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7Red Bull checks out an auto junkyard 'Cyclocross'

Cyclocross, like soccer, is a primarily known as a European discipline, a wintertime endeavor with its own stars that takes over while the big-name road racing season goes on its ever shorter cold-season respite. Like soccer, we have our own cyclocross races here, and one of them is the Bilenky Junkyard 'Cross in Philadelphia, put on by Bilenky Cycle Works.

86Average US car now a record-setting 11.4 years old [w/poll]

Cars are becoming less and less of a disposable item, according to a report from The Detroit Free Press. The average age of the 247 million cars and trucks in the US fleet is now up to 11.4 years, an increase of two full years since 2007 and 0.2 years since 2012. The newspaper spoke with Mark Seng, vice president of industry research firm Polk, who cited consumers' desire to avoid monthly payments and the ever-improving quality of mainstream cars and trucks as reasons for the increased age.

24Why are these kids going nuts destroying this VW GTI?

Fans of classic Volkswagen iron may want to look away. This video is not for the faint of heart if you are an 80s car fan, either. It contains graphic documentation of vehicular abuse on an unprecedented level. A group of ruthless youngsters absolutely destroy every bit of glass in this Mark II GTI. It's appalling.

21Hundreds of vintage VWs scrapped over Florida zoning [w/video]

We certainly understand the need to scrap older vehicles. Not only is it impractical to preserve every car that's ever been built, but why would you want to? That said, decisions to destroy old cars, whether under the auspices of a government program like Cash For Clunkers or by profit motive at an automotive recycler, should be made by informed individuals. That way, vehicles that may have potential as collectibles don't unnecessarily vanish.

12Report: Auto graveyard business sprouts from Japanese tsunami

If you've watched any of the news coverage of the Japan earthquake, you've likely seen the tsunami footage showing cars being tossed around like Hot Wheels. The waterlogged vehicles number in the thousands, and the Japanese government has a big task in cleaning up the mess.

20Hard to Handle: Recyclers reportedly facing crush of cars after C4C

The ramifications of America's. Cash for Clunkers program are still being figured out – which isn't all that surprising given that a total of 700,000 or so sales totaling $2.877 billion were processed in just one month. And besides facing the unfortunate lack of suitable demolition derby material, scrapyards are reportedly finding themselves ill-equipped to deal with all the junked iron sitting behind their barbed-wire fences.

Add24 Hours of LeMons: Pre-Buttonwillow So-Cal Junkyard Scabenger Hunt

Inaugural 24 Hours of LeMons LA Scanbenger Hunt - click above for high-res gallery

23How long will my car (parts) last?

Old-style junkyards have themselves become an endangered species, but catch a glimpse of one, and the impression it leaves is that of decay. Rows of cars, with cataract headlamps and big chrome teeth missing from their grilles, slowly sink into the earth while corrosion returns the metal to a more elemental state. While more ancient vehciles might decompose away to nothingness, modern cars are filled with materials that just won't go away. That's not to say Neff's SHO will be recognizable as any

1VIDEO from Medialink and General Motors: Earth Day 2008 - Recyclable Cars

Pop Quiz time! What's the most recycled product in the U.S.?

4How much? 3.65 billion tons of scrap in 25 years thanks to car boom

Whenever we calculate things on a global scale, the numbers get unwieldy. I mean, who can really imagine 6+ billion people or just how many gallons of water make up the oceans? A number that might be a little easier to wrap our heads around is this one: 3.65 billion tons of scrap.

1Los Jalopniks build a boombox out of car parts

It's not often that a project of this magnitude crosses our computer screens. Say what you will about our friends over at Jalopnik (even you, Wert) -- they know the true meaning of "automotive enthusiast."

18BUSTED! Canada's largest chop shop caught with 700 stolen cars

var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/motorsport/BUSTED_Canada_s_Largest_Chop_Shop_Caught_with_700_Stolen_Cars'; For years, gearheads have made some extra coin buying junk cars like Mustangs and Chevelles, taking them apart, then selling their still-working parts on resale sites like eBay. This is also what happens in chop houses around the globe, except instead of buying junkers, they simply steal very valuable vehicles, then remove brake rotors, tires, engines, transmissions, airbags, and anythin

12Eulogy for the Pacer - a memorial tribute to organ-donating AMCs

While it is perhaps not terribly far-fetched to think that there are folks who like the Pacer, this just seems like an unhealthy attachement. In the process of keeping his own very fine looking '76 alive, Curt Uhrin felt guilty about just stripping bits off those cars that gave their lives so that his may live on. Guilty enough, in fact, to create a website devoted to keeping their memories alive. Curt took pictures of the junkyard cars as they lay in state and wrote wistful descriptions that ma

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