Bruce Turk has cherished Saabs ever since he first laid eyes on a Sonett as a kid. His first car was a Sonett, and he's since amassed a garage full of pre-'74 Saabs, plus parts and memorabilia, that rivals anything you might see in Sweden. Or anywhere else.
Let's say you have around $200,000 and want an Aston Martin. You can have either the V12 Vantage or the V8 Vantage GT4, but not both. Which do you get?
If you've hung around here long enough, you know Junkman as the commenter-turned-Jalopnik-motoring-conscience and tireless procurer of awesome, oddball vehicles — some even seen here first. More than anyone we know, Junkman, aka Myron Vernis, has truly turned the Jalopnik dream into reality.
It's been enjoyable to watch the DRIVE network grow, and not just because they produce "Jalopnik on Drive" and invite us on the air. It doesn't hurt, but our biggest interest is in seeing an online car channel that talks like car people without the condescending tactics or cheesy production quality.
You remember Alan Wilzig, the guy who built the sick racetrack in his front yard (or back yard, if you hear him tell it)? Now you can meet him and get an exclusive and private tour Wilzig Racing Manor. On video, at least.
The story of how the co-owners of Classic Car Club Manhattan populated their garage of quirkpot classics is part of Jalopnik lore. Thus, their story — including how they keep all those temperamental bastards running well enough to drive every day — is a natural for the premiere episode of Jalopnik on DRIVE.