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Last Call: Yo Mama Edition

Robert Emslie January 18, 2016 Last Call

Tu Madre

That’s a pretty good insult, especially coming from a scooter rider.

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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’ve found some rare factory footage of the 1953 Chevrolet Corvette being cobbled together. … Continue Reading

Redusernab Asks: How did Minivans Get Their Bad Reputation?

Robert Emslie January 18, 2016 Redusernab Asks

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There comes a point in almost every person’s life when they need a vehicle with greater than average carrying capacity. That vehicle was once the station wagon; the scion of suburbia, the reigning king of the road trip. No one ever thought that there was anything emasculating or dispiriting about driving a wagon, it was just what families had.

The wagon’s rule would end in the Nineties as the twin tsunamis of the Minivan and truck-based SUV gained favor, and not even innovative tailgate technology could stem the tide. SUVs evolved into the more car-like tall wagons we have today, typically denoted as crossovers or CUVs, but Minivans took a different turn. For some reason, they acquired a negative stigma, a taint of resignation, and of having given up on life.

Here’s the thing, Minivans are awesome. Even more so than the station wagons of lore, they are able to swallow large quantities of both cargo and passengers. They are also typically less unwieldy than a comparable capacity SUV or old wagon, and they offer incomparable levels of versatility. Plus, sliding doors!  How could all that value result in something that people are actually ashamed to drive? What did Minivans ever do to earn such a reputation?

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Last Call: Like a Rock Edition

Robert Emslie January 15, 2016 Last Call

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Well ooh la la, somebody got themselves a fancy new truck. Now pass me the Frito-Lets

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Mystery Car

Robert Emslie January 15, 2016 Mystery Car

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Look, I know I’m going to have to step up my Mystery Car game as far too many of them have been correctly guessed way too early, spoiling the game for others and causing me to utter an audible “curses!”

That’s why I’ve gone and created today’s diabolically difficult Mystery Car, which, on a scale of 1 to 10 I would put at about a 13. We all know how unlucky 13 is, so watch out! I still think it is solvable, and so when you do, please remember to include the make and model. Good luck!

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Redusernab Asks: The 2017 Chevy Bolt – Brah! Or Blah?

Robert Emslie January 15, 2016 Redusernab Asks

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This month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, GM debuted what is probably the company’s most important product of this decade, the 2017 Chevy Bolt. Featuring an all-electric drivetrain and a promised 200 mile range, the modestly priced five-door hatch is a shot across the bow of Tesla and others, and may bring just be the ride that brings electric cars to the masses.

Okay, a lot of that is marketing hype, but the truth be told, this is a real car – sales start in late 2016 – and that “optimal conditions” 200 mile range means that even if it’s so cold out that you have to keep the brass monkeys in at night, your Bolt should still have enough miles in it to get you to work in the morning. Not only that, but after government givebacks for being so eco-friendly, the out the door price for a Bolt should be in the neighborhood of just $30K. That’s not all that bad.

Or is it? We haven’t had the chance to get behind the wheel of a production bolt because such a beast simply doesn’t yet exist. Is this both GM’s and the automobile’s second coming? Or, do you think it’s the case that the hype machine is far more effective than the Bolt ever could be? What’s your take on GM’s “cheap” all-electric car, brah! or blah?

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Last Call: Student Driver Edition

Robert Emslie January 14, 2016 Last Call

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Hands at two o’clock and ten o’clock, and on your M-4, soldier.

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Thursday Trivia

Robert Emslie January 14, 2016 Thursday Trivia

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Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a history test, with cars!

This week’s question: Who is generally considered to have “invented” the racing stripe?

If you think you know the answer, make the jump and see if you’re right. … Continue Reading

Redusernab Asks: What’s the Coolest Exciting Car to Use a Dull Car Engine?

Robert Emslie January 14, 2016 Redusernab Asks

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Let’s face it, there are a lot of cool engines out there slaving away under the hoods of undeserving cars and trucks.

Sometimes, they are allowed to cut loose and get to play at someone else’s party. That’s what we’re looking for today, engines that once did dull duty in one car, and that were then liberated when dropped into another. What do you think is the best exciting car to use a dull car’s engine?

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Last Call: Turns Out, Where We’re Going We Do Need Roads Edition

Robert Emslie January 13, 2016 Last Call

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I know that back in the future we’re not supposed to even need roads, but looking at this Norwegian two-lane wending its way across these islands sure makes me glad that they still exist.

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