The Greatest Road Sign of All-Time: And the Winner Is …


After just five days, more than 5,000 people voted for the greatest road sign of all-time and the winner is … Good Luck submitted to our friends at Car Talk by a listener named Ed.

Good Luck received 30 percent of the votes cast. The second-place finisher, Left Turn Under the Following 26 Conditions, received nearly 20 percent of the votes, with No Outlet coming in third at 17 percent.

There's no prize for the winner other than the obvious bragging rights associated with finding the most mind-boggling sign known to man … or at least out of the signs found this time around.

Let us know if you'd like the chance to dig up more classic signs in the future.

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By David Thomas | March 15, 2014 | Comments (4)

Vote for the All-Time Greatest Road Sign


Have you ever passed through a new town and giggled at a street with a funny name like Electric Avenue?

Or have you seen a warning sign that didn't really need to be there? Then you're like the thousands of fans who have been voting over the past few weeks on the greatest road signs our partners at CarTalk could dig up.

The 11 signs below were selected by CarTalk's Facebook fans as the funniest from a group of more than 60 terrific entrees. Why 11 instead of 10? Because it's the Internet and we can do that.

Check them out below and then take our poll by 10 a.m. Eastern Time Friday. CarTalk will name the winner on Saturday March 15th.

By David Thomas | March 10, 2014 | Comments (41)

And the Os-car Goes to ...


The 2014 movie-awards season is revving up as the 86th Academy Awards draws nearer. As you catch up on your nominated films before the Super Bowl of Hollywood on March 2, we saw this as a golden opportunity to give out our own golden statuettes.

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Our Os-cars (get it?) award celebrates the finest performances by automobiles from theatrically released films of the past year. While it's an honor just to be nominated for an Os-car, if you believe we've made an unforgiveable snub or care to submit a nominee in a category not listed below for our consideration, we encourage you do so in the comments section.

So without further ado, here are the 2014 Os-car winners:

By Matt Schmitz | February 25, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Chicago Blackhawks Camaro SS Photo Gallery (20 Photos)


For the past few years at the Chicago Auto Show, a company based in Gurnee, Ill., has built and displayed a custom Chevrolet Camaro in honor of the local NHL franchise, the Chicago Blackhawks. This year is no different.

UPDATE: Check out the 2015 Chicago Blackhawks Camaro (35 photos)

Real Wheels makes custom parts for an array of vehicles from semitrucks to SUVs, but it’s the Chicago Blackhawks Camaro that likely gets this company the most attention. This year’s car is a 2014 Camaro SS convertible with some new tweaks. There’s still the Indian head logo cutouts in the custom grille, but there is no logo on the hood, just a stripe job around the hood scoop.

By David Thomas | February 7, 2014 | Comments (8)

Black Widow Corvette Stingray Is Auto Show Avenger


What do you get when you cross a barb-tailed fish with a venomous spider? At the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, it means you get a supercar with looks that could kill — and performance to match — that's fit for a deadly super-agent who fights alongside "Earth's Mightiest Heroes." Chevrolet today gave the world its first peek at the Black Widow Corvette Stingray, a menacing-looking, black-on-black version of the current-generation Vette behind the wheel of which movie audiences will see actress Scarlett Johansson's Natasha "Black Widow" Romanoff when "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opens April 4.

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Tim Mahoney, Chevrolet global chief marketing officer, introduced the Black Widow Stingray during a triple unveiling that also included the bi-fuel 2015 Silverado Heavy Duty CNG (compressed natural gas) pickup truck and 2015 Chevrolet City Express cargo van. The presentation opened with a screening of the trailer for this year's sequel to "Captain America: The First Avenger," Cap's first film since 2012's super-friends extravaganza "Marvel's The Avengers." Marvel Entertainment’s cross-marketing partnership will introduce GM products to a film universe that has previously featured prominent appearances by vehicles from Toyota and Honda by way of Lexus and Acura.

By Matt Schmitz | February 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

Kia Super Bowl Ad Takes 2015 K900 for a Ride in 'The Matrix'

An automaker's Super Bowl XLVIII TV ad will mark the return of "The Matrix," but it's not an announcement of the revival of Toyota's defunct hatchback. Instead, Kia has co-opted the imagery of the blockbuster sci-fi film trilogy in its TV spot, "The Truth," to challenge the world's presumptions about luxury vehicles. The 2015 K900, Kia's all-new premium rear-wheel-drive sedan, boasts the automaker's first V-8 and is being positioned as the Korean automaker's most aggressive foray into the luxury realm.

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In the ad, which is set to debut during Sunday's Super Bowl, we find that ever-faithful, Neo-evangelizing "Matrix" guru Morpheus has not ended up quite as we might've expected after the saga's climatic war against the machines. The character, played by actor Laurence Fishburne, evidently is now working as an upscale-restaurant valet — albeit not one content just to pull your car around and pocket his tip. Morpheus informs a well-dressed couple that "it is the world of luxury that has been pulled over your eyes" and offers them a familiar color-coded choice to learn the truth or continue living a lie. You can guess which one they opt for, resulting in a heavily referential ride replete with evil agents, bending spoons and bullet-time explosions — plus a rather confounding opera performance by our hero. Watch the commercial above.

By Matt Schmitz | January 29, 2014 | Comments (2)

Survey: Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin' ' Is Best Song for Driving


"There's no accounting for taste," as the aphorism condescendingly reminds us. And so it goes with one's favorite music while behind the wheel. Bear in mind, "best car music" is by its nature a category separate and distinct from garden-variety "best music." In the motorized cocoon of one's ride, one can bump whichever tunes one is so inclined, free of the influence of outside opinion, the indignity of snobbery and the ridicule of one's sing-along stylings. As a result, according to a survey by, the official Best Song for Driving is "Don't Stop Believin' " by Journey.

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The '80s blue-collar-bar anthem topped the list with 30 percent of the vote by 2,000 licensed drivers age 18 or older, split evenly between male and female, according to the insurance-consumer information website. Percentages total more than 100 because respondents were allowed to choose up to five songs. "Don't Stop Believin' " was followed closely by Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" at No. 2 with 27 percent of the vote, AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" at No. 3 (22 percent), Journey again at No. 4 with "Any Way You Want It" (22 percent) and Tom Cochrane's "Life Is a Highway" in fifth place (21 percent).

By Matt Schmitz | January 23, 2014 | Comments (15)

What Car Would You Buy if You Won Mega Millions?


Way back in 2012 we surveyed our editors to find out what dream car they would purchase if they won the then record Mega Millions jackpot that was north of $500 million. Sadly, none of us won that jackpot to put our money where our dreams were.

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With today's Mega Millions Jackpot at more than $580 million we polled the crew yet again to see if those dream cars have changed at all. And with any luck — approximately 1 out of 259 million — one of us will be driving around in something shiny and new on Wednesday.

By David Thomas | December 17, 2013 | Comments (9)

Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show


Looks like: Something that would appear only in a virtual world
Defining characteristics: Heart-stopping looks, variable-LED grille
Ridiculous features: Appears to have zero suspension travel
Chance of being mass-produced: Video games are mass-produced, so in a sense, 100 percent

Described as a 1:1 model (meaning full-sized), the AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept is Mercedes-Benz's answer to a call for futuristic concepts from the developers of the "Gran Turismo" PlayStation 3 video game.

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Mercedes' Vision Gran Turismo, and other automakers' efforts using the same VGT name, will gradually be incorporated into "Gran Turismo 6" via online updates after the game goes on sale in December.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

What It's Like to Drive a Police Car


Note: Impersonating a law enforcement officer is a felony. Do not try this at home.

You might think that driving a new SRT Viper or Ferrari 458 Italia makes you king of the road. You feel empowered, intimidating - you know that few other cars out there look like yours, could beat you in a race to the next stoplight or could catch you if you robbed a bank. Few other cars could - except the one I'm driving.

I'm behind the wheel of a 2013 Dodge Charger Pursuit: a Hemi-powered, rear-wheel-drive, black-and-white, honest-to-goodness cop car. I'm driving it through rush-hour Detroit traffic, with fully operational lights and sirens right there at my fingertips. The temptation to push buttons is overwhelming, but my desire to not be charged with felony impersonation of a police officer continues to win out, thankfully.

By Aaron Bragman | November 15, 2013 | Comments (6)

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