.

the car junkie daily magazine.

.

Author Archive: Bryan McTaggart

The Bad One: Ryan Newman’s Last Lap Crash At The 2020 Daytona 500

Nineteen years ago, I was in a classroom in a high school in Illinois, working on a project during a study hall session when I learned what happened: during the running of the 2001 Daytona 500 the...

Unhinged: Hunting For Beaters On Australian Marketplace Sites

So…I didn’t know that you could shop for Australian markets on Facebook Marketplace. Like I needed another way to dive down the rabbit hole of online car shopping, right? But I did, and...

Want Your Late-Model GM Truck To Be A Better Shop Truck? Check Out RideTech’s StreetGrip System For 2007-2013 Trucks!

It’s pretty difficult to look past a late-model GM pickup truck for a good daily driver or shop rig, isn’t it? Couple of comfy seats, heat and air, a thumping sound system, LS power, and...

Blizzard Warning: 1989 Toyota Blizzard – What Happens When Toyota Taps Daihatsu For A Mini-Land Cruiser!

I won’t lie, I looked at this pictures of this 1989 Toyota Blizzard for way too long, trying to figure out what I was missing. It certainly wasn’t a Land Cruiser, way too small and unlike...

Reason To Go Home And Drink: RIP Holden, 1856-2021

In news released late last night, General Motors has finally come right out and said it: Holden will retire the Holden brand and operations in Australia and New Zealand by 2021, as well as divesting...

There’s Your Problem: Some Of The Greatest “What The…?!” Moments For A Mechanic!

When you’re considered the automotive know-it-all of either the neighborhood or within your group of friends, people bring you their troubles. “Hey, bro, can you just go for a quick ride?...

Spring Planting: Burying Mega Trucks In One Deep Hole In Michigan!

February is still a bit early to actually break out the tiller, but it’s the perfect time to start preparing the layout for the garden at BangShift Mid-West. Yeah, that’s right, when...

We’ll Always Have Yaris: Mighty Car Mods Test Out Their Hot-Rodded Toyota Hatch!

It takes effort to say that there is such a thing as making a Toyota Yaris a rocket ship or a track attack machine. It’s akin to the old yip about polishing a turd…you can make it pretty,...

BangShift Question Of The Day: How Much Fun Have You Had With Rolling Garbage?

In the grand scheme of things, what does a few hundred bucks buy you? Be fair now…no family deals, no wink-wink-nudge-nudge “trades” with your friends. You’ve got a couple...

Rough Start: 1997 Subaru Legacy GT – Manual-Trans Rally Daily

When it comes to Subaru, the first vehicle I think of isn’t a WRX, or an STi, or even the 555 rally cars of the late 1990s. Those are all good, don’t get me wrong. Subarus were the first...

Scrapple, Your Guide To The “meh”-Worthy News! This Week:

Chad’s out racing, Brian’s doing his thing in the tower and I’m neck-deep in Mustangs, both my own and other people’s. The “racing season” might be a little bit...

The Last Comeback: The Story Of Tim Richmond’s 1988 Daytona 500 Drama

He had a playboy reputation and had just started to gel with Hendricks Motorsports and legendary crew chief Harry Hyde. For the 1986 season, he had racked up a string of first-place finishes and...

Unhinged: The Electric Vehicle Outsold The Manual Transmission For The First Time In 2019

One of two things is going to cause me to ditch a manual transmission for an automatic: either my left leg will no longer be useable to work the clutch pedal or what’s left of me will be...

MORE: Unhinged

Not Built Like That Anymore: Uncle Tony And The Downgrading Of Today’s Auto Parts

So, in the last month, I wound up shelling out over a thousand dollars on my 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Eco’s transmission…specifically, the hydraulic slave cylinder, the clutch, the sprung...

MORE: Videos