Like stories like this? You’ll see every article as soon as it’s published by reading the print edition of Grassroots Motorsports. Subscribe now. Story By Robert Bowen • Photos As Credited Plenty of car stories start out with a middle-aged enthusiast who buys something fancy—maybe a brand-new Porsche or a Corvette—in order to cruise around town and seek attention. With two kids recently out of college and 23 years of a successful dry cleaning business under his belt, Robert Goodwin certainly could have taken that path. Instead, he celebrated his success by building up a Subaru Impreza for rallycross and track days. Why would a guy like Robert start competing in a modified Subaru as a hobby? Well, it helps to know what he’s done with the rest of his time. Owning his own business gave Robert a lot of flexibility, allowing him to be a big presence in his kids’ lives. He took full advantage of this opportunity and put some of his own … [Read more...] about Midlife Crisis: Forget Exotics, A Subaru Can Scratch That Itch
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Rare, exotic and just plain interesting collector cars roll into Chicagoland throughout summer 2018. Usually the owners are as interesting as the art on wheels. Dust offs typically start after Memorial Day and run through Labor Day, though several shows extend into autumn. Here is a sampling of recurring cruise nights and car shows with themes that appeal to car lovers of any age. Stay tuned for Cruise Night Spotlight, our weekly drive-season feature highlighting a noteworthy car show in Chicagoland. Mondays Green Street Cruise NightDowntown McHenry (corner of Route 120 and Green Street)5 p.m. to 9 p.m., every Monday, opening June 4 through October 15 (no shows September 3)Celebrate vintage metal during the 10th anniversay of what organizers call the largest and longest cruise night in McHenry County. Nostalgic music will accompany timeless makes in the 180-year-old town situated on the Fox River.Registration is free. Visit their facebook page for more … [Read more...] about Chicagoland car cruise night calendar 2018
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Share on Google Plus Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Resize Text Print Article Comments National by Breena Kerr, Abigail Hauslohner and Amy B Wang by Breena Kerr, Abigail Hauslohner and Amy B Wang Email the author May 8 at 7:46 PM Email the author PAHOA, Hawaii — Wilhemina Kamalamalama-de Souza has always known the risks of living in a lava zone. She knew it as a child on the Big Island, the newest and most unstable of the Hawaiian chain, and she knew it when she decided to move back here 20 years ago to … [Read more...] about To live on a volcano is to accept risk. On Hawaii’s Big Island, the risk has become reality.
“If I can be a small part of history in the automotive industry, just a small footnote…” said Kevin Parker with a shrug and a nod. “Then I’ll be good with that.”Parker, a 47-year-old La Mesa resident, has worked for the Automotive Research Library of the Horseless Carriage Foundation, Inc., since 2009, although he had been working as a volunteer since 1998. Among his various duties are the scanning, editing and cataloging of millions of pages of automotive periodicals.“We are closing in on three million pages scanned, from over 30,000 periodicals,” said D. A. “Mac” MacPherson, the current Executive Director and the only other paid staff member. “Most of them are from the early ’20s and older.”“It is the most complex and delicate thing I do,” said Parker. “When you’re dealing with documents this old, a lot of them will just fall apart in your hands.”“Those periodicals were … [Read more...] about Antique auto info is just a click away at the Automobile Research Library
Long after the news cycle moved to Russian Facebook meddling or debates on whether we should arm day care workers with rocket launchers, people from the Gulf Coast are still recovering from the effects of last fall’s devastating Hurricane Harvey. That kind of comeback doesn’t happen overnight. Fortunately, a lot of people are still in the game to try and help, and I’m about to join them the best way I know how—with race cars. A salvage-title race car that’s also a local, to be specific. My introduction to the world of salvage cars was a fairly abrupt one that began in the biggest way possible: I took a salvage Corvette Z06 to the 2017 Pikes Peak hillclimb. An 850 horsepower salvage car, on one of the world’s most dangerous roads. I figured, what could go wrong? Well, fortunately for me, not much, as we ended up fourth in our class and the quickest Corvette ever up the hill. Not bad for a wrecked car that I purchased at auction for just $48,650. … [Read more...] about I’m Turning A Salvage Toyota 86 From Hurricane Harvey Into A Race Car For Charity