The Best of OPPO aka OppositeLock Reader's Digest

The Fishbowl That Saved The World and Why You Should Lose The Camera

Assembled here are some of the best Oppositelock posts from March 29th through April 4th. It includes the 40th Anniversary of the AMC Pacer, saving a 4x4 from flipping, the Texas Hill Country Rallye, a history lesson on the Lincoln Continental and more.


40 Years Of The AMC Pacer - The Fishbowl That Saved The World - Jonee

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There are a bunch of usual suspects that come up on lists of iconic cars. The Mini, Jag’s E-Type, Porsche 911, Bugatti Atlantique, etc. They’re iconic because they represent the pinnacle of car design for their respective eras. Unlike “normal” cars, you never mistake them for anything else and they changed the way people thought about the automobile. The Mini made small cool. The 911 did the same for engines in the trunk. The E-Type finally brought phalluses into the mainstream. But, there’s one icon that often gets overlooked and it just celebrated its 40th birthday: the AMC Pacer. Read more...


Saving A 4x4 From Flipping And Why You Should Lose The Camera Too - Baber K. Khan

I enjoy photography - the thought of saving how you’re seeing the world in your head to share with everyone else later on is an immersive experience. But, you miss out on enjoying the view, the serenity for yourself and you spent too much time worrying about how to best capture the scene in your lens just as you’re seeing it in front of you. And so, for the past few trips I haven’t taken a camera along. Read more...

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Jalopnik Announces 1 Simple Fix to Dramatically Increase Fuel Economy - For Swedes

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[Manhattan, New York] Just outside the media hospitality room at the New York International Auto Show, an eager automotive press corp scribbled with hushed tones as Matthew Hardigree, Editor-In-Chief of automotive listicle platform Jalopnik, announced their first foray into consumer electronics. Read more...


The Texas Hill Country Rallye was BADASS! - OneFastPuertoRican

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The people! The cars! The scenery! The hidden gems of places to eat! The disregard for my own personal hygiene! Here’s my own personal account of the events that transpired March 27-29. Read more...


Lincoln Continental: A Brief History - Jarod Rose

With the [introduction of the new Continental concept] I feel it is only appropriate we take a moment to review some of the most recognizable luxury cars to ever come out of an American factory. The Lincoln Continental. Read more...

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When an artist seeks something special with a VW flat-4: the Flitzer! - Grindintosecond

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Had anyone sat down to engineer a biplane they wouldn’t have been able to even create this little nugget of fun. No, Mr. Lynn Williams is an aviation artist first, creative thinker second, and then they engineered how this plane works last. The end Volkswagen powered result is extremely well built, with all kinds of fun unexpected performance. Then, Williams created fictional back stories of this “German WW1 plane.” Read more...

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Seeking Off-Road Enlightenment In An LR4 - Andrew T. Maness

This was my third time doing the Land Rover Experience but the first time in California. To simply say that the course in Carmel is different than the one in Vermont would be the understatement of the century. Of course you expect the environment to appear different but the trail systems are totally unique as well. Many people I’ve talked to about the Land Rover driving schools seem to be under the impression that they’re all relatively the same in terms of how they challenge the driver and vehicle. A 45 degree tilt here, a steep descent there maybe a mud pit or two and that’s it. While those things are staples of these courses, they’re hardly what defines them and are just the very tip of the iceberg. Read more...

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2010 BMW 128i: The Oppositelock Review - Arch Duchess Maxyenko, ಠ‿ಠ

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On October 10th, 2009, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG built something that should have never seen the first lights of day. This Frankensteinian monstrosity was conceived a few years prior to be the second coming of the original small terror of Bavaria. The engineers had gone mad with power and decided to play God himself. Read more...


Aiming with No Hope for Chicago through a Snow Storm - Fractal Footwork

I will now guide you through a journey of my unlucky experience with cars, that time I met a State Trooper during a blizzard, and the great people of Chicago. It snowed in Chicago a week after I put my Bridgestone Potenza all-seasons (they’re pretty much summers) back on with the new wheels. It was a bad morning as I had to commute into the city for a job, and the tire shop had kept my winters as they were waiting for the tire pressure sensors to ship. Read more....

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