I just got off the phone with Jeopardy champion Austin Rogers, and learned some fantastic news: He’s an avid Jalopnik reader and his plans for his new TV car show are absolutely brilliant. Austin has not only been sending us tips since at least early 2016, he actually applied to work at Jalopnik a few years ago, accompanying his application with a YouTube video. “Dude, I’ve been on Jalopnik since god knows when,” he told me. “I made a video resume, and I ran through the history of all the cars I’ve owned.” Here’s that video: Austin, being the car nut that he is, wanted to talk with me about his cars, telling me about a 1978, four-cylinder, diesel, manual Austin taxi cab he drove around Manhattan for a year and a half, and about his rusty 1988 Honda Civic Wagon, a two-wheel drive $500 junker that he used to drive in high school and college—a car that, along with his dad’s pickup trucks and his Audi 5000cs—played a part … [Read more...] about Jeopardy Champion Austin Rogers Is Planning The Ultimate Car TV Show
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Day Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Wheels ByLawrence Ulrich May 17, 2018 When General Motors recruited Johan de Nysschen to lead Cadillac in 2014, the prominent auto executive hoped for a cavalry of new sport-utility vehicles to shore up the luxury brand’s weakest position. As it awaited reinforcements, Cadillac soldiered on with a legion of widely praised sports sedans, the kind of beautifully engineered vehicles its German rivals would have been proud to call their own. But now Cadillac finds itself overrun by German and Asian S.U.V.s and G.M.’s leaders have parted ways with the man once seen as the brand’s future. And America’s premier luxury car brand must reckon with an uncomfortable truth. “Cadillac is just not selling what people want to buy today, especially in America,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher … [Read more...] about Cadillac Makes Beautiful Cars. Too Bad Americans Want S.U.V.s.
Everyone knows that if you buy a car on credit and fail to make the payments, the lender can repossess it. It’s embarrassing and will wreak havoc on your credit when the repo shows up as a landmark on your credit report. The thing many people miss is that there are right ways and wrong ways for the lenders to repossess the collateral on a loan. And, as you might imagine, the wrong ways can be dramatic–and illegal. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below One client of mine missed a payment on his car. He had missed a few in the past and had always caught up, so he didn't think anything of it. Not that this meant the lender wasn’t allowed to repossess the vehicle, but my client wasn’t too worried about it. Still, he lived in an ugly part of town and always pulled both of his cars into his fenced yard and locked the gate behind them. He then went someplace with his friends–in their car.Later that evening he returned to find his gate open, the chain had been … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Car Repo Horror Story
This is a question I’ve wondered about, and recently it’s smacked me sideways. If “love” is a car project, we start out thinking big—really big—and usually buy something cheap. It may or may not even be something we like, but it is usually cheap. It can be the usual (i.e., 1967-’69 Camaro), obscure, or rare like a Volvo P1800. We seal the deal with money and a smile and drag our newly purchased love child home where it sits on wheels with dead-tired rubber, the interior gently rotting away, paint peeling off as if it were an onion, waiting patiently for your loving touch to resurrect it.We then scour the forums and ask anyone and everyone what they think of our build, only to get a myriad of answers (some good and others meh). Our nightly reading consists of Summit and Jegs catalogs instead of Rolling Stone and Playboy (for the articles, of course). And more often than not the catalogs compound our indecision about the build direction, and what … [Read more...] about How and Why We Lose Interest in Our Project Cars
Back in December, we told you about a new concept from Gazoo Racing — the newest sub-brand from Toyota. Now with the Tokyo Auto Salon upon us, we finally get our first look at the GR Super Sport Concept.Combining technology from both the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the World Rally Championship, Gazoo set off to build the ultimate car. The specs revealed at the car’s unveiling suggest it’s well on its way to accomplishing that goal.For starters, Toyota says that the Super Sport is based on “mostly the same main parts” as the TS050 Hybrid racing car. Although unlucky at Le Mans, this is a car with seven wins and ten other podium finishes in the FIA World Endurance Championship.That means that the Super Sport uses a similar 2.4-liter twin turbo V6 paired to a hybrid system. In total, that’s good for nigh-on 1,000hp. It’s not clear what else the Super Sport uses from the TS050, or how closely related the chassis is.However the uncovered … [Read more...] about Toyota’s New GR Super Sport Concept is a 1,000hp Race Car for the Road