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

Top Ten American Automotive Pilgrimages

It wouldn't be a Jalopnik Automotive Amerigasm without a nod to the places that make American automotive history so great. Eddie Izzard may joke that he's from "Europe, where the history comes from," but the relative young age of the auto industry means our automotive history is as old and rich as anyone's...and of… » 7/03/08 2:00pm 7/03/08 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… » 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… » 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… » 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… » 5/17/07 1:00pm 5/17/07 1:00pm