“It is like having an ultimate 4×4 with a tent trailer built into the top.”

Did you guys catch the Top Gear USA episode several months ago where the guys attempted to travel into the wilderness with a plethora of camping equipment?  Well, here are the cliff notes:  It didn’t work out. The terrain was just too tough for their camping equipment to survive. Luckily for us common folks, there is a solution!

On eBay right now, is “The ultimate concept car. It is like having an ultimate 4×4 with a tent trailer built into the top.

No, this is not a psychedelic dream, this is real life. You may think I’m being sarcastic, but I’m not. This thing really is quite cool. First off, it’s yellow, so when you are lost in the jungle, surrounded by sasquatch…es, helicopters can locate and save you. Secondly, it has super low mileage, and a manual transmission. Win.  Lastly, the roof flips over and pops up into a tent.  What else could you possibly want in a truck? Pop. Up. Tent. People. POP-UP!

Images, Quote, and Info borrowed from Item # 170722267011 on eBay

Your Wheel Just Fell Off… WAIT WHAT!?!

Have you ever heard somebody proclaim “I’m going to drive this dang car until the wheels fall off!” ?  Well, a friend of mine literally did drive at least 1 wheel off, and he captured that very special moment on video for the world to enjoy.  Luckily for him and his Subaru, he knew something was horribly amiss before the wheel decided to take an early apex without him. He immediately pulled the heck over before the car could begin its full acrobatic yard sale routine. Extremely Lucky!

Note to self: Always film automotive adventures, because you’ll be glad that you did.

Enjoy!

Can’t see the video?  Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EZTNSNiXRw&feature=related

Special Thanks to the unnamed driver for the picture & video!

This Is a 20B, Otherwise Known As a 3-Rotor.

 

A friend of mine has had this 3-rotor twin turbo Mazda 20B engine forever and it haunts my soul. Over 10 years ago, it was going to be dropped into his 2nd generation RX7 which would have been an absolute monster. Sadly, just a short time after the engine was commandeered from a land far, far away, his RX7 was t-boned hard in the side.  He was fine, but the car was destroyed. The beautiful 3-rotor engine was then put into storage where it lived in the darkness up until recently, when it needed to be relocated.  So what’s the plan for it you ask?  That’s a super fantastic question, that I would love to know the answer to!  I know that I dream about owning it every single night, but honestly, it is worth more than any of my vehicles, so swapping it into any of them would just be shameful.

What would you guys do with an engine like this? Caterham? 3rd gen RX7? Miata? VW Bus? I’m out of ideas…

Ever Say To Yourself “My Engine Is Definitely In The Wrong Spot!” ?

Well, you’re absolutely right. Sometimes the factory doesn’t put the engine in the right spot, so people have no choice but to correct it.  ”Nicely done” I’d say… but what’s under the ol’ bonnet I wonder?

 

 

Is This Spot Taken? KTHXBYE.

Car shows are always great time, but the Broke Down 2011 car show flipped my world inside out, wrapped it in hickory smoked bacon, and then dipped it into an enthusiasm bisque. It was 1000+ cars, thousands of great people, fantastic music, and delicious food.  Oh yea, there were some cars there too.  Tons of people took far better pictures than I will ever be capable of and posted them on the Broke.Down facebook page.  If you have a few dozen hours to use up, I recommend flipping through some of the albums that are on there (at your own risk of course!)

Now, you may be saying to yourself “Jeremy, did the wacky chameleon painted Karmann Ghia make it to the show?”  Well, no. However,  it wasn’t due to lack of effort, that’s for sure. Let’s just say that the ol’ KG automatic stickshift input shaft seal wasn’t quite ready for 1600cc’s of spiciness.  That’s a story for another day though.  Who knows, I may even have some pictures!

Simply a Volksrod.

With clouds from the Simpson’s floating high overhead, I snapped a picture of something that I need more of in my life. The “less is more” attitude was incredibly strong with this one. Now if only I knew how to use a camera…

Imagine For A Moment That You Have A 1969 Camaro With 6 Cylinders…

One of the reasons that I love old cars so stinkin’ much is because of the colorful history behind them. Each car has a story to tell, and each year that passes makes the tale that much more interesting. For me, it’s often the cars that started life as lowly base models that end up being the most interesting, because they are often the ones that people cared least about. Who the heck wants a slow muscle car, am I right? :: raises hand ::

The handsome car in this photo is exactly what I need more of in my life.  It has somehow survived the last 40+ years with merely SIX cylinders under the hood, and THREE speeds on the floor. How?  I really have no idea.  It’s like seeing a honey badger riding a unicorn, it just doesn’t happen. If this were my car, I would not change a single thing about it.  I love it for everything it is, and everything that it isn’t.  My question to you is, if somebody were to hand you the keys to this car, what would you do with it?  Could you keep the straight 6 in it, or would you take the road more often traveled?

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