Mario Andretti and a PR Flim-Flam at Las Vegas Speedway

For weeks since we received the invitation, we'd been looking forward to riding along on a few hot laps with Mario Andretti at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. It was part of a promotion for the Mario Andretti racing school, coinciding with this year's SEMA show. Unfortunately, like a comped buffet, it wasn't all it was… » 11/02/07 12:15pm 11/02/07 12:15pm

SEMA 2007: Good Eats at the GM Reveal Event

Part of the fun of covering automotive events is that, after a long day of running around, we get to eat free food. Heck, some of us can pack in three dinners in one night and still come back for dessert (yes Ray, I'm talking about you). We particularly scored tonight. Full report after the jump.
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SEMA 2007: The Inside Scoop on Jay Leno's Corvette C6RS

We got some inside info on the C6RS from Kip Wasenko, GM's Director of Design, Performance Division after the reveal of that car tonight at the Wynn Hotel. We broke bread ... er ... watermelon ... with Kip and Marcelo Gaffoglio of Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters at the event, and if you're wondering why Marcelo's name… » 10/30/07 9:45am 10/30/07 9:45am

Way to Ruin Hello Kitty...Again

So, we saw this a couple of days ago, but we've been taking some time to ponder our response to these aftermarket Hello Kitty wheels. Since one of us is a big Hello Kitty fan, people are always sending me links to all things HK, along with messages that say things like, "look how cute!" or, "I bet you'd love this!"… » 10/05/07 9:30am 10/05/07 9:30am

The Other Schu(macher) the Foot of Team Toyota

The Toyota F1 team confirmed reports Monday that Ralf Schumacher, the little brother of the seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, will leave the team at the end of the season. Someone sent me a link to the announcement earlier in the day along with a message that said "Schumacher's leaving Toyota." I was… » 10/02/07 10:40am 10/02/07 10:40am

Jalopnik Invites a Girl Over to Play

My name is Laura and I love cars. I love cars so much the folks who run this site decided to break their long-standing, boys-only tradition and ask me to become a contributor and show off my obsession with the cult of cars. It all happened when Ray Wert (or "Wertz," as I like to call him, in honor of his man-crush on… » 10/01/07 12:00pm 10/01/07 12:00pm