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Mythbusting Waxes For Dark Colors – Don’t Fill Imperfections, Eliminate Them

Mon, Jul 24, 2017 | Posted by:

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Editor’s Note – This is the third of a series of articles on paint care myths. Jason Mathews has been burning up the highway for 20 years as our National Events Manager. He has more one-on-one face time with our customers than anyone else in the company. He’s dispelling misconceptions… today’s myth… waxes made for […]

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

Thu, Jul 20, 2017 | Posted by:

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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

Wed, Jul 19, 2017 | Posted by:

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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

Mon, Jul 10, 2017 | Posted by:

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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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Event Coverage: Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show

Mon, Jul 3, 2017 | Posted by:

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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

Fri, Jun 30, 2017 | Posted by:

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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

Wed, Jun 28, 2017 | Posted by:

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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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Mythbusting Paint Correction – Better by hand or machine?

Fri, Jun 23, 2017 | Posted by:

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Editor’s Note – This is the first of a series of articles on paint care myths. Jason Mathews has been burning up the highway for 20 years as our National Events Manager. He has more one-on-one face time with our customers than anyone else in the company. So he’ll be dispelling misconceptions… starting with fear […]

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

Wed, Jun 14, 2017 | Posted by:

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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

Mon, Jun 12, 2017 | Posted by:

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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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Event Coverage: Shinefest Pride & Perfection Car Show

Wed, Jun 7, 2017 | Posted by:

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Two down, three to go. Our Shinefest car show series kept the gleam alive last Sunday as the parking lot was full of cool cars and the sun was in full effect. It was the second of the five shows we have planned for this season and there was an intoxicating mix of vehicles in […]

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50 Years Ago Today, Mazda Introduces Rotary Power

Tue, May 30, 2017 | Posted by:

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Mazda, known as Toyo Kogyo Corporation at the time, needed to create a unique technology that would differentiate it among a rapidly globalizing Japanese automotive industry in order to stay independent. In 1961, Mazda licensed NSU Motorenwerke AG and Wankel GmbH’s rotary engine technology and the rest is history.

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Celebrating Memorial Day One Race At A Time

Fri, May 26, 2017 | Posted by:

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Memorial Day weekend has always had a tremendous amount of meaning in my family. Not only is it significant because we in America remember those who have died serving our country, but in the Griot house it was also all about the racing traditions that fall on the weekend. I’m talking about the Indy 500 and […]

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Dodge Challenger Demon SRT: When 707 HP Isn’t Enough

Tue, May 23, 2017 | Posted by:

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“We’ll see your 707 horsepower and raise you 133.” There seems to be dueling engineering groups at Dodge, each plotting a plan to outdo the other in the hyper muscle car market. Currently, the Hellcat has been replaced by the 840-horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon SRT. At a base price of $84,995, that’s about $100 per […]

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Caffeine & Gasoline® Car Feature: Robert Shick’s 1964 Ford Cortina GT Mk 1

Thu, May 18, 2017 | Posted by:

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We’d seen the Cortina prowling previous Caffeine & Gasoline shows but the cosmic tumblers never aligned. That all changed May 3rd. We spotted the owner, Robert Shick of Dupont, WA, when he was showing someone the engine. The more we saw, the more we were enamored with the British Blue Oval. This car’s feel-good story […]

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