Jason Torchinsky
jasontorch
Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus • Not-so-running: 1973 Reliant Scimitar, 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!)
5/19/20
7:53 PM
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Oh I also have Blitz, which was a football game, but I am missing the color overlay, but I have the overlay for Solar Quest, but no game..wth. No special accessories aside from the one controller. I just cleaned it up and son of a bitch it still works lol 

5/19/20
7:29 PM
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I still have mine, along with Scramble (and overlay), Cosmic Chasm (with overlay) The minestorm overlay for the built in game, Armor Attach (with overlay), and Star Trek (with overlay). ..This thing is a collectors item, though I have been thinking of selling it. 

5/19/20
6:44 PM
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I still have two and a crapload of games, original boxes, and even the gun. When he was still living, my dad - for being a 2 tour Vietnam vet born in ‘44 - was shockingly tech-savvy. We tracked hurricanes on a Kaypro PC and he taught ME to use a computer. He bought a Toronado Trofeo because he loved the digi dash and Read more

5/19/20
4:56 PM
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I love it. All my rich friends had this (and intellivision), while I had my Atari 2600. I did get a footnote of a device. One that I think deserves the title of strangest. It’s the Adventurvision. Only limited games cartridges made for it, but all were super fun. Vectrex is also a fun machine as well. I’m glad I Read more

5/19/20
3:48 PM
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I think Tank Battle and Asteroids were the signature vector graphics arcade games. My first job was programming Heads Up Displays for the military. They were all vector graphics and we had various icons such as horizon line, fuel and airspeed indicators, range to target, and aiming reticles (targets) that we had to Read more

5/19/20
12:55 PM
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Errrr....what I meant to say is that you are out of GOOD content ideas...and now have to tap the keg of truly A-MAZING concepts. Read more

5/10/20
9:18 PM
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Its more funny cuz you pick the name Spiro. Spira in Bulgarian mean braking. Totally nailed it Torch. 

5/10/20
2:28 PM
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At some point in my life, I promise I will build one of these forgotten cars that you educate us on. Just one though. If I make too many examples, I might get in trouble with local law enforcement.

5/9/20
4:16 PM
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While these well these never made it to the US officially, there was a distributor in Skookumchuck, BC. The vehicle was prized for being able to navigate the mountain roads without having to downshift on the steep downhill sections.

5/9/20
1:07 PM
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When I’m in quarantine, I do fuck-all, while when Jason is in quarantine, he comes up with stories about entire countries and their automotive industries. Read more

5/9/20
12:36 PM
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I went into a Goodyear and asked them why horse carriage drivers never got a flat, despite not putting any air in their tires. What is Big Air not telling us? Their senior tire tech was stunned. He whispered to me that he knows the truth and he would never put air in his kids’ tricycle tires. Everybody clapped. Read more

5/9/20
12:06 PM
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Your article brings to mind a Redhorn website that I can no longer find, even on the Wayback Machine. StopNation was once a fairly popular site.

5/9/20
12:03 PM
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Jason didn’t mention the fact that every seatbelt was a 5-point racing setup, and that Spiro invented the airbag in 1967. A big difference between Spiro’s airbags and the ones with which we are familiar today is that Spiro’s retracted after a hard stop (self-retracting!), and were reusable, not having to be replaced Read more

5/9/20
11:35 AM
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With the Great Recession in 2008, the indigenous tire companies like Goodstop, Milestop, and Firestop were finally forced into bankruptcy, and absorbed into the multinational tire companies. That’s the little known reason why tires got so good in the past 10 or so years. Not R&D, just conglomerates conglomerating Read more

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