After a 2-year hiatus, I found myself back in Norwalk, Ohio, drinking craft brews in an overpriced hotel parking lot with my extended family. If you want to split hairs, the only real DSM I’ve ever owned was a fire-gutted 90 GS-T I bought for its engine and left for a shitty landlord to deal with when I moved out. Otherwise, I cut my teeth on 2GNT (2nd generation, non-turbocharged) cars, ground them into dust with not-a-DSM GVR4s, and now, well, there isn’t much debate about 4G54-powered Pajeros being mistaken for DSM. That said, I’ve always considered myself a DSMer. Once a DSMer. Always a DSMer. [Read more…]
Part 1 in a series.
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…]
We all have our favorite car (or truck or bike) events we return to year after year. A big part of why we attend those events is the machines. As gearheads, we love checking out the hardware, don’t we? We put in extra time and energy to make sure our vehicles are at their best because we know our brothers and sisters will be looking to them for ideas just like we’ll be looking at theirs.
The machines bring us together – across the street, across town, across the globe. [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…]
Two years ago, if you asked me why I put so much effort into this magazine, I’d tell you it’s because I want the whole world to know about the incredible things the average gearheads of the world are doing. A year ago? I’d say I want to help gearheads build high performance machines & lives. Today? I want to show you how meeting your gearhead brothers and sisters in far away places is the way to build those high performance machines & lives. [Read more…]
Three days after leaving Phoenix, we’re thousands of miles away, having the time of our lives, when I reach back to check for my wallet between trains on the London underground and discover my wallet’s been nicked. Bloody hell. [Read more…]
We had successfully traveled a distance greater than 20% of the Earth’s circumference (5,461mi/8,789km) the day before. Now it was Sunday – Day 2 – and we were up with the sun at a positively ridiculous hour, ready to get this party started. Today we would see Stonehenge. Not on TV, not on Wikipedia – in real life. But first… breakfast! [Read more…]
Imagine you’re a taxi driver and you frequently pick up fares at the airport. It’s one of the busiest airports in the world – London-Heathrow (LHR). Where do you suppose most people stepping into your cab want to go? Home or office, sure. Probably more than a few have a hotel in mind. And surely tourists from foreign lands with all kinds of odd requests, but how often do people with suitcases want to go directly to a car dealership? [Read more…]
Over the course of the last two years, I toyed with the idea of possibly going back to Germany to attend ElbeTreffen. Sometime after the DSM Shootout last summer, I decided we had to make it happen and started planning in earnest. Plane tickets to Germany in the prime tourism season (summer) were crazy expensive, but I discovered we could save nearly US$1000 by flying into London. I’ve never been to the UK.
The GBXM World Tour 2012 began to take shape. [Read more…]