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Matthew Skwarczek

Matthew is a motoring enthusiast and self-proclaimed giant nerd. When he's not cycling or helping with scouts, he's desperately trying to find more space for his books.

1997 GMC TopKick C6500
Trucks & SUVs

Need a GM Monster Truck? Try the GMC TopKick

Although sometimes people genuinely do need a large pickup, some owners and tuners take the theme to the extreme. Rtech builds classic Chevrolet bro-dozers, while Brabus can build you a 6-wheeled AMG G-Wagon truck. Hummer’s coming back as a GMC-branded electric pickup, too. And, while you can’t really drive a monster truck on the road, …

1949 Reo Speedwagon D19XA
Trucks & SUVs

You Can Buy an Actual Reo Speedwagon Truck

Quite a few famous names have been attached to pickup trucks over the years. There’ve been Terminator-edition Toyotas and Tonka F-Series. Several apparel companies have collaborated with automakers on pickups, as has the Kentucky Derby. And of course, there are several Ford and GMC pickups with ‘Harley-Davidson’ on their tailgates. But there’s also a truck …

1992 Nissan Pulsar GTi-R
Cars

Nissan Pulsar GTi-R: The Other Nissan GT-R

Nissan’s Skyline GT-R is rightfully held in high regard. When it was new, ‘Godzilla’ dominated the racing scene before making a splash on the silver screen. And even today, the R32 and R33 Nissan GT-Rs, along with the Patrol and Z-cars, are high on import fans’ wish lists. However, even when they first debuted, the …

2001 Acura Integra Type R
Cars

How the Acura Integra Started the Type R Legend

Some automotive badges have become short-hand for high performance. BMW’s M, Mercedes’ AMG, and Nissan’s GT-R. There’s also Honda’s Type R. In addition to sports cars like the S2000, in the 90s and early 2000s Honda offered stripped-down, souped-up versions of cars like the Civic and NSX supercar. Unfortunately, the US didn’t receive a Civic …

2020 Toyota 86 Hakone Edition side
Cars

The Toyota 86 Is More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Although the Mazda Miata is often the go-to affordable sports car, there are other options. Most notably, the Subaru BRZ and its cross-town cousin, the Toyota 86. Taking its name from a beloved performance icon (and Initial D star), the 86 was Toyota’s sole sports car until the Supra returned. But despite the Supra’s speed, …

2020 Chrysler 300
Cars

The Chrysler 300 Is Dated but Still Classy

Sedan selection from American automakers has shrunk. While Hyundai, Honda, and Toyota have all updated their lineups, Ford’s lone sedan will be gone by 2021, while Lincoln may stop selling sedans completely. Meanwhile, Cadillac and Chevrolet each offer 2 sedans. However, it’s the Dodge Charger, Dodge’s lone, ancient sedan, that’s seen the most success. The …

2020 Chevrolet Corvette side
Cars

Is the C8 Chevy Corvette Having Some Quality Problems?

With the 2020 C8 Chevy Corvette being the first mid-engine ‘Vette, GM was obviously feeling the pressure to perform. Luckily, the new Corvette appears to be a hit, with solid reviews and orders for 2020 models closed due to demand. Unfortunately, with any major update—especially one like this—there’s always the risk of teething issues. And …

2020 Honda Civic Si Coupe
Cars

What’s the Difference Between a Sedan and a Coupe?

Truck and SUV sales haven’t completely killed off sedans, and that’s partially because lately, sedans have been getting more stylish. The latest Hyundai Elantra and Sonata, for instance, have all manner of creases, folds, and edges. However, just like Mercedes didn’t call its minivan as such, some automakers don’t call their sedans by that name. …

1961 Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier
Cars

The Chevrolet Corvair Greenbrier Was GM’s VW Bus

Although you don’t necessarily need a van for overlanding or on-the-road living, some of them are quite capable both on- and off-pavement. From Japan, there’s the Mitsubishi Delica, for one. But arguably the progenitor of the #vanlife movement is the VW Vanagon, and its predecessor, the VW Bus (‘Microbus’). However, back in the 60s, the …

Rokon Trail-Breaker
2 Wheels

The Rugged 2WD Rokon Trail-Breaker Can Tow 2000 LBS

Choosing an off-road motorcycle is about balancing pavement manners with dirt performance. The Triumph Scrambler and modified Indian Scout Sixty can venture off-pavement, but they’re heavier and more expensive. Dual sports can freely transition between gravel and asphalt, but their designs skew more towards dirt bikes than street ones. And the Ural’s 2WD and old-school …

Classic motorcycles in the Netherlands
2 Wheels

Can You Ride a Classic Motorcycle Daily?

It’s not just classic trucks and SUVs that are gaining popularity. Classic motorcycles are also on the rise, especially café racers, scramblers, and bobbers. And classic bikes like the humble Vespa scooter can sometimes venture far outside their comfort zone. But does that mean you could, or should, use a classic motorcycle as a daily …

Dodge Charger Hellcat Daytona Widebody
Cars

You Absolutely Should Not Spend $114k on a Dodge Charger

Normally, the Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody has 707 hp. However, Dodge has also released a limited-edition version with 717 hp, matching the Challenger Hellcat. The fact that Dodge is giving a limited-edition more power contrasts with some of the limited-edition vehicles Ford, GM and Ram have unveiled. And, normally, that would likely make the Dodge …