COTD: That big machine is just a-pickin' up speed edition

This mashup of 1973's "Paper Moon" with Gillian Welch's "Hard Times" has been stuck in my brain for weeks now, spinning like the hood ornament Ryan O'Neal's character keeps on his Model A. Something about the song, the sight of old dust that looks new, and about choosing your reaction to what ails us all. » 10/21/11 5:00pm 10/21/11 5:00pm

How Fisker got $500 million in government loans for a fuel economy flop

When Fisker Automotive won heaps of praise from Vice President Joe Biden and a $529 million loan from the U.S. government, officials touted the Karma luxury sedan as getting up to 100 miles a gallon, going 50 miles on a full battery charge and offering "supercar" performance. None of those targets were met — but Fisker's … » 10/20/11 12:00pm 10/20/11 12:00pm

COTD: A trip through Dirk Pitt's garage edition

Author Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series doesn't just draw from Cussler's own imagination, but also his garage — a sprawling antique car collection that includes such notables as the ever-lustful Cadillac V-16. MaxxCravesTheOldGizmodo will never earn enough to buy even a Caddy V-16 badge off his Jalopnik comments, but… » 10/19/11 5:00pm 10/19/11 5:00pm