RIP Big Tex: 1952-2012

"Howdeeeee folks. Welcome to the State Fair of Texas!" Visitors to Dallas' Fair Park have been greeted by the booming voice of a 52-foot-tall statue at the state fair for the last 60 years. But the Lone Star State icon leaves some giant boots to fill—today Big Tex met a tragic death in a purported electrical fire.… » 10/19/12 4:16pm 10/19/12 4:16pm

What People Are Saying About Carroll Shelby

From the time he was a child, Carroll Shelby was into cars. After a brief but understandable diversion into airplanes during World War II, Shelby eventually made his way back to his passion, racing and later building some of the world's fastest cars. » 5/11/12 5:30pm 5/11/12 5:30pm

Toyota Remembers Hiromu Naruse, The "Nur Meister"

Hiromu Naruse, the chief test driver for Toyota who had a hand in every great sports car built by the Japanese giant since the 1960s, died in June while testing his masterpiece, the Lexus LF-A. Now Toyota is paying tribute. » 11/04/10 1:00pm 11/04/10 1:00pm

The Late Harvey Pekar On Speed Traps

Comic writer and infamous curmudgeon Harvey Pekar touched on a lot of subjects — mostly to complain about them. As we mourn his passing, we remember his gift of putting our displeasure into words. Here's Pekar on speed traps. [WKSU] » 7/12/10 1:15pm 7/12/10 1:15pm

NASCAR Pioneer Raymond Parks Dead At 96

Raymond Parks, one of the founding members of NASCAR and the owner of its first championship team, died Sunday. He was the last surviving NASCAR founder, and he was once jailed for illegally transporting liquor. Say it with us: Sigh. » 6/22/10 12:00pm 6/22/10 12:00pm

Edward Kennedy, Statesman And Terrible Driver, Dead At 77

Senator Edward "Teddy" Kennedy (D-MA), the "Lion Of The Senate" and the only man to lose the Presidency because of an auto accident, passed away Tuesday night at his Massachusetts home. Jalopnik remembers the man and his legend below. » 8/26/09 11:30am 8/26/09 11:30am

Jack Odell, R.I.P.

A giant has left us and we didn't find out until today. Earlier this month, Jack Odell passed away at the age of 87. If you're reading this site, Mr. Odell likely touched your life via his best-known creation, the Matchbox car. When we get back home tonight, we're pulling out the RS 200 we bought in Dublin back in '87… » 7/16/07 3:15pm 7/16/07 3:15pm

Robert E. Petersen Dead at 80


After a short battle with cancer Robert E. Petersen has passed away. If not for Petersen and his crazy idea for a magazine full of gow jobs called Hot Rod we wouldn't have beans for jobs.
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Shit. Dick Landy's Dead

"Dandy" Dick Landy, one of the most innovative men in drag racing history, has died of kidney failure at the age of 69. Proprietor of Dick Landy Industries, Landy kicked the 1/4 mile onto its ear with what was the predecessor to the Funny Car, rocked early Pro Stock, built a flathead that was good for 300mph at… » 1/13/07 8:15pm 1/13/07 8:15pm

A 40 Tipped For Sandy West + East Bay Nostalgia

Here's an exercise in free association. I moved to the East Bay in 1994, just as Rancid's "Salvation" was eking its way up the charts in the wake of the massive success of Green Day and the Offspring. Five years later, I found myself onstage belting out "Alternative Ulster" with Mike Watt, Greg Hetson, Eric Melvin… » 10/24/06 3:00pm 10/24/06 3:00pm

Steve Irwin's Revenge: Viper vs. Sting Ray

Given the tragic death of the Crocodile Hunter over the weekend, we felt the sacrifice of a sting ray was only appropriate. And what better way to pay tribute to the reptile-loving Irwin than having the flappy fish go down at the hands of a Viper? True, it's more suicide than vengeance-killing, but hey, make do with… » 9/05/06 2:00pm 9/05/06 2:00pm

Is Jeremy Clarkson Dead?

We received this e-mail from a tipster this afternoon:
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Holy shit. If this is true, we truly can't believe that Clarkson's gone. Although we often disagreed with the presenter, we loved his wit and his way with a turn of phrase. He was one of the truest scholars ever to comment on motoring, as well as one of the…

Dog's Daughter Killed in Car Wreck

How's this for tragic irony? Massively-mulleted Duane "Dog" Chapman, bounty hunter and reality-TV star, lost his 23-year-old daughter, Barbara Katy Chapman, the day before his wedding. Tragic to the nth degree, non? The irony comes into play here: Ms. Chapman was riding in a stolen car that went off the road near her… » 5/22/06 3:30pm 5/22/06 3:30pm