Jack Baruth to Miata haters: your argument is invalid because ND

It's the tiny elephant in the room: the legitimacy of the Maza Miata's man card. Is it forged, or authentic? Are roadsters still manly? Does anybody really care after driving one? Moot points, says Jack. The new Miata is fit for a man, and you're wrong if you disagree. » 10/08/14 10:53am 10/08/14 10:53am

Don't fall prey to the sinister myth of the affordable supercar

At some point, the stuff of your dreams (and if you're here, those dreams might just have side strakes and NACA ducts) gets old. One day, the all-conquering hero of yesterday's car rag crosses the depreciation threshold of your average income, no matter how many posters filled bedroom walls or pre-driver's license… » 8/28/14 11:32am 8/28/14 11:32am

New Motor Trend Editor In Childish Facebook Slap Fight With…

After Motor Trend's Jonny Lieberman found himself the victim of a savage Facebook LOLing by professional automotive internet troll Jack Baruth, newly-annointed Motor Trend editor-in-chief Edward Loh jumped to his beleaguered number two's defense. It's not pretty. » 2/03/12 10:00am 2/03/12 10:00am

How To Be One Of The Best Car Journalists... In The World

Want to write about cars? Love British magazines like Evo and Autocar? Jack Baruth at Speed:Sport:Life recently took a look inside the world of one of the most glamorous positions... in the world. Here's how you get in. —Ed. » 5/11/10 2:00pm 5/11/10 2:00pm

How Would You Cheat In the 24 Hours Of LeMons?

With the news that Corvettes have finally entered LeMons, the floodgates are likely to open for other semi-exotic hardware. The 'Vette was probably legit, but cheaters have almost certainly won LeMons before. What would you try? » 1/29/10 11:30am 1/29/10 11:30am

Who's On The Right Track, Lincoln or Cadillac?

History tells us that Henry Leland founded both of America's major luxury brands, and there were times in the Seventies when the deVille and Continental were fundamentally identical. CTS and MKZ? Not so much. Who's got the better mousetrap? » 1/28/10 11:30am 1/28/10 11:30am

What Was The Best Sedan-To-Wagon Conversion?

Some cars are born wagons, some achieve wagonhood, and some have bad-ass wagonhood thrust upon them. The Jalop in the street knows that wagons beat sedans nearly every time, but which wagon improved the most over its donor car? » 1/27/10 11:30am 1/27/10 11:30am

Are There Too Many Kinds Of Corvettes, Or Not Quite Enough?

To mis-paraphrase Henry Ford: The original Corvette came in any performance variant you wanted, as long as it was slow. No longer. There are at least three different "performance" Vettes, none of which really sell worth a damn. Why? » 1/26/10 11:30am 1/26/10 11:30am

Which Carmaker Really Cares The Most About Motorsport?

"On any given weekend, there's more Mazdas on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand of vehicle." So Mr. Dempsey tells us in the oft-repeated Mazda commercial. It sounds good and may be true. But is it relevant? » 1/25/10 11:30am 1/25/10 11:30am

Why Can't You Get A Nice Basic Car These Days?

Remember the Chevette Scooter? The Tercel EZ? The Horizon America? A couple of decades back, Americans had a pretty broad selection of affordable basic transportation with zero frivolous gingerbread. Not these days. » 8/01/09 4:30pm 8/01/09 4:30pm

What's The Real Cost Of Amateur Racing?

A dose of reality for would-be racers: "Racing an old VW Golf or Honda Civic once a month costs as much as buying a Nissan GT-R or Porsche Cayman S on a five-year loan." [Speed:Sport:Life] » 3/30/09 10:30am 3/30/09 10:30am

Engine Swap Of The Day: NASCAR-Spec Chevy Small-Block In Mazda RX-7

We're not saying we don't like the Mazda Rotary, but it's hard to say anything bad about an RX-7 that can spin the tires in fourth gear. Jack Baruth, aka ViergangFuchs » 11/07/08 11:00am 11/07/08 11:00am, ran across this 543-horse beast when he stopped by Matt “Tinman” Johnston's shop to pick up his new NASA Neon ACR (the previous one having been…

In Defense Of Brightly Colored FWD Cars

Jack Baruth over at the many-coloned Speed:Sport:Life » 10/22/08 4:00pm 10/22/08 4:00pm, which brought us the challenge, is at it again with a tirade against those who eschew FWD and brightly-colored cars from the . Baruth is the proud owner of both a vintage Porsche Lime Green , which is as bright as they come, and a red , which is both bright and…

How Camaros and Mustangs Should Sound

Since today's PCH has us in a Mustang/Camaro frame of mind, it's time to see a few that actually, you know, run. Turn up your speakers, because you're going to want to share this with everyone in the office. No, really. Crank 'em up all the way! What we have here is 24 Hours of LeMons Flat Rock winner ViergangFuchs,… » 2/06/08 5:00pm 2/06/08 5:00pm

24 Hours of Lemons Winner Trades Roles With Chris Bangle

That's right, folks- rumor has it that Jack Baruth, journalist, member of the winning team at the Flat Rock 24 Hours of LeMons, R8 driving instructor to yours truly, and our very own ViergangFuchs, will be swapping lives with controversial BMW designer Chris Bangle, as part of a new reality-TV series entitled Wait'll… » 1/15/08 4:00pm 1/15/08 4:00pm