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
Dan sorry to hear it. Prayers sent to the family.
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.
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.
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…
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
My condolences to you and Davey’s family and friends. My thanks to you both for creating this weird-ass community.
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.
Sorry for the loss.
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
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
“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