This Early Steam Car Used Mechanical Feet To Move

The history of cars goes way back before Benz's motorwagen, despite what the marketing folks at Mercedes-Benz want you to believe. One of my favorite periods in automobile development was in the early 1800s, when steam technology was just starting to mature, and rail locomotives and road-going steam vehicles were first … » 11/27/12 4:00pm 11/27/12 4:00pm

Who invented the world's very first car?

Who invented the first car? If we're talking about the first modern automobile, then it's Karl Benz in 1886. But long before him, there were strange forerunners to the today's cars, including toys for emperors, steam-powered artillery carriers, and clanking, creaking British buses. » 6/28/11 6:30am 6/28/11 6:30am

British Steam Car Powers Past 127MPH Record, Unofficially

The British team attempting to break the long-standing steam-powered land speed record have beaten the 127 MPH mark, unofficially. They still need a visit from the FIA and another pair of runs to make it official. » 8/20/09 6:00pm 8/20/09 6:00pm

Fuel Up Only With Free Stuff You Find Along The Route: Berkeley To…

The City of Berkeley is now a maximum security statist dystopia… Cars are illegal… Petroleum is a controlled substance… Now, geeks and gearheads unite to » 10/10/08 4:20pm 10/10/08 4:20pm escape from Berkeley That's right, a 600-mile race in vehicles not only prohibited from burning petroleum-based fuel but prohibited from along the way- it's all got …

Project Car Hell, Pressure Drop Edition: Stanley Steamer or…

Welcome to Project Car Hell, where you choose your eternity by selecting the project that's the coolest... and the most hellish! Yesterday, we saw a cat-piss-enhanced, meth-head-damaged, Camaro-suspended '53 Chevy take a beating in the Choose Your Eternity poll at the hands of the Jaguar-powered, bugs-in-face… » 8/12/08 5:20pm 8/12/08 5:20pm

Steam Makes Them Hot And Speedy! Brit Team Attempts To Set Land Steam…

The conclusion reached after hearing a team of wacky Brits are looking to set the 100-year unbroken land speed record for steam powered vehicles is probably something like "there's a land speed record for just about everything." You'd probably be right, and proof of that assertion's coming in the spring of next year in… » 10/11/06 11:50am 10/11/06 11:50am

Petersen Museum to Feature History of Alternative Propulsion

It began with the first neanderthal who lit his mammoth-bone pipe over a methane vent in LaBrea and rocketed himself into Laguna Hills: Human propulson. After that, man developed more advanced forms of transport propelled by steam, electricity, coal, wombat feces, petroleum, turbines, french-fry oil and hydrogen — and… » 4/18/06 6:01pm 4/18/06 6:01pm