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Because racecar is a memetic phrase in which questions about cars are answered simply "because racecar". For example, if one asked "Why doesn't that car have any trunk space?" then the other would reply "Because race car." [1]


“Because Racecar” started on January 26, 2011 on’s off-topic forum “Opposite Lock.” The actual phrase came from a Craigslist posting for a Mazda MX-3, where in the description, the seller said the car has been modified “because race car.” [2]

1992 Mazda MX3 GS - $300 (Lawrence) prohibited best of craigslist Date: 2011-01-26,2:21PM CST Reply to: sale-y7drw-2181614004@cratorg Emors when rspivine to asi 1992 Mazda MX3 GS for sale. Does not run, needs motor. Completely stripped inside because race car. Battery box in the hatchback. 5 speed manual-short shift. Around 135,000 on body. 1.5L V6. Project car. Comes with brand new headers and down pipe, rest of exhaust already installed. Red and Black race car seats in car, 80% tread on tires. Only selling due to already having other project cars. Turquoise with black primer colored. Comes with cold air intake. $300 Location: Lawrence it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests
A screenshot of the original Craigslist posting.

Jalopniks then started using the phrase as a sarcastic reply to any ridiculous question regarding cars.


The joke caught on fast, after Justin Hyde made an article on Jalopnik's front page regarding the meme on January 27.[3] Other users of the site began to use the phrase as well, and a website devoted to the meme was made on March 10, 2011. [4]


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