How to make it to Indy, no experience necessary. Or allowed.

So you want to be a professional race car driver, but you don’t have actual racing experience, there are no billionaires in your family and a fracking company didn’t just knock on your door. I’ve got just the thing for you, and it’s not a psychiatric evaluation. It’s called the Skip Barber Racing School Indycar… » 10/14/13 1:42pm 10/14/13 1:42pm

How Good Is Your Car-Light ID Kung-Fu? Take The Quiz!

Like most car guys, I have a wildly overestimated faith in my car-identification abilities, especially at night. Ever since I was a kid, bouncing around in the luggage well of my dad's '68 Beetle or the family's vast '73 County Squire, I loved trying to identify cars by just their headlight/running light patterns at… » 7/13/12 4:00pm 7/13/12 4:00pm

Sudden Stop Helps Prevent Rear-End Accidents

Getting rear-ended may never be your fault, but that doesn't mean it's not a pain in the ass to get a busted bumper fixed. One way to help avoid such situations is with a product like Sudden Stop, an array of ultra-bright LED lights that reside on the left and right sides of your license plate. Sudden Stop works by… » 7/08/08 3:00pm 7/08/08 3:00pm

Drivemocion Is An Even More Lazy Way To Express Road Emotions

For when flipping the bird or giving a friendly wave takes just too much effort, one company now offers the Drivemocion, a device that mounts to the rear windshield and will display one of many differ emotions to drivers behind. Was that car nice enough to let you merge on the freeway during rush hour? Greet them with… » 5/27/08 2:40pm 5/27/08 2:40pm

Rayzer Windshield Xenon Lights Provides Visibility, Confuses Those…

The international sign for "Hey asshole!" is generally the flashing of the high-beams — whether it is to warn of upcoming danger, show displeasure or just get attention. Regardless of which message, that vulgar phrase encapsulates them all. There are limited options that could be done if your car's high-beams are puny » 12/13/07 4:45pm 12/13/07 4:45pm

If You Can't Buy It, Build It: Wanky The Safety Cat

When I got my first beater car as a proto-hoon of 16, my dad had some excellent advice, straight from the Midwestern heartland where he learned about wrenching: "Son," he said, squinting at my barely-running Corona, popping the top on his can of Old Milwaukee, and taking a mighty swig, "You need to get yourself a JC… » 2/21/07 12:05pm 2/21/07 12:05pm

And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Parts: Replacing 30 Year-Old…

At least one, and perhaps more of us here at the the Jalop not only fantasize about cars on a minute-by-minute basis, but also find time to squeeze in wet dreams about transportation of the two-wheeled variety. While the world of motorcycles can seem foreign and dangerous to the cage driver (that's what we call you… » 2/01/07 10:00am 2/01/07 10:00am