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...
Southeast Gassers

Southeast Gassers

Sometimes to understand where you're going... you've gotta look at where you've been. Check out this old-school, ...
Mach-E Recall

Mach-E Recall

So the Ford Mustang Mach-E has a recall that is halting all deliveries & test drives. It is not a stop-sale. ...
FC RX7 convertible

FC RX7 convertible

JB Guillotte is one of those 1st-generation American drifters. He’s a self-proclaimed simple man… but I call BS ...

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Mid engine, gated 6-speed, V8 R8

Mid engine, gated 6-speed, V8 R8

I consider the R8 to be an exotic... and exotic-type cars normally don’t appeal to me much anymore. What makes a sports car exotic? The rad-era exotics of my youth, loved ‘em! But that was the 80s/90s when we had F40/Countach/Testarossa/911 posters on our wall. Not...

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Overland Sprinters - they’re like the Leatherman Multi-Tool of 4x4s. Meaning... they’re bulky, you really don’t need it, and honestly you’ll probably just leave it at home 90% of the time.  But there’s something so...

Mechanical Advantage brings the meat

Mechanical Advantage brings the meat

Listen, there’s something special going on with this Mechanical Advantage time-attack team. Ima tell ya.  Maybe it’s the solid team dynamic. Or maybe it's their race cars being both brilliantly practical & brilliantly engineered. It could even be the fact that...

No clutch pedal on a 944

No clutch pedal on a 944

We got the 944 running! And as spiritually uplifting as that feels lol, it just means that we now have to address every... other... problem... with this car. Starting with the Porsche 944 clutch pedal. We don't seem to have a clutch pedal. It just flops to the floor....

G35 Coupe so clean

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I tend to dislike G35s... Infinity made too many of them... in unexciting colors. G35s have lost all their value, which relates to them becoming cheaply-modified. And most of the G35s I run across seems to be clapped-out, riced-out, not maintained... riding on...

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