"Occasionally, after a day immersed in reading about cars, writing about cars, driving in cars, sobbing in cars so no one can see my shame, and generally having my brain defined by cars, I’ll have to step back and remind myself just why we even have cars at all. To get our asses and our information from one point to another."
How Much Would You Pay For Paul McCartney's Sweet Aston Martin DB5?
We brought you some celebrity car news earlier today with Bristol Palin’s Dodge Challenger apparently being for sale, but this piece of news offers a much higher quality of both car and celebrity.
It seems that Paul McCartney’s sexy navy blue 1964 Aston Martin DB5 recently sold for auction in London for £307,000, which is about $490,000 in ‘Murrican money, according to this report in CarsUK.net. It’s a great time to unload such a car, considering the fact that the original DB5 is apparently making a comeback in the new 007 film “Skyfall.”
Of course, McCartney’s former whip is loaded with all the accoutrements you’d expect from one of the world’s biggest rock stars. It has a leather interior with music notes stitched in, a Motorola radio and a built-in record player that could spin 45s. (I wonder why in-car vinyl hasn’t made a comeback, especially among the hipster crowd.)
This Aston’s pretty hot. How much would you pay for one?
Used Car Face Off: Safari-Mobile Or Luxobarge, Which Rover Is Right For You?
Welcome to Used Car Face Off, where we find two similar or similarly priced used cars and ask you which one you would buy. Choose wisely!
You never know when you’re actually going to need a 4x4. I tend to mock people who buy something four-wheel drive with locking diffs and crap like that just to go to Whole Foods. But after seeing what Sandy did to the East Coast, New Jersey in particular, all of those people who’ve never used low-range gearing before might actually find it useful. If their Range Rover hasn’t been submerged already.
Need A Gas Station In Jersey? Check Out This Map Made By Kids
Have no fear, gas-seeking people of New Jersey. Your high school students have come to your rescue. Check out this map they put together of stations that still offer fuel and ones that are sold out.
According to the Huffington Post, IMSOCIO, run by Franklin High School in New Brunswick, launched this map Wednesday because their students thought New Jersey drivers needed a way to find out if gas stations were open and if there was any gas in people’s neighborhoods following the shortages and power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy.
From their website, IMSOCIO “is an organization working with high school students to help them achieve success before, during, and after college.”
And getting them involved in mapping because, let’s face it, maps are cool. And it’s a double bonus when they’re useful, too.
How is the gas situation for everyone in New Jersey this Saturday?
This Saab Is The Most Obscure James Bond Car Of All Time
Want to go for the most obscure James Bond car? It isn’t the Toyota 2000GT that they specially turned into a convertible so Sean Connery could fit. But it is a car that, deep down, I know everyone likes.
The Saab 900 Turbo was never actually in a Bond film, but 007’s car in the John Gardner James Bond novels starting with License Renewed.
A Saab sounds like a strange choice from a man you picture to drive an Aston Martin DB5. It’s sort of on the Lotus Esprit-side of eccentricity. But unlike an Aston or even a Lotus, a Saab isn’t going to attract unwanted attention. Exactly what a spy needs.
This post in Phoenix describes what must be Sarah Palin’s daughter’s white 2010 Dodge Challenger R/T for sale, also with a picture of Bristol’s son.
As far as the car, it has 14,000 miles and the five-speed auto and looks pretty stock and in good condition. Credit the statement it’s kept in an air conditioned garage to stop the Arizona heat from melting the car. But why is it on Alaskan plates, then?
If you have any doubts that this is in fact Bristol’s muscle car of choice, look no further than the Internet’s leading investigative journalist, Perez Hilton. He says it’s legit.
So Bristol wants $27,500 for her two-year-old Challenger. KBB says a basic 2010 Challenger R/T with this mileage should go for about $24,000 in good condition and $25,000 in excellent condition.
Unless star power from someone who had a low-rated Lifetime reality series or was a Dancing with the Stars contestant means something to you, maybe you can haggle Bristol down a little.
If This Foot Race Is Any Indicator, Traffic At Austin's F1 Race Will Be Obscene
On Saturday, about 5,000 runners made a go of the Circuit of the Americas racetrack southeast of Austin for the first ever Formula Run race. (Yes, people in Austin do that kind of thing.) I’m no runner myself, but considering the elevation changes at that track, this was probably a lot of fun as well as one hell of a workout.
But that’s not the story here today. The story is that if this foot race is any indicator at all, traffic for the U.S. Grand Prix the weekend of Nov. 16 will be a massive, massive clusterfuck.
Your Ridiculously Awesome Integra Type R Wallpaper Is Here
Who among us hasn’t lusted after an Integra Type R at least once? And we were right to do so. If you were to make a shortlist of all the greatest front-wheel-drive cars of all time, surely the ITR would be at the top, or at least near it.
Essentially a street legal racecar from the get-go, the Type R had tons of engine, suspension and transmission goodies that lesser Integras had to do without. Featuring a 1.8-liter B18C5 straight four with 195 horsepower and an astronomical 8,400-RPM redline, this car was built to wail.
And it was built to corner, too. A couple years ago when Edmunds tested the Integra Type R against the last generation Civic Si, they noted the car is “absolutely scalding” in the handling department. “Some exotics and the Corvette ZR1 will beat it through the slalom, but not much else,” Edmunds wrote. That’s absolutely insane for any car, let alone a FWD-er with economy roots.
While it’s tough to find an Integra Type R today that doesn’t have purple paint, a carbon fiber hood and neon green underlighting, our friends at RaySean Production in Australia are happy to show us what a proper one looks like.
How Will The New York Subway Tunnels Get De-Flooded?
The flooded subways have essentially crippled transportation in New York City and some of the surrounding areas. So how are recovery workers supposed to get some 400 million gallons of water out of the tunnels?
Scion FR-S Gets Butched Up For Pirelli World Challenge Series Duty
The Scion FR-S its identical cousin the Subaru BRZ had a pretty strong showing at this year’s SEMA show. However, this one may just be the coolest because it’s an honest-to-God race car and not just a street car gussied up with stickers and carbon fiber.
As reported by Motor Authority, this is the FR-S that will compete in the 2013 season of the Pirelli World Challenge series. The car will be piloted by Robert Stout, who won the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car championship in a Scion TC in 2010.
Stout’s FR-S will have some pretty slick accoutrements, including a full roll cage, a prototype TRD supercharger, and a race-grade suspension and brakes.
It’s probably not as hardcore as the Subaru BRZ that races in the Japanese Super GT series, but I wouldn’t kick it out of my garage.
Sebastian Vettel To Start At Back Of Grid In Sunday's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Huge breaking news out of the qualifying round today for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel will start the race at the back of the field after a qualifying violation, according to news reports.
ESPN reported that Vettel’s Red Bull car failed to return to the pits under its own power during qualifying. The cause of that was ruled “force majeure,” but apparently race officials needed a one liter fuel sample from the car and Vettel only 850 milliliters onboard, which resulted in the penalty.
The BBC reports that it’s a huge blow to Vettel, who went in to Abu Dhabi with a 13-point lead over his title rival Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. Vettel has won the last four races of the season and originally qualified third here.
“The F1 rules require the car to return to the pits with at least one litre of fuel on board - running less fuel gives a performance advantage,” the BBC’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson wrote. (More on the rules can be found at the UK’s F1 Fanatic blog.)
Lewis Hamilton will start in first place tomorrow, and Alonso will start in sixth.
Here's At Least One Great Reason To Be Glad Lancia's Not Dead
The few hours on Friday when car enthusiasts thought the Lancia name was to be killed by act of Fiat was a sad, sad time. No one really knows why, because when was the last time any of us even drove a Lancia? I don’t think I’ve ever been near one in my whole life.
There’s one I’m dying to get my hands on, though. The Delta Integrale.
Some would say that you and I are living in a sort of golden age of automobiles. Right now, in 2012, cars are generally faster, safer, and more efficient than they have ever been before.
But as any technology advances, it loses something along the way, and not always in a good way. I believe — and I think you would agree — that many modern cars just don’t have the same character that older ones did.
So here’s our question this weekend: What long lost car feature do you miss the most?
I have a theory that posits automotive journalism is a lot like sex: when it’s good, it’s good, but when it’s bad, holy shit is it bad.
Those satirical scribes over at The Onionhave taken aim at boring car magazines in their latest issue, and as always, they’re pretty spot-on. They show us the cover of fictional “Good Car” magazine featuring the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, which as they correctly say, is a “good car.” Well, it isn’t not a good car.
Other stories in the magazine include features on the Honda Accord and Ford Fusion, and a comparison test between the Toyota Corolla and the Nissan Altima, both of which it says are “not bad.”
Click on over to the article and have a laugh, then be glad that Jalopnik doesn’t subject you to that kind of thing.
Looks like the bosses at Fiat have backpedaled from yesterday’s grim assessment of the storied Lancia brand.
The folks at Motor Trend report that Chrysler spokesman Scott Brown clarified remarks made by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne.
“What was said by Marchionne is that Lancia Epsilon will continue to be made in Italy and the rest of Lancia portfolio will be developed together with the Chrysler Brand and those vehicles will be made in North America,” said Brown, “A development has been announced, NOT the end of Lancia.”
Really good news for classic rally fans and Gran Turismo players, underwhelming news for anyone who realizes that their current lineup is 50 percent re-badged Chryslers.
“On that show, Allen’s grunting, not-so-handy man struggled to affirm himself at home, where his wife’s upwardly mobile intellectualism and the burden of raising three rabble-rousing sons posed a tacit affront to his “fathers knows best” ideals. Allen’s character took to the garage to find himself, tinkering on an endless string of bespoke hotrods.”—Salon describing ”Home Improvement”
Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what’s going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend?
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Hurricane Sandy got you down? Us too, ladies and gents. Thankfully, auto racing is here to cure what ails you. Unfortunately, there’s… not a lot on this weekend. But what is on TV will be pretty awesome.
An insider who works for “a certain blonde haired blow-hard who has an obsession with our current president” has tipped us that a fleet of 15 passenger vans will be getting fuel from gas stations in Yonkers or New Rochelle that have otherwise been closed to the public.
It’s pretty certain that there’s thousands of storm victims who could put that gas to better use— hell, letting a monkey drive a go-cart around would be a better use— so it seems especially odious that the fuel is being used for something as fundamentally insipid as Trump’s show.
So, about 17 of these vans will be cruising up the Westside highway tonight around 10 PM, beneficiaries of a special favor that’s at best questionable.
I hope the gas stations at least really gouged him on the price.
Is Your New Fisker Karma Too Practical? Velvet Is The Answer!
Even with the unexplained fires and cramped interior and portly weight, no one can deny the Fisker Karma is a stunningly beautiful car. However, if you’re looking for something to give your car a special appeal to plushies or maybe give it another great, non-electrical reason never to get it wet, the folks at Wrap Experts have the solution for you.
Wrap your Karma in Velvet!
Sure, why not? The velvety texture looks as good as one of those black rubber bumpers on 80s cars after years of weathering without all the time commitment! The surface of your car will now have a sensual, fuzzy feeling, as well as collect dust and cat hair and stains like you wouldn’t believe!
Let Ralph Gilles Help You Point Out What's Full Of Shit
Earlier this week, we were treated to the man who designed the Viper reminding everyone that the talking sack of offal with the dead ferret on his head we call “Donald Trump” was full of shit. Especially about his fiction-land ideas of Jeep production and China.
To anything with an IQ above that of drywall, this wasn’t exactly a shock, but it’s great to see someone actually in the auto industry so boldly and simply call out that microphallused blowhard.
In fact, we were so taken by Mr. Gilles’ shit-content-level identification skills, we decided to provide this handy transparent PNG of him identifying shit-filling so you can apply it to all those images that need their full-of-shit statuses identified.
We even have a Tumblr reserved just for these handy public-service images right here.
This morning, my fiancee and I were discussing the horrible post-Sandy situation in Staten Island, how people don’t have places to sleep, how kids don’t have hot food to eat, and how they’re still pulling bodies from houses. Since he’s a freelancer and his schedule is a lot less “manically hunched over a laptop for like 11 hours a day” than mine, he decided to spend the day on Staten Island helping out. Except, when he tried to get across the bridge, the MTA bus driver wouldn’t take him.
Unconscious Bloody Woman In SUV Not Dead, Just Pregnant Zombie
I’m sure this has happened to all of us: You’re out driving, and you pull up to a stoplight. In the SUV next to you is a bloodied, unconscious woman, face on the steering wheel. Rolling your eyes at the senselessness of it all, you call 911, reporting an apparently shot woman, dead in her car. The cops come, and pull out not a blood-drenched corpse, but a fake-blood drenched very drunk woman dressed as a pregnant zombie.
Then, everyone has a good chuckle, hugs are exchanged, and everyone promises they HAVE to get together next week and get a bite or bowling or something.
That’s never happened to you? Really? Because it happened yesterday morning in Birmingham, AL. Well, except for that last part. The woman, in full pregnant zombie costume (she was neither really pregnant nor a zombie) was actually cuffed and arrested on a DUI charge.
Luckily, no one was hurt (they think the fake zombie baby fetus should recover from the alcohol poisoning fine, being a zombie and fake) and the woman seemed to be fairly undaunted, saying “It’s all good.”
If you’re still without power, there’s a good chance it may take a while to get it back. Some places may take a week or more. If that’s you, I’m assuming you’re reading this via the network of squirrels you modified to receive WiFi or 3G signals with drywall screws in their cranium, and then squeaking the content of web pages back to you in morse code. Good thinking.
You may be lucky enough to have a generator (or are using your car) to provide power. But, generator juice isn’t infinite, and at some point you’re going to lose yourself playing Forza and realize you’re almost out of gas, and hence what little electricity you have. And, in this case, electricity=sanity.
Getting to a gas station is likely to be an incredible pain, from what we’ve seen so far. So would transporting cans of gas back by hand or precariously on your bike. Luckily, you’re likely surrounded by a great deal of gas in your waterlogged (and your friend’s) cars. We don’t condone stealing the gas (unless it’s an emergency) and even then you should really be prepared to reimburse. Okay?
So, here’s how to siphon gas (relatively) safely out of a tank. Many of you know this, but I still meet a good number of car folks that don’t. It’s quite easy. As always: be safe, use common sense, and do so at your own risk.