Deep down we all know a project car is a dangerous proposition. But the “ran when parked” siren song can be hard to ignore when you’re looking at a rusty version of your dream car. Let us be the devil and the angel on your shoulders here... Do it. Here’s what you’re in for.
I’m not a “car guy.” That may sound odd coming from someone who has been racing cars for 23 years, but it’s true and I thought it would be a good place to start a story about what I think of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR. I consider myself a racer, and there is a difference.
The last thing you want to do after a bad accident is drive but, as any good therapist will tell you, avoiding the problem only makes it worse. Our friend Yannick Lejacq from Kotaku resisted driving following a bad accident so we did what friends do: We made him get back behind the wheel.
Here it is, my dark, secret shame. Though I may be of the esteemed driving class known as “a Jalopnik writer,” I had never, ever driven on a track. Not for a second in my life. Until now. I survived my first track day, and this is how you can, too.
The first full episode of Neat Stuff In Cool Cars premieres tomorrow on Jalopnik’s new YouTube channel. There’s a lot of terrified Ballaban. Prepare yourself.
We need to save car culture. We need to save it from the appliances. We need to save it from the commuters. We need your help. Jalopnik is launching a full-blown YouTube experience to bring you some ammo in this war. Today is the day we fight back.
We aren’t allowed to tell you what it’s like to drive the 2016 Mazda Miata until next week. But wait, what’s this? A video of the new Miata with us driving? What’s this doing here?