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It Works! You Can Play Giant Pole Position With A Lancia

Last night was the big night — I unveiled my installation at the Indianpolis Museum of Art, and I’m pleased to say it worked, finally answering the old question “can you play Pole Position using a clapped-out old Lancia?” I’m happy to say the answer is yes. I’m sure you’re all quite relieved. » 8/07/15 4:00pm 8/07/15 4:00pm

Hear Me Talk About Cars, And Playing Old Video Games With Real Cars

I’m excited to say that today is the opening of my installation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art: an old (and now pixelated) Lancia that I’ve rigged up to play the old video game Pole Position on actual 1982 hardware, on a huge screen in an amphitheater. And before that, I’ll be talking about cars, and you can watch… » 8/06/15 3:40pm 8/06/15 3:40pm

I'm Having A Lancia Pixelated And You're All Invited To Drive It

You may recall a few months ago when I told you I was going to be making a colossal installation of the 8-bit driving game Pole Position that you play using an actual car. Notably, I wasn’t lying — the installation will open August 6, and, even better, the car used to control it is an ‘82 Lancia Zagato — that’s being… » 8/03/15 8:00pm 8/03/15 8:00pm

Owner Of Bisected Aventador Wants To Sell His Car Halves For Art

Okay, time to pull out that folder in your file cabinet — the big gray one, not the little black one — labelled CARS, HALVED and find the printout of our story from 2013 about a Lamborghini Aventador that was split in half in a wreck. Well, it looks like things are finally settled, and the owner wants the two halves… » 8/03/15 2:17pm 8/03/15 2:17pm

This Is How Google's Dreaming Robot Sees Cars

Ever since Google revealed Deep Dream, a neural-network (you know, like the Terminator) visualization tool that takes normal images and turns them into recursive, creepy, cyber-Hironomous Bosch hellscapes, I’ve wanted to see how it would affect images of cars. And now I know. And I’m not sure if I’ll sleep again.… » 7/13/15 4:02pm 7/13/15 4:02pm

VW's Only Officially-Approved Christmas Story Has A Jolly Green Beetle

Back in the '60s, Volkswagen was eager to corner the under-12 market. They were in a good position: the Beetle, looking like a giant toy, was appealing to kids, so they just needed to sweeten the pot a bit and get the kids into dealers. That's why they made special holiday books like this. Too bad kids are always… » 12/24/14 12:00pm 12/24/14 12:00pm

Check Out The Amazing Evolution Of F1 As Shown Through A Kid's Toys

I can't believe I haven't seen this already; it was first shown before the 2013 Brazil GP, and shows the evolution of F1 through a child's toy cars, on a kid-built playroom-rug track. I'm pretty sure it uses either some powerful magic or CG for the transitions, but the effect is fantastic. » 11/03/14 4:57pm 11/03/14 4:57pm

VW's Ads Were Once Gloriously Delusional

Before VW's famous, understated and witty DDB ad campain from the '60s, they weren't that different from any car maker when it came to advertising. That means they didn't necessarily feel so restricted by pesky, silly ideas like "the picture of the car looks like the one you're selling." As a result, early ads were...… » 9/30/14 8:00pm 9/30/14 8:00pm

Have Some Interesting Car-Drawing Tips From A Guy Who Drew Dick Tracy

I love drawing cars, and I also love watching other people draw cars. Which is probably why I find these sketches from Richard Fletcher, the man who assisted and drew the Dick Tracy comic strip from 1961-1983. Cars weren't the focus of the strip, but it's interesting to see how they were dealt with. » 8/20/14 10:00pm 8/20/14 10:00pm