(Car) Culture Shock: A First-Timer’s Account of the Daytona 500

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NASCAR is a form of motorsport that often gets a bad rap from some car enthusiasts. It’s easy to dismiss it as a dull overload of a marketing ad blitz, with cars simply running in circles (at Daytona, they refer to it as a tri-oval). I’d never really followed NASCAR closely and hadn’t watched a race on TV since Dale Earnhardt Sr. was alive, but I was curious. Why is it so popular? Perhaps something wasn’t translating well from first hand experience to broadcast. Time to open the mind and step out of my comfort zone, so I decided to venture out for my first NASCAR experience, the 2016 Daytona 500.  (more…)

A Caturday of a Different Kind

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Text and photography by Bryce Womeldurf

When we last left off with our little red friend, Roadster, the Miata, it had run for two years with a slightly rough idle surge that had suddenly gotten much worse to the point of stalling at the end of September. After weeks of research, I was convinced that I knew why it was stumbling to idle correctly and why power was down so significantly. The idle was rough and the car felt like it hit a head wind at 4000rpm where it would struggle to reach 5500rpm and would then refuse to go any higher. What seemed like choking, I reasoned, could only be caused by a clogged catalytic converter (“cat” for short). There were no apparent vacuum leaks, and the spark plugs and ignition wires were practically new, as was the timing belt, which I had installed only a few months prior. All of the inexpensive alternative solutions seemed to be ruled out, so it seemed that it could only be the cat. Being a little thin on cash when these symptoms appeared, I examined my options. The search for the right cat had begun.  (more…)

HoonArt Attends the Rolex24 at Daytona

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Text and Photography by Bryce Womeldurf

It all started as a quick decision. The Wednesday before the annual 24 hour race in Daytona, I decided to attend the Rolex24. This year’s race would be the racing debut of the new Ford GT supercar, and there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to capture some photographs of it. Little did I know it would be such an exciting and unusual race.  (more…)

Toyota Ultimately Puts the Final Nail in Scion’s Coffin

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Text and Photography by Bryce Womeldurf

This morning, we’re waking to the news that Toyota has rung the Scion brand’s death knell, as Toyota is reporting in a press release. But don’t be too worried about seeing the few interesting models, such as the FR-S, die on the vine just yet though. They are also reporting that existing Scion models will be phased into the Toyota lineup. Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America and founding vice president of Scion, put a positive spin on the news when he was quoted as saying “This isn’t a step backward for Scion; it’s a leap forward for Toyota. Scion has allowed us to fast track ideas that would have been challenging to test through the Toyota network.”  (more…)

Project Miata: New Year, New Garage, New Challenges and Opportunities

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Re-shared from Hooniverse
Text and Photography by Bryce Womeldurf

Do you ever miss an old friend who you haven’t spoken to in a long time? That’s how I’ve felt about my Miata for the past two months. Every time I drive that car, my hands have a wonderful chat with the steering wheel and shifter. I can’t help but smile as pedal meets floor. For weeks, we had a blast together flying across the Howard Frankland Bridge to St Petersburg, Florida, for Monday night classes; but then one night, my old friend developed a cough.  (more…)

From The Drive-Setting 3 Records on 3 Wheels in 1 Wonderfully Miserable Trip from LA to NY

Zach Bowman in the Morgan 3 WheelerThis is without a doubt the best thing I have read all week, so I decided to re-share it here. Today on The Drive Zach Bowman recounts in immersive and poetic detail how he and Alex Roy drove from Los Angeles to New York in a Morgan 3-Wheeler. In case you’re unfamiliar with the 3-Wheeler, it’s a 3-wheeled kit car with a wooden frame. A 3-wheeled kit car that’s as raw and fun as they come. This is equal parts hilarious, miserable, and awesome. Hat tip to Kamil Kaluski. Enjoy the read. (more…)

 

From Hooniverse-Florida Bug Jam 2015: Bug Wars

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Re-shared from Hooniverse
Text and Photography by Bryce Womeldurf

Many of you can probably remember when Volkswagen was known more for making small, cheap, ubiquitous cars with character, known as the Beetle, than they were for a diesel emissions controversy. Last Saturday, I was able to travel back to those good old days at the Florida Bug Jam, a family-friendly judged classic Volkswagen car show with a poker run and some dirt track hooning. I don’t think I spotted a single water-cooled VW while I was there, besides the one that I arrived in. (more…)