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The New Hispano-Suiza Looks Insane but There Could Be Car Drama Around It The New Hispano-Suiza Looks Insane but There Could Be Car Drama Around It

For most people, Hispano-Suiza hasn’t really been a relevant brand since we last went shopping for a new car just before the Great Depression. The Spanish company is a legendary marque, though, creating some of the most opulent and elegant cars of the era. Now, though, Hispano-Suiza is rising from the grave with an…

Quick Question: At What Size Is an Engine 'Big?' Quick Question: At What Size Is an Engine 'Big?'

So in reading over the comments in the recent episode of Jason Drives, I was surprised to find something that was brought up several times, sandwiched between comments of confusion and dismay regarding just what the hell is going on with my hair. The comments were baffled that I referred to the Fire Truck’s 289 cubic…

Israel Is Preparing to Send the First Privately-Funded Spacecraft to the Moon Israel Is Preparing to Send the First Privately-Funded Spacecraft to the Moon

So far, there’s only been three countries to send spacecraft to the moon: the United States, home of the Whopper™, the Soviet Union (now re-branded as Russia), and China, maker of all the crap you own. It’s possible that very soon another country will be added to this select group: Israel. Notably, Israel’s lunar…

This Lovely Old Toyota Was Restored By a Kid Starting When She Was 12 This Lovely Old Toyota Was Restored By a Kid Starting When She Was 12

Normally, when I hear that some Toyota marketing campaign is talking about something called “Toyota People,” that’s usually my cue to run, since I’m not sure I can take hearing another “real person” saying something about cars being grounded to the ground. Incredibly, that’s not the case here. This time, there’s a…

It’s Thursday, the day universally accepted to be Lloyd Day. So, enjoy this Lloyd 600 being driven by a person who looks like the hard-boiled newspaperman or detective from one of those “serious” comics like Rex Morgan, MD or maybe Mary Worth or something. Do those even still exist?

Incredibly Kind Man Buys Single Mom New Set of Much-Needed Tires Just Because He's Great Incredibly Kind Man Buys Single Mom New Set of Much-Needed Tires Just Because He's Great

I do realize that often we end up publishing things that don’t exactly cast humanity in the best light. It’s possible that an unpleasant portion of stories can be used as misanthrope fuel, and sometimes that gets me down. But not today. Today I’d just like to relay to you a simple story of people, kindness, and tires.

What It's Like Driving a Hot Rod So Absurd It Was Never Actually Meant to Be Driven

Back in the 1960s, Chuck Miller was on the cutting edge of car customization. He created absurd and cartoonish hot rods that were more like caricature sculptures than automobiles. This “Fire Truck” is one of his most famous works of art, and it’s drivable! Sort of.

Alfa Romeo Officially Announces It'll Be Bringing 'Something' to the Geneva Motor Show Alfa Romeo Officially Announces It'll Be Bringing 'Something' to the Geneva Motor Show

We received a message the other day from our pals over at Alfa Romeo, letting us know that, yes, the company will be at the Geneva Motor Show, and just in case we thought it was just going to sit in a booth on folding chairs, it let us know that not only would it be bringing their “award-winning lineup,” but it also…

Hey pals! I’ve been on vacation the past few days with my wife in Reykjavik, but I’m back now. I thought you might like to see this, something I’m not sure I was aware existed: a Suzuki Samurai (well, that’s what we called it in America) pickup truck.

Let's Help a Reader Figure Out What This Old Family Race Car Is Let's Help a Reader Figure Out What This Old Family Race Car Is

Who likes mystery cars? Trick question, because everybody, everywhere, forever does. And we have one here today! A reader named Lucas found an old picture of a distant relative who seems to have had some sort of racing career. He at least had a racing car, and Lucas wants to know exactly what it was. Let’s see if we…

What It's Like to Drive the World's First Real Sports Car

I’m very excited about this week’s Jason Drives episode for two main reasons: first, at 122 years old, it’s the oldest car I’ve ever actually driven, and second, it’s another chance for me to remind the world about how badass the Bollée family was, at least automotively.

The Plucky Opportunity Rover May Finally Have Died on the Cold, Red Surface of Mars (UPDATE: It's Gone) The Plucky Opportunity Rover May Finally Have Died on the Cold, Red Surface of Mars (UPDATE: It's Gone)

I know it’s just a machine, but I’m not, and what I’m feeling is real: a bit of sadness at the idea that after 15 productive and incredible years of driving around Mars and poking at rocks and digging in the red dirt, the tough little robot Opportunity may have finally died.

This Wartime Volkswagen Prototype Van Is Fascinating and a Little Confusing This Wartime Volkswagen Prototype Van Is Fascinating and a Little Confusing

There’s certain pictures that almost every Volkswagen obsessive has seen at one time or another, in big coffee table books about the Beetle from the 1980s and on sites all over the internet. I’m willing to bet that one of the most memorable of these photos is an image of a strange chimera: a half-Beetle, half-van that…

Great Job, Dummy, Your Car Looks Like a Pre-Owned Tampon Great Job, Dummy, Your Car Looks Like a Pre-Owned Tampon

I’ll be honest, my finger must have slipped off the pulse of the automotive nation, because I was unaware that making your car look like it’s just driven through a slaughterhouse is A Thing, at least until I started seeing blood-spattered cars showing up various places online. I saw a post about them again earlier…

Fire Breaks Out at Seat's Historic Collection of 200 Classic Cars Fire Breaks Out at Seat's Historic Collection of 200 Classic Cars

A fire broke out in a warehouse next to the historical collection of Seat, the Spain-based branch of the Volkswagen Group, containing about 200 cars at SEAT’s headquarters in the Zona Franca area of Barcelona. Luckily, I’ve been in touch with Isidre Lopez Badenas, the curator of Seat’s historic collection, and he has…

Meh Car Monday: The Ford Windstar Proves Meh-ness Is Like Entropy Meh Car Monday: The Ford Windstar Proves Meh-ness Is Like Entropy

 I know there’s probably a lot of you out there that believe that choosing a minivan as a meh car is, somehow, unfair, like it’s punching down. I disagree, because I actually like minivans, and believe there’s no reason they have to succumb to the clammy, overly warm cloak of meh-ness. Unfortunately, it seems that…

Watch a Road Raging Jeep Driver Go Batshit and Try to Run Over People Throwing Snowballs Watch a Road Raging Jeep Driver Go Batshit and Try to Run Over People Throwing Snowballs

In the vast panoply of things that can get thrown at your car, snowballs are possibly one of the least offensive. They rarely cause damage, they’re made of water, and, very often, the intent is more mischievous than malicious. That’s why the amount of raw rage and wrath seen here by this driver in Seattle is so…

It's Time for Some Real Talk About the Legendary Porsche 914/6 It's Time for Some Real Talk About the Legendary Porsche 914/6

I know the Porsche 914 is, to many of the worst kind of Porsche snobs, not a real Porsche. It was even branded in Europe as a “VW-Porsche,” and, more galling, it had a Volkswagen engine. But, there was another version, the 914/6, that had the flat-six out of the 911. This is the version everyone seems to agree is the…

These Drivers Banded Together to Make a Line-Cutter Pay

We’ve all seen jerks who, under the illusion that they’re some sort of reincarnated sultan who doesn’t need to wait in lines like all the lesser folk, will try to get ahead of a long line of cars on the road by driving on the shoulder. Sometimes they manage to do it. Other times, like in the case of this driver on the…

It’s Monday! It’s time to blast into the week like you’re a forest-green Hotchkiss PL20, all bulbous and full of goggle-eyed determination. Have at it!

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