Turbo could be the sweetest surprise of the summer

Every once in a while, there's an animated film that has a totally bizarre premise, which should not work at all. And yet, the result is actually kind of great. Gnomeo and Juliet was one such movie, and so is Turbo, the story of a snail that wants to be a race car. Turbo could be the summer's most pleasant surprise. » 7/17/13 11:20am 7/17/13 11:20am

The First TV Show About Driving Video Games Was Even Worse Than You…

Back in the '80s, when video games first really became a force in popular culture, society went on a sort of massive video-game themed bender and video gamed up everything they could get their hands on, from music to breakfast cereal to TV shows. One of the first really popular driving games, Pole Position, wasn't… » 3/25/13 1:15pm 3/25/13 1:15pm

How To Breathe Out Of A Tire And Prove Mythbusters Wrong

As many of you know, Jalopnik employs some very sophisticated user-monitoring software, so we know all about you. Which is why I feel confident in saying that, based on your demographic data, most Jalopnik readers will likely drive their cars deliberately into a lake, pool or other body of water at some point. And, as… » 3/14/12 12:00pm 3/14/12 12:00pm

How To Make A Quick And Dirty Emergency USB-To-Cigarette Lighter Socket

Okay, here's what's happened: You had to get out of town, fast. Maybe you just need a break, maybe you need to clear out while things blows over. Who knows. Point is, you're in your car, heading out onto a nice long stretch of nothing, when it hits you: You forgot your phone car charger. You have your dock/data… » 3/02/12 1:30pm 3/02/12 1:30pm

How Pixar screwed up cartoon cars for a generation of kids

Normally, I wouldn't want to bring up something of this gravity during the holidays, but I have to take a firm stand on an issue that's been bothering me for a long while. I've sat by long enough and did nothing while wrongs were committed, on greater and greater scales. But no more. Today I make my stand. Here goes: » 12/26/11 12:45pm 12/26/11 12:45pm

Valveater And Shot Wheels: Wacky Packages For Gearheads

Any American who was a kid in the early-to-mid-70s can tell you all about Wacky Packages, those bubble-gum trading card/stickers that represented everything that was good and true in life, with their puerile-yet-insightful humor and Art Spiegelman illustrations. Each series had a single super-rare card; I recall an… » 3/21/07 10:05am 3/21/07 10:05am