Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people put a good deal of effort into writing last Thursday through Sunday. It includes driving a manual in traffic, defending the new Mini, Johnny Cash's tour bus and more.
When the conversation turns to manual transmission versus every other form of transmission that has ever been or ever will be, which it often does, someone will invariably mention that they prefer manual transmission except for driving in traffic. Well, I'm here to say that driving a manual in traffic isn't really that bad.
In the crowded little coastal town where I used to live in Massachusetts there was a hoarder of classic Minis. He had a quadruple garage with big windows, so you could peek in at them, all covered in dust and patina: Coopers, Cooper S's, vans, pick-ups, Countrymen(sp?), even a Moke. They came in all different shapes, but really only one size - very, very small. If you're going to hoard cars on limited real estate, you could do far worse than Minis.
"I have a home that takes me anywhere I need to go, that cradles me and comforts me, that lets me nod off in the mountains and wake up in the plains." Such are the words Johnny Cash wrote about his beloved home away from home, a majestic tour bus, specifically a customized MCI motorcoach upgraded with powertrain and suspension boosts, sound deadening, and other specialized equipment to the tune of over $500,000... in 1979 dollars.
Mark Stroop [oo as in Roosevelt], who runs a car rental business in IJsselstein, isn't scared easily. When two of his cars were stolen and taken to Iraqi Kurdistan, he went to retrieve them himself. It turned into a bizarre journey that ended with a tough negotiation about the release of the thief of his cars.
I never pass up an opportunity to check out things that fly, er, used to fly. I nearly crashed the car when we drove past on the way to Joshua Tree a few days ago, almost certain I'd seen an amphibious prop plane. I was not disappointed.
- Racer's creed - BigNSlow
This is my car. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My car is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My car, without me, is useless. Without my car, I am useless. I must drive my car fast. I must drive faster than the guy next to me who is trying to beat me. I must beat him before he shifts to 2nd. I will...
- This Is What A Jaguar XJ6 Looks Like After A Tummy Tuck - TheDailyTurismo
The Series I Jaguar XJ is the quintessential British saloon car from the 1970s and was available from 1968 to 1973 in various forms, but always a 4-door sedan. If you want a series I Jaguar XJ coupe, you will need to build it yourself, or pickup one that someone else has created. Also check out Johnny Cash's 560 SEL Vs Neil Young's Eldorado Biarritz.
- Dead Track of the Month - Put-in-Bay, Ohio - Bad Idea Hat
It's really the last place you would ever expect to find a race course. Put-in-Bay, Ohio, is located in the middle of Lake Erie, and is more famous worldwide for a somewhat minor naval battle during the War of 1812. However, from 1952 to 1959 (and once in 1963), it was the home of the Put-in-Bay Road Races.
- Daily Dakar: Stage 4 - Dusty Ventures
Picking the ultimate winner of the 2014 Dakar is looking like dartboard science. After four stages we've had four different stage winners and four different overall leaders. So far all of our first three stage winners have had disappointing runs the following day, each losing at least fourteen minutes. Perhaps the secret to being Dakar champion is to come in third every day. There is a wind of potential change in the air though, as our stage 4 winner brings something we haven't seen at the forefront so far this year: rear wheel drive. Also check out Daily Dakar: Rest Day.
I was getting an insurance quote and the drop down box asked me to select how many cylinders the car had. I noticed options for 14, 16, 18, and 20 cylinders. That seemed mighty thorough on their part! I know of very few cars that have that many, so I did a little research which I thought I would share.
The word "dealership" has many connotations. It is evocative of that ultimate dichotomy of consumerism – the new car purchase. A new car can be the paramount achievement in our buy and toss culture but it's also the one precarious purchase fraught with pitfalls, loopholes and traps. It is almost a contradiction in terms; the thing you most long for acquired in the most unsavory way.
Recently I have seen multiple people who have bought cars that have either been "winning show cars" or "magazine feature" cars that have turned out to be complete junk and I feel obligated to share some apparently not so common knowledge: A car being a "show car" or "magazine car" means nothing. That statement isn't strictly true, it means something, just not anything in relation to the value or quality of the vehicle.
- I've Entered A Grey Area - My 1985 BMW 745i - offraodkarter
Earlier [January 12th] (around 2am) I got back from Maryland, and returned triumphant (if you can call it that) with my new to me 29 year old BMW. Before I tell you how I "Put it in H!" and bought the car, lets rewind the story.
It's a serious question that manufacturers have to ask themselves when developing a car for the US market. What the hell do we even buy? Mustangs? Camaros? High powered SUVs? Automakers have to look around at what has sold in the past in order to attempt and pin the next big thing.
The first car. It is something every gearhead looks forward to. It is also something that everyone has an opinion on for which makes the perfect one. Some believe that buying the cheapest thing that still moves is best because the teen will destroy it anyway. Others choose brand new since they are safer and more reliable. I wanted a former but ended up with a latter: a 2013 Honda Civic LX sedan with an auto.
- Crossfire 1 Year OPPO Review - Milky
The love it or hate it child of the now separated Daimler-Chrysler couple…I think everyone is familiar with the Crossfire story by this point. Incase not, a quick refresher starts by saying this is the first product of the Daimler-Chrysler merger. Using the first generation Mercedes SLK chassis, engines and interior with its own styling. The name refers to the character line that goes from a negative to a positive along the body side.
My car is my best friend. All my friends acknowledge this and have decided that whenever we have to drive somewhere together that we take my car since I genuinely enjoy driving it her so much that they don't want to see us parted unless it's totally necessary. I say her because she is a living object. My living obsession. She has been christened 'The Silver Moose' and is my personal road faring vessel.
- Griggs Racing GR350 Rear System Review - Paul, Man of Mustangs
Now that I've had some real, hard driving time in the Mustang with the new suspension, I think I can offer a good write up of it. I'm fairly familiar with how it handles, but I will update as I better learn the limits.
- Citroen C3 1.4 - Oppositelock Review - AndersSim
You know when you talk about women, and how good some of them look, but do you also remember how looks isn't everything? I'm sure you do by now. It's all down to personality, and that's exactly why I didn't choose some of the better looking counterparts I could have bought instead. I went with a Citroen C3 1.4, not because its fast, not because its exiting, not because its pretty, but because its something different, I would even go as far as saying its a bit "hipster".
- 2006 Hyundai elantra hatchback: Review - PetarVN
In the past week or so, I've driven my Stepbrother's 2006 Hyundai Elantra enough times to get a good idea for what kind of car it really is. I've been wanting to write up a review on a car for some time now, and this is a good opportunity so I took it!
In somewhere arround 1990's, Kia launched the best sedan they ever been made, the Kia Sephia. The "Sephia" name is actually an acronym of these words: "style", "elegant", "powerful", "hi-tech", "ideal", and "auto". Really. You read them right.
The Best of the Rest
Ricepuddin stopped in Paradise and did a photoshoot with his Mustang. Joest posted more photos from the Roar before the 24. Jbh took a drive through Joshua Tree National Park and posted an album of his California holiday. Velocity visited R&H Motorcar Group. PlayerWAN bought a Colorado. BrownDogWelding kicked off his Buick Electra project. Ssm-one showed us his cool Walter Röhrl jacket. Speedmonkey attended the 2014 Autosport Show. Bandit had some setbacks on his Trans-Am. BiTurbo228 went out with some friends to take pictures of their cars. Uheliochrome85 posted some night shots of BMW Welt.Mathias Rios took photos of his 924. Motorsportjedi shared his pictures from a season of C&C events. George Richardson took pictures around Montreal. Fhrblig bought a Fiat 500. Inline Six attended Austin C&C. Zipppy posted photos from the Van Keel Hill Classic Car Meetup.
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 between last Thursday and Sunday. Take a peek and chime in on some of those listed below:
- FR-S Upgrades, weigh in on prioritization
- What Car Is Perfect For Colorado?
- Stupid Hypotheticals - One Of Each Generation
- Stupid Hypotheticals - Three Cars As Pictured
- Stupid Hypotheticals - Show Me Your Zombie Gun (#OffTopic)
- Whats your daily drivers HP/Displacement Ratio?
- Driving - Right or Priviledge? *
- Which Would You Rather? Dialed up to 11 Edition
- Cars I did not know about that are awesome
- [Re] Badging and Association
- Which would you rather have?
- What's the first car you ever drove?
- 20k challenge. What would you get?
- Anger and Driving
- What Car/Moment/Epiphany Made You Become A Car Guy/Girl?
- Where are we at on on black wheels? matte paint?
- What else can we import besides Skylines?
- Carbon Fiber Chassis Repair
- Why is no one clamoring to import an R31?
- Tales of woe and horror of the dating world
- What's The Worst Car To Drive Up Behind With?
- Carmax "Plays with Cars" challenge- make them regret your extended warranty!
- What's Your Favorite Car From The Year You Were Born?
- early subie 2.5, should I be afraid? Soobers please give advice..
- I love racing ...
- How much of your car enthusiasm got passed on to your kiddos?
- What's the best thing you can say about a terrible car?
- Which upcoming sports sedan rustles your jimmies the most?
- What's your (hopefully) next purchase?
- What is your favorite car?
- Friday Evening Question #5: Automotive Dopplegangers
- What would you do with $100 to spend on automotive related stuff?
- DD Track Burn: Mid Engined Madness
- A Dream Deferred?
- What's your "benchmark" car?
- Where do you shop for car related stuff?
- Pinewood Derby
- Driving Shoes
- Have winter tires made chains obsolete?
- Which Would You Rather? Granddaddy Sports Car Edition
- Show Me: The best handling cars under $10,000
- Would You Rather Own: 1980s TV Ferraris
- BMW E34 - Opinions/Thoughts/Experience?
- Buildsheet: A Game About Building Your Own Car
- What rumored nameplate produces the most blue balls?
- Anyone collect racing memorabilia/autographs/etc?
- Discuss: 944 Turbo
- What car do you love, but can't see yourself in?
- If you could send one car to aliens that embodies our car culture, which would it be?
- Which Would You Rather? Hyper-Kart Edition
- Oppo Dictionary
- Max miles on a used truck before you reach 'uncomfortable' level?
- What's your favorite snowmobile?
- Brand Loyalty to the Extreme
- Which street sign would YOU steal?
Just the #tips
- Team O'Neil looking for designs for their new rally car
- Goodyear Tire Employees Hold Managers Hostage During Strike
- Turner Reveals new look for the No. 94 BMW Z4 GTD
- 2013 Car Sales In Norway
- How-To: Brake Pads (funny)
- Know Your Rights Infographic
- Nissan bringing Micra to Canada
- Fiat-Chrysler Will Rename, Possibly Move HQ, Reinvent Alfa
- Nissan finally confirmed 2015 WEC LMP1 entry
- Batshit Babes saga continues - Assuming the Ultimate form edition
- Maine State Police stop one way driver
- State alters 420 Mile Marker sign to thwart thieves - Hilarious
- Chick jumps off bridge after car chase
- The Mazda RX-7 is Back!
- Reeves Callaway's Corvair Powered Pikes Peak Car
- Driving & Talking: SilverCar Wrap-Up
- FIA Confirms 2014 F1 driver entries and numbers
- Brace yourselves for another consistent season
- Stupid Argument In Applebee's Parking Lot, Faith In Humanity Lost
- Le Mans-winning Porsche 935 K3 seized
- NASCAR Enforcing Handicapped Parking Restrictions
- Nürburgring is full of guys who fail
- Frozen Rush was pretty great
- Best of Kimi
- The Ugly Duckling (Drift short movie)
- Dakar, epic canyon
- See what happens without a co-driver in the car?
- F-Type Coupe hooned
- Every Auto Enthusiast's car of Their Dreams is Now on Sale
- Mother of God; Someone's trying to Build a V12 Fiero!
- Experiencing the Top Gear's 24h race
These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted on Oppositelock:
- Your Gearhead Guide to Vehicle Financing
- Mazda Cosmo at the core of Motorsports heritage
- This is Probably The Most Badass Engine You Never Heard
- British Midlands police acquire new motorway patrol car McLaren MP4 12C
- 1929 Hybrid Of Sorts
- Nothing like a tornado to ruin your airplane collection
- Daily Dakar: Stage 6
- A 40 Year Old Volvo 1800ES With Only 90 Miles On The Odometer