A Virginia teenager driving his mother’s Kia Soul in July saw smoke and pulled over. He said the “whole car went up in flames” in about five minutes, burning to a shell of its former self. Hundreds of others reported similar, prompting an advocacy group to demand Hyundai and Kia recall 2.9 million vehicles.
Graham Blyth suffered the ultimate heartbreak: He lost his entire garage after his 1989 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde caught fire while trying to diagnose an ignition issue. Instead of shunning Alfas forever, Blyth bought another Milano Verde less than two months after the fire, and completely rebuilt it to (hopefully!)…
Well, let me rephrase that. The wildfires themselves are getting crazy close to houses. So the brave people fighting the fires, both on the ground and in the air, have to get close to entire neighborhoods as well. And that means huge firefighting air tankers flying wildly low over suburban homes.
Here’s an example of how not to make the donuts. A Dodge Charger caught fire while doing donuts for a crowd at a car meet in Anaheim Monday morning, reports KTLA. Around 50 to 100 people were there at this unauthorized meetup and standing way too close to cars doing stunts, including this one that burst into flame.
The “greatest spectacle in racing” just one-upped itself in one pit stop. The No. 26 pit stall and car of Zach Veach burst into flames after a fueling mishap during today’s Indianapolis 500, but his crew yelled at him to drive off anyway. Fortunately, the wind blowing over his car put out the flames in no time. Speed…
The fire department on the island of Walney in the Irish Sea got an alarming reminder that, sometimes, life really can be like the movies. But not in a good way. Cars don’t generally explode, movie-style, unless they’re fueled with LPG, as you can see in this video from the Walney Fire Station:
On Sunday night, a parking garage went up in flames in Liverpool, England, destroying 1,400 cars but, somehow, seriously injuring no one in the process, including six dogs that were rescued from the blaze, according to The Guardian.
Immense wildfires are still ripping across southern California this week. This video from what seems to be the cab of a CalTrans plow truck clearing paths firefighters and rescuers is particularly harrowing.
Los Angeles’ morning commute is a nightmare on most days, but today, it looked like drivers were heading straight into the fires of Hell. Interstate 405 in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles ultimately had to be shut down this morning when a wildfire came way too close to the freeway as well as many homes in the area, …
Every so often, we see an advertisement for a car burned so crispy that we have to wonder what happened. Today’s object of musing was this 2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
Famed Lotus fourder Colin Chapman had a cruel reputation for saying that a race car only has to survive through the checkered flag, but he’s not wrong there. Fellow British marque Aston Martin proved that spectacularly at today’s 6 Hours of Shanghai by rolling into the winners’ line-up on fire.
How’s your day going? Bad? Is it “you lit your engine on fire and now you’re trying to put it out with a lawn sprinkler” bad?
Security footage of a fire that broke out in the service department of a Chevrolet dealership in Sterling Heights, Michigan last week reveals just how lucky the guy buffing the floors is to be alive.
First, let me get this out of the way: I didn’t wish for the for the BMW to explode, I was only expecting it to and was disappointed when it didn’t after everyone cleared out of the way. Because I was apparently raised on Michael Bay movies. Does that make me an asshole?
I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to see a rider bail out early in my life.
We love a good, ridiculous backfire. Even better is a supercut of awesome exhaust flames and pops on one of the most sacred spaces to gearheads on earth: the Nürburgring.
There are no words for this calamity.
The same model of brand-new Porsche 911 RSR race car that has run without major issues so far this year in the United States had a major engine failure at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Silverstone, belching flames out of the engine cover that replaces its back window.