STOP ME IF YOU’VE INSTALLED THIS ONE… (With an added commentary on automated common sense)


But the rear brakes … the standard-issue rear drum brakes were tiny, faded flat black bottle caps, so small and spindly that you could just barely make them out hiding behind the Fiesta’s spiffy alloy 5-spoke wheels. My rear brakes were in a word: murky, miniscule, featureless, and (the worst sin of all for a fun runabout) dull … Editor Stokes adds a bit more slowdown to his ride.

Brick City
“How to Build Brick Cars” by Peter Blackert


BOOK REVIEW- If you’re a gear head and a block head, then this is the book for you. Blackert packs in over a dozen unique builds with three intervals of difficulty – Foundation, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each build comes with an informative overview of the historical significance of the car, a list of all the Lego pieces you will need (including part number), and step-by-step instructions to make it all come together.

Pioneer. Leader. Father. Champion.

“I’m thinking that this film was more than simply a nostalgic tribute to a young racing driver who started a race car company and all about character, teamwork, respect, and deep friendship. Without that, motor racing is just a bunch of cars making a lot of noise going around in circles and ending up back at the same place an hour or so later (if they’re lucky).” Our editor reviews a racing film that’s about much more than cars.


Bridgestone Ecopia EP422 Plus tires

REVIEW—Needless to say, one of the most important safety features on your vehicle is the set of tires on which you ride. Weather conditions and road surfaces can vary greatly, and the tires you select for your vehicle have the task of getting you safely to your destination. Think about it – your tires are the only items on your car that operate continuously as you drive. You probably don’t listen to the radio at all times, nor do you use your heater or air conditioner daily. But your tires keep on turning, mile after mile, day after day. Reed Berry reports.

Lowrider culture meets the big screen

From the film Lowriders (image courtesy of BH Tilt and Universal Pictures)

REVIEW—I had the privilege of being invited to the screening of the new car culture movie, LOWRIDERS, directed by Ricardo de Montreuil. I might be a little biased on this movie because I spent many years as a contributing editor and photographer for LOWRIDER MAGAZINE, and was involved in covering Lowrider shows all across the country. I saw a lot of real life events that are replicated in this movie. Tom Gomez reviews the movie.

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