Detroit Auto Show: Kid Rock Bringin' Sex Rhymes to GM Style Event Next Weekend in Detroit

Looks like in addition to the A-list, B-list and C-list music names the General's throwin' down at the GM Style event next Saturday night prior to the Detroit Auto Show, they'll also have a D-list entertainer in the house. "D" as in D-etroit. Ha! We slay ourselves...and pretty much only ourselves. Yes, GM's bringing… » 1/04/08 9:15am 1/04/08 9:15am

All Eyes on Tupac Shakur's 1996 Hummer, Now for Sale on eBay

Apparently the '96 Hummer H1 owned at one time by rapper Tupac Shakur is now up for auction on eBay for the bargain basement price of just $200,000. No, seriously — two hundred large. And why wouldn't you want to spend 200 Grover Clevelands (or more!) on a used black Hummer that wasn't even the vehicle 2Pac was… » 12/26/07 9:45am 12/26/07 9:45am

Manufacturers Give Thumbs Up to Sirius, XM Merger Everyone Forgot About

It's been 10 months, so what the hell is going on with that Sirius and XM satellite radio merger? Eh, it's a bunch of bureaucratic BS, but the Department of Justice should be giving approval by the end of the year with the final ballbuster, the FCC, hopefully giving the go ahead in February. Apparently investors people » 12/18/07 4:00pm 12/18/07 4:00pm

Toyota Unveils Personal-Transport, Violin-Playing Robots To Help Take Over The World

Toyota unveiled today two new robots, a "Mobility Robot" and a "Violin-playing Robot" — the newest additions to its team of Toyota "Partner Robots" being developed to support people's everyday life. The mobility robot, designed around the i-Real concept shown in Tokyo earlier this year (see the Toyota folks giving… » 12/06/07 7:15am 12/06/07 7:15am

Rapper Common to Sell Out For 2008 Lincoln Navigator

Common is the latest in a long line of rising or falling (ahem Flex) hip-hop stars to endorse an SUV, in this case the 2008 Lincoln Navigator. There's generally nothing wrong with a rapper, even a conscious rapper, marketing an SUV. Mos Def once marketed a Denali and, you know what, the world didn't end. But there's… » 11/13/07 2:00pm 11/13/07 2:00pm

SEMA 2007: 50 Cent's 500 HP Custom Pontiac G8

Rapper 50 Cent took some time away from recording music and trying to grab a piece of Fast Lane Daily host Ashley Van Dyke, to customize a Pontiac G8. We're told he was absolutely instrumental in the design process — like when he said "I want a red car" and then "I want it to have a black stripe." Bingo, he got a "red… » 10/31/07 10:45am 10/31/07 10:45am

SEMA 2007: Chevrolet "Country Music" Silverado 3500HD Crew Cab Shows Off "Our Music?"

So we guess pop music maven John "Chevy" Mellencamp may still be able to croon about this here truck's "Our Truck" coming from "Our Country," but we're unsure he's able to continue to say that the music he's singing "our music" anymore. At least that's our thought behind the thoughts he must be having after seeing… » 10/29/07 9:45am 10/29/07 9:45am

Bob Dylan In New Commercial For Cadillac, Drives An Escalade

Bob Dylan's early lyrics may have incorporated politics, social commentary, philosophy and literary influences, but his latest verbiage is going to be selling some Cadillacs. Or at least it'll be used to sell some XM-equipped Cadillacs. There's three new Modernista!-made Dylan Does Caddilac commercials that've been… » 10/22/07 3:00pm 10/22/07 3:00pm

Around The Country In 22 Days: The Orange Mix Tape

After seeing all the excitement around the lunatic transcontinental driving record on Monday, I was reminded of a much slower (yet still a red-eyed marathon in its own way), much more low-tech circumnavigation of the United States I did with a friend back in 1995. Instead of a BMW, we had his beater '88 Toyota… » 10/17/07 3:30pm 10/17/07 3:30pm

GM SEMA Display To Include 50 Cent's Pontiac G8, Jerome Williams-Designed "Urban CEO Edition" Buick Enclave

Buick had a serious contingent of over-primped vehicles on display at last years SEMA show and our lack of enthusiasm over the display doesn't appear to be stopping them from doing the same this year. At least this time the Enclave's out and ready to be toyed with — so that's one good product more than they had last… » 10/02/07 3:45pm 10/02/07 3:45pm

Fergie Auctions Off Her Hummer H2 To, You Know, Save The Environment

The owner of the trademark on lovely lady lumps is auctioning off her lump of an SUV — a DUB Edition Hummer H2 for charity. That's totally so special of her! So what's the charity, you ask? Global Green USA. Umm, yeah. But wait, wait all you cynics of the world — she answers your question your question already. The… » 9/07/07 11:00am 9/07/07 11:00am

An Example Of The Inappropriate Usage Of Harold Faltermeyer

Don't these people know whether in Russia or Sweden, crazy-ass long tunnels are for hoonage and not for flying RC planes through? But most importantly, does the ability to fly a model plane in a semi-straight line over less than 4 km really warrant a double shot of Harold Faltermeyer and Queen? » 6/13/07 11:45am 6/13/07 11:45am

Turbo II, Junkyard Boogaloo - Part 1: Features

Feast your eyes on the result of weeks of work using the various remains of over a dozen cars — from 80's BMW's to a 1990 Toyota Tercel — it's the glorious Turbo II Junkyard Boogaloo boombox. For those of you who want the gearhead nitty-gritty, the full "How To" is here. For those who just want to see this baby in all… » 6/12/07 11:00am 6/12/07 11:00am

Punk, Panda Express, Forza 2: Artistic Boogaloo

We've been binging on East Bay punk and East Bay-associated bands (see Avail) over the last couple of days. And then we stumbled across a couple of Tim Armstrong-themed vehicles from Forza Motorsport 2. Now here's the deal, doing up a car in Forza, is apparently not as easy as plugging one's 360 into a scanner,… » 6/11/07 3:00pm 6/11/07 3:00pm

Global Warming Ditty Raises Awareness, Shatters Glass

When we were in junior high we had an earth sciences teacher who taught us about carbon dioxide emissions, the greenhouse effect, and the rapidly approaching ice age. As Meatloaf bellowed out to Cher a little later - two out of three ain't bad. What us kids didn't have back then were video cameras, a bunch of… » 5/30/07 2:30pm 5/30/07 2:30pm

What Makes a Man Smoke Tires? Gasoline, Petrol, Benzin or Benzina?

On the occasion of the day after D. Boon's birthday, and having had all manner of fuel scents drift in from the harbor over the last few days, we started wondering why what we yanks call "gasoline" has so many names around the world. The Germans refer to it as "Benzin," based on the fuel's benzene quotient. The… » 4/02/07 2:15pm 4/02/07 2:15pm

Ford Continues To Flex: Funkmaster Flexpedition To Hit Showroom Floors

No, we're not kidding — no April Fool's Joke here — we think. It looks like Funkmaster Flex's Expedition he pimped out blinged out mutilated for last year's SEMA show will actually be hitting FoMoCo showroom floors near you as a limited edition 2008 model of the Big-UV. The ride will be built on the existing short… » 3/30/07 3:30pm 3/30/07 3:30pm