Gearhead Hobbies

SODO Moto: Purveyor Of Rare JDM Classics

SODO Moto: Purveyor Of Rare JDM Classics

Adam Chovanak is a big-time motorhead. Like many of us, his story starts with that first car. The 47-year old’s first ride was a 1969 NSU Sport Prinz with its motor sitting behind a woodpile. Adam got the West German icon up and running and then sold it for a profit… the hook was set.

by 06/14/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Gearhead Hobbies
70 Million Reasons To Praise This Prancing Horse

70 Million Reasons To Praise This Prancing Horse

This rare thoroughbred Ferrari recently sold for $70 million. What is it built from… Unobtainium? This could be the most ever paid for any car, period. Rarity and race history are the key factors in the value of collector cars and this silver 250 GTO has those boxes checked big-time.

by 06/11/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, 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.