I finally made it back to Cars & Coffee in Charlotte, North Carolina today after months of missing out due to cancellations or missing the back-up locations as the organizers find a new home. Today was pretty great, and I got to try out a new camera. I’ll show you what I got, if you show me what you’ve got.
You buy a car with so much promise in mind. A way to get around. A fun weekend toy. A project to mold into your dream ride. But then it all goes to complete shit, and you are left with nothing but an empty wallet and broken dreams.
I’ve never liked chrome wheels, and I don’t just mean the obvious double-discount aftermarket variety. Some cars come with chromed wheels stock, and it only looks like a tacky and cheap attempt at providing a luxury look. This is Jalopnik, where the budget trim look isn’t just welcomed, it’s sought.
Race cars are a veritable Pandora’s Box of weirdness, be it from the bizarre things done by previous owners, improvised medical uses of duct tape, or tools you never knew fell in that hole. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve discovered while wrenching on your car?
I adore Tesla’s cars, but I am not always enthused with their owners.
Kammback shooting brakes are more practical and fuel efficient than their sedan or coupe counterparts, not to mention that they will also be faster thanks to having lower drag. It’s just a superior shape.
Everyone knows I’m partial to cartoon liveries, but surely there’s other shows we’d like to see on a race car that aren’t old Cartoon Network shows or SpongeBob SquarePants. Tell us: which show have you binge-watched over the holida—err, um, would you like to see on a race car?
It’s easy for us to think of German cars as peerlessly designed, unmatched in their engineering. But the veneer of perfection is often broken, particularly in the automotive world.
Today marked the sad, sad death of the bold and wonderful front-engine Nissan LMP1 program, with many heaping on to call the whole thing a massive failure. But I love the Nissan LMP1 project, and I want to show there has been much worse.
There is no more prestigious engine int he automotive world than the smooth and complicated V12. Which one is your favorite?
Remember the amazing international rally program of, uh, Proton?
2015 has been a good year for cars (unless you’re the boss of Volkswagen or any of the other automakers caught cheating on their emissions testing). This has me wonder—what was the worst year for the car industry?
What always weirds me out about modern car design is that you can have a completely futuristic car body, and then you lift the hood and the engine still looks like it came out of the 19th century.
Big automaker companies are limited in what kinds of cars they build by national regulations for safety and cleanliness. And you, even you, are limited too.
As far as I can tell, the faster you were in the ‘90s, the smaller your sunglasses had to be.
In a perfect race car design world, all shapes would be clean, and you’d need just one wing out back, one wing up front, and a smooth envelope of a car in between. But race car design is never perfect.
Motorsports isn’t just a great place for people to get together and compete in the fastest cars and bikes on the planet. It’s also a good way to waste/launder the questionably rich’s ill-gotten gains.
Much as I enjoy my current car’s rather hobo-chic interior, there are certain things I would like that I don’t have.
The Volkswagen Golf is a car. But it is not the only car that is a Volkswagen Golf.