Mar 16, 2014
Photography By: Martin Slotta
Words By: David Monzingo
The rat rod scene has always seemed somewhat elusive. The owners stick to themselves for the most part, while still maintaining a sort of “core” that know each other and the cars that they spend their weekends wrenching on. From the outside looking in these gear heads seem to have quite the niche, but the rat rod scene is far broader than I had previously thought. Christian Quatz and his Opel rat rod out of Germany are proof that this scene is alive and well even outside of the United States.
Dec 19, 2013
Photography By: Matt Makarucha, Robert Krueger
Words By: Matt Makarucha, Josh Wilson, Robert Krueger, Sagar Vyas, Josh Davis
Once a year members of the automotive industry from all over the world flock to Sin City for a week of business mixed with pleasure. While the sun is up they take to the Las Vegas Convention Center where there’s approximately 52 miles of everything imaginable, isle after isle. Once the sun goes down it’s time for parties and drinks with friends you’ve made over the years. Whether you are buying, selling, or a part of the media SEMA is definitely a breeding ground for innovation, and a preview of what is next for the after market industry and its enthusiasts.
After being started as a small shop get together in 2005 by Grossman Tuning, Water by the Bridge 2009 marked the progress of the event as a whole. Wanting the show to be a place for Euro enthusiasts of all types, Grossman started to set up the show. After getting approval for one of the sickest places around, Water by the Bridge was set to be held at the gorgeous Waterfront Park in Louisville, Ky. Each year, more people came. In 2012, about 200-250 cars showed up, but that’s nothing close to what 2013 had to offer. Apparently word had gotten out; Water by the Bridge was the place to be in 2013.
Apr 1, 2013
Photography By: David Monzingo
Words By: Danny Rice
Every year, there’s a mad scramble to get your car done before the first show of the year. Sure, you had MONTHS to prepare but it always seems like the week before the show, you are scrambling around, calling parts stores, turning wrenches for hours, freaking out over tracking numbers and generally stressing out about getting your car finalized. All winter you’ve been stockpiling parts for forced induction, calculating offsets, scouring the forums, getting things painted and dreaming of the reveal for the world to see. Whether your plans are secret or you’ve had everyone AND their mom over to help you, nothing compares to rolling that car out of the garage completed and giving it one final wash before you put your hard work (and blown paychecks) on display.
As always, we like to mix things up a little bit and provide our loyal followers with something fresh and exciting to look at or read about. In this week’s installment of #PictureMeRollin we bring to you a couple photos from Alex Martinez, a photographer out of Colorado who shot this beautiful 1930 Ford Model A, owned by Andy Crutcher.
We hope you enjoy the pics as much as we do! Enjoy your weekend!
Every year, the show season for automotive culture takes place from early spring and well into the summer, with eager enthusiasts and professionals alike prepared to showcase their time, money and effort. As the leaves changes colors and the season come to an end, there is one show that truly marks the closure of another year: the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show, also simply known as the SEMA Show.
My experience in the automotive community has taught me, if nothing else, that taste is both completely subjective and often deeply rooted in an owner’s psyche. Each of has our own favorite brand, and an idea of what are acceptable modifications within the confines of what we deem appropriate. While there are certainly those that jump ship on occasion, forsaking their last love for new opportunities in power or style, most people know what they love, and love what they know. And in that mindset, Mitchell Donat knew that when he purchased his car, he wanted to go the JDM route, and to build a car for speed. Obviously, things didn’t quite work out that way. Read More
As a kid everything in life is always “bigger is better”. Our toys had flashy colors and lights and at car shows it was more of what caught our eye rather than the quality or rarity of the car itself. As we grow older though our tastes change and we start to notice the small things. Custom fabbed pieces, perfectly lined up trim, and small details that set a car above the rest due to the quality of the build not because it looks like a Fast and Furious prop car.
No one can put up a good argument about the awesome aesthetics of classic muscle. The raw lines, their boldness and ability to inspire and intimidate are second to no other form of vehicle. Unfortunately, anyone who has ever owned a classic will tell you that what’s made up in substance and raw power is usually lost in reliability and comfort. Just as there is no substitute for true muscle, there is no substitute for modern technology and comfort. As we found out during our close inspection with the Stevens & Brennan Automotive Mustang, there is no reason why we can’t have the best of both worlds.
When you go to the carnival or fair as a little tyke, you walk into the entrance, and as you pass the gate you become over-welmed with the pure craziness going on; well Sema has become a car enthusiast’s dream carnival. As Matt and I walked into the doors of the Las Vegas Convention Center, we saw rows upon rows of cars, trucks and everything to make them perform even better than they did off the assembly line. The 2011 Sema was Matt and I’s first, and words cannot describe how huge Sema truly is.