- So you own a big 4x4, and you feel a bit stupid that you only use it to take the children to school. You want people to think you're a bit country - that you need 6 tonnes of car to get you from A to B because you like to take it off-road every so often. You need Spray-on Mud
posted by The Ultimate Olympian
on Jun 14, 2005 -
The History of the Batmobile
"Batman first appeared in May of 1939 in Detective Comics #27, and although the first true Batmobile did not appear for another two years, it has become one of the Dark Knight's best known weapons." (via
posted by boymilo
on May 24, 2005 -
After an American car company recreates
its legendary 1960's Ferrari-beating race car
, the first $150,000 2005 production car sells at a charity event for $400,000 over sticker price
, (to a Microsoft-enriched individual
, of course) and many months later, dealers are still asking up to $200,000 over sticker
, or at least $150,000 over sticker
. The "experts" at Edmunds say the car is selling for about $100,000 over sticker
(seeing their "True Market Value" requires a few clicks from this page), and the widespread belief is that these admittedly amazing cars
are virtually impossible to find and all selling for at least $100,000 over sticker.
But using publicly available data, including completed eBay auctions and public documents
, this non-commercial site
shows the truth to be very different than the hype.
posted by escorter
on May 13, 2005 -
Flying Cars and Roadable Aircraft
• "Because flying cars and roadable aircraft seem to be more of a dream than a reality, many people believe that these things do not exist. The truth is that almost from the moment the Wright Brothers learned to fly, there has been a history of attempts to build such vehicles. Some of them have had a fair degree of success." The paracycle
is dorky, but the winged MafiaMobile
ain't half bad.
posted by dhoyt
on Feb 16, 2005 -
Draw a straight line on top of the car, lift the pen and the car shoots off in a straight line. Draw a circle on the car and the car starts wildly spinning around. Draw a complicated squiggle and the car spirals in and out. Quicktime Video Link#1
posted by Hands of Manos
on Feb 9, 2005 -
Car owners in the north Virginia area are apparently stocking up on hybrid cars - so much so that they are clogging up the carpool lanes they're allowed to use under state law. I can't believe they're doing it just to get a better lane, considering the purchase price on the vehicles.
posted by Leege
on Jan 7, 2005 -
A Senior Moment
The sign of a good specialist writer is the ability to amuse those who aren't specialists, or even enthusiasts, of their particular field. Dan Neil of LA Times is probably the most entertaining automotive writing around. Here, regarding the Montego, he asks the Mercury people, "What were you thinking?" (Registration might be necessary). He's also funny when doing positive reviews, as when drooling
over the Acura. No particular car lust required.
posted by QuietDesperation
on Dec 11, 2004 -
Collections: Bakelite telephones
modified rubix cubes
), minature cars
, novelty lamps
(warning: serious eyesore!), bobble heads
posted by grumblebee
on Oct 16, 2004 -
a great debate
among my antipodean circle in London whether they are real or have been
photoshopped. As far as we can gather it
. But it is surreal - and only in the UK surely would something like
this be real.
posted by Samuel Farrow
on Sep 8, 2004 -
The Great American 'Garage Mahal'
- cars, houses and garages of the American super-sized new affluent class grow ever larger : "three separate two-car garages attached to his $750,000 brick abode: one for his son Brandon, one for his wife, Janice, and one for him. His garages' many amenities include carpeting, cable TV, speakers wired to the home stereo system and a bathroom. "I've always liked garages and I don't think you can have enough of them," " Mr. Bernard said."
posted by troutfishing
on Jul 21, 2004 -
Why $2 Gas Is Amazing
Gasoline is now selling at more than $2 a gallon, which, after inflation, is higher than it's been since 1981. But that's not the amazing part. Actually, there are three amazing parts.
posted by Postroad
on May 22, 2004 -
Confessions of a Car Salesman
Edmunds.com sent one of their writers to work at two car dealerships for a month or so at each to find out just how the stereotypically sleazoids learn to be so slick and annoying yet ultimately successful--at least most of you have bought a new car at least once, right? (Lengthy, not necessarily breathless prose can be shortcircuited if you skip to the lessons learned page
posted by billsaysthis
on Jan 30, 2004 -
"...Red 5 standing by..."
Kate Horn documents her love and creation of the X-Wing Toyota Tercel. Note the license plate people, she's out on the road, armed with blasters and quiet possibly, the Force.
posted by Brilliantcrank
on Jan 19, 2004 -
The Greatest Car Ever Built
O mighty Slant-6 engine, most magnificent creation of the coal-steel industrial heart of America at the zenith of her manufacturing genius! (NY Times, req required).
posted by jamsterdam
on Dec 18, 2003 -
Flipping the bird at Hummers. Collaborative web photography just doesn't get much better than that. (With the possible exception of the Mirror Project, which, by the way, just hit 20,000. Congratulations!)
posted by brownpau
on Dec 17, 2003 -
Pssst! Wanna Buy A Reliable, Second-Hand Car?
You could do worse than start with Honest John
, a plain-speaking, fiercely independent Cockney motor car wonk who'll see you right, no problem. If you're obsessive about reliability, i.e. don't have the time or inclination to look after your wheels and just want the damn thing to get you from A to B and back again, check out the often surprising Reliability Index
for the most
and least trustworthy
automobiles. [Eurocentric warning! Btw, what are the most reliable independent car guides - preferably free and online - in the U.S, Canada, etc?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Nov 20, 2003 -
Do Cars force us to give up the outdoors?
In jail, prisoners are stuck indoors and aren't allowed to go outside except for an hour at most. But are the car-driving residents of the average American suburb consigned to the same fate? "You go from the box garage in the house to the box car, driving down the street, not touching anything or being part of your environment" says Jessica Denevan. [More Inside]
posted by gregb1007
on Sep 16, 2003 -
The Tricolor, a 50,000-ton cargo vessel carrying 3000 automobiles worth more than $40 million, is being raised.
Cost to raise the Tricolor
: $40 million. It sunk, then was hit three times
, once by the Nicola, then by the Vicky
(an oil tanker which spilled some, and killed marine life
), then by a salvage tug. Good summary
of the collisions in Dutch and English, with photos (similarly in French
). Official press briefings
offer good outline of all stages since the beginning. The automobile manufacturers tried to prevent pictures
being taken of the destroyed automobiles, but there they are
and even more and better
. The official Tricolor salvage site
offers a PDF file on how the salvage is being done
: in part, with a huge cutting wire.
posted by Mo Nickels
on Aug 8, 2003 -
Breastfeeding while driving
seemed like a good idea to Catherine Donkers, but now she is (thankfully) on trial for it. Since she's a member of a weird cult
that believes the Bible should be the law of land, this should be entertaining. Presumably, they can just keep appealing for a few years until the crazies run the country.
posted by peterb
on Aug 6, 2003 -
is an electric concept car developed by father and son team Rick and Bryan Woodbury, which gets 80 miles per charge and does 0 to 60 in four seconds, with a top speed of 130 mph. Says Rick, who used to race Porsches and has been initiated as a Zen priest, "As far as getting rid of war and nuclear weapons, solving the world's hunger problem, that would be great, but I have no idea how. This car, we know how. We've done it. And if 50 million Americans started driving Tangos, the world would be better."
posted by homunculus
on Jul 27, 2003 -
definitely provides some great new ideas - both innovative and practical for the near future (i.e., heartbeat sensor, adaptive headlights)
posted by adamms222
on Jul 15, 2003 -