Tomorrow, Raphael Orlove and I will attempt to do the... well, not impossible, but tricky and slow and cold: we’re gonna see if we can drive from Seattle to New York City in this lovely 1970 BMW 2500. Got any old car road trip tips? We’d love to hear them. As I wrote last week, our friend Clay bought the BMW from Road & Track writer Sam Smith, but had no way of getting it to the East Coast where he lives right away. So Raphael Orlove and I stepped up, thinking it would make for some good stories and videos, and we’re gonna get it as far as we can get it. I’m happy to report that thanks to some Jalopnik readers, the car’s new owner Clay and his friends, a ton of folks in the vintage BMW community and some amazing strangers, the Bavaria is in even better shape than when I wrote about it last week. (One hero, Martin Maggio, has even very kindly agreed to drive us from the airport to its location outside Seattle.) Now, the fuel pump comes on with the key, … [Read more...] about Our 2,800-mile Journey in a 1970 BMW Starts Tomorrow. What’s On Your Old Car Road Trip Checklist?
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Red Bull loves to put its F1 cars in places where you would not normally see F1 cars. And it is pretty cool to see them off track. Max Verstappen has raced up a mountain in the Alps and pulled donuts in downtown Budapest. Red Bull’s latest video puts Verstappen on a road trip that will take him along the Continental Divide in Colorado and Miami Beach, Florida, and nowhere else. Talk about flyover country—Red Bull couldn’t even be bothered to drive through it! I kid, I kid. This is a blast to watch: Of course, taking twisty hairpin turns and speeding down dirt roads in the Rocky Mountains is much more interesting than watching Verstappen run straight through Iowa on I-80. His drive through Miami Beach is even more fun, as he slides around on the actual beach and races around downtown. The video ends with Verstappen’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo joining him for a trip around downtown Miami, with Max playfully asking “Reckon this would be a cool … [Read more...] about Max Verstappen’s F1 Car Road Trip Across America Is Going Great
David Edwards' Chevy Bolt EV draws a crowd while charging Readers like David Edwards periodically send letters about road trips they’ve made in their electric cars. While long road trips are becoming somewhat commonplace with Teslas, he points out that they still aren’t common for other electric cars. Just last year, reader Jay Lucas sold his Chevy Bolt EV after finding it too difficult to visit his wife 325 miles away. Edwards says that now is the golden time for such stories, where trips in electric cars other than Teslas are just becoming convenient enough for most drivers, yet still aren’t an everyday occurrence. His experiences show how public charging networks beyond Tesla’s are becoming widespread enough to support long road trips--and how far they have to go. Read on to see the compromises--and convenience of a 2,000-miles family road trip in a Chevy Bolt EV, the most capable 2018 electric car other than a Tesla. Green Car Report thanks David for writing … [Read more...] about 2018 Chevy Bolt EV makes successful 2,000-mile road trip
Road trips aren’t always fun. They can be long, they make your butt numb, someone always has to pee, everybody gets sick of each other an hour in and at least one person is bound to get sick after a quick stop for food goes wrong. But a V8 Formula One car driving across America? That’s a good road trip right there. Red Bull Racing has a thing for entertaining promotional videos, and the team decided to send its honorary Texan F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo on a trip from San Francisco to Miami to promote the F1 Miami Grand Prix, which is supposedly in the planning stages but is not happening. (The Miami race was supposed to kick off a 10-year deal in 2019, but now won’t kick off in 2019. Cliffhanger.) But once you’ve committed, you’re committed (unless you happen to be the Miami Grand Prix, which presumably cannot read blogs), so the video for the first part of Ricciardo’s road trip came out on Thursday. It’s full of lovely shots of iconic places … [Read more...] about There Is An F1 Car ‘Road Tripping’ But Not Really Across America
Have you ever started planning a road trip only to realize how annoying it is to pack everything? I mean, you’re gonna need a tent. If you’re hitting the lake, you can’t forget the boat? And there’s nothing worse than trying to find non-perishables because your cooler can only last so long. It’s such a hassle that you might just give up on the whole fiasco because you can’t be bothered. Well, never fear, my friends. Ford understands your struggle, and they created the ideal Frankenstein camping car that accommodates every factor and variable you might run into during a relaxing trip out in the wild. Sure, it might look like nothing but a car with a boat on top—but press a button, and suddenly you’ve got the all-in-one ideal camping dream. The boat swings up and off to the side, revealing a two-person tent underneath. Lower the back hatch and fold out the roof, and you have the perfect covered kitchen, complete with a refrigerator … [Read more...] about The 1959 Ford Country Squire Camper Is Perfect For All Your Summer Road Trip Needs