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Here's Some of the Best and Weirdest Cars at Bonneville's World of Speed Here's Some of the Best and Weirdest Cars at Bonneville's World of Speed

For reasons that are as arcane and convoluted as a Freemason initiation ceremony, there’s actually two major speed-related events at the Bonneville Salt Flats: last month’s Speed Week, which we covered here, and this past weekend’s World of Speed, which we’re covering, um, now. I’m not complaining, though: the salt…

SpaceX Reveals Its First Paying Customer For a Flight to the Moon SpaceX Reveals Its First Paying Customer For a Flight to the Moon

In a webcast news conference tonight, Elon Musk revealed that the first paying customer to fly on the ambitious SpaceX rocket known as the BFR, for Big Fucking Rocket, will be Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire best known for founding the online, custom-sized clothing company Zozo. Along with Maezawa, there will…

Meh Car Monday: Nobody Cares About The Cadillac Catera Meh Car Monday: Nobody Cares About The Cadillac Catera

In the 1990s, Cadillac was in a transition period, attempting to move from making soft, luxuriant motorized living rooms to making more modern, better-handling cars that could, maybe if you really squint and take some pills, have competed with BMWs or Mercedes. This was a sort of adolescence for modern Cadillac, and…

A New Wheel-Driven Speed Record Has Been Set At The Bonneville Salt Flats A New Wheel-Driven Speed Record Has Been Set At The Bonneville Salt Flats

I was out at the Bonneville Salt Flats this past week to drive some old and slow cars fast-ish on the salt, but while I was there puttering around, something much more important happened: Team Vesco’s Turbinator II set a new world record for a wheel-driven car, an insane 483 mph.

How Honda's VTEC Engines Work and How VTEC Can Kick In, Yo How Honda's VTEC Engines Work and How VTEC Can Kick In, Yo

Honda’s Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control system, known as VTEC instead of the more accurate VVTLEC, is one of those things that various parts of automotive pop culture have glommed onto, and as a result, almost everyone with even a passing interest in cars is aware of VTEC and its propensity to kick in,…

Drive! Drive hard into this new week! Put one set of your many extra lights on and tear ass into whatever happens! In the Opel Kadett of your mind.

Here's Some Things You Should Know About Driving the Pan-American Highway Here's Some Things You Should Know About Driving the Pan-American Highway

Let’s face it: you never know when you might find a magic tangelo under some litter on the street, bite heartily into it, and find yourself transported to behind the wheel of a car hurtling down the Pan-American Highway. I’d like to help you prepare for such a situation, so it’s quite fortunate that I’m just recently…

How Do You Know If You're Too Big For Your Car? How Do You Know If You're Too Big For Your Car?

Good news: you can relax. I know the world seems chaotic and perhaps a little frightening, but you’ve made it to the point where things start to make sense again. You’ve found that beacon of pure, warm, beige light, and it’s guiding you to the one place on Earth where everything is just fine: Torch and David’s…

A Ford Flex Is Not a Van and the Definitive Rules of Vanhood A Ford Flex Is Not a Van and the Definitive Rules of Vanhood

Yesterday, it came to my attention that, incredibly, there are people out there who do not know what a van is. More incredibly, one of those people seems to be our own very talented reporter Ryan Felton, who tweeted “is a ford flex a van” No, Ryan, it’s not. Dummy. This alarming exchange made me realize that our poor,…

It's Time For The Elon Musk Smoking Weed Caption Contest It's Time For The Elon Musk Smoking Weed Caption Contest

By now we’ve all seen the pictures of Elon Musk on Joe Rogan’s podcast, smoking a joint like he’s a freshman in an Oberlin doom room with a brand-new nickname and surrounded by people who never knew him in high school. So let’s have some fun. Let’s have a caption contest!

This Bodykit Completely Transforms One Of Honda's Coolest Cars This Bodykit Completely Transforms One Of Honda's Coolest Cars

We’ve written about Honda’s S660 Neo Classic before; specifically, we wished it was real. Well, I’m happy to say that, perhaps as a way of making up for what a shitshow of a year this has been, the Honda S660 Neo Classic bodykit is real, and it’s fantastic. I love the way it looks, and the very idea that a major car…

It’s Friday! We made it! As a reward, the DAF 44 of Very Sensual Pleasure is here to carry you off to a weekend of Dutch debauchery! Hot damn!

This Is How Porsche Could Make a Modern Slantnose

One of the most coveted Porsche 911 variants is also one of the most distinctive-looking: the 930S, most commonly known as the “slantnose,” because the nose of the car is, well, compared to a normal 911, slanted. The distinctive feature of the old Slantnose was the replacement of the iconic 911 big round headlamps…

Burt Reynolds, the Man Who Made Trans-Ams Cool, Is Dead at 82 Burt Reynolds, the Man Who Made Trans-Ams Cool, Is Dead at 82

I think our own Patrick George may have put it best when he said, of his cynicism about attempts at a modern take on the Pontiac Trans-Am made famous by Burt Reynolds in the Smokey and the Bandit movies, “And now I can’t hate on them anymore, because to hate on Burt Reynolds is to be a bad American.” Patrick was right…

This Is The Southernmost Junkyard In The World This Is The Southernmost Junkyard In The World

This past week, I was on a BMW/Mini-sponsored trip to drive some Mini Clubmans (Clubmen?) down the Panamerican Highway all the way to where it ends, at the Southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina. While there, I managed to get a little time to myself to do the only truly worthwhile thing you can do in an…

See if You Can Figure Out the Bizarre and Baffling Problem I Had With My Nissan Pao See if You Can Figure Out the Bizarre and Baffling Problem I Had With My Nissan Pao

Overall, my 1990 Nissan Pao has been one of the most reliable cars I’ve owned. While it looks charming and unusual and funky, the guts of the car are all from the very rational Nissan Micra, a popular city car all over the world, well, except for America. That’s why I was so surprised about this seemingly minor but…

Our Old Pal the Low-Ass 11-Foot-8 Bridge Dishes Out Hard Street Justice to a Red Light Runner

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with my favorite local celebrity, the ornery-but-fair Durham, NC bridge we all lovingly call the 11foot8 bridge. Unlike what most people think, the name does not come from the Civil War Union General Elevah Fough-Tate, but rather from the bridge’s clearance height, which is a…

The best part about pictures of Gurgels on a Brazilian farm is how easily you can pass them off as pictures of the interior of the Agro-Dome on the Mars Colony from the year 2875.

Hennessey's 1600 Horsepower Twin-Turbo V8 May Not Be as Unique as They Say Hennessey's 1600 Horsepower Twin-Turbo V8 May Not Be as Unique as They Say

Last Friday, at the pretentiously-named-with-a-comma-even “The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering” event in Monterey, California, Hennessey Performance Engineering unveiled the engine that will power its new flagship supercar, the Venom F5. HPE claims the engine is a “newly developed unit,” and that the engine is entirely…

How I Found Some of the Strangest Minis Ever in a Random Neighborhood in Chile How I Found Some of the Strangest Minis Ever in a Random Neighborhood in Chile

At this very moment, I’m on the half of the Earth I usually don’t get to visit: the lower half. Specifically, I’m in Temuco, Chile, where I’m taking part in a drive with three Mini Countryman Hybrids which are attempting to drive the entire Pan-American Highway, from Texas all the way to the Earth’s appendix—Tierra…

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