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Before becoming Griot's Garage's resident "Edgy Bulldog Ninja Content Generator," Evan was the editor of Turbo & High-Tech Performance magazine from 1992 to 2005. During his tenure at the publication, dubbed "The Birthplace of Import Performance,” the import scene went from a loose subculture to a mainstream industry complete with its own movie franchise. A hardcore car guy, Evan drives a lightly breathed-upon Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX pushing 330 awhp. Evan's "fun in the garage" finds him underneath or under the hood of a 1968 Toyota Corona hardtop coupe that he is trying to resuscitate after rescuing it from nine years under a tarp. Evan keeps it real in the great Northwest, cultivating the automotive culture and looking for that next project hidden in the weeds... Or under another dreaded blue tarp.

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Video: Vinyl & Rubber Dressing

Friday, July 21, 2017

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Vinyl & Rubber Dressing will produce professional results on interiors, exterior trim, tires, and the plastic and rubber engine parts. See how it dries on your tires leaving behind a smooth satin finish and how it’s a perfect finishing touch on your dash and door panels without that goopy gloss left behind by other dressings.

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Mercedes-Benz To Produce Pickup Truck, Meet The X-Class

Thursday, July 20, 2017

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In a better-late-than-never move Mercedes is jumping into the pickup truck game, becoming the only German automaker currently producing a pick-em-up. Before you get your engines revving too much, it is unclear if this rig will be bound for American shores or a Euro-only proposition. The X-Class certainly has the look.

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Ken Block’s Coyote-Swapped Classic Bronco

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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We’ve all heard stories of husbands buying their wife a power drill for her birthday or wives getting their hubby a foot bath for his birthday. We are wondering if such a scenario is playing out in the Ken Block household as the head hoonigan has gifted his wife a Coyote-swapped classic Bronco.

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July Caffeine & Gasoline Celebrates American Muscle

Monday, July 10, 2017

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We are keeping House of Donuts in business. Our July 1 Caffeine & Gasoline required 70 dozen to satisfy the sweet teeth of the throngs of enthusiasts in attendance. That’s right 840 of the holey cakes of joy passed hands. The donuts and untold gallons of coffee fueled the conversations from the Indy Café to […]

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Video: BOSS™ Finishing Papers

Friday, July 7, 2017

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BOSS™ Finishing Papers are designed for the absolute toughest, most severe above and below surface paint defects. It removes defects like dirt nibs, dust, insects, paint texture, runs, and sags following paint refinishing. It can also be used for removal of severe defects prior to paint correction on OEM finishes.

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Event Coverage: Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show

Monday, July 3, 2017

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Thanks to our third Griot’s Garage Shinefest car show, the Fourth of July weekend got off to a great start. The July 2nd show was the middle of the season and cars in attendance continued to impress. We have two more shows on the docket; August 27 and September 3. Here are the results from […]

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Auto Display Car Feature: 1978 Porsche 930

Friday, June 30, 2017

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The 930 is one of the most blatant examples of the trickle-down theory where race car technology is adapted for street cars intended for public consumption. During the late ’60s Stuttgart integrated turbo performance into its racing program and when they needed a homologation car, the dominoes that lead to the 930 began to fall.

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Swap Madness: Old School Opel Kadett Gets A Turbo Honda J-Series V6

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Here’s a Kadett worthy of a salute. It’s a 1979 Opel Kadett coming at us from Hokksund, Norway. The car and its innovative swap were executed by OakHeart Racing. The diminutive coupe had been motivated by a turbocharged Volvo inline-four but has recently taken a side trip to the land of the Rising Sun.

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Video: How To Clean Your Pads

Monday, June 26, 2017

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Keeping your polishing or waxing pads clean as you’re detailing your car is important because unclogged pores deter product build-up, ensuring you’ll see the best possible results while also extending the life of your pads. This video covers maintenance and cleaning tricks and tips for foam and microfiber pads.

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Tech: Using Black Shine™ Trim Restorer

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Automotive trim is a grab bag. It can be made from metal, plastic, or rubber. Beyond the materials involved, the density and composition of the trim can make detailing a real challenge. Rubber trim can be found in the form of super soft weather stripping, malleable window gasket trim, and rigid window surround trim.

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Video: Iron & Fallout Remover

Monday, June 19, 2017

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Iron brake dust and environmental fallout can penetrate the surface of your paint. Once inside, these particles introduce corrosive compounds that eat into the finish’s sub-layers. Mechanical solutions like clay typically remove above-surface contaminants, leaving the below-surface particles intact. Enter Iron & Fallout Remover.

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Tech: Fun And Effective Engine Cleaning Tips & Tricks

Friday, June 16, 2017

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The Wow Factor is important when it comes to engines. You want to be greeted by gasps, oohs, and aahs when you raise that hood at a show or at home among friends and neighbors. But engines are adorned with plastic covers, hoses, different types and finishes of metal… it’s a turkey shoot in there. […]

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ETS/English Racing 6-Second, 2,719-WHP Nissan GT-R Drag Car w/ Video

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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No matter how you look at it, this highly-tuned weapon of speed has the numbers to impress. It pegged a 2,500 horsepower chassis dyno, blasted 244 mph in the ½ mile, 6.98 seconds in the quarter mile, and it’s still “street legal.” We caught up with it at the recent Import FaceOff event at Woodburn […]

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Event Coverage: Porsches Flock To Caffeine & Gasoline

Monday, June 12, 2017

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We packed in the Porsches on June 3rd as Stuttgart’s finest highlighted our monthly Caffeine & Gasoline cruise-in car show and all-around hangout session. The theme refers more to the contents of our Auto Display than acting as a call for Porsches to show up… but they did. Click through for some eye candy.

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Video: Rinseless Wash & Wax

Friday, June 9, 2017

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New product alert! We are proud to introduce Rinseless Wash & Wax, a versatile, highly concentrated formula that quickly washes and protects vehicle surfaces without rinsing. It can save up to 60 gallons of water per wash! It’s great for apartment dwellers and water restricted areas. See it in action.

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