Photography by Deanna and Robert Isaacs.
On Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6, the Events Center of CenturyLink Field in Seattle was bursting from its seams with cars of every kind, all there to be sold at the Mecum Auto Auction.
None shall pass. (All must pass.)
Bucket list item from GBXM 1.03 [Read more…]
Bodo Engemann send me a quick note on Facebook this weekend while I was building Issue 1.08. On Tuesday, 3 September 2013, North Diamonds Mitsubishi club was invited to Kinder-Hospiz Sternenbrueke (Star Bridge Children’s Hospice) where they presented the organization with a check for €3,000 (about US$4,000).
If you’re a subscriber, you read all about how North Diamonds’ event Tuning 4 Kids came to exist (preview), how it’s growing every year, and how the funds raised help terminally ill children and their families in Germany. We’re happy to share the results of their hard work and dedication to their community. [Read more…]
Have you ever wanted more? | Ever get that feeling you want something more out of your local club, but can’t quite put your finger on it? What if you teamed up with a local charity to make help terminally ill children and their families? That’s exactly what North Diamonds Club did.
My good friend Bodo Engemann tells me, a couple years back, at their annual Christmas party, they found themselves in a member’s garage, looking at a table covered with gift bags full of all the random goodies handed out by generous sponsors during events over the course of the year. They got to talking about a local childrens’ hospice called Kinder-Hospiz Sternenbrueke, which helps families provide end-of-life care for their terminally children and decided to host a little auction. At the end of the night, they’d raised about US$400 (more than 300€) for this noble cause. Betting on pens and lighters. [Read more…]
COMING UP IN 1.06 | Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb was this past weekend. Sebastien Loeb entered this year, so you know how things played out. (Read: Loeb enters, Loeb wins. Later, rinse, repeat.) Conveniently, the good people at Redbull apparently televised the whole spectacle live on the internet. I say “apparently,” because I didn’t really hear about it until after the stream ended.
IF ONLY THERE WAS A CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE EVENT CALENDAR!
There is. Okay. There will be very soon. It’s called PaddockScene, I’ve had a chance to discuss it in-depth with Mike Briskie, the founder, and am really excited about this new site. It’s all about connecting gearheads with automotive events and entertainment. [Read more…]
With the endless news updates surrounding “The War on This” or “The War on That,” you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know the last person to serve in WWI died in 2012. Memorial Day is a national holiday in the United States wherein we remember the men and women who died in service to their country.
Growing up in the military, I’ve always felt the men and women in uniform were my extended family. There’s an unspoken understanding among those in a community who know those they hold most dear may be called to the front lines on any given day. Though my dad retired back in 1995, there have been many times since where I’ve felt like a bastard for not enlisting and doing my part as my brother’s keeper.
This Memorial Day, I wanted to honor those who have fallen – and who may fall. In my eye, they deserve more than the thinly veiled opportunism sold as a celebration of freedom. There is no way we civilians can ever truly know what they endure in the name of freedom.
Put your own pro- or anti-war opinion aside for a moment and think about the troops. I don’t mean stick a yellow ribbon sticker on your tailgate or share some sappy, patriotic picture on Facebook. Think about what it means to give up some of your personal freedom in order to serve a higher purpose. This is what every service member has sworn to do.
The media and crooked-ass politicians have reduced our men and women in uniform to pawns in their all but useless political circus sideshow. They deserve better than that. 100 years ago, during World War I, 1 in 4 Americans were actively serving in combat operations. The other 3 in 4 Americans were supporting them from home – re-tooling factories to build tanks and ammo, changing their diets with “Meatless Mondays” and “Wheatless Wednesdays,” and even buying war bonds to fund the war effort.
Today, the number of Americans actively serving in Operation Enduring Freedom is closer to 1 for every 100. How many of those other 99 citizens are actively doing something to support the troops? Sadly, it often feels like it’s still just three or four. When the doughboys of WWI marched across Europe, through unspeakable horrors, they knew everyone back home was thinking about them. I don’t think our current troops have that luxury.
So why do they do it?
Why do they suit up and walk willingly into the face of danger every day? Ask any solider you know – it ain’t the for the money, that’s for sure. Those of us who have never served will never truly know, but I have to believe they do it because they genuinely ARE their brothers’ keepers. I have to believe they do it because they see themselves as making a difference in the world.
This Memorial Day, think about our men and women in uniform. And not as some generic, altruistic stereotype – as your friends, your neighbors, your fellow countrymen. They all have names and they are sworn to do what must be done, whether they like it not. You can enjoy shit beer, shit food, and the blind consumerism that passes for a “celebration of freedom” any day of the week. Today is their day.
GBXM 1.04 is running about a week behind schedule due to my being out in the California high desert for High Desert Trails rally the weekend I’d ordinarily build out the issue. Since we only have the one desktop computer in the house these days, and Vanessa uses it for work everyday and to process wedding pictures, I’m just piecing stories together as I get some seat time. The big crunch will come this weekend.
WORKING AHEAD: 1.05
In the meantime, I’ve got to get irons in the fire for 1.05! Since “Year of the Snake” seems to have crawled under a rock, I’ve recently been thinking about what I want GBXM|united to DO for automotive enthusiasts.
As hard as it is to find and produce the stories you read here, I want to make things even harder on myself! I want to showcase more stories of people who exemplify the mindset we’re trying to promote. Allow me to paint you a couple pictures…
- You go to a meet. At this meet, there’s this guy with one of the cleanest [blank]s you’ve ever seen. He’s only been playing with this particular vehicle about a year, but it’s pretty much perfect. You get to talking to him and he mentions owning his own business.
- Think about that guy with the performance/tuning shop. His car is all decked out, makes crazy insane power, and looks like a million bucks. He’s always posting pictures of the cool shit he does through the week, and the time he spends racing on the weekend.
- And let’s not forget the guy on your forum who makes a living taking pictures of rare and exotic cars. He doesn’t post all the time, but when he does, you know you have to check it out. He’s riding spending time with legendary machines while you’re doing something less meaningful.
Admittedly, we’re all a little jealous of these guys. We see the rewards, but we don’t always see the sacrifice and hard work that got them there. I want to share the stories of those sacrifices. Figure we can learn a thing or two from our successful gearhead brothers and sisters living the dream. GBXM|united is all about how the skills we gain building high performance machines can also help us build high performance lives.
Since yesterday, I’ve done the following for the magazine:
- followed up with David Buschur re: DSM/EVO Shootout interview
- had a really good discussion on G+ about walking away from rally (see yesterday’s post)
- posted up on galantvr4.org looking for tips and ledes on exceptional gearheads to interview
- contacted Cameron Dawes of CamTuning in New Mexico. He’s got an 800whp wagon
- reached out to Ernie (below) and Jax on DSMpurity to get some clean DSMs cooking
- messaged Boost Inc. on Facebook about the shop and “Vader,” a 9-second WRX STi
- registered on ratsun.net so I could PM a guy named Bob who does cool shit
- asked a guy on galantvr4.org to run down an Evo owner on EvoM for me
- looked into finding a guy with a 10-second Nissan Sentra
- was told about someone with a recently-boosted VR6
- discovered the Tabor Rally website is dead :(
TONIGHT “AP TIME”
Tonight, after Penny goes to bed, I’m going to step out into the garage and spend half an hour cleaning up my tools. Tomorrow night, I’m hopefully going to the shop to clean up and sort a metric ton of DSM/Galant parts for keep/sale/trash. Then I’m going to finish cleaning up my tools Thursday night. This weekend, I’m going to crank out the next issue of Gearbox Magazine.
The beat goes on.
Back in 2005, a friend asked if I could help him crew for a California couple racing a Dodge Neon at the Prescott Rally, 90 minutes north of Phoenix. They needed help keeping the car in the fight. Eight years later, I am still just as excited about this event each year as I was in 2005. Have you ever volunteered as rally service crew? [Read more…]
Here at GBXM, we want the whole world to know the best automotive stories are those of regular folks like you doing big things on small budgets. We leave the big name, celebrity-style stories to the 10,000 other automotive publications on the web. For the most part, we try to find new people with new stories, but we’re going to start following up on past stories more often. [Read more…]
I think I speak for all of us who, for whatever reason, could not make it to Norwalk to party with you at the DSM/EVO Shootout when I say, go fast with class and the only way you’re getting free donuts at the All American Inn is is you stay up all night drinking. [Read more…]
The Autobahn. Two words bringing to mind images of Teutonic driving pleasure. Unbridled speed on tarmac of the highest quality among a population of drivers of the highest ability. It is the dream of every motoring enthusiast in the world to stretch the legs of a fine, German car on the wide, smooth lanes. It is the gold standard of motorways. The Alpha and Omega.
It is also home to der Stau. [Read more…]
It was a beautiful, sunny Thursday morning. The cavernous boot of our white Mitsubishi ASX4 generously accepted our massive, re-packed suitcases and tempted us to pack even more back there. The four of us went over the game plan again, recounting the best laid plans of mice as it were, in a subconscious stall tactic. As excited as we were for the next leg of the journey, we did not want to part ways with our new friends. [Read more…]
If you want to get the absolute most of your time in exciting new places, you need… a plan. If you plan things out to the minute – and you aren’t organizing super special stages in a rally – you’re setting yourself up for a lot of stress. You stand to make yourself miserable and ruin the experience. It’s important, then, to plan plenty of flex time into your agenda. Day 5 was our flex day. [Read more…]
One of the guys in my mastermind group is crazy into hot rods and customs. How crazy? I can’t say for sure just yet, but I happen to know he gets out to a lot of events, like the LA Roadster Show. In talking with him the other day, I found out he’s got a lot of pictures and stories to share from this event very soon. [Read more…]