​Tesla Test Drives Cancelled After Iowa Dealers Rat Them Out

Tesla was in the middle of a three-day Model S test drive program in West Des Moines, Iowa when it was forced to cancel the final day of the event. The local dealers association ratted out the automaker to the state's Department of Transportation because only licensed "dealers" are allowed to offer test drives. Sigh. » 9/26/14 5:41pm 9/26/14 5:41pm

Dangerous Severe Weather Outbreak Possible in the Midwest on Sunday

After a long period without any severe weather, the atmosphere appears primed for a potentially dangerous severe weather outbreak tomorrow across areas from Kansas to Minnesota. Some areas could see tornadoes, baseball-size hail, and winds in excess of 75 MPH. » 8/30/14 3:18pm 8/30/14 3:18pm

Today is the last day to vote for Iowa's Greenwood Roadway to win a $5,000 grant that will help contribute to its comeback. You can even vote again if you've done so already. Let's help them out! » 10/20/13 3:46pm 10/20/13 3:46pm

Help Fund This Abandoned Iowa Race Track's Glorious Comeback

Greenwood Roadway in Indianola, Iowa attracted enthusiasts from far and wide when it hosted SCCA and club races in the 1960s until it closed because of financial and safety issues. But the track, which may have inspired a famous Gran Turismo course, is on the verge of a big comeback. Now it needs your help. » 10/10/13 1:15pm 10/10/13 1:15pm

Iowa Governor's SUV Clocked At 84 MPH, Cop That Called It In Fired

The Governor of Iowa's SUV was clocked at 84 MPH. A senior member of Iowa's police force called it in, but the SUV wasn't pulled over. He complained about the incident. He's now been fired. » 7/17/13 4:49pm 7/17/13 4:49pm

The Greenwood Revival: An Abandoned Racetrack in Iowa Has Its Day

For 50 years, the Greenwood Roadway sat amidst rolling hills near Indianola, Iowa, slowly being overgrown by prairie grasses. Its surfaced is cracked, and in some places it's gone altogether, but the nostalgic fondness for the three-mile circuit has not been lost on race fans across the Midwest. This all came to a… » 6/10/13 1:48pm 6/10/13 1:48pm

An Abandoned Iowa Raceway Is Due For A Big Comeback This Weekend

A few months ago we told you about Greenwood Roadway, a long-abandoned racing circuit in Iowa that may have inspired a Gran Turismo course. This weekend, Greenwood will be abandoned no more, and the hills around the track will be filled with the sound of screaming engines once again. » 6/07/13 1:20pm 6/07/13 1:20pm

Porsche Purists Will Projectile Vomit When They See This Front-Engined…

Meet "Ratty Porsche," the greatest affront to the snooty club of Porsche purists we've ever seen. Chevy 454 up front, bagged frame in the middle, and dually tires out back. RWB eat your heart out. » 9/19/12 1:20pm 9/19/12 1:20pm

Watch A Woman With A Stuck Accelerator Weave Through Traffic At 118 MPH…

Hurtling down a northern Missouri interstate at speeds of up to 118 mph, Lauri Ulvestad was convinced that her car was driving itself. She called family, she called 9-1-1, she tried to turn the car off. » 8/27/12 1:30pm 8/27/12 1:30pm

This Man Arrested For DUI After Trying To Bring Parrot, Zebra Into Bar

This Dubuque, Iowa resident blew a .14 after police responded to reports of a drunken man attempting to bring a zebra and a parrot into a bar. Apparently the bar regularly allows animals, but was serving food on the night in question. » 5/23/12 10:00am 5/23/12 10:00am

It’s combine versus combine to the death

Why stage a demolition derby with cars when you can stage it with combined harvesters decked out in Jolly Rogers and smiley faces? At the 2008 Monona County Fair in Onawa, Iowa, there was no why. » 8/19/11 1:00pm 8/19/11 1:00pm

Train hits police cruiser during chase, suspect gets away

It's the act-two follow-up to that Turkish guy who saved a town from a fireball. A police chase in Cedar Rapids, Iowa ended when a police cruiser was hit by an oncoming train. » 3/16/11 4:00pm 3/16/11 4:00pm

Whoomah! More Vintage Drag Racing Action From Iowa

You got a little taste of the gasser action at Mid-America Motorplex a couple weeks back, but the great vintage drag racing machinery went well beyond guardrail-scrapin' Anglias! » 9/12/10 10:00am 9/12/10 10:00am

The Top 28 Lemons of the Mutually Assured Destruction of Omaha 24 Hours…

After 35 LeMons races, a Volkswagen has finally taken the overall win! With a small field due to the usual first-time-at-new-track deal, the race for the win on laps became a Supra-versus-Golf affair early on. » 9/04/10 11:00am 9/04/10 11:00am

And The Winner Is...

The Mutually Assured Destruction Of Omaha 24 Hours of LeMons race is over. The cars are on the trailers, heading home, and I'm at the Omaha airport doing the same. Finally, a Volkswagen has taken an overall LeMons win! » 8/29/10 7:30pm 8/29/10 7:30pm

Day One In The Books: Volkswagen Golf Leads

Saturday was a long, sweaty, buggy racing session at the Mutually Assured Destruction Of Omaha LeMons, with engines nuking head gaskets all day long. » 8/29/10 1:30am 8/29/10 1:30am

The Christmas Truck: One Dream, 3,000 lights

Over the last 25 years, various generations of "The Christmas Truck" have brightened the holiday season, figuratively and blindingly literally, for residents of Central Iowa. Here's the story of the virgin birth of this brilliant piece of low-tech yuletide celebration. » 12/09/09 9:30am 12/09/09 9:30am

Elderly Woman: I Was Forced To Buy A Hyundai

Audrey McKnight claims in her lawsuit she was forced to buy a new Hyundai after hours of pressure from salesmen at an Iowa dealership while she waited for her car to be serviced. It's Hyundai Assurance 3.0. [AP] » 12/01/09 12:30pm 12/01/09 12:30pm

Kids Jump From Drunken Dad's Car

What do you get when you're so drunk that children start jumping out of you car? Arrested! And you get entered in our informal "world's best dad" competition. John S. Felix of Des Moines, Iowa clearly edges out BMW's Thomas Moser for his thrilling act of child endangerment. The local police noticed something awry when… » 11/12/07 12:00pm 11/12/07 12:00pm

Junk Car Law Ensures We're Not Moving to Windsor Heights, IA

The Windsor Heights city council has voted that inoperable vehicles must be kept inside. No more leaving your old RX-4 or 810 in the backyard with a fence around it, pal. You've gotta build an enclosure for that heap while you wait for the latest and greatest salvation from JC Whitney to get it back on the road. Kill… » 11/14/06 4:15pm 11/14/06 4:15pm