VB WRX – Make Your Own STI

The VB Subaru WRX offers a really strong performance value, especially today when value of any kind seems hard to find in the new car market. For instance, at 30-grand, you can get a turbocharged AWD WRX with a manual transmission… with enough room for a bike rack on...

Bronco Sport – Is it Worthy?

Reality is - the Bronco Sport will always live in the full-size Bronco’s shadows. But let’s get that out of our heads for the moment & critique it on its own merit. Because if the Bronco Sport is nothing else, at minimum it's a departure from yet another generic...

Mazda 3 Turbo Sedan – Who does Number 3 work for?

The Mazda 3 Sedan is a strong vehicle that seems to get overlooked. It just doesn’t fit in. Here’s what I mean: The Mazda 3 Sedan doesn’t have the perceived status of something like a 3-series BMW or Audi. But it’s not a basic/generic appliance like a Kia or Nissan...

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...

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Coyote swapped E46 BMW

Coyote swapped E46 BMW

This E46 BMW is a very special candy, because it's Coyote swapped with a Roush supercharger. Why you ask? Why the fok not? <—That's to be read in a British accent... Jamie Tartt's accent to be precise IYKYK. Look folks, in a pussy-cat era where masculinity is...

Lexus IS 500 Review

Lexus IS 500 Review

Here’s the thing: Nearly everything about the Lexus IS 500 is exceptional... except the transmission. It just can’t keep up with me. Sure, if you have an open road and/or track to get the IS 500 into a rhythm, then yes, the automatic transmission finds a groove...

Run for the Border – Chevy II Nova throwback

Run for the Border – Chevy II Nova throwback

This is a throwback article (probably about 8-10 years ago) to the Apex Auto Works Chevy II Nova. Crazy how the subject matter has gotten even more accurate with time. The car, however, ultimately met its end in Mexico during a 3-day road race called the Chihuahua...

Audi S3 Review

Audi S3 Review

Other than the hard-to-swallow price tag, I really don’t have a negative thing to say about the Audi S3. I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact, for a modern 2-pedal sports car… the Audi S3 was undeniably refreshing & engaging to drive. Although when I asked my little...

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