In Defense Of The Indefensible: The Rubber Bumper'd MGB Isn't So Bad

Much like the "people" they once were, gearheads tend to exhibit a vast array of opinions and ideas. Even so, there's a few things that seem to be universal: old Lucas Electric jokes, the respect of the BMW 2002, and a cold, seething hatred of the rubber-bumper'd MGB. At the risk of a stabbing, I'm going to say this:… » 2/13/15 9:30pm 2/13/15 9:30pm

This Brian Williams Stuff Is Making Me Fess Up About All My Car-Lies

With Brian William's reputation and career in a tailspin thanks to some not-so-accurate tales of derring-do and helicopter attacks, I've realized that I'd better get ahead of my long history of self-aggrandizing lies before I get found out and disgraced. So, in the interest of salvaging my career, I'm coming clean. » 2/06/15 9:30pm 2/06/15 9:30pm

Here's The Beetle Decklid Guide You Desperately Need

Are you tired of being embarrassed when you go out because you can't properly identify the year of a VW Beetle based on the engine lid? Sure you are. Nothing stings more than when the sexy someone you were chatting up flings a drink in your face because you had no idea how many vents are on a '72 Beetle decklid. I'm… » 10/27/14 7:45pm 10/27/14 7:45pm

Is This USB Thumb Drive To Car Key Idea Useful At All?

I had an idea recently that initially seemed like a good idea, but got worse and worse the more I thought about it. Even so, I think there's still the germ of something useful in here, and, since I trust you, my dashing readers, I thought I may as well bring it up. It's about using a USB flash drive as a car key. For… » 10/06/14 9:15pm 10/06/14 9:15pm

This Brazil-Only Ghia May Be The Loveliest Air-Cooled VW Of All

That headline is actually a pretty controversial statement, since a great many in Aircooldom think that this car, the Brazilian Karmann-Ghia TC, is not lovely at all. The most common description is that it looks like the offspring of a Porsche 911 and a Pinto. I think it's lovely, and I want everyone to know it. » 9/17/14 10:45pm 9/17/14 10:45pm

These Kei Vans In Costumes Are Some Of My Favorite Things

I don't think I could give a rational explanation about why these make me so happy. They're modern Japanese Kei-class vans, and this company makes kits to make them look like old VW Buses, Citroën HY vans, old American vans, early Japanese vans, and more. These things feel like raw, distilled, weaponized fun. » 9/12/14 11:00pm 9/12/14 11:00pm

This Is What A Celebrity Face-Morphing Site Does To Cars

You know those stupid sites that claim to let you see what your love-child with Miley Cyrus or Tyne Daly or Merlin Olsen would look like? Or visualize the offspring of Beyonce and Chris Elliott? Of course you don't; they're stupid. Still, I got the equally stupid idea to see what these face-morphing sites would do… » 8/26/14 10:00pm 8/26/14 10:00pm

Goofy Late-Night Thought Experiment: Car-Trunk Wormholes

Okay, it's late. I'm still settling in from a big move and my brains feel a little carbonated. That means the 6502 that runs my BrainOS occasionally comes up with some really inane stuff. Like this goofy car-related idea that I encourage all you budding sci-fi writers to work into your stories. » 8/25/14 11:00pm 8/25/14 11:00pm