Monthly Archives: March 2010

Scion Pulls New 2011 Scion iQ Out Of Their Pocket At New York Auto Show


2011-scion-iq4

The 2011 New York Auto Show is in full swing, and Scion is using the platform to unveil their latest model: the 2011 Scion iQ. First of all, we’d like to say how disappointed we are that Scion did not name it the Scion fU—it would deftly match the attitude with which Scions are driven. Nevertheless, the Scion iQ moniker is pretty smart (no pun intended), and it aptly reflects the design of this zippy micro-subcompact. Continue reading

March Madness Auto Accessory Extravaganza: Pet Products, Headlight Bulbs, Vehicle Gun Racks & More!


Bookie Monster

If you’re suffering from a serious bout of March Madness bracket blues, we’re here to help. No, we won’t go talk to your  bookie and beg for an extension—that’s between your knees and Tony’s tire iron. What we will do, though, is distract you from that dime you dropped on Xavier with some new automotive accessories. Dig this:

Classic Accessories Camo Kennel JacketHugh Hefner made the smoking jacket the “it” garment for millionaire smut moguls, and Classic Accessories is making the Camo Kennel Jacket the “it” garment for hundredaire varmint hunters. They come in two styles: one with extra storage pockets and one without the pockets.

Classic Accessories Camo Kennel Jacket

Classic Accessories Camo Rear Seat Protector—Now you don’t have to make that hard ethical choice between protecting your auto’s upholstery or leaving your beloved pooch at the beach because her paws got all sandy. This universal dog seat cover fits the back seat of just about any car, truck or SUV.

Classic Accessories Camo Rear Seat Protector

Classic Accessories Hitch Ball Tote—Sheathe your tri-point hitch ball in the coziest home for a bar and balls.

Classic Accessories Tri-point Hitch Ball Tote

Classic Accessories Winter Windshield Cover—While San Diego is enjoying 70-degree weather, the rest of the states are still getting dusted with heavenly dandruff. Luckily, this windshield cover from Classic Accessories helps keep your front glass ice-free.

Classic Accessories Winter Windshield Cover

Heritage Vehicle Gun Case—Some states believe having your shotguns and rifles within arm’s reach while driving is a good idea, and we’re not going to argue with the armed. Instead, we’ll just suggest that you keep your boom sticks organized with this deluxe gun case from Heritage.

Heritage Vehicle Gun Case

Classic Accessories Seat Back Gun Case—Because you can get this back-of-the seat gun rack in camouflage, it’ll be totally invisible to any deer chilling in the backseat of your SUV.

Classic Accessories Seat Back Gun Case

Classic Accessories Seat Back Gun Rack—Why bother covering them up—this gun rack from Classic Accessories reveals the heat you’re packing and probably cuts down on the number of people willing to honk when you blatantly cut them off.

Classic Accessories Seat Back Gun Rack

Advantage Hitch Extension—Finally, your hitch mount bike rack can clear your spare tire with the added 2.5” to 11” of length from this Advantage SportsRack adjustable hitch extension. Now, you just need to figure out a way to get your name cleared of those charges.

Advantage Hitch Extension

Vision X Superwhite Headlight Bulbs—Meet the Edgar Winter of headlight bulbs. These almost albino-white headlight bulbs from Vision X not only burn almost 30% brighter than stock halogen headlight bulbs, but they’re also backed by a Lifetime Warranty.

Vision X Superwhite Headlight Bulbs

Buying American: 10 Automobiles Made in the USA


Assembly Line

These days, trying to find a pair of shoes bearing the Made in the USA label is about as difficult as finding a Columbian cocaine kingpin with a heart of gold. Sadly, a lot of goods that used to be assembled by American workers have been outsourced to take advantage of low-cost overseas labor. Of course, it’s more than just sneakers and sweatshirts that are made in foreign factories—a lot of cars are built outside of our borders, too. Continue reading

Uncovered: Classic Mini Commercial Featuring Twiggy


Twiggy Mini

Were I given access to a time-travelling hot tub, it’d set the dial to take me back to 1960’s London. No question about it. Not only was the love free, but British rock ‘n roll was cranked up to 11 by the likes of The Kinks, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Troggs, Herman’s Hermits, Donovan, Manfred Mann, The Who and countless more seminal bands. The ‘60s were also a golden age in British car building. During this decade, limey coach builders came out with two of the coolest cars of all times: the Jaguar E-Type roadster and the Mini. Continue reading

8 New Auto Accessories Just In Time For Spring


Nowruz Fire Jumper

Tomorrow is the vernal equinox, a day to celebrate both Ernest P Worrell’s never-seen friend, Vern, and the blossoming of spring (aka, Nowruz). If your haft sīn is looking a little sparse this year, consider nestling these new products next to the samanu and gold fish:

Yakima SkyBoxLike one of the bog people Seamus Heaney used to muse over Ireland’s cyclical history of violence, we’ve yanked the mummified corpse of this Yakima rooftop cargo carrier up from the depths, dusted the digital dirt off its shoulders, and added it back to the site.

Yakima SkyBox Rooftop Cargo Carriers

Energizer All-In-One Battery Jump Starter with Air Compressor and Power InverterYou might think that the only thing this jump starter, air compressor and car power adapter by Energizer can’t do it make toast. But, you can plug a toaster into it, so it actually can make toast—damn delicious toast at that.

Energizer All-In-One Battery Jump Starter with Air Compressor and Power Inverter

Energizer Jump Starter—Hate waiting around for AAA to come and rescue you from your dead battery woes? When you roll with this powerful car battery jump starter in your trunk, you can rescue yourself.

Energizer Jump Starter

Energizer Battery Maintainer—Thanks to Energizer battery chargers and maintainers, you don’t have to worry about your stored vehicle’s battery fizzling out. Just hook it up with one of these car battery chargers, and it’ll be fresh and full of juice when you pull it out of its deep freeze.

Energizer Battery Charger & Maintainer

Energizer Car Power Inverter—Plugging in one of these deluxe car power inverters is almost like siphoning power from your car, but without the unpleasant taste of battery acid.

Energizer Car Power Inverter

Xmitter LED Light BarsRemember when it was cool to label products and activities with an “X” for extreme? Well, Vision X is bringing back the trend with their crazy powerful Xmitter LED off road lights.

Vision X Xmitter LED Light Bars

HitchMate TireStepGive it as a gift, and this roof rack accessory from HitchMate overtly signifies that you’re concerned about the condition of your loved-one’s back. Covertly, though, it signifies that you’re worried about the worsening state of his or her cankles and think it’s about time he or she got some exercise.

HitchMate TireStep

HiddenHitch TruckStepThis unique hitch step slides out a full 23.5”, so you can use it even when your tailgate is open. Plus, it’s built tough from…hey, stop snickering about how it looks. Sometimes an elongated steel rod with a wide tip is just that: an elongated rod with a wide tip.

HiddenHitch TruckStep

Cars St. Patty would be Proud to Drive


Hoist Your Brew for Erin Go Bragh

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day, the day when people all over the globe (but especially in Dublin and Boston) pay their respects to one of the patron saints of Ireland. Now, paying one’s respects comes in all shapes and sizes. Some people opt to dust off their House of Pain muscle shirts and guzzle green-tinted beer in the streets. Others prefer to don Flogging Molly sweatshirts and guzzle green-tinted beer in the streets. We prefer to tip our cap to Saint Patrick by putting together a collection of our favorite Irish-y automobiles. Check ‘em out: Continue reading

New Auto Accessories for a Nearly New Season


Springtime

Spring has nearly sprung, but we’re growing impatient. So in an attempt to coax our favorite season out of its shell, we added a few new products. These are for you, Gaia—wake up!

ORV Jeep Shocks—The only thing I’m shocked about is that you’re still off-roading without these deluxe shocks. These bad boys are charged with 150psi of pressurized nitrogen gas. You’d have to eat about a half-pound of dried prunes to generate that kind of gas charge.

ORV_Jeep_Shocks

ORV Jeep Steering Stabilizers—Couldn’t your Jeep use a little more support? ORV Jeep is here with quality steering components to carry you through your times of trial and suffering—it’s the one set of footprints in the sand for your chassis.

ORV Jeep Lift Kits—Your Jeep could use a pick-me-up, too. But it needs something a little stronger than a slug of Monster to conquer the badlands. Beef it up with an expertly engineered suspension lift kit.

ORV Jeep Drop Pitman Arms—Working like a marriage counselor, the drop pitman arm bridges the divide between your suspension and steering system.

Putco Halogen Headlight BulbsWith an assortment of 5 brilliant colors, these headlight bulbs let you cast Skittle’s flavored light onto the streets. Best of all, they’re available in all standard bulb sizes, including 880, 9004, 9005, 9006, 9007, 9008, H1, H11, H13, H3, H4 and H7. Plus, we also stock a wide range of blue headlight bulbs and white headlight bulbs for both halogen and Xenon headlights.

Heritage Dog Travel Bed—You know what they say: let sleeping dogs lie…on a dog travel bed. And, this pet travel accessory folds in half, zips up and sports built-in carrying straps, so it’s perfect for Rover road trips.

Heritage Kennel Mat—Like a Japanese tatami mat for your pooch’s kennel, this flooring from Heritage makes your dog’s kennel seem more like a little home and less like a little prison.

Heritage Cargo Protector—Whether you’re hauling home the bloody trophy of your unlicensed hunting trip or just toting around some sunflower seedlings, this cargo liner defends the inside of your ride’s rear from harm.

Heritage Collapsible Dog Bowl—If your GladWare just isn’t cutting it anymore, feed your traveling Cujo from this premium dog travel bowl.


Heritage Dog Car Hammock—Your old, worn-out bed sheets can only provide a little bit of protection against the constant onslaught of your K9’s slobber, paws and accidents. Dress your interior with a proper dog seat cover for the ultimate defense.


Heritage Kennel Jacket—Not to be confused with any DoggieCouture jacket Paris Hilton would put on her Chihuahua, this kennel jacket snuggles up to your dog’s portable home.

Porsche 918 Spyder: First Look


Porsche 918 Spyder

Think hybrids are only for bookish, latte-sipping, liberal librarians from the People’s Republic of San Francisco? That may have been true before the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, but Porsche has redefined the word “hybrid” with the announcement of their visionary Porsche 918 Spyder. In our humble opinion, the only way this green machine could get more supreme is if they slathered some Stuttgart sour cream over the hood. Continue reading

BMW’s Electronic Brake Override: The Future For Non-Bavarian Autos Soon?


Weird Car Accident

It used to be that Bimmers were showcases for cutting-edge automotive technology. Were you to draw comparisons to grocery stores, BMW would be a Whole Foods (organic, grass-fed, hormone-free), and Detroit’s Big 3 would be 7-11s (pre-packaged, corn syrup-fortified, jerkyed). However, Washington is tossing around the idea of making one of BMW’s standard safety features mandatory in all North American cars: brake override systems. Continue reading

Top 5 Rainy Day Driving Songs (Plus a Bonus Track)


Rainy Windshield

Here in our hometown of San Diego, we’re known for our biotech industry, our well-trained orca, and our dense military population. We’re not exactly a city with a reputation for rain. However, the skies sometimes like to open up and shower off our sandy streets and dusty mall rooftops. Invariably, even a light celestial tinkle leads to snarled traffic. On the bright side, those long delays give us the opportunity to get reacquainted with the soggier songs in our iPods. Here’s a quick list of 5 of our favorite rainy day driving songs, plus a special bonus track. Continue reading

5 for Friday: New Tire Chains, Jeep Accessories and a Car Vacuum Available Now


Haruki Murakami

Were this a Haruki Murakami novel, I’d be an alienated 15-year-old Tokyoite with a game leg, and you’d be an out-of-work 30-something legal assistant with a missing cat and a missing wife. Too bad it’s just a blog post announcing the release of some new automotive accessories. Don’t get me wrong—these are slick accessories from top brands like Pewag, Smittybilt and Metro. Still, you won’t find any men at the bottom of wells, or young women mysteriously disappearing from Greek islands, or Johnny Walker building a destructive flute from the souls of cats, or scraggly old men dressed like sheep, or even older men who make leeches rain from the sky…none of the usual Murakami fare is here. But, we’ve still got some worthwhile tidbits for you to snack on.

Pewag Square Link Tire Chains—Ideal for foul weather and street rumbles, these sturdy snow chains wrap around your tires (or fists) and deliver a Newark-mean blend of traction and durability.

Pewag Glacier Square Link Tire Chains

Pewag Twist Link Tire ChainsOriginally, Pewag Chain called these the Popeye The Hitchhiker Link Tire Chains until they finally caved in to Chubby Checker’s demands for the rights to brand them The Twist: 3 new jean jackets and some eye cream.

Pewag Glacier Twist Link Tire Chains

Smittybilt GEAR Tailgate Covers—Here’s a little known fact: Jeep guys love purses. This custom-fitted gear organizer from Smittybilt comes with 2 purses, and its integrated MOLLE/PALS system lets you add more purses later, sorta like adding little sterling silver teacup charms to your bracelet, which Jeep guys also love.

Smittybilt GEAR Tailgate Covers

Smittybilt GEAR Overhead Consoles—It may look like a stretcher from the hit TV series M*A*S*H, and Toledo’s own Jamie Farr might be cold-calling Smittybilt for a job as the accessory’s official spokesman, but it’s really just a handy way to dangle gear from your Jeep Wrangler’s roll cage.

Smittybilt GEAR Overhead Consoles

Metro Vac N Blo Pro—And the Oscar for Best New Product in a Supporting Role goes to…Metro Vac N’ Blo Pro Car Vacuum! <Boisterous applause as the Vac N’ Blow sucks its way up to the podium> Oh thank you! I’d like to thank the Academy, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, my parents and everyone else who made me the car vacuum that I am today—you know who you are.

Metro Vac N' Blo Pro Car Vacuum

2010 Chevy Camaro SS Drunk on Hennessey


Hennessey 2010 Camaro

Looks like Humpty Hump didn’t drink up all the Hennessey on the shelves. Texas-based Hennessey Performance got their hands on some serious juice and poured it under the hood of a 2010 Chevy Camaro, building a supercharged muscle car monster that’s meaner than a sauced steelworker at a Pennsylvania VFW. Continue reading

Das Hot Hatch: The Audi A1 Gets Mad Love at Geneva Motor Show


Audi A1 In A Box

It’s only been a couple weeks since Audi officially announced the coming of the new A1, a spunky, compact hatchback jam-packed with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a car with German thumbprints under the hood and 4 magician’s rings linked together on the grille. It’s an Audi alright, and it’s getting mad love at the Geneva Motor Show. Continue reading