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A nation hooked on cars

The car is at the center of many of our troubles — our addiction to oil, the warming of the planet. Car accidents do incalculable damage.
Vroom! Vroom!
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 29, 2010

Music seen: Wilco

My first car was a big green Buick LeSabre, and my only options then for music were Extendo-Ride, who were awesome, and a mix tape my older sister had made, full of Wilco songs off Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
Live at the Maine State Pier, July 18, 2009
By CHAD CHAMBERLAIN  |  July 24, 2009
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Road trip

There comes a time in a woman's life when she just has to leave her husband at home with his mistress, toss her suitcase in a roadster, and head Downeast for a little timeout with her new, butch girlfriend. In July 1933, that's exactly what first lady
A lesbian journey through Maine's history
By CAROLYN GAGE  |  June 26, 2009
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Engine notes

The big question with Top Gear, the popular British consumer-car show (in perpetual reruns on BBC America), is this: will it succeed in denting my colossal lack of curiosity about cars?
Top Gear hits heavy traffic
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 08, 2009

24. Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis

If rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Lex Luthor, then rooting for these Red Sox is like rooting for Ben Affleck in Dazed and Confused. Pedroia and Youkilis are generic jocks in varsity coats who pull up in sports cars and torment the dweebs of
If rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for Lex Luthor, then rooting for these Red Sox is like rooting for Ben Affleck in Dazed and Confused. Pedroia and Youkilis are generic jocks in varsity coats who pull up in sports cars and torment the dweebs of the American League. If that's not unsexy enough, until recently Youkilis was rocking the worst goatee in history, while Pedroia is still 5'7", bald, and buzzard-nosed.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Transporter 3

The new Transporter spills out in a jumble of frenetic action vignettes.
A poor man’s version of the latest James Bond outing
By TOM MEEK  |  November 25, 2008


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Out for a spin

Driving a 2008 Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder Limited Edition is an exercise in ridiculous, indulgent impracticality. But it's fun.  
One week, one limited-edition Porsche — what to do?
By JEFF INGLIS  |  October 02, 2008
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Hydrogen cars come and go

Despite a lingering lack of infrastructure and research dollars, hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles and their zero-emission technology are being hailed as our environmental saviors.
Fuel sell
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 05, 2008
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Car talk

For days post-late-merge, Vanderbilt had feelings of guilt and confusion.
A close look at driving
By AMY FINCH  |  August 04, 2008

Susan Werner

She sang improvisational songs about converting vintage cars to hybrids, and turned familiar show tunes into pro-Obama ditties.
Music seen at Stone Mountain Arts Center, February 8  
By SONYA TOMLINSON  |  February 27, 2008
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Slip-sliding away

What’s that, you say, front-wheel drive is unsafe?
Think front-wheel drive can protect  you from the hazards of a snowy Boston commute? Not so fast.
By ALAN R. EARLS  |  January 23, 2008


Gas up!

Unfortunately, purchasing a Prius is out of the question — although a girl can dream.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 03, 2007
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In search of Kerouac

Ashare drops me off, frantic Matt Ashare from my paper, swilling coffee in a ceramic mug at the wheel of his sulky-blue Saturn Ion and ranting about dogfighting.
‘Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?’ . . . Lowell?!
By JAMES PARKER  |  August 29, 2007
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Scooters get greener

Three bucks a gallon!
Getting around
By KELSEA BRENNAN-WESSELS  |  June 20, 2007
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Letters to the Portland editor: June 15, 2007

My love of racing and love of the environment have been at odds with each other as my environmental awareness has increased.
Racing green
By LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND PHOENIX  |  June 13, 2007
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Packin' 'em in on Lansdowne Street

Whoever told you that the post-punk revival is on the wane was wrong.
Best Music Poll Party, Lansdowne Street, June 6, 2007
By WILL SPITZ  |  June 12, 2007


Getting dirty at the prom

Cape Elizabeth High School students are riding a bus to their “Green Prom” this Saturday.
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By HANNAH JONES  |  May 09, 2007
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Taste of the sun

The Silversun Pickups visited the VW Green Room on March 28.
VIDEO: Silversun Pickups hit the VW Green Room
By BOSTON.TV  |  April 10, 2007
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Snakes in the grass

The Bleeding Queens, Coconut Riot, Fail and Fail Again . . . These are some of the names that will never be given to the competing tribes on Survivor .
Survivor 14 and The (White) Rapper Show
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 13, 2007
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Silversun Pickups

Scores of critics have already hailed this San Francisco band as an up-and-coming Smashing Pumpkins.
Carnavas | Dangerbird
By CHRIS BROOK  |  October 10, 2006
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Free Zone

For the first five minutes (no exaggeration) of Amos Gitai’s wayward road movie, Rebecca (Natalie Portman) sits in a parked SUV in Jerusalem, sobbing.
A real weeper of a performance from Natalie Portman
By CHRIS WANGLER  |  July 05, 2006


When pigboys fly

For those of you old enough to remember the TV show Car 54, Where Are You? , it is time to do your best Gunther Toody impersonation, with an excited shout of “Ooh! Ooh!”
Is Karl Rove’s comeuppance at hand?
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  May 17, 2006
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Slow + steady

On May 11, local artist and alternative car enthusiast C. Michael Lewis will compete in the 18th annual Tour de Sol Green Car Show and Competition.
Portland artist to race in Tour de Sol
By SARA DONNELLY  |  April 26, 2006
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Southern Culture on the Skids

Boston has its own Redneck Fest, but here’s the real shit: a North Carolina band who’ve been preachin’ about drinkin’, lyin’, smokin’, drivin’ gun-rack pick-ups, and livin’ in trailers for more than 20 years.
Double Wide and Live | YepRoc
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 04, 2006