O, Utah. The great state with the stagnant lake and strict liquor laws. We thought your finest export was the films of Jared Hess, but it appears you’re branching out into the demolition arts, too. Hee Haw Farms out in Pleasant Grove figured out a way to both prep an enormous pumpkin for baking and to put down an aging Pontiac 6000, and they filmed the results.
What’s truly spectacular is that the chunks of fleshy gourd are all neatly contained inside the cockpit upon impact. It’s almost as though GM engineered these rides knowing that they’d inevitably become the butts of carnival-esque pranks.
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
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
Dangerous? Hell Yes.
Useful? Only when trying to cause a fire or explosion at your local firework stands.
Posted in News Worthy, Personal Projects, Stupid Stunts, Videos
Tagged Bikes, Bottle Rockets, Crazy, DIY, Do Not Try This At Home, Fireworks, Motorcycles, Stunts
It’s Monday and it’s December, a deadly combination. It’s hard to find the energy, and will power, to get out of bed in the morning. If you’re still feeling grogy, here’s a vid of some old-school Group B-er’s hitting the dusty trails at 80+ MPH. Better than your average triple expresso…
Posted in Racing, Rally, Sports Cars, Videos
Tagged 1980s, Cars, Crazy, Fast, Group B, Racing, Rally, Video, youtube
In what seems like an uncanny, unpossible chance of coincidence, there were some guys driving parallel to and videotaping the Bugatti when it crashed into the salty marsh. From the video, it’s clear that the guys recognized the Veyron as being an exotic car, although they weren’t sure what kind it was. As they were admiring the ulimate super car, the Bugatti all of a sudden veers to the right and hits the drink! The driver reported to the authorities that he swerved to miss a low-flying pelican, but I don’t see a pelican, do you?
But before we reserve judgment, lets review some freeze frames. You can see there is a small white smudge in front of the Veyron, which could potentially be a Pelican. However, the original report stated that the driver swerved to miss a low-flying Pelican… this smudge ain’t flying. Even if the bird wasn’t flying, if a car came so close to it that the driver had to swerve to miss it, you would think that the bird would be startled enough to fly up in the air, at least a few feet, in an act of self preservation. There are some strange details to the drivers story, but in a grassy-knoll kinda way, I’m not buying the idea that the white smudge is a pelican.
The sleuths over at AutoBlog did some digging around and discovered that the person driving the 16/4 was none other than Andy House, the owner-operator of Performance Auto Sales, the “leader in Exotic Salvage Restoration”. So far, this doesn’t look good for Andy as it sounds like it was nothing more than a publicity stunt. Although this notion is unconfirmed, but it is an unthinkable atrocity to crash an exotic car as rare as the Bugatti Veyron for some kind of business gain. Sounds pretty bad, huh?
Here’s the crash video. WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, NSFW.
Posted in Bugatti Veyron, News Worthy, Sports Cars, Stupid Stunts, Supercars, Videos
Tagged Autos, Birds, Bugatti, Bugatti Veyron, Cars, Fast Cars, Pelican, Sports Cars, Stupid, Stupidity, Super Cars, Tragedy, Veyron, Volkswagen
I don’t think there’s a better way to kill 10 minutes on a Friday afternoon…
Posted in Racing, Rally, Sports Cars, Stupid Stunts, Videos
Tagged AutoBlog, Awesome, Car Crash, Cool, Crash, Finland, Fins, Racing, Rally, youtube
In Galveston, Texas, a local was driving his run-of-the-mill Bugatti Veyron to go prospect some “high-end” land for development. As the story goes, he was talking on his cell phone when a pelican flew in front of his 16/4, he dropped his phone, swerved to miss the bird, and hit a patch of mud. The end result is in the photo above.
Believe it or not, the $1.6 million dollar Veyron comes with a hands-free bluetooth system built in, so I smell something fishy. Video of it sitting in the salt-water drink after the jump.
Posted in Bugatti Veyron, News Worthy, Stupid Stunts, Videos
Tagged Autos, Bugatti, Bugatti Veyron, Cars, Fast Cars, Galveston, News, Stupid, Stupidity, Texas, Tragedy, Veyron
The idea is ingenious. We already use airbags in out steering wheels, dash boards, pillars, seats and headliners, so why not put one in a seat belt? If it works as intended, it should spread out the impact forces and reduce the amount of bruising that occurs. This could prove a major benefit for children and elderly people, who are often more prone to injuries during car crashes. The inflatable belts are only being developed for the rear seats; featuring smooth edges and more padding that a sheepskin seat cover, these belts should prove to be more comfortable to wear that traditional belts. Expect them to be released in the next generation Ford Explorer first, with more vehicles to follow. Get the full details from Ford after the jump.
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, New Cars, News Worthy, Safe Driving, Videos
Tagged Autos, Cars, Child Safety, Explorer, Ford, Ford Explorer, News, Safety, Seat Belt, Suv, Truck, youtube
Just a heads up to all the Top Gear fans, the boys back in action this Sunday. I just checked BBC America’s TV schedule and it doesn’t look like they’ll be airing Season 14 any time soon, you’ll have to find other means of watch it. What will they be getting themselves into this season? Trailer here.
Posted in Economy Cars, New Cars, News Worthy, Racing, Rally, Safe Driving, Sports Cars, Stupid Stunts, Supercars, Top Gear, TV Shows, Videos
Tagged Autos, British, British TV, Cars, James May, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, Top Gear, TV
As if we haven’t had enough weird personal projects today, this Hummer’s been modified with a snorkel intake and exhaust that would make Scuba Steve jealous…
Posted in News Worthy, Personal Projects, Stupid Stunts, Videos
Tagged Amazing, Amphibious, Crazy, Hummer, Off Roading, River, Snorkel, Submarine, Swimming, Under Water, Water
We’ve seen this before, but only during a brief 15-second clip taken with a cell phone, which really isn’t much to go on. But now the day has come where Ken Block shows the world his top secret project. You could say that Ken Block has built the worlds biggest sled, or maybe even that it’s the boldest application of Subaru’s legendary AWD system. If it were me, I’d call it the ultimate ski lift.
Posted in News Worthy, Personal Projects, Videos
Tagged Awesome, Bad Ass, Cool, DC Shoes, ken block, Racing, Snow, Snowboarding, Snowmobile, STi, Subaru, Subaru WRX, Subaru WRX STi, WRX
The human ability is something that never ceases to amaze me. As we continue to push the limits of our lives, people are constantly raising the bar another notch. Case in point is Eşref Armağan, a blind artist who was chosen to draw out the new Volvo S60, a car that no one has seen. Volvo says the new S60 will be a game changer, a car that surpasses all it’s predecessors. For now, they can’t provide us with any details, but they would like to offer us a blind preview of what it’s going to look like. Hit the jump to see the viral-tastic video, or follow Volvo’s blind preview on Facebook.
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, New Cars, News Worthy, Videos
Tagged 2010, Advertising, Art, Artist, blind, drawing, Marketing, S60, Volvo, Volvo S60
It’s not very often that a car is so blindingly fast that it’s on board computer management systems thinks there’s a problem. Well if it’s going to happen to anyone, it’s going to happen to John Hennessy and his crew. Watch as their 700 pony-pushing CTS-V runs an 11 second quarter-mile, and then procedes to alert On-Star because .99 G’s of acceleration registers as a “vehicle event”.
PS: This CTS-V SCREAMS!
Posted in Racing, Sports Cars, Tuners, Videos
Tagged Cadillac, Cadillac CTS-V, Chevy, Corvette, CTS-V, Family Cars, Hennessey, John Hennessey, On Star, Video, youtube, ZR1
Looks pretty crazy to me, but I don’t know if it’s as good as Ken Blocks drifting stunts.
Via the Examiner
Friends have asked me this question before. They seem to think its as easy as knowing the race course, kinda like F1. But rally is totally different; the courses are longer, road conditions vary and there are obstacles around every turn, not to mention fans hanging out on the track.
Watch as Irish rally driver Jimmy Deane pushes a Ford Escort MkII to the limits. Driving instructions come from Barry Meade, the co-driver, whose driving instruction is so overwhelmingly positive, you’d think his day job was being a motivational speaker.
Via AutoBlog and their sources…
Posted in Racing, Rally, Sports Cars, Videos
Tagged Cars, Driving, Fast Cars, Ford, Ford Escort, Irish, Rally, rally driving, Subaru, Video, WRC, youtube
It really doesn’t get much closer than this…
Posted in Stupid Stunts, Videos
Tagged Amazing, Car Crash, Cars, Close Encounter, Crash, Crazy, Red Light, Suv, Trucks, Video, youtube
Capitalizing on the outdoorsy nature of the Subaru name, this ad explains how Subaru could be coming to a laundry room near you. Subaru 1, Mud 0.
Posted in Auto Manufacturers, News Worthy, Videos
Tagged Ad, Advertising, Clever, Detergent, Fresh, Funny, Funny Advertising, Funny Commercials, Funny Stuff, Laundry, Smart, Subaru, Subaru Outback
In NG’s latest documentary, they head to the Lamborghini factory to find out how much work goes into building a raging bull. In this video, they show the attention to detail that the technicians use when painting the body panels.
Mythbuster’s compares Hollywood explosions to Mafia-style executions. In the first blast, there are just a few gallons a gasoline and a small amount of explosives to ignite the flammables. But in the second explosion, they used hundreds of pounds of explosives in the hood, trunk and cabin to turn the well-built import into a few hunks of twisted metal. Loose the Monday blues by enjoying carnage and destruction that only Mythbuster’s can deliver.
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Tagged Boom, Camry, Explosions, Explosives, Flammable, Gas, Gasoline, Inflammable, Insurance, Myth Buster, Mythbuster, Mythbusters, Toyota, Toyota Camry