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Mar 26, 2020. 22 comments

I Helped Out With A New Car-Focused TV Show That Won't Be As Terrible As Most Of Them Are

I Helped Out With A New Car-Focused TV Show That Won't Be As Terrible As Most Of Them Are

I know we’ve discussed how the state of most car shows you see on mainstream television are generally somewhere between a pizza made from urine-soaked carpet samples and an unexpected, forceful kick in the groin when it comes to quality and enjoyability. We’ve lamented this before, and once even tried our hand at it , but all of 15 people watched it (two of them had it on in the background...

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Mar 10, 2020. 22 comments

I'm Happy To Report That There Is A 'Lamborghini Wave'

I'm Happy To Report That There Is A 'Lamborghini Wave'

I spent a few days buzzing around Los Angeles in a borrowed Aventador SVJ and learned, among other things, that other Lamborghini drivers were more likely to seem like actual car enthusiasts than conceited gasbags. To be honest, this brought me a lot of joy!

(Full Disclosure: Lamborghini’s PR outfit very kindly offered me an Aventador SVJ loaner for a weekend. And, I mean, I’m not physically...

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Feb 26, 2020. 19 comments

Inside Japan's Biggest Used Car Auction

Inside Japan's Biggest Used Car Auction
A Car Nerd's Guide To Japan An insider look at car culture in Japan.

Of the 4.4 million or so cars exported from Japan every year, around 1.4 million of those are used cars. Used JDM vehicles are the Japanese equivalent of a McDonald’s; there’s very few places in the world where you won’t see one.

Japan remains one of the biggest exporters for used cars in the world, and there are several ways...

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Feb 12, 2020. 20 comments

I Found The Remnants Of A Rare Nissan Pao In Hong Kong But Removing Parts Was A Nightmare

I Found The Remnants Of A Rare Nissan Pao In Hong Kong But Removing Parts Was A Nightmare

“Is that what I think it is?” I stuttered as I peeked into the thin slit that is the Nissan Pao ’s door pocket. I had discovered the rare, junked car on the side of a road in Hong Kong, and decided to buy some parts off of it for my coworker Jason. This required climbing into the vehicle, which was overgrown with shrubs and, as I’d later find out, housing a critter straight out of my...

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Jan 30, 2020. 19 comments

Let's Finally Get To The Bottom Of This: Does Stuart Little Drive A Toy Car Or A Miniature Actual Car?

Let's Finally Get To The Bottom Of This: Does Stuart Little Drive A Toy Car Or A Miniature Actual Car?

As you can expect, there’s lots of strange bullshit trending on Twitter at the moment: World War Six, for example, the Corona virus, all kinds of miserable bullshit. There’s also another Tweet that’s generating an awful lot of likes—maybe not quite the scale of the global disaster ones, but still—and it brings up a question a child might ask, but not a childish question: was noted fictional...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 23, 2020. 7 comments

That Awful Email About An Employee's Old Car May Not Be Real But I Still Cannot Abide

That Awful Email About An Employee's Old Car May Not Be Real But I Still Cannot Abide

I should preface this all by saying that I’ve yet to be able to absolutely confirm that this absurd email is real, though the original poster insists that it is. Fundamentally, it’s just a boring email from an HR department to an employee, but the content of the email is deeply insulting, reflecting the worst aspects of modern life, socioeconomic realities, culture, and perhaps even...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 17, 2020. 9 comments

Old Land Rover Freaks Have One Of The Weirdest Names For A Car Part I've Ever Heard

Old Land Rover Freaks Have One Of The Weirdest Names For A Car Part I've Ever Heard

Every hardcore automotive subculture defines themselves, at least in part, with their own idiosyncratic jargon. Cars and parts of cars have nicknames and slang terms, knowledge of which helps define who’s in the group, and who’s out. I know in the air-cooled VW community you can hear weird terms like “Pope’s Nose” and “crotch coolers,” but even those strange names for parts (a license plate...

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David Tracy David Tracy Jan 07, 2020. 23 comments

This $600 Dodge Ramcharger Decorated With 14 Bald Eagles May Be The Most 'Murica Truck Ever

This $600 Dodge Ramcharger Decorated With 14 Bald Eagles May Be The Most 'Murica Truck Ever
Truck Yeah The trucks are good!

After reading about my recent $700 “Holy Grail” Jeep , a Virginia accountant named Charles sent me an email titled “My one in a million purchase.” Attached were photos of one of the most soulful automobiles I’ve ever seen: a 1991 Dodge Ramcharger with a spectacular Rocky Mountain-themed art scheme featuring 14 (!!!) bald eagles. It is one of the most “Murica”...

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Aaron Gordon Aaron Gordon Jan 04, 2020. 24 comments

It's Time To Let Go Of Commuter Culture

It's Time To Let Go Of Commuter Culture

Jonathan Leo loves his cars, but not commuting in them. He lives in San Diego and works for the Navy, so he takes the city’s trolley to work as often as he can. Then, on the weekends, he unloads his 2012 Mercedes Benz C250 on some of California’s best roads.

Cities across the world are re-examining the role of the automobile. More specifically, and especially among American cities, they’re...

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David Tracy David Tracy Dec 28, 2019. 11 comments

Hero Saves 20,000-Mile 1992 Honda Accord Coupe From The Crusher, Scores 'Barn Find' For $800

Hero Saves 20,000-Mile 1992 Honda Accord Coupe From The Crusher, Scores 'Barn Find' For $800

After writing about a perfect 1990 Toyota 4Runner with only 12,700 miles getting snagged by a Texas car salesman for a modest $4,000 , I received an email from a reader showing off another amazing find: a 1992 Honda Accord Coupe with only 20,628 miles on the odometer. The car, I’m told, was actually destined for the crusher until the reader swept in and saved it, armed with nothing more than...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 27, 2019. 20 comments

Washington State Supreme Court Affirms Drivers Must Use Turn Signals Every Time They Turn

Washington State Supreme Court Affirms Drivers Must Use Turn Signals Every Time They Turn

When you make a turn, merge, or change lanes, you are supposed to use your turn signal. You indicator. Your blinker. Whatever you call it, everyone knows that you’re supposed to use it. But apparently that kind of common sense knowledge has been forgotten, leaving the Supreme Court in Washington state to cast a deep, heavy sigh and remind everyone that, yes, you have to use your damn...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Dec 25, 2019. 19 comments

There Is Still A War On Happy Honda Days

There Is Still A War On Happy Honda Days

I’m livid. There’s just no way to sugarcoat what is happening in our country today, so I’m just going to come out and say it: there’s a war going on. A war against our fundamental freedoms, our time-honored traditions, our core sets of beliefs. A war on our very happiness. A war on Happy Honda Days.

I know there’s a war going on because here we are, weeks into the holy period of worship,...

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David Tracy David Tracy Dec 25, 2019. 19 comments

What It Was Like Traveling On An Airplane With 120 Pounds Of Car Parts And Tools

What It Was Like Traveling On An Airplane With 120 Pounds Of Car Parts And Tools

Earlier this month, I devised an absolutely idiotic plan to pick up from the middle of nowhere a rare, manual transmission 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee that I’d bought sight unseen for $700. It’s a vehicle that I refer to as the “Holy Grail of Jeep Grand Cherokees,” except its condition was far from holy. With a bad clutch and loose steering, the 260,000 mile Jeep needed work, and since it was...

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Elizabeth Werth Elizabeth Werth Dec 12, 2019. 21 comments

Facebook Works For Once

Facebook Works For Once
Truck Yeah The trucks are good!

While the internet may just be one of the biggest mistakes humanity ever made, it has its occasional benefits—sort of like how two people in a Facebook truck group managed to swap hoods so that their Silverados finally matched. This might just be one of the best star-crossed stories I’ve ever heard.

The post went viral on Twitter last night. If you haven’t had...

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Raphael Orlove Raphael Orlove Dec 05, 2019. 12 comments

What's Your Secret Internet Car How-To?

What's Your Secret Internet Car How-To?
Countersteer Your true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

There’s a point in every conversation that starts on the internet about someone wanting to make their old Volkswagen Beetle go fast that someone pulls it up. It’s inevitable, and always the same link.

It’s this wonderful guide hosted on aircooled.net, and it’s more specific than you’d think for something shared so often....

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Nov 13, 2019. 15 comments

The Honda Prelude Was Controversial In Japan Because Of Something Called The 'Pervert Lever'

The Honda Prelude Was Controversial In Japan Because Of Something Called The 'Pervert Lever'

Here in America, the Honda Prelude is remembered as a fun, sporty little car, a reminder of a time when everything Honda made was clever and reliable, and the Prelude was their way of having some fun without sacrificing Honda quality. People in America have fond memories of the Prelude, which is why finding out that it was a flop in Japan is so hard to imagine. What’s even harder to wrap...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Nov 01, 2019. 9 comments

This Chart Will Show You What Car Is Equivalent To What Halloween Candy

This Chart Will Show You What Car Is Equivalent To What Halloween Candy

Hot damn, everybody, it’s Halloween! That one night a year when it’s acceptable to wear your S&M gear outside and threaten people to give you candy without the freaking police getting all up in your shit. I realize that for many of our loyal readers, Halloween is a difficult holiday because it’s often so hard to evaluate your haul of candy without an automotive reference. Well, as always, I’m...

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David Tracy David Tracy Oct 09, 2019. 22 comments

Most Texas Driver Ever Transports A Horse In Bed Of Old Chevy Pickup Truck

Most Texas Driver Ever Transports A Horse In Bed Of Old Chevy Pickup Truck
Truck Yeah The trucks are good!

The letters T-E-X-A-S adorn the top of a dinged-up license plate screwed to an old Chevy’s rusty rear bumper, on which you can barely make out “Bob Ellis Chev Olds”—a Winona, Mississippi-based car dealership whose internet trace dries up in this old 1978 newspaper article. Just a few inches ahead, in the bed of the truck, stands a horse, the type of animal...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Aug 23, 2019. 23 comments

What's The One Car Every American Can Agree On?

What's The One Car Every American Can Agree On?
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.  

I realize this likely isn’t news to anyone, but current-day America is an extremely divided place. Everybody hates everybody else, and we’re all the absolute worst. I’d like to believe the cleansing, healing power of the automobile can help bridge the divide here, but even that is tricky. If you had to pick one car...

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David Tracy David Tracy Aug 17, 2019. 16 comments

Detroit-Area Jalops: Join Us For The Woodward Dream Cruise Tomorrow Morning

Detroit-Area Jalops: Join Us For The Woodward Dream Cruise Tomorrow Morning

Lots of cars have been cruising metro Detroit’s Woodward Avenue all week, but on Saturday the Woodward Dream Cruise will turn the fabled Michigan M-1 into a genuine traffic jam of classic iron from all around the world. Erin Marquis and I are going to be there, and you should go, too. So let’s meet beforehand, shall we?

After calling dozens of businesses to find a meetup spot, I landed on one...

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