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Check out this Sweet Collection of Automotive Concept Art


So have you seen All The Sketches? We're totally geeking out over this fun collection of automotive concept art, organized by make. According to the site, All The Sketches "was created as a reference resource for designers and design students," but it also makes for terrific eye candy for enthusiasts like us. Hope you enjoy it too.

Your Day is Going Better than This Guy's


Ever wonder if that parking valet has ever wrecked a really nice car? Like, say, a Lamborghini Aventador? Well, the answer yes. Where else but Monaco could you expect to see something like this… What can you say, but "ouch." That, and I wonder what kind of insurance the hotels in Monaco have to carry just to offer valet parking. Got a story to share about wrecking somebody else's car? Share it in the comments!

Why We (Should) All Love the Hot Hatch


What makes a great car? Some would say it's a car that not only performs well enough to thrill enthusiasts but also possesses enough creature comforts and practicality to be embraced by the masses. Most of the best-selling cars of our time (see Honda Accord and Toyota Camry) focus only on the latter while being roundly ignored by automotive enthusiasts. Enter the "Hot Hatch." Small but not subcompact, these sporty three- to five-door machines such as the Volkswagen GTI have many virtues that enable them to check every box in the "fun to drive" column without ignoring the "practical to own" column as well. 1. Hot Hatches Are Quick Notice I didn't say they were properly fast, because after all we are still living in a world where the Bugatti Veyron exists, but a car that is quick off the line and lets you feel it in your guts when you step on the throttle is just plain fun. Many Hot Hatches these days are equipped with 2.0 Liter Turbocharged engines, which is ample power when you're not driving an Escalade. These cars jump off the line and feel very fast—and fun—to drive. 2. Hot Hatches Are Affordable With sales of luxury cars and powerful pickups driving the market higher and higher, the average price of a new car is now over $30,000, and that's still a lot of money for a humble writer like myself. The Hot Hatch is here to save the day yet again with many models starting under $20,000. You can usually get yourself the aforementioned turbocharged engine for around $25,000 and you don't start flirting with more than $30k until you've fully loaded the model with every performance feature, interior upgrade, and available technology the dealer has to offer. Keep in mind those are new-car prices. Spend a little time on Craigslist or eBay and you'll find some great deals on used Hot Hatches. 3. Hot Hatches Are Practical So these cars are quick and fun to drive, relatively affordable to own (especially if you pick up a good used model), and it turns out...