In India, southeast Asia and Far Cry 4, the three-wheeled rickshaw taxis known as “Tuk Tuks” are considered as perfectly normal means of conveyance. As far as I’m concerned, it looks like a damn deathtrap. And a lot of fun.
A few days ago, in a religious festival in Palakkad, in the state of Kerala, India, one elephant had enough. The elephant was part of the four-day regional Thalappoli Festival at the Bhagavathi Temple, one of the oldest temples in India when he decided he was done with everything. While up to 27 vehicles were damaged…
Jagathish M is a tuk tuk driver from Chennai, India, who has an interesting hobby: pulling off sweet stunts with his work vehicle. He specializes in side-wheel driving – where the Tuk Tuk goes on two wheels instead of three – and just set a ridiculous 1.37-mile record for side-wheeling.
Some maniacs squeezed the 600cc engine from a Honda CBR sport bike into a dinky three-wheeled rickshaw taxi. Add a flamethrower, a few mounted machine guns, and you've got one hilariously horrifying ride across town.
This being my first season on the Jalopnik staff, I've had the unique power to finagle my way behind the tillers of a wider array of interesting cars than I ever thought possible.
In this era of rising gas prices and tightening emissions standards, owning a car can be tough. On the other hand, turning in your keys to become a full on motorcycle rider is tricky when you have gym bags and children and other crap to cart around. Plus, they're messy when it's rainy or cold outside.