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5 Great Automotive Rivalries (and one “no-contest”)

5 Great Automotive Rivalries (and one “no-contest”)

Horsepower or Handling? Ford or Chevy? NASCAR or F1? The rivalry is an integral part of the automotive experience. Gearheads everywhere are completely aware of the biggest grudge-matches in motoring, and I thought I would take a chance to expose a few. On which side of the fence do you fall, and which classic rivalries would you add to the list?

by 11/20/2009 11 comments Car Culture, Cars, Lists
2009 Puget Sound Toyota Owners Festival

2009 Puget Sound Toyota Owners Festival

August 30, the quirky and passionate Toyota crowd came out to Griot’s Garage for the 5th annual Puget Sound Toyota Owners Festival hosted by PSTOC. Over 150 cars swung by, representing everything in the Toyota family! The event was also a Toys for Tots fundraiser that filled the entire bed of a pickup with new toys for less fortunate kids.

by 08/31/2009 20 comments Car Culture, Cars, Events, Media, Photos
SoCal or Bust Part 6: The Finish Line

SoCal or Bust Part 6: The Finish Line

Day 5 started early. We had gotten a good night’s sleep and woken to the sounds of splashing water. Yep, the pool would be where we spent this day. Now, when a bunch of sunburned car nerds (in an appropriately grown-up manner, of course) test the  effects of grain alcohol, stories will result. Some of those stories cannot be shared on the Internet. Let’s move on to Day 6.

by 07/15/2009 5 comments Car Culture, Events, Stories
Night Chariots: The Top 5 Cars of Pizza Delivery

Night Chariots: The Top 5 Cars of Pizza Delivery

It’s 11:00pm on a Saturday, and you’re being overwhelmed by a creeping hunger. A call to your favorite pizza joint brings the dreaded, “about 45 minutes”. Time slows, hunger pangs tear you apart. Just as you think hope is gone, you hear the familiar rumble of a neglected engine, the squeal of barren brakes against warped rotors.

by 06/30/2009 14 comments Columns, Lists
SoCal or Bust Part 5: The Reason For Our Trip

SoCal or Bust Part 5: The Reason For Our Trip

Day 4 was supposed to start at 5:00am with us taking care of the last few details on Don’s Celica. It kind of did. I think a few of us were just-then closing our eyes (from the night of one too many libations) and others were just plain lazy and slept in. No matter, we were on the road by 5:45am (only a little late) and ready to take Southern Cali by storm.

by 06/23/2009 25 comments Car Culture, Events, Stories
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 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
Rising Sun: Top 5 Vintage Japanese Speed

Rising Sun: Top 5 Vintage Japanese Speed

The words “vintage Japanese sports car” may not fit together in some peoples’ minds, but it’s a category near and dear to my heart. Ask again tomorrow and I’m sure the list would be different (there are too many I love), but here are the 5 coolest vintage Japanese sports cars, as decided by me, this particular minute of this day.

by 05/25/2009 11 comments Columns, Lists