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Sometimes you want an easy project. Something to just go into the garage and work on for a quick fix of your own. The sense of completion. For quite a while now I have been wanting to change the plugs and the oil on our 56 Chevy. A simple task. But, it has been a busy couple of months and I had just not gotten around to it. When I was younger, I always wondered why guys would put up a TV in their garage or why some people read in the restroom. Having a kid, it all made sense. A few minutes to yourself. Got it. Made more sense than ever. Now don’t misunderstand me, I love my kid with all of my heart and then some, but, as you parents out there know...-time becomes a very precious commodity. And time to yourself, that becomes even rarer. So we got through Motor4Toys season and things were calming down and our daughter Scarlett had come down with that cold that every other kid had caught. Naturally, all she wanted was her mommy. So, within that “mommy time”, I figured I could sneak out into the garage and change some plugs and oil. A simple tune-up and I would satisfy my mechanics itch. Easy-peasy. I suppose every man’s dream garage is a garage with enough room and organization that you can fit anything you wanted to work on in it, have enough lighting and a lift. Did I mention every tool...well, I had almost enough space, not really, but when you want to do something you find a way to do it. So between all the clutter of the remnants of stuff from the Motor4Toys event, it was just me, the 56 chevy, some plugs and oil. I had the radio on and it was going to be a little “Dusty time.” I had picked up the plugs from the guys over at All Car Parts on Vanowen and Canoga. You gotta love that place. It is like the “Cheers” of auto parts stores. You walk in, they just kind of look at you and then it is like an old family reunion. Gotta love the guys over there, always there for you when you need them. And, they always know the part you need. “Cheers” and a “Chilton’s” book all rolled into one. I had gotten the plugs a few weeks earlier, hoping to have the time and there they sat with dust. I was finally getting to it. I was so excited for an easy job. The key word is “easy.” I have found that for the most part, when it comes to me and cars, nothing is easy. Perhaps it is that I am always rushing around or trying to save a dime. Or, that I don’t try to enjoy the task. I had recalled there was some book about the Zen of car repair, never read it, but during the process of changing the oil, my mind did reference that I should look into it. So, nothing is ever easy with me and cars. I have come a long way, but how hard can an oil change be? The 1956 Chevy that I picked up a few years ago was a nice little hot rod. 383 stroker, sounded great. It has since become the “family
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car” as the car seat fits perfect in the back. When I got it, it had been sitting in a garage for almost a decade. I had to change the gas tank, the electronic fuel pump and had a few other things looked at. The team at the Auto Gallery knew I was going to put my family in it so they suggested I drop it off for a good looking over. Thanks guys! When I bought the ‘56, I hadn’t planned to. It kind of just crossed my path. Sitting there in a garage covered with years of dust, it was a once in a lifetime chance. I went for it. The funny thing is I had no idea how much I would fall in love with the car. My family too. Cruising down the street in a 50s Chevy, people honk, wave and approach you everywhere you go. They talk about their dad’s car, their uncle’s car, their mom’s car...everyone has a story with a early Chevy. Kind of classic Americana if you will. The car is magical. So when you buy an old car like a ‘56 or a Camaro or a Mustang, many hands have touched over the years, many different people with different ideas on how to do something right. This particular car, well, the car reads no oil. Sure the gas gauge is stuck on full, I can live with that (for now), but the dipstick never reads oil. Ok, probably the wrong dipstick. I should fix that at some point in time. So, there I was in my crowded garage getting the ‘56 onto the jack stands. The garage filled with stuff on one side, the jack with not a lot of room to do it’s job, my neighbors looking in must have thought I was nuts. So, with the car in the air, I drained the oil, changed the filter and put her back on the ground. Easy. Done. I was happy. Putting the oil back in..., ahh, the damn dipstick is not reading. Well, I wanted to break the tradition of doing it “the wrong way” and ran over to Pepboys to see about a dipstick. Yup, there it was. Easy fix... Have you ever been called a “dipstick?” I wonder what it actually means. That you are slippery and covered in oil or you that you an indispensable tool that keeps an engine running. Well, a dipstick is easy to pull out, but how about that little tube that the dipstick goes into, the one that sticks out of the engine block. You ever given that little piece of tubing a moments thought? So there I was, oil changed, new dipstick in hand, another quick and easy change. Steps involved: 1. Pull out dipstick. 2. Pull out housing tube. 3. Put in new housing tube. 4. Put in new dispstick 5. Feel like a man. So, that would be how it worked in the normal world, not my world. I pulled out the dipstick and then got to pull out the housing, which proceeds to break in half. Half out, and half stuck in the engine block. For those of you who have been there, start laughing now. So, then I let out that long sigh, knowing that I am either going to pull out the broken tube with ease or it is going to be a battle. But, with my luck, we all knew it would be a battle. I found a pair of vice-grips that just about got in
the right spot and grabbed just enough and I pulled and pulled and pulled. Then I pulled some more. Went on the computer to see what others had done in my situation and pulled even harder. Damn thing didn’t budge. Then I found something online about putting a bolt into the tube and turning it with a ratchet to break the bond between the tube and the engine. Sounds intriguing. Now in between all of this, my thirty minute oil change and dipstrick change turned into a real pain in the a$$. And, not to mention it killed my dream of a quick, easy oil change to fill my requirement of being manly, I know that since the tube broke and I am going to sink a bolt into the tube that there is probably some metal shavings going down into that brand new, beautifully Valvoine racing oil with not even an engine start on it. I hate wasting stuff. Brand new oil, down the drain. Really! So, I go to my parts bin, grab some bolts and preso-chango, I get the tube out in no time at all. Put the new dipstick tube and dipstick in and it reads perfect. Job, almost well done. But, that oil, do I change the oil. Of course I was going to, but I really didn’t want to. I called Heather’s dad and he said...”well......” and then I called Brian at SuperchargerOnline and he said “well....”. so I changed the oil that I just changed. But, the dipstick works! So then it was on to the spark plugs. Just imagine how much trouble I will be in with 8 plugs when I just tried to change the oil. I actually tried to slow the process down and enjoy it. Take my time, check the gaps in the plugs, look for the easiest ways to get around the headers on those hard to reach plugs. I have found with most things, start with the easy ones as it builds confidence...a carry over from school testing. So, let’s knock off the easy plugs first. One comes out, one goes in. One comes out, one goes in. One comes out, drops out of my hand, shatters on the floor. SIGH. Well, I guess I will carry on until I run out of new plugs. So, I carried on got them all done except for one. Ran over to All Car Parts, picked up the new one and put it in. I did it, I feel like a man again. Until I started the car and it seemed a bit off. Seemed that I might have not gapped it enough for the electronic ignition. So...I take one out, I put one in. I take one out, I put one in. I make damn sure I don’t drop one. The ‘56 is running like a top and boy do I feel manly. I got the job done, the dipstick works perfect and that oil is very fresh. Win across the board. The next step will be to get the gas gauge to work properly, not sure if it is this gauge, the sending unit, or something in the electrical in between. It is stuck on full, so every couple times I drive it I have to fill her up either way and keep a mental note of how much gas I “think” is there. I sure hope this goes better than the oil. And I better make sure that nobody is smoking near by....I can see the headlines now: “Guy in Woodland Hills working on his classic car when......” - Dustin
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The Axon Collection Long-time Supercar Sunday and Motor4Toys supporter Michael Axon hasn’t always had a car collection and a “Man Cave” to keep them in. He and his younger brother grew up in a blue collar area of Manchester, UK and is still a Manchester City (not Manchester United!) fan. Michael vividly remembers the Vauxhall VX490 sedan his father drove around and the drab brown Morris 1100 that his
mother made the boys hand-paint pink much to their father’s dismay. Axon graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Aeronautics. His love of engineering, design, technology, airplanes and automobiles came together while he was subsequently involved in the aerospace and automotive industries with FastCAD, the Daimler Heritage Trust and Jaguar Racing. After spending years obsessed with all the great British cars, Michael began his now life-long automotive hobby with a Jaguar 6-Liter Lister XJS. He admits that he had always dreamed of owning a Jaguar XKE. Since moving his family to the U.S. in 2007, he was able to fulfill that dream by obtaining a 1968 English Racing Green E-type 2+2. But I’m getting ahead of myself. .. The Axon Collection, or as it is
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also known, The English Car Company, started in earnest relatively recently with a restored 1970 orange MGB Roadster that Michael first saw at a Motor4Toys charitable car show. There was a for-sale sign on it, he made an offer to the owner and it was accepted on the spot. The next vehicle was the E-type Jaguar which became available through a referral from a friend and fellow auto enthusiast at Supercar Sunday. The third is one of the highlights of the collection, a Jaguar C-type that Michael said “…was just so beautiful, I couldn’t resist.” The rest has become a selection of some of the most desirable examples of English automotive engineering culminating recently in the acquisition of a very collectible 1999 Rolls Royce Silver Seraph. The only exception to the “English Rule” has been a red Ferrari 360 Modena. As for the current collection of over a dozen vehicles, Mr. Axon says, “It just kind of happened.” He also attributes a lot of the collection to his son, James. The 13 year-old is constantly at his side when driving, picking out vehicles and even working on the cars in their self-proclaimed “Man Cave”. According to the proud father, James has suggested and picked out many of the cars, and is always consulted as dad is making the important purchasing
decisions. The inseparable duo always tries to include mom Sharon, but she usually leaves them to their own devices at the Cave. James has learned so much about classic cars that he now easily joins in the conversations with other auto enthusiasts in their weekly visits to the Supercar Sunday car show in Woodland Hills, California. The Axons live and work in the local area, calling Calabasas home and Agoura Hills
the base of operations for Michael’s company, LaZerCAD. Started initially in 1995 and recast locally in 2011, the “As-Built” (sorry, I didn’t know what it meant either!) organization measures and creates floor plans for corporate and retail space across the US for multiple purposes. Michael originally had the idea when the guards wouldn’t let him off a military base with plans for a number of buildings which he
had just hand-measured and drawn the interior floor-plans. As an ardent technology geek, Michael was able to become deeply involved in the deployment and use of technology-driven data, and is now considered to be one of the foremost experts on the application of hand held lasers and 360 degree photography in the world. As with his support of Motor4Toys, Michael is grateful for his
ability to give back to the community. He looks at his car collection as a way to help others… whether it’s giving rides to cancer patients, allowing visiting tourists to take pictures sitting in the driver’s seat near The Rock Store or allowing kids in facilities like Pacific Lodge Youth Services access to the cars and teaching them about their history. Axon has also partnered with a canine physical therapy clinic to produce a “Posh Dogs for Posh Cars” calendar, with all the proceeds going to charities including Motor4Toys. Michael emphasizes that, while by definition, this is a car collection; he makes sure that all the vehicles are driven on a regular basis. More than anything, he is grateful to be the custodian of these hand-picked and iconic selections, and wants to make sure they are not just stuck away but can be enjoyed by everyone including those in need. On any given weekend and after work, if Michael and James are not happily cruising along Mulholland and the local mountain roads, they are hosting individuals and groups at their facility in Agoura Hills. James’ choice for the drives is usually the new or old Mini Cooper or his and his dad’s favorite, the E-type. The coolest to watch on the winding roads, though, are the classic 1953 C-type Jaguar and the ’63 Lotus X1 which rides only 4 inches off the ground.
If you would like to see the collection or know of a charity that could make use of the Axon’s cars, please let Michael and James know at any Supercar Sunday car… they are always there!
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Golf Tips with Tommy Mansuwan The great Vince Lombardi once said, “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” If you are one of those players who feel that you haven’t progressed even though you are committing plenty of time to practice, you may want to reconsider how you practice. Back in the 90s, the belief was that a
player must sit on the range for half the day hitting thousands of balls to get better. Repetition is what all the instructors preached. While trying to repeat certain movements is good if you are attempting to fix a fault, it doesn’t teach you how to play the game. For anyone feeling as if they have “plateaued” in their game, the reason may be in your practice. Stop the repetition and try more “random” practice. Of all the shots you hit at the driving range, how many do you think you are actually focused on? Odds are you are concentrating on very few of those shots before other thoughts creep in to your mind. Change your range routine to include more variations and you might improve dramatically. For example, instead of hitting shot after shot to the same target with the same club, switch to the “nine shot drill” with a few different clubs. This drill consists of three trajectories (low, mid, high) combined with three different shot shapes (draw, straight, fade) to a specific target. Grab an iron and hit a high draw to a flag, followed by a low cut, etc. until you hit all nine types. Unless you are a phenomenal ball striker, you more than likely won’t be able to execute all nine shot types but that is perfectly fine. You’ll notice two things at the end of
the session. First, there will be a few shots you have no idea how to hit or won’t be successful in hitting the shot shape. And in that case, you will know precisely what to work on. And secondly, you should be more focused on each shot you hit. A small trick that keeps your mind occupied throughout practice. Another creative way to practice is by using one club to hit multiple yardages. Let’s say your normal 7 iron goes 160 yards. Take that 7 iron and try to hit a flag about 80 yards out, then another one at around 120, and then one at your normal 160 yards. Once you get to your normal yardage shot, hit two more; one 10 yards shorter and another 10 yards longer than normal. The catch is that you must hit all these shots with a full swing. Do this with a few different clubs in the bag and you’ll notice your tempo improving along with your confidence. The common factor between these two routines is that like a real golf round, you should never hit the same shot twice. You’ll also learn to adapt to different situations and yardages easier on the course since you’ve practiced it. Keep it random and creative in practice…you’ll be surprised by the changes.
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Used on hot rods and most popular in the 1950’s, “Necker Knobs” were attached to the steering wheel and swiveled. This allowed the driver to put one hand on the wheel and the other around his girlfriend, providing the opportunity for the driver to kiss his girl on the neck while driving! It was also known as a ”Suicide Knob”, “Granny Knob”, and a plain “Steering Wheel Spinner”. Perhaps the most common name, however was a “Brodie Knob,” named after the “bridge jumper” Steve Brodie. Mr. Brodie is best described as a daredevil of the late 1800’s. Drivers would use the knob to spin the steering wheel rapidly and, while spinning the rear tires, whip a 180° turn, or a half donut, and take off the other way. This is where we got the term, “Lay a Brodie”! Auto part stores sold a variety of these knobs in the 50’s and 60’s. They had everything on them; product logos, colors, and women! “Brodie Knobs” are more common today on commercial equipment like fork lifts, riding lawnmowers, and tractors. They allow sharp turns with one hand while working accessories or a shifter with the other. The advent of power steering really caused the demise of the “Brodie Knob”. An original “Brodie Knob” can be a fun find at a local swap meet. Keep your eyes out!
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Photographer of the Month: JJ CHEN JJ, you are a car guy....a race car driver....a photographer....how did all of that happen? My interest in cars got a bit more serious during high school. But it really bloomed when I moved here to California where I attended the automotive trade school Universal Technical Institute. It was during my time of study
where I learned more in depth information and added more fuel to my passion. The photography came about naturally as I got more and more into cars. It was very unexpected, never thought I would get into it, but one day I took my friend’s camera and snapped a few pictures and have been hooked since. As for racing, I’m
just a weekend enthusiast, wouldn’t go as far as calling myself a racecar driver. However, I do manage a local grass roots team with my friends call Pink Ribbon Racing. Have you always been into cars and if so, what started you? It really started during high school, during this time I was reading magazine such as Super Street, Import Tuner etc. and during my free time, I like to tinker with toy car models such as X mods. And after the day I got my driver license, I was already thinking of what cars I could purchase that is “mod” friendly. Even though my traditional family was not very fond of my hobby, it has never stopped me from pursuing it. Was the racing and the photography just part of the evolution? Which are you more passionate about? Racing and photography were natural progressions through the stages for this passion of mine. But, I am definitely more passionate about racing. I wasn’t always into racing, I always wanted too, but was not really sure how to go about it since I didn’t know a speck of knowledge of the sport. But it started after my first car build, a 1993 Mazda Rx-7 FD. I built the car with whatever knowledge I had at the
cion is definitely on the top of my list. In your automotive life, what is the best moment that you have had.... I think the best moment so far is probably the first time I started my Rx-7 after building it for a year. Not only is it my very first build, but the feeling of seeing something finally coming to life and working is indescribable.
time and signed up for my first track day with Speed Ventures. The rx-7 made about 500hp at the time and I thought that was what racing was about, just a car with a grip of power and going lap after lap. That expectation was quickly shattered after my first lap. As for photography, I find it as a creative means to represent and portray my passion for cars. But like anything I do, I don’t believe in “half-assed” work. Thus I put valuable time in perfecting it as well. Do you have a day job or is it all cars all the time? My day job is mostly car related. Currently I have quite a few projects going on. Just an example, I am in the process of creating a new brand of high quality titanium and stainless steel valve-tronic exhaust system for high performance vehicles such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. As per your photography, you use a special technique called “light painting,” how did you learn that process? I first discovered the process after watching a friend of mine doing it at a photo-shoot. It instantly intrigued me. So after that I attempted it the first time with a cell phone light. It actually came out fairly decent, that’s when I said to myself I think I can get the hang of this. After that, I continue to practice and constantly ask for constructive criticism, took me about 1 year to get to where I am at today. Is photography something that you are doing professionally? It actually has transformed into more than just shooting cars. I now offer media/press solutions to companies and businesses. From photos, videos and other media related contents, I can provide full press kits or packages depending on what the clients need. Where do you see yourself in ten years? Ten years from now I definitely would like to be on my path to my ultimate career goal.
Which is having my own super car company. Everything I do today is a small stepping stone towards that goal. Tell us about your cars, what do you drive? I drive a 2013 Scion FRS as a daily vehicle. Even though the mods I’ve put on it has made it less than practical to commute in, I still love driving it. The other car is my racecar, it’s a 1993 Mazda Rx7 FD. I stayed true with it’s 1.3L rotary engine. Single turbo conversion puts out about 500HP. If you could have one car, any car...what would it be? My biggest role model in the car world today is Sir Horacio Pagani. Given that, a Zonda Revolu-
I understand that you also participate in charities, tell us about that... My race team Pink Ribbon Racing was built based on the idea of supporting breast cancer. The inspiration came form my mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer about 3 years ago. She was lucky enough to walk away from it and has recovered. But since that event, I wanted to contribute what I can towards the cause. So now, our team has partnered up with UCLA Jonsson Cancer Foundation. We create merchandise and events to generate donations for the foundation. Pink Ribbon Racing has grown into so much more than just breast cancer support. I want to expand Pink Ribbon Racing as an idea of what any individual can do with just the passion they have. What is it about the car world that you love the most? The car world is a place where anyone can just come together and share one thing, the love and passion for cars. And through this world is where I’ve met some of my closest friends today. So if I have to say what I love most about the world of automotive is definitely the people I can meet through it. Where do you see automotive photography going in the future... I am still an upcoming photographer with so much to learn. But in the future I would like
join the ranks among some of the best automotive photographers in the world. If you could be known for one thing, what would it be? When I achieve my ultimate career goal of creating my own line of super cars. I would love to be known for that. Parting thought.... what would you tell someone getting into cars, photography or racing?
This is the question I ask myself the most and is what I tell everyone asking me this question. “Will it make you happy?” I think that’s the most important thing. Whether it is cars, racing, photography or whatever hobby you may have, at the end of the day, it just has to make you happy, or why else do it at all. If someone wanted to see or purchase your prints, how can they do so? I am building a website for my work and it will
be up soon. For now, they can be seen on my personal social media such as Instagram at jjchen819. To purchase prints or interest on doing a print of your own car I can be reached at my email firstname.lastname@example.org. Because my specialty is night photography, the photos I provide have a very rare and unique style. The prints come in different sizes and mediums such as canvas. Makes a great decoration for any gearheads.
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Brook’s Book Review For the vast majority of enthusiasts, the name De Tomaso means the Pantera. This is understandable as that car is by far the biggest commercial success the marque has seen. It’s a bit of a shame though, as the story behind the company, and the man and woman who founded it, is far longer, and more interesting,
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and one which I’ve long wanted to read in detail. So it was with a mix of relief and excitement that I picked up Dr. Daniele Pozzi’s new book De Tomaso From Buenos Aires To Modena: The History Of An Automotive Visionary. It’s a very different story to that of many of the marques peers and competitors. One of the things the book emphasizes, is the extent to which De Tomaso the brand was really a collaboration between Alejandro and Isabelle de Tomaso, the couple, with Isabelle’s contributions noted, and her career as a racing driver both alongside her husband, and alone, covered. It’s long overdue. The coverage of the major models of the marque is extensive, and welcome. De Tomaso is a little unique as a manufacturer, in that, through its sister company Ghia, they also released a seemingly uncountable number of prototypes. The book makes a very worthy attempt to cover these as well, but in the end, as with the few books devoted to the brand before, the lack of records, and even names for some of the models, proves an insurmountable handicap. The process remains interesting however. The book is quite large, and
features chapters devoted to large format photos of many of the cars. I expected my favorite to be that of the delectable little Vallelunga, one of my personal favorites, and an exceedingly rare car, of which fewer than sixty were produced. In the end thought, the photo chapters of the Formula Junior racing car, and the incredibly stylish Rowan electric city car were unexpected delights. The Rowan is simply so pretty I can’t help but wish for free copies of all the photos to be given to the designers at companies like Smart. The cities of the world would be all the better aesthetically. The book is not terribly expensive at $79.95, especially when its quality, and the limited appeal of its subject are considered. If there’s a downside, it’s probably the workmanlike translation to english, but while some of the flavor of Pozzi’s native Italian may be lost, one does not get the sense that any meaning is being missed. For decades, De Tomaso’s hybrid sports cars and saloons were overlooked, and often dismissed. The same could be said for the limited published works on the subject. With appreciation (and prices) of the cars enjoying a frankly stunning increase in recent years, it seems the debut of this nearly definitive work on the man, his wife, their life, and their cars, could hardly be better timed.
Story Dustin Troyan + Photos // Cadillac
The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is back with a vengeance. What many consider a luxury Corvette Z06, it is truly a wolf in...wolfs clothing. With more aggressive lines and greater emphasis on performance styling the new CTS-V is a force to be reckoned with. So what makes this Caddy so special? It starts with a supercharged 640-hp 6.2-liter V-8 which propels this four door sedan to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and 100 mph just 3.9 seconds. Good grief! And with 630 lb-ft of torque, you better hold on as the V turns the earth underneath you as it rockets to the 200mph mark. That’s right, Cadillac states that the new and improved CTS-V will hit 200mph. Yes, a four door. The CTS-V shares the engine with the Corvette Z06 and the same gear ratios although the CTS-V is only available in a 8speed automatic transmission. To avoid the gas guzzler tax, the
CTS-V offers cylinder deactivation to keep miles up and consumption down. The goal of the CTS-V was to surpass the European luxury sport sedans in every mark. Not to match, but to annihilate the competition. They indeed succeed with the performance they were looking for which is truly astounding for a daily driver, four door sedan that weighs 4145 pounds. Cadillac decided to stay away from Carbon Ceramic brakes and offering the option. They found that the front 15.4in and rear 14.4in iron discs could dissipate more heat than carbon ceramics of the same size. Many enthusiasts love the idea of having carbon ceramics, but to increase
the wheels size to fit larger carbon ceramics and the price to do so for the consumer...was not in the works. That being said, the braking of the CTS-V is on par with any of it’s competitors. Every aspect of the exterior and underneath of the CTS-V is purpose built. The purpose is speed. Greater downforce from the front facia, splitter and rear spoiler keep the car glued to the ground. The underside is equally as aerodynamic allowing air to flow safely and effective and you catapult to the 200mph mark. Naturally, being a Cadillac, there has to be comfort. The interior is beautiful. Technology inspired, the full color “Heads up” display and the 12.3-inch high-definition LCD digital gauge cluster remind you that you are in a luxury sedan, not a race car. The 20 way heated and cooled seats, Bose Sound System, 4g LTE data connectivity, nothing was missed. If you are looking for a 200mph car you can take clients out in or the family to the park...here you go!
The Sage Automotive Group Holiday Party and Motor4Toys Toy Drive Story + Photos // Dustin Troyan
The Sage Automotive Group invited Motor4Toys to be a part of their holiday party. We were so very excited and truly had no idea what to expect. Mike Sage and Sara Hill told us that it was going to be a great event and that the Sage Automotive Group was pulling out all the stops to make this the best party ever. The goal was to show appreciation to their amazing Sage Team which is now close to two thousand employees. The Sage Group asked if it would be “ok” if they did a Motor4Toys drive to add one more holiday component to help bring in the cheer during the holiday season. Motor4Toys was honored to be apart of the event. It was a very exciting moment for Motor4Toys. How exciting, we had no idea until the night began! The Sage Automotive Group asked their staff to bring a toy to donate for Motor4Toys. And, if they did, they would receive a raffle ticket to win a brand new car. They winner of the raffle would have their choice of a vehicle from three pre-selected cars from within the brands that Sage sells. Wow! The Sage Automotive Group shut down Universal Studios Hollywood for their party. When I say “shut down”, I mean, “shut down.” It was the Sage Auto Group Family and guests and that was it. The park was ours for the evening and it was incredible. As we walked into the park, the red carpet was out and front and center was a Sage Sprinter Van.
Setting aside the Marquee had “#Motor4Toys” on it at Universal Studios, it was that there was a line of Sage Employees over fifty yards long waiting to drop off toys! It was a miracle! Within one hour the entire sprinter van was filled with thousands of toys from the Sage Automotive Group. We stood there in complete shock! How did this happen? How is the Motor4Toys name on the marquee at Universal Studios? How did we get here? And how many toys are there? As we took it all in, we were blown away by the Sage Automotive Group and their
employees. The kindness and generosity were on display and if there was ever a feeling of holiday spirit, it was at Universal Studios that night! As the night progressed, we walked around the park. It was like being in a movie, it was all ours. Heather, Scarlett and I felt like movie stars. The park to ourselves. It seemed that every step you took, there was Wolfgang Puck food being served to you, desserts, coffee and tea. Everyone was in marvel over the evening. It was smiles and hugs everywhere!
When it was time for the raffle at the Concert Hall, who stepped out as Emcee of the event? Racing legend Tommy Kendall. Tommy introduced Mike and Joey Sage. Mike and Joey proceed to share how much they appreciated all of their employees, praised them for all of their hard work and dedication and how they make the Sage Automotive Group what it is. The employees and their families applauded and shared such camaraderie, it was like one giant family and really amazing to experience. When it came time for the raffle, it was pandemonium. They warmed the crowd up and then went thought some smaller raffle items and when it was time for the car, the place erupted in cheer.
The lucky winner and her husband selected a brand new car and were about in tears. Everybody was so happy for them, it was beautiful. As we headed home we could not stop talking about the evening. From the thousands of toys collected, to the gourmet food, to the park being solely for Sage employees and family, to auctioning off a car. It was such a kind, generous and magical night for everyone. It was incredible. To Mike and Joey Sage, the Sage employees and family and to Sarah Hill, Thank you all, it was a night we will never forget and you all made thousands of kids happy !
Gary Wales La Bestioni Update Story + Photos // Dustin Troyan
Gary Wales, what can one say about Gary? Well, if you have ever had a chance to get to know him you would say he is “one hell of a guy...” Perhaps that is the best way to describe Gary. By his own admission, “nothing in moderation, everything in excess.” One of the many things I love about Gary is that he does it his way. Period. Many of the readers have been waiting breathlessly for an update on his latest La Bestioni. I stopped by his place for the update and for a bit of inspiration and here is where Gary is at... The latest and greatest La Bestioni
horsepower, but you have to understand this value was determined by actually putting the fire engine in a tug of war contest with one hundred actual horses! The retired fire truck turned “Wales’ creation” will be a vision of a “Batmobile” through Gary’s eyes. A tribute to Barris and to saving the great American legacy of the fire engine that has saved countless lives over the years. A creation, a tribute, American history built in a home garage. Gary and Andres are once again setting the car world on fire with their passion, love, vision and old fashioned American ingenuity and creativity. Keep it up guys, we love it!
will be a tribute to the late, great George Barris, The King of Kustomizers. Gary and George were pals and Gary considers George his mentor. This, as Gary promises will the biggest, baddest, meanest, loudest, most inspirational build of his life and possibly the last in the La Bestioni Series. He just doesn’t know how he can do better than this build. 100 years old. This La Bestioni is 100 years old! The 1013 Cu.In. Segrave engine that powers this masterpiece is the only one in the world that is counter balanced. It is a six cylinder motor with an individual block for each piston with a total of twenty-four spark plugs. The torque rating is over one hundred
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My Supercar Sunday
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I will never forget my first Supercar Sunday. It was 2009 and I was nine years old. My Uncle Jeff picked me up in his newly acquired ’64 Limetime Green Cadillac El Dorado Convertible. There I was, driving shotgun with my cool uncle at the wheel. The best feeling was going there, to that car show and actually
arriving in style! The entire experience was beyond awesome! As we pulled into the Promenade parking lot, I saw tons of cars that were all new to me. So marks the beginning of my love of cars. Since my first Supercar Sunday, seven years ago, I have attended hundreds more, and I plan to keep on coming for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, I’m only 15 and I can’t drive yet. I get my driver’s license this summer, so every Sunday you will find me riding my BMX bike to Supercar Sunday. More Sundays than not, I wake up at 7:30 AM, grab my camera and head out from my house, enroute to that Promenade 16 parking lot which sets the backdrop to my favorite car event. Am I usually exhausted? Yes. Do I care? No! The second I see all the lines of cars waiting there for me, I just can’t wait to shoot pictures of each one. It’s not just the cars that I love, it’s
the people in the car community that make Supercar Sunday a second home. I love capturing all the custom cars there and I know that each weekend there will always be new cars for me to shoot. Of all the pictures I take at any given car show, which range from one hundred to one thousand, I only post a select few on my Instagram and Facebook pages. You can follow me and see my work on @original_snaps, which is my Instagram. There are also a few are on my Facebook page, Original Snaps Photography. I post only pictures that I take myself of the cars that I see on the street, in dealerships, and of course, at car shows. Believe it or not, I see a ton of supercars and classic cars just on the street.
Until last fall, I was fortunate enough to live part time in Newport Beach. I could walk out my front door and see a ton of Lamborghinis or Ferraris. If you’re into car spotting, that’s the place to be! Since I’ve relocated fulltime to the Valley, there aren’t supercars on every single corner. It’s less often that I see a Lambo or a McLaren cruising down the street. Every weekend though, I count on Supercar Sunday. It’s a place where I can go and see all the new and old
supercars, talk cars with real car people, and occasionally see Jay Leno or some of the other famous car guys. My favorite Sunday, though, has got to be that first Sunday of December because that’s the weekend for Motors 4 Toys. There are thousands of people with toys in hand, including me, who all gather there in one huge parking lot. We’re all there because we want to help less fortunate kids during the holidays, and of course, because we all love cars. None of this would be possible without the amazing work that Dustin has done. The way he’s brought the car community together is awesome and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this amazing car event!
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I was driving through Burbank this sibling up the exact same street. It’s often Porsche, with their afternoon, when I ran across an Aston Martin Vantage. I pointed it out to a friend, and Cayenne and later Panamera, who get the remarked on the fact that Astons used to be blame/credit for the proliferation of new very rare and special cars. Back in a more models, and upswing in production from innocent epoch called the 1990s, when I was once rare and storied marques, but in but a lowly auto parts delivery boy, and not actuality, Aston may be the real culprit. In a seasoned amateur automotive columnist, the late 90s, they debuted the DB7. It was Aston Martins were the stuff of mystery and the first Aston in nearly half a century that legend. Porsches, Ferraris, Lotuses, even wasn’t hand assembled in Aston’s Newport Lamborghinis, those were cars you could Pagnell works. Based on a Jaguar chassis find and see in Southern California, but and engine, it brought the brand within reach Aston Martins were different. They, along of customers who (though still quite well off with non-Biturbo Maseratis, were cars for the conventional sense) could never before the discerning enthusiast. Hand built, and have contemplated the purchase of a new incredibly expensive and exclusive. As if on Aston. That car, I think, more than any other, cue, a second Aston Martin appeared from has led to a huge swing downmarket, and DrivenWorld Qtr Pg 1 10/5/15 2:36 PM Pageas1 famous a different direction, andv1•2015-10-02.qxp_Layout turned to follow its an enormous broadening ranges,
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badges, finally cash in on their cache. And so, we have the above anecdote, and another, a couple months back, where I was, for the first time in my life, cut off by a Maserati while trying to negotiate a freeway onramp. We have the reveal of a new Bentley SUV, and another promised from Lamborghini. Yes, I remember Lamborghini once built the insane, and incredibly hardcore LM002, but this promises to be much less a Rambo-Lambo, and more a glorified Audi A7, for the daily school-run. I understand that it’s a difficult thing these days, being a boutique manufacturer, and in principal, I don’t really have a problem with all of this, on the condition that the production of cars more in keeping with the fundamental personality of he brand be kept a priority. Porsche, for instance, are very good at this. The people at the company obviously care very much about the production of sports, and racing cars, and every Cayenne purchased, in part funds the R&D for the next supercar project, or hardcore 911 derivative. Maserati, on the other had, seem to be having a difficult time finding a balance. Yes, they still produce the Granturismo, and the ultraluxury Quattroporte sedan, but they seem focused on the smaller Ghibli, a 5-series competitor. The Granturismo is a bit long in the tooth these days, and has always been a bit long overall for a sporting car. The brand is stuck under its old rival Ferrari, in the Fiat hierarchy, and while it prospers financially (at least by Maserati standards), it has struggled to find its place, and retain its dignity. Aston have yet to go that far, and seem dedicated to maintaining an air of exclusivity, even as they produce more and more cars. Cars like the One-77, and the upcoming, track-only Vulcan serve to reinforce their credentials as a maker of highend GT (and GT racing) cars. Still, every time I see one on the road, I get a small pang of sorrow. Maybe I’m a snob. Maybe I’m just old. But I miss the days when I never saw an Aston or a Maserati outside magazines. When I would ride my bicycle, or take the bus to dealerships in Newport Beach, just to stand outside an exotic car dealership, and see a Bentley Continental R, or a Virage, or a Diablo. These days, an encounter with a Gallardo or Vantage, let alone a Ghibli barely registers more than a polite nod, which is insane because the cars are better than any the marques have ever built; if I were spending my own money on one, I would probably be very appreciative of how well thought out they are, how nicely they function. As an observer though, I can’t help feel something has been lost.
The 9k Mile 993 Porsche Turbo
Story //Dustin Troyan Photos// Mark Saint
Damien, A 993 turbo with under 10k original miles, how the hell did you do that? It was quite lucky actually - the story began with me searching for the right Turbo for years. I almost bought one in February of 2012 (which in hindsight was a fantastic time to buy a Turbo as the pricing had not yet skyrocketed), but passed on it because I was ultimately looking for a low-mile garage queen that I could enjoy as close to new as possible. I ended up getting a tip from a friend of mine about a one-owner, 18,000 mile 1997 Turbo that was privately for sale in July of 2014. I called the owner, saw the car and bought it without hesitating. It was an amazing car and a fair deal. Fast forward
to February of 2015 - I was cleaning out my garage and put a Porsche tool kit from an old 911 I used to own online for sale. I was contacted by a gentleman who wanted the tool kit and after asking about the kit, we got to talking Porsche (which is what most Porsche guys tend to do). When he learned I had an 18,000 Turbo, he had to have it. I refused; told him I’d been searching for years for a low-mileage Turbo and just laughed it off. To his credit, he was persistent. He asked me what my “walk away” price was and I named something fairly obnoxious. Much to my surprise, he said he’d pay me what I asked. I was dumbfounded and asked if I could have the weekend to think about it. After talking to a variety of friends and family, I decided late that Sunday night to accept his offer. The next day (Monday), I went to work depressed that I “sold out” and would be parting with my beloved Porsche. I stopped by to see my friend who originally told me about the Turbo. I was lamenting that perhaps I made the wrong decision when he told me that his boss had a 1997 Turbo with just 9,400 miles on it and he was interested in selling. I immediately struck a deal with his boss and bought the car sight unseen. Funny thing is, both Turbos are the same color (Arena Red). Ok, so you realize that you might have the lowest mile 993 Turbo in the world....or just about...do you drive it? I think people are going to think I’m a bit weird
after answering this: It now has something like 9,750 miles on it and I’m such a mileage miser that I know it will break my heart to hit 10,000. But the truth is, I love the car for everything that it is. I get a tremendous amount of pleasure just looking at it in my garage. Sitting in it and taking in the intoxicating scents of leather mixed with the smells and feels of German mechanics. On the flip side, it’s incredible to drive. When the turbos kick in, the smile on my face is worth every mile I put on her. Part of me wants to rip off the bandage and blow past 10,000 miles but another side of me wants to preserve her and keep her under 10k as long as I can. It’s truly a dilemma. I have to guess that the way the market is on collectible Porsches, people must be lining up to buy it off you….? Honestly, the only place it ventures out now and again is an occasional Supercar Sunday - usually the 2nd week of the month on Nissan Marque day. Most of the time, I stand away from the car and get a kick out of people enjoying it. My favorite thing is to watch them look inside and see the mileage - that surprised look on their face makes keeping the mileage low all worth it. No one has approached me to buy it as of yet, but I know that if I put out the feelers, I’d have no problem attracting a number of interested buyers. So, you found it, got it...how long are you planning on keeping it?
Ideally, forever. I once read on a business card from Aurel & Don’s Porsche Service that “A Porsche in times of no sex is better than no Porsche in times of sex”…so, I figure if I always hold on to a Porsche, i’ll be ok! Besides, how many low-mile Turbos are really left? Considering that Porsche imported only 612 in 1997, they are becoming harder and harder to find. Have you always been a Porsche guy? I’m a diehard Porsche and muscle car guy. Growing up, my Dad owned both a 356 Porsche and a 1969 Camaro Convertible. As a child, I loved the feel of raw power in the Camaro (which my Dad drove daily) and the exhilarating feeling of being a passenger in his 356 on Sunday mornings driving over Mulholland. It was truly the best of both worlds and gave me a real appreciation for the dynamics between both cars. I think
most people have similar stories about cars that influenced their childhood. It’s why cars are so much more than just a means of transportation. They bring us back to a time where bonds are formed and memories are made. They might just be machines to most, but to car folks, they’re everything. You have a dream Porsche, what would be your next “dream Porsche” and why? Well, I’m a sucker for air-cooled Porsches. If I had hit the Powerball Lottery for 1.5 Billion, then for sure my first visit would be to Singer Porsche. Rob and his team at Singer are building some extraordinary Porsches. My second call would be to either Michael Willhoit, Richard Sloan or Ray Joseph - those three guys know where every rare Porsche on the planet is! Michael has an awesome selection of 993 Turbos, Sloan has the best mix of all Air-Cooled Porsche available on the market today and Ray has the hands-down lowest mileage Porsches out there! I’d probably start with a 993 Turbo S and then a 1994 Speedster (my very first choice if ever available would have to be Jerry Seinfeld’s former 1994 Speedster - he ordered it in Maritime Blue with factory Speedlines and an RS Spec engine built by Andial at the direction of the factory. This very Speedster has been spotted at Super Car Sunday in the past!).
Tell us about driving this porsche, give us the info on this car...color, options etc... The car is a 1997 Porsche Turbo with plenty of factory options. It was ordered in Arena Red (which happened to be the color of Porsches Turbo launch car), with classic grey interior, carbon fiber dash, aluminum gauges, supple leather and so much more. In addition, the car was sent to Andial when new and although it doesn’t look like it, Andial modified the engine, converting it to an Andial twin-plug factory power kit. It truly enhances the already extraordinary Porsche Turbo sensation when driven. What does this car mean to you? Why? This car is a truly a dream fulfilled. It was a car that was out of my reach financially when it was first introduced. I remember someone in my office building in 1997 driving a brand new silver Turbo and just falling in love with the car. When I bought my first Porsche in 1998, it was a 1989 cabriolet (I wanted a Speedster but to no avail). I then crossed over to the water-cooled world and bought one of the very first 996 Carreras which I promptly traded in 9 months later for a 993 Carrera S. Years later, I decided I had to have a Turbo and Turbo fever ensued. It took a couple of years to find the first one I owned, and then a day to find this one. It was just serendipity. If you were forced to trade it for another car, any make or model, what would it be? Lately, I’ve been thinking about a Ferrari. I love the 599 - it’s the last of the Ferraris with the Enzo engine and even though some say it’s not a true Ferrari (as the engine resides in the front), I think it would be a fantastic car
to drive and enjoy. They built them for 6 years so there’s really no fear in driving it as they produced far more than Porsche did with their 993 Turbos. The old thought: everything has a price....if you got rid of it, do you think you would regret it 20 years later? I’m sure I would, I’d fondly look back on it and regret it, but I think I’d only get rid of it to build my collection and add other cars that I would enjoy as much. The good news is, everything has a price and 20 years from now if I really wanted another 993 Turbo, I’d just have to end up paying that price. Last though on the car....your choice as a Porsche enthusiast.....what would you tell Porsche AG about this car if they were in a room with you? I’d tell them “Great Job!” Porsche built an amazing car whose quirks and peccadilloes are just as enjoyable as its abundantly amazing attributes. There are very few cars where people love the quirks as much as the perks. The Porsche 993 is one of those rare breeds. It’s a car that you can drive to the track on Sunday, have a blast in it, then drive it to work the next morning without missing a beat. It’s truly the best of both worlds.
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Supercar Sunday 2016
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Another new year and so much in store for a great year at Supercar Sunday! Of course, I would like to thank all of you for making Supercar Sunday such an amazing event. From the rarest exotic and collector cars to just about everything else. Over fourteen years we have been doing this great event in Woodland Hills and it is only getting better. Thank you all. Thanking the sponsors that help keep the event going is a very important thing to do. The Presenting Sponsor, The Auto Gallery has always been there for Supercar Sunday. Keeping it going for the community was their plan and they
have done a great job. Thank you Auto Gallery! Coastline Motorsport is also in Woodland Hills and also always go above and beyond. Jesse Kline has been out there at Supercar Sunday every morning in his booth, setting up, tearing down and putting up with me! Thank you Coastline Motorsport. The second Sunday of the month is Nissan Sunday presented by Universal Nissan, the worldâ€™s largest Nissan Dealer. Bringing out rare collector cars from the Sage Collection, vintage Datsuns and the latest Nissan sports cars, this has been an awesome addition to the Supercar Sunday
Family. Thank you Universal Nissan! It has been six years hosting Supercar Sunday at the Westfield Promenade in Woodland Hills. A very special thank you to Westfield for being so supportive of our community. You guys are the best and we greatly appreciate your support as well. Friends, it was once told to me to support those that support you. So by that accord, if you need a car please start with The Auto Gallery and Universal Nissan. For custom work, Coastline Motorsport. And shop, well, shop at Westfield, they deserve our support!
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Nissan GTR Day at Supercar Sunday Story // Dustin Troyan Photos // Rick Garcia + Dustin Troyan
The second Sunday of each month is Nissan Day presented by Universal Nissan. The Nissan marque day continues to grow and draw much enthusiasm from the JDM enthusiast community. A few of us at Supercar Sunday, Universal Nissan and Coastline Motorsport got together and thought it would be very cool to do a “GTR Marque Day.” Having only a few weeks to put it together and with “El Nino’s” uncertain weather, we were hoping that it would be a huge success. I had reached out to a few enthusiasts who are very well known and passionate in the GTR community and overnight, it was turning into one heck of an event. We were hoping for a minimum of twenty Nissan GTRs present, but in short order we had surpassed the twenty mark and were heading towards thirty! Unbelievable. The Nissan GTR is Nissan’s response to the supercar market. A daily driver that is wicked fast and handles as well as most exotic cars many hundreds of thousands of dollars more. It is a rare car as far as Nissan production numbers are concerned and is already a classic amongst most JDM enthusiasts. The GTR is also very popular because it is a highly tunable platform. It is not
uncommon for a daily driven GTR to have in excess of 1,000hp to the tires. And yes, daily driven. We decided that with so many GTRs planning on coming it would be a shame to
not do a scenic drive. The ball started rolling and the GTR group loved the idea. Universal Nissan and Coastline Motorsport were excited to participate in that as well and provide lunch for the group at the final destination at
Lavaggio-The art of auto detailing in Agoura Hills. The week before GTR Day, it rained and rained. We were all nervous about what was going to happen. It stopped raining at about 5am that Sunday and it was “on!” The ground dried and as the GTRs rolled in from all over Southern California it was INCREDIBLE. With over 30 GTRs present, it must have been a record! As the group headed out for the scenic drive, the sound of highly tuned Nissan performance engines was a sweet melody for everyone. As they cruised Mulholland it was a treat to see Jay Leno at the top of the Rockstore. Guys got to take their pictures with Jay and group photos, it was a great drive. Arriving at Lavaggio, the GTRs packed the house. Lunch was prepared at Lavaggio’s Bellini Bistro on the patio and Universal Nissan and Coastline Motors-
port were present to welcome the group in. Lunch was served on the patio and we all chatted about cars and life, it was a great day! To top it off, all guests received a gift to experience Lavaggio. A very special thank you to the GTR guys for making it happen. Tony Wang and Tony Meyerson, you guys are rockstars!
To the rest of the GTR crew, thank you and let’s do it again. A very special thank you to Universal Nissan, Coastline Motorsport and Lavaggio for sponsoring the brunch. It is so great to have such a supportive motorsport community. Until the next one!
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