Quentin Tarantino Is Bringing "The Racing Scene" To Los Angeles

As every film buff who's been following Quentin Tarantino's programming of the revitalized New Beverly Theater in Los Angeles knows, he's got a great stash. This week, it's a double-feature that's up our alley: The McQueen classic Le Mans and a seldom-seen 1970 documentary that follows the motorsports exploits of film… » 10/12/14 4:13am 10/12/14 4:13am

In Honor Of James Garner, Here's How To Pull A J-Turn

Whether he was sharking cards as Bret Maverick, driving race cars, or outwitting the bad guys as Jim Rockford, James Garner was one of those Hollywood actors who always seemed impossibly cool. And to those who grew up watching him on The Rockford Files, he also helped make the driving technique known as a "J-turn"… » 7/20/14 10:00am 7/20/14 10:00am

Actor And Car Lover James Garner Is Dead At 86

It's a sad day for those of us who love being entertained and love cars, because actor and lifelong gearhead James Garner just died. The star of The Rockford Files died at 86 of causes not yet revealed, in his home in Los Angeles. » 7/20/14 4:15am 7/20/14 4:15am

This Is The Largest Collection Of Rockford Files Cars In The Universe

James Garner comes up on this site a fair amount. Some months ago we solved the mystery of the James Garner 4-seat Indy Car, and this past weekend attended the Rockford Gathering, which must be the epicenter of James Garner-related activity. » 7/31/12 3:00pm 7/31/12 3:00pm

Here's Your Chance To Own The Oldsmobile 442 James Garner Raced In Baja

Even without any celebrity connection it's hard to deny the cool factor of a modified 1970 Oldsmobile 442 that is no stranger to off-road racing in Baja. Add in the fact this off-road Olds was built for and piloted by James Garner in 1969 and 1970 and it starts to become clear exactly how awesome this unique vintage… » 3/10/12 12:30pm 3/10/12 12:30pm

Update On The James Garner Mystery Car

You know what's great? This. This is great. This site, cars, the Internet, the whole damn thing. Skeptical? Good. I'm glad you're skeptical, because it's going to give me genuine joy to take your skepticism out back and spank it, right in front of all its stupid friends. How? With this: » 2/22/12 2:00pm 2/22/12 2:00pm

The Mystery Of James Garner's Secret Indy Car

James Garner, like a several other notable actors, has a longstanding love of racing. After starring in Grand Prix in 1966, he started a long semi-career in racing, owning a racing team, preparing Ramblers for the Baja 500 race as part of a deal with AMC, and driving Indy 500 pace cars three times. The guy loved… » 2/10/12 4:00pm 2/10/12 4:00pm

Take a trip to driving school with James Garner

Watch as Garner, Bondurant and Car and Track head to Orange County Raceway in this television footage from 1971. Not only is this vintage clip featuring "movie star and car buff" James Garner cool, as host Bud Lindemann explains "it's a driving lesson for all of us". » 11/05/11 4:00pm 11/05/11 4:00pm

Spawn Of Kirk Douglas To Ruin Grand Prix With Remake

Peter Douglas is remaking John Frankenheimer's Grand Prix. Why? The film only stands up because of the romance of the era, the novelty of the production, and the charm of James Garner — and that's all gone. (H/T Scroggz!) [Deadline] » 11/12/10 10:00am 11/12/10 10:00am

James Garner Says The Mazda B2000 Can Really Handle

The Mazda B2000 SE-5 isn't just a small truck. According to James Garner, actor and Mazda spokesman, it can really handle. And James Garner never thought he would say that about a small truck, until Mazda paid him to. » 11/07/10 4:30pm 11/07/10 4:30pm

Jalopnik's 9 Favorite Vintage Mazda Commercials

When an automaker builds a car named the Cosmo Big Run Genteel, you know they're going to make some good television advertisements. Yes, we're talking about Mazda here! » 9/27/09 3:00pm 9/27/09 3:00pm

The 1988 Mazda 929: James Garner Says It's 8 Grand Cheaper Than The…

Remember the late-80s Mazda 929? It was supposed to be big, fast, and capable of blowing away Infiniti, Acura, and Lexus on the showroom floors; Mazda managed to meet the first two goals, but the last proved elusive. What to do? Bring in James Garner! » 8/12/08 9:45am 8/12/08 9:45am

Creative Car Hire for Fun and Profit with Jim Rockford

Okay, admittedly, Suzanne Somers isn't a woman we'd generally go out of our way to seduce these days. But back in '74, she was quite the looker, and let's face it, being Jim Rockford isn't entirely unlike being a blogger. Well, except that we can't afford a trailer in Malibu or a gold Firebird Esprit. And the… » 1/30/07 1:45pm 1/30/07 1:45pm

Because Every Luckless Angeleno Needs a Firebird, a Mobile Home and a…

Mike Post and Stephen J. Cannell were no doubt two of the giants of 1970s/80s television. This show, combined with this theme song, were a one-two punch the likes of which wouldn't be seen again until the A-Team. Which, admittedly, came only a few years later, and as awesome as it was, wasn't nearly as witty.… » 8/28/06 5:15pm 8/28/06 5:15pm