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Theme Tuesdays: Recently Viewed – May 2018

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Hey guys, I know last month was a bit on the “slow” (slow being relative term as two events were covered and a Project Why Wait update was posted) month around here, but, never fret there’s lots to come as summer picks up.

Until then, here’s another edition of the recently viewed Theme Tuesday series.











As always future recommendations for YouTube channels and podcasts are welcome!

Theme Tuesdays: Work CR-Kai Appreciation

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When it comes to relatively affordable, great looking, light, single piece wheels of reputable manufacture the Work CR-Kai wheel stands among heavy weights (in the figurative sense) like the Enkei RPF-1 and the almighty Volk TE37.

Truth be told I like the CR-Kai more than either of those wheels and wouldn’t hesitate to run a set on nearly any vehicle I see myself owning in the near future.

A Theme Tuesday dedicated to this versatile, timeless, wheel is long overdue.

There’s no better way to start this post off than with a set of CR-Kais on a truck. Any wheel that works (ha!) equally well on cars and trucks is noteworthy
These wheels don’t just work on Datsun trucks either, check out this B2200 laying frame over CR Kais
If leading off with two trucks wasn’t unique enough how about CR-Kais on a Thunderbird? Straight out of left field but works pretty damn well – Photo: iputinwork.com (which is sadly no more)
Keeping with the ‘vehicles I didn’t expect to CR-Kais on for 100’ how about this Cobalt?
Mustang’s wear CR Kai wheels quite well too
The number of third generation Supras I come across is far too low, this car looks awesome
sold his CR Kais shortly after his Toyota MR-2 was fully painted, which is a bit of a shame because they looked great
An older 5er squashed on CR Kais
The elusive Saabaru 92x, sitting pretty on white CR-Kais
I absolutely love how this R33 Skyline looks on CR Kais Photo:
This R34 looks great on Kais too, both cars are to the point with no frills – Photo:
Simple and clean, as things were in 2011
Another throwback, this time to 2010, with these Asphalt Grey CR-Kais on a stuffed s2000
I am still a big fan of CR Kai wheels on Mazda 3s
Looking at this photo now makes me really want a set CR kais for my car in 18×9 et 38ish sizing
A clean local NSX keeping it simple on CR Kais
This E class looked great at CM a few years ago. (These might be CR Ultimates)
This Chaser looks absolutely fantastic on CR-Kais, love the paint too, great at color- Photo:
Super clean s13 ready for the street or the track – Photo:
An equally clean S14 on the wheel of the day – Photo:
And completing the s chassis set… – Photo:
Many a Subaru has been on CR Kai wheels and most look great. – Photo
Similarly many an IS300 has looked great on CR-Kais, to bring things full circle this car, which I saw recently, inspired this entire post

WTF Friday: Pro Street Double Up

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The pro street era was slightly before my time, but it’s easily one of my favorite periods of car modification. Pro street cars look like drag cars, they sound like drag cars and they often make the power of drag cars but most will never see a quarter-mile.

Caged, with fully trimmed interiors, miles of chrome and immaculate paint these cars are quite literally rolling excess. Engineering marvels built to specifically to be over the top. “Peak” pro street may have passed, but there are still people building cars befitting of the pro street golden years.

One builder still putting cars together in pro street fashion Brad Gray, of the Blown Mafia. Twin charged cars are his game and I saw two of his in person at the Detroit Autorama.

Another person holding it down for the Pro Street era is Gary Kollofski. Gary is putting one of the craziest motors in a tri-five that I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen my fair share of crazy tri-fives, crazy motors, and crazy motors in tri-fives.

So what’s Gary putting under the hood? Well, two v12s. Yes, that’s 24 cylinders inside of a car that usually has 8.

The 24 cylinder is actually made up of two 5L BMW M70 motors joined in the middle. Looking at the picture above you can see that they are essentially mirrored and to be frank it’s completely overwhelming.

Like I said, I’ve seen some crazy motors, but this one is a monster.

Given the amount of custom work that goes into a car like this, it’s been a long-term project for Gary, but no matter how long it takes there’s going to be nothing else quite like it when he’s done.

If the motor wasn’t crazy enough, being a pro street car, Gary is going to trim the entire vehicle out as a car fit for the show and street.

Now, unfortunately I can’t link you to any sort of build thread on the car because those are quickly becoming extinct, but I can link you to .

Gary optimistically aims to have his Chevy finished by the end of the year. Hopefully he posts updates regularly because I’m interested to see how it turns out. Hopefully you are too.

I wonder what kind of numbers it would put down on the dyno…

Event Coverage: Cars And Coffee Toronto 2018 Season Opener

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Together the words ‘Cars’ and ‘Coffee’ represent some of the best free automotive events in any locale. Following a formula originally perfected in California Cars and Coffee events celebrate everything that is automotive enthusiasm.

Little more than what the name implies; Cars and Coffee, these events feature no heavy-handed corporate sponsorships, three-foot tall trophies, or scantily glad ‘models’.

The cars and the people are the focus and it all works extremely well.

Year after year, and event after event, ‘s Cars and Coffee Toronto events continue to grow. EA has managed to capture lighting in a bottle and they let a little more out the first Sunday of every month.

The weather for 2018 season opener was exceptional and as a result it was a full house. Cars were lined up in the front, rear, and sides of Engineered Automotive and overflowed into the surrounding lots.

Engineered of course had a few on display inside as well.

It’s a good thing Engineered Automotive is located where it is, because if it were a street or two closer to houses I don’t think the event would go quite so uninterrupted.

With so many cars present it’s really hard to choose exactly what to look at. Fast, slow, lifted, slammed, muscle, exotic. If you can’t find something you like at this Cars and Coffee then you might have a hard time finding something you like anywhere.

For those who have yet to go it might sound like I’m embellishing but trust me I’m not. There is quite honestly something for anyone who likes cars beyond their ability to take you from point A to point B.

Something about the atmosphere of Cars and Coffee also makes people that much more approachable. Maybe it’s the lack of formal organization beyond park here, don’t park here, or maybe it’s because it’s so early on Sunday, but everyone is laid back.

I’m not an extrovert by any means but I often end up in lengthy conversations with complete strangers, and their cars in general, at Cars and Coffee.

That’s exactly what happened between the owner of this Triumph and myself. The car arrived about twenty minutes before I made my way over to shoot it and I remembered that as it rolled by something seemed off.

Of course it wasn’t until I went over to investigate that I discovered why the car sounded so different.

The custom badge, spoils the punchline, but also totally explained why I didn’t hear the car when it drove in.

The somewhat distinctive me mechanical sound of the inline 4 cylinder motor has been replaced by the nearly inaudible hum of an electrics.

When it comes to electric cars, I don’t really know head from tails, but, I do now there’s a lot going on here. Through a HPEVS AC50 3-Phase AC motor the car puts down 77 wheel horsepower. This might not seem earth shattering but it’s worth noting that electric cars are pretty much instant on, at the jab of the gas pedal.

The 77 horsepower combined with the 120 ft-lbs of torque mean that first gear of this car is pretty much unusable. Unless you want to roast the tires of course.

Ithe build is a father son project, and the owner admits that he’s a little scared of it. Or maybe scared isn’t the right word.

He’s very aware of how little in safety features the car has in the event he did get in a crash.

Remember what I said about variety? ‘The E-Fire’ Triumph was parked nearly directly across from the BMW S38 powered Datsun I featured in last week’s Motor Monday post.

Variety, these events are all about variety.

The sheer number of unique, spotlight worthy,  cars at every event is making me somewhat rethink the way I present the Cars and Coffee Coverage. I’m still mulling a few ideas in my mind but I may transition into mini features on certain vehicles versus the entire event.

Though I do truly enjoy covering the event at large, so I’m at a cross roads.

All that said, you can expect at the very least for me to continue to attend these events because how could I not. Checking out an amazing variety of cars and having the rest of my Sunday afternoon free to do whatever I want?

It honestly doesn’t get much better than that.

Thanks again Engineered for keeping the dream alive here in Ontario.

Theme Tuesdays: Lettin’ The Sparks Fly: Part 5

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Taking a trip back to an old favorite with this fifth edition of the Lettin’ The Sparks Fly Theme Tuesday series.

This series remains a favorite of mine because no matter how you do it throwing sparks just plain looks cool. And at the end of the day, for better or worse, I’m just a guy that likes things that look cool.

Start things off with something from , their old “Party Van”
Drift sparks are a rare appearance in this series, but a welcome one – Photo: Bannana JDM
Literally down to the wire. – Photo: Yan Photography
This Ghia showering the streets with sparks was captured by
Lowriders don’t throw sparks all the time, but when they do… – Photo:
Kevin Dickson dragging his Extreme Blazer
Earnest Hicks doing the same with his full size Blazer
You guys know I can’t do a post like this without at least one first gen S dime – Owner: Bobby Eiland
Another one, owned by Mike Schaefer
Ron FS Lara’s Primer C10 laying a thick trial of sparks
Loaded c10s are a popular choice for rippin’ up road dots – Owner: Cameron Jag
This C10 is absolutely hammered, not a single care was given – Photo: Texas House Of Threads
I think this is the only time I’ve knowingly posted a girl throwing sparks
Truck does a damn good job of lighting it the way – Photo: Heather Pendleton
Derek Baehr out for a rip – Photo: Craig Rusboldt Photography
I don’t see a lot of bagged and bodied Trailblazers/Envoys
RJ Swanson owns this one that clearly lays out hard as hell
Oscar Sierra the third holding it down for the full size Ford contingent
Roman Briones laying his truck out on the road
You’ve got to look awful close but there’s a spark or two under this truck
Last but certainly not least a great looking Silverado painting the down yellow – Photo:

Event Coverage: Driven Toronto

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is a long running car show series that up until 2018 hadn’t ventured into Toronto. Instead they hosted successful events in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Saskatoon.

This year however they decided the time was right to bring the event to Toronto. They did so with the help of local Ontario OG Neal Woon Fat of TBA apparel. Neal and Driven rolled into town with a bang flying in RWB’s Nakai from Japan.

Along with Mr. RWB himself came all of the builds he’s done in Ontario to date.

I’ve already penned a piece about the curious case of Raugh Welt Begriff, so I’m not going to delve too much into the man, the myth, or the legend here.

I will say it was cool to see multiple RWB builds at the same venue, so close to home.

Long lines however are not for me, and I’d already waited in a super long one to find parking  –partially open mall parking garage, weekend, you do the math– so I didn’t spend too much time anywhere near the autograph signing area.

Instead I cruised around the two sectioned off levels of the parking garage checking out who showed up to this event.

The turnout and variety of the cars that were approved was really quite good and generally I have no complaints in that regard.

Usually the shops of Don Mills parking lot is filled with mini vans and the like, so there has likely never been this many cool cars ever housed within the parking structure.

One of the first builds to catch my eye, or rather my ear, was this Audi A4 Avant. Though the hood of the car is closed in this pic I can confirm that there is an S4 engine and transmission in the car.

I think it might be one of the first of its kind to have such a motor installed.

There is also an absolute metric ton worth of audio installed into the car. Saying this car is loud would be an understatement. It’s louder than loud.

When the owner had the system playing at partial volume it could be heard from quite literally anywhere in the venue.

Mazda guys, take a look at this FC, like it? You should, it’s a great looking street and track ready build by Jon Lee at Akii Tire.

The last time I saw the car it was sitting in his shop hood up and non operational due to a blown head gasket.

No, I didn’t mistype I said, and I mean, headgasket as there’s no rotary to be found in this Mazda.

The replacement motor is, curiously enough, a Nissan motor.

It’s not an sr20 however, no that would be too simple. Instead a turbo KA has been bolted in.

This motor was chosen for its availability and low-cost.

Purists probably hate it, but as someone who loves his fair share of odd motor swaps, I absolutely love it.

Walking through the indoor portion of the show, one car was quite literally stealing the spotlight; this phenomenally restored Hakousoka Skyline.

My memory isn’t quite what it was, but I’m pretty sure this is the only one I’ve seen in Ontario. Period.

Where it was parked wasn’t the best for photos, but I did what I could knowing that the car was from Windsor Ontario.

Windsor is one of the more south-western parts of the province, and not an area I travel to often.

The car was the subject of a lengthy restoration (documented here on the owner’s ) and 2018 marks its first year back out on the streets.

All the hard work the owner put in paid off in spades because the car looked incredible.

Having enough of fighting with the sun optimal lighting conditions of the lower levels, I made my way to the roof of the parking garage where I was again greeted with an eclectic group of cars.

Farid’s IS300 is no stranger to the show scene, having been to all the major Toronto events over the past few years.

For 2018 he’s debuted the car with a freshly swapped 2JZ-GTE motor.

Unlike most 2JZ swaps this car is still twin turbo. Honestly, as much as I love seeing a big single turbo, the twins, give this car a unique touch.

Boost Theory (a shop that opened in 2012) did a lot of the heavy lifting on this build and I’m told it’s going to crank over and hit the dyno very soon.

Another car with swapped 2JZ under the hood was this incredibly clean s14. This car was under the knife for a while but hit the streets late last year.

Driven marked the car’s debut with its new motor set up.

The Nissan is sitting on Air Lift Performance suspension that allows it to tuck Work/Vossen collaboration wheels.

The sharp-eyed among you have probably already guessed what’s going on with this car, but for those of you who may not have noticed the interesting intake pipe routing, this Porsche isn’t so Porsche powered anymore.

Yep, that’s an LS, stuffed in an otherwise stock appearing 996. I imagine this car is an absolutely blast to drive, and more deserving of the title sleeper than half the cars on Netflix’s Fastest car show. But I digress…

This e30 looks like a hoot to drive too. In addition to aesthetic modifications the temperamental, stock, s14 has been removed and an s54 put in its place.

The final upper deck car I’d like to showcase is the TE27 Wagon built by Mike at GT custom exhaust. He built this car for a new upcoming Toronto drift series known as

Because it was parked in the Drift Jam booth, and had quite a crowd around it, I wasn’t able to get the greatest shots of the car but I’ll make up for that later in the season I’m sure.

I did however get photos of the most important bits; the business in the front, which is an authentic Beams 3SGE motor.

And the party in the rear, a functional cage, and coil over set up that Mike put inside the cars rusty exterior.

The Driven Show might have a few logistical items to work out for their next venture, but for an ambitious first year event they did pretty well.

It will be interesting to see if they retain this venue but only time will tell. Hopefully they stick around and Ontario has another show option to attend.

Until there here’s a few more pictures from 2018.

Project Why Wait: Installing Airlift 3H Management

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The last Project Why Wait update marked the first time the cab made an appearance since 2016. If you were excited for more metal work I’m sorry. It’s coming, but for this post the cab is back in the corner while I button up a bit more of the chassis.

The chassis is currently on the cusp of being a proper roller. Seeing it lay running board once more would be super motivating, but before that happens there’s a few things I need to strike off the list first.

One of those ‘to do’ items was installing the  3H ride height sensors.

If you remember from the un-boxing post I went with 3H Managment so neither my wife or I have to worry about the truck riding too low, or more importantly too high, at any given time.

To be able to accurately monitor ride height, once different loads are introduced, the 3H system requires the installation of the ride height sensors pictured above.

Depending on who you ask height sensors are either fairly easy to install, or quite complex.

We’ve all heard the “hard to install” height sensor schpeal of companies who’ve opted not to release a sensor based system.

Aware of the existing stigma  produced an excellent set of instructions to accompany their kit. As someone who spent years assembling model cars, I really appreciate a good set of numbered directions.

That said, Air Lift Performance does warn installing the sensors is a time-consuming process. Luckily with this truck I have all the time in the world.

Looking back at my installation experience, one of the best things Air Lift included in the documentation were the sensor range templates. These are used to make sure the sensors articulation is within operating limits when no power is run to the system.

I used these extensively during my install.

Quick tip: you can make them a lot more durable by affixing them to thin cardboard. Cereal boxes work a treat.

I chose to start the job at the front of the truck. I reasoned this would be where most of the complications would lie.

It didn’t take long to find challenge #1. Because Project Why Wait runs Allstar performance tubular upper control arms, there wasn’t a great spot to mount the sensor linkage.

I could have tapped, or welded to the control arm, but I really didn’t feel comfortable with either option.

The solution for this problem came by way of Amazon, where I grabbed a pair of 1″ spit collars. Drilled and tapped these solved my problem perfectly.

Additionally not being permanently fixed, this mounting point allows for further adjustment down the road. I paid about $20 shipped for the collars, though it took me awhile to find a vendor that would ship to Canada.

Truth be told I think my set was used, but no big deal in the end.

Next came mounting the sensor itself. Usually the sensor is mounted above the suspension mounting point. In my instance doing so would be a little complicated so I called Air Lift’s support to see if it could be avoided. They confirmed that it while the manual prescribes one way, it will work the other.

The configuration you see above was take one. It worked mechanically, but ultimately it had a pretty big flaw.

I can be a little slow at times so, it took mounting the sensors completely before I put a wheel on and realized things were no bueno.

Had I left the sensor where it was, the first time I turned it would have been history.

Looking back I’m not 100% sure what I was thinking the night I thought that spot was a good idea. I must have under estimated how close the wheel gets to the frame when steering lock-to-lock.

Using a sensor mounting bracket I got from Air Assisted (thanks Kevin!) I was able to find an alternate position on top of the frame rail. I kept everything as tight to the control arm as possible to lower the chance it would interfere with any other components.

Above was a range test, hence the duct tape holding the two rod ends together, and the quick clamp mounting solution with random home hardware.

Once I was satisfied that position two would work, I set out shortening and re clocking the sensor arm.

This falls within Air Lift’s permissible system modifications and they cover how to do it throuougly in the instructions.

In a nutshell there’s an extruded point on the arm that you have to make sure is oriented correctly. As long as that is correct you can pretty well do whatever you like.

A bit of paint on the collar, and sensor mounting bracket, and you end up with the set up below. It’s worth noting that I cut down the threaded rod that connects the two rod ends significantly to make this work.

That is another permissible modification illustrated in the 3H instructions.

After doing the front twice, the rear was fairly straight forward. Not having to account for steering and having two flat surfaces to mount to really helps speed things along.

I mounted the sensor to the frame rail, and used the lower link bar as my suspension point.

Mounting to the lower link bar was acheived with a simple right angle bracket purchased from Home Depot.

Much like the front, I clamped everything in position before running the suspension through it’s full up and down range.

With no bind present, and everything falling inside of the red, I again trimmed the sensor arm.

I also slotted the mount on the lower link bar ever so slightly. Again this was done to allow for further finagling down the line.

The final trick to calling this job done was running the wiring for both the sensors and managment ecu/manifold combination.

Though the illustration above might make it look a little involved the wiring really is straight forward.

The controller connection cord (USB), trigger wire, and power and negative go to the front of the vehicle. A relay, and the main plug for the harness remain in the rear.

I’m sure there were a few quicker ways I could have gone about running the wiring the entire system but the cleanest way was through the frame.

Up front the driver’s side sensor enters the frame almost immediatly, crosses over to the passenger side via the engine crossmember, and joins the passenger side sensor on its trip to the rear.

At this point it goes through the rear crossmember, where a power and negative wire are going the opposite direction up to the battery, as part of the second compressor harness.

The rear sensors are done very similarily to the front, though they start behind rear cross member.

Everything is loomed and grommeted to ensure that it works for years to come. Running these wires isn’t exactly something I want to do on any sort of regular basis.

With all of the connections made I wrapped the harness tightly in electrical tape before snaking it back through the frame.

I also at this point drilled holes from the compressor wiring that also runs through the frame.

The main harness was fed through the frame up to the point where the relay and main plug branch off from each other.

Theoretically I could have modified the harness so this junction was closer to where I was going to be terminating my connections. But, this would have voided my warranty and added another ten or so points on failure.

In comparison living with the extra wiring is much easier.

Viewed from under neath the truck this is what all of the wiring looks like. There’s an extra loop of wiring in the middle there for the main sensor plug.

I could call it a service loop, but really I’m not 100% sure the tidiest way to deal with it.

That being said it isn’t really viewable from the angle below which is where most people will be looking at the back half.

While the photos above look nearly identical, the bottom has the management mounted, and wired, and brake lines run. Neither of which can really be seen which is exactly what I wanted.

Next up, probably few months of metal work on the cab before the motor comes back.

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It’s finally double digits in the garage now so I am super motivated to tear through as much as possible. You can follow the updates between the updates on but there’s more to come here on the site as well.

Stay tuned.

Motor Monday: M6 power in Datsun 240z

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Cars and Coffee Toronto events never disappoint.

Sunday, after Sunday, the casual gatherings attract some of the more obscure builds from all over Ontario. In addition to your standard exotics, muscle cars and imports.

The events are a great reminder that even though I’ve been covering the Ontario aftermarket scene for nearly a decade, there’s still plenty left to see.

The Datsun 240z that is the subject of today’s post was parked among a long line of various generation Z cars.

The whole line was getting a lot of love, but I noticed this car in particular was receiving quite a bit of attention.

Being a fairly clean example, with only small deviations from factory on the outside, I assumed that a clean L28 would be under hood, or perhaps an SR20.

What I most certainly was not expecting to see between the strut towers was a 3.5L naturally aspirated inline six BMW motor.

Shocked, I quickly looked for the owner to get some details on this madness.

The why is actually pretty simple. The builder Chris owned an M6 he put a lot of work into that no one would buy, and a rusty 280z.

After realizing he could part out his sixer for more than he could sell it, the car’s fate was sealed.

He stripped the thing right down to the shell only retaining the drive line for himself.

Stock the BMW motor S38B35 motor makes just over 250 horse power, with almost equal amount of torque. This one isn’t stock though. It’s had a few intake and fueling upgrades all managed by a Megasquirt engine management system.

The motor is backed by a Getrag five speed and a 280z rear end that’s been fit with 3.90 gears and a limited slip differential.

Braking has been updated and upgraded with Toyota pick up front discs up front and Nissan Maxima rear discs.

Chris did all of the work to this car, outside of spraying the paint, himself and aimed to keep things looking fairly oem throughout.

He’s actually thinking of building another BMW powered Z car. The second car would be powered by an s54 that he said is BMWS last “good” motor.

Given how well this car turned out I really hope he does.

If you’re interested in how the swap was performed I was able to locate the cars fairly extensive build thread here on . It’s recent as of a few months ago so is probably your best source for more information.

WTF Friday: Another S10 “Rat”

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In the Facebook group S10s come up quite a bit. Over the last few years S10 frames have become an incredibly popular option for those building just about anything.

At this point there may not be a project an S10 frame hasn’t been thrown under. As a result S10 bodies have become somewhat expendable. Or at least expendable to those with no love for first generation s10s in their stock(ish) form.

A few days ago Chris Stagg posted photos of his S10 which one can only assume was piligided for parts somewhere along the way.

Making lemons out of lemonade, Chris got out his grinder and created this one of a kind hot rod.

Chopped and shortened, the truck sits on a custom chassis that looks like it uses a hint of the original s10 suspension.

The big wheels and stock hub caps were the plan from the start and, honestly, I kind of dig the overall look.

It’s weird, but, intriguing.

Body modifications on this truck are pretty plentiful and the most obvious is the chop. Combine that with a healthy channel and you’ve got a vehicle that is roughly three apples high.

It looks as though it would be un-driveable, but the owner does manage to get in and drive the thing.

At this point he’s just driving it around his yard, but still, that alone is quite a feat.

It doesn’t look like the most comfortable ride, but he wouldn’t be the first person to put style behind comfort.


There’s currently no real front end on the truck, but Chris is trying out the two looks above.

Judging by the radiator placement in the video it looks as though he’s leaning more towards the Jeep side of things, but with a project like this you never really know.

All in all the truck isn’t exactly something I would build, but I am not mad at it either. Of the S10 “rods” that have made WTF Friday posts this is one of the best.

No explicit build thread for this truck, but if you want to see updates every now and again join

Theme Tuesdays: Ten Automotive Podcasts Worth A Listen

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I’m can’t lie, compared to most it took me a long time to get into podcasts. I found listening to them at work a little too distracting, and had a tendency to nod off listening to them on the train.

Then along came Project Why Wait and significant periods of time regularly spent in the garage. This time proved perfect for listening to podcasts. Especially on nights the power tools stayed on the shelf.

Today roughly one of every three trips to the garage is spent listening to a podcasts over music. The following ten are my current automotive go-tos.

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At this point Matt Farah is an automotive celebrity. Like many of his Foxbody Mustang (I love Foxbody Mustangs by the way) and his ‘One Take’ video series were my introduction to Matt.

These days he’s handed off a lot of the One Take responsibilities to focus on podcasting. If I’m not mistaken he has two podcasts, and which is all about cars and the people who interact with them.

His sense of humor and reach within the community make this one an enjoyable and easy listen.

Recommended entry episode:

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Ravi’s been around the social media automotive space a minute now. He’s a freelance photographer out of Florida who’s contributed work to a variety of different automotive publications like Rides Magazine and Honda Tuning.

Additionally he skateboards, and is quite opinionated. You might say we have a few things in common.

Recently he started a podcast that focuses considerably on aftermarket automotive personalities who have managed to harness the power of social media.

One of the youngest podcasts on the list it’s already off to a great start.

Recommended entry episode:

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While watching on older episode of Fast and Loud (yeah, yeah) I noticed Aaron kaufman was wearing a hat. While painting my kitchen one night, curiosity got the better of me and I tuned in to see what all the fuss was about. I’ve been a listener ever since.

C10Talk is a podcast that, as the name implies is predominantly about C10s. The host Ronnie is a firefighter and C10 lover who’s managed to embed himself in not just the C10 community, but the truck community at large.

He mixes interviews with truck builders, celebrities, and show runners in with technical episodes and show coverage episodes.

He just opened a home studio so I don’t think this one is riding off into the sunset anytime soon.

Recommended entry episode:

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The is the combined audible efforts of automotive journalist  and Jake Solberg. Together they chat about a variety of different automotive topics, in addition to guest interviews.

It is admittedly a bit random, but they snared , and in they nabbed previous featured ride owner Mike Olson, aka . That episode was my entry episode, and while I have not gone through all of the episodes yet I’m making my way.

Recommended entry episode:

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is run by the automotive journalist duo of and Patrick Stenson. Jason writes for and Patrick contributes to anyone that needs a hired gun.

Together they host in California and have covered topics like rally prep, BMW check engine lights and building stuff yourself with Nigel Pietre () which was my entry point.

This is another one that I’m chipping away at, but so far so good.

Recommended entry episode:

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is a podcast aimed at unraveling how industry professionals stay successful in the challenging automotive space.

It’s fairly Motorsports focused with guests appearing from Powerstop, Painless Wiring, Forgeline and more.

If you’re trying to figure out how to make cars your nine to five this is a great podcast to listen to.
Recommended entry episode:

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Perhaps the most globally traveled of all the podcasts listed is a collection of interviews of car racers, enthusiasts,and celebrities from around the world.

Hosted by James McKeone this Podcast is quite a bit different than the rest because it takes place in cars giving it a bit of a different feel.

It also seems like this podcast has some affiliation to the which is an absolutely awesome place to go for any enthusiast to spend a few hours.

Recommended entry episode:
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You guys remember the from a few years ago? It was built in part by Jacob Gettins, host of .

This podcast is a bit of a unique one on the list because much of it circles around the sport and culture of drifting.

Though Jacob does have a lot of ties in the Drift community, this is not exclusively a drifting podcast. They touch on tech tips, and perhaps the secondary theme of this post, social media.

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If you’re into Minitrucks, even a little bit, then you’ve heard of Jason Ballard’s podcast, Our Lifestyle. Jason, and ODB, have had a whole host of Minitruckin’ legends on the show and show absolutely zero signs of slowing down.

Each episode follows a bit of a format, a bit of random chatter in the beginning, some intro music (usually hip hop) followed by an interview.

Jason’s podcast also holds the unique distinction of being the very first one I ever appeared on.

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is a local Toronto Podcast run by Trevor Byrne. Trevor is a generalist enthusiast with a wide bredth of automotive knowledge.

He’s managed to wrangle quite a few notable members of the local Toronto automotive community () for interviews. It’s the only podcast on the list where more often than not I know the person being interviewed personally.

He follows a bit of a format for each episode which helps bring consistency and keep the conversation rolling on effortlessly.

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Those are my ten, and I’ve love to hear yours.

Also let me know what you think of the idea of ten item lists becoming a regular addition to Theme Tuesdays. They take a little longer to do, but if you’re into them I’ll keep on pluggin’

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