Alameda To Los Angeles (and Partway Back) In 90 Seconds!

Once you start putting timelapse still cameras on cars, it's hard to stop! That's why I rigged up the CHDK-equipped BumperCam II on the dash of the ol' Civic when I headed down to SoCal on Friday night. » 11/01/09 6:30pm 11/01/09 6:30pm

Meat Bees and Bad Craziness: Old Road-Trip Mix Tapes Resurrected For…

Did you know that the audio cassette tape is actually older technology than the 8-track? It's true! Also true is the fact that cassettes suck, but mix tapes sometimes overcame their medium's flaws. » 6/27/09 4:30pm 6/27/09 4:30pm

Defying Stereotypes, Lotus Europa Proves Rock-Solid On Heroic…

Everyone was pretty impressed by the Aston Martins driving from Panama to Alaska, but we must assume that rally was loaded with top-flight mechanics equipped with the correct tools. How would you feel about buying a Lotus Europa in San Francisco, hopping in, and driving straight to Alabama- across mountains and desert… » 7/23/08 2:00pm 7/23/08 2:00pm

Ten Family Get-Togethers On a Quarter-Tank of Gas

There's something to be said for quality family time that doesn't involve traveling across country, but we didn't expect a car company to be doing the saying. Volvo Cars of North America decided to send out an email promoting "stay-cations" that require less than a quarter-tank of gas. Said CEO Doug Speck "Families need… » 7/01/08 7:20am 7/01/08 7:20am

Afghanistan Veteran, Dog, Head Cross-Country In Beater Suburban, Need…

A lot can happen when you serve as an Air Force Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. For Daniel McConnell, things were going great until a crash that cost him his arm, caused a traumatic brain injury, and ended his career with an honorable discharge. After recovering and spending some time in med school, Daniel took … » 6/06/08 2:40pm 6/06/08 2:40pm

My Pee Pee Bottle Is A Horrific Way To Avoid Pit Stops

Admit it, you've peed in a bottle or at least thought about it on a road trip. It's only inevitable to want to relieve yourself in the car to avoid losing precious time, but this new product takes that idea a couple steps too far. The My Pee Pee Bottle is essentially a Nalgene-style bottle (in blue for boys or pink for … » 4/25/08 4:40pm 4/25/08 4:40pm

Never Mind the $4 Per Gallon, Here's the Summer Road Trips!

I'm old enough to remember when gas went over $1.00 a gallon during the Iran/Iraq war. I also remember during the roaring Reagan 80s when gas prices would occasionally dip below $1.00 per. Suddenly, the old man would make the dog drink unleaded. "It's cheaper than water!" He'd yell as he began splashing the stuff over my … » 5/17/07 1:00pm 5/17/07 1:00pm