed, easily cowed, broken men, and customers as gleeful, sadistic exploiters of other people's fear. The more you think about it, the stranger… » 8/15/13 4:00pm 8/15/13 4:00pm

Just Look At These Lovely Illustrations From a 1968 Ad For Car…

Long before Photoshop and Illustrator and all of the many powerful photo manipulation, illustration, and layout software we have today was available, people publishing magazines had two choices: look like crap or have lots of talent. And there were plenty of examples of both. But today I'd like to focus on just one… » 3/29/13 3:46pm 3/29/13 3:46pm

Unholy Child of BMW 2002 and Chevy C-10 Truck Appears In New Ameritrade…

After seeing those bizarro-world disguised Silver Shadows in that Grey Poupon commercial a few weeks back, we Jalops have been hyper-aware of the secret underworld of car-identity modification. Our very own Mike Spinelli found this excellent freak-mobile while closely scrutinizing commercials for secret coded… » 3/12/13 4:28pm 3/12/13 4:28pm

Why Was Lincoln Hiring Schlubs For Their Ads In 1969?

The other day Raphael showed me this old ad for a Lincoln Continental Mark III. It was right after he wrote the article about the lovely and occasionally naked rally driver, Inessa Tushkanova. He was still overcome by all the humid eroticism of all those pictures of her, and felt that a post about what must be… » 1/30/13 3:00pm 1/30/13 3:00pm

Let's Hijack Lincoln's Terrible Jimmy Fallon Ad And Actually Talk About…

Oh, Lincoln. Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincoln. Of the eight car companies named for presidents, you're still one of the two remaining (and related to, since the other is Ford), but I'm really afraid for your future. To many of us watching, it's looks like you've just sat down to watch Our American Cousin in Ford's Theater,… » 12/05/12 4:00pm 12/05/12 4:00pm