We learn in psychology that the last part of the brain to fully develop is the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in handy things like judgment, impulse control, learning from mistakes and forethought. This development can extend into a person’s mid-twenties. Which means that most teenagers have poor judgement when…
Whether or not you’re still together, you can never change your feelings regarding That Car.
Engines have to be designed not only to work, but to be fixed when they stop working. But whether through compromises, poor design or just a lack of regard for who the second or third or fourth owners might be, some engines are far more of a pain to wrench on than others.
To answer this question, first you have to answer how you define “best.”
I should be honest and mention that our editor-in-chief, Patrick George, doesn’t think this is A Thing. Raph and David, my co-writers and fellow shitbox-owners, do. So now I’m curious as to how widespread this practice is. Manual transmission drivers: do you ever shift in such a way as to help keep you from speeding?
I am of the opinion that if more animals had opposable thumbs, they’d be driving the cars. But, since more than likely they don’t, they just sit in the cars. And you know what? That’s perfectly fine!
We can choose our lovers, but we can’t choose their cars.
You probably know (or could have guessed) that white, black and silver/gray are perennially the most popular colors for cars. But do tastes change when you go from one vehicle to another? What does your history of car ownership look like in colors?
There are so many car brands out there that once stood tall and proud, but have now dissolved into irrelevance, with nobody really give the slightest crap anymore. What current car brand disappoints you the most? I’ll tell you the one that makes me sick: it’s Chrysler.
Any car more than a couple of decades old that’s still on the road has likely been the recipient of some serious, time-consuming repair work. This means that, at some point, a previous owner decided the car was worthy of being kept alive. But what is it about certain cars that makes them deserving of a second chance,…
Above is a lovely MG 1100, built from 1962 through to 1973. This is a 1960s car and, unless there’s something I’ve forgotten, it’s the oldest car I’ve ever driven.
They say hindsight is 20/20 and they’re right. As respectable and responsible citizens of the roads now, we’ve come a long way from the papery provisional license days of our teenage dream years. We’re richer in experience and knowledge and we’re better off because of it. Mostly.
Whether the car is new or old, chances are that some little electronic gremlin lives in it somewhere. We generally don’t mind, though. It’s what gives the car “personality.” And we sure love personality.
As a journalist, I talk to a lot of people. Those people tell me a lot of old stories, and most of those stories make me forever grateful for the conversation I had. But they also make me sad that I never got a chance to experience the things I heard about, and that I’ll never be able to tell the stories as my own.
We enthusiasts, we love the cars. But the cars do not always love us back.
If a strange and capricious god transports you to any random point in the world with the intention of betting you what type of engine the car that’s closest to you will have, my advice to you is this: don’t pick a V4. You’ll lose. V4s are among the rarest engine configurations you’ll find, and it’s not entirely clear…
I don’t hold anything against anyone who likes to mod their car. It’s your car and you can do with it what you please. Make it your own! Sometimes, though, the mods are a dead giveaway that the person really has no idea what they’re doing.
The joy of carspotting—whether it’s in New York or Hong Kong or the rural Deep South—is stumbling onto something that seemingly has no place among the automotive masses, the endless sea of Nissan Rogues and Chevrolet Suburbans. It is a universal delight for car enthusiasts. So what’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever…
Sure, people are quirky, but cars are, too! It’s part of what makes us love them so much.