1. Nov 2, 2012 6:51pm

    Just wanted to say “big thanks” to Tumblr for hosting us this week, the writers for adjusting so admirably to the change, our tech team for setting up Superleggera so quickly, the ad sales team for coming up with a genius way to monetize this, and, most importantly, all of you for coming to visit us here at our temporary home.

    Power is back at our office/datacenter and we’ll be up at full strength on Monday.

    Hurricanes suck, but all of you rock.


    (P.S. That photo above is a collection of Gawker staff working from home. See if you can spot the Jalopnik writers.)

  2. Nov 2, 2012 5:28pm

    Cool Cars Of The Blackout

    Answering the question of ‘will it hurricane?’ these are some of the coolest cars I found in blacked-out Lower Manhattan. Up top is a ’70s Lincoln Continental. Below are the GranTurismo MC Stradales of Maserati of Manhattan and a new Dodge Challenger across the street. Then there’s the proud blackout Tesla. At the bottom are three East Village residents: an International Scout, which was certainly parked outside for Sandy’s worst, a BMW 3.0CS, and a ‘67 VW Bus.

    I heard and saw many other fantastic cars in the blackout, but I just couldn’t get them in front of my lens in time. I saw a ’70s 911 Targa as well as a brand new GT3 pushing through the wet grime and I heard a distinct V8 roar powering up a near-empty Manhattan Bridge in the middle of the night on Tuesday.

    Every one of these drivers is a champion.

    Photo Credits: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik

  3. Nov 2, 2012 5:24pm


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  4. Nov 2, 2012 5:05pm

    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!

    Hot damn! Sign me the fuck up!

    (Thanks, Robb Holland!)

  5. Nov 2, 2012 5:04pm

    A Pair Of Golf Karts Turned Fiberglass Color-Changing Bugs In The Manhattan Blackout

    I have no idea what these two creations were doing on Franklin Street in SoPo. It’s hard to find words how strange it was to see these out of the corner of my eye, glowing within the darkness.

    You find the weirdest shit in the blackout.

    Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik

  6. Nov 2, 2012 4:15pm

    A burned truck holds an American flag in Rockaway, Queens.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

  7. Nov 2, 2012 4:01pm

    How To Assemble A Stupidly Basic Road Trip Tool Kit

    Summer road trip season is over, but let’s be honest. Who really wants to drive around in the summer? The roads are crowded with hordes of fast food-gobbling families packed into unwieldy, road clogging SUVs. Plus it’s hot. Blech.

    No sir, late fall and earlier winter is the time to hit the road. You’ll enjoy crisp weather, pleasant scenery, and stretches of desolation that’ll make you wonder if a bunch of those half naked psychos from Mad Max are going to show up in spiky dune buggies.

    But when you make tracks, it isn’t a bad idea to keep a few things in your car, juuuusst in case something goes wrong and you need to make like a Parking Lot Mechanic and fix something quick and nasty just to make the next checkpoint, so to speak.

    This is your emergency tool kit, followed by a few quick repairs you can make.

    • Screwdrivers. At least one flathead and one phillips. You can use the flathead as a mini prybar, so it’s useful for all sorts of things.
    • A crescent wrench. Better yet two: a small one and a larger one.
    • Adjustable pliers. The two position small kind are best, and if you can bring a pair of channel locks, too, so much the better.
    • Wire dykes. Indispensable. Don’t leave home without ‘em.
    • A sharpened pocket knife. Again. Everyone should have one in that little pocket in the left pocket of your jeans that you don’t really know what else to do with.
    • It’s nice to have a hammer and maybe and axe chillin’ in the trunk, but we don’t have to get too crazy here.
    • Baling wire and zip ties. It’s important to know when to use one or the other. Baling wire is good for everything that doesn’t involve electricity. If you think those loops of wire you just used to reattach the fuel pump harness you ripped off on a bumpy side road might cause a short and turn your car into a ball of flames, better use the wire ties.
    • J.B. Weld. This stuff is amazing, and is good for everything from plugging up rust holes to repairing leaks in your intake manifold. Once it hardens, you can sand it into any shape you want.
    • Silicone sealant. There are different kinds for different things: Some are for high temperatures, others make good flexible gasket material, and still others form a hard, crusty layer between two parts that need a hard, crusty layer between them.
    • Duct tape. You can’t fix everything with duct tape, but you can sure as hell try! Plus, a lot of duct tape repairs will hang on for a good while. If you’re trying to keep water out of something, electrical tape works better.
    • At least one beer can and an old coat hanger or two. C’mon, you had a coupla empties rolling around in the backseat anyway, didn’tya?!
    • Tire plugs, a tire plug tool, and tire plug cement. So many people forget about this one, but it’s so crucial! If you have this, you can probably fix your tire without having to buy a new one or drive on the donut spare because you didn’t bring enough money for a new one. (You should really ditch the donut spare for a full size wheel/tire if it’ll fit in your car).

    Now that we’ve gone over tools and materials, here are some of the repairs you can make.

    • Perforated exhaust pipes. If the rust isn’t too bad, you can patch the holes with epoxy and beer cans and use wire coat hangers to strap the pipes to the bottom of the car. My exhaust pipe was held to the car with coat hangers for almost two years. True story. (Good thing California doesn’t require safety inspections.)
    • Cracked radiator/heater hoses. You can use beer cans, wrapped in strips of T-shirt or rag, to bind the wound. Then just tie it all up with a couple of hose clamps or some baling wire.
    • Leaking gaskets (the easily accessible kind). Those sealants you had the foresight to pack will come in very handy for this. You don’t even need a whole gasket in some cases. As long as you can clean all of the oil and grease off of the gasket mating surfaces, you can use a thin layer of gasket-maker or silicone to seal the gap. Don’t use too much, though. The excess squeezes out when you tighten parts down, and can get into parts of the car that it shouldn’t.
    • Falling off exhaust parts. This is what those coat hangers are for (well, that and picking locks and making clips and things). Use a couple of coat hangers in a few different spots to hold up your crumbling exhaust pipe. Then you can use a combination of cans and hose clamps to patch the holes. Good enough for government work!
    • We’ve already told you how to fix an oil pan with J.B. Weld and a penny, and when our normal website is again operational, you can review Mr. Torchinsky’s article and learn how to do it yourself.

    This list is by no means complete, because with the tool kit listed above, as well as some ingenuity and whatever you find lying around, the list of repairs you can do is practically limitless.

    Photo credit: Shutterstock

  8. Nov 2, 2012 3:32pm

  9. Nov 2, 2012 3:31pm

    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.

    Have at it!

  10. Nov 2, 2012 3:21pm

    The MTA Doesn’t Give a Crap About Your Stupid Staten Island Cleanup Efforts


    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.

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  11. Nov 2, 2012 3:14pm

    Fiat’s CEO Decided It’s Best To Kill Lancia

    Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne isn’t one to let the ship sink because of sentimentality. Fiat-Chrysler is projected to lose $900 million in 2012-2014, so Marchionne decided to cut the Lancia nameplate.

    As Lancia has been one of Italy’s more legendary marques since 1906, this is a sad day. But really, Lancia’s long, slow demise began when Fiat first bought it in 1969. The era of Lambdas and Aurelias — and to some extent even Gammas and Betas — is long gone, with only rebadged Chryslers wearing the name that once graced those fine machines.

    Marchionne has his work cut out for him, though. Although he’s focusing the Fiat brand on 500s and Pandas, as well as refocusing Alfa Romeo and Maserati into the emerging Asian luxury market and turning Jeep into a global brand, Fiat-Chrysler may not turn a profit until 2015.

    We heard Lancia’s death rattle a while ago, so its extinction doesn’t come as much of a blow. But let’s hope the same doesn’t happen to Alfa Romeo.

    Photo credit: Benjamin Preston

  12. Nov 2, 2012 2:35pm

    "What’s Bad About It?" "It’s Fucking New York" - A Report From People Who Do Not Want To Be Here Bailing Your Ass Out

    "I DROVE A SEMI HERE –" I’m talking to a tough guy with a biker mustache working with a group of trucks pumping water out of buildings near the South Street Seaport, deep in the Lower Manhattan blackout. There’s a din from the generators running around us, but he’s just talking in that loud way that a lot of my favorite Americans do.


    "What’s so bad about it?" I ask. He shrugs slightly, like it was obvious.


    This is the common call of the people running garbage trucks, municipal vehicles, pumping trucks, fire engines, buses, and generally everyone who is working in the blackout. They are there to fix what’s broken, drain buildings, keep people safe, and get Lower Manhattan running again. They are not happy to be driving there.

    “It’s cool,” the firetruck driver smirks, leaning his elbow on the window. You might imagine that the blackout is a paradise for the FDNY and the NYPD. Hit the lights, hit the sirens, and you can blast through any intersection at any speed. I personally don’t see a single ticket being written. Other drivers are freaked out from the darkness. Sandy still has a palpable presence on the busy streets and the cars are cautious. Driving downtown is not easy, though.

    The firetruck driver pauses and his face goes straight. He starts again. “No, it’s dangerous. Because of the pedestrians. You can’t see ‘em. They’re walking in the streets and they don’t stop. So, if you’re not paying attention…” He trails off.

    With the lights out, all drivers maintain the general rules of the road: cars on side streets wait for cars on big streets, don’t drive too fast for how far you can see, caution is king. Pedestrians are a different matter. They have found a paradise where cars stop for them in the middle of intersections. Some have flashlights, some don’t, but everyone acts like they own the road. It’s like Liberty City out there, one Twitterer effuses.

    “It’s eerie,” shrugs a garbage truck driver picking up trash on the east side of 14th street. He is one of dozens of these trucks rumbling through downtown. “You can’t see cars or pedestrians… At night it gets really chaotic, when the cops are called to places more… war torn.” Another garbage truck driver is terser. “IT’S BAD. IT’S BAD!!”

    There is a decidedly stressed-out look in the eye of anyone in a large vehicle. Might makes right when there are no lights, but the streets are dark canyons here in the blackout. It’s not easy.

    Some of the more experienced drivers have too much pride to admit to any trouble. One big old man driving an MTA generator truck mumbles from behind his mustache, “It’s not so bad.” He shrugs. “You gotta be careful.”

    A cab driver at Grand Central starts off talkative, but once he starts thinking about driving down there, he’s ready to jet.

    “You want to go down there? I can take you down there… Oh it’s not so bad. You have the cops, you have your lights. It’s not so bad.” He’s already rolling away with a worried look as he finishes the last sentence.

    Now that the city has express bus lines running back and forth from Brooklyn and down into the Financial District (regular buses will drop you off in the dark on 23rd), there are traffic cops on the biggest streets and avenues. From the outside, the flow of traffic really isn’t terrible, especially after 6 PM when there are significantly fewer cars on the road. The effort it takes to keep things running is draining. On 34th street I ask a bus driver if it’s crazy driving down in the blackout.

    “Yeah, a little bit.” Her thin smile fades. I’ve never seen a bus driver look so beat.

    Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik

  13. Nov 2, 2012 2:05pm

    This Is Your SEMA Booth Professionals Mega Gallery, Part 1

    We love Gawking at cars. But since Jalopnik’s staff is mostly comprised of a bunch of heterosexual (most of the time) males, we also notice the lovely booth professionals who show up at automotive trade events.

    SEMA is usually home to the least professional booth professionalism, but what we saw this year is tasteful compared to what we’ve seen in the past.

    Photo credit: Curtis Joe Walker

  14. Nov 2, 2012 2:04pm

    This Is Your SEMA Booth Professionals Mega Gallery, Part 2

    Photo credit: Curtis Joe Walker

  15. Nov 2, 2012 1:51pm


    My favorite thing at SEMA.