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Dustin Wilson is a self-proclaimed car nerd and wheel junkie. In fact, he is under observation by first year Mad Scientist students hoping to find a cure for car junkie-itis (no positive results to date). Dustin has a soft spot for the "orphans" of the automotive world. He also has a full-blown obsession with Japanese cars, especially of the vintage variety. His current loves are his wife, daughter and dogs, followed closely (too closely sometimes!) by his boso zoku inspired 1984 Toyota Tercel Wagon. Another '84 Tercel Wagon, an '08 Scion xB, and an '04 Kawasaki Z1000 round out his garage, but there’s always room for a vintage Toyota in need of some love. Dustin is the Contact Center Supervisor with Griot's Garage and has been with the company since 2007. In his spare time, he sits on the board of directors for the Puget Sound Toyota Owners Club. When Dustin hits the numbers, a Toyopet Crown, a Toyota 2000 GT, A Ferrari 612 Scaglietti, and a fully restored Acapulco VW Thing will reside in his garage, along with every set of custom rims he can get his hands on!

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Top 10 Unappreciated Cars

Thursday, August 18, 2011


This is a great job… I love having the opportunity to share my opinions with all of the readers. I also  enjoy being able to spark conversation (and maybe even a little controversy) here and there. Lists always seem to generate some of both, so let’s bring ’em back! Here are my Top 10 […]

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Car Quotable: Lighten Up Edition

Friday, July 29, 2011


“Any car which holds together for more than a race is too heavy.” – Colin Chapman, founder of Lotus Cars. Colin knew his stuff. He built some seriously fast and, more importantly, seriously nimble cars. A structural engineer by trade, Chapman contributed greatly to automotive design and theory.

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Do Want: FWDrag Edition

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


When it comes to cars, I love just about anything out-of-the-ordinary. So when we received an e-mail from Sal Cannistraci Jr. telling us about his 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP drag car I was intrigued, to say the least. Front wheel drive Grand Prix’s are not something I usually associate with reaction times and tire […]

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Caption It! That’s a Stretch Edition

Friday, April 22, 2011


Stretching is important to car guys. We stretch before a race, because getting kinked-up in the cockpit could spell disaster! We stretch before polishing our paint, because nothing’s worse than mid-detail cramping, right? Some of us (not me) might even stretch the truth a little on our quarter-mile times.

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Minivans: Crunk or Junk?

Thursday, March 24, 2011


When is a car worth saving, and when is it just a pile (no pun intended) of metal? It’s a question constantly under debate at IMG Headquarters. Submitted for your deciding votes this time is one that has everyone around here throwing in the micro fiber towel in stalemate. So, readers, what’s the verdict on […]

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Heroes of the Asphalt

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Everyone needs a hero… someone to believe in, who represents something we want to achieve or emulate ourselves. Mike and Mark recently shared stories about their family inspirations for automotive passion, and I wanted to keep going with the idea. So let’s talk about some of the other car guys we call heroes.

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Fall Motorcycle Clean-Up Part 2: The Polish & Wax

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


In the previous installment, we went through the basics of cleaning and drying your bike. Now, let’s look at how to perfect and protect your ride with polishing and waxing.  Afterward, there will be no better looking bike on the block than yours. That is, of course, unless the friends and neighbors you’ve told about […]

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Fall Motorcycle Clean-Up Part 1: The Wash

Thursday, September 16, 2010


In the summer, I let myself forget about driving cars and only think about riding my two-wheeled pride and joy. Problem is, the warm days are fading! With that in mind, I decided a good cleaning was in order to get my ride ready for the inevitable day when I hook up the Battery Manager […]

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Chrysler PT Cruiser: Crunk or Junk?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


July 9, 2010. A day that will live in… meh? On that day, the last of Chrysler’s famously plucky little retromobiles rolled off a Mexican assembly line. Did you mark the occasion with somber ceremony or celebration? The time has come to ask (insert fake drum roll here), LADIES and GENTLEMEN: PT CRUISER, CRRRRRRRUNK or […]

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The 100 Coolest Cars of All Time. Ever.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


This could be my defining moment. The day you realize I am either a brilliant, savvy savant in the automotive blog world… or just a blathering idiot who had the audacity to put a Yugo on a list of the 100 coolest cars. It could also be the moment you realize some folks take these […]

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Toyota Starlet: Crunk or Junk?

Thursday, March 4, 2010


The Toyota Starlet was a strange duck in the US, only being sold from 1981-1984 and quickly replaced by FX series Corollas and the Tercel line. Starlets were ugly, cheap, and small. But, they were also highly economical and easily modified. So, what’s the verdict on these Japanese oddballs… crunk, or junk?

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Top 5 Cars Least Likely to be Stolen

Tuesday, December 29, 2009


Every year about this time, the National Insurance Crime Bureau releases its list of America’s most stolen cars. I always chuckle at the predictable (but apparently desirable) array of sedans and SUV’s that top the list. For 2009, the Honda Civic and Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford F-150 sit atop the heap. It got me […]

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5 Great Automotive Rivalries (and one “no-contest”)

Friday, November 20, 2009


Horsepower or Handling? Ford or Chevy? NASCAR or F1? The rivalry is an integral part of the automotive experience. Gearheads everywhere are completely aware of the biggest grudge-matches in motoring, and I thought I would take a chance to expose a few. On which side of the fence do you fall, and which classic rivalries […]

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Rat Rod RV: Crunk or Junk?

Friday, October 30, 2009


When is a car worth saving, and when is it just a pile (no pun intended) of metal? It’s a question we constantly debate at IMG Headquarters. Here is the latest installment: We spotted this recreational vehicle revitalization in Frisco, Colorado. Now it’s up to you to decide… Crunk or Junk?

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The Car Coozie: It’ll Have You in Stitches

Friday, October 23, 2009


In 2006, English art student Lauren Porter took 10 months and used 12 miles of yarn to create a 1:1 Ferrari that really puts Grandma’s tissue box covers to shame. We think she was on to something, and it’s only a matter of time before someone markets “Car Coozies”. Dress up that old Ford Probe! […]

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