It’s 11 a.m. deep in the Mojave Desert, the sun already laser-boring into everything it touches, and Bob is driving the stagecoach a hair too fast, speeding down Fury Road while tidily dispatching his not-first Bud Light of the morning. The whiskey still fixed to the stagecoach’s roof rattles as the scenery whips by: People draped in chains and spikes and gas masks and armor. Cars bristling with mounted machine guns and animal-skull hood ornaments. The Last Chance Casino, the chaotic streets of Bartertown, a six-foot-tall T-rex skeleton stuck in the dirt in front of someone’s camp, caught in a permanent, cheery wave of one stubby arm. A motorized coffin—mounted on a golf cart chassis, as it turns out—whips by, the driver’s goggles barely visible over the wheel. Everyone waves. Bob—in his 60s, bald, white-bearded, permanently delighted—tosses his can and screeches to a halt. “Climb aboard!” he roars, and a couple strangers do, … [Read more...] about The Strangest Desert Festival In the World Makes Everyone’s Mad Max Dreams Come True
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My 1999 Audi A6 Avant is a nice old car. The emphasis however is on old and that means it needs a good bit of attention to keep it happy. Here’s what that entailed this year, along with a handy Pain-In-The-Ass scale for each. Do you remember the story about Goldilocks and the Three Bears? Aside from the white entitlement exhibited by the primary protagonist, one of the tale’s main takeaways is admonishment of extremes. Nobody likes things that are too much this or excessively all that. No, most people like things to be—as baby bear so eloquently laid it down—just right. Now, as cars get older, they go through a phase that is the exact antipathy to what went down in Bear Senior Esq.’s abode. New cars tend to have fewer problems, and cars that have reached a ripe old age can be considered classics and are given a pass for any maladies that may afflict them. In the middle however, are those cars that are just plain old, the ones that tend to offer the … [Read more...] about Here’s Everything I’ve Done This Year to Keep My Old Audi A6 on the Road
Find Reviews by Make: By Murilee Martin on December 17, 2014 second-gen Chevrolet Tracker, a badge-engineered version of the Suzuki Vitara and the descendent of the Geo Tracker Suzuki Sidekick sibling, was sold all over the world with many nameplates. It was never much of a big seller in the United States, so this ZR-2 is an unusual Junkyard Find. It will tow a semi! It’s like a (Suzuki) rock! Remember when the Culture Wars were all about flag-burning? Here’s an early-to-mid-2000s artifact of those days for you. The ZR-2 option package was all about off-roady stuff. I wonder if any base-model Tracker owner will grab all the skid plates and stuff off this one. The engine is gone. There’s probably not so much demand for worn-out Florida State tire covers. Related Posted in Down On The Junkyard Tagged as 2000s, 2001, 2001 Chevrolet Tracker, 2001 Suzuki Vitara, 4wd, AWD, Badge Engineering, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Tracker, cuv, Down On The Junkyard, four wheel … [Read more...] about Junkyard Find: 2001 Chevrolet Tracker ZR-2
Find Reviews by Make: By Murilee Martin on March 14, 2011 other 80s hot-rod Mitsubishi in the wild?started out in obscurity, as Mitsubishi got off to a very slow start as it tried to branch out from its captive-import relationship with Chrysler. Related Posted in Down On The Junkyard, Nissan, Toyota Tagged as 1980s, 1987, 1987 Mitsubishi Cordia, Cordia, Denver, Down On The Junkyard, junkyard, Junkyard Find, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Cordia, Turbo, Turbocharging Recommended 24 Comments on “Junkyard Find: What The Hell Is a Cordia Turbo?...” StaffContributorsTimothy Cain, Canada Matthew Guy, Canada Ronnie Schreiber, United States Bozi Tatarevic, United States Chris Tonn, United States Corey Lewis, United States Mark Baruth, United StatesModeratorsAdam Tonge, United States Corey Lewis, United States … [Read more...] about Junkyard Find: What The Hell Is a Cordia Turbo?
Alexander Brangman finds comfort in remembering how long his daughter lived — 26 years, 11 months, 9 hours and 15 minutes — rather than the horrible and needless way she died.Jewel Brangman, an academic all-American in high school, about to pursue a doctorate at Stanford, had no need to know much about the rental car she drove north toward Los Angeles on a sunny September Sunday almost four years ago.Then came a relatively minor crash — she rear-ended a minivan — and her air bag exploded with a spray of razor-sharp metal shards that severed her carotid artery.Ten years after the biggest safety recall in U.S. history began, Honda says there are more than 60,000 vehicles on the nation's roads equipped with what experts have called a "ticking time bomb" — defective air bags like the one that killed Brangman. The air bags, which sit about a foot from a driver's chest, have a 50-50 chance of exploding in a fender bender.They are the most deadly air bags … [Read more...] about Ten years later, thousands of risky air bags are still on the road