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Video: Bosozoku – Cartoonists, on acid, designing body kits….

Video: Bosozoku – Cartoonists, on acid, designing body kits….

Bosozoku is all about rebellion against the mainstream ideals and the ethics of civilized society. In the era of the 1950’s it started as a sub-culture of Japanese motorcycle gangs who showed no respect for traffic laws, traffic officers, and other accepted norms on the road… and beyond. The brashness of the Bosozoku movement evolved through the decades, adding two wheels, dialing back the gang mentality, and taking on a more eccentric, audacious tone in regards to representing on the street. The cars of Bosozoku, known as Kaido Racers in some circles, are easy to spot… If it’s a vintage […]

by 09/25/2018 0 comments Art, Car Culture, Cars
Old School Datsun 510 Gets Modern Power Infusion

Old School Datsun 510 Gets Modern Power Infusion

We scoped this old schooler on engineswapdepot.com and it sent us down a rabbit hole of LS swap options, swap candidates for the Datsun 510, and general car dreaming.

by 09/12/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Featured Car
Caffeine & Gasoline® Italian Style

Caffeine & Gasoline® Italian Style

Fans of espresso, pizza, and cars made in Maranello, Modena, and Milan crashed the gates in a big way for our monthly cruise-in car show. We were a bit surprised by how many Italian cars showed up as the theme of C&G is more for show. As usual the mix of cars was eclectic and the people who stopped by were ready to engage in conversation.

by 09/07/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Event Coverage, Events
LEGO Builds Life-Size Bugatti Chiron That Drives

LEGO Builds Life-Size Bugatti Chiron That Drives

Many of us have fond memories of crafting cars from LEGO building blocks. Before there were ‘kits,’ items like a wedge-shaped nose piece, a wafer thin ‘chassis’ pieces, and the special blocks that accepted the wheels and tires were must haves. Then there were kits with specially made blocks that allowed you to build a specific car… that looked like the real car.

by 09/04/2018 0 comments Art, Car Culture
Nissan To Be Honored At 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Nissan To Be Honored At 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

The organizers of the 2018 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (RMMR) will be recognizing Nissan as the first-ever Japanese featured marque. Held annually during Monterey Car Week, which features the world-renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the RMMR is one of the most prestigious vintage racing events in North America.

by 08/13/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Events, Racing
Griot’s Garage Goodguys Kickoff Party

Griot’s Garage Goodguys Kickoff Party

The kick is up… the kick is good! The 31st Annual Goodguys Pacific Northwest Nationals Presented by Griot’s Garage kickoff party at our headquarters in Tacoma was a huge success. Although the party was slated to start at 5 p.m., our facilities started seeing action before lunch time with local car club, The Kingsmen, hosting part of their poker run on the premises.

by 07/27/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Event Coverage
James Deane Wins Formula Drift Seattle

James Deane Wins Formula Drift Seattle

Just as baseball came out of its all-star break in the third week of July, Formula Drift emerged from its summer break doldrums on July 21. The chase for the championship hit Seattle, Washington for Round Five: Autozone Throwdown. With a scant 39 points separating the top three competitors, there was still everything to race for as unsuspecting tires braced for shredding in the Pacific Northwest.

by 07/23/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Event Coverage, Events, Racing
Video: A Wild Ride: 36-Inch Hubless Wheels Meet A Rolls Royce Aircraft Engine

Video: A Wild Ride: 36-Inch Hubless Wheels Meet A Rolls Royce Aircraft Engine

Say hello to the TMC Dumont, a wild prototype motorcycle with a flair for the dramatic. Beyond its scale, the bike’s whopping 36-inch hubless wheels and 300-horsepower Rolls Royce aircraft engine are the big attention grabbers. The motorcycle was built by Tarso Marques, a former F1 drive and renowned custom bike builder from Brazil.

by 07/19/2018 2 comments Car Culture, Featured Car
Singer Vehicle Design – Building The Ultimate Porsche 911

Singer Vehicle Design – Building The Ultimate Porsche 911

Acute attention to detail, vast technical knowledge, love of everything Porsche 911, and a healthy dose of patience are among the attributes that go into every Singer build. You gotta love these guys. Their company motto is “Restored – Reimagined – Reborn” and when they reimagine it’s with performance in mind.

by 07/13/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Featured Car
America’s Best Shines Bright At Caffeine & Gasoline

America’s Best Shines Bright At Caffeine & Gasoline

Mother Nature threw us a bit of a curveball on July 7th. While the surrounding area basked in the glow of a warm sunrise, Tacoma was overcast with a dastardly mist of rain falling. It only lasted 45 minutes and luckily didn’t seem to put too much of a damper on the morning. We had it going on with a great mix of American muscle cars, roadsters, and wicked hot rods on the deck, in the parking lot, and on the concours lawn.

by 07/09/2018 0 comments Car Culture, Event Coverage, Events