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Alfa Romeo Officially Announces It'll Be Bringing 'Something' to the Geneva Motor Show Alfa Romeo Officially Announces It'll Be Bringing 'Something' to the Geneva Motor Show

We received a message the other day from our pals over at Alfa Romeo, letting us know that, yes, the company will be at the Geneva Motor Show, and just in case we thought it was just going to sit in a booth on folding chairs, it let us know that not only would it be bringing their “award-winning lineup,” but it also…

Hey pals! I’ve been on vacation the past few days with my wife in Reykjavik, but I’m back now. I thought you might like to see this, something I’m not sure I was aware existed: a Suzuki Samurai (well, that’s what we called it in America) pickup truck.

Let's Help a Reader Figure Out What This Old Family Race Car Is Let's Help a Reader Figure Out What This Old Family Race Car Is

Who likes mystery cars? Trick question, because everybody, everywhere, forever does. And we have one here today! A reader named Lucas found an old picture of a distant relative who seems to have had some sort of racing career. He at least had a racing car, and Lucas wants to know exactly what it was. Let’s see if we…

What It's Like to Drive the World's First Real Sports Car

I’m very excited about this week’s Jason Drives episode for two main reasons: first, at 122 years old, it’s the oldest car I’ve ever actually driven, and second, it’s another chance for me to remind the world about how badass the Bollée family was, at least automotively.

The Plucky Opportunity Rover May Finally Have Died on the Cold, Red Surface of Mars (UPDATE: It's Gone) The Plucky Opportunity Rover May Finally Have Died on the Cold, Red Surface of Mars (UPDATE: It's Gone)

I know it’s just a machine, but I’m not, and what I’m feeling is real: a bit of sadness at the idea that after 15 productive and incredible years of driving around Mars and poking at rocks and digging in the red dirt, the tough little robot Opportunity may have finally died.

This Wartime Volkswagen Prototype Van Is Fascinating and a Little Confusing This Wartime Volkswagen Prototype Van Is Fascinating and a Little Confusing

There’s certain pictures that almost every Volkswagen obsessive has seen at one time or another, in big coffee table books about the Beetle from the 1980s and on sites all over the internet. I’m willing to bet that one of the most memorable of these photos is an image of a strange chimera: a half-Beetle, half-van that…

Great Job, Dummy, Your Car Looks Like a Pre-Owned Tampon Great Job, Dummy, Your Car Looks Like a Pre-Owned Tampon

I’ll be honest, my finger must have slipped off the pulse of the automotive nation, because I was unaware that making your car look like it’s just driven through a slaughterhouse is A Thing, at least until I started seeing blood-spattered cars showing up various places online. I saw a post about them again earlier…

Fire Breaks Out at Seat's Historic Collection of 200 Classic Cars Fire Breaks Out at Seat's Historic Collection of 200 Classic Cars

A fire broke out in a warehouse next to the historical collection of Seat, the Spain-based branch of the Volkswagen Group, containing about 200 cars at SEAT’s headquarters in the Zona Franca area of Barcelona. Luckily, I’ve been in touch with Isidre Lopez Badenas, the curator of Seat’s historic collection, and he has…

Meh Car Monday: The Ford Windstar Proves Meh-ness Is Like Entropy Meh Car Monday: The Ford Windstar Proves Meh-ness Is Like Entropy

 I know there’s probably a lot of you out there that believe that choosing a minivan as a meh car is, somehow, unfair, like it’s punching down. I disagree, because I actually like minivans, and believe there’s no reason they have to succumb to the clammy, overly warm cloak of meh-ness. Unfortunately, it seems that…

Watch a Road Raging Jeep Driver Go Batshit and Try to Run Over People Throwing Snowballs Watch a Road Raging Jeep Driver Go Batshit and Try to Run Over People Throwing Snowballs

In the vast panoply of things that can get thrown at your car, snowballs are possibly one of the least offensive. They rarely cause damage, they’re made of water, and, very often, the intent is more mischievous than malicious. That’s why the amount of raw rage and wrath seen here by this driver in Seattle is so…

It's Time for Some Real Talk About the Legendary Porsche 914/6 It's Time for Some Real Talk About the Legendary Porsche 914/6

I know the Porsche 914 is, to many of the worst kind of Porsche snobs, not a real Porsche. It was even branded in Europe as a “VW-Porsche,” and, more galling, it had a Volkswagen engine. But, there was another version, the 914/6, that had the flat-six out of the 911. This is the version everyone seems to agree is the…

These Drivers Banded Together to Make a Line-Cutter Pay

We’ve all seen jerks who, under the illusion that they’re some sort of reincarnated sultan who doesn’t need to wait in lines like all the lesser folk, will try to get ahead of a long line of cars on the road by driving on the shoulder. Sometimes they manage to do it. Other times, like in the case of this driver on the…

It’s Monday! It’s time to blast into the week like you’re a forest-green Hotchkiss PL20, all bulbous and full of goggle-eyed determination. Have at it!

This Is the Most Important and Influential Car You've Never Heard of This Is the Most Important and Influential Car You've Never Heard of

If you were asked to pick the car that was the most technically influential on the greatest number of modern cars, what would you pick? Would you go as far back as the Ford Model T, the real, widely accessible proof of concept of the automobile? An early Panhard, which defined the Systeme Panhard, the front-engine,…

It's Time for Another Baffling Volkswagen Beetle Taillight Mystery It's Time for Another Baffling Volkswagen Beetle Taillight Mystery

I’m sure there’s many of you out there laboring under the mistaken belief that, regarding the subject of Volkswagen Beetle taillights, everything that can be known, is known. While I once may have believed this myself, I now no longer am able to believe this is true. I know this from past experiences, and even current…

It’s the end of the week, finally! What a better way to end the week than to gaze onto the vinyl-topped goodness of this 1975 Wolseley Saloon. Cluh-ass-eeeeeee.

Meh Car Monday: All Hail the Buick Cascada, a Car You Never Think About Meh Car Monday: All Hail the Buick Cascada, a Car You Never Think About

As far as Meh Cars go, you’d think the Buick Cascada would be pretty safe from inclusion into this miserable fraternity, at least on paper. It’s a convertible, a rare four-seat convertible, even! It’s supposed to be fun, it has weird extra taillights in the trunk—this thing should be meh-proof, right? Well, it’s not.…

Watch a Drag Racer With a Stuck Throttle Go the Wrong Way Down a Dragstrip

As you may already know, dragstrips can be dangerous as hell. It’s a relatively small area with an insane amount of power, so when things go wrong, they tend to do so dramatically. Which is pretty much how it went down in Australia this past weekend, when a big block Chevy-powered Ford Capri got a stuck throttle and…

The Way We Talk About Horsepower Makes No Sense But Luckily I Have a Plan The Way We Talk About Horsepower Makes No Sense But Luckily I Have a Plan

If we’re going to be brutally honest, the truth is that for nearly everything most people do with their cars, somewhere around 100 horsepower is more than enough. I know this is true because I do all kinds of normal car stuff with half that. But I also know horsepower is life-affirming and, as that clean lady says,…

Welcome back to the glorious world of the productive work-week, pals! This 1969 ad for Citroën trucks is notable for two things: first, Citroën’s clever use of foot-level windows over the headlights to help truckers from driving over things, and also the odd choice to use that “computer” evoking OCR font for the text.

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