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Adding up US subsidies for auto travel with and without the costs of war

In the U.S., motorists do not pay their way. The US government spends more on highways and other auto-related expenses than it receives from auto-related taxes, unlike almost every country in Europe. In a recent report [pdf], Mark Delucchi calculates automobile-related costs and revenues in three different ways and concludes the subsidy is around 20-70 cents per gallon or $24-105 billion in 2002. But what are automobile-related costs, you ask? [more inside]
posted by salvia on Oct 2, 2007 - 99 comments

Dissociative? Borderline? Sociopathic? Nah, just MA-A-A-AD!

He's the spiritual grandparent of both Cal Worthington (very recently) and Crazy Eddie (previously). He's Earl "MadMan" Muntz, more than a successful car salesman, he was a carmaker, a television pioneer (who coined the abreviation "TeeVee"), car stereo pioneer (for the pre-8-track 4-track tape ), a Verb in Electronic Engineering Lingo, hero of Free Enterprise Land and ad icon in Napolean hat and red longjohns. [more inside]
posted by wendell on Sep 19, 2007 - 8 comments

Welcome to New Jersey: Do not drink and sleep

DUI for NOT Driving while Drunk A New Jersey appellate court yesterday upheld the principle that convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) can be imposed on individuals who were not driving. This is not one of those kooky old laws on the books.
posted by CameraObscura on Sep 14, 2007 - 99 comments

OldMagazineArticles.com

Old Magazine Articles Neat little database of .pdf copies of vintage magazine articles like Gilbert Seldes' 1922 review of Krazy Kat in Vanity Fair, a 1910 look at "Horse Versus Automobile," early nose jobs, an interview with James Joyce and more. [via ResearchBuzz]
posted by mediareport on Sep 13, 2007 - 14 comments

What. The. F*ck. Clean Air Act (2005)?

The US Clean Air Act makes it illegal to sell highly environmentally-friendly cars in 42 states. Apparently.
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Sep 4, 2007 - 42 comments

Bring sexy back? ...or Gaguar?

Press embargo be damned, pictures of the 2009 Jaguar XF are popping up on the Internet. Perhaps the final design has strayed too far from the original concept. Hopefully there are better designers in India.
posted by punkfloyd on Aug 27, 2007 - 67 comments

The 3-1-3 is 1-2-3

Latest news out of the auto industry: Buick ties Lexus as top auto brand in vehicle dependability. Cadillac is #2. Mercury is #3. If you haven't seen the new Buicks, you should take a look at what they've been doing lately (see: Enclave, Lucerne). Also, the new (sort of) Taurus gets rave reviews. The Ford Edge, also new for 2007, has captured 16% of the crossover market, and owners seem to love it. Finally, for the greenies, GM is ready to test the electric Chevy Volt--says it is on schedule for production in 2010. Is it time to consider buying American again? And not just for the sake of it?
posted by fusinski on Aug 9, 2007 - 150 comments

From a better vanished time?

Classic Car Restorations - I was particularly taken by the Model A and the parade ground car of Stalin.
posted by Wolfdog on Jun 26, 2007 - 24 comments

Girls. Cars. Etcetera.

Some Girls and Cars. Just Girls.* Just Cars. Some Girl(?) and Her Cars. Some Girl's Cars.* Some Car Girls. Some Girls. Cars. (*=Mildly NSFW if you work for idiots)
posted by spitbull on Jun 16, 2007 - 28 comments

$50 Paint Job

$50 Paint Job I figured since the Corvair is not in line to be professionally painted, I'd give it a try.
posted by Ufez Jones on Jun 12, 2007 - 70 comments

May those who curse days curse that day, those who are ready to rouse Leviathan

SUV sales are up. In spite of higher gas prices and concern about global warming, Americans still want bigger cars. It might not be enough to save the Hummer H2, though.
posted by 1f2frfbf on May 24, 2007 - 136 comments

Zap-X - Lotus Designed All-Electric Sports Car

Zap! is releasing their next electric car and it looks g-r-e-a-t As an electric car enthusiast and a big fan of the Tesla Roadster, I was excited to see more companies entering the sort of mainstream electric car market, even though we don't know when these will come out or what their MSRP will be like, though I'm sure it'll be pretty comparable to the Tesla's beefy $90k tag.
posted by lesseffective on May 2, 2007 - 30 comments

"Fairly fake," faust fasted fawningly, "Fanny."

The World's Greatest Knock-offs! While the world waits for the dinky Smart FourFour to be released in the US, the Chinese have already made a knock-off - for $5,300! More great knock-off cars.
posted by parmanparman on Apr 13, 2007 - 46 comments

Gay By Design?

Gay by Design? : What does your car say about your sexual orientation? Do you drive a lesbaru? Or how about one of the Top Ten Gay Cars of 2007? Are you having a hard time being able to tell if your car is gay or not? Just drive right on over to gaywheels to find out more about cars and the "pink dollar."
posted by grapefruitmoon on Apr 12, 2007 - 79 comments

All Right, Hold Tight, I'm A Highway Star

The Knight Industries Two Thousand is for sale.
posted by fandango_matt on Apr 2, 2007 - 36 comments

Now those are some bodacious Tatas.

For years, MDI has been developing a car that runs on compressed air. Last month, they signed an agreement with Tata Motors to produce the MiniCat - a zero-emissions vehicle that will travel up to 180 miles on $3 worth of fuel. See it in action here. (youtube)
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 19, 2007 - 45 comments

Some people really love their cars.

Auto Erotica. Chris, 38, has a recognised psychological condition that makes him physically attracted to motors. (via)
posted by inconsequentialist on Mar 11, 2007 - 72 comments

Baby You Can Drive My Car

Drive Thru Church Service? Check. Drive Thru Wedding? Check. Drive Thru Funeral? Check. Drive Thru Strip Club? Huh? If you're too lazy or too tired to get out of your car, Fogonazos has a list of convenient drive-thrus for you.
posted by amyms on Feb 23, 2007 - 28 comments

Pass the Future, please.

Tales of Future Past* — It's been a looong Monday. Do you want to get off the planet and out of the city to a place where you can really live? Well, here's some food for thought on the way home down life's highways. First, take a break from all this depressing war talk. Then empower yourself by giving yourself some space and maybe taking off for a few days. Drive just a bit slower, turn up the volume and imagine that your mechanic will say the tranny's OK after all. Once you're in the front door, take time to get slightly wired and forget all about politics. Get recharged for tomorrow: have a nice long bath, put your mind at ease, watch Ur Fave shOw, and listen to some soothing music. Now, don't things look a lot better? [*Note the 'Start the Tour' links at the bottom of each page.]
posted by cenoxo on Feb 12, 2007 - 10 comments

Sunday fun

Sunday sillibiz: Snackimals, really fancy fashions for dogs, RubikCubism, hairstyle names from 1970s Ebony ad, burquas for men, fetish dollies [nsfw], Art Car Museum, the hideaway cosy, baby tiger cub sleeps and plays. [via]
posted by nickyskye on Feb 11, 2007 - 14 comments

Boom! One day your car goes boom!

Toutes les autos de Tintin Including pictures of the original models where available.
posted by DrJohnEvans on Feb 8, 2007 - 29 comments

Treasure trove of 50's and 60's sports racing photos

A crufty but invaluable resource for anyone interested in the classic era of sports car racing.
posted by machaus on Feb 6, 2007 - 12 comments

Cyber Gearheads Prevail

Motor City Online was a MMOG created by Electronic Arts. It was probably the coolest. racing game. ever. Until EA pulled the plug because they wanted to focus their servers on The Sims, even after making people pay a monthly fee to play. People were not happy. Petitions were started. After a few years, the love for the game is still apparent. So what happens? A bunch of players decide to develop some open source code to create Motor World Online. You have to admit, the gearheads are cool even online.......
posted by peewinkle on Feb 1, 2007 - 15 comments

Donuts? Go nuts!

How to drive... like a maniac. The affable Tiff Needell illustrates how to get more out of your FWD, RWD, and AWD vehicle. And, of course, how to manage on two out of your four wheels. (youtube)
posted by Eideteker on Jan 15, 2007 - 20 comments

Home of Challenge Pissing

Fuck You Baltimore! (NSFW) If you're a jackass in Baltimore who wants to buy a car, then Big Bill Hell is the guy who's gonna screw you.
posted by dhammond on Jan 13, 2007 - 35 comments

Ghost Ridin' da Whip!

Hip-Hop Car Stunt Leaves 2 (Idiots) Dead... To ghost ride, frequently used in the context of "ghost riding the whip" (a "whip" being a vehicle) or simply ghostin' is when the driver and/or passengers of any given vehicle exit while it is still rolling and dance beside it or on the hood or roof. Ghost riding is one of the latest trends to be popularized by hyphy culture, which originated in the Bay Area of California. The act is one of the highest forms of "going dumb" and a representation of the style of hyphy. The term "ghost ride the whip" was given nationwide exposure in E-40's 2006 song Tell Me When to Go. However, E-40 was not the first to use this term, as it was coined much earlier by other Bay Area rappers such as Mac Dre.

Ghost Riding was also featured in an episode of The Girls Next Door When Kendra demonstrated the game for the other girls. The game ended predictably when Kendra's Escalade crashed into a stationary vehicle. anyone notice that most of the videos show, once again, white kids misappropriating black culture and making both races look stupid?
posted by jcterminal on Dec 29, 2006 - 67 comments

Rising Bollard Revue

Rising bollards in the middle of the road are becoming more used in the UK to physically enforce traffic restrictions, such as roads open only to buses and taxis. But some drivers in Manchester think the law doesn't apply to them. See what happens when they try to tailgate behind authorized vehicles. Also, see a video of what happens when a loaded lorry is rammed into an anti-terrorist rising bollard at full speed.
posted by grouse on Dec 15, 2006 - 127 comments

America's continued love affair with the automobile

A study released by CERA has some interesting tidbits: the average motorist in 2005 used 703 gallons of gas, and drove 40 percent more than 25 years ago; the US has 1,148 registered personal vehicles for every 1,000 licensed drivers; the percentage of vehicles that are SUVs (including minivans and light trucks) is slowly going down from 55% in 2005 to 53% in 2006; the average fuel consumption for all vehicles is 19.8 mpg in 2005, a drop from when it peaked at 20.2 in 2001; and the share of U.S. household budgets going to gasoline and oil has has been relatively stable for decades, at about 3.8 percent in 2006.
posted by jaimev on Dec 1, 2006 - 18 comments

Tip-Tip-Top of the Line

Tip-Tip-Top of the Line It's pretty sad when $255,000 and 3.7 seconds for 0 to 62 is the bottom of the heap. That's the Ferrari Fiorano, joined in its exclusive club by such beauties as the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640 ($319K, 3.4 sec). The group is led by the amazing Bugatti Beyron, which clocks the 0 to 62 in an astonishing 2.5 seconds and hits 188 mph in only 17 seconds; the damage: only $1.4 million. Here are more pix and models, just in case you haven't drooled enough.
posted by PreacherTom on Nov 15, 2006 - 43 comments

The next new extreme sport!

This is probably a viral ad for a car and looks slightly digitally altered but it's still quite amusing and amazing at the same time. If only drivers could actually do this. The qashqai car games site has more.
posted by mathowie on Oct 26, 2006 - 16 comments

Life in the slow lane

The Transportation Research Board released their 3rd edition of Commuting in America. Among their findings, a 50% increase in "extreme commuters", those with a one way commute of more than 60 minutes; 8% of Americans are now in this category. 25 years ago, 1 in 5 commeters carpooled. Today, only 1 in 10. And the dominant commuting pattern is now suburb to suburb or city to suburb. [via NPR]
posted by jaimev on Oct 16, 2006 - 31 comments

Tail Fins Rising aka Our father who art in styling... Harley be thy Name!

Tail Fins Rising aka 'Our father who art in styling... Harley be thy Name!'
posted by y2karl on Oct 9, 2006 - 19 comments

Next up: BME for BMWs?

If you've run out of places to pierce yourself, you can now pierce your car.
posted by mr_crash_davis on Oct 1, 2006 - 25 comments

Why not just sue the drivers?

NewsFilter: California launches lawsuit against automakers for causing global warming. via
posted by knave on Sep 20, 2006 - 42 comments

Send your gas receipts to your Senators

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) have launched an interesting campaign to bring more fuel efficient vehicles to our streets.
posted by toddst on Sep 15, 2006 - 18 comments

Microcar Photos

Microcars are cool. (Earlier microcar post )
posted by mr_crash_davis on Sep 7, 2006 - 39 comments

These kids and their crazy cars

Donk, box, or bubble?
posted by mr_crash_davis on Aug 18, 2006 - 13 comments

Too Much Blood in my stool

TOO MUCH BLOOD IN MY STOOL! THIS COULD BE COLOGNE CANCER! (NSFW) Eddie Reedom's site, www.choppercarsfraud.com claims Josh "Chop" Towbin and Towbin Dodge (known for their silly infomercials and the A&E series King of Cars) defrauded him of $50m to $100m. Among the evidence is photos of his stool, and video of an unruly Australian Buddhist security guard who kicks Reedom's truck. While Reedom may seem a bit nuts, there are tens of millions of Americans with bad credit. If you're one of them, seek some good advice before signing up for any loan. Credit problems are enough to drive anyone insane.
posted by b_thinky on Aug 3, 2006 - 25 comments

AcceleRacers: Track Mod

AcceleRacers: Track Mod is a fun little Pipe-Dream-esque Flash game in which your object is to manipulate sections of track in order to get each of your six racecars to the finish line inside the time limit. Gets a lot harder as you go up in levels and more obstacles are added. Yes, it is a HotWheels game.
posted by Gator on Jul 19, 2006 - 7 comments

Also check out the Tango T600

The Encyclopedia of Strange Vehicles. This is really just an excuse to link to the Fab 1, a car I wish I could drive even once.
posted by The Castle on Jul 7, 2006 - 31 comments

Dogs Love Trucks. Beavers Love Trucks. Dogs Love Beavers.

Do you like pickup trucks? How about automotive history and evolution? Here are some pictures of old pickups, from the blatantly-obviously named oldcarandtruckpictures.com. And since I got complaints on IRC that the wheels weren't big enough...
posted by Eideteker on Jun 14, 2006 - 11 comments

Fiat vs Ferrari vs F1

Funny "experiment" conducted by the folks at leftlanenews.com. Can a Ferrari 575 catch up to a Fiat hatckback after a 31-second head start in a single-lap track race? Better still, can an F1 car catch up to both after waiting 1:27? The results aren’t necessarily surprising, but it’s pretty stunning to see.
posted by jonson on Jun 6, 2006 - 51 comments

Projecting human attributes.

The Face of Things. Anthropomorphizing everyday objects can be big business.
posted by nickyskye on Jun 1, 2006 - 22 comments

Obi-Wan Can Drive My Car

Star Wars cars: Obi-Wan's Honda, Luke's X-Wing Truck, and the TIE Cycle.
posted by fandango_matt on Jun 1, 2006 - 16 comments

Tunnel Runners

Tunnel Runners drive convoys of very expensive sports cars very slowly through tunnels under London. It's the acoustics.
posted by carter on May 1, 2006 - 32 comments

Carthedral

"Q: Is that another car on top?
 A: Yes, it's a VW bug."
-- Carthedral. A few more (clearer, daylight) photos here.
posted by Gator on Feb 19, 2006 - 27 comments

Spelunking for Danger!

I never thought a string of videos of car accidents taken from automatic tunnel cameras in metropolitan tunnels would make for compelling viewing. But it turns out you learn something new every day. warning - embedded video on page contains horrible dance music
posted by jonson on Feb 10, 2006 - 59 comments

Hybrids: the silent killers

*Look* both ways before you cross the street "The dangerous drawbacks of driving a hybrid: it's so quiet that pedestrians can't hear it when it's starting up or idling, and they often walk right into the path of the moving vehicle." I've got a feeling this is how I'm going to buy it. Oh well, like the lady said, if it's not one thing it's another. Tip of the hat to Kausfiles via Auto Blog.
posted by mojohand on Feb 7, 2006 - 97 comments

Human camera

The Tokyo skyline [Windows or Real media] drawn from memory by savant Stephen Wiltshire.
posted by tellurian on Feb 5, 2006 - 38 comments

How close?

How close does a motorcyclist have to be before you see them? [link is qt video] As was recommended by the original poster, put down any beverage; this will probably startle you. (from livejournal's motorcyles community) [you bet there's more inside!]
posted by Eideteker on Feb 2, 2006 - 137 comments

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