The ‘Routan Boom’ Was Brooke Shields’ Anti-Breeder Moment, Courtesy Of VW

Almost 15 years ago, Volkswagen produced a full mockumentary starring Brooke Shields shaming sexually active Americans who were having kids exclusively so they could sample the ‘German engineering’ of the Volkswagen Routan, a badge-swapped, Dodge-built minivan that was neither German nor particularly ‘engineered’ past a few cosmetic updates. Doubling down… read more »

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Did the XP-833 Banshee’s failure make Pontiac an eternal second-fiddle at GM?

In the 1960s, Pontiac, led by John DeLorean, was doing its best to make waves on the high performance scene with models like the GTO and a strong, if secret, hand in drag racing. It went too far, however, when it developed the ‘Banshee,’ also known as the XP-833, a… read more »

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What It’s Like Owning A Chevrolet K5 Blazer: The Unvarnished Truth

As anyone who followed my series on LS-swapping my Jeep Grand Wagoneer has already heard me say, owning a classic SUV isn’t always blue skies and cupcakes. Few are as familiar with the slings and arrows of bringing an ’80s truck back from a near-death experience like my friend Kyle… read more »

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