Old Car Funk: EV-Converted VW Vanagon

You know, it’s not the EVs that I despise. It’s the overall uninspiring lack of character they have. No matter how you want to try and slice it & serve it to me… current new-model EVs lack soul, substance, & passion. Not to mention - I find all these...

FC RX7 convertible

JB Guillotte is one of those 1st-generation American drifters. He’s a self-proclaimed simple man… but I call BS lol. JB just knows what makes him happy, that's all… and that can come across as simple a lot of the time. He's also humble & smart. Damn smart. With a...

Alpine Volks Fair ’22 – S3 Magazine Coverage

Alpine Volks Fair returns to Helen, GA! If you are not aware of what the Alpine Volks Fair is, imagine the following. Thousands of Volkswagens, Audis, Porsches and so on. Dozens of meetups and hangouts. Not just for one day, but for 5. Regular traffic begins to look...

Hello What Time is it? Z10 Toyota Soarer

I’ll level with you. Instagram’s not my favorite thing, although I am having fun with Reels & Stories recently lol. But overall, I barely know how to check messages... and I barely care. I just don't like the fact that you can follow somebody & they don't...

Jet ski project gets yellow Hydro-Turf from Blowsion

Tis the season for water sports again. So soak it up! This is my project stand-up jet ski, a 1996 Kawasaki 750 sxi. We got this thing as an absolute busted disaster for 650 bucks. High on hopes & dreams, we then spent most of last summer repairing hull damage...

How To Build a Lowrider for Just 40 Bones

This is the tale of how Aaron Jarnigan won a lowrider Lincoln. Let me paint the picture. If you don’t know Aaron Jarnigan already, just imagine him looking like Farmer Jon. White boy, flannel shirt, sun hat, Tennessee native, and car culture aficionado.  Aaron decided...

VMS Racing wheels on our Fiesta ST

Behold! VMS Racing V-Star wheels on our Fiesta ST! These wheels are made by VMS Racing. The model is called V-Star; the sizing here is 15x8 +20. And yes, they come in Ford's unique 4x108 bolt pattern. Tires are Toyo RA1s in size 205/50/15. Previous to these wheels, I...

Gambler 500 TN ’22 – S3 Mag Coverage

It's that time of year again New year and new location for the Gambler 500 Tennessee. This time, more than 100 miles away from the previous location, now in Bon Aqua, TN - just outside Nashville. Unlike the previous couple events, this one was not a total wash out....

This Means War: Terminator Cobra

(From S3 Magazine: Issue 58) I know a lot of y’all reading this magazine come from an import tuning background. But I also know those 'import vs domestic' lines blurred a long time ago because y’all V8 swap everything these days, break the rules, and generally get...

MK2 GTi drift car

This is Erin Sanford’s MK2 GTi drift car. It’s RWD, running a turbocharged Nissan KA24. Here’s the backstory on how it came to be.  The GTi actually belonged to me & my dad... At that point, it was still a regular FWD 16v GTi. And before us, a Georgia Tech student...
2016 Kia Optima SXL Review

2016 Kia Optima SXL Review

When I first heard that we were getting the 2016 Kia Optima to review, I really didn't know what to think. I've ...
2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

Here's the thing with the 2016 Toyota Tacoma 4x4s. They're part of a long lineage of Toyota 4x4s that have always ...
2016 Ford Explorer Review

2016 Ford Explorer Review

The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum.  It’s the poor man’s Range Rover.  Let me explain.  It looks like a Range Rover, ...
2016 Nissan Murano Review

2016 Nissan Murano Review

  The Allusion of Performance.  This is what the average consumer wants.  They want an exciting ‘looking’ ...
2016 Kia Sorento Review

2016 Kia Sorento Review

Bottom line is: The 2016 Kia Sorento offers stylish design in a usable package - with that awesome 100,000 mile ...
2016 Lexus ES350

2016 Lexus ES350

by:  Yousef Alvi & Jonathan Wooley Editor's note: Let's be honest for a second.  If you're ...
2016 Honda Civic Review

2016 Honda Civic Review

This is the 2016 Honda Civic, and we are going to get this out of the way first:  We hate the CVT transmission. It ...
2016 Scion iA Review

2016 Scion iA Review

Speaking as a ‘car guy’ snob - the new Scion iA sucks. It’s slow, and it’s about as sexy as a tadpole. BUT - ...

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Rust Bucket

You’ve probably heard the people say, “With age comes wisdom”. But that’s not totally the point… It’s probably a little more accurate to say, “With experience comes wisdom”. Age has a lot to do with it, but that’s only because you’ve had more time to gain experience…...

Roads? Where we’re going…we don’t need roads

When I say ‘Wagovan’, most of us all have the same exact picture pop up in our heads these days. We picture a Wagovan – slammed, stanced, fresh paint, with a bike rack, maybe a rusted hood, and a woodgrain steering wheel… sitting at Eibach or Import Alliance. Shit –...

Slammered

What happens when the U.S. goes nearly a decade without an affordable, factory turbo, Japanese sports car? Or better yet, what happens when a relatively affordable, factory turbo, Japanese sports car is offered in the U.S. after nearly a decade? Especially when it has...

Counting Sheep

Things are a little bit different when you’re dealing with a Mitsubishi. With a 90s Honda, for example, the car came from the factory as kind of a minimalist car. Lightweight, agile, and bare-bones. Not a lot of bells & whistles. And the great thing about that is...

Over The Top

Since the dawn of time, when it came to building a 4-cylinder powered true sportcompact, Detroit’s ‘Big 3’ have always fell flat on their faces. They just never quite got it. Sure we saw come mediocre attempts, but they still ended up being the end of every import...

DTA

This story is from Issue 21. Click here to purchase a copy of that issue. There are some of you, who read this magazine, and it connects with you on a deeper level than just rad cars.  At least that’s what I hope.  Because I remember the feeling I used to have 5+...

Wooley's editorial from Issue 23

Alright – I saw some stuff on the internet fairly recently that honestly saddened me to my core.  Maybe some of you guys saw it to… it was the whole Skunk2 fiasco.  Basically – if you missed it, you’re better off, but here’s the gist:  a couple of forum guys decided...

Issue 23 Now Available

Issue 23 is finally done printing! Subscribers, you should be getting your copies delivered over the next couple of weeks; everyone else can pick up an individual copy in our store. If you have any subscription or mailing issues, please write us at...

Rowdy Hour

It was hot as shit out. The kind of hot that makes your balls stick to the inside of your knee. Alex and I were both hanging out inside his car on pit row inside Nashville Super Speedway. The car that had been staged in front of us was now fading into the left sweeper...