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Suzuki’s 1995 UT-1 Concept Makes Cold, Modular Rationality Fun, Somehow

I know I’ve already written about Suzuki earlier today, but it’s the end of the year and there’s just some days where you need a little bit more Suzuki. I think today is one of those days. The Suzuki I’d like to double-dose you with is a strange little mostly-forgotten concept car from 1995: the …

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How to Fix the Tiny Things That Break On Your JDM Car

Ever since I got my Nissan Pao, I’ve been getting emails from people who also want to own some exciting obscure JDM machine, and they all want to know the same thing: how hard it is to find parts? For the Pao, so far it’s been pretty good—lots of mechanical things are Nissan parts-bin items …

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The Weirdest Stuff to Happen to or With Cars In 2018

Look, let’s face it: we live in an era when every year feels like the weirdest damn year ever. And so it was with this year! The glorious World Automotive was jam-packed with all manner of weirdness, so let’s take a stroll back, shall we, through the weird car stuff that happened in weird year …

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Rubber Accordion Shifter Boots Are Better Than Leather Ballsack Shifter Boots

I’m pretty sure most of us, given the choice, would want a lovely, precise gated shifter for our manual cars. But the truth is we don’t usually have a choice, and society dictates that the point of contact between shifter and chassis is somehow unseemly, so it must be hidden with a modesty boot of …

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Duchamp’s The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even Enters the Public Domain Next Year

It’s been two decades since copyrighted works were allowed to enter the public domain, but next year, the 20-year hiatus that was instituted in 1998 will finally end, and in 2019 all copyrighted works from 1923 will be available for anyone to use, modify, be inspired by, or anything else, as they will be public …

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There’s Someone in South Africa Daily Driving a Crazy Rare Volkswagen Prototype Like It’s No Big Deal

One of my favorite categories of not just cars, but objects in the known universe are little-known old Volkswagen prototypes. That’s why I’m always so delighted when I encounter one I wasn’t previously aware of. Last year, I found out about this amazing South African Beetle-based SUV prototype, and was amazed. Today, I learned that …

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Go Ahead and Laugh at Me Geeking Out at this Air-Cooled Volkswagen Gathering in Monterey

Our very overworked video team has finally gotten around to editing all the video taken this summer when I went on the big Airhead Treffen, a shared excuse for air-cooled Volkswagen owners all over to drive around and get together in one place and geek the fuck out over air-cooled VWs. That’s why you’ve been …

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Ten Automotive-Themed Street Drugs You Should Be Aware of That I Probably Made Up

It’s a crazy world out there, and, as gearheads, we find ourselves on the streets more than most, since that’s the natural habitat of cars. The street is also where street drugs come from, so it only makes sense that a whole sub-category of street drugs would arise with the innocent and vulnerable car-lover in …

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Go Ahead, Guess What This Thing Is

Is there anything better than a really mysterious, baffling car? No, there isn’t. Every time you think there’s nothing left to learn about the rich tapestry of automobilia, something like this sleek lovely little whatever drives up, honks, and lets you know how wrong you are. So what is this thing? I’ll give you a …