Gathered here are the Oppositelock posts that people have put a good deal of effort into writing from the last 24 hours. Today it includes a minty Mister Two, the fun of LeMons, astronomical photography, Pebble Beach and more.
Last friday i saw this little MR2 on the local Lemon Lot, and i had to check it out. the next day, for better or for worse, she was mine. Over the last week I've been getting to know the little Mr.2, and here's what I've found so far. Vehicle Details: Born in 1987, 190k miles, straight body, fresh paint, gorgeous interior, new suspension bushings and exhaust, otherwise completely stock. must have been well cared for to be this clean inside.
Like many car-obsessed couch racing junkies, I have far fetched grandiose plans of owning the sports car of my dreams. Of course, it would be parked safely in my garage with my beater $2000 craigslist daily driver out front. Fortunately for me, this is not as far fetched of dream as it may seem.
- LeMons: The Fun Way to Fail - MMMotorsports
I'm a dirt racer. Put me out in the desert and I know exactly what to do. Put me on the pavement, well that's another story. I figured the easiest way to get some pavement experience was to join a LeMons team. That's how I found myself under the tutelage of Speedy Cop and his Gang of Outlaws.
Every market has its share of mind-bogglingly boring and awful cars. Here's a list of 10 anti-petrolhead vehicles that are or were reasonably recently sold in Europe. Order is random and strictly of the "because I say so" variety.
- RED Astronomical Photography - Dan Mosqueda
The story of how RED Digital Cinema came to be is known by a lot of people in the TV and Movie business, but not so much outside of Hollywood. There's this guy, Jim Jannard, who founded a little company you might've heard of called Oakley. With a few hundred dollars he turned Oakley into a firm he sold off for around $3 Billion. Three Billion Dollars. That's a lot of coin. Well, it turns out Jim is really more interested in cameras than sunglasses and cool accessories. He couldn't understand why there weren't any really good digital cinema cameras, so he took his own money and started RED.
It wasn't that long ago that the idea of a Mercedes in a North American rental fleet would be preposterous. Not only because, back in the day, the Big Three owned a piece of car rental companies and used them as a place to dump unsold product, but because "quality" and "rental car" don't seem to belong together in the same sentence.
I've had a lot of fun writing about what I think my favorite cars would be if they were Bugs, Airplanes/Aircraft, and Classic Video Game Characters… In keeping with this ideal I'm going to use cars that I've owned personally, and I'm going to equate them to what I think they could have been, had they been given the awesome treatment. Awesome treatment in this case is what I wish the cars would have been at the time I was given/bought them.
- No, I Won’t Recommend You Anything - His Stigness
If you’re an automotive enthusiast, whether self-proclaimed or people have bestowed that honor upon you, you have inherited the time honored tradition of giving non car folk recommendations, and I refuse to do it any longer. If you’re curious as to why, read on fellow enthusiasts.
- Cars and National Identity - Henry Teverow
Different countries all have their various stereotypes, earned through decades of domestic and foreign policies… Germany has the reputation of being cold, calculating, and ruthlessly efficient because of, well, Nazis, and because they’re somehow one of the only European countries managing to stay solvent in tumultuous economic times… Sweden is clean, minimalist, and beautiful, albeit a little reserved, a stereotype earned by their signature architecture and because Scandinavians are a little strange. Nice to look at, but just a little strange… One would imagine that the stereotypes of most nations can be recognized in their respective auto industries.
- Another driving-a-car trick put into practice... which I shouldn't have - Tentacle, Dutchman, Drives French
Ok, so I'm a bit of a driving otaku. Driving technique nerd if you will. Because, let's face it, things like left foot braking, heel-and-toe'ing (side-flipping actually) and trail braking are not quite needed in normal daily driving. Sure, you can put it/them to use, no one's going to stop you, but our typical/average commute will happen perfectly well without any race-related pedal-and-stick work. So, last week I added another driving trick to the Put Into Practice List: clutchless upshifts.
- 2013 Cadillac XTS4 - Not your father's Cadillac - TurbineGuy
In the recent past, large sedans from Cadillac had a reputation for being comfortable cars that floated along comfortably but were not very engaging or exciting to drive. The new XTS plans to change all that with a sharper, more responsive driving experience while still maintaining the amenities and comforts Cadillacs have been known for.
- Why Does the Toyota Camry Suck so Much? - Gpivovarov
I never liked marshmallows as a kid. Or waffles. Or maple syrup. Now that’s weird. Most kids love marshmallows in their s'mores, but I just had graham cracker chocolate sandwiches. While they were smearing their waffles with maple syrup, I had a bowl a cereal. Now it's not like these are some unforgivable crimes, but whenever I told somebody about my tastes, they seemed appalled. "What?! But everybody loves waffles! They're the best!".
- The Immortal Mazda 787B - -Amateur
Defying all odds, Mazda was the first and only Japanese car manufacturer to win Le Mans. The very heart that powered the 787B was going to be banned in 1992, making the 1991 Le Mans race, Mazda's only shot to win it all or lose everything. “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die” –Babe Ruth
- This is the BEST you can do Discovery/Velocity? Truly? - Dan Mosqueda
Monterey Week is a big deal for car aficionados of all types. Whether you're interesting in zillion dollar Bugattis, Mazda Laguna Seca racing and watching cars squirm through the Corkscrew, or you're jonesing for some LeMons, it's all going on this week on the West Coast. For those of us who cannot make it to California, it's a challenge to follow along and get a feeling for what it's like out there. One day I'd love to visit Pebble Beach, but not this year. So, VelocityTV, basically the only automotive dedicated channel in the US brings a touch of the week, but only through Mecum's auctions...
- 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance - BaskingShark
I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Concourse d’Elegance held yesterday on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. The level of detail, craftsmanship and design of each car was incredible. It was quite the experience to be had. Also check out the accompanying posts about hood ornaments and numbers & letters.
- IW's Used Car PSA of the Day - Irving Washington
Remember the Mercedes C32 AMG? I never got it. This was supposed to compete with an M3? On what planet? Now, in general, I think C-class Mercedes' are for born-insecure types with logos on all of their clothing. The AMG model is just befuddling, though. For the same money, you could have gotten into a nice E-class and not looked like life wasn't working out for you. And anyone who really wanted performance would have just bought an M3. So who was this car for?
- Jaguar F-Type: The Semi Oppo Review - Victorious Secret
I score this a ?/100. Yes, question mark. Be amazed. Disclosure: Jaguar wanted me to drive this so badly they made someone else buy it and then bring it out to Cars and Coffee after it had been detailed and then set loose upon the unassuming masses. I doubt I'm still qualified in my opinion of this car enough to start handing out numbers to each category, hence the mysterious question mark. Quite honestly I'm not sure why this car even exists. To me, and remember only to me, it seems like its answering a question no one asked.
- Time to reflect... - MountainCommand
Whats in a paint? Well, i suppose thats a silly question. But even though i know, im just astounded how it varies so much. My dad and I both have white cars. White is not known for the depth and color in its reflection. Its not a "3foot paint job". However, his is almost that.
- 上海的汽车（Shanghai's Cars) Part 1 - Erob599
I lived in China for the six months between February and August this year (four months in Beijing and 2 months in Shanghai). I am back in the states for my senior year, but I hope to head back to China after graduating. These pictures were taken over about two months with Nikon D3200. I am not a good photographer, and the camera was borrowed. Hopefully the cars shine through the fog of my mediocrity.
The 2006-2007 E60 BMW M5. This car is my biggest crush right now. It packs supercar numbers in a sedan package for a price that I can afford. This car was a monster when it came out and very few cars have come close to it since. Obviously, I am talking about used versions of this beast with around 70k miles. Pretty low mileage, right? Everything seems to point right the the conclusion "buy this car right now," but this kind of performance at $30k is a double edged sword. $30k says two things to me: "look what you can get for the price of a Toyota Avalon," and "guess what's wrong with me."
Car Spotting, Picture Threads
TwinTurboBMW posted pictures from Portland Cars & Coffee and also went to the Lake Oswego car show. BiTurbo228 had an accident in his e36 and started fixing it up. Satish Kondapavulur shared pictures from Monterey Car Week. Nerd-Vol went to Knoxville Cars & Coffee and showed us the entrants. Jayhawk Jake went to a car show. Puppyknuckles attended the Upper Manhattan Auto Show. F86Sabre did the brakes on his Evo VIII. DWhite posted 200 pictures from the Woodward Dream Cruise. Bullet Ride picked up a Volvo 740 Turbo take over winter beater duty from his turbo e30.
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 over the last day. Take a peek and chime in on some of them listed below:
- Cleaning the Car on the Cheap
- What 90s Japanese Coupe would you have?
- What is: The most recognizable front?
- The Best Bare Prototype/Concept Racers or Cars
- Best Sounding V8s
- The battle of the V10s
- Anyone know of any jalop themed MacBook stickers?
- Nice Price or Crack Pipe: Saab 900 Turbo Mid Engine
- Top 3 cars that should have come with a manual transmission
- Fun, Cheap, and Clean
- Gearhead or Douchebro: AMG Edition
- Track Tips: Rookie Edition
- Buying a SAAB post-Bankruptcy?
- NPOCP: Japanese Sleeping Beauty Edition
- What Car Has the Most Different Names?
- Weekend Round-Up!
- How Often: Do You Drive Some One Else's Car
- Is this GOLD BMW X6 the most tasteless car ever?
- What 90s Supercar would you have?
- Fact: The Audi S7 Is The Best Looking Sedan On The Market, Prove me wrong
- What is one car/truck that you want AND can currently afford?
- Craigslist Hunt: $35000 British Roadster
- Would You Rather Part 3 - F430 Scuderia VS Gallardo LP560-4
- Trade the GTV6 for...
- Does The NYPD Have The Classiest Police Cars In The Country?
- Fastest Car You Have Ever Actually Touched
Just the #tips
- Photographers Discover LaFerrari Hidden In a Barn
- CNN To Jalopnik: No Such Thing As "Exhaust Steam" You Say? ORLY?
- I have no idea what I am doing...
- Canadian military developing a stealth snowmobile for Arctic operations
- Speed that will boggle the mind
- This is why you wear your seat belt [Warning: Graphic]
- Top 10 reasons racing is better than sex
- Some Oppo for Oppo
- B-36 Peacemaker Buzzes Ft. Worth Neighborhood
- Saab Rising From The Grave?
- Almost made it
- Pointless car videos #3 - Diff locks
These posts have already been shared with Jalopnik directly but deserve to be mentioned again because they were first posted in Oppositelock:
- Rare 1953 Ferrari 375 MM Spider: $8.25 Million at RM Auction
- Cars That Shouldn't Be Had With the Manual (Yes, I Went There)
- Emirates Team New Zealand Pitchpoled Hard and Sent 2 Crew Overboard
- Lamborghini Intros the Veneno at the Quail
- $25 MILLION DOLLARS - 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider
- History Lesson From Stuttgart: From Zero to 911
- The Ruf RGT Cabriolet is "the Perfect Car for Vermont"
- When You're A Racing Driver, A 140mph Flying Door Ain't No Thang
- Show Stopper: The World of Toyota in 35 photos
- Formula SAE vintage days
- In Plain Sight: It's a Jaaag