Best of Oppositelock: January 1-5, 2014DasWauto1/13/14 6:00pmFiled to: Best of Oppositelock58EditPromoteShare to KinjaGo to permalink Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people put a good deal of effort into writing from New Year's Eve to last Sunday. It includes a positive dealership experience, driving older cars, plastic engines and more. Advertisement A positive dealership story for once- Ricepuddin This story begins on an August day in San Antonio with me shopping for a used Mustang GT. I had test driven a few around Ft Hood and was at the local Car Max awaiting my current car's appraisal. See, I had found my Mustang, with all the glory that was the Brembo package, on carmax's website. I just needed to break even on my trade to make it really worth it, but once again I was met with disappointment and I left smelling of defeat (and sweaty Army uniform). Advertisement Trying to diet? GO PLASTIC - Saf1Car manufacturers say they endeavour to reduce weight by using novel measures but those measures are more of a compromise of an existing inefficient design. Bold claims from someone who knows a lot less than those engineers, sure, BUT I still cannot find good reasons WHY Polimotor's plastic engines aren't in play.My Rolling Relic - Aaron Vick Starnes Someone told me recently that people who drive older cars are heroic. While that is flattering it's just not the case. More like reckless but not in a cool James Dean sort of way but a stupid, blissfully ignorant of how bad a wreck would be sort of way. Sponsored My Automotive Bucket List - WillKinton247I've been thinking a lot about my future lately, which has in turn prompted me to think about what I would like my automotive future to entail. So in order to keep track of it all, I wrote it down. Advertisement Mountain Joys with Ender: My First Enthusiastic Mountain Drive - daender Until December 30th, 2013, I have never truly driven my car, a second-gen Miata. I've done a season's worth of autocrossing including almost crashing it, trips all across the state, and I've DD'd when I'm up at college but nothing, absolutely nothing compared with what I went through that day. [I've learned more about the car that I have in the past 11 months I've driven it, the good and the bad aspects of the Miata, smiling from sun up to sun down.]Is Your Attainable Dream Car Worth It? - Jeff SimmonsOver at The Truth About Cars, Steven Lang writes about "The Almost Car". Not your dream car that costs more than your house, but the car you first lusted over and now, theoretically, you can afford. I have fallen into that trap. Literally within a month of getting my first steady salaried job I was at a Mazda dealership buying a used 2000 323Ci coupe with about 90,000 miles on it… It was perfect shade of blue, it had a five speed, it was a freaking BMW! I could afford the monthly payments. It was perfect right? Right? Advertisement We found the Bridgehampton Race Circuit - oldirtybootz1.4T After I learned about it's existence last weekend from Bad Idea Hat, I wanted to take a ride out east and see if any of the track still remained. My girlfriend and I had nothing to do today so we looked up the directions and set off to find it.The motorist douchebag list - BigNSlowUpon my daily commute to and from work I see a lot of douchebags on the road. I decided to come up with a name and definition for each one. Advertisement Advertisement The Best Charger General Lee Tributes Are Nissan Sentra Based - TheDailyTurismo The iconic orange paint with the number 01 on the side is normally reserved for the countless Dodge Chargers that are built as homage to the Dukes of Hazzard, but sometimes a DoH fan can't afford the high prices demanded for a vintage Charger. Also check out Why The Buick LeSabre Should Be On Your Bucket List.The Centre of My Hometown As a Race Course 50 Years Ago - Gabor VajdaEvery gearhead loves the thought of living close to a racetrack. Not quite as close to be bothered about the noise, just a comfortable distance away to enjoy a weekend joyride from time to time. And there are street courses. Advertisement Prehistoric Trainopnic: The World's Largest Camera was as Jalop as it gets - NotInDetroit How do you take a picture of the world's handsomest train at the turn of the century? With the world's largest camera, naturally… It was the largest camera constructed up to that time, and the purpose for its construction is about as Jalop as you can get in the year 1900.Carly: The Biased OppoLock Review - NotInDetroitThe Volkswagen Jetta Mk IV was introduced around 1998 or so and was advertised with such advanced features as a full-size spare. The Jetta kind of gets a bad rap, especially this one for being unreliable and boring, maybe. It's meant to be a bread and butter volume seller, something VW tries to keep tweaking with every generation. The current Mk VI is the ultimate (so far) expression of that, but the Mk IV still maintained at least some semblance of sportiness. Advertisement Advertisement 2014 Chevrolet Onix LTZ - The Oppo review - BlazinAce Pointless as this review might be, except, maybe, for the two other Brazilian guys on Oppo, I'm bored and thought this would be a fun way to pass the time, because, obviously, I'm too messed up to know what normal people do on a sunday afternoon. Also, there's a fair chance I suck at this, so bear with me here ok? Oh yeah, and excuse the poor pictures, I figured phone pictures were better than no pictures so, there's that.Diecast Essentials #1 - 1968~1972 Chevrolet Nova - BlazinAceReleased in 1963 to positive reviews, the Chevy II soon fell into the graces of Hot Rodders due to it's low weight and even lower price. While the specialized media regarded it in the same way we now regard the Corollas and Camrys of the world, enthusiasts all over the country were measuring the space between the fenders and figuring out how to stuff Chevrolet's Small Block V8s in there. Advertisement Let's play "I bet you didn't know!" - Breakfast Burrito AKA: What I learn after spending too much time on Wikipedia. I bet you didn't know Willys Overland produced a 1200 lb, rear-engined sports car… Now, before y'all go up in arms and start claiming that whats pictured is really a Renault Alpine A108, allow me to direct your attention to the front quarter panel. You see that "W" logo? That's for Willys. If you saw the front of the car it'd spell out Interlagos.Midnight (disc) Drive, For the weekend of Jan 4-5, 2014 - CrazedClayI hear it might be cold out. I hear it might be snowing. And that the warmest place might just be in your car on account of some serious blackouts. I'm looking at you Eastern Canada. And probably in a sizeable portion of Canada's Pants as well. So if you *are* driving this evening, even aimlessly, like I am (Macbook in tow, leaching off of free wifi in a Starbucks/Chapters parking lot in West Edmonton) then this playlist is for you. It's full of slow smooth drivers that should put some sugar in your tank, and some lead in your trunk. Perfect for aimless winter driving. Advertisement Advertisement Daily Dakar: It Begins - Dusty Ventures [January 4], in front of over a hundred thousand fans, 500 cars passed through the center of Rosario, Argentina. In a parade that quite literally lasted hours, every competing vehicle drove up the dais at the ceremonial start (aside from the trucks, they're too heavy and had to stop alongside) and every driver and co-driver was introduced. From a host of privateer buggies and indestructible Toyotas, to the car of paraplegic rally driver Albert Llovera with it's unique hand controls, to the armada of Minis, to Robby Gordon and his traditional jump of the podium.The Best of the Rest Labcoatguy took a drive around Boston in his Saab. Quarterlifecrisis visited the Porsche exhibit at the NC Museum of Art. NoahthePorscheGuy's dad ran into Lewis Hamilton. Saabstory posted photos from the LeMay museum. TwinCharged took photos at the 2013 Macau Grand Prix. CarFanatic posted photos from recent track days. Alex Murel took a lot of pictures in 2013. Gmctavish spotted a Ford Deluxe Coupe. SaabLife visited a deserted Saturn dealer. Twinturbobmw did a photoshoot with a '66 Mustang and attended C&C in Portland. A Beetle RSi stopped in at EL_ULY's dealership. BullManUGA did some karting. IDROVEAPICKUPTRUCK picked up a Focus ST. TDIGuy shared his car history. TA4K30 shared photos from a V8 SuperTourers Enduro weekend. Jagvar did some carspotting around Ft. Lauderdale. Cazzyodo enjoyed the snow in his Focus ST. Storz posted pictures of fun cars he's had. A drunk driver hit Pearson Hurst's office. Daender took his Miata into a forest for some photos. Yont283 did doughnuts in his Saabaru. Decay added lightness to his FR-S and test drove a Tesla Model S P85+. 505Turbeaux fixed the Hall sensor wiring for his Audi. Jeff enjoyed some Manhattan snow in his IS300. Driftdog saw a Mercedes 190SL outside a bar. Jbh took a night drive down Mulholland Drive. BJohnson11 finished up the exhaust on his truck. Tentacle, Dutchman, drives French spotted a classic Saab in the wild. Clown Shoe Pilot took his new Grom for a spin around the COTA.As always, If I've missed something and you would like me to include it, let me know. Advertisement Fun DiscussionsThere were several posts that asked questions and sparked some good discussion between New Year's Day and last Sunday. Take a peek and chime in on some of them listed below: Advertisement Off Road Ready - a spotters guideWhich car would you swap keys with for 1 day onlyWhich Would You Rather? Topless EditionWhat would you rather have?New year, new mods to blow money onWhich Would You Rather? Tuned EditionWhat Are Your Country's Import Laws?What automotive cliche jokes should be retired?Cutting the cable, but now where do I get my racing?5 car garageWhat's The Most California Car Ever?Stay Grey? Go Black? What Do!?Stupid Hypotheticals - $80K And One Hour, GO!If you could trade in your Chevy for a Cadillac-ac-ac-ac-ac...Stupid Hypotheticals - Any FM or GT CarStupid Hypotheticals - Daily Drive Any Racecar You WantWhats the most powerful car you have ever driven?Future all-time greatsWhen Will People Stop Defending These?What's the next big automotive innovation?Inboard Suspension Design?What Car would You Buy in the $30-40K Spending Range?Nicest Pizza Delivery CarWhich Would You Rather? GT1 EditionFriday Evening Question #4: Options in a World of CompromiseStupid Hypotheticals - The Last Car You DriveNissan Figaro - what say you Oppo?Honest Opinion: Super Reliable vs. Battlewagon?So sick of this commercialThe best $/hp: The AnswersCars you didn't know were limosWhats the fastest car you've ever gotten a ride in?Oppo Wisdom - 2014 Italian GP8 Cars To Anticipate In 2014What Is the wort craigslist experience you've ever had?Which Would You Rather? 80's Euro Coupe EditionPossible Future Classics?Help me Decide on a New Car!10 REASONS WHY HELLAFLUSH IS COOLE30 vs. Miata10 Most Sexiest Concepts of 2013Best Destination for Car SightseeingWhat was your first experience with a truly amazing car?Show Us The Best Automotive InteriorWhich Would You Rather? Cars that will kill you EditionDD / Track / Burn - Million Dollar Baby EditionYour biggest driving fear?How do you go about finding a place to get parts installed?Just the #tips Advertisement Finnish rally crashes are as entertaining as Russian dash camsWhy the Mk1 and Mk2 Escort will always be my favorite rally carBack to the future - 90's Europe spy reportChevy Spoils Top Speed of The SSGuess how much this website will buy your car for?Gallardo With 1805hpBuildThreads Top 10 of 2013Chrysler Turbine Original BrochureBMW Dynamic Drive DemoThere's an Irish tune about rally driving, because of course there isBad Decision Friday - FSAE car for saleHow to Properly Clean up after the Holidays!"How much horsepower?"X Country Time Lapse Hoboken NJ to Squaw Valley CAForester forests in the forestWATCH: Final Round of SST @ VegasReason 73 Dakar cars are awesomeThe Need For Speed Movie Cars, Dissected2JZ e30 M3 DrifterCFRC closes down, Florida loses a great venue for driftingThis is a turboed Suzuki Carry on a slalom courseMy Dad's Completely Stock, '82 62,452 Mile Mustang GT Is For Sale757 takeoff — long exposureHow Pirelli F1 tire are madeAwesome Japanese Light a Prius On Fire and Watch It Burn To The Ground!The History Of Citroën Racing In One Nifty VideoBMW Driver's Reaction From Recent ArticleMustang Spins at High Plains Raceway, COHonourable MentionsThese posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted on Oppositelock: Advertisement What Would Be The Most Inappropriate But Awesome Rally Car?My friends survived a massive crash. It's badHere's How The Not Yet Legal 'First R32' Got InDaily Dakar 2014: PreviewWhat's the best hp/$ used car?That One Time I Drove to the Bottom of ArgentinaFerrari Testing New LeMans Racer?The Sport Package Has Gone Too FarIAM Members Approve Contract, Keep Boeing 777X in WashingtonWhy No Love For The 993 (and others)?The Legend of James' AE86 ContinuesCrappy Cars & Illogical DecisionsCheck out these hand controlsWant to participate on Oppositelock? Check out the general handbook for posting on OppositeLock as well the Oppo tools to help you get started.