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In true Montana style, Mike Hahn's first two vehicles were pickup trucks... a Ford F-150 and a Toyota mini-truck. The latter, after a night in a buddy's garage cranking down torsion bars and installing lowering blocks, cemented his love of customized rides. Since then, Mike has spent time wrenching on a '64 Impala, '67 Caddy convertible, '59 Nomad, '59 Belair, and (currently) a '73 Beetle. Though a fan of all things automotive, Mike's love of traditional-style hot rods and customs runs deep. He grew up close to several uncles who always had cool projects going. When he hits the big time, Mike is going to put a '59 Impala, '53 Belair, and a Nissan GT-R in the garage (you know, for "daily driving"). And awe heck, why not build a '49 Ford Business Coupe for the wife, as long as he's dreaming.

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The 2013 Kirkland Concours in Photos

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


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.

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We Asked: Where do you use Speed Shine?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


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?”

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Caption It! Pedals-to-the-Metal Edition

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


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 […]

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Vince Gardner and the Two-Seater Mustang

Thursday, February 7, 2013


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.

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The Galvanizing Metalwork of Josh Welton

Thursday, November 29, 2012


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 […]

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Collectors Foundation: Bringing Back Shop Class

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


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.

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As Seen On TV: Griot’s Garage Treasures

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

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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 […]

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El Camino: Crunk or Junk?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


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.

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One Bad Brick

Monday, August 13, 2012


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.

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Bucky Fuller and the Dymaxion Car

Thursday, July 12, 2012


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.

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Going Big: The R/C Creations of Headquake

Monday, June 4, 2012


When I stumbled across the video of Rick White’s scale ’66 Bronco crawling over rocks (and scaring small animals), I was transfixed. The man known on the Interwebs as “Headquake” builds some of the most realistic R/C cars and trucks you’ll ever see. By hand. From wood. Check out his creations and hear what he […]

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America’s Car Museum: The Home Stretch

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


With a flurry of car shows, parties, and other special events, the public will get its first look at LeMay — America’s Car Museum very soon! Anticipation of the Grand Opening has been palpable for car guys everywhere (and especially in the Northwest, home of InMyGarage). Recently, we got an inside look at the museum, […]

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What’s the greatest Chevrolet car or truck ever?

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


On this day in 1918, General Motors acquired the Chevrolet Motor Company, and positioned the fledgling automaker to create mainstream vehicles to compete with Ford. In the years that followed, Chevrolet produced some of the most iconic cars and trucks ever to grace the roads. Who can’t spot the fins of a ’57 Bel Air […]

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Where’s the sketchiest place you’ve filled your tank?

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Whether it’s brand preference, proximity to home, or the quality of the coffee… We all have a go-to gas station. But sometimes (usually at 2am in the middle of nowhere) our hand is forced. You know the place. The lights are flickering. A rusty Texaco sign hangs by one chain, swinging and creaking in the […]

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The Stomach-Turningest Helmet Cam Video You’ll See Today

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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Go-Pro’s little Hero camera has sparked a revolution in video for professional daredevils, amateur hoons, and everyone between. Everything looks faster, cooler, more dangerous in POV. While the YouTube comments suggest some disbelief, I happen to believe this knife-edge ridge ride video is real. Take a look and judge for yourself!

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