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Plum Crazy? Restoring a Rough 1973 Porsche 911S

Plum Crazy? Restoring a Rough 1973 Porsche 911S

At Griot’s Garage, we like cars. Fast cars, elegant cars, cars with style. We also believe in the preservation of cars as important documents of history and culture. Sometimes that job involves a nut-and-bolt restoration, as with the subject of this article, a 1973 Porsche 911S that likely lived most of its life parked next to — not inside — the garage.

by 07/22/2010 13 comments Cars, Sweet Builds, Tech
A New Garage! Part 6: Rounding the Bend

A New Garage! Part 6: Rounding the Bend

You’ve had projects in your garage, so you know… There comes a time in every build where the finished product is in sight. Idea has transformed to rendering has transformed to reality. Just over a month ago, we showed you the progress on our barn find build and asked you to use your imagination. Now, you won’t have to.

Michael Paul Smith’s Model Community

Michael Paul Smith’s Model Community

Homes and storefronts glow while snow blankets the sidewalks. Classic American iron lines every street, preserved, as if never driven. In fact, the auto dealership has a full lineup of ’61 Chevy’s, right off the truck. There is a quiet calm. A rightness. You can almost smell the apple pie. This is Elgin Park, and you’d probably like living here… if only it was full-scale.

A New Garage! Part 5: Snapshots from the Beehive

A New Garage! Part 5: Snapshots from the Beehive

Work on the new Griot’s Garage headquarters continues to buzz along, and a recent visit to the site saw Richard Griot beaming like a kid on Christmas. As he excitedly showed us around, stepping over chalk lines and dodging drywallers on stilts, we managed to snap a few photos of the action. Add these to the project scrapbook!

Restoring a Rare Eagle, Part 1: Chassis Teardown

Restoring a Rare Eagle, Part 1: Chassis Teardown

If you receive the Griot’s Garage Handbook, you might remember this recent cover car, a 1966 Gurney Eagle Mk1. The very first of Dan Gurney’s legendary race cars, chassis 101 is an important piece of American motoring history. And In My Garage is fortunate enough to be able to peek over some shoulders as the Eagle undergoes a full restoration.

by 02/10/2010 9 comments Cars, History, Racing, Sweet Builds
Garage Plus lets you (yes, you) own a Man Cave.

Garage Plus lets you (yes, you) own a Man Cave.

Our friends at Garage Plus thought way outside the storage unit box when they came up with this concept: Garage “condos” you can own and customize! As they say, your imagination is the only limit to what can be done with your personal toy box. We recently asked Michelle Simon of Garage Plus to share a little more about their project.

by 02/04/2010 7 comments Events, Garage Life, Sweet Builds
A New Garage! Part 4: Momentum

A New Garage! Part 4: Momentum

If you’ve ever restored or customized a car, you know there’s a tipping point where the project just takes off. Plans have been refined and committed to memory, the vision is clear, and the tedious groundwork has been laid. It’s a satisfying time. Every night when you turn out the garage lights, you’ve made real, tangible progress.

A New Garage! Part 3: Rolling Up Our Sleeves

A New Garage! Part 3: Rolling Up Our Sleeves

Anyone who’s had a project car in the garage knows that it takes a certain “vision” to imagine what is possible. In our case, Richard Griot is the man with the vision… and the project is our garage! In the last update we gave you the history of our new digs. Since then, Richard has put his ideas into motion and the work has begun!

Admit it. You want this BMW E30 driving simulator.

Admit it. You want this BMW E30 driving simulator.

You know you’ve thought about it. You and a bunch of friends are lapping the Nürburgring in a Ford GT on the latest rendition of Gran Turismo or Forza and you think, “This would be so much cooler if I was sitting in a racing seat with a steering wheel, shifter, and pedals in front of me.” For my friends and I, this dream has become a reality.