The National Corvette Museum Sinkhole Is Mesmerizing (And Real)

About an hour before a frigid winter sun would rise over the western Kentucky city of Bowling Green, disaster struck the National Corvette Museum located on the northeastern side of town. A sinkhole some forty feet wide, and deep enough to almost reach the bowels of hell, opened up in the museum's Skydome, swallowing… » 6/15/14 9:45am 6/15/14 9:45am

What Does a Ford Thunderbird Have In Common With a Fender Strat?

Music and motoring go hand in hand like peanut butter and grape jelly. Or Kate Upton and topless sunbathing. The both of them just naturally click, and have done so since some miracle worker of an engineer figured out how to wire up a radio and a few speakers in an automobile. » 6/12/14 2:30pm 6/12/14 2:30pm

The Unusual and Unearthly On The Streets Of The Somernites Cruise

It's pop quiz time. If I were to ask you what the Commonwealth of Kentucky has contributed to the automotive world without so much as whispering the names "Chevrolet Corvette" or "Toyota Camry," what could you come up with? I'll give you a few moments. » 6/08/14 2:40pm 6/08/14 2:40pm

In Search Of The Unusual and Unearthly: Cruise Mission

From Part One... With time and my own equipment now working against me, I picked my pace back up again and moved quickly past a heavy set fellow seated in a canvas lawn chair — who seemed to be only another fully-trimmed Double McCheeseburger away from spilling out of his seat and onto the concrete underneath him… » 6/06/14 3:44pm 6/06/14 3:44pm

In Search Of The Unusual and Unearthly At The Somernites Cruise

Under a furiously beaming mid-day sun, I was busy wandering the closed streets of downtown Somerset, Kentucky. The heat was sweltering and my body was growing uncomfortably saturated with perspiration. The fragrance of combusted petroleum lingered in the air. Somewhere in the distance, a giant American engine of many… » 6/05/14 11:35am 6/05/14 11:35am

Marvelous Missed Opportunities: The Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

The other day, as my car and I sat at an intersection underneath a red light, marinading in a thick soup of late spring humidity, something unexpected appeared in the turning lane just to my left: a minty-fresh Mitsubishi Lancer draped in metallic silver paint and wearing a temporary tag in its rear window. » 5/30/14 3:22pm 5/30/14 3:22pm

Porsche Had Its Priorities Straight Back In 1993

The Porsche we know today is often censured by brand purists for building sports-utility vehicles, four-door sedans and 911s with a device known to engineers as a radiator. Critics, on the other hand, mock the brand for its ridiculous options lists and charging discerning enthusiasts extra (read: a lot) for deleting… » 5/27/14 3:42pm 5/27/14 3:42pm

The Plymouth Barracuda Was The Best Pony Car Ever In The Late 60s

The late 1960s truly were a turbulent and bizarre period in history. The Cold War's greatest proxy war dragged on in Vietnam. Paul McCartney was dead. San Francisco didn't believe in hygiene. A racist sociopath from Ohio had formed one of the most creepy and terrifying cults ever out in the California desert. » 5/17/14 9:30am 5/17/14 9:30am

News From The Patent Office: Ford, Mazda Renew Familiar Names

This just in from the US Patent and Trademark Office: In April, Ford renewed its ownership of the storied Lightning name while Mazda reclaimed the CX-7 name. » 5/06/14 2:10pm 5/06/14 2:10pm

A Few Reasons Why Your Next Project Car Should Be An Old Sedan

It's May. Summer is just around the bend. And that means we're getting ready to head into the heart of classic car show season, a special time of year when Mr. Mid-Life Crisis backs that old V8 something out of the garage, rubs on a fresh coat of wax and trailers it out to the largest parking lot near you. » 5/04/14 5:46pm 5/04/14 5:46pm

News From The Patent Office: Chrysler Registers "Rebel" Trademark

New Trademarks Reveal Fresh Alphabet Soup For Scion

If you're a youth-oriented sub-brand with lagging sales and a poorly aging line-up, painting your flagship sports car yellow as fuck can only do so much to revive interest in your products. Thankfully, some recent activity over at the US Patent and Trademark Office confirms current reports that help may be on the way… » 4/29/14 10:00am 4/29/14 10:00am

Audi's TT Sub-Brand Is Just A Glimpse Of What The Future Holds

German automakers are very exceptional at answering questions that buyers are always asking them. I know this because, clearly, an esteemed yellow Audi TT owner (who lives in Colorado I'd imagine) rolled out of bed one day, opened the blinds on his bedroom window that overlooked his driveway and languidly stared… » 4/26/14 12:15pm 4/26/14 12:15pm

Here Are Some Of The Worst Styling Trends In Automotive Design

When I was but a wee lad, I dreamed that one day I would grow up to be a great automotive designer. Posters of Lotus Elises, Chevrolet Corvettes and Lamborghini Countaches didn't just litter my walls because I wanted to someday own one — I wanted to be the guy responsible for penning the next one. » 4/19/14 2:45pm 4/19/14 2:45pm

Put Away Your Derringer Mr. Mulally, You're Not John Wilkes Booth

Almost 149 years have passed since John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Today, a different but related Lincoln faces a similar fate. » 4/13/14 1:20pm 4/13/14 1:20pm

Here Are Ten Hybrids You'll Actually Want To Learn About

It's come to my attention that a tall, rather peculiar fellow from Georgia (who apparently owns a highly convincing Fiero kit car and is obsessed with potato farmers) recently decided to educate car enthusiasts on Jalopnik about hybrid cars. You know, those boring egg-shaped things that run on a billion d-cell… » 4/10/14 7:45pm 4/10/14 7:45pm

What Is This Mystery Car on Mopar's Website? UPDATE - 4/8

UPDATE: Reader RamblinRover pointed out the Mopar Mystery Car could very well be a Jaguar XF sedan (sorry, "saloon"). Now the only mystery left is the reason why a Jaaggggg is on Mopar's website. » 4/08/14 2:47pm 4/08/14 2:47pm

Hey! You! Turn Your Damn Fog Lights Off!

In Christianity, there are only seven deadly sins you can commit: wrath, lust, greed, sloth, gluttony, envy and pride. In the Sacred Religion of Motoring however, the list of capital vices you can succumb to while behind the wheel is seemingly endless: chatting on a cell phone and going any amount under or over the… » 4/06/14 3:00pm 4/06/14 3:00pm

I Could've Had a V8!? Spare Me Your Supremacy and Shut Up

Choice is the absurdly annoying and constantly nagging variable of human reality, the fuel for the chain of events we know as life. From sunrise to sunset, we're all constantly bombarded with requests and situations that require us to exercise our free will. Escape is futile. » 4/02/14 5:48pm 4/02/14 5:48pm

How Hard Can Automotive Filmmaking Be?

Before the BBC began broadcasting casually racist automotive pornography to millions of television sets and laptop screens across the world, automotive videojournalism was about as sterile as an old plow mule. The host was vividly tepid and the film work displayed the same level of creativity as an act of Congress. » 3/30/14 10:00am 3/30/14 10:00am