Pistonhead Videos of the Week 2.3.13

A wonderful documentary about Sterling Moss that is hosted by Patrick Stewart. A couple old men relive the racing history of a legend with sincerity and without attitude.

BBC Productions

Hot Rod drives one of their previously featured cars across the country from Nashville to Los Angeles in the dead of winter. Looks like a fun trip when it’s not so cold.

Motor Trend

A couple of my favorite commercials have come from Hagerty Insurance. Here’s another one.


The making of a Koenigsegg, part 4 of 9. This episode features the design and build process of the user interface. How the driver sees and feels the controls from inside the cockpit.


Pistonhead Videos of the Week 1.27.13

I’ve been wanting an older Porsche 911 for a long time. This one checks all the right boxes for me.

Video Source – Petrolicious

Part 3 of the Koenigsegg story. This one is about their paint process.

Video Source – Drive

The story of a couple very rare BMW Alpinas

Video Source – Petrolicious

Hennessey Performance record setting acceleration attempt

Video Source – Drive

The Aptera, an all electric vehicle designed for aerodynamics

Video Source – Jay Leno’s Garage.

The design and build process of an incredible hypercar, the Pagani Huayra

Video Source – National Geographic

Now that the new C7 Corvette has been posted everywhere, here’s Jay Leno going over the car.

Video Source – Jay Leno’s Garage

A fun Volkswagen commercial of a dog and a car.

Video Source – Volswagen

“A” Story, the family history of a Model A Ford.

Video Source – eGarage

Drone Rally Photography. This technique provides some amazing video shots that is likely to change the way we view motorsports

Video Source – FS Aviation

Winter Drive

Went out for a drive on a cold dry day. Was also able to play with my son’s new camera and editing software.

Pistonhead Videos of the Week 1.20.13

The latest collection of videos for the week that I’ve run across. I’m pretty much caught up as these are all new from this week.

Viper SRT vs Corvette ZR1. A comparison of the two American sports/super cars both on the road and at Laguna Seca/Mazda Raceway

Jay Leno reviews his custom built Jaguar XKE. It looks basically original but it isn’t. Jay usually goes for completely stock or as in this case stock appearing cars.

This is a great story about Singer and their vision of the ultimate air-cooled Porsche 911. I love 911’s and if money were no object, I’d have one of these. I love their attention to detail and their achievement at building a vehicle that is such a well tuned package.

My son would love a Lotus Elise. Here’s one taking a beautiful tour through the Alps. The scenery is nice but I would have preferred more exhaust notes.

Jay Leno is installing a Telma induction braking system on his American LaFrance fire engine. This is a really cool system that can really save money on braking systems for large vehicles.

A quick tour of a new Viper being put together on the assembly line. Notice at 50 seconds into the video in the background there is a drag racing christmas tree apparently signifying the start of the line. Near the end you’ll notice the checkered flag for line completion.

Dubai is the epitome of excess and opulence. So what a perfect place to show off the new Aston Martin. The views are incredible and I don’t think there would be a much better place to view such wealth.

Prepare to be Judged on Hot Rod Radio

Another exciting day yesterday. I was interviewed on Hot Rod Radio with Dennis Pittsenbarger for my book. The radio show is live in other parts of the country but not mine. I imagine It’ll be available on their site within the week. There’s not much time to talk on a radio show but it was pretty fun, and a good case of nerves. Now to see if I can work on getting a review or product placement in the magazine. That would be pretty cool.

Another Collection of Automotive Entertainment

More auto entertainment of a higher caliber than the typical shaky YouTube burnout videos. An enjoyable way to waste some time. Remember, high-res and full screen.

Some cool vintage footage put out by Evans Speed Equipment. I’m guessing this is from the early 50’s. There are some great shots of real hot rods of the day as well as some VERY corny acting/editing.

One of my weekly habits is to take a look at what’s going on at Jay Leno’s Garage. This week is a review of his Lancia Aurelia. It has a great sound with its V6 but looks like it’s got a burned out bulb on the front marker light.

Episode 2 of the Koenigsegg. The focus this time is on the suspension. It’s amazing when you watch this car drive with anger, how smoothly it moves.

Some of the boys from Hot Rod Magazine have the challenge of buying a wrecking yard car and getting it to the track to race in 24hr. I’m not sure when they started and stopped counting the time though. Maybe it was 24 ‘waking’ hours.

This is for my brother. This car is not really in the best of condition, but it’s a nice film anyway. There’s one of these in my neighborhood that’s dark green and very well done. Hopefully this one will get the same treatment someday.

Prepare to be Judged in Hemmings Classic Car Magazine

Latest Review

I had mentioned that I had a review in the current issue of Hemmings Classic Car magazine. The problem I had was that I couldn’t find a copy. It wasn’t at the local grocery stores or two different Barnes and Noble and their huge magazine section. I finally found the copy at Rich’s Cigar Store in downtown Portland. They have a huge supply of magazines.

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What’s next?

It’s pretty exciting to be mentioned in national media but what’s next? I’m currently on the agenda to be interviewed for the next Hod Rod Radio show this coming weekend. Once again, that’s pretty cool.

Some Entertainment

Not just any entertainment, some genuine car porn. Our family made a decision a couple years back to trim the budget and we cut off our cable/satellite subscription. All we have now are local channels that we mostly don’t watch, and Netflix. We like Netflix a lot but what I really miss are the shows from the likes of Speed and Velocity. Netflix doesn’t really have that much of that type of programming. There are old episodes of Overhaulin and Top Gear (both of which I’ve seen) as well as Street Customs (which I don’t really care for).

I am able to watch the latest Top Gear episodes thanks to another site but it’s nice to have some more variety like the networks that I don’t have any more. So I’ve looked around and have been watching a large and growing list of automotive related sites and found some good replacement material.

Since I’ve been doing this a while, I’ll post a bunch here which should allow you to waste a bunch of time. Don’t feel bad, it’s for a good cause. Also, for best results, remember to make these ‘full screen’ and the highest resolution your Internet connection can stand.

Starting out, it’s not really a show, but it is FAST.

A very nice afternoon drive in a Lamborghini

Not so much automotive, but hand made tools by a true craftsman is enjoyable to watch

Incredible 1969 Mustang build

A profile of Richard Griot – Have fun in your garage

More motorcycle than automotive, but well worth watching

A review of a Charger and Daytona

Some very nice footage of vintage races at Laguna Seca

The first in a series about carbon fiber at Koenigsegg

The Caretaker

Lotus said to ‘Simplify and add Lightness’. Lucra, added lightness AND 600HP!


Challenger Update: It’s Mostly Done!

challenger in front of gate


Most of this last year I worked hours and hours in the shop to get my car together and back on the road which is why I haven’t been on here in some time. Not that it was a painful task, it was a lot of fun but I am glad to be pretty much finished though. I was getting tired of the ‘second job’ at the end.

Also, I recently noticed that my sales for ‘Prepare to be Judged’ were dramatically higher this last month. I was thinking that t was due to Christmas and that it makes a good gift but I don’t think that was the case. I found out today that a review was published in the February issue of Hemmings Classic Car magazine. This is a big deal to me and I’m thinking it must have been good or they wouldn’t have published it. This is great news but I still need to find a copy. My local Barnes and Noble didn’t have on on the shelf.

Now that there’s only a few things left to do on the Challenger, and the weather is cold and wet, I thought I’d pay a little more attention here and have some fun posting some interesting things I run across.

I have a few ideas that might be fun too.

Prepare to be Judged Interview on TMCP Podcast Available Now

Just a quick note related to The Muscle Car Place site. I was interviewed for a podcast a few weeks back for my book. The podcast was posted yesterday and is available on iTunes and Stitcher. I had a great time talking with Rob and really enjoy listening to his show while I’m in the shop. The very nice write-up is available on his site, also including links to the podcast.

One thing I would have like to mention during our discussion is that the goal is to make your car ‘better’ and have fun doing it. It’s not necessarily all about trying to get the highest score or winning a $40 trophy. It’s about maximizing your car and not having to break the bank to do it.

Interview, Podcasts and the Shop Stereo


Yesterday was an exciting day. I landed an interview about my book that will be aired on a podcast. It’s yet another effort into marketing and gaining exposure. This was related to the website and podcast of Rob Kibbe on The Muscle Car Place. Rob started a podcast a few years ago and turned his passion for muscle cars into a career. He’s been able to fully transition out office/cubicle life to something that he loves. As they say, if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.

Rob was very easy to talk to and a great guy and we talked about show car judging. It was a really fun conversation but still a bit stressful. Not knowing exactly what to expect and  an awareness in the back of my mind that I’m promoting my book and want to “get it right”. Though the interview isn’t live, I wanted to be as clear as I could. Of course, after the call was over, there were a number of things I thought of that I should have said or points I wanted to make. Oh well, what’s done is done and I’ll keep moving forward.

The main point I didn’t make was that the book isn’t only about preparing for the judge’s scrutiny. It’s about maximizing the vehicle you have in the best way possible. Also that you should have fun with your car and not live for the trophy. In any case, the podcast will “air” sometime in May. Once I have a firm date, I’ll post it here.


For those of you who may not know, a podcast is simply an audio recording much like a radio show. Anyone on the Internet can create one and post it for all to hear. There are podcasts on practically any topic you could possibly want to hear. I’ve taken to listening to them while I’m out in the shop working on my car. Some of the podcasts are actual radio shows that are simply recorded for later use.

The term podcast is related to the Apple Ipod where you can download the audio files onto your device and listen to them at your leisure. It’s more general now in that you can download them on any mp3 player device or smartphone. I use my iPhone and download a number of shows that are automotive related. This is what I listen to in no particular order except for the first, since I was interviewed there.

  • The Muscle Car Place
  • Car Talk
  • Hot Rod Magazine Radio
  • Rod and Custom Radio
  • Street Rodder Radio

There’s a theme here. In any case, they’re fun to listen to while I’m turning wrenches.

Shop Stereo

This is the stereo in my shop. It’s not much to look at but it works well enough (4 speakers strategically placed around the building) and really, it’s a workshop, not a studio.

I’ve seen plenty of workshops that are much like mine in that they have a stereo for work-time listening that is old but functional. The key part of using a stereo like this for podcasts is that it should have RCA input jacks. These would traditionally be used for connecting a cassette deck, turntable or CD player to the unit. In this case, the external unit would be your MP3 player device. There are many on the market and some are not that expensive but they give the ability to store all your music and download and play podcasts.

The next component you’ll need is the headphone to RCA adapter cable like the one pictured below. They’re probably less than $5-10. I leave mine connected and hanging from the stereo all the time. When I want to play some music or one of my shows, I connect the headphone jack to my phone and play.

It’s a pretty simple way of using your old shop stereo technology to take advantage of modern day media. Now all you need to do is download and install iTunes to manage your music and download all the podcasts you can handle.