Leonard Nimoy Showed Us What It Truly Means To Be Human

Leonard Nimoy didn't just have a massive impact on science fiction, he also transformed pop culture. Nimoy, who died today, took the thankless supporting role of an emotionless alien science whiz, and turned Spock on Star Trek into an icon. » 2/27/15 10:05am 2/27/15 10:05am

Father of the Trabant dead

Dpa reports that Werner Lang, father of the world famous Trabant, of which between 1964 and 1990 2,8 million were made, died last week from a heart disease in his home in Zwickau at the age of 91. Being from the Erzgebirge region, he studied machine engineering before and after the war, and in 1951 started at the… » 6/27/13 2:33pm 6/27/13 2:33pm

R.I.P. Ray Bradbury, Author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury — author of The Martian Chronicles, Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and many more literary classics — died this morning in Los Angeles, at the age of 91. » 6/06/12 9:57am 6/06/12 9:57am

Steve Jobs Is Dead

Steve Jobs is dead. The Apple chairman and former CEO who made personal computers, smartphones, tablets, and digital animation mass-market products passed away today. We're going to miss him. Deeply, and personally. » 10/05/11 7:41pm 10/05/11 7:41pm

Peter Yates, Bullitt Director, Dead At 82

English director Peter Yates, known to enthusiasts as the director of Bullitt and therefore cinema's most famous car chase, passed away today at age 82. Here's the 11 minutes we'll always remember him for. » 1/10/11 7:05am 1/10/11 7:05am

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

Jerry Flint, Curmudgeonly Automotive Journalist, Dead At 79

Jerry Flint, the official curmudgeon of the auto journalism world whose career dated to the Eisenhower administration, died Saturday. We fly our ascots at half-staff in his honor today. » 8/08/10 1:41pm 8/08/10 1:41pm

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

Mercury, A Eulogy: Death By Indifference

Seven decades after its birth, Mercury is dead. We don't mourn the loss, but we don't rejoice, either. To be honest, we don't feel a thing. Do you care? Does Ford? Does anyone? » 6/02/10 4:30pm 6/02/10 4:30pm

Donald Frey, Designer of the Original Mustang, Dies at 86

Donald N. Frey, the engineer who led the team that gave us the first Ford Mustang, passed away today March 5th. He was 86 years old. » 3/28/10 10:15pm 3/28/10 10:15pm

Jan Gabriel, 1941-2010: No More Sundays

Jan Gabriel, the Chicago-area motorsport announcer who popularized the phrase "Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!", died last week at 69. He got his start as a sock-hop disc jockey and eventually moved into automotive television. Fittingly, he passed on a Sunday. » 1/14/10 5:30pm 1/14/10 5:30pm

Robert Novak, Corvette Owner And Political Commentator, Dead At 78

Robert Novak, who achieved notoriety in the 1960s as a political columnist and in 2008 as the driver of a Corvette involved in a hit-and-run accident, died of a brain tumor today at his Washington home. » 8/18/09 3:30pm 8/18/09 3:30pm

Peter Wheeler, Former TVR Owner, Dead At 64

Peter Wheeler will be remembered as the man responsible for epic TVR supercars like the Griffith, Cerbera, Tuscan and Sagaris. He passed away yesterday after a short illness at age 64. Autocar's Colin Goodwin has written a touching obituary. [Autocar] » 6/12/09 10:45am 6/12/09 10:45am

Dom DeLuise, Dead At 75

Actor Dom DeLuise, star of Smokey and the Bandit II Cannonball Run I and II, three films every auto-lover needs in their DVD collection, died yesterday at age 75. » 5/05/09 12:40pm 5/05/09 12:40pm

J.G. Ballard, 1930-2009

We are saddened to learn that novelist JG Ballard died today. Ballard's work focused on the effects of technology on our heads, hearts, and gonads, and cars figured prominently in much of it. » 4/19/09 4:30pm 4/19/09 4:30pm

Ricardo Montalban, Chrysler Cordoba Spokesman, Dead At 88

Much of the Country knew Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán Merino as "Khan" or "the guy from Fantasy Island," but car freaks the world over knew him as the man who gave us Soft Corinthian Leather. » 1/14/09 4:53pm 1/14/09 4:53pm

Jerry "Snowman" Reed, Dead At Age 71

Jerry Reed, best known around these parts as the actor who played the truck driver "Snowman" in the Smokey And The Bandit » 9/02/08 6:20pm 9/02/08 6:20pm films, passed away yesterday at the age of 71. A successful songwriter and musician, Reed was one of the earliest country music stars to break into Hollywood, paving the way for other crooners to…

Phil Hill, Racing Legend, Dead At 81

After receiving a report earlier today, we've just confirmed the sad news that Phil Hill, the first American to win a Formula One World Drivers Championship, passed away at 10:30 this morning at the age of 81 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Hill will be remembered as one of the greatest race car drivers… » 8/28/08 2:50pm 8/28/08 2:50pm

Court Summerfield, 1961-2008

Those of us at the 24 Hours of LeMons race on Saturday afternoon were beyond heartbroken when Court Summerfield died at the wheel of the Team Cant Am Volvo 242 Turbo. Not only was Court's death a major loss for the LeMons racing community, it was also a tough blow for the city of Alameda; he lived on the island and… » 5/12/08 6:20pm 5/12/08 6:20pm

Boyd Coddington, Remembered

As we sadly reported first earlier today, Boyd Coddington died early this morning at the age of 63.


As a lad reading Hot Rod by flashlight after bedtime — as if it were Highlights for Children — I assimilated Boyd Coddington's name alongside the usual suspects of the Hot Rod feature-well: Gray Baskerville, Bill… » 2/27/08 2:30pm 2/27/08 2:30pm