Track Test: 2014 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Car
Apr01

Track Test: 2014 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Car

Here at Autosavant, we spend far too much time talking about cars that are self-propelled.  But what about ones that are gravity-propelled?  It’s about time that we investigated gravity as an automotive fuel; after all, gravity is even more constant than wind, water, sunlight, or other alternative energy sources.  For this reason, we built a Pinewood Derby car as a proof of concept.  If this one is successful, we’ll consider producing a full-size mock-up.

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Pope Francis I Inherits Benedict XVI’s Popemobile
Mar14

Pope Francis I Inherits Benedict XVI’s Popemobile

As most of the world now knows, the 115 cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church elected a new pope yesterday, who took the name of Francis I in tribute to St. Francis of Assisi.  Pope Francis is the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  You know that we’d find a car connection to this news item, though.  Francis I gets the keys to the 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML-based Popemobile.

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Five Reasons Car Enthusiasts Love AutoRama
Mar11

Five Reasons Car Enthusiasts Love AutoRama

If you like cars, you’ll love AutoRama. It’s the premiere event during the winter months when inclement weather puts the kibosh on outdoor car shows. If you’ve been to one, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, here’s the top five reasons to check one out; highlights from last weekend’s .

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Check Out This Dwarf 1949 Mercury
Mar07

Check Out This Dwarf 1949 Mercury

There are few hot rods cooler than the ’49 Merc.  A family friend had one years ago – with its chopped top, bulbous shape, and loud exhaust, it was the epitome of the lead sled.  So how do you make a ’49 Mercury even cooler?  Make a hand-fabricated dwarf version of it, naturally.

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Exhaust Pipe Dreams: A Visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Hidden Collection
Jan19

Exhaust Pipe Dreams: A Visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum’s Hidden Collection

Museums that celebrate car culture and the colorful history of the automobile rank high on enthusiasts’ minds when planning a vacation.  What could be better than stepping into a time capsule of hobby?

What’s that, you say?  There’s a hidden collection?  Follow the jump for the explanation.

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Today In History: Nixon Signs 55 MPH National Speed Limit Into Law
Jan02

Today In History: Nixon Signs 55 MPH National Speed Limit Into Law

The double nickel.  Fifty five miles per hour.  From this day in 1974 until 1987, the national maximum speed limit was set by law at 55 miles per hour.  States were free to set their own speed limits above 55, of course, but doing so would have forfeited federal highway funds.  None did, but Nevada, but that state’s brief flirtation with a 70 MPH limit ended when highway funds were pulled, and the limit automatically reverted to 55 MPH as a reaction to that.  Money talks, after all.

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