Tulsa's Not That Far: Thrill of the Road


Tom Albrecht (front) and J.F. Musial, hosts of Thrill of the Road.

I always felt at home when we entered Colorado, where the plains became arid, the rabbit bush prolific. (Occasionally we would take "the southern route," heading into the harsh rocks of northern Texas or New Mexico.) Our search was for elusive river… » 10/30/07 12:00pm 10/30/07 12:00pm

The Other Side of the Wind: The Trials of a Transcontinental Record

Ahhh, the French champagne has always been celebrated for its excellence! Alex Roy doused with bubbly upon successful breaking of the transcontinental record.

Orson Welles once spoke of "the confidence of ignorance" in terms of the beginning of both his stage and screen careers. Henry Rollins once remarked that he… » 10/15/07 12:30pm 10/15/07 12:30pm

Manta in Frankfurt, But Where's the Foxtail?

While stalking the nether regions of the Frankfurt Auto Show, Kapitan Bumbeck stumbled across this fine example of a Manta GT/E. This '79 model features a rousing 105 Pferdestarker and a bodykit wide enough to plug the Fulda Gap; we're grooving hard on the period BBS wheels. The question is, would Jimmy McRae drive it? … » 9/18/07 2:30pm 9/18/07 2:30pm

Fifty Years of Kerouac's "On The Road"

Fourteen years before the United States mandated exit numbers on Dwight Eisenhower's brainchild of a road system, a Lowell, Mass native of French-Canadian extraction named Jean-Louis Lebris de Kerouac published a novel that would change countless lives; a mash note to an already-dead America living under the weight of… » 9/13/07 1:30pm 9/13/07 1:30pm

Rolling Nirvana



Imperfect perfection as a child is rarely equaled as an adult. Why do we remember games of "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" more fondly than some random hookup with a hottie picked up in a bar? Adult perfection is just more complicated. Spouses, jobs, locales, children of our own that we want to stuff so… » 8/30/07 1:00pm 8/30/07 1:00pm

Because One Can Never Have Too Much Can-Am

We've already yammered at length about the glory of Can-Am. It's one thing that Los Jalops can all agree on. Detroit brawn, Euro-sportiness, Texan ingenuity and enough sheer gobsmackery to make the most jaded automobile fan remember why he or she fell in love with cars in the first place. Little in this world is more… » 8/24/07 2:00pm 8/24/07 2:00pm

Happiness is a Hot Monza

In our estimation, the two finest cards of the day at the Monterey Historics fell on Sunday — the resurrection of the Canadian-American Challenge Cup and the retro IMSA class (aka Group 7b in Historics parlance) are the two wish-we'd-been-there, can't-miss events of the weekend. And since commenter jrhmobile requested… » 8/20/07 5:15pm 8/20/07 5:15pm

Farewell, Monterey. Hello Again, L.A.

For dirt-poor gearheads with a penchant for the unloved and inexpensive as well as a passion for history, craftsmanship, design and wonderful noises, scoring a chance to hit the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and its attendant and ancillary events is like being handed a golden ticket to an automotive fantasyland… » 8/20/07 9:15am 8/20/07 9:15am

The Jalopnik Yuri Gagarin Memorial Timepiece Collection

While judges scour and pore over fine examples of coachwork from Zagato and Scaglietti, chassis and engines by Duesenberg, Aston Martin — and even a hand-picked selection of hot rods by ingenious American hoodlums — in search of a winner, Bumbeck and Johnson scoured the field for the odd little gems that most embody… » 8/19/07 4:00pm 8/19/07 4:00pm