The Case for the Kart Hack

Age brings many new experiences.  Some you’d rather do without.  Everything starts to hurt.  You’re tired all the time.  Cynicism lurks behind you like a hungry but patient wolf.  Yet some changes are good.  You finally begin to shed school debt.  You streamline your processes.  And best of all, you find it easier every day to shuck off the concerns of others.  The sweaty, calculated poise you found so crucial in middle school has faded to a mewling ghost.  Instead, you value the practical.  You have work to do, and you don’t have time to impress anyone.  I’ve reached such an age, and that’s probably why I want to buy something rear-driven, strip it of all excess, and drive it everywhere.  I want a kart hack. Continue reading “The Case for the Kart Hack”

How to Prep a Hooptie for Sale

The countershaft bearing in my 1998 Honda Civic sounded like a rain stick full of rusted lug nuts, and the clutch was starting to slip.  Despite having spent only $760 to buy the black sedan, I had already injected hundreds more into a new exhaust header, aluminum radiator, stereo, and a dump bed full of other parts that hadn’t held up to 200,000 miles and almost 20 years of hard labor.  And frankly, I didn’t feel like pulling the transmission out. People think that to prep a car for sale it will take a lot of time and likely a good amount of money, but I was not willing to give up either of those thing.  It was time to sell the beast, awful paint and all.  Here’s how I got it ready.
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The End of An Era

When you lose a long-time employee, there are always mixed emotions. The boss in me races through my mind, scrambling, wondering how will we fill the gap, who will do the work? The regular guy in me is excited for the opportunities to come, the pride in seeing someone whose work you respect and like on a personal level moving forward in his career and life. All the while wondering about the anxiety and courage it requires to take that leap. Today was Andy Sheehan‘s last day and I don’t believe we yet have any idea what void he’s left in our creative and personal lives.

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Deconstructing the Final Race in the Fast and the Furious Franchise

The Fast and the Furious franchise is not what it once was.  It probably never will be again, though it may stretch beyond our living years, when Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson have used their immense riches to replace their withered forms with abnormally huge androids.  After seeing The Fate of the Furious, I know that this is no longer a car franchise, but a superhero franchise with cars.  Racing scenes have tapered off in recent movies, replaced by The Rock doing Captain America things, but Fate offered one token street race that very well may be the last in the franchise.  I have thoughts.

Spoilers ahead, but nothing you couldn’t have predicted.

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Viva La Easter Jeep Safari Concepts!

2017 Easter Jeep Safari Concepts

Jeep does this to us every year.  They break our hearts with all these incredible concepts, built for the Easter Jeep Safari at Moab, and then never release them.  In 2012, they made the Mighty FC and the J-12.  In 2015, they built the Chief and the Red Rock Responder.  This year is no exception.  Here’s a handful of the coolest machines from the 2017 event, with the coolest at the bottom.  No, they’re not building any of them for production. Continue reading “Viva La Easter Jeep Safari Concepts!”

You Should Rallycross, But Don’t

SCCA Rallycross

The Thunder Valley Sand Drags were dusty.  Dustier than a panhandle bean field during the Depression.  Dustier than the room seems to get at the end of Braveheart.  Each step and dropped cone sent up a pale cloud above the long field, but a strong, cool, southwest wind cleaned it up for us just as quickly.  Saturday was my first rallycross experience, and the racing was so awesome that I didn’t mind a little fesh fesh.  I didn’t drive this event, but by the end of it, I wished I had, and I will the next chance I get.  You should, too.  But don’t.

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Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far

Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far

This week is the coolest auto show of the year.  The show that will spawn bedroom-poster fantasy cars for years to come.  It’s not about mass-market, business-floating people’s cars.  It’s about luxury cars and exotics.  Supercars and hypercars.  The stuff dreams are made of.  It’s the Geneva Motor Show, and the coolest cars always debut there.  We’ve picked a few of the most notable examples from this year.  So far. Continue reading “Geneva 2017: The Goods So Far”