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An Entire Generation Is Missing One of The Great Joys of Being a Car Enthusiast An Entire Generation Is Missing One of The Great Joys of Being a Car Enthusiast

This generation has been losing out a lot on manual transmissions. Fewer and fewer cars come with them. Fewer and fewer drivers know how to use them. But there’s another joy that’s fading away: the satisfaction of seeing a car parked across the street, walking over, looking in the window and discovering that the car…

This Story on a German Engineer Who Made an Autonomous Mercedes Van in 1986 Is Fascinating This Story on a German Engineer Who Made an Autonomous Mercedes Van in 1986 Is Fascinating

Besides a few of the minor, current examples of driverless cars cruising around cities like Phoenix, we’re still decades away, if ever, from a full-fledged takeover of autonomous vehicles on public streets. The achievements that have been made to date, however, can be attributed to pioneering engineers like Ernst…

How LA’s Underground Street Racing Scene and The Fast And The Furious Grew Up How LA’s Underground Street Racing Scene and The Fast And The Furious Grew Up

Before the Dodge Chargers were dragging safes through Rio in improbable bank heists, before the orange Toyota Supra, before living your life a quarter-mile at a time, before Dom and Letty and Brian, there was just Stephan Papadakis, his friends, and Los Angeles.

My Weirdest Car Fetish: A Super Narrow Track My Weirdest Car Fetish: A Super Narrow Track

For some reason, I’ve got a thing for cars that feature what many designers would consider a serious faux pas: narrow track widths and wide bodies. No, I can’t explain it, either.

The Night A Mazda Rotary Army Invaded New York City And R34 Skylines Were Legal The Night A Mazda Rotary Army Invaded New York City And R34 Skylines Were Legal

Crammed into a red Porsche 911 Turbo S Porsche convertible, we slotted into the traffic rolling towards Times Square with an R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R pulling ahead of us. Beside it waited another R34 Skyline, a hen’s tooth V-Spec II Nür. For one moment, for that whole night, really, there was no 25-year import rule.…

Go To Formula Drift And Die Happy Go To Formula Drift And Die Happy

Driving down New Jersey’s Route 34, you immediately knew who was going to Formula Drift and who was not. A long file of lowered Subaru WRXs, stanced BRZs, enloudened Mitsubishi Evos and lowered Volkswagen Golfs, right turn blinkers flashing frenetically, awaited their turn into the stadium parking lot during one…

This Documentary Explains Why Hong Kong Is Filled With Abandoned Collector Cars This Documentary Explains Why Hong Kong Is Filled With Abandoned Collector Cars

If you’ve seen our videos on the incredible abandoned, discarded classic cars in Hong Kong, and longed to learn more, here’s an excellent new documentary discussing why these priceless gems were left to rot. It even features Victor Ma, my brother and me!

To Be Truly Happy, You Need A Funreliable Car To Be Truly Happy, You Need A Funreliable Car

There’s a lot of articles and talk and hand-wringing and general grousing about how people are just not as happy as they used to be, that everyone is lonely, and adults have no friends. Sometimes social media gets blamed, or it’s something either Millennials or Baby Boomers did, because they’re all jerks. But nobody…

Jeopardy Champion Austin Rogers Is Planning The Ultimate Car TV Show Jeopardy Champion Austin Rogers Is Planning The Ultimate Car TV Show

I just got off the phone with Jeopardy champion Austin Rogers, and learned some fantastic news: He’s an avid Jalopnik reader and his plans for his new TV car show are absolutely brilliant.

You Don't Know Rust Until You See What Passes For A Car In Canada You Don't Know Rust Until You See What Passes For A Car In Canada

I thought I had a good understanding of how rusty cars are in Canada, then I saw this Nissan 240SX held together with little more than hopes and dreams.

Every Car Ever Made Has At Least One Rabid Fan And I Have The Email To Prove It Every Car Ever Made Has At Least One Rabid Fan And I Have The Email To Prove It

While I know that even the most improbable of cars can have obsessive and dedicated fans, I’d always sort of assumed there was a limit. That there would be some cars that are so free of charm or character or interest that there’s just no way someone could become devoted to them. This week, I learned how very, very…

There Are Two Important Words Missing From American Car Culture There Are Two Important Words Missing From American Car Culture

There are two things you notice when you first encounter car culture in Germany. The first is the surprising number of Opels, and the second is that they have two perfect words to describe a particular kind of car, words that we oddly don’t have in America but desperately need. Those words are youngtimer and oldtimer.

I Saw Some Insane Cars At The Detroit Gambler 500 I Saw Some Insane Cars At The Detroit Gambler 500

Over 800 cars showed up to the Detroit Gambler 500—a rally made up of $500 and under shitboxes—and while I only spotted a small portion of that total, what I did see was absolute madness.

American Driving Is Echoing Back Into Drifting In Japan

They learned its style. They recreated it on a skidpad. They played it in driving sims. But NorCal’s Drift Team Animal Style had never physically gone to Meihan, the tiny track in Japan that gave the world the backwards entry and has become legendary in the Internet Era of drifting. This past year, they shipped their…

What Four Cars Inspired You The Most? What Four Cars Inspired You The Most?

Twitter is endlessly hilarious and horrible, but every now and then it can be fun and thought provoking. In video-game Twitter, the hashtag #GameStruck4 was this past week. It essentially asked users to list the four video games that were the most influential on their lives, or on their hobby in general.

An Arkansas Town Is Ticketing People For Having 'Inoperable' Cars On Their Property An Arkansas Town Is Ticketing People For Having 'Inoperable' Cars On Their Property

Yet another town is enforcing a dumb rule banning people from having inoperable automobiles on their property because some people find those cars “unsightly.” This time, the town that could make life tough for low-income households and car enthusiasts is West Memphis, Arkansas.

If You're Wondering What Those Ben-Hur Wheel Spikes Are And If They're Legal We're Here To Help 

A video posted yesterday is getting a good bit of attention online because it shows a late-model Cadillac sporting wheels that have massive protruding spikes looking like they came off the chariot race scene in Ben-Hur. What are these things? Are they legal? It’ll be okay. We’ll explain.

Drifting Enthusiast Found After Being Missing For Weeks Drifting Enthusiast Found After Being Missing For Weeks

Back in January, a drifting enthusiast, Ernesto Aguilar Gonzales (Fred Lump Lump on Instagram), was reported missing after he missed his flight home from Mexico to LA. Nearly three months later, he has been found.

Michigan Man Forced To Sell 20 Cars A Month Has Scrapped 'At Least 75' Cars Michigan Man Forced To Sell 20 Cars A Month Has Scrapped 'At Least 75' Cars

Ron Dauzet, the Michigan man whose township is forcing him to sell 20 of his cars per month in order to comply with a “blight ordinance” tells me he’s still working every day to get rid of his vehicles. And unfortunately, he’s had to send a whole bunch of good cars to the crusher. At least 75.

Sweden's 'Speed Weekend On Ice' Is Where Sanity Goes To Die And Axles Go To Break Sweden's 'Speed Weekend On Ice' Is Where Sanity Goes To Die And Axles Go To Break

Have you ever seen small children drift, flip and hammer dents out of a DAF 66 sedan? Have you ever seen a bunch of BMW-swapped Volvos go toe-to-toe with a 1940s DeSoto and a BMW engine-swapped Toyota Supra on a giant frozen lake drift-course?

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