1. Nov 4, 2012 9:00am

    This Lincoln Continental Mark III Is A Massive American Pimpmobile

    Welcome to Found Around Town, where we feature cars we find in a city where interesting ones are rare because everyone drives a Prius or rides a bicycle: Austin, Texas.

    We may be a little more limited than usual on Tumblr, but that won’t stop me from bringing you some photos of this awesome Lincoln I found in the parking lot of the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse a few weeks back.

    This isn’t a Lincoln like today’s Lincolns. No, sir. This is a hulking, old-school, unapologetically huge American luxury automobile, a Lincoln from a time when that badge actually meant something.

    I can’t stress enough how huge this thing is — about 20 inches longer than a modern Ford Explorer. You could practically park your Yaris on that bench seat. 

    The Mark III was made from 1969 to 1971. There are some great Neo Baroque styling cues involved here, because that was what American car companies thought people wanted at the time. If you’re a fan of vinyl roofs, white wall tires, pop-out headlights and fake spare tire bulges on the trunk, this is the ride for you.

    It’s a great reminder of just how large and cool-looking American sedans and coupes were at one time. Unfortunately, that pesky gas crisis came along and forced big them to downsize (very slowly and begrudgingly, anyway.) They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

     
  2. Nov 3, 2012 6:01pm

    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.

    Tell us — would you rock an Integra Type R?

    Photo credit RaySean Production. Click here for a ginormo-desktop version.

     
  3. Nov 3, 2012 5:00pm

    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? 

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  4. Nov 3, 2012 4:01pm

    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.

    Photo credit Motor Authority

     
  5. Nov 3, 2012 3:02pm

    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. 

    Photo credit Getty Images

     
  6. Nov 3, 2012 3:01pm

    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.

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  7. Nov 3, 2012 2:00pm

    What Long Lost Car Feature Do You Miss The Most?

     

    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? 

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  8. Nov 3, 2012 12:52pm

    The Onion Takes Aim At Boring Car Magazines

    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 Onion have 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.

    Photo credit The Onion

     
  9. Nov 3, 2012 12:01pm

    These Black And White Photos Of Lower Manhattan After The Storm Are Deeply Haunting


    Have you ever seen Union Square Park completely empty? That was just one of the eerie images that New York-based photographer John Hook caught on Thursday when he ventured from Brooklyn into Lower Manhattan to shoot Hurricane Sandy’s effects on the city.

    Hook was able to capture some truly eerie black and white images of a neighborhood struggling to get back on its feet after a devastating storm. Some of these look like scenes from a movie set after the Apocalypse, but they’re the reality for a lot of New Yorkers at the moment. 

    Take a look at some of his photos. It’s hard to imagine America’s greatest city in a state like this, but Hook recorded it in way that will stay with you for a long time. 

    Photos credit John Hook. Used with permission.

     
  10. Nov 3, 2012 11:01am

    Huzzah! Lancia’s Not Dead Yet, Apparently

    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

     
  11. Nov 3, 2012 10:48am

    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.
     
  12. Nov 3, 2012 10:01am

    These Are The Sweet-Ass Trophies You Get For Winning The United States Grand Prix

    Oh man, just look at that sweet piece of sterling silver, gold plating and acrylic. Just how badly do you want one of those to display in your home to your friends and loved ones? Really bad, right? 

    You too can own one. All you have to do is win the U.S. Grand Prix Formula One race in Austin in a couple weeks.

    Earlier this week the Austin American-Statesman gave a preview of the trophies that will be given out to the top three drivers and the winning team. They were handcrafted by Fox Silver Ltd., a nine-person operation in London who have made several F1 trophies before.

    The trophies may be British but they’re not without Texas flair. A Texas five-point star theme is carried out, and the arms look like the 252-foot observation tower at the Circuit of the Americas.

    Pretty slick if you ask me. Now the interesting part will be who wins them on Nov. 18.

    Photo credit Fox Silver Ltd. via American-Statesman 

     
  13. Nov 3, 2012 9:01am

    Classic Ad Watch: The 1990 BMW 850i Was 12 Cylinders Of Power, Strangeness And Pretension

    As you may have heard, BMW recently celebrated 25 years of building V12 engines. Our collective hats are off to the boffins in Munich for this important accomplishment.

    After all, 12-cylinder BMW engines have been generally insane since their inception in the 1987 750i. They’re still at it today with cars like 760Li, which has a twin-turbocharged V12 engine good for 535 horsepower.

    These 12-bangers have always been meant only for the wealthiest and most discriminating BMW buyers. They’re far too sophisticated to be appreciated by members of the underclass like you and I, for example. “Let those crass philistines have their boorish M3s and M5s!” these owners must say. “We shall only ride around in the most unnecessarily powerful sedans and coupes.”

    Take this TV commercial for the 1990 BMW 850i, for example. Since I’m not a member of the 12-cylinder class, I’m not even sure what the hell I’m watching.

    Now, most luxury car ads from the late 80s and early 90s were obscenely pretentious (see also Lexus and Infiniti), but this one takes the concept to an entirely new level. It doesn’t even make me want to buy an 8-Series.

    I guess that just means I’m not refined enough to understand it all. I’ll go back to swilling Miller Lite, watching Two And A Half Men and jumping my truck over railroad tracks for fun.

    What do you think of the 12-cylinder BMWs?

     
  14. Nov 3, 2012 6:01am

    Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup: Nov. 3-4, 2012

    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?

    Even in Superleggera-y Tumblr form, Jalopnik is committed to bringing you the latest in live racing action.

    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.

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  15. Nov 2, 2012 10:01pm

    Is Donald Trump Getting Special Gas Favors?

    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.