Call KLunker 1-1313 For Misdemeanor Motors!

While searching for the great Marshall Lucky scene from one of Kurt Russell's finest films, we ran across this... this... well, we're not quite sure what it is. It's a 1970 short film entitled Dad, Can I Borrow The Car, a very young (and un-Snake Plisskin-like) Kurt Russell narrates it, and it's seriously twisted.… » 11/26/07 2:30pm 11/26/07 2:30pm

Got Ideas For New Little Trees? You Will Be Heard!

So after I posted the inspiring Fresh As A Junkyard Breeze Little Tree Air Freshener Movie last week, I got a pleasant email from a marketing manager at the Little Tree Air Freshener Empire Headquarters. It turns out they're watching us closely for our opinions of their fine line of tree-shaped automotive air… » 10/03/07 10:30am 10/03/07 10:30am

Forget the VW Transporter: Hippie Barkas!

After helping us do an All-Czech Project Car Hell last week, our Czech Connection, bobash, now sends us some shots of a hippified Barkas B1000. See, an East German van is far more suitable for patchouli-scented adventures than its West German counterpart. We're starting to think it's time for a visit to the Czech… » 10/01/07 3:00pm 10/01/07 3:00pm

Abandoned House Still On LA Freeway's Shoulder

So you got your guys who don't tie down their ladders, boxes, or dinette sets clogging up the freeways with their crap. But what can you say about a man who lost his house on the freeway? And this is no mobile home; it's a small single-family home that Patrick Richardson was trying to move from Santa Monica to Santa… » 9/25/07 2:30pm 9/25/07 2:30pm

Little Tree, Fresh As A Junkyard Breeze!

As some of you might remember, I like to photograph Little Tree air fresheners in junkyard cars. Not long ago, I was at a local self-service yard located right at the very edge of San Francisco Bay, and the wind was howling cold and lonesome off the water and through the picked-over corpses of the cars. That's when… » 9/25/07 1:45pm 9/25/07 1:45pm

In Russia, Safe Driving Benefits YOU!

There's apparently no end to the amazing car-related stuff the folks at English Russia provide for us; here's a vintage Russian driver's-ed handbook with scary illustrations and lines such as "Don't use vodka as a fuel/Or you'll crash your engine cruel." Best of all, the cars seem to be Zaporozhets! [English Russia] » 9/24/07 11:15am 9/24/07 11:15am

In Russia, Zen Is Going To Find You!

This turkey (spotted by the eagle-eyed Seth L) is based on the teeny Lada Niva 4x4. Don't know the Niva? Imagine a Honda 600 Coupe crossbred with a Yugo. The Niva was Soviet Russia's attempt at a bar bones Subaru. Of course we're hoping our yellow friend here is based off the Cossack model. Also, nice roof rack/brush… » 9/13/07 4:15pm 9/13/07 4:15pm

In Russia, Nature Hates YOU!

Still not convinced that is the greatest website on earth? Check these beauties out: What Russian Autumn Is Really About? Das Vedanya! » 9/13/07 2:00pm 9/13/07 2:00pm

What Was On Your High School Bedroom Wall?

We're fairly convinced that Jalopnik is actually just a self help group for those suffering withdrawals from lack of hot bedroom poster action. We were all there, which is why we're all here. I actually still have one with a red 308, a white Countach and a black 911 that says "Dreams" at the bottom. I also still have… » 9/13/07 12:00pm 9/13/07 12:00pm

The 3-Letter Words Your License Plate Can't Say In California!

We all know that the killjoys at the DMV will reject your custom license plate application if you've requested something cool like SCHLONG or YAY PCP (though they didn't stop some Silicon Valley dentist from getting a tasteful HITLER plate for his Mercedes a while back). But what about the three-letter combos that… » 9/12/07 2:00pm 9/12/07 2:00pm

What's The Worst Car Of All Time?

OK smarty-pants— you dumped all over Dan Neil for being a communist, liberal elite, ivory tower, Jane Fonda French kissing, Volvo/Saab/Prius driving, latte-sipping, car-hating hippie socialist. Sure, he's dead wrong on the Rambo Lambo, but 49 out of 50 ain't bad. So now it's your turn. Show us what you got. Bonus… » 9/10/07 3:15pm 9/10/07 3:15pm

Time Magazine: We Gotcher 50 Worst Cars Of All Time!

Since we don't really consider Time Magazine the definitive source for things automotive, we aren't surprised at the wrongness of some of their (well, actually Pulitzer-winning writer Dan Neil's) choices. The Model T? The Fuller Dymaxion? The '71 Imperial? There's something to piss off all of us here, though… » 9/10/07 10:30am 9/10/07 10:30am

For The Gearheaded Goth Kid Who Has Everything!

From Pushin' Daisies (seller of "mortuary novelties") comes this somewhat disturbing 1:18 scale '66 Caddy hearse, complete with coffin! Now, if only they made a pink Barbie Edition toy hearse - with Ken in the coffin and Barbie wielding a shovel, of course- why, then we'd really have something. [Pushin' Daisies] via … » 9/04/07 3:00pm 9/04/07 3:00pm

Legless Drunk Steers Truck While Legged Drunk Works Pedals

So who's actually driving the vehicle, legally speaking, when one guy's at the wheel and another is operating the pedals? And what if the guy at the wheel has no legs? Sadly, the case of Harvey Miller and Edwin H. Marzinske won't be the one that goes all the way to the Supreme Court for a ruling on this burning legal… » 8/30/07 3:00pm 8/30/07 3:00pm

Why Do People Pimp Their Rides?

Today's question hearkens back to Philosophy Week, but with a slight comedic twist. Seriously, yesterday's QOTD proved that we've all seen pimped rides (or at least what in the owner's mind qualified as "pimped") and with very few exceptions they're all pathetic. How many times have you seen a base model 300C with its… » 8/30/07 11:30am 8/30/07 11:30am

The Worst Pimp Job You've Ever Seen?

We're going to let commenter JayP71 handle this one: » 8/29/07 11:30am 8/29/07 11:30am

Living where we've lived (all over the Eastside of Los Angeles) we've seen so many horrid pimp-misfires that nothing specific is coming to mind. However, we did know a guy who was serious about getting hydraulics for his 1984 Dodge Colt. You? And the above is the …

This Cadillac's Security System Is Positively Riveting!

Roaming the rows of my favorite self-service junkyard in scintillating Hayward, California, I caught sight of an 80s Caddy with hasps and padlocks on the driver's side doors. Now, that's something you see from time to time, but I wasn't prepared for what I saw on the other side of the car... » 8/28/07 11:30am 8/28/07 11:30am

American Chopper Dudes Build Mobile Barbecue Pit

Last weekend I picked up this great Mingus album called "Music Written For Monterey 1965. Not Heard... Played in its Entirety at UCLA." While not quite as transcendent as "The Great Concert of Charles Mingus," the UCLA record absolutely rocks. Especially when the band flubs up the track "Once Upon A Time, There Was A… » 8/25/07 4:00pm 8/25/07 4:00pm

Junkyard Find: Who's Your Doob-ernatorial Candidate?

When you're building weird stuff out of car parts (or if you rely entirely on cheap-ass beater cars for transportation), you'll be spending a lot of time in your local junkyards. I've always loved junkyards anyway, so I'm often at my favorite yard, sniffing through cars like a junk-food-mad bear digging through… » 8/23/07 4:45pm 8/23/07 4:45pm