A Racing Team is Born

Soon to be at its new home with our new yet-to-be-named race team.

Soon to be at its new home with our yet-to-be-named race team.

What happens when you want to go racing and you’ve been on a 7-year break from your favorite pastime because of real-life responsibilities, but you happen to have a handful of local race-loving friends in the same situation? Well, that’s how a racing team is born! [Read more…]

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PowerflexUSA: Audi/VW Suspension

Powerflex is known for their extensive experience in automotive suspension and chassis systems, and they’ve combined these skills with advanced polyurethane manufacturing techniques to bring some of the best aftermarket solutions to the automotive industry. [Read more…]

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King of the Lawn: LX176 Project

John Deere LX176

John Deere LX176 on loan to us from a neighbor in exchange for the work to get it running.

There are many things we love about our new life in the great Midwest. We’ve got real seasons, a great environment for raising our son, great neighbors, and we’ve got the giant yard we always wanted. It turns out that yard part of the equation has really come to haunt us, though… Or at least it’s come to haunt me. [Read more…]

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Sunday Funday – In the Snow?

I was lucky enough to go to a testing day at Heartland Park a couple of weeks ago, and it was great!  Temperatures started in the mid-teens and rose to a balmy 20 degrees as the day went on.

I happened to have just installed brand-new high-performance all-season tires that I was anxious to test, as I’ve always been a summer tire fan – especially because most all-seasons have seemed useless from my experience in the past. [Read more…]

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Lockton Motorsports HPDE Insurance

Porsche 996 GT3 - Lockton Motorsports HPDE InsuranceThere’s a saying when it comes to driving on track, whether it’s racing or an HPDE (High-Performance Driving Event): It’s not a matter of if you’ll wreck, but when. It’s almost inevitable, unfortunately, but the severity can range anywhere from a bent wheel all the way up to completely totaled car, or even death. It’s a fact that many choose to ignore, but that doesn’t make it any less true. [Read more…]

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Project E36 M3 – Part 3

The first two parts of the Project E36 M3 articles were about getting some of the basics sorted out, as well as setting some ground work for future changes to the car.  The future officially starts now, with the introduction of Version 1.0 of our suspension upgrade path. [Read more…]

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Project E36 M3 – Part 2

When the “new” M3 came home, it was in dire need of some serious love in the suspension bushing department, so that was taken care of in Part 1.  In the next article, however, it was time to start making life a bit easier while waiting for the go-fast parts to start coming in.  Part 2 of Project E36 M3 allowed some time to resolve a few PITA issues with the E36. [Read more…]

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Project E36 M3 – Part 1

Project E36 M3 - Part 1

For the full MotoIQ.com article, go here:
Project E36 M3: Part 1 – Taming the Wobbly Beast

I started reading all the hype on the BMW E36 M3 back in 1995, and I was immediately enthralled by what was considered the “Best Handling Car at Any Price” by many in the automotive press.  In 1997 my obsession got so great that I started stalking the local BMW dealership, and in late-1998 I went on my first test drive.  After a long and painful courtship, my dreams became reality in July of 1999, as I managed to get one of the final production models, and I haven’t looked back since. [Read more…]

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Michelin Pilot Super Sport: Review

Pilot Super Sports T8 Rain

Photo courtesy of Ryan McManama @ Rollingstockphoto

We’re in the middle of some rather exciting times in the automotive world.  Car manufacturers are having an all-out horsepower war that’s almost frightening—if you have to occasionally ride right seat at subsonic speeds anyway.  Tire manufactures haven’t hesitated to wage war against one another either. [Read more…]

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HJC Si-12: Lightweight Brain Bucket

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As the saying goes, “How much is your head worth?” Don’t skimp on the safety equipment.

More often than not, expiration dates on safety gear can be a real pain. Sometimes, however, they can be a blessing in disguise. [Read more…]

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