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Redusernab Asks: What Car or Truck Do You Most Lament Having Missed the Boat on?

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If you missed The Force Awakens when it was in the theaters you’ll still have a chance to catch it when it’s released on DVD, or VOD. Or perhaps, you’ll see it when it hits one of the cable stations a bit more down the road. That’s the thing about movies, once they’re out you can almost always find somewhere to watch them. The same thing can’t be said about cars.

I tend to notice interesting cars on the road. I also spend an inordinate amount of time cruising the junkyards. One thing that has become clear to me is that most car models have a finite lifespan. First you see a lot of them on the road, then a wave of them in the junk yards which ebbs until eventually you just don’t see them anywhere at all any more.

Did you ever want to own a Renault Fuego? Come on, there’s no shame in that. What is a shame is that you are unlikely to find one around that’s drivable, and you’re less likely to find parts in the yards to keep it so. Yep, you missed the age of Fuego. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t a French sports coupe that came and went before your eyes but something else that you’re now sorry not to have taken action on. If that’s the case, what is that car or truck that you most lament having missed?

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Last Call: White Tire, Black Coffee Edition

Robert Emslie March 2, 2016 Last Call

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There’s nothing nicer than a ride on two wheels… except that is for a good cup of joe and a morning spent working the wrenches.

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Craigslist Crapshoot

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Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer. 

I always liked how the three stooges on Top Gear would refer to Nissan’s brand-defining sports car as the ‘Zed.’ I found it particularly amusing after watching Pulp Fiction and hearing Bruce Willis’ character announce that “Zed’s dead, baby.’  The Nissan (or Datsun) Zed isn’t dead, and last week you all went looking  for the best Z-cars the used car market has to offer. We’ll see which is the best Zed is a sec, but first this week’s contest.

They say two wrongs don’t make a right, and that’s why this week we’re looking for only one wrong—the wrong engine. That’s right, what we want are great cars for sale, that are spoiled by having the wrong engine under the hood.

As always, we want your finds to go down in infamy and not in the site’s spam filter. Since we’ve changed commenting systems, you may need to update your commenter account. Make sure you have a Disqus account – they’re free and easy to get – and then comment away.

Got that? Good, now let’s Zee what’s up.

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Redusernab Asks: Who Makes the Best Supercar Right Now?

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Holy crap! The number of crazy super cars introduced at the Geneva Motor Show this year that were both pants-wettingly absurd and wildly expensive is probably the greatest in history. I mean, there was the Bugatti Chiron, the Koenigsegg Regera, Aston Martin DB11, Lamborghini Centenario, Spyker C8 Preliator, Zenvo ST1/TS1, and few others that I can’t even begin to try and spell.

The gap between the haves and the expect to haves has never been wider, but then we can all enjoy the audaciousness of a 1,200-bhp hypercar without actually having to plunk down its million-dollar asking price, am I right? Considering all the crazy supercars that are seemingly flooding the market right now, which one—traditional marque or upstart— do you think is presently the top dog?

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Last Call: Car Carried Away Edition

Robert Emslie March 1, 2016 Last Call

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Looks like the new Chevy’s will be a little late this year.

Last Call indicates the end of Redusernab’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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One Down, Four Up

Robert Emslie March 1, 2016 Quick Pics

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A bike, a road and a mantra.

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Track Tuesday: Name That Track

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Welcome to Track Tuesday where you are asked to identify a (maybe) famous race or test track from just one closely-cropped aerial image. This week, it’s a track within a track. Good luck!

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Redusernab Asks: Have You Ever Been in a Car That Made You Feel Unsafe?

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I have a 1961 Austin Healey Sprite, a little car that’s about as basic as they come. It lacks creature comforts like, oh say, side windows and a top that doesn’t earn you a merit badge every time you erect it. Most notably perhaps, it lacks seat belts, crumple zones or even so much as a collapsible steering column.  While people used to drive these things all over the place, it’s my Sunday morning when everybody else is asleep ride.

Modern cars have given us all a taste of what safety looks like, and to be honest with you, it hasn’t come at the expected expense of performance or convenience. Oh sure, we all kissed simplicity and lightness goodbye a long time ago, but with both cars and traffic today being heavier I think it was a fair trade.

But let’s get back to my Sprite. Now, I don’t find it inherently unsafe, However, mixed with other cars and your typical brain dead drivers a situation that’s probably just asking for trouble. I’ve feel a similar situation riding in my friend’s Dodge A100 and my father in law’s MGTF. Maybe modern cars have given me an expectation for safety that I now hold as a gold standard, but I am extra vigilant when driving any of my, or others’ old cars. Do you have the same experience? Or, have you ever been in a car that for some other reason just made you a little leery of your survival? Have you ever been in a car that just plain made you feel unsafe?

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Last Call: Witness Protection Program Edition

Robert Emslie February 29, 2016 Last Call

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Last Call indicates the end of Redusernab’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged.

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Throwback Monday: Famous Factories

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Welcome to Throwback Monday where we take a look at how things once were, or at least how certain famous cars were once built. This week we’re looking at post-war Britain’s biggest deal of a small car.

Everything mini is good right? Whether it’s skirts, or series, or golf, anything mini is usually fun. You can add to that cars, as the Alec Issigonis- designed Austin/Morris Mini proved not just fun but one of Great Britain’s most iconic automobiles. Let’s watch it all come together. … Continue Reading

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