This Is How It Feels To Take A Direct Hit From A Tornado

Storm chasers use heavily modified trucks called tornado intercept vehicles, or TIV-2 for short, that are designed to withstand whatever the weather throws at it. This is what it's like to be inside one during a seriously scary tornado. » 5/28/13 9:48am 5/28/13 9:48am

Local Police Give Patrol Cars To Civillians, Immediately Regret It

The Valley Falls, Kansas police department is rethinking its decision to allow civilian volunteers to use police cruisers after the program almost immediately fell into hilarious misuse. » 5/24/13 10:40am 5/24/13 10:40am

The Kansas DMV Will Still Let You Get A RIMJOB And Other Banned License…

Kansas released their 1800-combination list of banned personalized license plates, and it makes for a surprisingly fascinating read. It sort of like what you might get if you locked your prudish grandmother in a room with Tosh.0 playing for 12 hours. Lots of indignant rage, but not a whole lot of understanding. How… » 11/12/12 2:00pm 11/12/12 2:00pm

Car Salesman Convinces Couple To Buy Two New Cars, Get Married In…

Weddings are complicated, expensive affairs. As a thirty-something whose friends are dropping like flies from the world of singledom, it's plain enough to see that planning a wedding takes a lot of time and mental energy for most of the happy couples involved. » 7/18/12 4:00pm 7/18/12 4:00pm

Former Car Dealer's Collection Of Decaying Packards Head To Auction

A collection of 15 1950-1956 Packards owned by a man who devoted much of his professional life to selling and repairing examples of the orphan car brand will be sold at auction next Saturday. » 5/19/12 11:00am 5/19/12 11:00am

1980 Volvocto for $2,250!

Dorothy had only to click her heels together to get back her to Kansas home. That probably wasn't as much fun as driving today's Lawrence-based Nice Price or Crack Pipe Volvo, as I don't think Dot's shoes had a V8. » 4/22/10 8:00am 4/22/10 8:00am

Spend 100 Eternities In Project Car Hell!

You want barn finds? We gotcher barn finds rat cheer! How would you like to win a single eBay auction and score one hundred project cars? The crown jewel is a '34 Chrysler Airflow, but you also get Studebakers, VWs, old trucks, Mustangs, the works. Imagine waking up, grabbing your toolbox, and saying to yourself, "I… » 2/12/08 3:30pm 2/12/08 3:30pm

I Live in a Car!

Many moons ago, the UK Subs once sang, "Well i ain't got no television set or stereo, 'cos I live in a car." Steve Graham, of Pittsburg, KS, has honored the shopworn tradition of killing one's idols by going ahead and living in his Buick Century with those amenities, after his wife kicked him out eight years ago.… » 8/09/07 11:00pm 8/09/07 11:00pm

"Mommy, It's Getting Hot, Hot, Hot!! In Here"

Sure, they may have an untenable grasp on science lately... but Kansas is stepping back into the realm of logical governance with a bill aimed at fining parents who leave their young kids in the car unattended. Currently, officers in many states have only the options of either yelling at the parents for being morons… » 2/20/07 3:30pm 2/20/07 3:30pm

All We Are is Dust in the Wind: Massive Gusts Blow Cars Off Kansas…

ber-breezes up to 100mph snarled traffic on I-70 in Kansas today after blowing a number of vehicles off the road and knocking over a semi carrying hazardous materials. The driver of the semi was apparently the only injury. Kansas authorities wouldn't disclose what the truck was carrying, and although the substance… » 8/02/06 11:30pm 8/02/06 11:30pm

Bullrun Oddness: Carl Lewis v. Mosler MT900S

We spent some time with Warren Mosler's son, Jacob, during the Bullrun, and we've gotta say, we like the guy a whole lot. What's more, Mosler sent an MT900S on the Rally, which, due to the unfortunate attitude of the driver, we didn't get a chance to ride in. But while one can front on a blogger, one cannot front on » 7/31/06 4:15pm 7/31/06 4:15pm

Bullrun Update: Kansas Drags

Just got off the phone with Haller and Bullrun co-chief Dave Green, who are currently hurtling along in a Lotus Elise with no air conditioning. There was a morning drag race in, Great Bend, KS, wherein the cab from the Queen Latifah bomb Taxi raced a local sherriff. The cab won. Meanwhile, we'll be joining the rally… » 7/25/06 5:00pm 7/25/06 5:00pm

Bullrun Update: Across Kansas and Off to Colorado

This morning a tag-along (as in not officially on the rally) maroon Escalade hit a tree near the start and was destroyed. No serious injuries. At one point, all of the cars were pulled over together near Topeka, KS and let go with a warning. There'd been a few reports of these Escalade guys causing problems over the… » 7/25/06 3:30pm 7/25/06 3:30pm

Rising Above the Noise And Confusion: Lawrence, KS Considers…

We've never been to Lawrence, KS, although two of the more significant people in our rich pageant are KU grads. Plus, y'know, Burroughs. Apparently, it's one of the only non-flat places in Kansas. It's also considering a ban on cell phones while driving which would be the most stringent in the nation, including… » 6/02/06 5:00pm 6/02/06 5:00pm

Car and Driver to Go Hollywood Again?

Car and Driver's John Phillips has long been one of our very, very super-fave auto writers. Some might say he's batshit crazy. We prefer to think of him as our eccentric, Crown Vic-driving uncle. And like his fellow C/D columnist Brock Yates, author of Smokey and the Bandit II and The Cannonball Run, Phillips has… » 9/26/05 12:03pm 9/26/05 12:03pm

Smash-Up Derby: Profiles in Mayhem


The Lawrence Journal-World is featuring a piece on Kansan demolition derby drivers, which also offers a few details on how the cars are set up. Mike Leming explains, "A lot of people think you pop the glass out, chain a couple of doors and away you go. That s not even close to what it takes to get a car ready for a… » 7/25/05 2:53pm 7/25/05 2:53pm