Gearhead Hobbies

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.

Rensselaer Motorsport Shines Bright

Rensselaer Motorsport Shines Bright

Rensselaer Motorsport is a team of volunteer students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York that spends nine months each year designing, manufacturing, and testing a small open-wheeled race car. We are proud to be part of the team.

Video: RC Cars As Tow Rigs? … Say What?

Video: RC Cars As Tow Rigs? … Say What?

Buzzy RC engines are one of the few motors to generate less torque than a Honda Civic… well maybe not. We came across this otherworldly video where a herd of 15 1:10 scale Tamiya Hilux Bruiser 4WD RC trucks are each hitched up to a real Toyota Hilux and then proceed to pull the big truck out of a warehouse. This is must-see TV.

by 03/22/2017 0 comments Car Culture, Gearhead Hobbies, Randomness
Race Cars Trip The Light Fantastic At Caffeine & Gasoline

Race Cars Trip The Light Fantastic At Caffeine & Gasoline

Despite being a week into the fall season, the sun shone bright at the October 1st Caffeine & Gasoline. The theme was race cars and there were some high-quality racers populating our Auto Display and representing in the parking lot outside. Of course there were rides of all types, eras, and nationalities on hand as well.

by 10/04/2016 0 comments Car Culture, Events, Gearhead Hobbies
Event Coverage: Griot’s Garage Hosts BMW M Car Day

Event Coverage: Griot’s Garage Hosts BMW M Car Day

Holy Bavarian Bombshells Batman! There were tons of BMWs flying the M Power flag at Griot’s Garage as we hosted the BMW CCA Puget Sound Chapter’s M Car Day car show. Organizers lined up the M-badged performance icons by year and chassis designation, making a walk around the parking lot a walk through time.

by 09/29/2016 0 comments Car Culture, Events, Gearhead Hobbies
Parking Spot Car Feature – Michael Leach’s Factory Five Type 65 Daytona Coupe

Parking Spot Car Feature – Michael Leach’s Factory Five Type 65 Daytona Coupe

Show stopper, head turner… the adjectives one can use to describe Michael Leach’s Factory Five Type 65 Daytona Coupe don’t just flow, they gush. When we saw the sleek machine at the June Caffeine & Gasoline we knew it deserved a deeper look.

Cascade Rovers Celebrate A Snow Day

Cascade Rovers Celebrate A Snow Day

Rovers are among the most capable off-road vehicles on the planet. I remember watching the Camel Trophy trucks as a kid and being in awe of the terrain they conquered. Stuff like fording creeks to the point they looked more like a submarine than a truck, climbing rocky outcrops at unbelievable angles, and enduring days in the desert.

by 04/01/2014 2 comments Cars, Gearhead Hobbies, People, Photos
The Galvanizing Metalwork of Josh Welton

The Galvanizing Metalwork of Josh Welton

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 generation of artisans.

Going Big: The R/C Creations of Headquake

Going Big: The R/C Creations of Headquake

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 has to say about the craft.

by 06/04/2012 26 comments Art, Cars, Gearhead Hobbies, People, Sweet Builds
Brickwork: The LEGO Cars of Lino Martins

Brickwork: The LEGO Cars of Lino Martins

Like a lot of gearheads, I’ve always enjoyed building and collecting, even customizing scale models. When I ran across Lino Martin’s LEGO builds in our Flickr group, I was floored. It’s challenging enough to craft models from pre-molded parts with a full set of instructions. Lino does it with his imagination and a few bins of chunky bricks.