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Can You Drive and Apply Lip Balm at the Same Time?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 - by Robert Wargas

So a woman from Nevada received a $200 ticket and points on her license for…putting on lip balm while driving. More precisely, she was at a red light. This, as the Nevada highway cop who pulled her over said, is because “we have zero tolerance for distracted drivers.” Indeed, it seems we have zero tolerance […]

Gender Affects Types of Crashes for Young Drivers

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 - by Helen Smith

A study finds that the gender of young drivers plays a role in the types of crashes they are involved in: (HealthDay News) — The types of vehicle crashes involving young drivers often vary by gender, a new study has found. Researchers analyzed data from 2007 to 2011 for all crashes involving drivers between the […]

Pebble Beach Refutes the Decline of the West

Thursday, August 28th, 2014 - by Patrick Reddy

In the late 1980s, P.J. O’Rourke was given the plum assignment of reviewing Ferrari’s new “halo” car, the Enzo, named after the company’s founder, Enzo Ferrari. O’Rourke was supposed to have the car for just one afternoon, but ended up driving from New York to Los Angeles. (The sacrifices some journalists make to get a […]

The 10 Most Disappointing Supercars

Monday, July 21st, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

1. De Tomaso Pantera Produced: 1971-1991 What do you get when you combine an Italian sports car built by an ex-racer and a Yankee Ford V8?  The Pantera (and, if you’re Elvis, a new target for shooting). De Tomaso and Ford teamed up in the early 1970s to produce a mid-engine sports car that was […]

Cute Car

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014 - by Stephen Green

Your next car might have dimples: Golf balls are dimpled for a reason — they sail through the air just slowly enough that the uneven surface reduces drag, helping them fly farther than they might otherwise. Wouldn’t it be nice if your car could get that kind of aerodynamic boost? It might, if MIT’s newly […]

The 10 Most Amazing Automotive Collaborations

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

1. Citroën SM In 1961, Citroën began development on a vehicle called “Project S.”  By 1968, Citroën had acquired Maserati and, subsequently, all of their high-performance technology. French and Italian forces combined, resulting in the Citroën SM which contained a Maserati V6 and a Citroën suspension. The SM’s speed, power, dynamic styling, and ingenious technical […]

The 10 Greatest Formula 1 Racers of All Time

Saturday, June 14th, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

This list is an amalgamation of the winning-est, most iconic, and most talented Formula One drivers to ever live. I purposefully left off drivers who are currently active because their history is still being written. 10. Mario Andretti Mr. Andretti is an icon in the United States’ race world—and rightfully so.  With wins in NASCAR, […]

10 of the Most Ultra Rare Automobiles in the World

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

1. Ferrari 250 GTO I admitted in my Ferrari post that this is one of my favorite cars of all time.  I mean, just look at it! This GT car was produced in two distinctly styled bodies from 1962 to 1964.  The ’62 and ’63 GTOs were Sergio Scaglietti designed and produced and came to […]

The 10 Most Iconic American Muscle Cars

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

1. Ford Mustang Where does one even start when talking about the Ford Mustang?  This car has become the embodiment of America’s love affair with speed and muscle.  This iconic Ford instigated the creation of the “pony car” classification of automobiles and prompted competing car manufacturers to crank out America’s other favorite muscle cars.  For […]

10 Female Racing Pioneers and Icons You Have Probably Never Heard Of

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

1. Helene (de Rothschild) van Zuylen Ms. Van Zuylen is a name that many people  probably find unfamiliar. It is a shame because this adventurous French socialite is credited as being the first woman to compete in an international motor race. Helene’s husband, Baron Etienne van Zuylen, was the president of the Automobile Club of France, […]

A Handsome Stable: The 10 Most Beautiful Ferrari Road Cars

Monday, May 19th, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

I attempted to make a list of the world’s most beautiful cars but it turned out to be way too long for any sane person to read in one article.  However, during my list making, I realized that I was strongly favoring the Italians.  I decided to compile a list of the most beautiful Ferraris. […]

The 10 Ugliest Cars of the Last 30 Years

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

It’s always a special treat when a trip to the grocery store or dentist turns into a rare car-spotting experience.  A forgotten classic or exotic is seen prowling the streets or, even better, appears in the parking lot next to your car.  Cue daydream starring you in that exotic car.  Maybe you’re in Monaco, driving […]

Is Smart Car Vandalism the New Cow Tipping?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 - by Chris Queen

Growing up on the outer edges of Atlanta’s suburbs, I’d heard about cow tipping. For the uninitiated, the idea of cow tipping stems from the (false) supposition that cows sleeping standing up could be knocked over easily. Truth be told, cow tipping is an urban legend – probably what city folk think we do out […]

The Cadillac ELR Proclaims: ‘The Emperor has no Clothes!’

Monday, March 10th, 2014 - by Bonnie Ramthun

The new commercial for the Cadillac ELR, a fully electric vehicle, has riled some people with its unabashed American patriotism. They’re outraged that a commercial selling a car would dare to celebrate American exceptionalism.  Some are calling it xenophobic. Twitter feeds erupted with anger at the arrogance and self-confidence of the American businessman portrayed in […]

4 Reasons Americans Don’t Care About Cars Anymore

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 - by Becky Graebner

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in February of 2013. It is being reprinted as part of a new weekend series at PJ Lifestyle collecting and organizing the top 50 best lists. Where will this great piece end up on the list? Reader feedback will be factored in when the PJ Lifestyle Top 50 List Collection is […]

A Big Toy For Grown-Up Boys

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 - by Chris Queen

The 2014 Chicago Auto Show offers the largest selection of production and concept vehicles of any auto show in the country. Like every other auto maker, Ford is serving up some exciting vehicles, including a reimagined 2015 F-150. But the absolute coolest truck at Ford’s show space in Chicago is bound to bring out the […]

Will Volkswagen Make The Beetle Cool Again?

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 - by Chris Queen

My first car was a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle, a semi-automatic in a sort of blue I called “electric powder blue” (clearly not a factory color). It was far from the perfect car – the heat ran constantly, so I had to disconnect it during warmer months and reconnect it when the weather turned cold. The […]

Get Off the Phone!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 - by Paula Bolyard

If you have a phone that’s equipped with a camera, you’ve likely noticed how easy it is to lapse into observing life vicariously, through the lenses of our cameras, instead of truly savoring the moment. Afterward, we regret that we were passive observers and we didn’t fully immerse ourselves in the experience. Be honest, who […]

Does New Honda Commercial Promote ‘a Culture of Rape’?

Monday, December 16th, 2013 - by Dave Swindle

Just received this morning from a reader via email: Amid all the problems of the world in India and elsewhere: Just in time for the holidays, Honda has a new ad trivializing rape for its commercial gain. In the cartoon, two men are depicted lowers a restrained man, who takes the place of a angel […]

Another Blow for the Chevy Volt

Saturday, December 7th, 2013 - by Ed Driscoll

“Chevy Volt doesn’t make 2014 list of fuel economy leaders,” the Washington Examiner reports: The Department of Energy released its 2014 fuel economy guide, complete with a list of fuel economy leaders, and yet again, the Volt didn’t make the list. In fact, the Volt — a compact car — doesn’t even perform as well […]

What Is to Blame for Paul Walker and Roger Rodas’ Car Crash?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013 - by Becky Graebner

Actor Paul Walker and racer Roger Rodas are dead. The cherry-red Porsche Carrera GT they were in on Saturday is now a burned-out carcass. The link between Walker in The Fast and the Furious series and the manner of his death is of course ironic, thus feeding the news frenzy. His claim to fame was portraying an […]

The Everyday Porsche?

Thursday, November 28th, 2013 - by Stephen Green

That’s the Macan, Porsche’s entry into the super-competitive (and excruciatingly dull) midsize crossover market. “Autoextremist” Peter De Lorenzo worries: The Cayenne was one thing, as a sporty entry into a class that already started at a luxury price point, Porsche’s SUV entry found its calling and became an instant player. But with the Macan it’s […]

A Historic Ford Mustang Returns

Thursday, November 14th, 2013 - by Becky Graebner

One of the things I love about aimless wandering (both on foot and behind the steering wheel) is that you never know what you might see.  In my case, I’m always on the lookout for cool cars.  Maybe it’s a candy-apple red Alfa Romeo Spider, slumbering quietly on the street. Tucked in among the autumn […]

Richest Americans Are Going ‘Conservative’ with Car Purchases

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 - by Becky Graebner

Millionaire pop stars, professional athletes, and reality TV darlings may show off their exotic luxury vehicles and souped-up SUVs in tabloids and on TV but America’s richest aren’t interested in those types of cars. The Wall Street Journal posted an article on MarketWatch identifying some of the most popular cars in the wealthiest U.S. neighborhoods.  Clue: […]