In 1945, an American soldier gave my Grandpa—who was then an eight-year-old living in Southern Germany—a ride in a World War II Jeep. That short trip changed my grandpa’s life forever, beginning a chain of events that led him to vow never to drive an automobile for as long as he lives.
I always think of NYC as the anti-car city. The traffic is terrible. The roads are terrible. Street parking is a scam and parking garages are too. But some incredible cars hide out here.
Jonathan Corbett from New York loves his Subaru WRX STI. But he loves his daughter more. In what comes off at first as a typical Craigslist ad, he closes by mentioning the car for sale is to raise money for stem cell therapy that he hopes will help heal his 5-year-old daughter’s brain, which suffered damage during…
Little kid brains are amazing things. I’ve worked with one for some time now, and am always amazed how good they are at data storage, and how terrible they are at making decisions that don’t end up with liquids flung around a room. This little guy here, though, is a great example of how incredible kids are at visual…
Sometimes it’s not easy being an ’80s and ’90s car enthusiast. Many car shows still cut eligibility at 1973. Cars and Coffees often devolve into supercar one-upmanship and dyno sheet saber rattling. Aftermarket support for restoration varies while available modifications often erase all vestiges of period correct…
If you saw this old guy in his little white Focus driving by, it’s possible you may wonder why he has one of those sports-eyeglass headband things on. Does the poor fella lose his glasses a lot? No, motherfucker: he needs those because he headbangs to Metallica like an absolute madman.
Jamie Orr decided he was going to save this ultra-rare Volkswagen Golf Harlequin from a junkyard. One of the most beloved cars that VW ever made, the Harlequin deserved better. The only problem was that it was 3,000 miles away. Well, that wasn’t the only problem.
Car companies and industry analysts often refer to cars as “units” when discussing things like monthly sales, assembly plant capacities and dealer inventories. It is the most boring, emotionless term ever used to describe automobiles, and I can’t stand it.
Fifty strangers were lined up to spray paint my car.
This is something I remember very clearly. I was just a kid, sitting the backseat of my parents’ car, driving along the Garden State Parkway when, suddenly, it started to pour. It was already kind of overcast and then the rain started. No big deal. Naturally, traffic slowed.
You may not look at the Mazda Miata-based Fiat 124 Spider and say, “Viva l’italia!” But why would you? It’s a Japanese car sold by an Italian-American company. But when I drove one for the first time, something strange happened. I think I found the automotive embodiment of myself: energetic, easy to beat up, made here…
In our first installment on the 2017 Motor Fan Festa, I took you through one of Japan’s newest and most enticing car events held each year at Fuji Speedway. It’s also host to one of the biggest meets in the world for cars built by famous tuner company Liberty Walk. Before I talk about that, I want to talk about Dank.
It’s called Hupkonzert, and we have no English equivalent. The meaning is fantastic, and it’s perfect for the summer.
I have taken too many rides in cars with drivers who don’t check their blind spots when changing lanes. On the highway. At 80 miles an hour. Maybe the problem is the term “blind spot” isn’t serious enough.
Jalopnik’s own Managing Editor Erin Marquis just bought a new car. She loves it dearly, but it has already caused a problem for her. It’s a problem that we should have a word for, but don’t.
You’re a lover of cars, right? Of course you are. That means you care more deeply about cars than the average poor, misguided bastard who just doesn’t understand how wonderful cars are. That’s also why each of these images, in their own subtle way, is going to hurt you. Inside. Deeply. I’m sorry.
There is no good reason to rely on Frank Ocean. Frank Ocean does things his own way, on his own schedule. He’s not here for you. Frank Ocean is here for himself and his art. Also for laying the overplayed matte black car trend to rest. Finally. I hope.
Recent political changes in Cuba, including expanded accessibility to personal transportation and loosening restrictions of trade and tourism with the U.S., have put a fresh light on the country’s car scene. Popular YouTube channel Mighty Car Mods just released a beautiful documentary on the culture, the people and…
Take a car. Give it bigger off-road tires. Rip stuff off the body if you need to. Add a roof rack, some aggro exterior parts and get it ready for the apocalypse. You’ve made your car into a Battle Car, our latest obsession around these parts.