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...
2JZ swapped Saturn Sky

2JZ swapped Saturn Sky

Text by Jonathan Wooley     Photos by Chad Donohoe     Saturn Sky Redline This Saturn Sky Redline is hands ...
2018 BMW M550i review

2018 BMW M550i review

First Impression: The torque…the noise…..THE BEAUTIFUL TORQUEY NOISE!!  You just hold on for dear life and pray ...
1989 MK2 VW GTI 16V

1989 MK2 VW GTI 16V

Text by Wooley     Photos by Andrew Sutter     MK2 GTI     Issue 44 Kids get in free. But too often, we ...
Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda MX-5 RF

Initial impression... Sweet! Let’s play with the roof! One week later... Ok first of all, the ...
GM Performance Exhaust

GM Performance Exhaust

So I got myself a new Sierra Denali.  I was happy.  Then I wasn't...because I'm dumb and if it's stock...then ...

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2017 Nissan Maxima Review

2017 Nissan Maxima Review

Full Disclosure:  My dad had a 1986 Nissan Maxima he kept lovingly for close to 30 years.  She was a member of the family so to say we have a special place in our hearts for the Maxima line tends to be an understatement. [gallery type="rectangular" size="medium"...

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review

2017 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Review

Don’t do what I did, and accidentally mistake the 2017 Golf Alltrack for some sort of all-terrain GTI… you’ll be let down. It’s an easy mistake to make. The Alltrack has cool & adventurous trim. It sparks some curiosity. It seems maybe a little separated from the...

2017 Honda Civic 5-door SPORT review

2017 Honda Civic 5-door SPORT review

With a Civic, you pretty much think you know what you’re gonna get. However, this ones a little bit revolutionary. The 2017 Honda Civic 5-door exceeded my expectations. I’ll run through the bullet points of what really stood out. You can get the Civic 5-door Sport,...

Fiat 124 Spider Review

Fiat 124 Spider Review

Step back and reconsider what you might have heard from the mainstream automotive journalists… the Fiat 124 Spider is more fun than the Mazda MX-5. And I’m at least 87% sure of that. Reality is: most old-school automotive journalists fell in love with the Miata/MX-5...

What’s Cooler Than Being Cool? Icelandic Cold! – Iceland 4×4

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Text: Wooley // Photos: Jonathan Walker

How much do you trust your own abilities? Really. Because every time you get behind the wheel of the car you’ve wrenched on yourself, you’re subliminally asking yourself that question. Do you trust yourself enough to get around town everyday? Yeah probably. But how ‘bout the track?

2017 Lexus GX460 Review

2017 Lexus GX460 Review

  So when I last drove the GX460, I took up to the North Georgia Mountains subjected it’s leather covered hiney to some off road abuse.  I came away utterly impressed.  It’s a mountain goat.  Unfazed by terrain, mud, rock and snow.  Just kept soldering on with a...

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