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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...

Driverless Cars vs. Submarine Cars


For as long as we've enjoyed driving and owning automobiles as a society, we've also dreamed of cars that can do more. Flying cars, invisible cars, cars that can talk, and of course, there's submarine cars. But Silicon Valley is bringing us closer and closer to another long-held dream… self-driving cars. Around the Shocks.com offices, we've been having an internal debate as to the relative merits of submarine cars versus driverless cars, and the whole question seems to come down to your own priorities for cool features. Do you long to tear through the streets of some foreign city, careen off the end of a fishing pier, and then cool flip a few switches to convert your ride into a kick-ass submersible? Well, Google's self-driving car isn't going to help you much there. If, however, you were really happy when the auto industry coined the term "infotainment system," then the opportunity to experience every car trip as a passenger might be just what you've always wanted. Simply kick back, say "OK Google, take me to the Clippers game," and watch ESPN the whole way there. It's like a taxi driver you don't have to talk to! But that brings us to another question which has seen much debate around here: what does the advent of self-driving cars mean for those of us who love to drive? Will driving become a purely hobbyist and/or professional endeavor? Just a handful of men and women spending their weekends autocrossing, and Lewis Hamilton tearing up the F1 circuit? Would we ever watch driverless cars compete in a race? Well, maybe if they were equipped with weapons in a Monaco-meets-the-Hunger-Games kind of situation that would actually be pretty cool. Even with the potential awesomeness of Battle Bots on the Autobahn, it's hard to imagine a future where self-driving cars don't lessen the number of qualified drivers on the road. I wonder if Car and Driver will replace their "Save the Manuals" campaign with new "Save the Drivers" buttons. On the other hand, there are those who see the opposite future—one in which car companies only...