I’ve always felt one of the most unsung contributions to motoring was the introduction of the full-hood identifying graphic, first seen on the Pontiac Firebird starting in 1970. While many people may find these Screaming Chickens cheesy or campy, I’m certain more cars would benefit from similar treatments. Here, let…
Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner is back with a second part to his “Disintegrating” series featuring classic model supercars “exploded” to dramatically reveal all the tiny, beautiful parts of the car. The photos are what I imagine engineers daydream about, and I can’t stop staring at them.
I’ve found some pretty great things inside the little plastic capsule inside a Kinder Surprise Egg, but I don’t think anything beats the contents of this particular capsule: a tiny, working paper V8 engine that runs on compressed air. It’s pretty astounding.
Our pals over at Carwow convinced one of their artists, Yasid, to mock up a bunch of rally cars. Not just any rally cars, though — the goal was to take the modern re-births of cars that once had rich rallying history (well, mostly), and see how their modern interpretations would look in full rally kit. I think the…
Artist Max Siedentopf prowls the streets of Amsterdam at night, armed with masking tape and cardboard. He waits. He watches. When he sees his prey, he springs into action. His prey are boring cars, and his action is making them into supercars.
Perhaps surprisingly, I was an Art History major in college. And while the massive ‘curator boom’ never really seemed to happen, I don’t regret my choice of major, and even find it coming in handy. Like today, when I get to share with you what may very well be the first POV painting from inside a car.
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.
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…
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…
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…
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.
It’s a sad day for anyone interested in the intersection between art and automobiles, because artist Chris Burden died last night of a malignant melanoma. Burden was 69, and in both his automotive work and otherwise, is someone who has inspired me a great deal.
Remember the guy who made that amazing poster of all those famous movie cars? He has a clean-line, fun style and a great eye for the character of a car? Right, him. Scott Park. Anyway, he's now made a poster of the first 88 cars you see in the BTTF series, and it's fantastic.
[One of my favorite art cars is this Group A E30, painted by Australian Ken Done. Photo: BMW]
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…
If this 1968 Dodge Charger manual was real, this would easily go down in history as the baddest-ass owner's manual in all of human culture. Sadly, it's not, but that doesn't mean we can't take a moment to really appreciate it.
You want to know how to septuple the value of a Suzuki? Easy! Do what Reddit user Senekafalls did and cleverly convert your rear wiper into the benevolent, waving image of Nicolas Cage, where it can spread beauty and joy across a nation that so desperately needs it.
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.
I've been trying to hunt down some firsts for cars in various artistic media — first painting of a car, first photo, and so on. I haven't had much luck so far, but I do think I have the answer to at least one subset: I think this is the first color photograph of a car.