Why We Owe The Indy 500 And Modern Interstate To A Crazy Bike Salesman

There are many individuals who deserve credit for the modern American interstate (who aren't named Dwight Eisenhower), but Carl Fisher might be the most entertaining. Excerpted from Earl Swift's "The Big Roads," here's the story of the man who helped bring us stunt advertising, the Indy 500, car headlights, and the… » 4/08/14 12:20pm 4/08/14 12:20pm

Happy Birthday To The Father Of The Most Powerful F1 Engines

It's not only Jack Brabham's birthday this week, but also Paul Rosche's, and guess what the two of them came up with in the early eighties? The Brabham BMW BT52 with a 1.5 turbo engine that gave Nelson Piquet the Formula One World Championship title in 1983. » 4/03/14 2:40pm 4/03/14 2:40pm

A Flamethrower Option For Your BMW Was Once A Totally Real Thing

It's pretty easy to feel spoiled by car options today. Ass-heaters and coolers, satellite-based navigation, 360° cameras, demote start, and lots more stuff that would have been sci-fi a decade ago are now common. Even so, all those gizmos look like toys compared to an amazing option of the late 90s: a flamethrower. » 3/19/14 12:40pm 3/19/14 12:40pm

The Original Volkswagen Beetle GSR Was Denounced As A Hooligan's Car

I'm an unapologetic fan of the redesigned Volkswagen Beetle, and if I owned one, it would almost certainly be the striking yellow and black Beetle GSR. I like it even more now that I know about its crazy heritage. » 3/18/14 4:00pm 3/18/14 4:00pm

Are These Handmade Race Cars Porsche's Missing Links?

Everyone knows the Porsche company's origin story, right? He designed a "People's Car" for that guy everyone gets compared to on the Internet, a racing version was made before WWII but never used, and then after the war he built the first real Porsche sports car in a Austrian garage. But something's missing in the middle … » 2/25/14 3:00pm 2/25/14 3:00pm

This Dutch Auto Plant Has Produced Many Different Cars

The history of carmaking in The Netherlands is can pretty much be summed up by one acronym: DAF. They built some interesting cars before that division of the company was bought by Volvo. But that DAF plant in Born has turned out an odd string of vehicles for almost 50 years. » 2/21/14 9:00pm 2/21/14 9:00pm

The Ten Greatest Engine Designers In Automotive History

Geniuses like Nikolaus Otto and Rudolf Diesel came up with the bases of internal combustion and industrialists like Soichiro Honda built whole companies on brilliant engine designs. Still, it's these ten engineers who got the closest to engine perfection. » 2/10/14 11:00am 2/10/14 11:00am

The First Fatal Car Accident In The World Was Earlier Than You Think

You might think that the first fatal car crash would be after Karl Benz built his famous Patent Motorwagen in 1886, but the first fatal car accident is generally recognized as the death of the scientist Mary Ward in 1869. Amazingly, there might be a fatal accident decades before that. » 1/22/14 3:20pm 1/22/14 3:20pm