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Fake Cop Car Hiding A Real Cop Car Is Making My Brain Hurt

In the same 1953 issue of Popular Science that I found those trucks you can happily be run over by, I also came upon this small story about a proposal to use fake, 2D cutouts of cop cars to dissuade speeders. Not too weird, right? Except the article also suggests putting real cop cars behind the fake ones. » 8/14/15 7:05pm 8/14/15 7:05pm

Weird Tech Friday: The Rolligon, For When You Want To Run Yourself Over

Driving where there aren’t roads is never easy. Roadless places are full of sharp rocks, loose surfaces, couches, and screaming people. Happily, one guy watching Eskimos move huge piles of meat figured out a solution to all these issues, and it’s nice and bonkers-looking as a bonus. They’re called Rolligons. » 8/14/15 3:30pm 8/14/15 3:30pm

Here Are Some Of The Worst Van Names Ever

I often like to reflect back on an era — a magical era — when not only were vans considered cool, but they often sported elaborate airbrushed side art and evocative names. Names that usually replaced a final ‘g’ on a gerundive form of a word with a kicky apostrophe. So let’s make up some really terrible ones! » 8/13/15 10:00pm 8/13/15 10:00pm

Let's Try Something Car Designer J Mays Specifically Told Me Not To Do

A while ago, I had the genuine pleasure of interviewing one of the best-known and accomplished modern automotive designers , J Mays. Mays is known for, among many other things, designing the New Beetle, Audi TT, and defining Ford’s current design language. He also once told me not to try and modernize the Model T. I’m… » 8/13/15 4:30pm 8/13/15 4:30pm

This Soviet Amphibious Car Is Even Weirder Than It Looks

I realize that if there’s one thing amphibious cars don’t really need, it’s surprises. Being able to drive right off a bank and into the water is usually surprise enough for most people. And a Soviet amphibious car, well, you just don’t need a surprise here. It’s already pegging the needle on the bonkersometer. But… » 8/11/15 5:15pm 8/11/15 5:15pm

It Works! You Can Play Giant Pole Position With A Lancia

Last night was the big night — I unveiled my installation at the Indianpolis Museum of Art, and I’m pleased to say it worked, finally answering the old question “can you play Pole Position using a clapped-out old Lancia?” I’m happy to say the answer is yes. I’m sure you’re all quite relieved. » 8/07/15 4:00pm 8/07/15 4:00pm

Hear Me Talk About Cars, And Playing Old Video Games With Real Cars

I’m excited to say that today is the opening of my installation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art: an old (and now pixelated) Lancia that I’ve rigged up to play the old video game Pole Position on actual 1982 hardware, on a huge screen in an amphitheater. And before that, I’ll be talking about cars, and you can watch… » 8/06/15 3:40pm 8/06/15 3:40pm

I'm Having A Lancia Pixelated And You're All Invited To Drive It

You may recall a few months ago when I told you I was going to be making a colossal installation of the 8-bit driving game Pole Position that you play using an actual car. Notably, I wasn’t lying — the installation will open August 6, and, even better, the car used to control it is an ‘82 Lancia Zagato — that’s being… » 8/03/15 8:00pm 8/03/15 8:00pm

Sticker On Paddleboat Raises Enormous Questions

I spent some time on one of those pedal-operated paddleboats this past weekend, because that’s the sort of exciting, anything-goes, wild-libertine lifestyle I lead, and noticed the little manufacturer’s sticker on the boat. It listed the expected seating and weight capacities, as expected, and then something… » 7/27/15 10:00pm 7/27/15 10:00pm

Let's Spread Some False Automotive Rumors, Why Not?

Sometimes a good hoax or lie is just fun. Truth is great, don’t get me wrong, but whether we call it fiction or fibbing, sometimes a total fabrication is just the right thing. So how about a little experiment? I made a bunch of lies in sharable-image form — and you should feel free to make your own — what happens if… » 7/24/15 7:00pm 7/24/15 7:00pm

How Hybrid Tech Could Help Preserve Rare Old Cars

Some of you may recall Raph’s article from yesterday where we showed you the shockingly pristine valvetrain of a 500,000 mile NYC Escape Hybrid Taxi. When I saw Raph on our way to the de-lousing booths, I asked him about it. Still groggy from the de-lousing fog, he just murmured “it’s the hybrid.” And that gave me an… » 7/15/15 4:00pm 7/15/15 4:00pm

The Sado 550 Is A Fantastically Weird Car You've Never Heard Of

I’ve been on a sort of weird Brazilian car kick for a while, so I suppose it makes sense that at some point I’d look across the ocean to the place that’s England to Brazil’s USA: Portugal. A Portuguese reader named Paulo actually emailed me to let me know that there’s plenty of good, weird Portuguese iron, like the… » 7/10/15 1:20pm 7/10/15 1:20pm

What Do You Think Of This Almost-Unknown Indicator Light?

We all have our roles at Jalopnik. Raph rolls cars, Travis goes out for a pack of smokes and never comes back, Patrick slaps people, Mike will do anything for $50, and I’m the Guy Who Gives A Shit About Indicator Lights. That’s why I was stunned to find out about the Slo-Lite, which I’ve never heard of before. » 7/08/15 10:05pm 7/08/15 10:05pm

This Stops In Front Of Your House -- What Does The Driver Yell?

It’s just after midnight. You’ve just settled into your favorite rhino-skin armchair and have lit up one of the Portuguese sausages you smoke in lieu of cigars. You hear a rumbling outside and the unmistakable howl of a motor-klaxon, and push back the blinds to reveal a 1924 Renault Six-Roues Type MH. What’s the… » 7/07/15 10:00pm 7/07/15 10:00pm

What Would These Famous Pre-Automobile People Drive?

It’s a holiday weekend coming up, and most of us are already planning our drunken bender logistics, so all actual productive thought is long gone. So let’s do something goofier with our brains as we ride out the day, like picking what car someone who died long before cars would have driven! Could be fun! Right? Maybe? » 7/02/15 10:00pm 7/02/15 10:00pm

Take The World's Hardest Abstract Expressionist Car ID Quiz!

I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I have a degree in Art History. As you may have guessed, it’s not exactly the most useful degree to have in my line of work. I mean, sometimes, sure, but not in general. Unless I really force something, like I’m doing now. My friends, let’s enjoy The World’s Hardest Abstract… » 7/01/15 10:00pm 7/01/15 10:00pm