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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky yesterday at 21:45. 2 comments

We Went to the Moon Way Sooner Than We Should Have and That's Amazing

We Went to the Moon Way Sooner Than We Should Have and That's Amazing

On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy made a speech to congress that asked what is likely the most audacious, improbable request ever recorded in the history of politics. That speech asked that Congress commit time, money and considerable resources to putting human beings on the surface of the moon—and returning them safely home—before the 1960s were over, less than nine years from the...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 20:38.

Everyone, everyone, gather round!

Everyone, everyone, gather round!

Everyone, everyone, gather round! Here’s your Friday shocker! Are you ready? It’s this: the normally-hated Austin Allegro actually had a pretty fantastic-looking wagon (ur, estate) version! Look at that little shooting brake—it’s cool, right?

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:56.

Infamous Low-Ass Bridge Claims Camper's A/C Unit, Sending Witness Into Screaming Fit

Infamous Low-Ass Bridge Claims Camper's A/C Unit, Sending Witness Into Screaming Fit
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Everybody, everybody, look at your calendar! See what day it is? It’s the 8nd of November! Sorry, the 8st of November! That’s 11/8. You know what else is eleven-eight? The infamous 11 foot, 8 inch bridge in Durham, NC, and it’s recently claimed another victim: this big camping trailer’s rooftop A/C unit, and this time...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:51.

The Soviets May Have Once Built a Secret Nuclear-Powered Land-Submarine to Attack America

The Soviets May Have Once Built a Secret Nuclear-Powered Land-Submarine to Attack America
Foxtrot AlphaTech and news from the world of modern defense.  

You know the scene at the end of The Incredibles—and the start of The Incredibles 2—that has the troglodyte supervillian the Underminer bursting out from underground in a colossal drilling machine? Well, during the Cold War, the Soviet Union was actually developing just such a digging machine, a brutal, nuclear-powered beast called...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:32.

Quick Question: At What Size Is an Engine 'Big?'

Quick Question: At What Size Is an Engine 'Big?'

So in reading over the comments in the recent episode of Jason Drives , I was surprised to find something that was brought up several times, sandwiched between comments of confusion and dismay regarding just what the hell is going on with my hair. The comments were baffled that I referred to the Fire Truck’s 289 cubic inch (4.7-liter) V8 as “big.” It seems that there’s many people who don’t...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 18:18.

Reddit Kid 'Bullied' Over Miata Was Probably A Hoax, But You're Great

Reddit Kid 'Bullied' Over Miata Was Probably A Hoax, But You're Great

Last week, all over the car-loving internet there was a disturbing story: a 17-year-old buys his first car, a Mazda Miata. Great choice, right? Well, not according to his post on Reddit, where he describes a depressing litany of vandalism to his car by small-minded dipshits who scrawled “bitch boy car” on his MX-5. Luckily, it’s most likely bullshit. Yay, I guess!

For proper context, here’s...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 17:57.

Here It Is, The Worst Homemade Bumper Sticker Ever

Here It Is, The Worst Homemade Bumper Sticker Ever

Look, I know it’s wrong to be judgmental, and I’m certainly a miserable accumulation of flaws crammed into a stained T-shirt myself, but I can’t help but think that the person who made these godawful bumper stickers and applied them to the back of their Toyota Sienna has to be one of the absolute worst people ever to metabolize, at least in the context of driving and cars. Oh, and that’s not...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 17:54.

Quick Question: What Makes a Truck a Truck?

Quick Question: What Makes a Truck a Truck?
Truck YeahThe trucks are good!  

Earlier today I was doing some research on an interesting 4x4 vehicle that predated the world-famous Jeep, when an interesting question came up: is a Jeep a truck? It seems like a passenger vehicle, but it was technically categorized as a truck. And that got me thinking: what exactly makes a truck a truck?

Even though the United States War Department called the...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 17:53.

The Voiceover for This Old Finnish Lada Ad Sure Sounds Like an Incantation to Summon Satan

The Voiceover for This Old Finnish Lada Ad Sure Sounds Like an Incantation to Summon Satan

I’m not going to pretend that I know what early 1970s Finnish potential Lada buyers were likely to find compelling in a commercial, but I will admit that I didn’t expect it to be a voice over that has the same vocal quality that you’d expect out of a hooded acolyte raising a goat-blood-dripping dagger over their head during a black mass to summon the Dark Lord.

And yet, here we...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 17:51.

Thrill to the Charming Music Made by Hot Wheels Mustangs Hitting Xylophone Keys

Thrill to the Charming Music Made by Hot Wheels Mustangs Hitting Xylophone Keys

Humans have been making music for thousands of years, and yet somehow it has taken us until the year of our Great Camshaft two thousand and one score less one until someone has figured out you can make sweet, sweet music by running Hot Wheels into xylophone keys.

The song was composed by someone called EmCee, and the rig itself appears to be interesting, formed by an array of Hot...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 17:38.

Look Blue Go Purple -- 'Cactus Cat'

Look Blue Go Purple -- 'Cactus Cat'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

My wife Sally suggested this relatively unknown ‘80s gem from a New Zealand band I’d not really heard of, and it’s pretty great. It’s just someone singing about how much they love their cat. Their cactus cat.

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 17:37.

Good News for SEMA Car Builders: Duchamp's The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even Enters the Public Domain Next Year

Good News for SEMA Car Builders: Duchamp's <i>The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even</i> Enters the Public Domain Next Year

It’s been two decades since copyrighted works were allowed to enter the public domain, but next year, the 20-year hiatus that was instituted in 1998 will finally end, and in 2019 all copyrighted works from 1923 will be available for anyone to use, modify, be inspired by, or anything else, as they will be public domain. This is especially important for car customizers, who I imagine have been...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 16:53.

Meh Car Monday: Soar Into Forgettability Like an Eagle Summit

Meh Car Monday: Soar Into Forgettability Like an Eagle Summit

If there was some global contest where an eccentric trillionaire would give you any car you asked for, as long as no one else asked for that car, a pretty safe bet would be to ask for an Eagle Summit sedan, because absolutely nobody will remember or care enough about that car to speak its name. So, you’d probably win the car, but the car you’d win would be an Eagle Summit sedan, so is that...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 16:53.

The (Mostly) Non-Beetle Cars of the Streets of Puebla, the VW Beetle's Final Home

The (Mostly) Non-Beetle Cars of the Streets of Puebla, the VW Beetle's Final Home

I was just down in Puebla, Mexico, visiting the Volkswagen factory there (I’ll explain that more soon), and while there I found some time to explore and be your eyes, ears, and, if no one is looking, tongue, to experience the cars on the streets of Puebla. Last time, I mostly focused on the many Vochos (Beetles) , but this time I decided to branch out just a bit, and try to give you a bit...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 16:25.

2019 Toyota Supra: Pretty Much The Whole Car From Some Leaked Parts Diagrams

2019 Toyota Supra: Pretty Much The Whole Car From Some Leaked Parts Diagrams

The incredibly long and sort-of-public gestation period of the new Toyota Supra means that by now, when the proud parents, BMW and Toyota, want to actually reveal the car, nobody’s going to care because we’ve basically seen it all already. While even though we’ve already driven the car , much of the interior and exterior were still hidden or disguised. Now, though, thanks to a bunch of parts...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 16:18.

Swapping Spark Plugs for Quick Plasma Pulses Could Potentially Improve Efficiency by 20 Percent

Swapping Spark Plugs for Quick Plasma Pulses Could Potentially Improve Efficiency by 20 Percent

I’m not sure if you realize this, but spark plugs are older than the American Civil War. Jean Joseph Étienne Lenoir first used electric spark plugs on his 1860 gas engine, and in the intervening 159 years since then, they really haven’t changed all that much, fundamentally. They’re one of the few parts that could be swapped, with some success, between a vintage car and a modern car. Now a...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 16:11.

Boeing Has So Many Grounded 737 Max Planes Waiting to Be Fixed They're Parking Them in the Employee Parking Lot

Boeing Has So Many Grounded 737 Max Planes Waiting to Be Fixed They're Parking Them in the Employee Parking Lot

You may recall that, thanks to an issue with faulty sensors in the Boeing 737 Max flight control systems , those planes have been grounded after multiple crashes were found to be related to the issue. Grounded planes are, by definition, not in the air, and as such need to be stored, on the ground, somewhere. In the case of Boeing’s Renton Factory in Washington state, there’s so many grounded...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 15:56.

Tesla Needs Subaru or Maybe Mazda to Succeed

Tesla Needs Subaru or Maybe Mazda to Succeed

The recent reports that Elon Musk told his employees that the $35,000 Model 3 would cost $38,000 to build made me realize some things: first, -$3,000 is a pretty crappy profit margin, and second, Tesla needs some friends. Specifically, they need some friends who build lots of good cars yet have no clear plans to build electric cars in the future. They need friends like Subaru and Mazda.

Hear...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 15:40.

Watch an Astoundingly Filthy Eagle Talon Get Dragged Out of the Woods for Its First Wash in a Decade

Watch an Astoundingly Filthy Eagle Talon Get Dragged Out of the Woods for Its First Wash in a Decade

I’m not sure what’s going on this week that’s bringing us all this disgusting stuff , but here we are. At least this time there’s a journey from revolting to acceptable, a pattern we should all strive for in our lives. The car here is a 1994 Eagle Talon TSI that’s spent a decade in the woods, and has accumulated a massive amount of filth, mold, rodent skeletons, and stench. If you know of a...

Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jul 15, 2019 at 15:37.

Happy Friday, pals!

Happy Friday, pals!

Happy Friday, pals! I hope your weekend will be like this Mondeverdi Sierra: a Plymouth Volare in disguise, something homely and humble at its core, but dressed up beautifully. Is that a good weekend plan? Sure, why not?

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