mspinelli
Mike Spinelli
mspinelli
Sep 13 2019
18

You’re right on all of that. The difference is that all of those guys prepared for the effort. Tesla didn’t. Read more

Sep 13 2019
12

Every manufacturer cheats it up a bit at the Nurburgring but the GT R lap was fully egregious. It was so bad that Porsche broke the unwritten rule and publicly called them out on it. Read more

Jun 22 2019
3

Thanks for this. I haven’t visited much, or commented, since 2008 or so but wanted to make the pilgrimage to pay respects to Davey, and also express my appreciation for the OG Jalops - writers and commenters - all of whom made spending time here in the mid aughts (definitely not during work hours of course) a Read more

Jun 22 2019
2

Thanks for sharing your memories. Wish I’d known him. Sounds like one hell of a dude to have had around. Good dudes are hard to find and harder to replace. 

Jun 21 2019
5

I remember the old blue/chrome logo/sunglasses site, but my parent’s Pismo macbook just couldn’t load it. I finally got my own computer in 2011/2 and been reading ever since, but I have had a nasty backlog of ~100 pages for a year now. Still a slow loading site but defo worth it.

Jun 21 2019
1

Damn. That’s not what I expected. I didn’t know about him or read his articles (that I know of), but he meant a lot to you all here. I still feel bad as an automotive enthusiast, and a lead foot. Q.D.E.P. Davey G. Johnson. It's not my wheelie, but I know you will appreciate it. Thank you for your work. I have some

Jun 21 2019
4

You, Davey, Jonny, Phil, and Rob made the first car blog that felt as real and quirky as the gearheads I grew up with. I will always miss those days and that crew. While I’ve stayed around, it’s just never been the same as it was back then. I think Jonny put it best when he said you guys were like the Velvet Read more

Jun 21 2019
1

My condolences to you and Davey’s family and friends. My thanks to you both for creating this weird-ass community. 

Jun 21 2019
2

Well said, Mike. I first bookmarked Jalopnik somewhere around April of 06, reading the musings of Davey and Murilee (and his junkyard excursions.) Rest in peace, Davey.

Jun 21 2019
5

I started reading this site sometime before you left and Ray Wert took over. I will always remember Davey as the contributor who was classy enough to have a middle initial in his name on the delightfully unclassy site that was Jalopnik back then. Read more

Jun 21 2019
5

I remember back in the day (2005), when I was a lonely outdoor education specialist at a camp in the Tehachapi Mountains, long before I had a username or even the eponymous Volvo 850, I found a website with some batshit crazy lunatics writing about cars that would proceed to keep me thoroughly entertained for, well, Read more

Jun 21 2019
7

I used to spend my lunches in High School alone, reading Jalopnik on those black CRT Dell monitors. Forever thankful for letting me indulge in the whatever was going on in the automotive world for a brief 45 minutes every day, escaping the hell hole that is public education. Read more

Jun 21 2019
3

I haven’t posted here since 2013, and can’t even figure out how to post as my old “LTDScott” handle here anymore, but I wanted to come out of the woodwork for this. Read more

Jun 21 2019
10

Thirteen years ago, I was a high school student with no car, no drivers’ license, and no real desire to obtain one. Cars were appliances to convey one from A to B, and desirable cars were vague abstractions of impossible luxury I viewed from afar on Top Gear. 80s cars were unprocessed paperclips.

And then, one day, a Read more

Jun 21 2019
2

If we’d pissed anyone off, it was only because we ignored the public relations reps” Amen to that, not unlike shitty ass Car Throttle who sold out, Jalopnik kept true to the readership, and to that a cheer. “I didn’t care that Davey’s column wasn’t “doing big numbers.” I was proud of him, he was happy with it, and Read more