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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Can The 2022 Kia Carnival Minivan Import K-VIP Vibes To America?

When’s the last time you thought a minivan was ‘cool?’ Chances are, unless you’re a classic Mopar turbo fanatic or a normcore purist, the answer to that question is ‘never.’ Across the Pacific, however, there’s an entire culture of minivans-as-luxury-rides that has persisted on the streets of both Seoul and… read more »

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Hurst Lightning Rods Are Super Weird, Super ’80s

I can remember being a kid and looking into the window of an Oldsmobile Cutlass, only to be completely flummoxed by the three-stick voodoo protruding from its center console. Hurst Lightning Rods were standard issue on the Hurst/Olds that was built for 1983 and 1984, but the trio of shifters… read more »

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