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GarageLove: The New Generation of Racer

by Per Schroeder

“You can look at a Pinewood Derby Race in a variety of ways. You can make your project look cool, you can make it look like your favorite car or you can make it fast. Which do you want to do?”

I want to win.”


 

Quick Chat: Heyward Wagner, Director of Experiential Programs for the SCCA

by Per Schroeder

Heyward Wagner has been tasked with helping the Sports Car Club of America grow and with that comes a pretty official, yet nebulous sounding title as the Director of Experiential Programs. Just who is he and what the heck does he do?


 

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MotoIQ: DRIVEN – 2012 McLaren MP4-12C (With In-Car Video)

by Billy Johnson

We spent two days with the McLaren MP4-12C on the street and hot lapped it around Buttonwillow’s 13CW configuration to see if the 12C really is the best supercar that you can use as a daily driver.  Is it a modern day NSX in this regard?  Did it turn the fastest production car lap at Buttonwillow?  Read on to find out…


 

GarageLove How To: Tire Testing

by Per Schroeder

The neck-twisting grip that modern performance tires deliver was once the territory of just limited-production race compounds. Couple that delightful evolution with the rise of affordable data acquisition systems and more track-capable cars than ever before—and you just have to wonder—are we in the era where anyone can find the absolute best tire for their car? Can the hardcore enthusiast simply buy several sets of tires and figure out which brand works best for their car, track and driving style?


 

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DRIVER DEVELOPMENT: Car Control

by Billy Johnson

Braking late, hitting apexes, and powering out of corners:  The goal of driving a car quickly requires keeping the tires at their limit at all times.  Having good car control is a crucial skill in the development of a driver to not only drive a car fast, but also to have the ability to get up to speed quickly in a new car and on new tracks.  However, without self control and discipline, having good car control can actually work against you.


 

Project Car Dreams

Part 1: Finding Your Project

by Per Schroeder

For everyone that says that the hardest part about any project is the first step, I counter with this:  starting something is easy—it’s finishing the job that takes the most out of you.   Automotive restoration can be thought of as a metaphor for life.  There are lessons learned, problems solved—and layers of complexity that are often overlooked as we go from day to day, or task to task. 


 

Chasing the Dragon

by Per Schroeder

Sometimes the best roadtrips arise from happy accidents.  Maybe “accident” is the wrong word choice when talking about a drive in a car, but nonetheless, random happenings make for the best trips. One such bit of randomness got me on the best roads in the country with a set of tires that needed to be worn out before they were thrown away.


 

GarageLove: A Corner Station In My Backyard

by Per Schroeder

A friend of mine pointed out that that it was pretty funny that many of the houses he saw on his morning commute had a corner station in the backyard. Puzzled, I asked RJ what the heck he was talking about. "Gazebos—everyone has a prefabbed gazebo on their property it seems—that’s what a lot of race tracks use as worker stations."


 

GarageLove: Five Car Things Anyone Can Collect

by Per Schroeder

Thanks to collector auction craze and the inevitable glut of reality shows about it, the market for classic cars has become very volatile. Many enthusiasts have been priced out of the market as values of even the rattiest of project cars skyrocket. The early Porsche 911s are the latest beneficiary—victim—of this trend, with values increasing 50 to 100 percent within the last year.


 

Restoring the Sport Compact Generation

by Per Schroeder

I am wearing a Casio G-Shock watch that dates back to the late 1980s—it was one of the first models with a full stainless steel case under the thick plastic bezel. I recently purchased it online in a fit of nostalgia—it is a twin to the one that I had back in college. It’s a cheap way to relive my youth, but what’s really cool is that the watch has an aftermarket reproduction bezel. The originals are no longer available from Casio and some enterprising folks made new ones.


 

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