I’ve already mentioned living on Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Riding the 3-wheeler, getting bit by the same dog twice, Dad’s brand new Chevy conversion van – the one stolen/repo’d our first week in Detroit. What I didn’t mention was Fort Bliss was where my brother and I had our first run-in with a Volvo. [Read more…]
It’s been over two months since the last time I published anything here.
Could this be the end of Gearbox Magazine?
Part of me says yes. Part says no.
The second half of my first grade year took place in Seattle, Washington. I’ve never lived in a more interesting neighborhood than I did there. I asked my mom if she remembered the address so I could Google Street View the place. All she remembered was “Magnolia” and the street was “a number of some kind.” (Hey, it’s been 30 years.) [Read more…]
(This article was originally published by Deanna Isaacs via The Auto Reporter.)
Anyone who has frequented this site will know by know that I’m a Mazda Miata/MX-5 fangirl. I sat on the edge of my couch watching the unveiling of the brand new MX-5 in September of 2014. Fast forward one year and the 2016 MX-5 is sitting in my driveway, waiting to take on the roads of Washington.
If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve shifted towards more storytelling here lately. I’m trying to post more often; working on my gearhead autobiography. [Read more…]
(Reminder: This is a rough draft.) [Read more…]
And airplanes. Not so much boats and motorcycles, though I’ve always admired them from a distance. Chalk it up to one of those things where you know you’d probably love it and have even less time and money to spend on yet another interest. [Read more…]
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gearhead. To me, that was better than being anything else. To be a gearhead was to explore the world. [Read more…]
GBXM has always been about gearheads like us; people who get it. We love shiny new cars and car parts. But while the cars might bring us together, it’s the things we do — together — that keeps us coming back. [Read more…]
It’s hard to say, who ya are these days,
But you run on anyway, don’t you baby?
You keep runnin’ for another place,
To find that saving grace.
This article originally published on Bothell-Reporter.com, where Deanna is a journalist.
Car enthusiasts, of the UK-variety, clamored for space at the ABFM and for the opportunity to represent what their brand had to offer, even Deloreans representing the Ireland and Aurora Cobras representing Canada came out to the park to partake of British motoring culture.
“It’s been a wonderful day, the rains held of mostly, but being a british car show, that was rather fitting,” said Gary Cavett, the owner of a 1981 Delorean.
“I found my Delorean through Delorean Motor Cars Northwest [DMC Northwest],” Cavett said. “I’ve had it a number of weeks, but I’ve been looking for a number of years. It’s a lot of fun.
DMC Northwest, located in Bellevue, is one of six DMC locations worldwide, most of which are in the US.
“It was ‘62 when my grandfather bought this car as a wreck – a total – and he designed this body for his car; his design, his sheetmetal work,” said Michael Ibson, owner of a 1960 Triumph TR3 custom.
The car had gone to other family members until it was garaged and found its way to Ibson.
“He did several cars through the years, but this is the one we’ve been able to keep in the family,” Ibson said. “He was an engineer, a garage-based engineer without training, but what’s interesting is the little things he did on this car that I’m finding. Just the little things he would design and build that remind me of him.”
Of course, there’s also car culture, too, and celebrating the work that each and every person puts into their cars.
“I restored it from the ground up, including the bodywork, paint, mechanical – everything,” said John Wolslegle, owner of a TVR Vixen. “Just the joy it gives me, it’s such a unique body style and shape, it’s just a lot of fun to look at.”
Woslogle trailered his TVR several hundred miles to get to the ABFM, but it was well worth heading down the road for the event.
“This is my first time to this meet, it’s low key and a lot of great cars here, so I was very happy that I came,” Woslogle said.
“Since we left South Africa… Since we arrived in Uruguay we’ve done about 60,000 miles because we circumnavigated South America, most of those countries we went to twice,” said Graham Robert Bell, owner of a 2003 Land Rover Defender with a tent on the top, who is globetrotting with his wife, his 16-year-old son and his 10-year-old daughter.
“We really enjoyed most of them. It’s difficult to pinpoint one. Brazil was fantastic, Columbia was amazing, Bolivia was mindblowing and the United States has been something fantastic,” Bell said. “One of my favorite places would be a coffee growing town called Cocarelle in Brazil, the kids went to school there and it was very peaceful.”
While they do miss South Africa, they still have a ways yet to go. They need to arrive in Alaska and head back out before the next month.
“We’re from South Africa, what do we know about snow?” Bell said. “I’m looking forward to the beer at the end of it, to celebrate, but from Alaska the idea is to get the Landrover back around through the US, maybe Mexico, for the Winter.”
He’d like to head back up to Newfoundland, in the Northeast of North America, then ship the Defender to Greenland, then to Europe to tour around for a while.
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For one family, the ABFM was part of the trip, which started three years ago in South America, for others, the ABFM was a celebration of all things British Motoring.
The eco-efficiency of the Sonata Hybrid isn’t just about taking you wherever the road takes you, but where you go every day in an affordable and eco-friendly manner.
This article was originally published by Deanna Isaacs via the Kirkland Reporter and was written for The Auto Reporter republication.
Downtown Kirkland opened it’s parking spots and shut out normal traffic last weekend to ensure that the Kirkland Classic Car Show was a triumph… no not a Triumph car, but a triumph of auto-shows.
This article was originally written by Deanna Isaacs and published via Kirkland Reporter papers.
The British are invading Saint Edwards State Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, as the Western Washington All British Field Meet (ABFM) car show and swap meet sets up shop for the day.
For decades, Nissan has had a strong tie between driving and having fun, with engineering enthusiasm that borders on the ultra-geeky – and I like that. So, naturally, that would extend to the all new 2015 Nissan Maxima.
On July 15, Amazon is hosting a deals day to rival Black Friday celebrating the company’s birth and giving massive discounts to consumers, including the auto inclined.
While the list of exact items isn’t known, Amazon has released a teaser of the Amazon Prime Day deals.
Deals will include:
- Save up to 50-percent on select tools for the DIY auto enthusiast
- Connected Car and Scan Tool products starting at 60-percent off
- Road trip-ready automotive products starting at 50-percent off
There are also deals for security (say, garage security) that auto enthusiasts could benefit from.
- Two security camera kits, $279.99
- Save more than 70-percent off…Thermos (for your road trip needs)
- “Highly rated” binoculars, under $120
So, save the date to save some dough on the automotive-inclined products you may have been looking to purchase any ways.
Amazon Prime Day one-day deals will start on July 15 at 3 a.m. EST and will have new deals updated as often as every 10-minutes.
I don’t mean in the ‘let’s go sideways around a corner’ fun – though the Sonata Sport gives a good smile at green lights – I mean in a ‘let’s all pile in and just drive’.
With an EPA highway rating of 35 mpg, 24 city and 28 overall, it’ll be easy to take off and head to where ever the road leads, with plenty of room for everyone.
There’s head and leg room enough in the backseat for two average adult, but I wouldn’t throw a basketball star back there or stretch that number to three adults – that’ll be a little too close for comfort.
While the seats could be a touch more comfortable, more like the Genesis maybe, they were fully adjustable for the driver including lumbar support. It does come with a telescopic and tilting steering wheel, similarly to the Genesis, which makes the driving position more comfortable for longer drives (or for Seattle traffic).
While driving around Seattle’s curvy roads, enjoy the sport-tuned suspension. Create your own smile at a green light by tapping the gas pedal, sending the 185-hp 2.4L direct injection engine into action.
The tested version came with two added packages, the Premium and Tech packages, well worth the $1,700 each.
The Premium package came with a Blind Spot Detection System with a rear sensor for cross traffic the driver can’t always see, a hands-free trunk opener for those times a driver is laden with bags, sport seats to help the driver stay in the seat (when going sideways), dual climate control and more.
A leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob gives one a little extra grip, but also a bit more style.
The Tech package comes with a larger, 8-inch touchscreen display, a premium sound system (including sub-woofer and amplifier) from Dimensions, HD radio and more.
Don’t let me forget the color, either. The Venetian Red color stood out with its undertones of fiery orange. There’s no way anyone could miss this red delight.
Of course, all of that to help you and your passengers get on the road safely and comfortably in the 2015 Sonata Sport.
We turn our own wrenches because we want to modify our machines. If you want something done right, after all.
But how often do we apply that mentality to the rest of our lives? I love talking business and cars with gearheads like us. [Read more…]