One Lap of the Web: Janky Jettaminos, scary supercars and a two-wheeled tour of the Packard plantWed, 12 Feb 2014 00:00:00 -0800
-- Our friend Corbin is back! And he's got an even more terrifying car this time: the Jettamino, a Volkswagen Jetta diesel with the structural stability of a pool noodle and the hipster styling of an LCD Soundsystem reunion tour on wheels. (Fabric wheelarches have never been done before, for good reason.) Somehow, Corbin suckered his friend David into chopping off the roof. This is what happens when you're friends with an automotive-philosophizing genius who shouldn't be allowed near machetes. "It's not good," said The Smoking Tire. "You're gonna get the cops called on you in like 10 seconds." Like Matt "Mister Tire" Farah, I personally drove this car down Topanga Canyon and was scared out of my mind--the steelies in the back (on custom-ordered Yokohamas!) make the Jetta feel like a bendy bus and, therefore, the scariest car I've ever driven since the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series. Now that's pretty exclusive company.
The Jettamino, in its humbler days.
-- Road & Track has a story on the daring St. John "Jock" Horsfall, the Aston Martin race driver turned secret agent, recruited by MI5 to deliver a corpse as part of Operation Mincemeat. He just so happened to be legally blind. He was also always impeccably dressed with a great sense of humor: "He insisted on being photographed in the back of the Fordson, sitting atop the corpse barrel drinking a cup of tea." With a name like "St. John "Jock" Horsfall," Most Interesting Man in the World status might have been destiny.
-- Detroit ruin porn is all but played out, but this guy rode a homebuilt Honda dirt bike through the Packard plant and captured it all on drone. Simple as that. No eulogizing the fall of Detroit, no slow-motion drama and no philosophizing on how urban exploring reflects mankind's will to survive or whatever. Just a dude with a custom 1986 Honda XR600R and a cheery soundtrack. It might mark the end of an era, too -- the Packard plant has been sold, and the developer has hired 24-hour security at the site. No more guided tours and no more nasty surprises.
-- What's it like to drive the McLaren P1? We first told you a few weeks ago, but now Chris Harris has his take over at Pistonheads. What's it like to be scared to death by a 900-hp supercar? If Harris thinks it's really that scary, maybe he should drive the Jettamino.
By Blake Z. Rong