California Dreamin’… of the Past

There was a time when California was the ultimate playground for car enthusiasts. The canyons & picturesque coastal routes made it a haven for anyone who loved the open road. From the legendary routes along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), to the adrenaline-pumping...

K-Swapped RA1 Honda Odyssey – slam the minivan

This is a 1st generation RA1 Honda Odyssey - radicalized. And here’s the thing about a modified minivan like this. Beneath the sheet metal and all the oddball awesomeness - it’s a totally epic conversation starter. An 'icebreaker' anywhere it travels. See, this Honda...

VW Rabbit Pickup – Nothing Amazing

“It’s nothing amazing, but it looks cool.” That’s how Eric Garrison describes his daily-driven 1981 VW Rabbit pickup (aka Caddy). And you know what? A lot of people don’t realize the full truth & wisdom of that statement. Because the truth is, "nothing amazing,...

BMW 2002 – Family Ties

Old vehicles have a way of capturing moments in time & bottling-up vivid memories & nostalgia. They have a way of transcending their mechanical/utilitarian nature, and becoming sentimental family heirlooms… passed down through generations. Such is the case...

Stand-up Jet Ski – new vs old?

I got into stand-up jet skis 3 years ago. No, I can’t do flips, I’m by no means a pro, and I’m not an OG in this world. But I’ve spent my life around visceral cars (mostly of the 80s & 90s), I’ve run an automotive magazine for 18 years, and I’m very in touch with...

Ford Maverick – You Can be my Wingman Anytime

Ford Maverick understands its mission. The modern truck market has gone off the rails in size & in price. And the Ford Maverick returns as an economical, versatile, usable entry-point back into the truck segment. But there’s MORE to the Maverick than that. Call it...

Supercharged S550 Mustang – Prosport boost gauge install

Mike bought this S550 Mustang GT brand new in 2017 for $27,000. I’m not done. He also got it with 0% financing on a 6-year loan. The same GT today would cost you something like $50,000 with 7% interest lol. RIP affordable/impulsive/fun cars. Anyway lol - this article...

Ecoboost Miata – 490hp out of a $1,200 junkyard Explorer motor

Ford had such a good thing going with their ST & RS platforms. If you got exposed to it, it was hard not to get sucked in. Because the ST/RS stuff embodied a lot of that intangible, indescribable, infectious hot-hatch energy that's often lost in new cars. They...

New BMW M5 – the plot is lost

The new 2025 BMW M5 is (arguably) another massacre from an enthusiast’s and/or purist’s point of view. But here’s the thing: Don’t blame BMW. Well, do blame BMW. But also blame these governments around the world who are making asinine decisions for the sake of “the...

Road construction techniques used overseas – could it work here?

As the son of a civil engineer, I’ve always been curious about road construction, especially when driving through snowy regions or urban jungles. Recently I delved into road construction techniques & practices used overseas and wondered: Could these methods work...
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More EV hardships

More EV hardships

It seems like 90% of ‘automotive news’ is EV news these days. But there doesn’t seem to be much going on in the ...
Tesla loses top spot

Tesla loses top spot

1) Tesla loses its top spot as the Number 1 EV automotive producer (in terms of sales). 2) As of June 30th ...

Ford has announced that they will not be offering lease buy-out agreements on electric vehicles moving forward. ...

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In many ways, the appeal of pure Japanese tuners is very similar to the appeal of older American muscle... They’ve both got a generational fanbase… meaning they are both cemented into the youth culture of their time. And while these two genres of cars have got very...

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Subaru WRXs were unique and... almost intoxicating/hypnotic when they hit the market in the US.  They looked quirky, goofy, and lovable... but also mean, stout, & confident. We knew the Subaru WRX/STi legacy from Gran Turismo & rally, but they were finally...

Daft Junk: Pipey McGraw’s Bugeye Sprite

Daft Junk: Pipey McGraw’s Bugeye Sprite

People always ask 'what we’re looking for' in a feature car...  Relatability. That’s it... that’s the big secret lol.  Because to me, relatability has an energizing & encouraging affect. Relatability has more impact than perfection. Perfection is nice, but...

Old School Civic // 2010 S3 Throwback

Old School Civic // 2010 S3 Throwback

Man sometimes I look at old S3 features, and I cringe lol. Not this time....  In 2010, Import Alliance was at the height of it's momentum. In the moment, I don't think we realized how good it was... the way it was bringing us all together. See the 2008 recession had...

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