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Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

Event Gallery: Fontanel Concert Cruise, September 2014

The more we spend time at Fontanel, the more we love it. The last time we went we were rained out within an hour and a half. This time the weather couldn’t have been more perfect, with cars...

Recall Number…We’ve Lost Count: Impalas and Cadillacs Recalled For Brakes That Can Catch Fire

It’s almost like Groundhog Day: Wake up, check news, report on another GM recall. This time it’s one of the newer GM platforms, the Epsilon-platformed Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS...

Crash And Burn: Tim Bell Loses His Brakes At Circuit Of The Americas In Austin, Texas

Tim Bell, the driver of the Nissan 370Z pictured, is probably grateful to be sitting wherever he is, uninjured, after losing the brakes during the middle of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge...

Ebay Find: Who Needs A Giant 1980’s Chevrolet Dump Truck?

This was just too cool to pass up. Oddly, I found it while hunting mid-80s El Caminos, so someone at eBay has a sick sense of humor. This is a 1981 Chevrolet C-series dump truck with all of the...

More Auction News: The “Easy Rider” Chopper Is Headed To The Block

Apparently this year’s theme at the major auctions is “celebrity attachment”. First there was the John Wayne Pontiac wagon, then the Rolls-Royce that was given to Johnny Cash by...

Some of Nissan’s Employees Turned a Leaf Into a Ute, And It’s Not As Bad As You Might Think

The Nissan Leaf is pure electric, pure environmentalism, and pure birth control. I can give credit to the company for not half-assing about and going full electric, and making the car useable. But...

An Austrian Police Officer Found Out Just How Much The Locals Loved The Speed Trap

Ever know a particular stretch of road that is used frequently as a speed trap? It’s got the fencerow that’s overgrown and perfect for hiding a Crown Victoria and a donut muncher who has...

Rough Start: A Lincoln Mark VII LSC For A Grand-How Can You Lose?

The entire reason behind the Rough Start segment was to maximize the fun-for-the-dollar ratio. That means different things to different people and I think I’ve tried to spread that around as...

Craigslist Find: V8 Swapped Early Celica

The first couple generations of Toyota Celica were great examples of Japan copying the styling of muscle cars and pony cars and transferring the look onto a sporty chassis. The first-gen Liftback...

Unknown Parts Counter Guy: Random Requests And More “The Customer Is Always Right” Quotes

The only thing better than what I end up seeing with my own eyes is what you see with your own eyes and share with all of us. Real life is better than any story writer, because at the end of it all...

Unhinged: Always Just Out Of Reach

We all have that top-spot perfect project car. Very lucky few of us are lucky enough to get our hands on it and make something successful out of it. When you are able to get one, they are pure...

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B.J. Baldwin And Hoonigan Release “Recoil 2” Video: Flying A Truck In Ensenada, Mexico

Hoonigan and Monster Energy have been great about releasing racing videos that borderline on pure automotive porn for years. For rally racing, they have Ken Block’s Gymkhana series. Mike Ryan...

Craigslist Find: A Viper-engined Honda S2000, For The Deathwish You Never Knew You Had

The Honda S2000 is the least-annoying Honda made, if you want my honest opinion. It wasn’t a boring sedan that only just did it’s job, it wasn’t a pretentious hybrid, and it...

Craigslist Find: A Collection Of Potential Projects In Kansas Is Up For Sale

Got to thank BangShifter Ron Ward for turning me on to this sale going on out in Great Bend, Kansas. This is a potential treasure trove of cars and trucks that is up for sale. The vehicles run a...