The original Mini, introduced in 1959, is an automotive icon on the level of the Volkswagen Beetle. When it finally ceased production in October 2000, its successor had very large shoes to fill.
A photoshopped expression of frustration made for me by a member of a Facebook Miata Club, upon having seen my car post-wreck.
“Miata is always the answer”, the Jalopnik overlords have preached since time immemorial. From the moment the Miata arrived on our shores a quarter century ago until today, most automotive journalists have sung its praises incessantly. But there was a time when Miata was not the answer.
Every new 911 looks just like the last one, or so the joke goes. In a world where most nameplates go through revolutionary generational changes or are replaced altogether on a regular basis, the evolutionary nature of the 911 sets it apart. It is a steadfast constant amid unceasing upheaval.
Just how far have cars come in the past 30 years? That depends who you ask. To some, all of the great, engaging cars have already been built and we’ll never see anything worth driving again. To others, we’re in the Golden Age of accessible performance.
After several gagillion leaks over the last few days, they're finally here: GoPro's 2014 line of action cameras. As rumored, there are in fact three models. There's the Hero, GoPro's new entry-level camera that comes in super cheap; the Hero4 Silver, which is basically last year's best action camera plus an LCD…