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Video: BMW Fan Makes M3 His Roommate During Hurricane Matthew

Video: BMW Fan Makes M3 His Roommate During Hurricane Matthew

Floridian Randy Jalil was in quandary when it came to his hurricane preparation efforts. So he parked his beloved E30 M3 in his house to escape the wrath of Hurricane Matthew. Fortunately, Randy’s house featured double doors that were just wide enough to get the job done. A little clutch feathering and, bingo, a new roommate.  

by 10/11/2016 0 comments Car Culture, Cars, Stories
Parking Spot Car Feature – Lead Sled, A Stock-Class Drag Racing Icon Of The ’70s

Parking Spot Car Feature – Lead Sled, A Stock-Class Drag Racing Icon Of The ’70s

This edition of Parking Spot Car Feature got started because the car in question happened to be parked where John Bunker, our interactive designer and photographer, usually parks. Little did we know the perfectly patina’d wagon was 2-1/4 tons of drag racing history.

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.

A Father’s Dream

A Father’s Dream

Father’s Day. Every year it swings around I think of how fortunate I am to have such a great mentor. My father is still larger than life to me and I’m so thankful to have a best friend in life that I look up to. This year though I’ve stopped to ask myself… How well am I doing as a father? And as you’ll see I got a bit off track in recent years.

The Mysterious Case of Guy LeCarr Garage

The Mysterious Case of Guy LeCarr Garage

Car culture is steeped in sometimes-spooky folklore. One particularly intriguing story comes to us from Davenport, Iowa. It was here, throughout the 1950’s and well into the 60’s, that Guy LeCarr ran a thriving repair shop. His expertise and flair in the automotive arts earned LeCarr the nickname, “The Davinci of Davenport.”

by 10/28/2013 0 comments Stories
Finding an Icon: Passion,Persistence, and the Long Road to Fulfilling a Dream

Finding an Icon: Passion,Persistence, and the Long Road to Fulfilling a Dream

I was 16 years old, hanging on the fence at the Long Beach GP watching Niki Lauda race by at incomprehensible speeds (to a kid with a 1953 Jeep, anyway). The wail of his Ferrari 312T’s flat-twelve raised every hair. It was an unfamiliar rush. One that has never left, and is still the adrenaline chill I crave today.

Fatherly Courage

Fatherly Courage

When I was in the sixth grade, my father decided to put his working career on hold and take our family on a year-long adventure that started in Europe and ended in Cape Town, South Africa. With a 1971 VW Campmobile and a meager amount of cash, we set out on a life-changing experience that sets my compass to this day.

by 06/13/2013 3 comments Car Culture, History, People, Stories
‘Twas the Night Before Race Day

‘Twas the Night Before Race Day

With a tip of the crash helmet to Clement Clarke Moore… ‘Twas the night before race day, when all through the garage, not an engine was turning, not even my Dodge. The spanners where hung by the compressor with care, in hopes that “St. Horsepower” soon would be there.

by 12/16/2011 1 comment Garage Life, Randomness, Stories
The Ohio-Florida Adventure

The Ohio-Florida Adventure

In the summer of 1941 my parents celebrated their honeymoon by driving a 1937 Buick from Dayton, Ohio to see friends in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was, of course, before the advent of Eisenhower’s interstate highway system, so the entire trip was on state and county roads. “The Buick never let us down,” my mother told me. “Your dad loved that car and I did, too.”

by 01/13/2011 4 comments Car Culture, Cars, People, Stories
Heroes of the Asphalt

Heroes of the Asphalt

Everyone needs a hero… someone to believe in, who represents something we want to achieve or emulate ourselves. Mike and Mark recently shared stories about their family inspirations for automotive passion, and I wanted to keep going with the idea. So let’s talk about some of the other car guys we call heroes.