• Murder Machines: Why Cars Will Kill 30,000 Americans This Year There's an open secret in America: If you want to kill someone, do it with a car. As long as you're sober, chances are you'll never be charged with any crime, much less manslaughter. Over the past hundred years, as automobiles have been woven into the fabric of our daily lives, our legal system has undermined public safety, and we’ve been collectively trained to think of these deaths as unavoidabl…
  • The VW Bug's Rare and Quirky Czech Mate When Southern Californian Justin Pinchot is in the market for a new car, he doesn’t just head for the local Auto Row or browse the latest deals online. He goes farther, a lot farther. For example, a British Columbia mechanic located his latest ride, a 1950 Tatra T-600 Tatraplan, in a Canadian barn. “It had green moss growing on it,” Pinchot says, “but its air-cooled, rear-mounted, four-cylinder pa…
  • This 1959 Goggomobil Is Insanely Cute and Gets 55 MPG. Why Can’t Detroit Do That? The last time we spoke to Justin Pinchot, he took us on a guided tour of his collection of toy robots. Recently, Justin sent us photos and a video (see below) of his latest toy, a 1959 Goggomobil TS 250 Coupe. According to Justin, less than 67,000 of these German microcars (it’s just 10 feet long) were manufactured between 1957 and 1969. Like other Goggomobil models, the Coupe is powered by a two-…
  • Riding the Classics, from Chevys to Schwinns I’ve been around Chevy cars my whole life and had them when I was in high school. It’s a lifetime thing. Some people do Fords; others Chryslers. It can be as easy as what your first car was. My first was a ‘59 Chevy El Camino. Actually, I’m a General Motors person. I have also a Cadillac, but mostly Chevrolets. It’s not a particular model I’m interested in. Louis Chevrolet was a French guy, a r…
  • Sam Baker, Collector of Petroliana and Vintage Ford Cars and Signs I’ve always had an old Ford Model A or something to tinker around with or play with. It may not have been on the road but I was always building or working on something. Around 1975 I bought a Model A that me and my wife were going to restore. I started working on it and went to Carlisle, Pennsylvania to a car show to look for parts. That’s when I saw my first Ford sign.  It said Genuine Ford Parts…