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I Hurt My Butt Today I Hurt My Butt Today

I think I pulled something at the gym...in my butt. My butt hurts.

How to Do a Turbocharged Time Attack Miata on the Cheap

The best cars are the ones that get used. Driven. Hooned. Appreciated as the functional objects that they are. That’s why it’s impossible to look at Luis Millan’s well-loved turbo widebody 1990 Mazda Miata and not smile a little. This is how you do track cars right, and importantly, how to do it on a budget like a…

World's Greatest Dad Added a Backseat to His DeLorean to Take His Kids Along for the Ride

We all know parents who sacrificed their sports car the moment kids entered their life, but John Dore wasn’t ready to give up on owning one of the coolest cars ever made: a DeLorean DMC-12. Instead he completely reconfigured the rear of his DeLorean to include a backseat so the kids could enjoy it, too. If that’s not…

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Had At Least 20 Concussions That He Mostly Kept Quiet So He Wouldn't Lose His Job Dale Earnhardt Jr. Had At Least 20 Concussions That He Mostly Kept Quiet So He Wouldn't Lose His Job

NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired last year after struggling to return from a concussion in 2016. Now he has an upcoming book about the experience, and he’s finally opening up about his experiences with concussions over the year, highlighting the heartbreaking worries and lack of support drivers encounter when they…

This Turbo Miata-Powered Lotus Replica Started With a Haynes Book and Went Nuts by Page Two This Turbo Miata-Powered Lotus Replica Started With a Haynes Book and Went Nuts by Page Two

Building a car from scratch in your basement is hard enough to make you a bit of a hero to the rest of us. Going off-plan to completely re-engineer the design of the car, adding a turbo and doing all your own carbon fiber work is the stuff of legends. Meet Jon Frecks, whose home-built Lotus Seven replica rules hard.

The 2018 Nissan Titan Is An Unexpectedly Smart Stuff-Hauler The 2018 Nissan Titan Is An Unexpectedly Smart Stuff-Hauler

The 2018 Nissan Titan may be one of the most clever pickups I’ve ever driven. Between the numerous bins inside to the integrated tie-downs in the bed, the truck actually makes good use of its enormous size.

Miss Mercedes, Your Services Are Needed Miss Mercedes, Your Services Are Needed

I believe 5:14ish in is a call for a larger Smart Car burnout, ma’am. Please defend the good name of the Smart Car with the rowdiest burnout possible from your fleet. Thanks in advance.

America's Most Delightfully Absurd Rally Car Is This Nissan Juke America's Most Delightfully Absurd Rally Car Is This Nissan Juke

Lars Wolfe wanted his new race car to be able to do a little bit of everything: rally, road racing and whatever else potentially tickled his fancy. But he also wanted to stand out, so naturally, he bought one of the weirdest cars in recent history: a 2013 Nissan Juke. Here’s how a cute grocery getter became a…

I Don't Want To Leave Stuttgart

The cars are WAY too good.

The Hospital By the Nürburgring Has a Track Map So You Can Show the Doctors Where You Ate It The Hospital By the Nürburgring Has a Track Map So You Can Show the Doctors Where You Ate It

Say you joined the so-called Bongard Club—named such for the tow company that hauls your busted car away if you eat it on the Nürburgring in spectacular fashion—and you’re rushed to the hospital in nearby Adenau, Germany. Good news! There’s a track map on the ceiling (complete with corner names) just in case you need…

No One Could Touch This Toyota Yaris All Weekend Long In The WRC No One Could Touch This Toyota Yaris All Weekend Long In The WRC

Toyota Yaris driver Ott Tänak dominated this weekend’s Rallye Deutschland after a hard fight for the overall lead with former teammate Sébastien Ogier, now at Ford. I was there, and, if I’m honest, I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get to help shove a car back on the road.

Making a Cayman Into a Rally Car Is the Best Thing Porsche Has Done in Years Making a Cayman Into a Rally Car Is the Best Thing Porsche Has Done in Years

A new Porsche race car is hardly news when it goes to the track. They have to do absurd things like break 35-year-old Nürburgring records to get our attention. Now, when a Porsche is built for off the track—that’s special. The rally Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport was the true highlight of Rallye Deutschland, and it…

Rebuilding an Alfa Milano Verde So It Won't Burn Down the Garage Like the Last One Did Rebuilding an Alfa Milano Verde So It Won't Burn Down the Garage Like the Last One Did

Graham Blyth suffered the ultimate heartbreak: He lost his entire garage after his 1989 Alfa Romeo Milano Verde caught fire while trying to diagnose an ignition issue. Instead of shunning Alfas forever, Blyth bought another Milano Verde less than two months after the fire, and completely rebuilt it to (hopefully!)…

I'm At Rallye Deutschland To Watch WRC Cars Fly I'm At Rallye Deutschland To Watch WRC Cars Fly

Believe it or not, I have never been to a stage rally. I’m all but surrounded by various drivers and codrivers, but I haven’t seen them rally. Naturally, my first trip to a rally should be a full World Rally Championship round. That’s why I’m finally here at Rallye Deutschland. I want to see loud cars shoot flames and…

One Man's Quest To Prove That Mazda RX-7s Really Aren't That Tough To Work On One Man's Quest To Prove That Mazda RX-7s Really Aren't That Tough To Work On

Mention the rotary engine, and you’re bound to get an entire peanut gallery promising apex seals going boom. Ryan Gilbert wasn’t scared away when his girlfriend’s family 1979 Mazda RX-7 was up for grabs. In fact, he’s well on his way to returning it to the drag nights and autocrosses it used to do.

What Do You Want to Know About the Volkswagen Amarok? What Do You Want to Know About the Volkswagen Amarok?

Let me get this out of the way right now: the Chicken Tax is bad and dumb for preventing us from getting good little trucks like the Volkswagen Amarok. It should die. I’m spending the week in an Amarok, camping out at the Nürburgring and flooring it on the Autobahn like a maniac. What would you like to know about a…

The Absurd Things People Do to Just Get One Shot to Race Up Pikes Peak The Absurd Things People Do to Just Get One Shot to Race Up Pikes Peak

Volkswagen’s big-budget, record-breaking I.D. R may have dominated the headlines from Pikes Peak this year, but it was far from the most interesting story at the mountain. Every year, there are dozens of smaller teams whose road to Pikes Peak includes everything from last-minute thrash-wrenching to driving the car…

Rally Chicken Roosts In A Good Engine Bay Rally Chicken Roosts In A Good Engine Bay

I like E30s. Chicken likes E30s. This was an absurdly fast E30 at Pikes Peak.

This Nissan 240SX Convertible Was a Legendary Rip-Off From Hell But Is Now Part of the Family This Nissan 240SX Convertible Was a Legendary Rip-Off From Hell But Is Now Part of the Family

Matthew Cox’s 1993 Nissan 240SX convertible looked fine enough in the eBay photos. It was his chance to own a rare version of a car he loved, and it was fine on the outside! Then he got a good look under the car’s shiny pearl white paint, and discovered that he may have bought one of the biggest rip-offs of all time.

A Puffalump In Her Natural Habitat A Puffalump In Her Natural Habitat

Here we see the noble Fluffy Bunny—species Puffalumpus Urungus—perched atop a wing. This particular Fluffy Bunny has a wild crown of white yarn upon her head and loves to nest in the wings, ducts and crannies of parked race cars, and sometimes in back seats of track cars.

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