2019 Riyadh Global Auto Salon

Way back in late July, I got a phone call that would lead to one of the bigger adventures of my life to this point. Optima Batteries was looking for cars for a project – the first ever large car show in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was an ambitious plan: a car show …

What happens when I don’t have a car to tinker with…

An interesting confluence of events occurred. With the departure of the Buick for Riyadh, I’m left with no project. Even when that car isn’t broken, there’s always something to do on it. Something to improve, inspect, or clean. So what do I do with myself now? Well, I cleaned the garage out so the girlfriend …

Updates Galore, and a HUGE announcement!

It’s been awhile, but there’s been a lot going on, and I’ve either not had time to write, or I’ve been unable to because we had to keep some stuff on the down-low. But the embargo is pretty much lifted and things are in motion that can’t be stopped, so here’s an update. Back during …

Doing the E-Dash thing, part II – Did it work?

Did it work? No.     Longer answer: Nooooooooo. I took the car down to NCM for a big double weekend. The DriveAutoX event on the pad on Saturday, and an SCCA Time Trial regional on Sunday. My E-dash didn’t survive the first autocross run. It would randomly reboot. The little Pi3 just couldn’t hack …

Engine health update (and the transmission, too!)

Followers of this blog will know I periodically send samples of my engine oil to Blackstone Labs for analysis. It’s the only way outside of a teardown to really see what’s going on inside your engine. For instance, after using the Period Correct Tow Pig to tow my car to Las Vegas and back last …

Swilling the corn juice (E-85/Flex Fuel install)

When I rebuilt the engine back over the winter of 2017/2018, I selected things with an eye towards eventually getting back to E-85. I had run it for a few years back, while still on the stock turbo. Once I upgraded my turbocharger, I no longer had enough pump or lines to run E-85. But …

2019 Optima Search For the Ultimate Street Car Round 3, NCM

Well, for the fourth year in a row, I ventured to NCM Motorsports Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car event. This is event is a must-do for the pro-touring community in this area. It typically sells out in hours, thanks to the central location and the quality …