Assembled here are the best Oppositelock posts from last Wednesday and Thursday. Today we've got a story from Japan, the next A4, F1 testing in Bahrain and more.
- An Unexpected Owner (A story from Japan) - TokyoBayAquaLine
When I lived in Osaka, there was this hospital right next to where I lived, just South of Namba Parks. Continually I'd be either woken up by the sounds of sirens or of Bosozoku in the middle of the night. It became a sort of recurring thing... and certainly made being intimate with a woman all the more interesting.
- Audi, Forget the A4 Replacement Go Straight for the Sportback - Automatch Tom
I have almost come to terms with the fact that we are probably not getting any Avants here in the US. This is a sad realization, but we have been through it a million times, "Wagons don't sell." But you know what does sell? Four-door coupe thingies! Not only do they sell, but people will pay MORE for a 4 door version of a coupe that already has a sedan counterpart. Pure madness!
- F1 Technical on Oppo - Bahrain Testing Day 1 - Fractal Footwork
Technical innovation is what makes Formula 1 so different from any other form of racing. The on track action is as much played out by the engineers and aerodynamicists as it is the drivers. We are here to admire, study, and discuss this beauty that exists on the ragged edge of what we think is possible, or at least what we thought was possible. Also check out some tech details from Day 2 in Bahrain.
- The Opposite Locker - Wayback Wednesdays - Fractal Footwork
Mazda is one of the few automakers able to label their cars as fun to drive and get away with it. However, the essence of a wankel engined sports car is troubling; while you're standing on the side of the road explaining to everybody what a wankel engine is while it's on fire, will your lady friend be cool enough with the problematic nature of the RX series to stay by your side?
- This Buick Has A Nice Hearing Aid Beige With Cane Wood Inlay Dash - TheDailyTurismo
The general's dominance of front-drive barges started as far back as the 1960s with the legendary Cadillac El Dorado, but the Buick Park Avenue was the last of the G-platform cars to leave the GM production lines as the era of GM's big-V6 front-drive luxury sedan dominance came to an end.
- 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC - Pillarless, Pretty, and (remarkably) Practical - TotallyThatStupid
My dad taught me early on about hardtop coupes. He was a big fan of the pillarless car, be it a two-door or a four-door. We had a '69 Pontiac LeMans A-body coupe when I was a little kid in the early 1970s, and years before that my folks had an old hardtop Pontiac Bonneville wide track. I remember vividly when the Mercedes 126 coupe was released - I was 10 years old and three times a week I took a bus by the local Mercedes dealer. Also check out the 1966 Alfa Duetto: Any Color You Like, But Probably Red.
- Hey You, Stop being a Badge Slave - Vee Langs
See that car up there? What do you notice about it? Well, apart from the giant red NO I plastered over it (don't I have amazing MSPaint skills?). Probably that it has a huge three-pointed star? I mean how could you miss it? In case you live under a rock, you probably know that that is the new Mercedes-Benz CLA250, a car that "starts" at under 30 thousand United States Dollars. It's a decent enough looking car, fills a lot of different design cues, and has an illuminated badge.
- Cars Are For The People - Jarod Rose
Unfortunately this post is all hypothetical. If I was rich though I would share my passion for cars. When someone becomes lucky enough to gain millions of dollars and the cars of their dreams, they tend to build huge beautiful garages for them. Garages full of mythical cars that most of us enthusiast will never see let alone touch or even get to drive. That makes me a little sad. I have always thought that the experience of driving a fast expensive car shouldn't be reserved for the one percent.
I live in Buffalo. This time of year it's cold, and miserable, and driver's side door of my car freezes and forces me to enter on the wrong side. It sucks. Therefore, in order to avoid said suckiness, my family and I decided to head out on vacation for a week… In our bid to find a nice, warm vacation spot on the East Coast, we were limited to just one option. Florida
In some circles, the question of what can truly be considered ultimate all-round car comes down to two choices. The classic 911 and the e30. I am here to give a brief comparison of both… The e30 may not be as storied, powerful, or prestigeous, as the 911, but it hits all the right keys in perfect harmony. The 911 is a legend, beyond reproach…
My car is a Volkswagen GTI 2007 2.0T made in February of 2007. It's the Fahrenheit Edition, 150 in Canada and 1200 south of the border (mine is #25/150 ). I bought it last June and it was registrered for the first time on 07/07/07. This is important, it's the starting date of my warranty : a 7 year, 160 000 kilometers, 3400$ Volkswagen Protection Plus 5-star plan. This is a crazy warranty, it covers almost anything except hoses and eveything that goes under normal maintenance.
- Being disabled is a real pain in the ass... - hotwheels882
Not only do we have to deal with constant asshattery... And not only is not being able to walk a pretty solid inconvenience... But now rental companies are really screwing with my quest to enter a Rally Cross event.
- F1 Preview: Lotus - tomtom615
Okay, so this Lotus team is not the crappy team Lotus, or the old Team Lotus, but a newer one. The team started off as Toleman in 1981 and after changing hands a couple times, it was acquired by Lotus in 2008 from Renault. Since then, they have been a solid competitor netting 4th in the Constructor's Championship both years and winning 2 races. Also check out F1 Preview: Ferrari.
- Know Your Cup Rookies: Austin Dillon - RJ Turnbull
Austin Dillon, 23 years old from Lewisville, North Carolina, is a professional wearer of cowboy hats. Oh, and he's also the grandson of 6 time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion team owner Richard Childress and the first driver to compete in the fabled #3 in the Cup Series since Dale Earnhardt's death in the 2001 Daytona 500. He carries on the tradition of Earnhardts, the Childress family and Ricky Rudd driving the #3 for Richard Childress Racing in Cup after being guided through late models, the K&N Pro East Series, Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series by his grandpa and RCR. Also get to know Kyle Larson.
- Need For Speed - Is it worth your hard earned Hamiltons? - mattoverdrive
I would say that, so far, I have had at least two epiphanies about life. The first one is "if you always expect the worst, you'll never be disappointed". The second is "small dogs make the best cats." That second epiphany isn't necessarily applicable in this instance.
The Best of the Rest
NinetyQ posted his photos from the Chicago Auto Show. Raphael Orlove reminisced about the time he found a street-parked Delta Integrale. Bad Kev macgyver'd his way home when a ball joint failed on his truck. Shop-teacher gave his impressions from the Chicago Auto Show. E30Joe shared his car history. CrzRsn pulled some footage off his dash cam. Big Bubba Ray shared some photos and video of his Baja Bug.
As always, If I've missed something and you would like me to include it, let me know.
There were several posts that asked questions and sparked some good discussion on last Wednesday and Thursday. Take a peek and chime in on some of those listed below:
- Show me your fun drive route!
- Building a dream car
- Your Ideal Idea Of Driving Bliss
- What's your cars design flaw?
- Stupid Hypotheticals - The Not So Easy One "Three Of These"
- DD, Track, Burn
- What would Oppo buy for $15k?
- The least common color from a manufacturer
- Why I think people need to stop complaining about BMW's M4 naming
- Controlling Brake Dust?
- Would You Rather: Ultimate Corvettes
- DD, Track, Burn
- Best car to buy under $5000 that isn't a Miata?
- Let's talk roadside emergency bags
- Best $2000 and under car to work on/hoon?
- My baby, Help me with a name
- What's the worst car you ever owned?
- How was your commute? (Feb 20)
- What is the car culture like in your country?
- Suppose you had a time machine...
- What's your car's name?
- Show Us The Best Ferrari Concept
- What Color Would You Get it In: Any Saab
- What does your steering wheel look like?
Just the #tips
- Ford GT - Check. Gallardo - Check. 458 - Check. He has had them all
- Bored? Impatiently Awaiting F1? Watch This
- The Language of Tape
- What Do You Do When Your Lower Ball Joint Fails 500 Feet From Home??
- I love period reviews
- An F1 Run Captured in Insane 360-Degree Interactive Video
- Briggs & Stratton built an 18hp lawn mower-engined 6-wheel hybrid car in 1979
- Big. Russian. Plane. A photoblog...
- Subaru invites WRX drivers into Gym-yada-yada-nirvana
- GM Full-size Trucks Getting Aluminum Treatment As Well
- And here's why the Noble M600 is one of the best sounding cars...
- 2016 CTS-V Spied
- New Proposed Federal Regulation on Alternative Fuel Vehicle Badging
- AWD/FWD/RWD Sales Infographics
- Anyone Want To See A Van Run The 1/4 Mile In The 7s?
- Pallet Jack Donuts
These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted on Oppositelock:
- Formula 1:Test 2 Bahrain
- The Forty Bastions of Automotive Lust
- How To Spot a Good Salesperson
- Formula 1:Day Two testing Bahrain
- 2014 Bentley Flying Spur Trunk Test
- Travis Pastrana back in the Saddle at 100AW
- Olympic Gold Medalist Ted Ligety is Also a Hoon!
- The Car Enthusiast's Guide To Flying
- From Hit to S**t: When Planned Obsolescence Goes Wrong