I spent one glorious year in Texas after high school as part of an internship, a period of my life painted with deep blue cloud shadows marching alone over sun-baked, ant-infested meadows. Storms came quick, savage, and unannounced, visible from a long way off, but still tackling you like lions before you could get indoors. It’s a land that was never really tamed, just settled-upon, and anyone living there seems to enter into an unspoken agreement that you don’t mess with Texas, because Texas is bigger than you. Continue reading
Some eras, like presidential administrations and world wars, have clear borders. Others, like when trucker hats became uncool again, are harder to pin down. This is a case of the former, because last week, the UAW announced the death of the US Ford Ranger, and by extension, the end of the small truck in America. The last example will exit the factory in December of this year. Continue reading
Prepare Your Vehicle for Summer
Summer is here! Warm weather provides us with great opportunities for outdoor activities. We put bug spray on ourselves, sunscreen on our kids and fertilizer on our lawns. . .what have you done for your car?
Summer weather can wreak havoc on an unprepared vehicle, so we have some tips to help you “beat the heat” in your ride! Continue reading
A certain elation strikes you when your odometer rolls over 200,000 miles, 215,000 miles, 230,000 miles. A grin takes hold of you, especially when your car is still running beautifully, rocketing at 80 around texting teens who make a habit of wobbling at 50 in the left lane. This wasn’t an uncommon occurrence for me when I had my 1990 Honda Accord, and each new set of zeros affirmed me in my $1,200 purchase. Continue reading
Over the past couple of months, we’ve covered the vehicular contents of your Attainable dream garage, distilling down everything you’ve ever wanted into something you can actually afford. But we’ve only covered the vehicles. What about the garage itself?
If you’ve ever so much as replaced a battery or changed a set of brake pads, you’ll know that they’re jobs best done in a garage. Continue reading
It’s a good season for race fans. Le Mans and the Isle of Man TT just wrapped up last weekend, and the Formula One season is running at full tilt. But what about stateside? Aside from the actually broadcast NASCAR events, where else is rubber being burned within our borders? Ladies and gentlemen, eyes to the Rockies.
The Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb, known by many as the Race to the Clouds, is a rally-style time trial running between the foot and summit of Pike’s Peak in Colorado. Continue reading
This weekend saw the annual running of the biggest event in four-wheeled track racing, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But if your preferred vehicles only have half that number of wheels, you may have been watching a different race: the Isle of Man TT.
Though it is a time trial rather than an endurance race, and doesn’t run for 24 hours, the Isle of Man TT (just “TT” to the locals) is the Le Mans of motorcycle races. Continue reading
We’re close to wrapping up our Attainable Dream Garage. This week, we’re covering the last vehicle on the list (but not the last part in the series), your teenage kid’s car. Sooner or later, Junior will turn 16, and he or she will free up some space in your family hauler. And as cool as a modified Chevy Express can be, you’ll probably be a bit tired of hauling your kid around by the time his or her 16th birthday rolls around. Continue reading
If there was one weekend around which international motorsport revolved for the rest of the year, it would be this weekend. If one event could be the lynch pin of all races to gearheads worldwide, it would be this event. To me, Le Mans is the pinnacle of track racing, exceeded only in sheer epic drama and adventure by the Dakar Rally. But what is it? Continue reading
Last weekend, in a frenzied fit of desperate auto shopping, I found a 1984 BMW 318i for sale. The owner, who wanted just under a grand for it, let me know ahead of time that the old E30 had some fuel delivery issues, but that if I kept the revs high enough, it wouldn’t die. So a friend and I drove out to see it. To make a long, sun-baked story short, we barely got it running at all, and when we did, it wouldn’t climb a shallow hill.
The experience reminds me somewhat of Formula One’s history in America. Continue reading
I’m a young fella. Unlike many of you, I have yet to marry and start a family, but when I do find a woman who can keep up with me (and who isn’t afraid to take a ride on my Honda CB200) , I want a lot of kids. I want to start a clan. The plan right now is that for every child we have naturally, we’ll adopt one. So with such a great horde of children, I’ll need a transport, an Attainable family hauler. Continue reading
No one likes getting stuck. Whether it’s in the snow or the mud, waiting for rescue puts a damper on your adventure and your spirits. Every time you head out on the trail, you should be aware of the dangers of getting stuck and be prepared if a situation arises. One of the most important pieces of equipment any off-roader can have in his or her arsenal is a good quality winch. Continue reading
Here is my 97 GMC Sonoma cab on half of a 71 Chevrolet K5 frame. It is powered by a 450hp TBI 454, TH400 transmission, NP203/205 double transfer case setup setup with triple shifters to control the double low range gears and independent front/rear control. The power is transfered to a Dana 60 front that is loaded Continue reading
Kansas City does Memorial Day in style. Held in and around Memorial Park, site of the National World War One Museum and Monument, the annual celebration features the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, an impressive fireworks show, and my favorite, a military vehicle display. Residents of the City of Fountains bring their grills, blankets, and Frisbees, and spend the Sunday before Memorial Day with family and friends, enjoying the freedom our veterans won for us.
After a more-than-healthy dose of bratwurst, barbecue chicken, potato salad, and cream soda, I waddled up the hill to check out the surprisingly varied collection of OD victory machines. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any tanks, but here are a few of the highlights: Continue reading