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SoCal or Bust Part 3: Doin’ the Polar Bear Plunge

SoCal or Bust Part 3: Doin’ the Polar Bear Plunge

Part 2 of this car show road trip saw us drifting off to Sleepyland with visions of peacocks and shotguns dancing in our heads. The next morning, however, would come with a bluebird on our shoulders.  The first Wired of the day was downed before dawn, and we were itching to find a car wash to brush the bugs from our cars’ teeth.

by 06/08/2009 6 comments Car Culture, Events, Stories
SoCal or Bust Part 2: That Portland Voodoo

SoCal or Bust Part 2: That Portland Voodoo

When I left you in Part 1, our crew was setting out from Tacoma in the early morning hours, bound for the City of Roses, Portland… and eventually, Long Beach. The rain had timed itself perfectly for our departure. Typical. Spend hours and hours and hours detailing, pull the car out of the garage, and it starts pouring.

by 06/05/2009 7 comments Car Culture, Events, Stories
Ask Satch and win a car care prize!

Ask Satch and win a car care prize!

If you’ve never heard of Satch Carlson, you are missing out on one of the most entertaining and opinionated car guys out there today (think Jeremy Clarkson without the curly hair and English accent). This Saturday, I’ll be sitting down to chat with Satch and want to know… What would you ask this fixture of automotive world?

by 06/03/2009 17 comments Car Culture, People
Car Care Myth: My Wax is 100% Carnauba!

Car Care Myth: My Wax is 100% Carnauba!

Exaggerated marketing and plain old misinformation have created a confusing bunch of car care assumptions. I’m here to bust some of the most common myths, and give you the information you need to make informed decisions about caring for your prized possessions. First stop on the truth train: Carnauba wax content!

by 06/03/2009 4 comments Car Care, Tech
SoCal or Bust, Part 1: Saddling Up

SoCal or Bust, Part 1: Saddling Up

I don’t often drive 1,800 miles for a six-hour car show, but that’s what happened recently when, along with several other members of the Puget Sound Toyota Owners Club, I decided to make the trip to Long Beach for the Toyota Owners and Restorers Club 14th annual ToyotaFest. Say it along with me now… Road trip!

by 06/02/2009 11 comments Car Culture, Events, Stories
1979 Chrysler Cordoba: Crunk or Junk?

1979 Chrysler Cordoba: Crunk or Junk?

When is a car worth saving, and when is it just a pile (no pun intended) of metal? This is the question we were debating this morning at IMG Headquarters when, lo and behold, one of our customers sent in a photo of his beloved 1979 Cordoba. So, what do you think? Is this ‘Doba crunk… or junk?

by 06/01/2009 12 comments Columns, Crunk or Junk?
Scrappy little fella, aren’t ya?

Scrappy little fella, aren’t ya?

A walk through the local Mini dealer today revealed one customer’s attitude toward big blocks! To be fair, and with apologies to the continental owner of the marque, when did the UK ever produce a V8 worth it’s weight in tea???

by 05/29/2009 1 comment Randomness
Commenter of the Week – Lost Classics Edition

Commenter of the Week – Lost Classics Edition

For his unwavering devotion to “Japan’s own little AMC Gremlin”, our commenter of the week is Yogurt, who managed to drop references to the underappreciated and totally awesome(?) Datsun B210 into not one, but two separate posts. Readers, can we help Yogurt out with a more, uhh… appetizing username? I’m thinking “Steak Kabob”.

by 05/29/2009 5 comments Columns, Commenter of the Week
Car Quotable

Car Quotable

“Racing is a matter of spirit, not strength.” ~ Janet Guthrie The first woman to compete in the Indy 500 and Daytona 500 races, Janet Guthrie knows a thing or two about the racing spirit. Her diverse background led to great achievements both on and off the track.

by 05/29/2009 0 comments Car Culture, Car Quotable, Columns, People
On the Lot: Superformance Cobra

On the Lot: Superformance Cobra

I had to grab the camera when I heard this ‘66 Cobra replica roaring in. I took my time enjoying all the angles while the owner shopped in our retail store. Superformance did an excellent job replicating the handiwork done by the original builders back in ’66… had me fooled until the owner, John, shared the car’s story.

by 05/28/2009 4 comments Car Culture, Cars, Stories