“The American automobile industry is back,” the Gipper pronounced after not only seeing but actually driving the first working prototype of Saturn all the way back in 1984. It’s a little illustration of the failure of GM’s next great hope that wasn’t.
What does it symbolize? Pine trees? The pyramids? Birthday hats? Traffic cones? Mountains? A military insignia? Even though French automaker Citroën left the United States in the 1970s, it’s a company with a history as fascinating and bizarre as some of its cars—and the origin story behind its double chevron logo is…
I never liked the Ferrari 550 very much when I was growing up. I should have. It was a powerful, stylish, front-engined not-quite-supercar with a gated manual transmission, a V12 and, unbeknownst to me at the time, one of the most pointless and luxurious options a sports car can have.
My obsession with Subaru’s failed F1 engine, a flat-12, has gone on for years, and I had often heard that the motor nearly went on to power Koenigsegg’s first supercar. Now I’ve finally heard the full story.
Group C was one of the greatest eras in racing history, producing the fastest cars to ever run the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The story of how it died was, sadly, one that it should have seen coming.
Nissan’s legacy in international sports car racing starts with the 1,000 horsepower R90CK that didn’t quite win Le Mans in 1990 and ends with the R390 GT1 that didn’t quite win Le Mans in 1998. But there was an intermediate car that, sadly, didn’t even make it to Le Mans.
Students of history will remember how Porsche came to dominate the legendary Group C era: the Porsche 956/962 was totally reliable and Porsche built a gazillion of them, outlasting all of its faster, more fragile rivals for nearly a decade. The first such car was the turbo Ferrari-powered Lancia LC2, a car too fast to…
Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” was probably the most popular video of its era, due in no small part to Tawny Kitaen and her flagrant abuse of the paint on two Jaguar XJs. If you ever wanted to learn more than you’d ever want to learn about that video listen to this episode of the MEL ON AIR podcast, on which I appear…
On June 9th, 1910, the CPR 694 freight train derailed after hitting a boulder on the track near Mink Harbor, Canada. It fell into Lake Superior and wasn’t seen again. Until now.
In Yellowstone National Park’s earlier days, there was a battle between outfits vying to be the official transportation provider throughout the park’s massive acreage. Apparently the Yellowstone Park and Transportation Company was the most successful, thanks in part to this White Model 706 bus-SUV hybrid thing.
June 15th, 2016 is considered Jeep’s 75th anniversary because on this day in 1941, the first official order was placed for the Willys-Overland military buggy we would come to recognize as a “jeep.” In honor of that, check out this amazing album of Wranglers and their forerunners!
Last week, I spent a few days driving the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Its semi-autonomous capabilities led to some discomfort—not due to their functioning, but due to the fact that I was behind the wheel of a car driving itself. It felt odd and futuristic, but, as it turns out, this movement started way back in the…
The United States began its postwar atomic weapons testing program in 1946. Over the following 16 years, hundreds of thousands of troops were subjected to radiation in various experiments, according to this New York Times report. Here are some of their stories.
Like many prestige brands, Italian superbike outfit Ducati trades heavily on “heritage.” Their website includes this nice timeline of their heroic motorcycles and riders through history. That history has just been tweaked a little to fit a modern commercial narrative.
Today, if you have a moment to pause in slapping your valet, you should take a moment to think about the names you call your help. Not the horrible ones you make up– the actual titles. Like ‘chauffeur.’ Why do we call the person who drives our car for us that odd-sounding French word? And how does that word hint at…
Some 30 years ago, this Nissan Frontier “Hardbody” was supposedly the first pickup truck built for off-road racing... with the engine behind the driver. Behold: the sort-of first “trophy truck”! Now it’s back in Baja, which you can watch live all week!
You may have noticed that some highways, mostly in the northeast, are called “turnpikes.” Maybe you’ve also noticed that turnpikes always seem to be toll roads. But do you know where the term actually comes from?
One of the greatest cars ever built was the 1957 Jaguar XKSS, a Le Mans race car just barely modified for use on the street. Well, it was going to be, before nine of them burned in a fire. Now, Jaguar is going to right history’s wrong.
Anyone can picture “a pickup truck,” right? It’s a square on top of a rectangle with four wheels. But when you watch this Ford F-Series morph through every design it’s ever had, like the folks at Part Catalog did, you realize just how nuanced pickup truck design really is.