NY Times Calls Hillary-Endorsing Sarah Fisher IRL's "Top Woman"

In a long article about the Indiana Democratic Primary, there's a picture of Hillary Clinton getting the endorsement of IRL racer and team-owner Sarah Fisher, with the caption "Hillary Rodham Clinton paid an election-day visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday to appear with race car driver Sarah Fisher, a… » 5/06/08 4:40pm 5/06/08 4:40pm

President Bush Focused On Gas Prices, Has No Idea How Much Gas Will Cost

It's a tough job being the president. The amount of information relevant to running a country of our size is daunting. So when President Bush says that he's unaware that gas could hit $4 a gallon this spring, despite all the news coverage about the issue, we'll cut him some slack. He probably hasn't filled up a car in… » 2/28/08 1:20pm 2/28/08 1:20pm

State Of The Union: Bush Pays Weak Lip Service To Automotive…

As opposed to previous years, the president used only a small part of his State of the Union address to talk about the importance of reducing our dependence on foreign oil. We've read and reread the portion of the speech dedicated to energy and... well... there isn't much there. Mostly, he talked about funding the… » 1/28/08 9:44pm 1/28/08 9:44pm

Motor City Mitt Leading Among Auto Execs

Those involved in the automotive industry, known for having a firm grasp on the future, have backed Mitt Romney nearly 2-to-1 in donations compared with other Republicans and Democrats. This is no surprise, as Mitt Romney's dad, George Romney, was the former head of American Motors and governor of Michigan (two… » 1/28/08 10:30am 1/28/08 10:30am

Rudy Giuliani Needs Parking Lessons

Apparently still traumatized by the events of that morning, or possibly just reeling from the loss of his presidential ambitions, it looks like Rudy Giuliani has gone on something of a parking rampage on the LSU campus. A minor character in the hit show Seinfeld, Giuliani rose to fame after trade marking the phrase… » 1/25/08 10:45am 1/25/08 10:45am

Rudy Giuliani's Corvair For Sale, Squeegee Men Tremble

When we found out from Eric at CorvairProject.com that the '66 Chevrolet Corvair convertible once owned by presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is for sale, we spent a few minutes just imagining how great a Giuliani-versus-Nader presidential race would be. The debates might start out with Rudy trying to slap his… » 1/23/08 10:30am 1/23/08 10:30am

Commenter of the Day: Ron Paul Edition

My girlfriend has a friend who thinks he might be a libertarian. However, he wants drugs and prostitution legalized, then taxed. The revenue would go towards universal health care, education and free puppies. Or whatever. Man, would Ron Paul hate that. However, we think he would wholeheartedly endorse today's COTD. » 1/17/08 6:00pm 1/17/08 6:00pm

CAFE Bill passes House, stalls in Senate

A bill that would raise the fuel economy standard for cars and trucks to 35mpg by 2020 has stalled in the Senate after passing in the House of Representatives. The bill, which is heavily contested by lobbyists for the American auto industry, failed to reach cloture by 7 votes. It's expected that Democrats will push… » 12/07/07 2:00pm 12/07/07 2:00pm

Bush Threatens to Veto Energy Bill, No Likey CAFE Standards

President Bush is content with letting his presidency be remembered for stretching the truth to get us into an economically and strategically harmful conflict in the Middle East. But he'll be damned if he'll be remembered for letting congress raise the corporate average fuel economy mandates to 35 mpg! The industry is… » 12/04/07 10:22am 12/04/07 10:22am

Senator Feinstein to Toyota: Stop Making Fun of Fresno


Toyota has decided to pull and re-edit the above the "farting cows" commercial we showed you last week after California Senator Dianne Feinstein complained that it made unfair fun of Fresno (it didn't). The advertisement for the Prius indicated in the future "gas stations will become nothing more than low-budget… » 11/13/07 10:15am 11/13/07 10:15am

A Guide to Open Container Laws

[Knowing your rights as a motorist is as important as knowing which pedal to hit when a tree looms. In a new, weekly feature called "Rules of the Road," Jalopnik's own political and legal wonk Matt Hardigree will cover the auto-related statutes that govern operation, registration and ownership of our cars. Read it. In… » 11/09/07 3:45pm 11/09/07 3:45pm

President Bush Hates CAFE Too

Word out of the White House is President Bush is united with Detroit automakers and Toyota in opposing the proposed Senate CAFE changes. But rather than just lobby Congress with the persistence of a whiny three-year-old industry on the brink of collapse, Bush could actually crush the bill once and for all. Alan… » 10/19/07 10:00am 10/19/07 10:00am

DC Cabs To Get Meters Like The Rest Of The Country

Years ago I made the rookie, post-collegiate mistake of taking a cab in Prague. Burning a hole in my pocket were 700 or so Czech crowns, the then equivalent of five bucks. I only had a mile or so to go, but the cabbie started driving all over the place, eventually taking me far up into the hills. As the meter clicked… » 10/18/07 8:45am 10/18/07 8:45am

Michelle Obama Involved In Car Accident, Unhurt


Michelle Obama, the wife of Democratic Presidential candidte Barack Obama, was involved in a car accident yesterday when a motorcycle rammed into the side of a van she was traveling in. The van was being driven by a staff person from her husband's campaign. Neither the van or the motorcycle were believed to have a… » 10/10/07 7:30pm 10/10/07 7:30pm

Colbert: Hybrid Fuel is Blind People

Hard-hitting journalist Stephen Colbert has uncovered a vile plot by hybrid owners; they're intentionally running over blind people in order to use them for fuel. This stunning revelation comes only a day after the National Federation for the Blind publicized concerns over hybrid vehicle safety. Through in-depth… » 10/05/07 4:15pm 10/05/07 4:15pm

John Edwards Needs To Get Rid Of His Cadillac SRX, Pot-Black Paint

Y'all remember John Edwards railing against SUV's earlier this week? Yeah — we do too. Somehow as we were reading his comments, we kinda knew this was coming. Really, we were just waiting for someone to dig up something like this on the former Senator, Presidential contender and man who wants to kill all trucks and… » 8/31/07 1:45pm 8/31/07 1:45pm

John Edwards Wants You To Take SUV's Away From Yourself

John Edwards, candidate for President and owner of an impenetrable hair shell, wants us bad 'mericans to stop driving those gas-guzzlin' SUV's. He told a group of machinist union members today in Disney World that he wants 'mericans to start sacrificing, and getting rid of SUV's is the way to start. So trade yours in… » 8/29/07 12:30pm 8/29/07 12:30pm

Hey Auto Journalists, NHTSA Administrator Nicole Nason Is Waiting To…

The NYT Wheels Blog tipped us off to a little issue with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It seems that NHTSA Administrator Nicole Nason, a Bush appointee who's taken a page out of the Cheney book of governmental transparency, has forbid the staff at the US Government's agency for safety… » 8/23/07 10:15am 8/23/07 10:15am

Ralph Nader: Devil Or Angel?

Philosophy Week marches on... This isn't Wonkette, so we won't be discussing Florida circa 2000, OK? We will be discussing what Ralph Nader did in 1965: publish a book called Unsafe At Any Speed. Far too many people think of Nader's polemic as "the book about the Corvair." Truth is, only one of the eight chapters was… » 8/08/07 12:15pm 8/08/07 12:15pm

Cheney Was A Racecar Driver

You may remember author and neocon mouthpiece Stephen F. Hayes from such hits as attacking Bill Moyers and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's wooden leg. Turns out he's also The Penguin's Vice President Cheney's official biographer. His latest on Dick is, Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice… » 7/23/07 12:15pm 7/23/07 12:15pm