The 10 most outrageous automotive news stories of the year

From snow cars in Montreal to hoverbikes in Dubai to flaming police cars in Florida, here’s proof that 2018 was a wild year on the roads.

 

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re looking back at some of the wildest, weirdest, most exciting and funniest news stories of the year.

Here’s hoping 2019 is just as weird.

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People being jerks always draws a crowd, but we had no idea how much interest there would be in the trend of needlessly blocking Tesla Superchargers, dubbed ICE-ing. But there you have it, not only is this the top oddball news, it is the top news hit overall and the top story of the entire year on Driving.ca, all of it over the past few days

A shockingly accurate car made entirely of snow in Montreal confuses parking police

A shockingly accurate car made entirely of snow in Montreal confuses parking police

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A car made entirely of snow confuses police officers in Montreal. Reddit

This one was satisfying. A parking enforcement officer in Montreal was left feeling a little perplexed by this illegally parked Delorean DMC-12 made entirely of snow. The machinist who crafted this immovable (except by plough) snowmobile even added windshield wipers, so the officer could’ve left a ticket…instead they left a note that read “You made our night hahahahaha :)”.

 

Two heavy-footed drivers learn firsthand how expensive McLaren repairs are

First ever crash of the 1-million dollar McLaren Senna in Munich, Germany.

First ever crash of the 1-million dollar McLaren Senna in Munich, Germany.

Being “the first” to do something can get you a lot of attention, even when it’s not wanted. That was the lesson learned by this fellow who was the first to crash a McLaren Senna. The person who posted this photo of the crashed Senna to Instagram called the damage “little” and “not bad thankfully,” but the German authorities who gave the repair estimate thought otherwise; repairs were said to cost $1.27 million. If anyone can sympathize with the car’s owner, it’s this unlicensed Toronto driver who crashed a McLaren 720S into an Audi R8 while his friend filmed it. O of.

 

German teen demonstrates how to lose a license in 10 minutes

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A policeman in Berlin pulls over a car caught speeding during a city-wide police action to catch people for speeding and other traffic infringements on April 16, 2013. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

Getting your driver’s license is an exciting event, and for one German teen it turned out to be entirely too much. Caught doing nearly double the speed limit on the way home less than an hour after earning his license, the young man was fined $300, banned from the road for four weeks and ordered to take re-training, all in front of his four friends who were in the vehicle at the time. Better luck next time, kid.

 

VW is restoring this philanthropist’s 350,000-km Beetle

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Kathleen Brooks 1967 Annie Beetle Restored

Volkswagen of North America was so moved by the story of three-time breast-cancer survivor Kathleen Brooks and her 1966 Beetle “Annie,” which has accumulated over 350,000 km, that they’ve offered to restore the daily-driver back to showroom condition. It’s a great gift for a woman who definitely deserves it–Kathleen continues to work with cancer patients and survivors during treatment and recovery.

 

Driver refuses police demands to pull over, cites fear of Prius tires popping

2017 Toyota Prius Technology

2017 Toyota Prius Technology Peter Bleakney / Driving

A driver in Washington state tainted the immaculate reputation of Prius owners when she refused to pull over for police earlier this year. Spotting outdated plates, an officer attempted to stop the driver first with a few “whoop whoops” from the siren, then with a loudspeaker as she continued on, and finally by walking up to the side of the car and speaking to her through the open window. She declined, telling the officer “I drive a Prius,” and that her tires kept popping. Uh, what? When the officer insisted and physically removed her from the vehicle, she told him “I am going to own you, I am going to own your kids, I am going to take your house from you.” Then she was arrested.

 

Dubai’s police force is getting hoverbikes

Police officers in Dubai already had a pretty radical fleet of service vehicles. You can imagine the conversations in the garage: “Morning partner, should we take the i8 or the Aventador?” “It’s Monday, let’s take the Veyron.” Beginning in 2020, the options for Dubai’s lucky law enforcers will also include an actual flying hoverbike. The Hoversurf S3 2019 is a battery powered motorcycle-cum-drone with a one-piece carbon-fibre body and the potential for forty minutes of flight per charge.

 

Cop burns down own car in reckless pursuit of speeder

Meanwhile in Florida, a police officer who spotted a vehicle speeding down the highway in the opposite direction performed a series of ill-advised manoeuvres to catch it and was immediately reprimanded by the Gods of Driving. After pulling a U-turn across the grass median, accelerating to 225 km/h, passing a vehicle on the right shoulder and telling the camera capturing it all “I don’t recommend doing that—what I just did,” he finally caught the speeder. But before the officer could even get the other driver’s license and registration in hand, his cruiser caught on fire, and then to make matters worse, he couldn’t seem to figure out how to use the fire extinguisher. Eventually he tells the speeder to just go. Oh boy. You know his fellow officers down at the precinct are never going to let him live this down.

 

Prince Harry sells his Audi like an ordinary guy, on AutoTrader UK

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Prince Harry’s former 2017 Audi RS 6 Avant. Handout / AutoTrader UK

Every once in a while a member of the British Royal Family will do something so ordinary that it’ll make you think, “Huh, they’re just like the rest of us.” It feels good, frankly. Like when Prince Harry was spotted in the discount frozen food section of his local grocery store a couple years ago–this was pre-Markle Harry, mind you. Earlier this year, the younger prince also listed his Audi RS6 Avant for sale on AutoTrader.co.uk. With just 7,184 km on the odometer and an original sale price of around $140,000 before options, the vehicle was listed at $120,000.

 

Chevy is building a hydrogen military truck based on the Silverado

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2020 Chevrolet Silverado ZH2

General Motor’s military division has developed a new hydrogen-powered vehicle called the Silverado ZH2 for the US Army. As the name suggests, the rugged truck is based on the 2020 Silverado, but uses two power systems unique to it: a Hydrotec fuel cell and a Jouletec battery system. Want to drive one? If yes, you’d better enlist, because the ZH2 will not be made available to the public.

 

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