Around the tracks: A Cybertruck lookalike and a Victorian Ford dealer frozen in time

  • Thursday 1st January 1970

Plus, 'Fast and the Furious' on a budget, the 'hellwagon' and an alarmingly accurate car reviewer parody.

When we’re not creating it ourselves, the CarAdvice team spends a lot of time finding and consuming motoring content from all over the world.

Here’s a handful of the photos, articles, videos or social media posts that most caught our eye last week. Some of them are brand new, others have been online for a while.

Enjoy them – just not too much, okay?


1. This Jeep Grand Wagoneer with a Hellcat engine

Everyone appreciates an underdog. That's why we're particularly taken by this 1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer which, at first glance, looks like something from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

On closer inspection, however, this car boasts a whopping great 6.2-litre, 707hp (527kW) Hellcat Hemi V8 engine under its unassuming bonnet.

Nicknamed the "Hellwagon", the car is up for sale in the United States with just over 83,000km on the odometer.

It's believed to be "the first of its kind" according to the listing, boasting a rare combination of bright red exterior with light tan interior.

It's truly a supercharged family hauler and a good trip down memory lane before the new 2021 Grand Wagoneer is revealed.


2. This Australian Ford dealership, frozen in time

Automotive nostalgia is the best kind of nostalgia and if you don't agree – we can't hang out anymore.

This week a Reddit post had us feeling all warm and fuzzy with its snap of a retro Ford dealer in the town of Sea Lake, Victoria.

According to one Reddit commenter, this particular dealership – known as the Bill Johnston Ford Dealership – was last operational in the 1980s, but the landlord was owed money and wouldn't let anyone access the site after it closed.

The teal-toned interior – complete with retro signage – is the icing on the cake.

Image credit: Reddit


3. These guys who remade The Fast and the Furious on a budget

What have YOU accomplished in lockdown? Whatever it is, prepare to feel lazy compared to these two friends who recreated an entire feature film with only themselves and some spare change.

Mates Kent Yoshimura and Kevin Fairy set themselves a challenge – to recreate The Fast and the Furious for $100 or less.

They managed to pull it off for just $91.96, with most of that spend going towards different kinds of wigs. The full movie is below and the trailer is here if you're pushed for time.

Give these men an Oscar.


4. This very impressive Tesla Cybertruck replica

It feels like we've been waiting to see a production version of the Cybertruck forever, so it's perhaps unsurprising that one Tesla enthusiast in Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to make their own at home.

Precious little is known about this homemade copycat, other than it looks remarkably similar to the real thing, down to the marble-look dashboard.

It's unclear whether the car is electric or just an internal-combustion-engined car with body kit, but video footage proves it's capable of driving down the road so that counts for something.

We can only trace the photos and videos back to a fairly anonymous Instagram user called simply 'Jim'.

Jim, whoever you are, we salute you for your impeccable attention to detail and very impressive at-home production skills.

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5. This uncomfortably accurate parody of a car reviewer

It's important to know how to laugh at yourself. On that note, we'll just leave this here...