The number one trend that I’ve noticed in the community of automotive modifiers here in Phoenix is what I like to call the “mild mod regret.”
I am absolutely not a professional, a specialist, a grease monkey, or a self-proclaimed automotive tech. I’m just an enthusiast. Whenever in the midst of fellow enthusiasts, I am usually the quiet one when the conversation steers into the direction of modifications. I’ve only done some basic upgrades on my 03 Subaru WRX and have a lot to learn. While spending time at various shows and meets I’ve noticed that whenever [...]
Across the pond the Brits are showing some contempt with the fact that the Mini is continuing to grow. When the ‘new’ Mini came out at the turn of the century, many Mini enthusiasts thought it was “too German, too big, and not Mini enough.”
When you compare the recently launched third generation Mini to the to the first-gen reborn model back in 2000, you can notice a huge difference on how much bigger the newer model is. It’s not really all that mini anymore.
Naturally, the 2000 model is also much larger than the iconic original mini, but enthusiast can reluctantly tell the designers and engineers did their best to keep its dimensions compact. It’s still smaller than the cars it competes with. It’s quick, handles well, and is like the original [...]
Have you ever dreamt of actually owning your dream car? What it would be like to walk out and see it sitting there ready for you to jump in and drive? This month, CSJ got the opportunity to interview up and coming drifter, Austin Kregle. He and his car impressed us so much that we decided he just had to be our March Ride of the Month.
When Austin got his license he decided he wanted to take up the sport of drifting. After researching extensively, he decided the 1995 Nissan 240SX was the car for him. After working hard, saving, and looking at Autotrader.com religiously for a year and a half, Kregle found his perfect car.
I wake up in the morning and the first thing I think is “race day is coming…” That’s right, I have an addiction. Its really comes to no surprise that my addiction, the one that haunts my every thought and moment, is racing.
Several months ago I had the opportunity to go for a ride along With Jim Cozzolino in his Acura NSX around the track during a National Auto Spots Association (NASA) event. Needless to say… I was hooked instantly. Shortly after that I found myself with a NASA membership and a track day scheduled. My first race was at Indie Raceway in Wilcox Arizona. Racing at Indie really gave me more confidence in my driving and in my car. It sparked my interest in buying performance parts rather th [...]
Everyone has had this happen to them. You minding your own business just trying to get to work and bam! Suddenly becoming part of the worst possible situation. This nightmare starts with altercations to the speed. First to 25 MPH then to 15 MPH all of a sudden everything comes to a complete stop. All because someone in the front wanted to stop and smell the freshly paved blacktop. So you sit there, and five minutes rolls by no big deal right. Well then fifteen minutes roll, by then twenty, and by now you have started to slowly roll forward. Making some ground thinking it will be alright I’ll get there with time to spare still. Just trying to make the best of the situation [...]
The Superbowl has been practically forgot by now, but have the commercials slipped our minds already? Let’s talk about the chilling Maserati commercial. The commercial was narrated by Academy Award nominated Quvenzhane Wallis and showed dancers, steel workers, firefighters and birds in flight while Wallis sent a rallying cry to underdogs everywhere.
Maserati’s first-ever Super Bowl commercial was a short 90 seconds, but shocked audiences everywhere and the car community is still buzzing about it. Everyone has been expecting Jaguar to air something cool for its F-Type line, especially since they have been making a lot of noise about being a real player again in the premium sports car category. But no one expected Maserati to do something like this.