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Category Archive: Unhinged

Unhinged: Take Some Time And Get Your Mind Right

Hey, readers. I hope you had a good holiday season, whatever you celebrate, and I hope the hangover from New Year’s has finally subsided. Mercifully, the holiday season treated me lovely this...

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Unhinged: Waxing Poetic On The Subaru Baja

Here’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever wanted…a Subaru Baja. Why in God’s name would I want one? Mainly…it was the only ute left. The El Camino died before I finished...

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Unhinged: Holiday Traffic And The Angry Human Being

Ok, is it just me or did everybody lose the ability to properly operate a motor vehicle shortly after Thanksgiving? That’s not one of my normal rhetorical questions, I really want to know,...

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Unhinged: The Sunset Of Print Magazines

The starting point was a silver Hot Wheels C4 Corvette with the cream-colored interior tub and the red luggage case visible in the rear hatch. The ignition moment was when my uncle Benjamin and the...

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Unhinged: World’s Fastest Christmas Tree…Because The Season Doesn’t Come Fast Enough?

There are few things in the world that will make me roll my eyes and sprout a headache faster than internet challenges. I hate this crap. It’s as bad as a chain letter…”Hey,...

Unhinged: Hyundai RM-19 – Embrace The Wild Past Already And Reap The Rewards

To date, one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever written for BangShift was the review of the Kia Stinger GT. The summary of the deal: Kia built a car that could legitimately take on a 5.7L powered...

Best of 2019: How To Drive Your Hot Rod 101, Courtesy Of This Guy And His 1967 Mercury Cougar

Most anybody who has ridden with me while I drive can tell you I tend to have a slightly aggressive driving style. What does that mean? It means that I’ve got no problem putting an on-ramp to...

Aged Turkey: The 1895 Chicago Times-Herald Motocycle Race: America’s First Automobile Competition

At 8:55 in the morning on a cold, snowy Thursday morning in Chicago, six cars lined up at Jackson Park to set off on a race. Three were gasoline powered Germans, one was a gas-powered American, and...

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Unhinged: You Are Not Too Pretty To Dance

A forewarning in advance…it’s been a long day and I’m about zonked. If you want to skip ahead to Jon Chase from Hoonigan flaying his sweet Nova, go right ahead. I met Jon in Vegas...

Unhinged: I Looked, And Behold, A Fattened Horse, Which Rode Upon The Lightning

It started life as a shot at gaining youth market share, a way to capitalize on the incoming Baby Boomer generation as they gained enough spending money to pick up a lower-budget sporty car that they...

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Unhinged: DeSotos And Fargos And Luminas – The Middle East Car Diaries

According to the paperwork that tracked every move I made in the Army, I spent the better part of two years in the Middle East. For that time, I was either in Kuwait or Iraq. And for the majority of...

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Unhinged: $ 454 Billion To Push Electric Vehicles Onto Consumers? Sounds Like Cash 4 Clunkers 2

For the last five years or so, the idea of widespread electric vehicle use has shifted from an almost laughable proposition into a serious matter. Look at the sales of plug-in hybrids. Look at the...

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Unhinged: Drifting In Iraq And Why It’s Important

I have a question for you: can you identify anything about the country of Iraq that doesn’t involve any tie to a war? Think back twenty, thirty, forty years. It is difficult, isn’t it?...

Unhinged: 2020 Jeep Gladiator “Scrambler” – Never Forget Your Roots

Okay, for the most part, it’s a 2020 Jeep Gladiator S. It’s got the 3.6L V6, it’s an automatic, and it has all of the goodies that you would expect from a brand-new JT Gladiator. If...

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