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Spotted: Ford Durango in the PNW Spotted: Ford Durango in the PNW

Despite the California plates, I spotted this canary yellow Durango last week in Whatcom County, Washington. It’s notable to me that the tailgate and taillamps are so different from the brown/bronze car that’s shown on the Wikipedia page. I wonder if this was an early-production model or a concept car. Does anyone…

Carspotting Palm Springs: Citroen SM

Found this incredible SM casually parked in front of this classy mid-century home in the Old Las Palmas neighborhood of Palm Springs last week. Wow. What a find!

Carspotting in Bellingham, Washington

I’ve been posting car pics on IG for a while but only recently making a habit of hashtagging. As far as I know, I am the only person using #parkedinbellingham. If you’re on IG, and want to see some out of the ordinary vehicles, come check out my account. (It’s not exclusively about cars - I don’t care enough to log in…

How many cars built in the last fifty years are extinct?

Driving down the highway the other day, I saw a remarkable sight: a super clean 1983 Honda Civic sedan. It looked near-new - shiny paint, clearcoat intact, package shelf carpet unmolested by the sun, and deep black plastics on the bumpers. It was humming along at about 60 and looking good.

Today I Learned: Jeremy Clarkson comes from plush-toy money

From Wikipedia: “Clarkson was born in Doncaster, the son of Shirley Gabrielle Clarkson, a teacher, and Edward Grenville Clarkson, a travelling salesman.[5] His parents, who ran a business selling tea cosies, put their son’s name down in advance for private schools with no idea how they were going to pay the fees,…

Is There a Better Music Video Featuring a Ferrari 400i?

If so, I’d like to see it. Until then, there’s Pizza Guy.

First Drive: 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van First Drive: 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Passenger Van

I first learned that the Mercedes Metris mid-size van was coming to the US market in June. The van got my attention because I have been a longtime fanboy of Sprinters: I see upfitted Sprinters and Transits at my favorite mountain bike trailheads throughout the Pacific Northwest. I thought perhaps the Metris might suit…

Cross-Pollination of Design Cross-Pollination of Design

Justin Westbrook’s post last week about his Ford Focus got me thinking about Ford designs. Sure, Ford’s borrowing some themes from RR and Aston now, but how about the time when Jaguar cribbed the front clip from our lowly Taurus?

Quick recap of my tour of the Merdeces-Benz Sindelfingen Plant

I'll never forget the tour of the Mercedes plant. What an experience to see automobiles being assembled up close and very personal!

Touring the Mercedes-Benz factory outside Stuttgart - Priceless

When I completed my first stint at the University of Washington in June of 1998, I took up working three jobs for the summer so that I could head to Europe in the fall and backpack about for a few months. I'd been a car nut since very early on, so I knew that the trip would necessarily involve a few automotive-related…

Four guys + a machine shop + giant beer bottle = awesome soapbox car

On August 24, Red Bull is hosting a soapbox derby in downtown Seattle. We were invited to campaign a car based on our podium finish at the inaugural race in 2007. Find below my first post on the process of reviving the Rainier Racer, which morphs into the Rainier Rocket for this month's event.

"We're getting the band back together!" "We're getting the band back together!"

Howdy fellow Jalops, and thanks for reading my first blog post here. It's been seven years in the making… Well, that's overstating it a little.