Bench Racing 2016
2016 is almost gone and 2017 is, of course, almost here.
Family obligations, festivities, work schedules, and miserable weather can all play a part in pulling you away from your hobby.
No, really. It's Cold.
Here's an interesting fact: In one small way, a doctor and an auto mechanic are the same.
Strategically speaking, there is a distinct difference between a business and a hobby.
Ah, Thanksgiving, our yearly ritual animal sacrifice – and the consumption of its flesh.
The concept of the legal formation of a business is one that could be considered valuable for an automotive enthusiast.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
In a sense, as auto enthusiasts who restore or rebuild cars, we are all attempting to be Dr. Frankenstein.
As I watch the leaves on the trees outside my window change into a golden autumn display I find myself reminded of the fact that all of life is seasonal.
Intention, purpose, mission, goals – there are a lot of words, with varying meaning, that describe destination for any endeavor.
Managing costs is an extremely complex issue, but its importance for the automotive hobbiest – especially one on a tight budget – can't be overstressed.
Being a connoisseur is a funny thing.
It was many years ago at this point that someone I knew was in the process of modifying his car to be his ideal performance car, and I told him to put the brakes on it.
I'm a fan of multiple styles of powerplants:
The equation is simple.
The garage as afterthought is a hideous concept to me.
I find a lot of people, especially car people, love to crammit.
For a lot of people, a collection seems to be an assembly of things they like – if it is thought of in that way at all.
I find it funny that there are those that think a car hobby is like an investment.
People don't want to hear about the realities of what they want.
Manufacturing is absolutely fascinating to me.
It's fascinating to me that so many automotive enthusiasts are fervently anti-intellectual.
One dimensional wisdom holds a great deal of danger.
Burn out – it's real.
Car enthusiasts – specifically, the car crafting segment – struggle with know how.
The car hobby is a fascinating culture to study.
Quality of life isn't a concept spoken about much in the car hobby – but it should be.
Iteration is an important concept in design and engineering – so important that it can make or break the success of a car for an automotive manufacturer, or a race team.
Meticulous is a term often associated with other terms like anal or pedantic, however, that shouldn't be the case.
For a long time the Mustang held the flame in the Mustang vs. Camaro war.
Cheap is a battle cry I hear and read far too often in car culture.
The importance of motivation in accomplishment can't be stressed enough.
Today, things change at a fast pace.
Performance cars are awesome.
We live in a time of previously unrivaled technological advancements.
There are numerous "things" that go into any automotive project, that are far more costly, and involved, than parts.
The Shelby Cobra is the undeniable King of Muscle Cars.
Happy New Year!