Volkswagen Off-Road Racing – Past and Future

Volkswagen’s have been racing in the desert for decades. Juiced-up Baja Bugs are amazing at dispatching dirt with barely any horsepower. VW is still playing in the dust, but now it’s bringing out machines from its electrified future. The automaker invited me to Johnson Valley to try out a 1969 VW Beetle and a pair […]

Infiniti QX50 and the Nissan VC-T variable compression ratio engine

Decades ago, variable valve cam timing became a thing and is now present on most gasoline engines. Sometime after that, we went away from the distributor and adopted direct ignition systems that allow for multiple sparks during one power stroke. Direct injection was another big thing, allowing a precise amount of fuel injected directly into […]

Forza Horizon 5: Fun, Beautiful, and Frustratingly Broken

forza horizon 5

By now you’ve likely seen reviews of Forza Horizon 5 on every automotive website under the sun. New Forza titles are a big deal with it being Microsoft’s flagship racing title which has historically been very successful. Forza Horizon 5 is even more so with a record 10 million players in the first week, a […]

Aston Martin to bring back V12 Vantage for a final go

final V12 Vantage from Aston Martin noise

The only details that we have are that Aston Martin is stuffing a V12 into its current-generation Vantage. And that the car will arrive in 2022. Beyond that, we don’t know much. Aston Martin is saying this won’t be a limited edition car either. Instead, it will be a Final Edition. I feel like we’ve […]

Hoonicorn vs the World is back and more bonkers than before

Hoonicorn vs the World 2

Ken Block’s Hoonicorn Mustang is a truly wicked and wild machine. And the Hoonigan crew decided to show just how wild it really is by lining it up on an airstrip against a slew of other vehicles. That quickly showed just how quick and fast the Hoonicorn really is… and now it’s back, with some […]

The Seeker 2 is a beautiful short film with incredible motorcycle riding

I never saw The Seeker I, but I am here to tell you that The Seeker II is a visual masterpiece. It’s a short film featuring the truly amazing riding of Pol Tarrés. He’s a wonderfully skilled trials rider and he does mind-bending stuff on his Yamaha Ténéré 700. The stock version of this bike […]

Help our friend earn a spot in the Women of Motorsport calendar

My teammate Chrissy Mittura kicks ass. Let’s just start with that. I met her 12 years ago when I joined her team that was racing a 1958 Wartburg sedan. They won it is an essay contest. That’s why I am writing this because Chrissy is in another contest; The Car Chix 2021 Women of Motorsport […]

Off-Road-ified Crossovers: This trend will age poorly

mazda cx-50

I really enjoy driving off-road. And I also enjoy seeing vehicles modified for adventure. Additionally, there’s a crop of vehicles popping up aimed at those wanting to hit that dusty trail for a weekend of fun. A handful of them are good vehicles and the style and design on them works well… right at this […]

Cleaning a car with a foam cannon is oddly entertaining

I don’t love cleaning my vehicles. I don’t hate it either, and I certainly appreciate it when they are clean. Especially since I enjoy getting my Montero dirty and my Jag attracts dust as if it were part of the original idea for the car. My typically cleaning regimen involves either hitting up the local […]

Vicki Golden soars in this short film from Bell Helmets

Vicki Golden started racing dirtbikes when she was just seven years old. She had to compete against the boys since there weren’t classes “just” for girls. But she never needed different classes, because Golden is an ass-kicker on her bike. Now, at the age of 29, she continues to soar and I mean that quite […]