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Unsolicited Proposals: Cartoonist Pitches Marketing Ploys To Detroit
Unsolicited Proposals: Cartoonist Pitches Marketing Ploys To Detroit

Every armchair CEO on the planet has suggestions for Detroit these days. Most of their ideas are big-picture, obvious things--like, "Make stuff people want to buy" or "Make cars that don't suck". But clearly, Big Three bigwigs need more guidance than that. Luckily, illustrator "Lunchbreath" has...Read More»

'Cars That Fly' from Mechanix Illustrated, October 1958
Ad Flashback: Cars That Fly (1958)

For those who find all that talk of hybrids and electric vehicles and charging infrastructure taking over the world just a little too pie-in-the-sky, here's some fodder to rub in the faces of your visionary friends: an article from the October 1958 issue of Mechanix Illustrated touting the...Read More»

1850 'Boothill Express' custom show rod
Daily Lust: Amazing Hot Rods Up For Bid

Mark your calendars, folks: September 26, 2009 is the date of the "Icons of Speed & Style" auction, hosted by RM Auctions in Los Angeles. Among the beauties on the block: the outstanding 1850 'Boothill Express' Custom Show Rod (at left), "based on the 1850s funeral coach that reportedly carried...Read More»

Audi's centennial sculpture at Goodwood, by Gerry Judah
Audi Marks A Century Of Motoring With Giant Sculpture At Goodwood

Audi makes 100 this year, and the company commissioned Gerry Judah to create a work of art for the occasion. Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Judah's 40-ton, 115-foot-tall steel sculpture features a swoop of racetrack--Hot Wheels-style--capped off with two Audi beauties: a 1937 Auto...Read More»

Jay Leno and the 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
A Kinder, Gentler, More Awesome Transformer

Pop quiz: what would you get if you crossed (a) one gifted undergrad working on his B.A. in computer animation, (b) an abiding love for the Norton Commando motorcycle, and (c) eight months of tinkering with some snazzy rendering software? We're not sure either, but it's more interesting than...Read More»

2005 Ford F-150 Supercab 133" STX Angular Rear Exterior View
Turbo-Powered Ford F-150 Is REALLY Turbo Powered

Remember that episode of Family Guy where Peter thought it'd be fun to fill up his truck with jet fuel and fly around town? Well, he's been one-upped: Michigan's Chris Lentz took a 728-pound jet engine from pre-war Czechoslovakia and a 20-gallon kerosene tank, and bolted both of them to the back of...Read More»

Scene from Dodge Star Wars ad
Videogame Brought To Life: Street Fighter's Ryu Mauls Car With Bare Hands

Ever fantasized about ripping up a car with your bare hands? Ever fantasized about doing that while dressed as a Ryu, a popular character from the old-skool Capcom videogame, Street Fighter? You're not alone. Anymore. [Buzzfeed]Read More»

Audi stand at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show
Gadgetwatch: Pioneer Entertainment System Streams Media From Home To Car Via WiMAX

Pioneer is giving you one more reason to take your eyes of the road: its new Network AV playback system links to your home media center, streaming your collection of music and--most terrifyingly--movies straight to the Pioneer media player. The system works via WiMAX, a communications technology...Read More»

Spaceport America, rendered by Foster + Partners
Under Construction: Spaceport America

One day--maybe--cars will be a thing of the past. By then, spaceports will be commonplace, not just $200 million oddities like the one being built now in New Mexico. Yes, you heard correctly: a spaceport is now under construction in New Mexico. Starting in 2010, Virgin Galactic (and presumably Elon...Read More»

Shanghai homage to the Transformers' 'Bumblebee'
Transformer Watch: Flight Of The Bumblebee (And The Almost-Bumblebees)

We would've loved to have been a fly on the wall at this planning meeting in Shanghai: "Okay, everybody loves the Transformers, right? So let's do a big parade for 'Bumblebee'! We'll dress up everyone's car in yellow with black hood stripes.... Well, so what if you drive a Sentra, Bob? China is a...Read More»

Cadillac-La Salle ad from National Geographic, February 1929
Flashback: Cadillac-LaSalle Ad from National Geographic, February 1929

LaSalle ads always make us think of the theme song from All in the Family. This one from the February 1929 issue of National Geographic also makes us wonder about the poor schmuck who wrote all that copy. Where is he now? Still talking? However, we do like his opening line: "You have only to pause...Read More»

The Extra-Terrestrial Vehicle, by Mike Vetter and The Car Factory
Earthbound Chevy Aveo Takes A Trip to Outer Space

See that? That's the "Extra-Terrestrial Vehicle" from Mike Vetter and The Car Factory. Mike and his team will build one just for you--and all you have to do is provide a Chevrolet Aveo or a Porsche Boxter for the bones. (Tough decision. We had to break out the 20-sided die.) The company's website...Read More»

Land Rover S1 mobile phone
Burly Gizmo Of The Week: The Land Rover S1 Mobile Phone

Live in the U.K.? Need a phone to keep up with your rugged, manly lifestyle, full of sheep-herding, alligator-wrestling, and whiskey-soaked nights of mumbletypeg? Well, Land Rover has just the ticket: the S1 mobile phone. Apparently it's resistant to shock, dust, and dirt, and it can deal with...Read More»

BMW headquarters
BMW Guilt-Trips Employees Into Buying BMWs

Maybe we're too sensitive, but if we found this slapped on our windshield, we'd feel a little intimidated: "What’s wrong here? You like working with us. You appreciate your job and income. But you drive a vehicle from a competitor." And yet, that's exactly what 7,000 German BMW employees saw...Read More»

John DeLorean's Augusta National Golf Club green members jacket
Up For Bid: DeLorean Dead, But Ugly Jacket Lives On

Apparently, everyone wants a piece of John DeLorean these days: directors, producers, even hobos. On June 23rd, you can get in the on the action by bidding on DeLorean's green members jacket from the Augusta National Golf Club. Technically, it won't get you through the club's front door, but it's...Read More»

Maisto's Lamborghini Murcielago, encrusted with Swarovski crystals
Crystal-Studded Lamborghini Fit For A (Drag) Queen

Do you crave the questionable status boost that comes with owning a supercar? Love the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 but can't manage its $300,000+ price tag? Well, for the low, low price of £1,500 ($2,400), you can walk away with a Swarovski crystal-studded Lambo...in your pocket. No, you won't be...Read More»

'Biggest Bankruptcies in History' via GOOD and Always With Honor
Graphic: Biggest Bankruptcies In History

Lots of people are complaining about the General Motors bankruptcy--at least the part about the federal government's multi-billion-dollar involvement in it. As a matter of fact, chances are pretty good that you're among those doing the grumbling. If so, perhaps you'll take comfort in this graphic...Read More»

Forza Motorsport 3
Daily Lust: Forza Motorsport 3 For Xbox 360

Videogamers: are you sitting down? (Of course you are.) We just wanted to let you know that Forza Motorsport 3 is en route. And. It. Looks. AWESOME. With 400 vehicles from 50 automakers and 100 track options at gamers' disposal--not to mention some stellar graphics and FM3's special rewind...Read More»

2009 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport
Bugatti On A Budget?

Once upon a time, only Russian plutocrats could only dream of sitting behind the wheel of a real Bugatti Veyron, but times have changed thanks to a little something we like to call Economic Hell on Earth. The latest snowball we've spotted floating in the River Styx comes via Holders Vehicle...Read More»

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