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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 25, 2020. 11 comments

Quick Question: What Were The Door Pockets Of The Original Mini Designed To Hold?

Quick Question: What Were The Door Pockets Of The Original Mini Designed To Hold?

It’s the fourth Friday afternoon of 2020, and traditionally that’s when we ask a trivia question about the iconic Mini, so far be it from me to get in the way of such a noble tradition, especially this one, which was started over 500 years before the Mini was introduced in 1959. The question I have for you is an easy one: the door pockets in the original Mini were designed to hold something...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 25, 2020. 12 comments

Some Of The Rare Porsches From The Ingram Collection Explosion Are Showing Up On Salvage Auction Sites

Some Of The Rare Porsches From The Ingram Collection Explosion Are Showing Up On Salvage Auction Sites

Back in April of last year, one of the world’s best collections of vintage Porsches, the

Ingram Collection , was severely damaged when a natural gas explosion destroyed the building right next to the collection in Durham, NC. That collection had many rare and incredibly valuable old 356s and 911 and Speedsters and all kinds of amazing stuff, and a number of these cars were very badly damaged...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 24, 2020. 24 comments

Mahindra Gives The Roxor A New Face And Issues A Statement About FCA's Battle To Kill The Roxor In America

Mahindra Gives The Roxor A New Face And Issues A Statement About FCA's Battle To Kill The Roxor In America

We’ve been following the

battle between FCA, who owns Jeep, and Mahindra , the Indian company that has been license-building Jeeps since the 1940s, over Mahindra’s off-road-only vehicle, the Roxor . Essentially, Mahindra is selling a non-street-legal vehicle in America that, because it comes from the same original source, looks a hell of a lot like a Jeep. Jeep is very unhappy about this,...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 24, 2020. 8 comments

The Torchinsky Files: The Mysterious VW Semi-Automatic Transmission Secrets Finally Revealed

The Torchinsky Files: The Mysterious VW Semi-Automatic Transmission Secrets Finally Revealed

In keeping with this series’ overarching theme of giving you the experience of being cornered at a party by some wild-eyed loon who won’t shut up about some bullshit, I think we have a good episode for you today. It’s about a piece of automotive history, something that’s occasionally mentioned but I suspect rarely understood: the semi-automatic transmission.

In this era of near-ubiquitous (at...

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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 23, 2020. 24 comments

President Trump Wants To Protect Geniuses Like Elon Musk, Thomas Edison, And Whoever Invented The Wheel

President Trump Wants To Protect Geniuses Like Elon Musk, Thomas Edison, And Whoever Invented The Wheel

In an interview with CNBC, current President of the United States Donald Trump was told about

Tesla’s recent valuation at an incredible $100 billion , and was then asked about Elon Musk. Trump’s answer praised Musk’s genius, a genius Trump noted needed protection, along with Thomas Edison and whomever came up with the wheel. Then he said that Tesla would be building another U.S. factory,...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 23, 2020. 15 comments

The Cruise Origin Is An Expected Step In Autonomous Vehicles But There Are Many Unanswered Questions

The Cruise Origin Is An Expected Step In Autonomous Vehicles But There Are Many Unanswered Questions

Cruise Automation , the autonomous vehicle startup owned by a big bank and GM, along with help from Honda, seems to have a gift for hyperbole. In a tweet, the company suggested that they were aiming for their new autonomous shared ride van to have the same sort of impact as the “compass, train, car, light bulb, radio, internet, computer, and mobile phone,” which is, of course, eye-rollingly...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 22, 2020. 7 comments

Give Your Muscles Some TLC After a Long Day With This $25 Muscle Stimulator

Give Your Muscles Some TLC After a Long Day With This $25 Muscle Stimulator

Take a good look at this image, because it’s something that’s absolutely extinct today. It’s from a 1976 Vanden Plas 1500—a fancificated version of the generally miserable Austin Allegro—but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that this is a premium, luxury car, full of leather and carpet and wood and a soft suspension and even fold-out tray tables for the back seat—yet it’s also...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 22, 2020. 24 comments

Let This Lawnmower In My Pao Help You In Your Fight Against The SUVivification Of America

Let This Lawnmower In My Pao Help You In Your Fight Against The SUVivification Of America

When people rationalize themselves away from buying the interesting cars they actually want and play it “safe” by buying a modern, soul-less SUV, often one of the commonly-cited reasons why is that they sometimes may want to haul big, ungainly things, and that’s why they need a big, ungainly car. I say this is bullshit, and I’m here to prove it, with my tiny Nissan Pao and a lawnmower.

One of...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 22, 2020. 13 comments

Let's Peek At Some Of The Futuristic Cars That Will Show Up In The Next Season Of Westworld

Let's Peek At Some Of The Futuristic Cars That Will Show Up In The Next Season Of Westworld

HBO’s nearish-future robo-horror show Westworld is coming back, and its focus is moving from a synthetic Old West populated with sexy and deadly robots covered in biological skin into the mainstream world of the near future, which seems to be populated with not just sexy and deadly robots and people, but also cars. Friend of Jalopnik and noted automotive designer John Frye spotted some...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 22, 2020. 21 comments

All The New Updated Details And Cool Stuff In The Latest Volkswagen Camper Americans Can't Have

All The New Updated Details And Cool Stuff In The Latest Volkswagen Camper Americans Can't Have
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I feel like every time Volkswagen invites us to experience the latest version of their small camper, the most recent version of which is known officially as the

Volkswagen T6.1 California , there’s a certain element of cruelty involved. That’s because this very clever and appealing vehicle isn’t available in the United States,...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 18, 2020. 8 comments

Horse Rides Bus

Horse Rides Bus

A horse was found wandering around on the A48 road in Cardiff, Wales, in busy traffic, causing traffic slowdowns and even being struck by at least two cars and a van. Luckily, the horse was unharmed, but still very confused and, like so many horses today, didn’t seem to have a plan to get out of the damn road. So they stuck him on a city bus.

The horse, who carried no identification and...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 17, 2020. 10 comments

I Think You Need To See What A Zimmer QuickSilver's Trunk Looks Like

I Think You Need To See What A Zimmer QuickSilver's Trunk Looks Like

Hey, glad you could make it. I just wanted to reach out to you because I thought, on the off chance you haven’t encountered it before, you really should see what the inside of a Zimmer QuickSilver’s trunk looks like. I just felt that you had a right to know, because, look, I respect you, and I don’t feel right with you not knowing. Sound good? Great.

Just in case you’ve taken a sharp blow to...

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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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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 16, 2020. 18 comments

This $30 Backpack Is So Good, It'll Make All Other Backpacks Look Like Boring Sacks

This $30 Backpack Is So Good, It'll Make All Other Backpacks Look Like Boring Sacks

There’s something especially wonderful about the “Handling by Lotus” badge on a little pickup truck. Especially one called a “Jumbuck.” But Proton has the right idea here—just because you may be delivering boxes filled with remaindered orthopedic stockings, does that mean you somehow don’t deserve Lotus-tuned handling? Of course not!

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 16, 2020. 7 comments

Driver Of Big-Ass Truck Somehow Doesn't See The Car He's Shoving Sideways Across A Highway

Driver Of Big-Ass Truck Somehow Doesn't See The Car He's Shoving Sideways Across A Highway

You’d think that the really big window above the steering wheel on nearly all trucks would be useful for something, like, say, seeing other cars on the road with you so you don’t, you know, plow into them and shove them off the road like a Roomba pushing a wayward hot dog under your sofa. And yet, somehow, that’s what happened on Highway 401 in Ontario, Canada.

The incident was caught on...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 16, 2020. 9 comments

There's An Actual Name And Reason For Those Beeps You Hear In Recordings Of Astronauts In Space

There's An Actual Name And Reason For Those Beeps You Hear In Recordings Of Astronauts In Space

The American space program, I think we’d all agree, has its own very particular set of audiovisual signatures that immediately evoke all kinds of images and feelings. There’s a certain NASA look to the objects of space travel—that gold foil stuff, lightweight aluminum frameworks, white panels with American flags on them—that is immediately recognizable. The same goes for the sounds of NASA, a...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 15, 2020. 23 comments

Is It Okay To Pull Through One Parking Spot Into Another Empty One?

Is It Okay To Pull Through One Parking Spot Into Another Empty One?
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I’m not sure I fully realized how contentious this concept is, or how divided people are about this relatively simple concept: when you’re in a parking lot with spots that meet back-to-back, is it okay to drive through one empty spot and directly into the empty spot connected to its end? A question a child might ask,...

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 15, 2020. 5 comments

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This 1958 Ford Escort Spacewagon has a nice design here with the underfloor area reserved for the filthy things like tires and tools and maybe found badger carcasses, but brings up a question: should the split tailgate have been divided at the floor line? should the upper hatch been longer to reach the main floor, and the lower one just for the underfloor area? I’m leaning to yes. Discuss....

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Jason Torchinsky Jason Torchinsky Jan 15, 2020. 23 comments

Here Are A Bunch Of Names For Spaceships And Warships That Are Maybe A Bit Insulting To Famous People

Here Are A Bunch Of Names For Spaceships And Warships That Are Maybe A Bit Insulting To Famous People

Often while I’m out driving, minding my own business, I’ll see a burning mattress mounted on some bicycle wheels that gets pushed in front of my car, blocking my progress. Then, I’ll be accosted by a crowd of people who will drag me out of my car window, pin me to a wall, and demand I provide them with names for fictional spaceships or conventional naval vessels. Usually, they want names that...

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