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Friday Flashback: Relive The Fun Of Your Driving Exam!
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»

Ferrari 458 Spider exhaust
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»

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»

LUTZ Pathfinder self-driving pod car prototype
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»

2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid
San Antonio Nissan Fans Hoping For Rain On August 8

World Nissan in San Antonio, Texas is making customers an interesting offer: buy Nissan Altima between July 15 and August 1, and if it rains in San Antonio on August 8, the dealership will refund the car's purchase price. The promotion comes by way of the dealership's car sales manager, "Big Al"...Read More»

'Please Stop the Idling' rap, sponsored by Livable Streets Initiative
Not-So-Idle Kids Rap About Idling In Traffic

We're all about education here at TCC, and we think programs like the Livable Streets Initiative's "Street Films" project are pretty gosh darned awesome -- especially when they encourage kids to think about transportation, the environment, pollution, and anything else besides MySpace and the...Read More»

Cookies baking on the dashboard
Weekend Project: Dashboard Cookies

It's July, so chances are good that your car's like an oven right now. Sure you could complain, but why not take advantage of the situation by putting all that heat to work making something delicious for you to enjoy? (But not while driving!) We haven't personally tested the BakingBites recipe for...Read More»

Screencap from PositScience's DriveSharp game
Brain Game Aims To Boost Driving Skill

Posit Science has released a game called "DriveSharp", which is, according to the company, "clinically proven" to better driving skills by boosting reaction time and peripheral awareness. The game should have some appeal for aging Boomers -- the same demographic targeted by Nintendo and its popular...Read More»

Photo by Andrew Bush
Daily Object Lust: Drive, by Andrew Bush

People do funny things when they're driving--things they probably wouldn't do in other public settings, like talking to themselves, picking their noses, and belting along with Britney Spears. (C'mon, you've done at least two of the three.) Artist Andrew Bush captures photos of folks at exactly...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera V6
Lunch Break Video: Top Gear Races Mail Service In Porsche Panamera

It's easy to bash the postal service. In this age of email, SMS, and Twitter, snail mail seems slower than ever. So it's only natural that the friendly folks at Top Gear decided to race a letter 900 miles over land and sea from drop box to inbox. Of course, they give themselves a leg-up by doing it...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Passat
AdWatch: VW Passat Keeps You Living In Denial

Are you the sort of person who coasts through life with blinders on? Who avoids unpleasantness at all costs? Who shoves all those bills in a big ol' envelope and takes a dozen people to the Ginger Man for drinks? Well, according to the TV spot above--British, of course--you're a perfect candidate...Read More»

Jay Leno and his NextEngine 3D scanner
Jay Leno Uses Digital Tech For Analog Ends

The thought of finding parts for an older vehicle -- much less one that's rare -- is enough to put many people off the idea of restoration altogether. But as Jay Leno demonstrates in his latest "Garage" clip, modern technology can come in very handy in these situations. Using a special scanner...Read More»

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