Tag Archives: Car Culture

Reminder: If You Don’t Come To Radwood Philadelphia On Sunday, We’ll Be Sad

The readers have spoken. Team Jalopnik has our cars and our outfits ready to go. The Blaupunkts have Stop Making Sense on cassette ready to go. All we need is you at Radwood Philadelphia on Sunday!

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The Strangest Desert Festival In the World Makes Everyone’s Mad Max Dreams Come True

It’s 11 a.m. deep in the Mojave Desert, the sun already laser-boring into everything it touches, and Bob is driving the stagecoach a hair too fast, speeding down Fury Road while tidily dispatching his not-first Bud Light of the morning. The whiskey still fixed to the stagecoach’s roof rattles as the scenery whips by:…

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‘Peak Car’ Is Real

The way we think of car driving is that it’s bad for the environment but good for people and the economy, but a recent study suggests that as some point we hit “peak car,” and that the economy can actually grow after we hit it.

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Here’s One Way Autonomous Vehicles Could Make Owning Old Cars Better

There’s many, many ideas and concepts and startup companies around right now that envision shared autonomous vehicles as a way to eliminate private car ownership. For many people, that’s great, but for people like us, filthy-fingernailed car lovers, there’s not all that much appeal to these ideas. But autonomy doesn’t…

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What Is Stance? An Explainer And Rant

The rowdiest car show of the year is going down this weekend in airy Ocean City, Maryland. Or rather, it isn’t. H2Oi has been relocated to Atlantic City after things got altogether too hectic last year and the year before, with simply too much stance running the streets of the beach town. But what is stance? Well, we…

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Tell Us About Your First Exposure to Cars Being Cool

Back in the 1980s, it was a pretty common occurrence for tv shows and comic books aimed at children to focus on a troop of do-gooders trying to take down an evil gang of baddies. Each of the characters named and drawn differently so that an interstitial commercial could tout the infamous “Collect Them All” line when…

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Grand Basel Is a Celebration of Automotive Beauty and You Should Take Part

This week a new car show, Grand Basel, is happening in, er, Basel, Switzerland. It doesn’t focus on marketing hype, performance figures, or money, but on cars as being things of interest—just because they’re beautiful, or simply have interesting stories attached to them.

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An Entire Generation Is Missing One of The Great Joys of Being a Car Enthusiast

This generation has been losing out a lot on manual transmissions. Fewer and fewer cars come with them. Fewer and fewer drivers know how to use them. But there’s another joy that’s fading away: the satisfaction of seeing a car parked across the street, walking over, looking in the window and discovering that the car…

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This Story on a German Engineer Who Made an Autonomous Mercedes Van in 1986 Is Fascinating

Besides a few of the minor, current examples of driverless cars cruising around cities like Phoenix, we’re still decades away, if ever, from a full-fledged takeover of autonomous vehicles on public streets. The achievements that have been made to date, however, can be attributed to pioneering engineers like Ernst…

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My Weirdest Car Fetish: A Super Narrow Track

For some reason, I’ve got a thing for cars that feature what many designers would consider a serious faux pas: narrow track widths and wide bodies. No, I can’t explain it, either.

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