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On A Lighter Note: French Mayors Duel With Traffic Signs
On A Lighter Note: French Mayors Duel With Traffic Signs

Proving once again that juvenile governmental feuds aren't solely the province of the New York state legislature or the South Korean parliament, the mayors of two Parisian suburbs have installed contradictory street signage just make a point -- and to make drivers furious. In a nutshell: the...Read More»

Skinny-fit jeans, sponsored by Alfa Romeo
WTF Humpday Press Release: 'Alfa MiTo DNA Is In Your Jeans'

If TCC doled out awards for bizarre press releases -- and believe us, we've thought about it -- the latest missive from Alfa Romeo would be the hands-down winner for 2009. It's impossible to summarize, but we'll do our best. The focus of the press release seems to be a limited-edition series of...Read More»

Mock-up of road design by Solar Roadways
Department Of Transportation Funds Solar Roadways Project

The Department of Energy may be getting a lot of press these days for its big-dollar loans to EV automakers, but the Department of Transportation is doing its own small part to brighten the future, too. The DOT recently awarded Solar Roadways (warning: crappy website ahead) a $100,000 contract to...Read More»

Street-legal bumper car by Tom Wright
Sweet Summer Rides: Street-Legal Bumper Cars

Summer means a lot of things to a lot of people: beaches, mountains, hurricanes. One of our seasonal faves here at TCC is trashy seaside amusement parks and their budget bumper cars. We've always wished that we could take that fun home with us when Labor Day rolls around -- and now, thanks to Tom...Read More»

Mr. Toad's wild ride
WTF Tuesday: Traffic Noise Kills Frogs' Sex Life

  If you've seen fewer frogs out at the clubs, fewer frog-sized prophylactics flying off the shelves at Target, and heard pissed-off frogs sharing their dating woes over a Starbucks, there could be a reason why: you humans and your cars. An Australian researcher at Melbourne University says...Read More»

Ford 5.0-liter V-8 engine
The VW GTI is a True Gentleman Racer

The formula is rather simple really. Take the best hatchback in the world, add a class leading turbocharged/direct injected four cylinder and then offer the option of a sweet shifting manual transmission or wave of the future double clutch gearbox. What comes out of this tasty stew is an...Read More»

Online driving exam from AutoInsurance.org
Friday Flashback: Relive The Fun Of Your Driving Exam!

For some of us, it's hard to recall the specifics of our driving exams. They were the cause of so much excitement and nervousness, and so much hung in the balance -- our teenage cool cred! -- that memories begin to blur. But, of course, we all remember the written rules of the road...right? Just to...Read More»

The Avis iPhone app
iPhone App Du Jour: Avis Rent-A-Car

Taking a cue from innovative thinkers who've learned to monetize farting, belching, yodeling, and other profit-rich activities, Avis has finally entered the iPhone app arena. The company's new free application (link opens in iTunes) allows you to search for and rent vehicles in a variety of...Read More»

 2005 Saleen Mustang 'Barricade' from Transformers [via iCollector.com]
Transformer Auctioned: 2005 Saleen Mustang 'Barricade'

If you're a fan of the 2007 Transformers movie, you might be interested to know that the 2005 Saleen Mustang "Barricade" featured in the film was recently put up for auction. (You might have been even more interested if you'd known about this before the auction took place, but sometimes we're slow...Read More»

Siemens' Smart Chopper, built by Orange County Choppers [via Wired]
Orange County Choppers Gets Siemens-ized, Electrified

Yes, as strange as that headline may seem, the mad, bad, and dangerous to know Orange County Choppers was commissioned by Siemens to build an electric motorcycle. The result: a fairly badass looking bike, even though the 60-mile range and 100 mph top speed seem a little meager to our jaundiced...Read More»

2010 lincoln mkt crossover at naias 06
Video: Retractable Fifth Wheel For Urban Parking

For drivers in congested urban areas, nothing is quite as frustrating as finding a parking spot. Yes, traffic is a hassle, and the countless construction detours inspire unprecedented levels of road-rage, but finding that elusive spot on your block or just around the corner is by far the biggest...Read More»

'Feral House' by James D. Griffioen
Off-Topic Friday: Detroit Draws Artists

We can't say for sure, but many analysts are predicting sunnier skies for Detroit's auto industry. Chrysler and GM got new leases on life, Ford's doing fine on its own, and car buyers have gone cuckoo for Cash-for-Clunkers. As for the city itself, the forecast is a little cloudier, but there's at...Read More»

Bugatti Diva 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine
Bugatti Coffee Maker Also Offers Jolt, Sticker-Shock

Sadly, we here at Stalag TCC cannot afford to own Bugattis. Yes, a fortunate few get to test drive them, but when the sun goes down, we head home in humbler rides. However, there'll soon be a way for even schmoes like us to get a piece of the Bugatti pie, thanks to the Bugatti Diva 15-Bar Pump...Read More»

Fiat 500 'So Pink'
Fiat 500 'So Pink' Is Really Freakin' Pink (And Green)

As if the Barbie-themed Fiat 500 didn't make it abundantly clear that this is a car for people who love MySpace and ponies and stickers and shopping, the Fiat 500 "So Pink" ought to do the trick. Seriously: it could not get more more girly if Strawberry Shortcake herself were driving the damn...Read More»

Ford and Chevrolet logo toolboxes
Chevy And Ford Fans Know Where To Put Their Tools

Are you a Chevy man (or woman)? Or possibly a Ford fanatic? Either way, you'll appreciate a quick trip over to What On Earth, where you'll find nifty toolboxes crafted in the shape of the blue oval and the bowtie -- although why the blue oval box appears to be black we couldn't say. No idea why...Read More»

Bloodhound SSC 1,000 mph land speed record car
New Flying Car Dreams Of Something Bigger Than Transport

We've seen a number of flying car concepts over the years. Some have been compact planes no bigger than an SUV. Others, like the Terrafugia Transition, have transformed from car to plane and back again. But all have been created to get people from Point A to Point B with style, comfort, and speed...Read More»

Pearl Motors Yachts' 'Pearl 60' model
Yacht Comes With GPS, Cupholders, And A Bentley Continental GT

Times are tough all over, and manufacturers are doing everything they can to lure customers into showrooms. Some offer toasters, some offer restaurant coupons, but if you're looking for the mack-daddy of promotions, look no further than Pearl Motors Yachts and its top-of-the-line Pearl 60. In...Read More»

Chevrolet's new OnStar services, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
Video: Hole In Windshield Improves Convertible Driving

Convertibles are wonderful things, but riding in them -- especially at high speeds -- can take the fun out of what ought to be an exhilarating experience. Due to aerodynamics, the wind whipping around the vehicle has a tendency to jumble up inside the cabin, making for a noisy, hair-tossing ride...Read More»

Brad and Angeline visit McDonald's in a Chevy Suburban
Brad & Angelina Cruise Through Mickey D's In A Chevy Suburban

Given their international, jet-setting lifestyle, their super-fit physiques, and their tendency to adopt children from anyplace beyond U.S. borders, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are about the last folks you'd expect to see zipping through a McDonald's drive-through in a Suburban. But then, as...Read More»

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