That 1980s Caprice you saw drive past you on chrome wheels, polished to a mirror finish? Here’s why it looks that way, as explained in the most thorough set of interviews possibly ever recorded on the subject.
This is a car. But what is it that makes its automobility so clear?
The FJ Cruiser is dead? I didn't realize, but I should have known. I would have held a proper ceremony. Damn it Toyota! Damn it to hell!
The sheer volume of things that are measured in terms of the classic VW Beetle is staggering. From whale hearts to heavy artillery, one object is used more often than any other to give a perspective of size and weight. The Beetle's role as a standard unit of measurement is an unsung achievement. Let's take care of…
I'm sure someone out there has done these types of things before, but who cares? They're still pretty fun, and surprisingly disorienting. And by "things" I mean taking well-known automotive logos and changing the names to other well-known brands.
A Big Wig. A Head Honcho. Man On Top. All of these have nothing on being a Very Important Person. But in the Far East, a VIP means something very different. But what does being a VIP have to do with cars? And how does Japan figure into this? It's time for another part in our ongoing series – allow me to explain.
Like almost any automotive publication, we use the term "horsepower" all the time. It's one of those words that seems so straightforward. What is horsepower? Why, it's the power of a horse! What does that mean? Physical power? Political? Sexual? What horse? How is it measured? Let's find out, with pictures!
So you've got a huge truck with big tires and truck nuts hangin' off the hitch. You figure it must be the bee's knees when it comes to off-roading. That tiny Suzuki Samurai's got nothing on your Goliath, right? Not so fast. Let's break down what really makes a car capable when the going gets tough.
Why are people in Sweden waving Confederate flags and driving old muscle cars? It's all part of a unique little subculture in Sweden, called Raggare, and they're just about as far removed as possible from donks. What's their deal with America? As part of our semi-ongoing series, allow me to explain.
It's almost reassuring to know that since the absolute earliest days of human motorized travel, there have been people writing about cars, and people calling bullshit on what's written about cars. These exchanges should seem incredibly familiar to most of our readers even if they happened nearly 200 years ago. The…
The pre-history of automobiles is really pretty murky. As much as Mercedes-Benz likes to claim the invention of the motor car, the truth is much more complicated, with many different inventors adding parts to what eventually became the car. Most people would point to Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot's 1769/1771 artillery…
As Google's doodle reminded me, today is International Women's Day. It's kind of alarming how much I rely on something called a "Google Doodle" to know what's going on. So, in honor of women, I'd like to talk about one woman who's been a hero of mine for many years: Bertha Benz, the first person to take a real road…
Once you realize that pretty much everything around you, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, has a story behind it, the world becomes much more interesting. Your car is packed full of parts with good stories behind them (the tragic tale of Sir Nathan Airfilter comes to mind) but the one I'd like to talk…
People who are interested in cars enjoy calling parts of a car by their proper names. "Wheel," for example, has such a more refined sound than "roundy roller-maker, what's under the get-inside part." You can usually tell when someone is interested in cars by their use of proper terms, such as the names for the parts…
What's the craziest thing you've ever done on a bet? Shaved your head? Snuck into a party when you weren't on the guest list? Played Russian Roulette with some enforcers from a Mexican drug cartel? (I would advise against the last one, personally. Things tend to go south a lot faster than you might expect.)
What is this huge old car with giant wheels and a Spongebob paint job? That’s what we call a donk, the most hated kind of car in the world right now. Why do people hate them so much? Allow me to explain.[jump]
While we use it everyday now, the word "automobile" had to start somewhere.
We mentioned that the most exciting new feature of the new Silverado was the heated cloth seats (automatically heated, not gastro-manually Dutch oven-style of seat heating), and that got me thinking about heated seats. Specifically, who had them first?