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...
Holley Ford Fest PT2

Holley Ford Fest PT2

Here's a 2nd lesson that's been settling-in with me from Holley's Intergalactic Ford Fest: You don’t necessarily ...
Holley Ford Fest PT1

Holley Ford Fest PT1

Coming off the Holley Ford Fest buzz… I realized I learned a little something from my fellow Ford bros this ...
Forged Fitment Subaru WRX

Forged Fitment Subaru WRX

In this car community, we’re all students, and we’re all teachers... simultaneously.  There’s no 1 role here. It ...
40 Ford

40 Ford

There ain’t much that separates Hot-rodders from Honda Boys… other than the decade. Alex McGinnis is a longbeard ...
Chopped & Slammed Corvair

Chopped & Slammed Corvair

Talk about engulfing yourself in car culture. It’s one thing to drive a cool car, and it’s next-level to build a ...
Battleborn STI

Battleborn STI

BattleBorn   Blanket Statement: When any of us get our grubby hands on a new car project, we always have ...

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twin turbo, Bagged S550 Mustang

twin turbo, Bagged S550 Mustang

Josh Baker has a thing for yellow. Fair enough. His first car was a Yellow New Edge GT back in the day. Then a Yellow ’05 after that. Then, back in the Fall of 2014, Josh Baker was looking at upgrading to a yellow Boss S197… all the way up in Maine. The new S550...

2018 Mazda3 Grand Touring Review

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It’s gonna sound like I’m picking on the Mazda3, and I am. But NOT because it’s a bad car. Actually - it’s got some pretty slick, well designed features to it. But they’re all whispers. And THAT’S the problem here: The good traits within the Mazda3 are not getting the...

2018 Kia Rio Review

2018 Kia Rio Review

Text: Yousef Alvi  //  Photos: Geoff Dennis   The 2018 Kia Rio is a beautiful specimen of simple engineering.  Nothing inside or outside of the Rio screams cheap but it is cheap…our tester is loaded out at a tick over $18,000.  It is easy to make a car cheap. It...

350 horsepower big-turbo Fiesta ST

350 horsepower big-turbo Fiesta ST

The most frustrating thing for me as a mag editor (please go subscribe :D) is that I know beyond all doubt: If I could just put each of your smiling faces in this car & let you run it up the block & back… it would change the entire landscape of tuner culture....

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After a week, a road trip, & many miles, the CX-5 really seems like a good package. The exterior design, the handling/feel of the chassis, the interior textures & layout… it all seems a side-step around the competition. The CX-5 is doing its own thing. And it...

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