Articles

  • Stop Moaning, Find a Baseball Cap, and Buy a Convertible

    Stop Moaning, Find a Baseball Cap, and Buy a Convertible

    /

    /

    31

    comments

    Here’s what you do. You buy a convertible. It leaks like a colander, you never put the top down, your friends, family, they assume you’re planning on joining the circus. It won’t go around a corner because it’s busy doing its best Gumby impression. It’s about as useful as a salt shaker on a snowy road, and…

    Read More

  • A Late-Season Winter Beater Roundup

    A Late-Season Winter Beater Roundup

    /

    /

    26

    comments

    Searching for beater cars on craigslist is a favorite past-time of many auto enthusiasts, myself included. The best use for a beater car is the wintertime. Keep that salt and grit off of your nice car and let it collect in something much less precious. What makes a good winter beater, though? Some Quick Parameters…

    Read More

  • The SR-71 Blackbird is the best hot rod ever built

    The SR-71 Blackbird is the best hot rod ever built

    /

    /

    3

    comments

    The SR-71 Blackbird was the fastest manned, air-breathing jet ever made. I’m sure you’ve all read the stories and watched all the Youtube videos. It’s absolutely amazing, I’m constantly enamored by it, and I’m sure many of you are, too. Whenever I have one too many drinks and come home, I find myself watching SR-71…

    Read More

  • The Lincoln LS: Whatever happened there?

    The Lincoln LS: Whatever happened there?

    /

    /

    28

    comments

    Probably the most common way to make your auto brand more ‘European’ is to take on the 3 Series. Ford had just bought Jaguar and Volvo in 1999. They had started wearing turtlenecks. Had small, round sunglasses. They even began drinking strong coffee from little cups. Ford also had a fresh new platform to play…

    Read More

  • What’s the status of Compressed Air-Powered Vehicles?

    What’s the status of Compressed Air-Powered Vehicles?

    /

    /

    16

    comments

    In the blunder years of Youtube I remember seeing endless videos about ‘air-powered’ cars & engines. A lot of them involved perpetual motion, which my young brain attached onto obsessively. The government was hiding these devices. It was all a big cover-up. “Mom! We’re out of tin foil!” “MOM!” Sooner or later, after watching some…

    Read More

  • Small Electric Roadsters just aren’t ready yet

    Small Electric Roadsters just aren’t ready yet

    /

    /

    29

    comments

    I’m a big proponent of roadsters. Little British cars, convertible sports cars, even (you’ll be shocked to hear), Miatas. The reason enthusiasts love them is for a series of what I like to call, “Automotive Intangibles”. It’s what all gearheads love about their vehicles, and small convertible sports cars have in spades. I could finally…

    Read More

  • Grace Kelly’s Father’s Original, Unrestored Packard Is Sitting Outside Their Philadelphia Home. It was Last Driven in 1956.

    Grace Kelly’s Father’s Original, Unrestored Packard Is Sitting Outside Their Philadelphia Home. It was Last Driven in 1956.

    /

    /

    12

    comments

    The former home of the late Princess of Monaco and famous actress, Grace Kelly, is a stones-throw from where I attend college. Today, avoiding roadwork, I passed by their family home (now owned by her son, the prince of Monaco), only to see this: I walked up the driveway seeing nobody in view, and took…

    Read More

  • The Oldmosbile Aurora was the aesthetic predecessor to the Porsche Taycan

    The Oldmosbile Aurora was the aesthetic predecessor to the Porsche Taycan

    /

    /

    17

    comments

    Founded in 1897, Oldsmobile met a sad and unfortunate end in 2004. Its legendary models such as the 442 and 88 were far in the past. The automaker went out of business making the Bravada (a Trailblazer but ugly), the Alero (an ugly Malibu), and the Silhouette (an ugly version of the Chevy Venture minivan).…

    Read More

  • Cost Breakdown: Filling the Ford Mustang Mach-E frunk with clam chowder

    Cost Breakdown: Filling the Ford Mustang Mach-E frunk with clam chowder

    /

    /

    25

    comments

    Ford recently announced that if you felt like getting a sketchy 1920’s type disease, you could fill the front storage area of your Mach-E electric crossover with wings, or shrimp. If you don’t believe me, here are the pictures: Although I’m aware chicken and shellfish may be the only initial offerings, I’ve sat down and…

    Read More

  • If You Live In NYC, Speeding Endangers Your Drinking Water

    If You Live In NYC, Speeding Endangers Your Drinking Water

    /

    /

    15

    comments

    If you’ve ever taken a sip of tap water in New York City, at least a quarter of it came from one reservoir, the Pepacton, over a hundred miles away in the Catskills. In fact, around half of all the water for NYC comes from two reservoirs in Delaware county. The Pepacton is one, and…

    Read More