Gross rental cars aren't novel. But an erupting spider's nest? That'll make news.

According to the Washington Post, upon walking up to his rental, Chris Tarantino discovered the interior of the car he'd hired had been attacked by what he described as a "spider tornado." Immediately, Tarantino took to Twitter, where the FEMA contractor and emergency communications specialist demonstrated how he earns his paycheck by tweeting: "OHHHHH MY GOD a spider laid eggs in my @Hertz rental."

Let's hope he's more articulate at work. Here's what else happened this week:

  • Down to details like engine bay overspray, the National Corvette Restorers Society is the gold standard for judging originality. And now, CorvetteForum members are wondering what a high-ranking member's exit means for its future.
  • The Raptor is one heck of an off-road machine. But as Ford-Trucks discovered this week, if you leave one on an isolated beach to spar with tides and Mother Nature, the Blue Oval's beefy beast is going to get totally demolished.
  • In the last two decades, family cars have progressed dramatically. They're vastly safer, significantly more fuel-efficient, and world's more reliable. And as far as the crowd at ClubLexus is concerned? They're way better looking as well.
  • The venerable Jeep Wrangler is set for "modernization" next year, and one of the rumors that's been circulating is that the manual option might be a goner. The loyalists on JK-Forum think that'll turn their favorite rig into just another "mall-crawler."
  • There's a special place in hell for people who slash tires, but this story from JaguarForums shows that when terrible things happen to beautiful vehicles, some people will step up to restore your faith in humanity. Check out this story of an F-Type assault. 

Hit the links to get the full story. And tune in next week for more news from the forums!


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