2014 Firestone Grand Prix of St Pete Launches The IndyCar Season

2014 Firestone Grand Prix podium winnersRough weather, heavy rain, and wind greeted the race weekend in St Petersburg this year. Despite that, Takuma Sato was able to capture pole position for the IndyCar race. On Sunday, the skies cleared up for race day and a cool breeze set in for what would be the 10th year of the running of the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

This was already shaping up to be a year of change for both the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg and for IndyCar itself. In terms of sponsorship, these changes are likely to be good for the races in that they’ll secure their financial futures for years to come, but from a local Tampa Bay area perspective, it has taken a little getting used to. Gone were the eye-catching liveried Honda S2000s that could previously be spotted around town at this time of year, replaced by Corvettes and Camaros with more simple livery designs which I only spotted at the race. More notably, this year was different for my photography as I was unable to volunteer to shoot for the entire weekend, so access was much more restricted. Despite that, I bring you some of my best shots from the race this year. More about it on Hooniverse after the jump.

Categories: Hooniverse, Motorsport

MX5 Turns 25

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

If you’ve been on this blog lately, you might have noticed that I can’t shut up about my little red roadster. Well today it’s Mazda’s turn. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the MX5 Miata’s unveiling back in 1989, Mazda took a moment to present a touching salute to the greatest selling sports car of all time.

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Don’t Miss Out on One of the Best Driving Days of the Year

February 1, 2014 Leave a comment

While much of the country is obsessed with handegg in the Super Bowl this weekend, I’m urging you to get out of the house, away from the boob tube and get in touch with your throttle pedal. This sunday will be one of the best days to drive this year in the United States, period. Why? Well, the handegg obsessed will be busy worrying about who makes the most touchdowns, who the most valuable player is, things like that, and the roads will be desolate. The perfect conditions for driving. It doesn’t matter if it’s still snowing up where you are, go out (assuming you’ve got adequate tires) and enjoy the roads! Because come monday, we’ll all be back in traffic again, on the way to our jobs, wishing it were that one desolate sunday again.

Cheers and drive safe my friends

It’s Official, 1 Year With Roadster

January 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Miata On StandsI couldn’t resist a good chance at some Turkey puns back in November, so here is a look back at my first year as a Miata owner. It was a little early though, as today is actually one year to the day after I drove Roadster home for the first time, and it overheated, beginning what would become an expensive first year. Things have begun to improve since this post was written, but before we get into that, here is the story of what’s been going on with it for most of this first year. Read more about it on Hooniverse after the jump.

2014 Will Be My Year of Change

It’s already been on the horizon for some time now. Since the trip to California, I really solidified in my mind that I’d like to move out there and that I’d really like to be doing more writing for a living, writing about and photographing cars. In a few days, I’ll be starting a masters degree in digital journalism. If I’m able to find the financial aid, combined with tuition reimbursement that will pay for probably half, I should be finished with the degree by this time next year. I’ve been considering going back to school for a few years now, the decision about what subject to study just wasn’t there until recently. Here’s to new beginnings, more photography, more writing, more driving, more Hooniverse, and more HoonArt.

Cheers

Categories: Life

From Hooniverse: First Drive: 2014 Jeep Cherokee

September 20, 2013 Leave a comment

First Drive: 2014 Jeep CherokeeAt first glance, the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee seems like it won’t likely win any beauty prizes. The new design is as polarizing as it is purposeful. Not in the traditional boxy, no frills sense of purposeful, but as far as efficiency, it is a very slick body shape. I’ll be honest… the first time I saw a photo of it, I did not like it at all. It has since then slowly started to grow on me, and in person, it’s far more appealing. Read more…

Big SoCal Euro Gathering 2013 Massive Showing

September 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Big SoCal Euro Gathering 2013Today we’re taking a look at what’s going on in the left coast. More importantly, what’s going on in the Euro car scene in Southern California. Big SoCal Euro Gathering is such a huge gathering of European cars that it makes ripples cross-country. Many people travel from all over to attend this event.

SoCal Euro is a gathering that started with humble beginnings in a small parking lot. It’s a show that was started by the people and still remains “by the people, for the people” to this day. In 2013, SoCal Euro saw it’s biggest showing yet with a gathering of easily more than 3,000 cars. Porsches, Volkswagens, Audis, BMWs, Mercedes, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Aston Martin, and more… However, the show still remains focused on the grassroots car enthusiast. The enthusiasts come first as they are the ones that support the show. Otherwise the vendors would not even be there. Read more…

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