Category Archives: Auto

Tucson / AMARG 309th Boneyard 5k (in pictures)

Today was the inaugural Desert Boneyard 5k at the 309th AMARG airplane boneyard in Tucson, AZ.

I wasn’t sure that I would be able to take a camera, but I brought one with me just in case. Because I wanted to pack light and (relatively) small, I only had a Canon T3i with a 50mm f/1.4 (which I chose because I had a very nice B+W Circular Polarizer attached to it, and since I would be shooting in direct desert sunlight, I needed a polarizer).

Below are the pictures. I’m possibly testing to see just how many pictures one post can handle.

There are some pictures that have some D-21 drones in them, but they are off in the distance. And I might have included a certain picture of an F-16 for Matt Hardigree… =)

(I will post a few more later, but the rest are some that need to be pano-stitched together, since I was shooting with a fixed focal length and I only had so much flexibility as to where I could stand – and I was walking quickly, after all it was a 5k).

Five Of The Tackiest Watches To Go With Your Car

Have you ever wanted a Ferrari LaFerrari, but decided not to simply because there was no matching wrist accoutrement? Worry no more, as this week Swiss watchmaker Hublot announced it was releasing a new watch to accompany the latest and uber-iest of all the uber-Ferraris.

When the Ferrari LaFerrari came out, I thought it just wasn’t possible to create a more awkward name for something with gears in it. I mean, we know it’s a Ferrari, that’s why it’s called Ferrari. And “la,” well, that just means “the.” So it’s the Ferrari TheFerrari, or the TFTF in my mind. Remind me to hold some sort of contest where we come up with a better Ferrari-themed definition for that acronym. The prize will be… nothing, of course. I may make you a fine paper hat.

For those who already have all the paper hats in the world, however, and all the Ferrari LaFerraris, for that matter, you need something special. Something so special that, when a man walks into a room, everyone instantly knows that this man has just dropped over a million dollars on an amalgamation of rubber and tin and exquisitely manufactured carbon fiber. Something that makes his mortal peers tremble and quake, because they only have a McLaren P1.

That brings us to Hublot, who has created something for just that person, the one with the many fine hats and and many Ferraris and many Ferrari the Ferraris and other things Ferrari with ungainly names: the Hublot Masterpiece MP-05 “LaFerrari.”

Yes, you know it’s a masterpiece because it says Masterpiece, right there in the name. That’s how you know.

And so you can know many other things besides, Hublot deigns it appropriate for you to know how many things it shares in common with The Ferrari The Ferrari, notwithstanding its vaguely McLaren-sounding name. It has eleven barrels. Each barrel has its own cylinder. A rubber strap. Seriously, check the press release if you think I’m making this up.

We can make jokes and jokes all day about this particular ridiculous watch, but that would be unfair. (Not to the watch, it has no feelings.) It would be unfair to us, as there are many more watches out there, — each finely paired with a car and usually only purchased second-hand by those without that car — that we can both examine and appreciate for how ridiculous they are. So that’s what we’ll do.

Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 370

If we’re going to talk about weird, fanciful, and sometimes unobtainable watches, we should start at the top. The Parimigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 370 has a strange French-Italian hybrid of a name like Mr. Ettoire Bugatti himself, but this watch is completely Swiss.

Only available to Bugatti Veyron owners, it is perhaps one of the few watches meant to be actually worn while driving, the watch face is actually horizontal- all the better for you to be able to look at it with your arms outstretched and your hands gripping the wheel.

That’s also why it’s pretty gross. You’re driving along at 250 mph, and you need to check the time on your bulky and weird-looking watch? That’s just… wrong. I’m pretty sure that at over a million dollars, the Veyron has a clock.

Urwerk UR-CC1 “King Cobra”

A horizontal speedo can convey a sense of both time and place. A Buick Skylark from the 1970s, for example, had a beautiful one. Cruising down the street, watching it sweep from side to side as you move from light to light is a beautiful thing. You might as well hear the Eagles wafting out of the 8-track without even realizing it. The same goes for the digital version that you find on a Honda S2000. Conceived twenty years later, you know exactly what vehicle you’re sitting in from the moment you get behind the wheel.

The Urwerk UR-CC1 is neither a Buick Skylark nor a Honda S2000, but a watch that you put on your wrist. It conveys only the time, but not an era. And it sits there, on your wrist, while you gradually get more and more sweat on it each instance someone asks you what time it is. Because you can’t read it. Because it’s too big, and there’s no hands, and there’s no digital readout, and because you should’ve just bought a regular watch.

Hublot Aero Bang Morgan

Before Hublot was creating The Ferrari The Ferrari watch, it created this, the Aero Bang Morgan.

Created to celebrate the launch of the Morgan Aeromax, it has none of the features Morgans are actually known for. Every Morgan is known for looking like it was designed in conjunction with the Supermarine Spitfire, and to this day they are made by hand out of wood. The Aero Bang as none of these characteristics. None of the retro design, none of the wood, and certainly none of the Britishiness. And with 400 more of these made than the 100 Aeromaxes, it makes you wonder who these watches were actually for.

Audemars Piguet-Millenary Maserati MC12 Tourbillon Chronograph

What in the world…? Is that thing lopsided? It seems to have some sort of… growth on the side of it. I’m not even sure what’s going on here. I just know that there’s a lot of gears, and somehow Maserati seems to be involved here. As the Audemars Piguet-Millenary Maserati MC12 Tourbillon Chronograph cost $284,000, I’m not sure I need to know what’s going on here. Or ever will.

Shinola Ford Uh… "Watch"

And for those of us who can’t drop the kind of cash to buy a house on something that will just tell you if you should be having lunch right now or not, there’s this. I would say what "this" is, but it doesn’t seem to have a fancy official name. Those are reserved for the nobility, I suppose.

What it is though is a watch. Nothing more, nothing less. Well, it’s got a little horse on it so you can tell people it’s for your Mustang. At the low-low price of $700, however, maybe this is one we can all get behind.

Suggest your ultimate in tacky car-watch pairings in the comments below!

Photos credit respective manufacturers

Help A Classic Museum Find A Stolen 1932 Plymouth Hood Ornament

A Denver classic car museum is trying to recover a hood ornament that was stolen off a rare 1932 Plymouth PB roadster last week. Repeat after me: Who steals a hood ornament?

According to ABC 7 News in Denver, the Forney Museum of Transportation isn’t exactly sure when the hood ornament disappeared, but they think someone swiped it off the yellow convertible at some point last week.

Here’s what museum executive director Christof Kheim told the TV station:

"It’s a shame," Kheim said of the theft. "They’re not just harming the museum, but they’re harming the exhibits that are here for everyone to enjoy. There’s a few bad apples out there that ruined it for everybody else."

"We just want what belonged to the car returned," he added.

The Denver Post reports that the museum’s Plymouth is one of less than 12 known to exist. The hood ornament alone is worth about about $500. The radiator cap was stolen as well, causing people to drop trash inside the radiator. Come on, people! Have you no decency at all? Ugh. Just ugh.

Well, Jalops, the world knows how good you are at recovering stolen cars. This one’s a much taller (well, smaller, technically) order, so the best we can do is try to spread the word that it’s been stolen in case someone tries to pawn it or something.

What do you do with a hood ornament from a ’32 Plymouth, anyway?

Photo credit ABC 7 News

Hat tip to John Kelley!

This Nissan Leaf Ad Will Fix All Of Sim City’s Horrible Problems


Great news everyone! Remember that game you all so loved, the new SimCity, what with its always-on requirements, Orwellian DRM, small scale, and general unpleasantness? Well now you can make it even better, with the first free downloadable content — a Nissan Leaf ad!

Despite being completely awful, SimCity has still managed to garner over 1.3 million users, for what its worth. And now those users will be able to bask in the glow emanating from a Nissan Leaf charging station, which they can plop up to five of in their city, according to Carscoops.

And what do you get for being so eco- and Nissan-friendly?

Smiles, of course! Well, not smiles on your face, anyways, as it doesn’t really add much to the gameplay. But smiles on the faces on the denizens of your city, as the charging stations add "happiness" to nearby buildings.

Perhaps the best part is that you will see Nissan Leafs (Leaves?) being driven by all wealth classes in your city, not just the ones who have the disposable income to buy a second car that can go less than 100 miles on a charge and never need to take a road trip longer than that because hey let’s all just hop on the private jet those are eco-friendly right I mean it’s just got some jet engines?

You can get the Nissan Leaf Charging Station pack now, but only for the next six months. Don’t you all hurry at once though. You might crash the servers.

Weekend Motorsports Roundup: April 27-28, 2013

Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what’s going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend?

Strap on your adult diapers, boys and girls, because we’ve got a pretty decent weekend of racing on tap! And with our revised commenting format, it’s even easier to see than last week. No more clicking.

While those lazy jamokes at Formula One are taking some time off, we’ve got NASCAR in Virginia and a couple of other great things to keep us occupied. It’s a bit lighter than we’ve seen in previous weeks but it should be enough to keep us all satisfied.

As always, please use our fancy image annotation tool on the map above to show us what other races are out there and where we can live stream them. Happy trails.

All times Eastern.

The Best Karting Tracks In The United States

Who doesn’t like go-karting? Heartless, soulless monsters, that’s who. And that’s not us. So we want your help in identifying the best karting tracks across the USA. Know of any unusually fast karts? Amazing turns? Snack bars that serve beer in a mug made of pizza? Now’s your chance to tell the world.

And, speaking of world, a quick glance at my large gobe-that-opens-into-a-bar tells me that there seem to be other countries on Earth! How about that! We’ll look into doing a more globally comprehensive map soon, but for now, we’re sticking with the US.

Karting is a great way to become a better driver without all the hassle of understeering into an orphanage or ending up in jail. It’s one of the best places to try out all those things you’ve read about, like throttle steer or Scandinavian Flicking with a minimum of repercussions. Also, it’s fun.

So, use the image annotation feature to point out where to find the best tracks,and soon we’ll have a great, comprehensive atlas of all the good tracks, making this a reference tool on par with, say, the Encyclopedia Brittanica. But with more karting tracks.

The Best Karting Tracks In The United States

Who doesn’t like go-karting? Heartless, soulless monsters, that’s who. And that’s not us. So we want your help in identifying the best karting tracks across the USA. Know of any unusually fast karts? Amazing turns? Snack bars that serve beer in a mug made of pizza? Now’s your chance to tell the world.

And, speaking of world, a quick glance at my large gobe-that-opens-into-a-bar tells me that there seem to be other countries on Earth! How about that! We’ll look into doing a more globally comprehensive map soon, but for now, we’re sticking with the US.

Karting is a great way to become a better driver without all the hassle of understeering into an orphanage or ending up in jail. It’s one of the best places to try out all those things you’ve read about, like throttle steer or Scandinavian Flicking with a minimum of repercussions. Also, it’s fun.

So, use the image annotation feature to point out where to find the best tracks,and soon we’ll have a great, comprehensive atlas of all the good tracks, making this a reference tool on par with, say, the Encyclopedia Brittanica. But with more karting tracks.

The Ten Craziest Videos Of Cars Driving Through Crap

People tell us cars are for driving on things like "roads" and "highways." Jalopnik readers know that cars are much better when they’re driving through things, instead.

Welcome back to Answers of the Day – our daily Jalopnik feature where we take the best ten responses from the previous day’s Question of the Day and shine it up to show off. It’s by you and for you, the Jalopnik readers. Enjoy!

This list, as you will soon see, is full of a lot of Hollywood magic, and there are some not-very-authentic explosions and probably some cardboard sets. We are 100% fine with that. It’s absurdly implausible stunts that make the world go ’round, as far as we’re concerned.

Plus, real-world crashes through stuff tend to be a bit horrifying. Witness this guy in his truck trying to run down his girlfriend who darts into a convenience store. He does not succeed in hitting her, but does bash through the building like mad.

So we kept our crashes to the mostly not-seriously-injuring kind.

If you have a bit of a crazy streak and there’s a particularly crazy stunt/crash you think we rudely left off, let us know in Kinja below. We only have so many slots on this top ten, so we had to leave a lot of frankly awesome tanks-through-houses videos on the cutting room floor.

Photo Credit: BMW


10.) Top Gear Puts A Marauder Through A Wall

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9.) Red Fang Drives A Station Wagon Through Everything They Can Get Their Hands On

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8.) Wayne’s World II Nails Every Movie Cliché

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7.) Bigfoot The Monster Truck Bursts Through A Ford Dealership

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6.) The Rock Symbolically Drives A Hummer Through A Hippie Volkswagen

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5.) Jackie Chan Demolishes A Multi-Story Building With A Mining Truck

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4.) James Bond Tank Chase!

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3.) Bus Driver Unintentionally Careens Through A House

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2.) Jackie Chan Drives Three Cars Through An Entire Shanty Town

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1.) The Blues Brothers Drive Through A Mall, And Everything In It

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Why Driverless Cars Could Be Bad for The Environment

Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we’ve got reports from The New York Times, The Truth About Cars, The Star-Ledger, and The Car Lounge.

The Future Of DrivingNew York Times

I’ve actually wondered this about driverless cars. If we make driving easier and cheaper, don’t we also make it more common? What does this portend for the environment? For driving joy?

But smarter driving will lead to more driving, because smarter driving reduces the cost per mile of vehicle usage. The end result of additional driving could be more traffic and more aggregate fuel consumption.

Fitch, Moody’s, Stand Alone As Subprime ABS SkepticsThe Truth About Cars

This is one of those boring issues that’s actually quite important and credit to TTAC for staying on top of it.

While the Reuters piece questions how investors may fare in the event of a burst ABS bubble, TTAC has long maintained that the real risk lies with new cars, the auto makers, and another possible systemic crisis. Auto manufacturers could interpret rising sales in an overly optimistic fashion, and start adding capacity as a result. But if the growth in sales is being driven by subprime lending, then it is inherently vulnerable to a slowing economy or an increase in unemployment. Either of those factors could be the trigger that causes subprime buyers to start defaulting.

Dual-purpose dogs: TSA canines are bomb sniffers by day, family pets by nightThe Star-Ledger

What happens to the TSA’s bomb-sniffing dogs? They lead family lives at night, just like regular dogs.

So with all but the most high-strung members of the K-9 unit, on nights and weekends the TSA’s furry baggage screeners assume the role of family dog: playing with the kids, going for walks, pooping on the rug and doing all the things that doggies do.

So McLaren MP4-12C HS Chassis #1 came in for service…The Car Lounge

Must reads can involve a lot of photos, including this gem from TCL

I don’t really have much info on this one, so I’ll have to let the pics do the talking. Enjoy

(hat tip to Scott!)

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Audi, TCL

Why Driverless Cars Could Be Bad for The Environment

Welcome to Must Read, where we single out the best stories from around the automotive universe and beyond. Today we’ve got reports from The New York Times, The Truth About Cars, The Star-Ledger, and The Car Lounge.

The Future Of DrivingNew York Times

I’ve actually wondered this about driverless cars. If we make driving easier and cheaper, don’t we also make it more common? What does this portend for the environment? For driving joy?

But smarter driving will lead to more driving, because smarter driving reduces the cost per mile of vehicle usage. The end result of additional driving could be more traffic and more aggregate fuel consumption.

Fitch, Moody’s, Stand Alone As Subprime ABS SkepticsThe Truth About Cars

This is one of those boring issues that’s actually quite important and credit to TTAC for staying on top of it.

While the Reuters piece questions how investors may fare in the event of a burst ABS bubble, TTAC has long maintained that the real risk lies with new cars, the auto makers, and another possible systemic crisis. Auto manufacturers could interpret rising sales in an overly optimistic fashion, and start adding capacity as a result. But if the growth in sales is being driven by subprime lending, then it is inherently vulnerable to a slowing economy or an increase in unemployment. Either of those factors could be the trigger that causes subprime buyers to start defaulting.

Dual-purpose dogs: TSA canines are bomb sniffers by day, family pets by nightThe Star-Ledger

What happens to the TSA’s bomb-sniffing dogs? They lead family lives at night, just like regular dogs.

So with all but the most high-strung members of the K-9 unit, on nights and weekends the TSA’s furry baggage screeners assume the role of family dog: playing with the kids, going for walks, pooping on the rug and doing all the things that doggies do.

So McLaren MP4-12C HS Chassis #1 came in for service…The Car Lounge

Must reads can involve a lot of photos, including this gem from TCL

I don’t really have much info on this one, so I’ll have to let the pics do the talking. Enjoy

(hat tip to Scott!)

Photo Credit: Getty Images, Audi, TCL