One of my favorite activities is racing automobiles.
Each one of us is unique.
Growing up, I've found that many of us get a sense that "education" and "learning" are done in a school with a teacher.
No, I'm not asking you to prove your worth as a person based on some other person's value system.
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.
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?
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.
What can you and your hobby do?
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.
Collecting, much like any other human activity, can become absurd.
To understand the automobile, you don't need to believe things, you need to be able to think.
Hobbies and projects regularly fail, and for various reasons, but one of the most obvious is money.
Have you ever seen these crown-headed bolts?
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.
Biology, more than just about anything else, means success or failure for your hobby, so understanding it is critical.
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.
Decision making is a complex process and logic alone makes for a flawed decision.
The world of automotive enthusiasts is both complex and varied.
We are all walking brains.
"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!"
– Benjamin Franklin
"Unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination" are phrases that have been used to describe people who adhere to the renaissance ideal:
There's CoO, then there's RCoO.
Do you know when the First Great American Road Trip was taken – I mean one that went from sea-to-shining-sea?
Do you know what the First American Car was?
Did you know that Karl Benz is considered to be the father of the automobile?
In the German automobile industry, there is a saying:
One of my greatest loves in life is product development.
Since it first rolled off of assembly lines in the mid-1960s, the Mustang has been an icon.
I'm not gonna lie, the Camaro has never really stood out much for me.
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.
I'm not a big fan of making New Year's resolutions, but I am a big fan of setting goals.
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!
It's been a long time.
The new Corvette Z06 – what a perfectly awesome, fucked-up mess.
When I build something, specifically and especially, automotive, I have a goal that usually drives everyone around me nuts: perfection.
My "new" Saturn SL2 was murdered.