Deconstructing the Final Race in the Fast and the Furious Franchise

The Fast and the Furious franchise is not what it once was.  It probably never will be again, though it may stretch beyond our living years, when Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson have used their immense riches to replace their withered forms with abnormally huge androids.  After seeing The Fate of the Furious, I know that this is no longer a car franchise, but a superhero franchise with cars.  Racing scenes have tapered off in recent movies, replaced by The Rock doing Captain America things, but Fate offered one token street race that very well may be the last in the franchise.  I have thoughts.

Spoilers ahead, but nothing you couldn’t have predicted.

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The Grand Tour is Just Okay

The Grand Tour

This morning I watched that 2010 60 Minutes story featuring my favorite show in the world: Top Gear.  As “Jessica” played and images of the Dunsfold studio, where the show was filmed, scrolled by, I found myself missing it desperately.  But I’m not supposed to miss Top Gear.  After years of waiting, The Grand Tour is here, and it’s supposed to assuage my sadness.  The only problem is that it doesn’t, because it’s not as good.

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5 Youtube Car Shows to Watch While Waiting for The Grand Tour

5 Youtube Car Shows to Watch While Waiting for The Grand Tour

Just the other day, St. Jeremy Clarkson the Punchy posted a picture of the first set of his new show with his former Top Gear co-starts, The Grand Tour.  But the Amazon Prime show won’t hit our smart TVs for binging until fall.  And since it’s hot enough to end all known life outside, we’re going to stay indoors until the leaves start changing.  So how can we pass the time until the summerpocalypse ends and it’s safe to breathe uncooled air again?  Other car shows.  And the best ones are online. Continue reading “5 Youtube Car Shows to Watch While Waiting for The Grand Tour”

The Hot Rod Power Tour Visits the Surface of the Sun

2016 Hot Rod Power Tour

The AC in my $760 Honda Civic does not work.  I spend every drive in a box made of black metal and glass, thoroughly broiling myself.  So by the time I finally rolled up to the Kansas Speedway for last Friday’s final stop of the 2016 Hot Rod Power Tour, I was already half dead.  Together with hundreds of other car people, I stood in a field for four hours, collecting salt on my shirt and something approaching regret.  It’s a good thing there were hundreds of incredible cars there.  Otherwise I might not have enjoyed myself. Continue reading “The Hot Rod Power Tour Visits the Surface of the Sun”

Marvel Heroes’ Cars and Bikes, Ranked

Cap's Street 750

With tomorrow’s impending release of Captain America: Civil War, the world is quivering and slavering over anything Marvel related.  So I thought I’d take advantage of that enthusiasm and pitch my manager a geekout session an educational article about the Marvel heroes’ wheels of choice.  For some reason he agreed, so I expect a host of comments debating my ranking and pointing out what I missed.  Don’t let me down.  I want to write more stuff like this during work hours.  Continue reading “Marvel Heroes’ Cars and Bikes, Ranked”

Why Mad Max: Fury Road is the Gearhead Movie of the Century

Mad Max: Fury Road

I wanted to give you all time to see it, but I can’t. If you haven’t quaffed Mad Max: Fury Road yet, if someone with longer nails than you dragged you to Pitch Perfect 2 this weekend instead (despite the fact that the former is the more girl-friendly movie), quit your job now and drive quickly to the nearest airport-sized cineplex. It’s summer. They have matinees on weekdays. It’s not too late. Because this is, in fact, the most important car movie of the 21st century, and we need to discuss why, and I can’t be babying you against spoilers. I’ll be here when you get back. Continue reading “Why Mad Max: Fury Road is the Gearhead Movie of the Century”

Our Favorite Automotive Twitter Accounts of 2014

It’s the final lap.  We’ve maneuvered through 2014 with all the finesse we could muster, and we’ll leave whether or not we won up to you, but we’ve definitely finished.  It’s been a year of rallies, concourses, races, and roof racks, and stank elimination.  But let’s not forget our Twittering.  Here are our favorite fifty automotive Twitter accounts, our ultimate Follow Friday…on a Wednesday. Follow Friday: Best of 2014 Continue reading “Our Favorite Automotive Twitter Accounts of 2014”

Follow Friday: Custom Edition

This week we’re dishing up a steaming helping of awesome. Raise your truck (or slam your car) with Air Lift, cheer on a beloved British brand, and follow three idiots as they journey into unknown lands. It’s an eclectic but essential mix. Follow these folks on Twitter. You won’t regret it.

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Follow Friday: Feel Better Edition

Look, it just hasn’t been a great week for everybody. Nobody has a good week when we first lose a young sprint car racer, and then somebody like Robin Williams. But we’re here with some good news. Yes. Good news. You don’t have to give up on life and sit around in your boxers watching telenovas and eating deep fried Mounds bars all day. Here’s some cool people doing cool stuff, and you can follow them on Twitter. And feel better.

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Follow Friday: Race to the Clouds Edition

It’s summer, folks. The races are coming in thicker than you can watch them. But that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with the action. Here are a few folks to follow on Twitter to aid you in your racing current events quest.

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