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Event Coverage: Importfest – Fast, Furious, And Fun

Event Coverage: Importfest – Fast, Furious, And Fun

Our first-ever Importfest went down May 25 and the day served up a great mix of Japanese imports with a sprinkling of stanced-out European cars. Bright colors, hunkered stances, bold interiors, crazy custom stereos, and serious performance were the order of the day.

by 05/29/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Event Coverage
Event Coverage: May Caffeine & Gasoline

Event Coverage: May Caffeine & Gasoline

The first-ever two-wheel invasion of the Griot’s Garage Caffeine & Gasoline cruise-in car show was a resounding success. There were motorcycles… vintage, modern, and more… all over the place. While bikes were the theme of the May event, transportation of any kind was welcome to roll in and join the fun… and they did.

by 05/21/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Event Coverage
Event Coverage: April Caffeine & Gasoline

Event Coverage: April Caffeine & Gasoline

Mother Nature took one last shot at us… we hope… as scattered showers tried to put a damper on our April Caffeine & Gasoline gathering. The theme was supercars and there were plenty examples of extreme motoring on display. These events are always free and open to the public and we serve up complimentary coffee and donuts in the Indy Café. Join us for our first-ever two-wheel invasion as the theme of the May 4th Caffeine & Gasoline is motorcycles… vintage, modern, and anytime in between. While bikes are the theme of this event, transportation of any kind is welcome […]

by 04/30/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Event Coverage, Events
LS Lessons: General Motors LS Series V8 Spotter’s Guide

LS Lessons: General Motors LS Series V8 Spotter’s Guide

The LS series of General Motors V8s started life powering the C5 Corvette in 1997 so it’s easy to see how they have become the most-swapped American V8 on the road. LS swaps are not only the order of the day for resto-modded muscle cars but are also becoming prevalent with Japanese imports on the street and Formula Drift circuit. Contemplating a swap? Wondering when and where do your source you LS ponies? Here’s a quick guide to help you navigate this small-block landscape.

by 03/20/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Sweet Builds, Tech
Explained: Formula 1 Steering Wheel Controls

Explained: Formula 1 Steering Wheel Controls

Are Formula 1 drivers moving too fast to looking all the way to a dash for information? Perhaps… this explains why pertinent information and vehicle controls are coming from steering wheel-mounted displays. These things can be disconnected, carried around like a lap top… heck they have more computing power than laptops, and programmed like a laptop. It begs the question… Are we talking about steering wheels with computers or a computer that steers?

by 03/14/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Racing, Tech
“Formula 1: Drive to Survive” Takes Us Behind The Scenes

“Formula 1: Drive to Survive” Takes Us Behind The Scenes

This new Netflix series delivers 10 episodes that looks into the personal lives of F1 driver, owners, and team members. Produced by the makers of “Senna and Amy” and officially support by the F1 big wigs, the docu-series will debut on March 8.

by 02/20/2019 0 comments Car Culture
Kyle Mohan Racing’s 1,000 Horsepower, 3-Rotor Drifter w/Video

Kyle Mohan Racing’s 1,000 Horsepower, 3-Rotor Drifter w/Video

Formula Drift is a contradiction of sorts… the cars make triple-digit power but slide for living. Kyle Mohan is a case in point. His Mazda MX-5 Miata drifter produces 1,000 horsepower at a sky-high 10,000 rpm from a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 20B three-rotor engine built by Kyle Mohan Racing (KMR).

by 02/13/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Racing
The Toyota Supra is Back!

The Toyota Supra is Back!

For decades every Lexus concept with a wedgy look and high performance ego was hoped to be the new Supra. As time marched on the denials became less convincing and the messaging from Toyota took on a more promising tone. Somewhere around 2014 the rumors gained traction and one of those ‘unnamed sources’ let it slip that the Lexus FT-1 concept could contain styling cues that hint at what a new Supra could look like.

by 01/16/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Cars
Corvettes On Point At Caffeine & Gasoline®

Corvettes On Point At Caffeine & Gasoline®

We welcomed the New Year at Griot’s Garage and rebel rousing Corvettes of every era took center stage. Rumbling V8s were the order of the day as Chevrolet’s halo performance marque was the theme of our Caffeine & Gasoline cruise-in car show.

by 01/09/2019 0 comments Car Culture, Event Coverage, Events
SpeedFactory Makes Quarter Mile History

SpeedFactory Makes Quarter Mile History

In an effort to keep it real on the local we’d like to give SpeedFactory Tuning and Fabrication a shout out for their recent success at the 23rd Annual World Cup Finals – Import Vs. Domestics drag racing showdown. The shop is mere minutes from Griot’s Garage HQ in Tacoma and we try to display their cars but they’re always racing when we need them. The team’s diligence is paying off.

by 11/09/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Racing