[ originally published 06/23/11 | updated 02/06/18 ]
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…]
It’s been two weeks since I last logged into the site to do anything.
Preconceptions run deep. Ever say something, hear the words coming out of your own mouth, and go, “Wow. Did I really just say that out loud?” It’s usually something really dumb, too, isn’t it? I hate when that happens, but the other day, I heard myself say something that surprised me. Not so much that it was dumb, but that it flew in the face of what I thought I believed.
“It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
“First they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Ghandi
“What would you say… you DO here?” – Bob Slydell
Professional politicians are greedy, corrupt bastards one and all. Republican. Democrat. Doesn’t matter. They’ll say anything to get elected, then do anything to keep their jobs. Needs of the people be damned. Wealthy, yet beholden to the corporate interests bankrolling their slanderous campaigns through cowardly, ought-to-be-illegal, dark money groups, they spend millions telling us just how inept and corrupt they all are – and we eat that shit up, electing shill after shill, asshole after asshole. Doesn’t matter who wins, professional politicians ensure we, the little people, all lose. Why even bother voting?
MY MISSION: Use Gearbox Magazine to help gearheads build high performance machines & lives by showing them examples of gearheads like us who are living living better lives because they play with cars.
One afternoon a couple years back, I found myself brainstorming a motto for GBXM|united. I wanted something simple and elegant distilling our mindset to the bare minimum. Something people would immediately understand. (Something we could put on shirts and stickers and shit.) First, I had to decode the big idea swirling and evolving in my head since 2009. I started breaking it down into single words. Almost immediately, I came up with equality, brotherhood, and freedom.
There was just one small problem with those three words…
None shall pass. (All must pass.)
If everyone picks the same car to donate, it might make things easier for everyone. Here’s how. [Read more…]
Ever get the feeling you were meant for more than this? I think I’m having a mid-life crisis lately.
Wealthy guy buys 50 classics, most driveable, then leaves them to rot in the woods on his property. He calls it art. You call it heresy. I say you’re both right. Here’s why. [Read more…]
It’s going to be epic. [Read more…]
Our gearhead family is there for us when we need them. No doubt about it. Here at GBXM|united, we believe gearhead clubs are a great way to build a little more stability and power into our gearhead family and we want to help you start a club in your area. Previously, we gave three reasons why we need gearhead clubs. This time, we’re going look into how to build your club. [Read more…]
From issue 1.06 | There’s a feeling of being part of something big, something important, when we get together in person. The sense of pride we get when we’re rolling down the highway in a group, or how our home forum feels after we spend a weekend at that big, annual event with everyone. The machines bring us together, but it’s the people that keep us together. We need more of that. [Read more…]
This is where we’re headed if we don’t come up with a plan pretty quickly. WARNING: This might really piss you off. Automakers build products they know the masses will buy. The masses, unfortunately, aren’t gearheads. They don’t want to drive, and here’s why that’s a problem for you as a gearhead. [Read more…]
This was going to be a short piece about me failing emissions and how it turned into a relaxing day working on the truck, but the more I thought about it, Casudi’s Ferrari 550 story seemed the better choice. At least, it was more inspiring. [Read more…]
Gone (?) but not forgotten. [Read more…]
We gearheads need to stick together and help each other out. As much as we take pride in researching and figuring things out for ourselves, we can save time and money by consulting with experience. I think we’d all rather deal with experts who understand our automotive priorities. [Read more…]
We live on an amazing planet, made even more amazing by the different people and cultures. Car culture is equally diverse, and brings with it a unique opportunity to explore the world from the front seat. [Read more…]