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WTF Friday: Car Thief Dashes With Clunker
WTF Friday: Car Thief Dashes With Clunker

People are generally of two minds about Cash-for-Clunkers: either it was a brilliant piece of economic stimulation, or it was a big, steaming pile of stupidity. Similarly, we are of two minds about a car thief in Vineland, New Jersey, who made off with a 1997 Ford E350 Econoline van that had been...Read More»

2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante
BMW Furniture For Bus Stops Would Look Awesome Anywhere

A handful of automakers like BMW and Porsche have strong industrial design programs separate from the ones that govern the look and feel of their vehicles. BMW's DesignworksUSA unit has been particularly well-regarded in the larger design world -- and its reputation will likely get another shot in...Read More»

Lamborghini bed by Magniflex
Man-Up Your Man Cave With A Lamborghini Bed

The "man cave" is enjoying a spurt of popularity here in the U.S. -- and for good reason. It's a place for guys to play video games, watch some sports, and munch on sausages, without the hassle of fussy accouterments like potpourri or doilies or napkins. However, while the man cave is many things...Read More»

Tailgaters [via HoustonPress.com]
Tailgating Tools: Party Equipment For The Road

Fall officially begins tomorrow at 5:18pm EDT (not that we're counting the minutes or anything), and that means two things in our book: the return of sweater-friendly temps, and the return of tailgating. Right on time, the folks at MyRide.com have cobbled together a nifty overview of the most...Read More»

2015 Nissan GT- R NISMO at Sodegaura Forest Raceway
WTF Friday Video: Office Chair Racing

Question: What would you get if you combined the wackiness of a Japanese game show and the idiotic fun of racing your cubicle buddies in office chairs? Answer: A Japanese game show featuring office chair races, of course. We admit, we have NO idea what's going on here, but we may have found our new...Read More»

Volvo C70 golf cart
Volvo To Launch New EV Next Month!

It's been a busy week in the auto industry -- especially for European automakers. The big theme of Frankfurt has clearly been green technology, and most manufacturers in attendance claim to have some sort of electric vehicle in the works. The majority of those EV announcements have been vague, but...Read More»

Drew Barrymore in 'Whip It'
Drew Barrymore First Driver In Leno's Green Car Challenge

We've mentioned that Jay Leno will use a specially built all-electric Ford Focus during his new show's "Green Car Challenge" segment. We've mentioned that Tom Cruise has already taken a spin in that vehicle and asked for a second lap. And now we're happy to announce that the show's first featured...Read More»

Coca-Cola 'Freestyle' machine by Pininfarina [via Dexigner]
Pininfarina Goes 'Freestyle', With A Little Help From Coke

Nothing goes together like Ferraris and coke -- at least that's what we've always heard, and now we have proof. Pininfarina, the Italian design house behind numerous Ferraris, Maseratis, and Aston Martins, has given form to Coca-Cola's upcoming "Freestyle" machine. The Freestyle offers over 100...Read More»

Roy Locock and his 1977 Bridget the Midget in Jaipur
Bridget The Midget's World Tour For Charity

We cover a lot of stuff here at TCC. Most is directly related to the auto industry, some other items are just for fun, and every so often, we stumble across something really special. Case in point: the story of Roy Locock, a 52-year-old Brit who bought a 1977 MG Midget a couple of years back, and...Read More»

Evil, evil monkey
WTF: Giant Monkey Is Gibbon Phoenix Police The Runaround

We don't mean to alarm anyone, but we have it on good authority that there's a giant monkey zipping around Phoenix in a Subaru Outback. The police have taken dozens of radar photos of this chump breaking speed limits, and they've ticketed the car's owner, Dave Vontesmar, but as anyone can plainly...Read More»

2010 American Le Mans Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca -- Thursday testing. Photos by Joe Nuxoll.
Laguna Seca Raceway -- Now On Google Street View

If you're a frequent surfer of the interweb (and we're going to assume you are), you already know how awesome Google Street View can be. We use it all the time to peek at hotels, restaurants, the Playboy Mansion, and so on. But now, you can do even more with Google's technology -- namely, run the...Read More»

2013 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4WD 4-door Auto (Natl) Side Exterior View
Video: New Zealanders Build Amphibious Van

We know a lot of you are tinkerers -- the sort of  people who prefer to spend long holiday weekends leaning over engines instead taking the boat out for a spin. Well, here's a video clip from some guys who've found a way to do both. For about $2500 NZ ($1709 U.S.), two aeronautic machinists...Read More»

Crosswalk sign hack by Ryan Laughlin
WTF Friday: Artists Makes Statements With Crosswalk Signs

Remember a few months ago when every hacker worth his salt was doing a number on the nation's emergency road signage? Well, artists like Jason Eppink and Ryan Laughlin have upped the ante with their surprisingly well-designed crosswalk signage fakes. Of course, TCC would never openly condone what...Read More»

Sony Releases Screenshots For Gran Turismo 5

Video gamers who love racing titles have been abuzz about Forza Motorsport 3 for the Xbox 360 -- and with good reason. (Have you seen the screenshots? They're pretty amazing.) Well as it turns out, Sony is finally prepping to launch its competing title, Gran Turismo 5, exclusively for the even...Read More»

The controversial D909 in the suburbs of Paris
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»

2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
New Mustang Site Lets You Tweak It Yourself

  You've always wanted to play dress-up with the 2010 Ford Mustang--but until now you've done it in the secrecy of your own man cave, doodling over Mustang pictures like you did on your detention-hall notebook. Ford knows you really want to do this stuff online, while you're Facebooking and...Read More»

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