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Weekend Motorsport Roundup; December 15-16, 2018 Weekend Motorsport Roundup; December 15-16, 2018

Welcome to the Jalopnik Weekend Motorsports Roundup, where we let you know what’s going on in the world of racing, where you can see it, and where you can talk about it all in one convenient place. Where else would you want to spend your weekend?

The Vanity Plates of Maine are Delightfully Awful The Vanity Plates of Maine are Delightfully Awful

Today I learned that motorists in the state of Maine are writing, to put it delicately, all kinds of fucked up shit on their license plates. Why? Who knows. How? Apparently state just waits for somebody to complain, in lieu of a screening system. Hilarity then ensues.

Why Some Trucks Have Five Little Lights On The Roof Why Some Trucks Have Five Little Lights On The Roof

If you’re like me, you’ve been staring agape at the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD’s ominously vengeful face since last week. And you might’ve also noticed that the truck has five little lights on its roof. These lights serve a specific purpose: they’re a government-mandated mark of shame for vehicles that are so huge.

Hell Yeah the Ant-Man Van Made the Avengers 4: Endgame Trailer Hell Yeah the Ant-Man Van Made the Avengers 4: Endgame Trailer

Today we woke up to a new Avengers 4: Endgame trailer and like the rest of you basic nerds, I gobbled it up then immediately watched it again to squint for cool stuff. Unfortunately I didn’t see Korg, but at least Paul Rudd’s Ford shaggin’ wagon apparently survived to make an appearance in the next epic Marvel movie.

Heckblende Taillights Are So Hot Right Now Heckblende Taillights Are So Hot Right Now

One bold design trend stood out to me at the 2018 LA Auto Show: full-width taillights, stretched across the butts of cars and trucks everywhere I looked. But this is not a new concept for this year. In fact, connected taillights, AKA “heckblende,” have been a thing for a hot minute.

Seven Cars That Made the 2018 LA Auto Show a Big Deal Seven Cars That Made the 2018 LA Auto Show a Big Deal

The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show ended up having a pretty sweet combination of enticing future tech, good old-fashioned ‘Murican iron and some stuff that was a little bit of both. Not to mention a healthy dose of practical cars that don’t suck. Here’s a rundown of what to get excited about.

I Need A Car I Can Drive One-Handed And Take Skiing! What Car Should I Buy? I Need A Car I Can Drive One-Handed And Take Skiing! What Car Should I Buy?

I’ve spent the last three months shuffling between doctor visits instead of writing for Jalopnik because I crashed a Maverick X3 at my wedding and pulverized my left hand. But that’s a story for another time. For now, how about you help me get back on the road?

The 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 Will Have 720 HP if This Spec Sheet is for Real The 2020 Ford Mustang GT500 Will Have 720 HP if This Spec Sheet is for Real

We know that a mighty 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is in the pipeline, but details on just how ravenous it will be remain unconfirmed. Today, an allegedly leaked spec sheet was posted to a Mustang forum and gave us some viable numbers: 5.2-liter supercharged V8, 720 HP, 650 lb-ft of torque.

Driving the Perfect Ford Bronco Was a Religious Experience Driving the Perfect Ford Bronco Was a Religious Experience

The square-framed round-light’d face of a 1966 Ford Bronco is as classic and commanding of respect as Nick Offerman’s facial hair. The whole design is a tribute to freedom. This one, decorated with dents and revived with a healthy V8 engine, accomplishes something few customized cars ever do: it just freaking feels…

Why Did This Genius Truck Bed Hatch Take So Long to Invent? Why Did This Genius Truck Bed Hatch Take So Long to Invent?

A company called ARE, which makes all kinds of truck accessories, has announced that it’s invented the first bed cover that both rolls back and pops up. If you’ve ever used a pickup, you can’t tell me this isn’t awesome.

A Ford Mustang Rammed Its Way Out of Police Custody

As of 3:10 p.m. pst Tuesday, police in the Los Angeles suburbs were still looking for a radically reckless shoplifting suspect who straight up crashed their way through multiple cop cars in a Ford Mustang before escaping into the bushes on foot.

Harley-Davidson's Most Innovative Product Isn't a Motorcycle Harley-Davidson's Most Innovative Product Isn't a Motorcycle

Harley-Davidson has just announced significant technological updates for its Touring machines and Cruisers; the cushiest bikes in its barn. The new “Boom! Box” GTS Infotainment System looks slick, but I’m actually a lot more impressed by the infrastructure Harley’s putting behind it.

The 2019 Honda Pilot Is a Kid-Proof SUV That Outsmarts a Chevy Tahoe The 2019 Honda Pilot Is a Kid-Proof SUV That Outsmarts a Chevy Tahoe

The 2019 Honda Pilot is as comfortable as a generous dose of anesthesia and doesn’t mind if you’re allergic to packing light. This SUV is so family friendly it even helps you yell at your kids. But actually–there’s an intercom you can use to bark from the front seat to the back, like, a pilot.

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Proved Itself on a 700 Mile Camping Adventure The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Proved Itself on a 700 Mile Camping Adventure

The 2018 Honda Ridgeline feels like a really well-executed El Camino’fication of a Honda Accord. At first I thought that was kind of lame, but after a long weekend of working and playing out of Honda’s little truck I’m convinced that this is actually a cool and uniquely useful vehicle.

Here's What It's Like to Take a 10,000-Mile Road Trip in Tuner Cars Here's What It's Like to Take a 10,000-Mile Road Trip in Tuner Cars

If you’ve ever wondered what the fun to pain-in-the-ass ratio would be for driving from Florida to Alaska in turbocharged tuner cars, check this video out.

Comment Of The Day: We're Not Sure About The New Z4 Edition Comment Of The Day: We're Not Sure About The New Z4 Edition

The 2019 BMW Z4 convertible found its way onto the internet today. Its reception here was, let’s say, mixed.

Learn the Story Of The SR-71 Blackbird, America's Most Bad Ass Spy Plane Learn the Story Of The SR-71 Blackbird, America's Most Bad Ass Spy Plane

An SR-71 Blackbird could fly at 85,000 feet (over 16 miles!) and push Mach 3.3 (about 2,500 mph!). One of these majestic aircraft may have cost $300,000,000 a year to operate, but 50 years since its heyday we’re still marveling at it.

What The Hell Is A Pegaso Z-102? What The Hell Is A Pegaso Z-102?

If you didn’t realize there was a small Spanish state-owned company building beautiful V8 convertibles in the early 1950s, well... there was. Now you know. And this video is the perfect introduction to Pegaso, and plain old eye candy for everybody.

See Inside The 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor With This Cool Cutaway

The 2019 Ford Ranger Raptor is a mid-sized off-road performance truck, and while I probably shouldn’t get too excited about it until I at least drive the non-Raptor U.S. version, what can I say, I’m a sucker for cutaways and this video is a neat quick deconstruction of the truck.

2019 Range Rovers Will Be Easier to Drive in Water 2019 Range Rovers Will Be Easier to Drive in Water

The real big news about the 2019 Land Rover Range Rover and Range Rover Sport is the introduction of the P400e plug-in hybrid trim, which can apparently drive 31 miles on its battery alone. Both SUVs get a few other little updates for the new model year but a water wading depth sensor sounds like the most fun.

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