justintylerwestbrook
Justin T. Westbrook
justintylerwestbrook
Reviews Editor, Jalopnik
Jan 15
2

I was always amazed how that place stayed in business as long as it did. It was pricey, even by NYC standards, due to the astronomical rent in GCT, and was rarely busy. They did have a nice corporate/private rental thing going on, which was entertaining when they’d have a terrible DJ out on the balcony area at like 9 Read more

Jan 15
1

yup, know that space well.  Always cool to “know” what’s going on behind a closed door.  There are a lot of those closed doors in Grand Central... oh the places I’ve been and seen. 

Jan 13
2

I have been a fairly avid detractor of current Jalopnik, especially with the tendency to tie everything to politics. However this short video and new series with you looks fantastic. Seeing new and unique jobs will never be boring for me, another reason I loved Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe.

Jan 13
3

Fun fact: Those walkways up in the windows have see-through “floors”. It’s a pretty worn/scratched tempered or bulletproof glass composite, so you can really only see kind of the floor below, but some people freak the fuck out when they gotta cross because some panels shift a bit or creak. It can be hilarious to Read more

Jan 13
3

I had to do fire training before working offshore and never thought about clothes being claustrophobic before but holy geez. They put us in about 18 layers of fire fighting suit plus the head sock and the mask and helmet and respirator and that all promptly fogged up so I couldn’t see anything and there was no way I Read more

Jan 13
65

With just about every manufacturer obsessed with coining a corporate face and striving for predictable, tedious design consistency across their entire fleet, I can’t overstate how refreshing it is to see Hyundai forge this path of making wildly unique cars. Read more

Jan 13
66

This thing looks amazing. Someone should show it to the Cybertruck team at Tesla.

Jan 5
2

A dozen college friends & I went on an annual ski trip in West Virginia every year (they still do, I think? I don’t live in Ohio anymore though) & one year it was my turn to be one of the drivers. My ‘98 Jetta had not-great front tires and bad plug wires and we (along with the entire East Coast) were hit with a Read more

Jan 5
15

Live in Minnesota, nasty cold and snow every winter. No Mountains though. This was up in the UP. We went snowboarding in Lake Effect. It sucked because it was so cold the snow was like sand

Jan 5
16

I have driven a car with no headlights, wipers, or ABS from Duluth to Minneapolis in a winter storm. Read more

Dec 29
9

It’s also because that’s where the rear fog light is.

Dec 28
14

Something I noticed the other day while following one is that the new Vantage actually uses its light bar as a CHSML. I was quite surprised as I’d have expected our naff stateside lighting regulations to have shot that down, but it’s super cool that Aston got it through.

Dec 28
7

You also saw this on the low volume (but still mass-manufactured) Volkswagen XL1 between the running lights:

Dec 28
3

Fifth Gear was a car show for Top Gear fans who didn’t like cocking about and plot devices cooked up by Willman. Enjoyable, but in the end, something I’d watch at the time, but not rewatch later. The episodes are less evergreen and more informative than entertaining. 

Dec 28
3

Consider me stoked. I’ve never watched the 2000s-era Top Gear and just recently stumbled onto clips of OG Top Gear on YouTube. The holidays are enough time to catch up on two decades of British motoring television, right? RIGHT?!