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

Forza Motorsport 2: Twin Ring Motegi


Yesterday, we sat down via the magic of telephone with Dan Greenawalt, Forza Motorsport 2's Game Director. We yammered for a quite a while about the trials and tribulations of game design; while I'm not much of a gamer myself, my inner designer's fascinated by what goes into putting together such a large-scale,… » 10/23/07 4:00pm 10/23/07 4:00pm

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… » 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

New Benicia Bridge Opens Tomorrow

While the bridge is officially named after George Miller, and is referred to by state officials as "The Benicia-Martinez Bridge," locals know it as the Benicia Bridge, and its second span is about to open. We remember the massive clangs when they were driving pilings for the structure four years ago. Has it been four… » 8/24/07 11:15am 8/24/07 11:15am

Dung Never Sleeps

The excrement of avians is not being ruled out as a factor in the collapse of the I-35 bridge on the River Mississippi in the Twin Cities. Apparently, pigeon dung, when dried, exudes salts. Salts which corrode steel and wear away concrete. Years back, grates were installed on the bridge's structure to discourage… » 8/22/07 7:00pm 8/22/07 7:00pm

Ferrari 512 BB LMs at Monterey

While Porsche 935s are supremely awesome and the DeKon Monzas force us into shit-eating-grin mode, we also dig the few oddball machines that wind up in the IMSA ranks at Monterey. For example, we present to you the Ferrari 512 BB LM. While it wasn't a particularly successful race car, it's pretty close to as sexy as… » 8/21/07 5:15pm 8/21/07 5:15pm

Maserati Recalls Australian Quattroportes

If you're hooning it down a long straight in the outback, suddenly come to a corner at speed and realize that your traction control has quit the team, you might well be driving a Quattroporte! Apparently, a software glitch in the cars disables the system when the battery gets below a certain level. Maser's got a fix… » 8/21/07 4:15pm 8/21/07 4:15pm

Polizei on the Londino

Herr Roy and his compatriot Mister Ross are off to galavant about the Old Country again, this time in an unmarked, mystery-Polizei vehicle (we're guessing that it might be a Continental GTC, but have no conformation from Ross nor Roy on that at this point). The event? The Londino, a transnational treasure-hunt/tour of… » 8/21/07 2:00pm 8/21/07 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

Ah, Joe Lucas Humor

While crossing the bridge to the media center on Saturday at Laguna Seca, we ran across a fellow wearing the shirt at left, bearing the legend: "LUCAS, Prince of Darkness. 'A gentleman does not motor about after dark. - Joseph Lucas.'" When we stopped the man to compliment him, Murilee noted that there are all sorts » 8/20/07 3:45pm 8/20/07 3:45pm

Zagato!

It's not as if we haven't enjoyed the designs that have flowed from the pens that led to bucks that led to wonderfully-formed sheetmetal that all began with the illustrious hand of Ugo Zagato some 88 years ago. But one of those moments where it all just really comes together — the tenth listen when the record one… » 8/20/07 2:15pm 8/20/07 2:15pm

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

Win a Sebring at Pebble Beach!

For those of you who want to roll in economical fashion around the links and equestrian fields at Pebble Beach, or just make sure your childrens' tuition at the Robert Louis Stevenson school is paid on time, you've got a chance to win a stylish Chrysler Sebring convertible. Pastel polo shirt, white slacks and red belt… » 8/19/07 12:45pm 8/19/07 12:45pm