Thieves have stolen 6 valuable paintings, and a Mini Cooper S. Read the mysterious novella by Scottish author, Val McDermid
, and then fly to Barcelona to take part in this mystery. Mini has arranged plane tickets and hotel for you. Are you up for some sleuthing? Get briefed.
This could be one of the coolest interactive marketing campaigns I've seen in a long while. [some links contain flash]
crashbonsai No passengers have been injured in CrashBonsai accidents, although some drivers have reported a brief, even euphoric loss of consciousness.
I'm the world champion and you're not.
Don't worry though, NOVA members may seem to be high and mighty, but don’t be fooled; each of use is human and have our faults
. Want to host a tournament? Better learn how to run one
. Maybe you'll want to host one at Paradise Racetrack
where the recent addition of split levels and spiral curves has the local racing crowd abuzz with joyful anticipation
. Is this a Sports Filter
post about auto racing? No, it's an eerie look into the world of a Car Wars
chapter. (Ever walk into somewhere that you wish you could run out of, but you just can't stop exploring...)
Luxury carmaker achieves relevance with "the kids"
by use of Led Zep in ad. Although the article touches on Chevy's decade-long affiliation with Bob Seger, it curiously neglects to mention that Chevy ad with the Mary Chain song
, or even the Volkswagen soundtrack album
. Did you ever hear a favorite song in an ad
or as the theme to a TV show
and think "how'd THAT happen?"
Can it get any more crude, I mean 'red', than this? (here, another brand
and lots of pics - click on mugshots). Who in their right mind would hang these under thier bumper?
They're all watching the wrong cards. They're watching the borax. They're watching the fuel cell and its clean tailpipe. They should be watching the hydrogen. That's the payoff card." Car and Driver
takes issue with the Hydrogen on Demand
system used in Chrysler's Natrium
concept and billed by the media
as a possible solution to the problem
of producing, storing, and transporting hydrogen.
Electric cars not good for the environment after all
(well, not the immediate environment surrounding them)? Thanks to a glitch in the electrical system of a charging Chrysler Gem, supermodel Veronica Webb's home burnt down, taking her dog and almost her husband with it.
As the biggest, burliest SUV sold in the United States -- nearly 19 feet long and weighing about 7,200 pounds -- the Excursion
was attacked by social critics who accused Ford of environmental irresponsibility. I for one, will not miss it
Bikes and cars don't mix.
At least, according to the author of this column. As someone who cycles for fun and commuting, I was alternately amused by his anti-bike spewing and terrified that he's a case of road rage waiting to happen. Remind me never to bike in Pittsburgh.
There are lots of toys modeled after automobiles, but no automobile has ever been modeled after a toy (?), until now. The insanely popular Choro-Q line of toy cars of Japan (ebay pics here
) have inspired a whole new line of impossibly cute real cars
, to be unveiled in November of this year. The tiny, brightly colored electric autos
look like something straight out of a Roger Rabbit cartoon, seat one, go 50 miles on a battery charge, and cost around $10,000.00 - $16,000. Must...have...one...
A tale of two dumb-dumbs.
This car enthusiast forum story really has me wondering who the dumb one is in this situation: the guy who got his car stolen, or the guy who stole the car.
Guy befriends another guy on the forum, starts talking, gives out his VIN, information on when he drives his car to work, and his address only to have the other forum-goer steal his car. Then, the brilliant car thief posts up parts from said stolen car on the EXACT SAME forum under a new name, then makes the mistake of logging in under his old name and posting a message in his sale thread
An amusing read to say the least.
GM are looking to the future
with plans to get a fuel cell vehicle (dubbed AUTOnomy
) on the road by 2010, unlike past attempts where fuel cell powerplants were shoe-horned into conventional cars
GM are redesigning it from the ground up with a six inch flat chassis that contains the fuel cell and powertrain allowing them to plonk a variety of different bodies on top all the while cutting costs by being far simpler to produce than conventional cars.
The cars that made America
CNN/Money picks the 10 greatest American cars of all time
The Oscar Maier Weinermobile
, an icon of American consumer culture, was pulled over for driving on a restricted road
near the Pentagon today. I would have to wonder if riding inside of a faux sausage during a jihad meets Muslim dietary codes
? Sigh. It's a dark day when even the Weinermobile is a suspect...
"We've got your name, la la la...."
I bet there are a few red faces at a certain consultancy firm at the moment....
Atomic blast licence plates
rejected by state
"Any reference on a license plate to weapons of mass destruction is
inappropriate and would likely offend our citizens."
Outta my way, or under my wheels!
According to this survey from the American Iron and Steel institute, Miami has the rudest drivers in the country. I live in Miami, and it's true. If you disagree with me, you're a slack-jawed moron.
Ahhhhh….road trips, a time to relax and enjoy the scenery….right?
Not for the participants of the Gumball Rally which just finished its inaugural race on U.S. soil. (More inside)
What's So American About American Culture? Richard Pells
launches a spirited attack on the notion that American culture dominates the world, noting how almost all its sources are European, which would explain why "American culture has never felt all that foreign to foreigners
". As a sideline and a Sunday provocation
, I suggest to you that, apart from medicine, computers and entertainment(movies; music; web sites) Europe is either as good
as America(art; literature; architecture; universities; publishing)or a damn sight better
: telecommunications; TV; cars; pharmaceutical products; food and drink; luxury goods...In fact, America and Europe complement each other quite perfectly. Though we win in the end, of course, because we're much better
at appreciating this symbiosis. If only because know and enjoy more American stuff than you Americans do European stuff. So there
Lane Splitting 101.
Do you ride? Do you commute on your bike? Are you insane enough to split lanes?
Do you drive? Do lane-splitting bikes piss you off? Do they give you heart attacks?
For all you rubberneckers.
Now that there is a site for it do you think you can resist the urge to slow down and take a peek at every car wreck you pass?
"NASCAR has sold its soul to the devil,"
says 45-year-old veteran driver Ricky Rudd, who's thinking about retirement. Maybe he's just pissed about losing to younger competitors
. Or maybe he has a point when he says, "They are massaging this thing to target a certain crowd and before you know it, they'll have us up there flexing and in bathing suits like we're professional wrestlers." NASCAR's definitely been trying to broaden its appeal
in other ways. And when is the increasingly popular
racing world going to start requiring soft wall technology
at all of its tracks, anyway? Last Sunday's wreck
during Indy 500 practice seems to have convinced one driver, at least, that soft walls work.
Dale Earnhardt, Inc to honor Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
tonight at the Pontiac 400, thanks to autopsy photos circulating on the net. "We want to express our deepest sympathy to her family, friends and fans. She was a very gifted young woman who will be greatly missed. She has a huge following here at our shop." The DEI cars -- driven by Steve Park, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip -- will each carry a [black] stripe under the left headlight. In addition, over the wall pit crew members on all three teams will wear black stripes under their left eye in Saturday night's event.
The Wagon Queen Family Truckster.
"You think you hate it now, but wait till you drive it." Yes, indeed, it is a long way down that Holiday Road
, but I know I am not the only one with fond kid memories of rambling around with the family in the back of one of these beauties
. Nothing says sensible 70s American automobilia quite like a big V6 or V8 engine and wood panelling
VW introduces a car that gets around 235 miles per gallon (1 liter per 100km).
When should we expect Ford to release a commercial in which the newest heir to the auto dynasty relates how his father shot bears with Einstein and was told by him, in confidence, that he thought small cars were for whiny little babies?
Local car dealership commercials that don't suck?
Okay, so, yes, every major metro region has its own crop of idiosyncratic and usually-low-budget car dealership commercials -- god bless Kramer the Magical Donkey -- but Portland, OR has this wonderful sort of Cinderella story guy named Scott Thomason. (more inside)
Have you ever owned a car that was "Truly unencumbered by the engineering process"? Did you ever have a car that was so bad that thieves wouldn't steal it even if you left the keys in the ignition for them? Check out The Worst Cars of the Millenium
survey results at Cartalk. I once owned a Fiat that liked to purge itself of major parts on a weekly basis. They just sort of... fell off while I was driving.
The pinacle of automobile racing now provides technology for your feet. Pininfarina
designed Scuderia Ferrari replica shoe
based on their Formula One cars, made by Fila is here. "The 3 Action system provides superior cushioning and the Speed Tech shank offers maximum responsiveness, stability and torsion control. And, so that you may choose your path, the racing tire-inspired outsole provides maximum traction on every surface."
ATHEIST tag wins!
The State of Florida has ruled that Steven Miles will be allowed to keep his vanity plates. Says Miles, "Actually, we didn't have to fight very hard." Well, you get the ACLU
into something, and people start to listen...
125 Car Pile-up on Georgia Interstate 75.
This is the second time my neck of the woods (literally the neck of the woods!) has been in the news.
With 125 vehicles involved, I think this might be the largest wreck in US history. Thankfully, only 4 people were killed, considering it happened during the morning rush to get everyone's kids to school.
ATHEIST license plate too offensive for Florida.
The state has declared one man's personalized license plate as too obscene or offensive after he's had it for 16 years. This from the same state where you can buy a "Choose Life" speciality tag
, which I'm sure some people also find offensive.
MS Windows for your car?
Let me make sure I'm getting this...cell phones in cars = bad, BSOD in cars = good?
is go! The Formula 1 circus hit the track a couple of minutes back and officially kicked off the 2002 season.
Why Sex with Cars?
I keep asking myself: Is this a well-done fake or is it as serious as it looks like?
Boy, 7, charged after crashing dad's car.
Nothing beats good old Florida justice. Enough said.
ad for an SUV make you want to buy one? I think that it says a whole lot about our society, non-withstanding one's preference for soy-based foods. I see the humor here and I can laugh at myself as readily as the next person, but this seems to embody the "Bush/Cheney" ethos at its most cavalier. Comments?
Which side of the road do you drive on?
It's all down to which side you held your sword on, in the end. (Via Fark.)
How green is your car?
If it's the Honda Insight (at 57 MPG), it's very green... if it's the Dodge Ram 2500 Pickup (at 11 MPG), well, shame on you. Check out the "Green Book: The Environmental guide to Cars and Trucks"
It looks like a Radio Shack exploded inside...
possibly one of the most astonishing cars I've ever seen. Just wait until you find out what it started its life as.
How willing are you to whore yourself?
City buses have been doing it for years. Now an ad company is willing to give you a free car for two years if you're willing to drive a mobile billboard for them. Ideal candidates live in busy urban and suburban areas, park on the street, and get stuck in traffic all the time. You pay for insurance and gas, and they take care of the rest (including maintenance). Or have your current car wrapped with advertisements and get up to $400 a month. The company will also entice you with free concert tickets if you'll drive the vehicle to the show.
, the ad company will use your detailed profile to sell more stuff to you.
Have a favorite vehicle?
Looking for a late night, post-office party romp, well keep an eye out for the Spanish or Italian gent in his Porsche Boxter, or the Chesire lady in her Volkswagen Beetle. Be sure to stay clear of stick shifts and men from Southeast England.
"Preserving the environment is a competitive advantage and a major business opportunity."
So says Bill Ford, former chairman and now CEO of Ford Motor Company
(replacing the ousted Jacques Nasser). An admirer
of the ecology of Volvos and a "hardcore environmentalist
," Bill Ford represents the hope of many with the planet's environment in mind. Can he really be for real
? Whether or not, the news is good to hear.
"I don't live in this state, your laws don't apply to me."
The Supreme Court of Illinois threw out a traffic ticket because the driver is not a resident of Illinois. Granted its just a no-insurance ticket but this looks like a very bad precedent.
to be built in Britain. God, that feels to good to read. Am I xenophobic, nationalistic or proud of the Euoropean Community on my doorstep? I'm not sure, but how can you hold a grudge against a country with this
Way of life ending for NASCAR fans
as coolers banned from racetracks. Is this an example of increased security or overt paranoia? "Right now you don't know who you can trust, you don't know who the guy sitting next to you is and you don't know if his cooler could be a bomb."
These New Bumper Stickers
will probably make you laugh out loud. I imagine that some of them would get your car keyed if you actually dared to put them on it. Then again, it would probably be worth getting your car keyed to see some people's reactions to these.
Mini cars making it big.
As an owner of a vintage scooter, I can appreciate the affection these folks have for their cars.
I also wanted to link this as a nice example of how MSNBC has been using flash presentations in their stories.
How to cook rice in 9 easy steps.
Evidently it involves race cars, a dash of Japanese anime, and X games music. Or something. I must admit I'm confused, and more than a little scared.
The Day My Car Ratted Me Out.
Dear Winston Smith,
Your 1984 Corvette has informed us that over the past month, you have failed to obey the speed limit 36 times, at times reaching speeds exceeding 130 MPH. As A result, we feel that we can no longer provide you with coverage. We have also supplied this information to the proper authorities, their jackbooted thugs should be in your driveway momentarily. Thank you.
First it was the rental car companies, now it is GM and the Insurance companies. This is the top of a very slippery slope of privacy issues and technology, specifically GPS.
WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.