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Alanis King Alanis King Oct 09, 2019. 20 comments

'Not To Be Sexist, But': What It's Like Being A Woman Who Works In Automotive Journalism

'Not To Be Sexist, But': What It's Like Being A Woman Who Works In Automotive Journalism
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At Jalopnik, we often talk about how  women get treated  differently or are represented less in the car and motorsports industries—things that have long catered (and often still do ) to the man’s man. But in 2019, more and more women are involved in it than ever, to say nothing of how we’re half of all drivers and most of the new...

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Andrew P Collins Andrew P Collins Aug 21, 2019. 14 comments

How My Wedding Turned Into The Worst Day Of My Life

How My Wedding Turned Into The Worst Day Of My Life

About a year ago, almost exactly, my fiancée and I were enjoying our destination wedding in Wyoming with a very small group of our people. Then I had to go and get airlifted to overnight surgery and a nine-day hospital stint. “Happiest day of my life” it was not.

The shortest way to tell the story is that I crashed an off-road buggy while my friends, family, financée and I were goofing around...

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Patrick George Patrick George Aug 13, 2019. 5 comments

Tempest, The Podcast About Our Complicated Relationship With Cars, Is Back For Season 2

Tempest, The Podcast About Our Complicated Relationship With Cars, Is Back For Season 2
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Cars are more than just hunks of metal that get us from point A to point B. The best ones have unforgettable stories to tell. From a 94-year-old Tuskegee Airman whose life was full of racing glory to a pool shark with a proclivity for Jeeps to a woman who swears her cars are cursed, this podcast is where you can hear some of those...

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David Obuchowski David Obuchowski May 09, 2018. 8 comments

Walt Got His Dream Car. He Didn't Live To Enjoy It

Walt Got His Dream Car. He Didn't Live To Enjoy It

Walt worked harder than most people, and served his community more than most people do. That’s not a knock against anyone else. It’s just a testament of how tireless the man was. But he wasn’t looking for any special recognition, no grand displays of gratitude or accolades. All he wanted was a ‘55 Chevrolet Bel-Air when he retired. And that’s exactly what he got. But sometimes timing can be...

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David Obuchowski David Obuchowski May 02, 2018. 14 comments

Let The Bands Tell You Why The Tour Van Is A Magical Place

Let The Bands Tell You Why The Tour Van Is A Magical Place

With a few exceptions (I’m looking at you A-Team van), the van tends to be just an unremarkable, utilitarian vehicle. Each day the vans of the world drive the city streets and highways while coupes and pickups, SUVs and roadsters, muscle cars and luxury vehicles pass them by, getting most of the attention. To most, a van is, well, just a van. But to a touring musician, a van is so much more....

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David Obuchowski David Obuchowski Apr 27, 2018. 23 comments

Why The Best Cars Are Underdog Cars

Why The Best Cars Are Underdog Cars

I’m a sucker for a good underdog story. Give me the person who shows up to the car show with the rusted Plymouth Valiant with a bog-standard slant-six over the guy with the garage queen Ford Mustang any day of the week. Maybe that’s why I love this story so much—a story that pits a lowly base-model four-cylinder 1961 Pontiac Tempest with an almost hapless driver against the muscle cars of the...

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David Obuchowski David Obuchowski Apr 19, 2018. 24 comments

The Magic Of Learning To Drive A Manual Transmission

The Magic Of Learning To Drive A Manual Transmission

There was a time when the manual transmission was everywhere, enough to be known as the “standard.” Now, especially in the United States, it’s a rare thing that’s only getting rarer. So, for this episode of Tempest, we explore the magic, the mystery, and the occasional misery that comes with learning the manual transmission.

When I was coming up with ideas for stories for Tempest, one of the...

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David Obuchowski David Obuchowski Apr 15, 2018. 24 comments

What Happens When Your Life's Best And Worst Memories All Revolve Around Cars?

What Happens When Your Life's Best And Worst Memories All Revolve Around Cars?

It’s 1981, and a man pulls up to an intersection in his ‘52 pickup. He looks left to check for traffic. All clear. He looks right, but the van next to him is blocking the view. The man driving the van waves him through. The man in the pickup proceeds. Moments later, he is thrown from his truck, his skull cracked on the pavement.

Some days later, he wakes from a coma, but his life is changed...

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David Obuchowski David Obuchowski Apr 06, 2018. 23 comments

The Search For A Lost Plymouth Road Runner At The Center Of One Family's Hopes And Heartbreak

The Search For A Lost Plymouth Road Runner At The Center Of One Family's Hopes And Heartbreak

A man whose life revolves around automobiles searches for the very first car he ever rode in. It sounds simple enough, but that’s just where this story begins. For this family, the past, the future, loss and joy are all hung together in the present. There’s a stranger, a son, a sibling, a spouse, and a woman who loves to rumble.

And what ties it all together is a modest 1974 Plymouth Road...

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Patrick George Patrick George Mar 30, 2018. 21 comments

The Emergency Nissan 200SX Repair That Might Have Been Overseen By A Guardian Angel

The Emergency Nissan 200SX Repair That Might Have Been Overseen By A Guardian Angel

In a desolate and empty parking lot, two young men work to revive a dead Nissan 200SX. A stranger comes to their aid, then appears out of nowhere again later, offering words of encouragement—and leading to an inexplicable story that both of them would carry for 20 years.

It sounds unbelievable, but it’s a true car story. And it’s the first of many you will hear on Tempest, the Jalopnik...

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Patrick George Patrick George Mar 19, 2018. 16 comments

Jalopnik's Podcast Tempest Premieres March 27. Here's Why You Should Listen

Jalopnik's Podcast Tempest Premieres March 27. Here's Why You Should Listen

A man whose best and worst memories revolve around cars, even as a brain injury makes him lose them. A longshot emergency repair of a Nissan 200SX that may have been overseen by a guardian angel. The magic that happens when you figure out how to drive stick for the first time. Everyone has a story about a car, and that’s what we’re out to chronicle on Tempest .

We're Doing A Podcast About...

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David Obuchowski David Obuchowski Feb 25, 2018. 23 comments

We're Doing A Podcast About Your True Car Stories: Welcome To Tempest, Powered By Jalopnik

We're Doing A Podcast About Your True Car Stories: Welcome To Tempest, Powered By Jalopnik

Last year, I became a regular contributor to Jalopnik, writing essays about people and their relationships with cars. Some of those relationships were haunting , some were heartbreaking , some were endearing , some were all of those things and all of them were complex. Those are the kinds of stories that move me. They seem to move you too. This year, I’ll continue doing the same. But I’ll...

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