The Jaguar F-Type is a fine vehicle. I've said this. I believe it to be true. It's a menace. Even the supercharged V6 has no problem dispatching traffic, which is why I was so shocked to find myself unable to pass a Taurus late one night. »
My wife and I were married for a little more than a year before I fucked up. When it came time to pick up the pieces and put us back together, counseling didn't work, but a 2006 Mazda Miata did. Life is hard and immeasurably cruel. Good cars make it better. You can read the whole story over at Road & Track. »
Seeing the new Lincoln Continental Concept got me to thinking about the last truly beautiful Lincoln. Not the anonymous LS or the Mark VIII with it's unfortunate wheel options, but an honestly gorgeous car. Turns out, my first car was last of its kind: the '71 Continental Mark III. Head over to Road & Track to read… »
Yeah, yeah, the Jeep Chief concept's cool. You know what's also cool? Getting where you're going. That's why the Wrangler Africa is the belle of the Easter Jeep Safari ball. No bullshit wheels, 35-inch BFGoodrich mud terrains and a two-inch lift aren't even the half of it. Check out the full write up. »
This is Kevin Harris' '79 Toyota Corona wagon, packing a full JZA70 swap out of a
MKII Mark III Supra. The engine's cranking out around 400 horsepower, and it's wedged down into a car that weighs about as much as an ND Miata. It's fast. It wants to be sideways all the time, in every gear. It also has nothing but the… »
This is it. This is how I know I've lost my goddamned mind. I willingly handed over American currency for this: a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 with 281,000 miles on the odometer. Why? Because a new truck costs more than my mortgage. Because I've seen more half-tons with their transmissions puked out over a garage floor than I… »
This is Hammertown, the sprawling, 10,000-person-strong tent city that springs up in Johnson Valley, California every year in anticipation of one of the world's most brutal off-road races, King of the Hammers. »
Last year, we had a chance to speak with Chuck Cantwell, the chief engineer behind the 1960s Shelby GT350R. Cantwell was hired by Carroll Shelby himself; he worked as a project engineer in Los Angeles during the Shelby marque's golden years and was responsible for both street and race GT350s, among other things.… »
Chris Cantle's giving the Ducati Scrambler a good work over in California right now, and he sent us this little bit of joy last night. How easy is it to swap the side panels on the bike? Easier then changing the visor on your helmet. Here's what he had to say: »
If you're stupid enough to break into a national park during a government shutdown and write about it, you're going to get busted. I knew that when I did it last year, but it didn't take the sting out of standing in federal court with $15,000 in fines or 18 months of incarceration looming over my head. All this for… »
Colin Chapman was doing the Lord's work when he crafted the brilliant Lotus Seven. Some 57 years later, there are all manner of interpretations of the man's ethos. We took three of the best, the Caterham 7 S3, the Lotus Exige V6 Cup, and the Dyson Racing Caterham SP/300.R to Sonoma Raceway, threw Jack Baruth the keys… »
All this talk of a Miata Coupe is entirely Mazda's fault. Back in 1996, the company tossed us the keys to its Miata M Coupe Concept. The idea worked then, and it still works now. So come on, Mazda. Throw a hard top on the ND.
Jump over to Road & Track to read the full write up from '96, and check out photos from the… »
There's a man who worships at the altar of the Dragon. We can't tell you his name. We can't show you what he looks like. He knows the ebb and flow of traffic, and when the road's abandoned. His FD RX-7 is built specifically to take on the dizzying turns, dips, and climbs that make up one of the most challenging… »
Now's the time of plenty if you dig on spritely hatches. We threw two of our favorites in a room, broke a pool cue in half and told them the survivor gets to haul our groceries home. No, the Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen GTI aren't natural enemies, but it's fun to watch them have at each other. Want to know how it… »
Yep. An unnamed 75-year-old led the Huntington Beach Police Department on a merry chase at around 10 mph through town yesterday night. When the driver finally stopped, officers gave him a failure to yield citation and let him go about his business.
Like I needed more proof that California really is just like GTA. Read… »
The International Manufacturing Technology show's off and running in Chicago, and Local Motors is there trying to 3D print a full-scale, fully functional car.
You may not remember Rickard Nilsson, but you probably recollect his hilarious Volvo b21ET-powered tractor. Two years ago, the monstrosity tore a hole in the internet. Now the 225-horsepower tractor's back to its old antics, doing donuts, mastering the peg-leg burnout, and tearing across fields at 60 mph.
You know,… »
A haggard, visibly shaken Tony Stewart broke his silence following the incident that took Kevin Ward, Jr.'s life at a sprint car race earlier this month. The NASCAR driver will compete in the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Head over to Road & Track for a video and breakdown of Stewart's… »