Cannonball Lambo or Bond's Lotus? Which Is Cooler?

Each week we'll let two silver screen automotive icons face off and let you decide which stays and which one goes home, tailpipe between their legs. That's right, it's like an online Thunderdome — except without the death thing. We call it the "Star Car Shootout." Let's get ready to rumble.

Recently we told you… » 2/20/08 12:00pm 2/20/08 12:00pm

Here With Fanfare, Your Final Tribute To Evel Knievel

Though the kitchy and hilarious "Jump of Legends" didn't make your cut in the vote for Jalopnik's final Evel Knievel tribute, the handsome and impressively constructed "Creation of Evel" did, with a commanding 37.4% of the vote. This tasteful work was contributed by reader Thomas Reynolds, who hails from the beating… » 12/12/07 1:45pm 12/12/07 1:45pm

Evel Tribute Submissions In, Help Us Decide The Final Jump

A few Friday's ago, the hoon world lost the renegade of the ramp, the sultan of speed, the king of compound fractures, Evel Knievel. We asked you to work up your personal tribute to this monster of pop culture and you responded in spades. In the last days, we put together the Jalopnik Counsel of Awesomeness and… » 12/10/07 12:15pm 12/10/07 12:15pm

Do Post-1955 Pickups Belong On DOTS?

We've seen lots of cars and a few trucks in the Down On The Street series, but just one proper Detroit pickup truck. I've shot a couple more y'all haven't seen yet, but I've been sticking to an arbitrary cutoff year of 1955 for pickups to qualify for photographing (actually, I should probably use 1953, that being the… » 10/10/07 10:00am 10/10/07 10:00am

What Makes a Man Smoke Tires? Gasoline, Petrol, Benzin or Benzina?

On the occasion of the day after D. Boon's birthday, and having had all manner of fuel scents drift in from the harbor over the last few days, we started wondering why what we yanks call "gasoline" has so many names around the world. The Germans refer to it as "Benzin," based on the fuel's benzene quotient. The… » 4/02/07 2:15pm 4/02/07 2:15pm

Jalopnik Poll: Which Automaker PR Chief Is Out The Door?


It's been a rocky thirteen months for the talking heads manning the turrets of the automotive towers of power in Detroit. There's been precious little good news to go around, and when it has come it's always been just before, just after or just during a fiery hailstorm of fecal matter flung from both outside the… » 3/13/07 12:37pm 3/13/07 12:37pm

Jalopnik Poll: What Will Alan Mulally Sell?

Responding to alleged dealer grumbling at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas, Ford CEO Alan Mulally agreed to step up and into an as yet undetermined dealership for one day to sell Fords directly. While details are still hazy as to when and where, we do know that Ford officials are… » 2/06/07 8:24pm 2/06/07 8:24pm

Question of the Day: Will the 1 Survive?

We are very, very tired, and it's all BMW's fault. We were up much too late discussing Scotto's call out of CAR over 3-Series spy illustrations, but first, we got into another round of arguing with Kasey from Dubspeed (known to y'all as Punkey) about whether the 1-Series will actually sell in the U.S. Kasey, being… » 1/22/07 1:30pm 1/22/07 1:30pm

Jalopnik Poll: Noir Cars: Your Take?

Due to the rather tumultous affections of the last five women we've fallen for like a flaming lunchbag of well-overly-ripe okra dropped from 45,000 feet onto the Bonneville Salt Flats, we've developed a serious thing for Neko Case's music. It's what happens when punkers grow up, gain an appreciation for the rural and… » 1/19/07 5:00am 1/19/07 5:00am

Detroit Auto Show Poll: Most Significant Premiere, Round 2

What? You made it through round one without nodding into your minestrone? There may be hope for you yet (or a part among the insurance industry's puppet-show cast, also known as automakers). Cast your vote for Most Significant Premiere at the Detroit Auto Show, Round 2 and really test your wakefulness. And no return… » 1/12/07 2:26pm 1/12/07 2:26pm

Detroit Auto Show Poll: Most Significant Premiere, Round 1

There may not have been a less exciting Detroit auto show on record than 2007, barring that one in the '90s, during which Jac Nasser fell asleep introducing the Ford Contour, and Rick Wagoner chose "scented candles" as the theme of his breakfast keynote. Nonetheless, automakers still managed to introduce cars at the… » 1/12/07 11:36am 1/12/07 11:36am

Jalopnik Poll: Which Pre-Production Concept Shows the Most Promise

Lately, the big car shows have been lousy with pre-production concepts. These cars pre-introduce (nolo contendere) actual models officially (or unofficially) slated for production over the next few years. In Detroit, such proto-cars graced the stages and spun on turntables, existing alongside the radical concept cars… » 1/11/07 11:51am 1/11/07 11:51am

Screw the NACTOY: You Pick the 2007 Car and Truck of the Year

It's that time of year when a jury of North America's car journalists sit around the hookah and smoke bowls of the latest particulate provided by the world's automakers. They emerge in time for the Detroit auto show with two names: the 2007 North American Car of the Year and Truck of the Year. But right now, they've… » 12/14/06 10:53am 12/14/06 10:53am