Articles by: Richard

Road Trippin’ In A Just-Bought 1972 Mercedes Benz 280SE

Road Trippin’ In A Just-Bought 1972 Mercedes Benz 280SE

So, to pick up this story from my holiday handbook column. My son Phillip and I were driving home from LA and my itchy trigger finger led to the eBay purchase of this 1972 280SE 4.5 from a gas station off the freeway in San Jose, California. We’ve just laid eyes on the car and are about to get back on the road.

by 11/12/2017 1 comment Car Care, Car Culture
A Father’s Dream 2016

A Father’s Dream 2016

I love Father’s Day. It’s a day I get to spend time with my kids and I think of how fortunate I am to have such a great mentor in my own father. My father is still larger than life to me and I’m so thankful to have a best friend in life that I look up to. This year though, I’ve stopped to ask myself, “How am I doing as a father?”

by 06/17/2016 10 comments Car Culture, Cars, People, Racing
A Father’s Dream

A Father’s Dream

Father’s Day. Every year it swings around I think of how fortunate I am to have such a great mentor. My father is still larger than life to me and I’m so thankful to have a best friend in life that I look up to. This year though I’ve stopped to ask myself… How well am I doing as a father? And as you’ll see I got a bit off track in recent years.

Finding an Icon: Passion,Persistence, and the Long Road to Fulfilling a Dream

Finding an Icon: Passion,Persistence, and the Long Road to Fulfilling a Dream

I was 16 years old, hanging on the fence at the Long Beach GP watching Niki Lauda race by at incomprehensible speeds (to a kid with a 1953 Jeep, anyway). The wail of his Ferrari 312T’s flat-twelve raised every hair. It was an unfamiliar rush. One that has never left, and is still the adrenaline chill I crave today.

1959 Toyota FA100 Truck For Sale, $74,995 obo, (Fiji)

1959 Toyota FA100 Truck For Sale, $74,995 obo, (Fiji)

You won’t find another one like this! Ultra-rare “Sharma Brothers Edition.” Cheetah-skin dash is well-preserved. Tin can gas cap (may need gasket). Starts right up when pointed downhill and given a good push. Some body filler showing from previous restoration. Minor rust, easily repairable. Won’t last. Located in Fiji.

by 06/21/2013 5 comments Car Culture, Cars, Randomness
Fatherly Courage

Fatherly Courage

When I was in the sixth grade, my father decided to put his working career on hold and take our family on a year-long adventure that started in Europe and ended in Cape Town, South Africa. With a 1971 VW Campmobile and a meager amount of cash, we set out on a life-changing experience that sets my compass to this day.

by 06/13/2013 3 comments Car Culture, History, People, Stories
My Great American Road Trip

My Great American Road Trip

We’ve all been on one. I’m sure if you think about the road trips you’ve taken, you can’t help but crack a smile at the adventures. What better thing to do in these challenging times than get back to enjoying simple pleasures, close to home, with family and friends? That’s what I was thinking when a late night eBay purchase led to one of my favorite family vacations with my four children!

by 07/31/2009 13 comments Car Culture, Cars, Stories
BAM! POW! A Father’s Day Bat Story!

BAM! POW! A Father’s Day Bat Story!

When I was growing up I had two fathers. One drove my Great Grandfather’s Medium Green Ford LTD; the other woke me up every morning with his 1975 Ferrari 308GT4. Now before you go thinking that I was raised in an automotive household surrounded by cool cars, my Real Father will admit quite the opposite was true.

by 06/19/2009 1 comment Car Culture, People, Stories