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Hot Rods Rule February Caffeine & Gasoline®

Hot Rods Rule February Caffeine & Gasoline®

Mother Nature cooperated and cool cars were buzzing around Griot’s Garage like bees circling their hive. The theme of the event was hot rods, but the great thing about these monthly get-togethers is you never know what’s going to pull in the parking lot. Beyond the four-wheeled eye-candy, it’s the comradery and conversations that make C&G a great way to spend a Saturday morning.

Shop Tour: J-Rod & Custom

Shop Tour: J-Rod & Custom

  Born or made? For the biggest car enthusiasts it’s both. Jared Hancock is a case in point. “I grew up around hot rods,” says Jared, ‘my dad did upholstery on the side, and I went to car shows at a super young age as soon as I could walk the show. Seeing my dad working on cars, I really tuned into it. It’s been my passion forever.” Like many before him, Jared started out on the bottom rung of the ladder. “I never really got into the upholstery side of things, I started out in bodywork. When I was […]

by 01/19/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Garage Life, Stories
50th Anniversary Mustang Bullitt Celebrates Famed Movie

50th Anniversary Mustang Bullitt Celebrates Famed Movie

Easily one of the Top 10 car chase movies of all time… and that’s being conservative, the iconic detective thriller “Bullitt” is celebrating its 50th anniversary. A Dark Highland Green Mustang fastback was the runaway star of the show and Ford will produce a special Mustang Bullitt edition based on the all-new 2019 Mustang to pay tribute to the cinema phenom.

by 01/17/2018 0 comments Car Culture, History, Star Cars, Videos
Sweet Swap: 240Z Meets 370Z

Sweet Swap: 240Z Meets 370Z

Fever Racing out of Tampa, Florida gets the kudos for this clean swap that drops a Nissan VQ37VHR out of a 370Z into its great-great grandfather and founder of the Zed car, the Datsun 240Z. The swap was pulled off by using a McKinney Motorsports VQ35 swap kit, and of course Fever had to inject some boost into the deal by bolting on twin Garrett GTX3071R turbochargers. The goal is to surpass 1,000 horsepower and 8,000 rpm.

by 01/12/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Sweet Builds
Seahawks Dominate January Caffeine & Gasoline®

Seahawks Dominate January Caffeine & Gasoline®

Even though the Seattle Seahawks were on the sidelines during the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season, we still celebrated the team and their fans known as 12s for 12th man at our January Caffeine & Gasoline®. We open the gates for Caffeine & Gasoline® on the first Saturday of every month and invite car lovers to roll their rides in and talk shop over free coffee and donuts.

by 01/10/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Events
Video: Inside Griot’s Garage – Range Rover Interior Swap

Video: Inside Griot’s Garage – Range Rover Interior Swap

In this second installment on our imported Range Rover Richard outlines the improvements he’s made to the vehicle. He explains how the Rover’s rolling stock has been upgraded, highlights the SUV’s far-reaching interior transformation, and considers a wild engine swap.

by 01/04/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Garage Life, Sweet Builds
Caffeine & Gasoline® Car Feature: Brian Fitzgerald’s Jeepster

Caffeine & Gasoline® Car Feature: Brian Fitzgerald’s Jeepster

Most of the time hand-me-downs are a bummer… a worn pair of blue jeans or a battered and bruised toy. Cars are also passed along and, like toys, some are battered and bruised but others can become heirlooms. Meet Brian Fitzgerald, the lucky sibling left holding the keys to this highly desirable 1948 Jeepster.

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 2 comments Car Care, Car Culture
SEMA Lincoln: Built For Burnouts & Disturbing The Peace

SEMA Lincoln: Built For Burnouts & Disturbing The Peace

The best project cars start with sentimental meaning. Some conjure childhood memories, others are the stereotypical dream car, and some scratch an itch and become the memory machines or dream cars for future generations. Meet the latest addition to our family.

by 10/31/2017 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Sweet Builds
Caffeine & Gasoline® Car Feature: Bob Mehler’s 1955 Chevrolet 210 Del Ray

Caffeine & Gasoline® Car Feature: Bob Mehler’s 1955 Chevrolet 210 Del Ray

Tri-Five Chevrolets (1955 – 1957) are the quintessential street rod. These cars were the first fresh GM designs after World War II as the previous model’s silhouette can be traced back to 1940. More importantly, they were fitted with Chevy’s game-changing small-block V8. Bob Mehler’s ’55 210 Del Ray hits all the high notes.