The Fake Car In The New National Lampoon's Vacation Movie Is Amazing

One of the highlights of the original wacky-elderly-realtive-and-pet-death-family-trip movie, National Lampoon’s Vacation, was the car specifically made for the film. That car was a biting and clever commentary on American cars of the early ‘80s. Now there’s a new Vacation movie coming, with a new car. There’s a lot… » 7/07/15 4:00pm 7/07/15 4:00pm

The Old Wagon Queen Family Truckster With A New Twist

With summer here, we've been thinking a lot about great road trip vehicles. So, while we adapt to soaring fuel prices, we wave goodbye to the days of care-free cross-country gas-guzzling. You know, the kind of thing embodied by the Wagon Queen Family Truckster from National Lampoon's Vacation. Yes, before monster SUVs » 6/11/08 4:40pm 6/11/08 4:40pm

1977 Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser Station Wagon

Who would have believed, back in '77, that the glory days of the Detroit station wagon were soon to be over? The minivan would appear a few years later, followed by the ascendancy of the SUV, and the good ol' iconic American wagon would end up on the scrap heap of history. Oh, sure, you can still get a wagon now, but… » 9/19/07 9:00am 9/19/07 9:00am

Most Beloved Family Vehicle Of Your Childhood?

Car geeks of a certain age- say, old enough to have had a childhood free of child seats and three-point harnesses on family road trips- often reminisce fondly of sibling wrestling matches in the cargo areas of lead-spewing station wagons hauling ass to some sweaty bug-ridden vacation destination, the tantalizing… » 6/01/07 10:00am 6/01/07 10:00am

What's In Your Painful Reality Garage?

Today's question comes to us by way of John C. He has a no doubt lovely wife and a triple-hopped up 2003 WRX. Only issue is, the wife is making him get rid of the boy racer Scoobie in favor of something more sensible, something more grown up. John wants to know what is available to him for less than $30,000. He's… » 5/23/07 11:45am 5/23/07 11:45am