Category: cars

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CARWINGS

I’ve often cracked jokes about Chris trying to set high score on her Prius’ gas mileage display. Apparently Nissan has taken that idea seriously. The new Leaf keeps track of your scores, compares them...

Scarab 0

Scarab

I mentioned Lance Reventflow’s Scarab here last year. I think it’s one of the prettiest cars ever built. Dick Kitzmiller is now making a recreation of it. He stopped by Jay Leno’s garage the...

Mt. Washington Auto Road 0

Mt. Washington Auto Road

When we went up the Cog Railway this summer, it took something like an hour to go up the 3 mile track. In this video, Travis Pastrana shows how to go up the 8...

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Right To Repair

The news from Beacon Hill recently has all been about some gambling bill, but there was also something important going on. The Senate passed a Right to Repair law in July. Unfortunately, the other...

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Toyota & Tesla

NUMMI was one of the casualties of the recent mess that hit the American car industry. It was a joint GM Toyota plant in Fremont California. It produced a lot of the joint GM/Toyota...

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Brakes

I finally finished rebuilding the brakes on the Miata today. The right rear had been dragging and the disks were getting kind of ratty, so I rebuilt everything. It didn’t go too smoothly. It...

Disabling Cars Remotely 0

Disabling Cars Remotely

Did you see this news article the other day? A car dealer in Austin fired an employee. He got mad and hacked into their computer and started disabling customers’ cars. Did you know that...

Hiding the Works 0

Hiding the Works

Apple’s release of the iPad has generated a lot of angst and gnashing of teeth amongst a certain class of geek. Ben Fry’s latest post on the subject is fairly typical. Or as Tim...

Closing Time on Route 7 0

Closing Time on Route 7

Rich Cohen wrote a nice article in The Believer recently chronicling the history of the American car industry from the point of view of the dealers. In many ways, the story of the American...

The Automobile: Electric Vehicle Issue 0

The Automobile: Electric Vehicle Issue

This is an interesting read in today’s climate. I was trolling around in Google Books, and I ran into an issue of The Automobile that is entirely about electric cars. The interesting thing is...