THAT'S THE BIKE!!! Even the same color! That started it all for me — riding that Minitrail 50 was an epiphany. 3-speed, automatic clutch, front coil suspension (none in the back, thanks), it was good for more than 30 mph, and it could climb ANYTHING as long as my then-tiny self could hang onto those folding… » 11/25/14 11:07pm Yesterday 11:07pm

It's hard to believe today, but here is where the market stood in 1983: VW had retreated as a volume minivan maker — they sold only a handful of "Vanagons" in passenger and Westfalia trim by then. Ford had no minivan — and the RWD Aerostar was far behind the Chrysler in development. GM had the Astro/Safari at nearly… » 11/25/14 10:54pm Yesterday 10:54pm

This car absolutely belongs in a museum, so that it can be preserved for generations to come. A museum is also in a good position to be able to afford something like this, though certainly not at the price that's being asked. Is that going to happen? No. This thing will be whored out to the highest bidder, and a few… » 11/25/14 8:33am Yesterday 8:33am

"A" for effort! Seriously. But I find the source of your problem right here, given fairly equal cars: "And ahead of me is Randy Pobst in a black Spec E30..." So you did what we would all do: tell yourself that there's a long list of reasons to crash, but only one chance to beat Randy at his game. So you went for it.… » 11/24/14 12:41pm Monday 12:41pm

"A" for effort! Seriously. But I find the source of your problem right here, given fairly equal cars: "And ahead of me is Randy Pobst in a black Spec E30..." So you did what we would all do: tell yourself that there's a long list of reasons to crash, but only one chance to beat Randy at his game. So you went for it.… » 11/24/14 12:39pm Monday 12:39pm

It's also not clear that driving a Sherman tank would have saved her. Okay. The Sherman would have saved her. But once your pretty-much-anything gets rear-ended by a 2002 Cadillac driven by a 69-year old man who admitted to "not paying attention," all bets are off. The 2003 Jeep, which had been in a previous "moderate… » 11/24/14 10:11am Monday 10:11am

4th: Just read the whole NYT article. The AZ AG is having a hissy melt because he clearly has issues with GM, essentially suing them because they "were not born innocent." The fact that GM is addressing the defects and repairing the vehicles appears immaterial to him, so, good luck with that, pal. » 11/20/14 10:34am Thursday 10:34am

This issue has been going on in the RV industry for years. Chinese made tires, became nearly 100% sourced to the RV trailer industry in the 2000's. Failure rates were also nearly 100%. They are known as "China Bombs," And a few other less flattering, less printable names as well. Pure, unmitigated junk, sold to an… » 11/18/14 5:41pm 11/18/14 5:41pm