Articles by: Mike

The 2013 Kirkland Concours in Photos

The 2013 Kirkland Concours in Photos

September 8, the Northwest’s finest automobiles and vintage motorcycles were assembled on the show lawn at LeMay — America’s Car Museum for the 11th Kirkland Concours d’Elegance. Griot’s Garage is proud to be the Official Car Care Products provider of this, one of the nation’s premier concours events.

by 11/05/2013 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Events, Griot's Garage
We Asked: Where do you use Speed Shine?

We Asked: Where do you use Speed Shine?

One might think Speed Shine®, a best-selling Griot’s Car Care product for almost 20 years, was beyond improvement or innovation. But in our constant quest for perfection (and realizing some of the best ideas come from our customers), we recently asked on Facebook, “What are your favorite ‘alternative’ uses for Speed Shine?”

by 05/07/2013 12 comments Car Care, Griot's Garage, Randomness
Caption It! Pedals-to-the-Metal Edition

Caption It! Pedals-to-the-Metal Edition

We’re all guilty of trying to haul too much stuff at once. My grandpa used to call this a “lazy man’s load”. Sometimes you get away with it, sometimes everything comes crashing dramatically to Earth and you realize your folly. This image of a bike-jammed van is just… I have no words. But maybe you do. Submit a caption and win a car care prize!

by 04/23/2013 44 comments Caption It!, Cars, Columns, Randomness
Vince Gardner and the Two-Seater Mustang

Vince Gardner and the Two-Seater Mustang

The world of custom cars is fascinating. Sometimes history is well-preserved. Other times, as with a shortened, two-seater Mustang that resurfaced a couple years ago, it must be peeled back layer-by-layer. Often, the full and true story (mired in years of  fable, or even corporate secrecy), can never be realized.

by 02/07/2013 10 comments Car Culture, Cars, History, People, Relics
The Galvanizing Metalwork of Josh Welton

The Galvanizing Metalwork of Josh Welton

From a small shop in the Detroit outlier of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, Josh Welton is making art from steel, fire, and grit. In a time when when the skilled labor that built America is being sidelined, Welton reminds us there’s significant value in little pools of molten metal. His work might just inspire the next generation of artisans.

Collectors Foundation: Bringing Back Shop Class

Collectors Foundation: Bringing Back Shop Class

Most of us will recall our shop classes from junior high and high school fondly. Designing, building, and problem-solving with both head and hands… There is lasting value in these learning experiences. Unfortunately, we are witnessing the demise of vocational training in our schools. One philanthropic movement aims to reverse the trend.

by 11/28/2012 5 comments Car Culture, Garage Life, People
As Seen On TV: Griot’s Garage Treasures

As Seen On TV: Griot’s Garage Treasures

You know they exist… Warehouses, barns, and garages filled to the gills with one-of-a-kind automobiles. But these troves of car guy dream stuff are often inaccessible. You hardly ever get to look inside. Until now. In a 13-show TV series, Griot’s Garage is rolling open the door on some of the most interesting car collections in the country.

by 10/24/2012 1 comment Cars, Garage Life, Griot's Garage, People
El Camino: Crunk or Junk?

El Camino: Crunk or Junk?

On this day in 1958, Chevrolet introduced its infamous car/truck hybrid, the El Camino. Unfortunately, Ford had beaten Chevy to market with its Ranchero, and the bowtie was discontinued after two years. As Ranchero’s shrunk to fit the Falcon platform, Chevy saw an opportunity and reintroduced its “coupe utility vehicle” in 1964.

by 10/16/2012 3 comments Cars, Crunk or Junk?
One Bad Brick

One Bad Brick

In 1968, Hurst began a long-standing collaboration with Oldsmobile, producing special editions of its 442 and Cutlass models all the way through the 1980’s. A less well-known Hurst car (in fact, you may not have ever seen one) wore Chrysler 300 badging. This would be Mopar’s only Hurst. And it is awesome.

by 08/13/2012 2 comments Cars, Relics
Bucky Fuller and the Dymaxion Car

Bucky Fuller and the Dymaxion Car

Architect and engineer Buckminster Fuller sought to live his life as “an experiment to find what a single individual can contribute to changing the world.” One result of this philosophy was the fascinatingly futuristic Dymaxion Car, the first of which was manufactured in Bridgeport, Connecticut on this day in 1933.

by 07/12/2012 4 comments Cars, History, People