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...
Lifted 1949 Packard

Lifted 1949 Packard

What you're looking at is a lifted 1949 Packard… sort of. It’s a collaborative effort by Michael Brandt & ...
Genesis GV70 3.5T

Genesis GV70 3.5T

Man - the Genesis GV70 3.5T is something else. Quite literally ‘something else’. What I mean is - Genesis has ...
Lexus IS 350 review

Lexus IS 350 review

I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but c'mon... The new Lexus IS 350 F Sport is stunning! It looks good ...
Lifted Lexus GX470

Lifted Lexus GX470

Practically ALL car values have gone crazy in the last year. But if you tend to follow used car values, you're ...

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Sam Holzmann’s E30 BMW

Sam Holzmann’s E30 BMW

When you part-out your daily running BMW E36 M3, so that you can put the engine in your BMW E30 drift car & use the extra money to boost it… you’ve got a lot of problems that's for sure. But a slow drift car ain’t one of ‘em ya feel me!! [gallery...

Derek Yarbrough’s NC Miata

Derek Yarbrough’s NC Miata

DOWNGRADE?? The NC MX-5 is an under-appreciated chassis in the Miata world. Kind of a “black sheep” if you will. I get that it’s kind of bulky-looking, & rounded-off like a sightly used bar of soap. But I think the main reality is: NCs aren’t cheap enough yet....

Wooley’s $500 BMW Project

Wooley’s $500 BMW Project

Welcome to my $500 BMW 5-speed junk box! Please remove your shoes & mahalo. lol I wanted a new project car. I really didn't care too much what it was. But the challenge I put forth on myself for this new project - was that I do NO research! As both an enthusiast...

Island Style Lexus GX470

Island Style Lexus GX470

Text by Wooley     Photos by Brian McGee (From Issue 53) Everyday we get out of bed & test our character. Everyday is an opportunity to prove what we stand for. Something bigger than just another a daily commute to a superficial desk job.  See - it’s not like that...

Mishimoto Goodies | Civic Type-R

Mishimoto Goodies | Civic Type-R

Type-Rs are cool, because they really open up power-wise & hit a sweet spot with just a few mods: Intake, exhaust, intercooler, & tune. With quality parts, you’ll be in the 360-370hp range… and have a REALLY fun, well engineered car.  OVERHEATING, however, is...

Whiteline Suspension | Civic Type-R

Whiteline Suspension | Civic Type-R

Whiteline Lowering Springs At this earlier stage in the game, we’ve chosen to go with Whiteline lowering springs over immediately installing coilovers. Here’s why: The ‘R Mode’ on the Type-R is really good. Like… really good y’all. And there have been some really...

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