Timothy Burke
Timothy Burke is formerly Deadspin's Video Director.

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Jun 16

As a kid I had a Honda Express that would only start if I pulled the spark plug out and primed the cylinder with aerosol bug spray. 

May 20

Putting a lot of faith in the 635 pounds of that 429 to keep the thing from nosediving. 

May 5

I feel like I read decades ago (back when I was regularly driving a ‘72 Type 1) that VW Beetles had extremely low traffic fatality numbers per mile driven because their size and nature simply made them smaller targets, literally, for fatal accidents, and there were so many of them. 

Mar 17

Is it the right thing to do? I guess, though our income in March subsidizes the costs of the rest of the year (our mortgage and utilities in slow months like September well exceeds our income)

so we lost a total of $4500 in about 48 hours. We have about two months of cash reserves to keep it afloat if we can’t get any Read more

Mar 13

Update: AirBnB is indeed forcing hosts to eat the costs of “nonrefundable” reservations that they are allowing guests to get refunds on. 

Mar 13

The real question will be if AirBnB cancels the insurance hosts pay against people canceling in the form of nonrefundable booking discounts.

As it currently works, hosts can surrender between 10 and 15% of the nightly rate in return for a guest booking the stay as nonrefundable. The problem, of course, is that AirBnB Read more

Jan 16

people have been criticizing artistic portrayals of Jesus Christ as a white, northern European man for like 1000 years

Jan 10

NP if you’re reasonably skilled at replacing interiors (especially headliners, but also door cards, etc). Mechanically, while this is not the extremely simple 2.0 8v, this is still within the last generation of Volkswagens that an average person can do all the wrenching on with just a shop manual. 

Oh, yeah, you’ll Read more

Jan 6

I had to drive a Civic hybrid awhile ago, which has the same drivetrain as this (I think), with a five-speed stick. It was a bizarre experience, and at no point did the effect of driving a hybrid ever kick in. 

Nov 21

The most important parts of the car are pretty ubiquitous and the typical fail points are both known and inexpensive.

Nov 8

They built row-your-own Aerostars (I grew up being hauled to football practice in one) though I’m not sure if they were still offered by ‘97. Someone smarter than me could also tell you when they switched to a column-mounted selector.

I voted CP, despite my affinity for the model, because I think it’s simply... worth Read more

Nov 5

Man Universally Acclaimed As GMG’s Best Blogger: “I Was Worse Than You Say I Was”

Oct 30

Please, anyone who reads this: do not put knives in the dishwasher, unless they are basic silverware butter knives.

Oct 29

maybe the new ones are better, but for a very long time they had precisely the feel described here. it’s actually one of the most apt comparisons i’ve ever seen here!

Oct 18

the number of minor affiliates each team has actually varies. some have international rookie league teams, some have two rookie league teams, et cetera.

Oct 16

i appreciate this joke that i could not make on twitter because it would require too much explanation but that the motorsports savvy audience here will understand

Oct 11

you just described the shift feel in every VW built... I think ever? At least going back to 1972, which is the oldest one I ever owned (and I had four of them)

Oct 9

At my old job, I was at an event where Ann Coulter was also in attendance. Everybody was getting photos with her. I did not get a photo with her and indeed avoided being anywhere near her.

That’s it.