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2017

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What Are You Worth?

No, I'm not asking you to prove your worth as a person based on some other person's value system.

Posted: 11/19/17

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Clarity of Vision

Vision is a word that gets bandied about a lot, but I don't often see people that truly have a grasp of the concept with enough depth, breadth, or more importantly, detail.

Posted: 11/12/17

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Lark, Owl or Hummingbird?

By now the concept of being a morning person or a night person is pretty common knowledge, but did you know it has an impact on your productivity?

Posted: 11/5/17

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The Sweet Nectar of Summer

All Hallows Eve is nearly upon us and unless you live in an awesome part of the country that remains perpetually warm, fall is officially here.

Posted: 10/29/17

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Getting It Done

What can you and your hobby do?

Posted: 10/22/17

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Going Mobile

If you are checking out Classics and Performance on a phone or other mobile device, you might notice that something is different – it's got a design optimized for mobile use.

Posted: 10/15/17

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Are You Losing to Your Collection?

Collecting, much like any other human activity, can become absurd.

Posted: 10/8/17

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Got Thought?

To understand the automobile, you don't need to believe things, you need to be able to think.

Posted: 9/24/17

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Budgeting for Success

Hobbies and projects regularly fail, and for various reasons, but one of the most obvious is money.

Posted: 9/17/17

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Head Sprung

Have you ever seen these crown-headed bolts?

Posted: 9/10/17

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Well, It Finally Happened

After 13 years of trial, mostly error, and lots and lots of learning, I've made Classics and Performance the website I sorta always wanted to.

Posted: 9/3/17

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Did You Know Your Hobby Runs on Biology?

Biology, more than just about anything else, means success or failure for your hobby, so understanding it is critical.

Posted: 8/20/17

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Hobby Management Practices for Success

In business, management is often viewed as an activity you do with and for a group of people, but the reality is that management is necessary whenever complexity has to be controlled.

Posted: 8/13/17

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The Flaw of Logical Decisions

Decision making is a complex process and logic alone makes for a flawed decision.

Posted: 7/16/17

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Rules for Auto Enthusiasts

The world of automotive enthusiasts is both complex and varied.

Posted: 6/25/17

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Brainiac

We are all walking brains.

Posted: 6/18/17

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Planning to Fail

"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!"
– Benjamin Franklin

Posted: 5/28/17

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Renaissance

"Unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination" are phrases that have been used to describe people who adhere to the renaissance ideal:

Posted: 5/21/17

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RCoO

There's CoO, then there's RCoO.

Posted: 5/14/17

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The First Great American Road Trip

Do you know when the First Great American Road Trip was taken – I mean one that went from sea-to-shining-sea?

Posted: 2/26/17

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The First American Car

Do you know what the First American Car was?

Posted: 2/20/17

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The Very First Road Trip

Did you know that Karl Benz is considered to be the father of the automobile?

Posted: 2/12/17

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Perfect Isn't Good Enough

In the German automobile industry, there is a saying:

Posted: 2/5/17

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Automotive Art and Science

One of my greatest loves in life is product development.

Posted: 1/29/17

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The Definition of American Performance

Since it first rolled off of assembly lines in the mid-1960s, the Mustang has been an icon.

Posted: 1/22/17

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Camaro, the Best Ever?

I'm not gonna lie, the Camaro has never really stood out much for me.

Posted: 1/15/17

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The Value of a Photograph

I would like to think that the vast majority of people are aware of the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words," so I'm just going to operate from that assumption for the sake of this post.

Posted: 1/8/17

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A New Year, A New...Whatever

I'm not a big fan of making New Year's resolutions, but I am a big fan of setting goals.

Posted: 1/2/17

2016

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The Greatest Era of All Time (So Far)

2016 is almost gone and 2017 is, of course, almost here.

Posted: 12/25/16

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Happy Hobby Days

Family obligations, festivities, work schedules, and miserable weather can all play a part in pulling you away from your hobby.

Posted: 12/20/16

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Baby, It's Cold Outside

No, really. It's Cold.

Posted: 12/11/16

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Doctors and Mechanics

Here's an interesting fact: In one small way, a doctor and an auto mechanic are the same.

Posted: 12/4/16

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The War on Enthusiasm

Strategically speaking, there is a distinct difference between a business and a hobby.

Posted: 11/27/16

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Gobbler, the Spirit of Vengeance

Ah, Thanksgiving, our yearly ritual animal sacrifice – and the consumption of its flesh.

Posted: 11/20/16

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Forming a Hobby

The concept of the legal formation of a business is one that could be considered valuable for an automotive enthusiast.

Posted: 11/13/16

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My Journey

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."

Posted: 11/6/16

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It's Alive, Igor!

In a sense, as auto enthusiasts who restore or rebuild cars, we are all attempting to be Dr. Frankenstein.

Posted: 10/30/16

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Turn, Turn, Turn

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.

Posted: 10/23/16

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Destination

Intention, purpose, mission, goals – there are a lot of words, with varying meaning, that describe destination for any endeavor.

Posted: 10/16/16

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Budgeting Your Pastime

Managing costs is an extremely complex issue, but its importance for the automotive hobbiest – especially one on a tight budget – can't be overstressed.

Posted: 10/9/16

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Connoisseur

Being a connoisseur is a funny thing.

Posted: 10/2/16

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Friendly Advice

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.

Posted: 9/12/16

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Getting Blown

I'm a fan of multiple styles of powerplants:

Posted: 9/4/16

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Achievement Unlocked

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Posted: 8/28/16

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Use = Care

The equation is simple.

Posted: 8/3/16

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Garage Philosophy

The garage as afterthought is a hideous concept to me.

Posted: 7/24/16

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Crammit

I find a lot of people, especially car people, love to crammit.

Posted: 7/18/16

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A Growing Collection

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.

Posted: 7/10/16

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HF-ROI

I find it funny that there are those that think a car hobby is like an investment.

Posted: 7/4/16

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The Fantasy

People don't want to hear about the realities of what they want.

Posted: 6/26/16

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A Successful Hobby Shop

Clean.

Posted: 6/19/16

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Printing a Car

Manufacturing is absolutely fascinating to me.

Posted: 6/12/16

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A Taste of Irony

It's fascinating to me that so many automotive enthusiasts are fervently anti-intellectual.

Posted: 6/7/16

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One Dimensional Wisdom

One dimensional wisdom holds a great deal of danger.

Posted: 5/29/16

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Burn Out

Burn out – it's real.

Posted: 5/24/16

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Alignment

Car enthusiasts – specifically, the car crafting segment – struggle with know how.

Posted: 5/16/16

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Beauty and Power

The car hobby is a fascinating culture to study.

Posted: 5/10/16

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QOL

Quality of life isn't a concept spoken about much in the car hobby – but it should be.

Posted: 5/1/16

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Iteration

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.

Posted: 4/24/16

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Meticulous

Meticulous is a term often associated with other terms like anal or pedantic, however, that shouldn't be the case.

Posted: 4/10/16

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Back to the Drawing Board

For a long time the Mustang held the flame in the Mustang vs. Camaro war.

Posted: 3/16/16

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Cheap

Cheap is a battle cry I hear and read far too often in car culture.

Posted: 3/11/16

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Accomplishment

The importance of motivation in accomplishment can't be stressed enough.

Posted: 3/4/16

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Progress, Innovation, and Automobiles

Today, things change at a fast pace.

Posted: 2/21/16

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The Price of Performance

Performance cars are awesome.

Posted: 2/10/16

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Going Commando

We live in a time of previously unrivaled technological advancements.

Posted: 2/7/16

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Education = Success

There are numerous "things" that go into any automotive project, that are far more costly, and involved, than parts.

Posted: 2/6/16

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Long Live the Muscle Car

The Shelby Cobra is the undeniable King of Muscle Cars.

Posted: 1/13/16

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Happy New Year, 2016 Edition

Happy New Year!

Posted: 1/3/16

2015

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New and Improved

It's been a long time.

Posted: 11/5/15

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Truly Modern Performance

The new Corvette Z06 – what a perfectly awesome, fucked-up mess.

Posted: 1/19/15

2014

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Failure

Failure.

Posted: 4/3/14

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Pure Joy, Incarnate

When I build something, specifically and especially, automotive, I have a goal that usually drives everyone around me nuts: perfection.

Posted: 1/7/14

2013

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Wham, Bam, Thank You...?

My "new" Saturn SL2 was murdered.

Posted: 8/23/13