A belated farewell to the last relic of Detroit's DeSoto

The last tangible evidence of one of Detroit's iconic brands was rapidly disappearing last month as demolition contractors tore down the last of the DeSoto plant, 50 years after Chrysler Corporation discontinued the car line. » 6/06/11 12:00pm 6/06/11 12:00pm

"Vorsprung durch Technik" turns 40

"Advancement through technology." The catchy little German phrase launched the Audi ethos in 1971, back when the only thing Americans knew about Audi was the 100, and few knew even that. Since then, the phrase made it into British pop culture, and we drop it into conversation, just to see if anyone's listening. » 6/03/11 2:00pm 6/03/11 2:00pm

The secret of Harry Truman's lost 1953 Chrysler

Writer Matthew Algeo wrote a book about President Harry Truman touring the country in a 1953 Chrysler New Yorker after retiring from office. He didn't know what happened to the car, until it found him - Ed. » 4/13/11 12:30pm 4/13/11 12:30pm

The mystery behind the helmet cam

Helmet cams have become a staple of modern entertainment, giving viewers a feeling of participation never before allowed in the history of moving pictures. But the history of the helmet cam has been shrouded in mystery, until now. » 2/08/11 3:00pm 2/08/11 3:00pm

The JFK Ambulance Is A Fake

This Saturday's auction of the ambulance that carried President John F. Kennedy's body has garnered worldwide attention. The only problem? It's a near-perfect fake. Here's how a group of historians discovered the truth about what happened to the real ambulance. » 1/20/11 9:50pm 1/20/11 9:50pm

These Are the 11 Prototypes of the Doomed Concorde

Here, decades ago, the Concorde stood in prototype form. The plane, even as a small model, was a a symbol of future travel—the way we'd all luxurious fly supersonic someday. Half a century later, that dream's dead forever. » 12/30/10 8:30am 12/30/10 8:30am

Riding Shotgun Through A Sandstorm With Top Gear

I'm crouched in the footwell of an Aston Martin V12 Vantage hammering across a dry lakebed at 140 mph, wondering why I'm not a Top Gear presenter, which, I can now confirm, is the greatest job... in the world. » 11/26/10 3:00pm 11/26/10 3:00pm

Top Gear USA: First Drive

After five long years, Top Gear's American cousin debuts Sunday on the History Channel. You'll probably watch it anyway - but in the words of a very successful car guy: Is it any good? » 11/20/10 12:01am 11/20/10 12:01am

Top Gear Brings Lambo, Ferrari Supercabs To SEMA

The crew from 'Merican Top Gear rolled into SEMA this morning with a quintet of supercabs. We hear a certain Ray Wert might drive one, but we're not sure if we can tell anyone. So, um, keep it to yourself... » 11/01/10 10:30am 11/01/10 10:30am

9 Futuristic Monorails... From the Past

Monorails used to be the vision of futuristic travel. Now, that mode of transit has been mostly reduced to inter-terminal airport travel and family theme parks. Take a step back in time and gander at these bullet-shaped babies in action. » 10/29/10 3:49pm 10/29/10 3:49pm

First Photo Of The Top Gear USA Set

This is the first photo of the studio from the U.S.-spec version of Top Gear, complete with a V12 table, old backseat couch, and a layout similar to the British version. Bonus photos of the Stig/SX4 below. » 10/27/10 3:00pm 10/27/10 3:00pm

Top Gear USA Premieres November 21st, Debuts New Trailers

Amid the Lambos and Vipers, the trailer for the new American Top Gear shows off one of the last bits of information we wanted: the premiere date. Set your Tivos for Sunday, Novmeber 21st on History. Below, massive muscle-powered donuts. » 10/20/10 3:20pm 10/20/10 3:20pm

Top Gear Confirms American Stig, Suzuki SX4 As Small Car For Big Stars

Confirming our reports, there is an American Stig on the U.S. version of Top Gear. The producers also revealed the Suzuki SX4 Sportback is the small car for big stars and the "big stars" include Tim Allen and Kid Rock. » 10/19/10 2:15pm 10/19/10 2:15pm

First Photo Of New American Stig

Here's the first photo of The Stig from the American version of Top Gear debuting on History this year. He looks...well...a lot like the UK version. Except he's sitting next to Tony Hawk. Told ya there'd be an American Stig. » 10/18/10 4:50pm 10/18/10 4:50pm

Buzz Aldrin The Star In A Reasonably-Priced Car, U.S. Stig Is Rubens…

The U.S. version of Top Gear on History starts filming in studio today, but key details are already leaking out about the Stig and the first three stars in a reasonably-priced car. Juicy rumors inside. » 10/13/10 1:45pm 10/13/10 1:45pm

Top Gear USA To Include "The Stig"

Jalopnik sources tell us the U.S. version of Top Gear debuting on History later this fall will include "The Stig." Hopefully this one can keep their mouth shut. » 9/13/10 5:30pm 9/13/10 5:30pm

Top Gear USA Stars Talk About Show, Stunts And Accidents

You've seen the trailer, now hear the stars of American version of Top Gear give Jalopnik some dirt on the upcoming show in an exclusive interview, including how two of them nearly died in the backseat of a Camry. » 8/11/10 2:30pm 8/11/10 2:30pm

The First Top Gear USA Trailer... In The World

This is the first trailer for the U.S. version of Top Gear on History, giving us a first taste of the American spin on the BBC's wildly popular motoring show. A peek at the cast, cars, and challenges below. » 8/06/10 10:00pm 8/06/10 10:00pm

Ate Up With Motor Corvair Article Is Out, Angry Mob Of Corvair Zealots…

We remain hopeless Ate Up With Motor junkies, and AUWM pusherman Aaron Severson has just provided us with more un-stepped-on automotive history for our mainlining pleasure. » 7/31/10 3:00pm 7/31/10 3:00pm

15 Reasons Why Evel Knievel Is Still Awesome

This fall, the world's most infamous daredevil will have been gone for three years. For no reason whatsoever, we've decided to take a look back. This, in a nutshell, is the life of a daredevil. This is Evel Knievel. » 7/19/10 2:00pm 7/19/10 2:00pm