Bench Racing

2017

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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