US ARMY's Fuel Efficient Demonstrator

I was never a huge fan of G.I. Joe but in the 80s when M.A.S.K. came out I was hooked. I remember watching the cartoon while playing with toys named Rhino, Slingshot, Detonator and Goliath. The vehicles were based on real world counterparts like the Corvette, Bronco, and Jeep. And the best part was that they… » 3/05/13 2:26pm 3/05/13 2:26pm

Chopped and Dropped

It was a scorching hot August summer day in the San Fernando Valley. I was driving my brand new 1991 Ford Escort GT through an industrial area to a muffler shop. A friend of mine told me that they could lower my car for sixty bucks. I pulled into the work bay and a guy with a welding helmet climbed down into the pit… » 2/25/13 4:36pm 2/25/13 4:36pm

Why Datsun Should Make a Come Back

In the summer of 1988 my sister started dating some new guy. Like any younger brother I hated her boyfriend for merely existing, but that quickly changed when I saw what he was driving. I remember the first day I heard the exhaust note from his brown 280zx revving around the corner and barreling into our cul-de-sac. » 2/22/13 3:27pm 2/22/13 3:27pm

A Tatra T87 History Lesson From Professor Leno

What has a rear-mounted, air-cooled V8, was made in Czechoslovakia, and had a reputation for killing Nazis? That's right, the Tatra! This example is a 1938 Tatra T87, owned and operated by none other than self-proclaimed member of the "more money than brains" club, Jay Leno. And if it that wasn't impressive enough,… » 7/22/08 6:40pm 7/22/08 6:40pm

Jay Leno Drives The 1183-HP SSC Ultimate Aero

Jay Leno may not be hosting Top Gear USA, but he still gets to test-drive all the latest and greatest cars for his Jay's Garage videos. His most recent spin around LA-LA-land was in none other than the fastest car in the world, the SSC Ultimate Aero. We know Jay is a fan of ridiculously overpowered cars, but we were a… » 7/15/08 2:20pm 7/15/08 2:20pm

Top Ten American Automotive Pilgrimages

It wouldn't be a Jalopnik Automotive Amerigasm without a nod to the places that make American automotive history so great. Eddie Izzard may joke that he's from "Europe, where the history comes from," but the relative young age of the auto industry means our automotive history is as old and rich as anyone's...and of… » 7/03/08 2:00pm 7/03/08 2:00pm