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Martin Swig - A True Pioneer!

The internationally known car rally, the California Mille, runs vintage sports cars over 1,000 miles of hilly Northern California roads. We recently lost the founder, Martin Swig, who died early July at age 78. What is special about the California Mille is that we get to see rare collector cars doing what they were meant to do: devouring hot asphalt. Most vehicles this rare are shown only at Concours events and museums!…


Added by Michael Thies on July 20, 2012 at 2:59pm — No Comments

The Future of The Street Rod!

The Future of The Street Rod!

What is truly more American than a street rod! Classic street hot rods and muscle cars are a 100% American phenomenon. We have watched as the world has adopted and copied our hobby in so many ways. It is truly flattering to be emulated and exciting to see growing interest. Yet, do we need to be concerned about the future?

We see…


Added by Michael Thies on July 19, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Intermountain Concours d'Elegance via Print Pitch credits C. Meitle


“Event Honors Carroll Shelby and Benefits Charities that Support America’s Military in Time of Need”

Black and White Intermountain Logo

July 19, 2012  Print Pitch

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (July 19, 2012) – Utah’s Intermountain Concours d’Elegance will honor automotive legend Carroll Shelby and the cars he influenced on Saturday, September 22 in The…


Added by Michael Thies on July 19, 2012 at 9:38am — No Comments

Drift Racing Is More Than Just The Finish Line

     Road Atlanta has hosted drift racing events for several years. While Drift Racing has grown in popularity in the last decade or more, drifting is really nothing new. If your car's rear end has ever swung around on a wet road, and you've struggled for 50 feet to get control, you've drifted. Even in car racing drifting is pretty much old school.…


Added by Michael Thies on June 13, 2012 at 11:58pm — No Comments

Spring Fever at Carlisle - hosted Hot Rodders of Tomorrow - April 23-27, 2012

Spring Fever at Carlisle

36th Spring Carlisle Does Record Business over Five-Day Span

by Michael Garland - mikeg@carlisleevents.com

CARLISLE, PA – Spring Carlisle delivered in 2012, proving that Carlisle's second longest running event is as…


Added by Michael Thies on May 2, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Working Lego V8, 32 Valve Engine!!

Video: Miniature Working V8 Engine Made Completely of…


Added by Michael Thies on April 25, 2012 at 10:21pm — 1 Comment


   Most folks have become very comfortable with the Rat Rod phenomenon. But for those new to the idea, a Rat Rod is a style of custom car or truck, that in most cases, imitates (or perhaps exaggerates) the early hot rods of the mid 20th century. While there are many re-creations and period correct restorations of the traditional hot rod from that era, the Rat Rods are the rough edged, scrappy country cousins. Fans argue the Rat Rod is made for driving and hanging…


Added by Michael Thies on April 15, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow

   There is an expressed concern in the hot rod hobbies and cycle clubs that we are “aging” out; we are getting older and not recruiting younger “gear heads”. There is a parallel concern in the automotive and motorcycle industries that it seems harder to recruit experienced mechanics; those that can figure out and fix problems, not just replace parts!   A good mechanic must know a lot about how complex parts of the cars of cycles work together.…


Added by Michael Thies on March 25, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

What does Car Show Judge Look For

   There are a number of organizations that train folk to be judges at car and motorcycle events.  Many people wonder and yet not everyone is always fully aware of what they are looking for.  It can be fairly daunting for a newcomer.  There are different categories have different criteria about what is expected for each car.  You are never going to please all of the judges,…


Added by Michael Thies on January 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Great Support for Hot Rodders


I recently bought a cherry '93 Ruby Corvette (the 40th Anniversary model) which had been stored all its life.  In recent years it was garaged, and driven very little.  Even though it has fairly new good quality Nito tires, I noticed a very serious shimmy in the balance at about 60 to 70 mph on the Interstate highways.  I took it over to Butler Tire in…


Added by Michael Thies on January 23, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Ford’s Power of Choice Tour at Atlantic Station

Ford Motors came to Atlanta in partnership with the City of Atlanta to present the Ford’s Power of Choice Tour.  We met in Atlanta, GA, on a cool Thursday morning, November 10, 2011 at The Charging Spot in Atlantic Station to hear highlights of Ford’s fuel efficient lineup and the new electrified vehicles that will be available in…


Added by Michael Thies on November 11, 2011 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Three Reasons Why You Should Consider Switching to HID Headlights

Three Reasons Why You Should Consider Switching to HID Headlights

Reason #1:  Custom Colorization

Most halogen headlights only produce the basic headlight color you’re used to seeing as you drive down a highway or back road at night.  Chances are, however, that you’ve also noticed some brightly colored headlights that stand out more than most of the others. …


Added by Michael Thies on November 11, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

The 'xl1' concept car by Volkswagen

Credits to DesignBoom www.designboom.com

the 'xl1' concept car by volkswagen

First publicly presented at the qatar motor show 2011volkswagen's 'xl1' concept car 

combines energy efficient technology and streamlined aesthetics to create a hybrid vehicle 

capable of… Continue

Added by Michael Thies on August 1, 2011 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Rat Rod Phenom!

Rat Rod Phenom!   Rat rods are here to stay; function over form that reflects our culture, our history, and our love affair with motors and wheels!  Wikipedia says:

"A rat rod is a style of hot rod or custom car that, in most cases, imitates (or…


Added by Michael Thies on July 25, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Volvo City Safety System gets thumbs up from NHTSA, IIHS! By Jeff Glucker

*We were just talking about Volvo's safety reputation last night on the Wheels Events Radio Hour

city safety screen shot

Added by Michael Thies on July 22, 2011 at 11:11am — No Comments

Cars & Extras Needed For New Bill Bob Thornton Movie!

I found this article on the On Location Vacations website. The cars are need for a shoot set for Cedartown, GA later this month (June).  This is taken right from the site at http://www.onlocationvacations.com.  Good luck and please let us know if you all get a part in the show!

Cedartown, GA, a small town north…


Added by Michael Thies on June 16, 2011 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

Earnhardt Jr. to Raffle Very Own 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Mooresville, N.C. (Wednesday, June 15, 2011) – Earlier this year Dale Earnhardt Jr. traveled to General Motors' assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, not only to take ownership of a brand new 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible but also drive it off the line in grand debut of its heavily anticipated arrival. Amid cheering workers and flashing cameras, Earnhardt Jr. climbed behind the wheel of his victory-red Camaro with black rally…


Added by Michael Thies on June 15, 2011 at 5:35pm — No Comments

Lawrenceville Riverside Sonic Gathering - "We don't want you here!"

I have been covering the Gathering at the Sonic on Riverside Drive in Lawrenceville, GA off and on for several years.  I always enjoyed the cars, the company and friendship of the young people that gathered there every Thursday night and the diversity of the groups.  This was one place where everyone got along, mostly. The few times when there was a bit of drama; it was a burn out (smoky), a foolish move like jumping a curb (it was videotaped), and showing off on Riverside on one's way to Rt…


Added by Michael Thies on May 6, 2011 at 2:29am — No Comments

Volume 1 - Number 16 -April 1, 2011

Volume 1 number 16…


Added by Michael Thies on April 6, 2011 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Volume 1 - Number 17 -April 7, 2011

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Jason Cole Photo 57 burn out.…


Added by Michael Thies on April 6, 2011 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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