In part four of our series about the Attainable dream car collection, we’ll get muddy discussing the ideal tough toy- the truck or SUV you can feel good about beating up.
Last week’s Caterham Seven fit the Fast Toy category like a sweaty crash helmet. And while today’s category is a bit more utilitarian, you can still have fun while you work, or at least get a little work done while you’re having fun. Continue reading
Well, the Rapture didn’t come on Saturday, but we have seen some weather recently that could be reminiscent of the book of Revelation. Tornadoes are ripping through the Midwest, a volcano is erupting in Iceland, and last month’s Japanese earthquake was unprecedented in destruction. So what if you’re a volunteer rescue worker, but can’t afford a Discovery Channel tornadomobile? Here’s a few upgrades you can give your rescue machine to help protect it from the seemingly Apocalyptic weather. Continue reading
Everyone is gearing up for this weekend’s big 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500, but there’s another 500 making news this week, this one much, much smaller. That’s because this week Fiat showed off the US version of their 500 C. And it’s quite small, indeed. Continue reading
We continue in our Dream Garage series this week with a look at a fast toy, the car you buy just for fun. This is the car you polish, the one you love to work on, and the one your kids will ask to borrow for prom. It’s the one you’ll cruise in with your spouse on the first nice day of spring, when you’re out driving just to drive. Continue reading
The automotive industry has seen its share of revolutionary ideas. Some of them have taken off. Fuel injection, ABS, and the EFI are now ubiquitous. Some seem to be messiahs, but end up in the round filing cabinet. The rotary engine, airless tires, and hydrogen all seemed like perfect solutions until they entered the real world, where they didn’t solve many problems, or just created more.
But what about the lesser parts of an engine compartment? Could someone design, for instance, the perfect air filter? The one that would change the air filter industry forever? Continue reading
Anthropology is not an overpriced, frou-frou store in the mall. That’s Anthropologie. The other term refers to the study of a people, of a culture or subculture. When that culture still exists, keeping record of it is fairly simple, but the further its extinction falls back into history, the harder it makes things for the anthropologist.
In American motorsport, the drag racing community of the postwar era is among the most unique in our history- and the most quickly fading. Continue reading
If you missed part one of the series, we’re discussing what vehicles will sit in the dream garage. I don’t mean the cars we can only dream about, but the ones we can actually obtain. We’ve narrowed our search parameters to six categories: a motorcycle, a daily driver, a fast toy, a tough toy, a family hauler, and a teenage kid’s car. Continue reading
Several weeks ago I was sitting in front of a hotel in Bakersfield, California, when I saw something I should have expected. I was in town for a wedding, which had taken place the previous day, and now we were rolling out of town. And there, at the light just ahead of us, was a whole pack of pickup trucks with Frankensuspension, hissing up and back to within an inch of the ground in their bright paint schemes as if fidgeting while the red light took its sweet time. My favorite among them was an old orange Datsun, dragging its tail but beautifully restored nonetheless.
It was just one of the automotive subcultures I witnessed on my sojourn, but one that brings up a point. There seems to be a common misconception among the gearhead community that dropping your ride like it’s hot is merely an aesthetic improvement. Continue reading
Fast Five, the latest bro-fueled, high drama, destruction packed installment of the increasingly successful Fast and the Furious franchise, debuted two weeks ago to resounding success. But whether you’re a fan of the series or gave up after the first episode in 2001, you can’t argue that it portrays racing and car culture as equally fast and furious (and illegal).
There’s a healthy dose of contention and negative energy in all of the films, which is appropriate, because every film needs a plot. Yet the other bits of racing media we Americans can actually access, from “reality” shows on the Speed network, to professional racing promotion, try to portray drivers as bitter enemies who would be just as glad to engage in knife fights if they weren’t better at racing. It all sells very nicely.
But off the screen, that’s not usually the case. Continue reading
Every gearhead has two dream garages filled with cars with which we’ve fallen recklessly in love. The first is what I call the Perfect collection. This is filled with Koenigseggs, Ford GT40s, #0001 Challengers, Ferrari Testarossas, M1 Abrams tanks, vintage Packards…you get the picture. They’re cars healthy to dream about, but not too much, because we’ll likely never own them.
The second, however, is what I refer to as the Attainable collection. Continue reading
We’ve all seen them. Some of us own them. Honda Civics, Nissan Sentras, and Toyota Corollas with gigantic, GT-style wings bolted onto their trunk lids. Some of us think they look cool, and some of us find them ridiculous. But despite how they look, what do they do? Is there a function? Do they actually make cars faster?
Yes and no. Continue reading
Managing the cargo in the bed of your truck can be a real pain in the rear (pun intended). Cargo can slide and become difficult to reach, it hurts your knees to crawl across the bed to retrieve items and cargo in an open truck bed is an invitation for both theft and weather damage. We have good news–each of these issues is easily resolved by a number of readily available accessories for your truck. Continue reading
How does a “mechanic” run off with $17,000 of a soldier’s money and live with himself? We here at Streetside Auto don’t know, but that’s what one Wyoming “mechanic” did. Thankfully, America stepped in to help.
From 1955-1959, Chevy built their Task Force series of pickups. They went by several bellicose names, like Apache, Viking, and Spartan, and could be had with Chevy’s 235 straight six, 265 V8, or 283 V8. The latter produced just over 1 hp per cubic inch, which was largely unprecedented for the day. Out of this range, if you picked, say, a 1959 Apache, it goes without saying that you would have a well designed, capable truck, powerful enough for any task with which you could charge it, and with enough iconic, 1950’s Americana coolness to win car shows in a few decades. Continue reading
In today’s economy, people are looking to save money any way they can. Fuel prices remain high, so there has been a strong resurgence in the popularity of cars with above average fuel economy. One option for drivers that seems to be making news again is the electric car. You may be surprised to learn that the electric car is nothing new; as a matter of fact, electric cars have been around since the 1800’s. Continue reading