These Dutch Sisters Broke Into The Good Old Boys Vintage Car Racing…

Palermo, Sicily — Vintage car racing is, for the most part, a good old boys club; the emphasis being on 'old' and 'boys.' But there are exceptions, and a few popped up at this weekend's Targa Florio vintage car race in Sicily. » 10/16/12 4:00pm 10/16/12 4:00pm

No One Gives A F*ck How Fast You Are In Gran Forzarismo

We're on the precipice of the Forza Horizon launch and what will almost certainly become an obnoxious shitstorm perpetuated by people who wear racing shoes while playing console simulator racing games. They'll complain about the "physics" and how it isn't "real" enough for them. » 10/11/12 3:00pm 10/11/12 3:00pm

When Is It Time To Just Give Up On Your Daily Driver?

Personally, I'm not the kind of person who likes to get a lot of grief from his daily driver. I need it to be something I can depend on. I don't need to be screaming expletives at it when I turn the key. It could be the journalist in me, feeling the need to be ready to run and report breaking news, but I feel asking a… » 10/07/12 4:30pm 10/07/12 4:30pm

A Driverless Car Will Be The First Real Robot You'll Own

Nevada has already started licensing driverless cars. California is right behind them, albeit with a few more caveats (big off switches, etc). This is just the beginning, of course. Driverless cars are absolutely coming, and in many ways this is the biggest advancement in motoring since the cupholder and 8-track… » 9/26/12 2:00pm 9/26/12 2:00pm

Why Paris In 2012 Is A Lot Like Detroit In 2009

Who doesn't love the Paris Motor Show? You wake up and see the Eiffel Tower through your window. You jump on the Metro outside your hotel in the 7th Arrondisement and arrive at the show's front door. If you're lucky, you can dine on lunch from a Michelin 3-star restaurant right on the show floor. » 9/26/12 10:30am 9/26/12 10:30am

Here's One Thing That Has To Happen To Get Gen Y To Buy Cars

Recently, the auto industry has taken up a side hobby of collectively moaning about how the Gen Y kids just don't care about cars. Article after article whines about how Gen Y isn't interested in cars, isn't buying cars, isn't even thinking about cars. » 9/24/12 10:30am 9/24/12 10:30am

Dear Honda: It's Time To Throw America A Bone And Give Us A Civic Type R

I explained last week why I have reason to believe the new, smaller Accord is back on track to be a decent driver's car in family sedan clothes –- like it used to be in the 80s and 90s. Looks like there's hope the Civic's dark days could end, too. » 9/23/12 12:00pm 9/23/12 12:00pm

Who Says A Bus Can't Go Offroading?

In many parts of the U.S. of A., we're often told what's not possible. You can't build a house without 2x4s and nails from Home Depot; you can't make your car run without a complete array of expensive tools and a course in auto mechanics; it's impossible to tow things with a small car. » 9/21/12 2:00pm 9/21/12 2:00pm

Why Texas' Insanely Fast 85 MPH Speed Limit Isn't A Big Deal

I shift into fifth gear and hit 70 mph as I merge onto the State Highway 130 toll road east of Austin. The speed limit on this road is 80 mph, so that's where I stop accelerating until a Chevy Tahoe packed with children passes me in the left lane, probably doing around 90. Then I decide to push the accelerator a bit… » 9/09/12 12:00pm 9/09/12 12:00pm

Hurricanes Suck: A Mental Preparation Guide

With Tropical Storm Isaac forecast to probably become a hurricane and rearrange parts of our coastline, if you're on the Gulf Coast you'll be reading a lot of preparation guides that'll get you ready for physically surviving the storm. Read them. A hurricane can mess your stuff up. » 8/24/12 12:00pm 8/24/12 12:00pm

Why It's Great We Send Robots To Mars And Why People Should Follow

While I was live-blogging the spectacular landing of Curiosity on Mars last night, I knew in the back of my head at some point there would be a particular comment posted. It's a comment that gets posted any time there's an article about space exploration anywhere. It may be trolling, but it's consistent and common… » 8/06/12 3:30pm 8/06/12 3:30pm

We Must Not Let Carmakers Ruin The Shooting Brake

Is there no term the auto industry hasn't ruined? Coupes are now increasingly "four-door coupes," which is a fancy term for less practical sedans. Proper wagons have morphed into either swoopy sportwagons, "touring" models, or cladded and jacked-up faux SUVs. And most SUVs are now crossovers, or elevated cars that would… » 8/05/12 3:00pm 8/05/12 3:00pm