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M Car Day 2012 At Griot’s Garage

I recently attended the annual M Car Day gathering up at Griot’s Garage in Tacoma, Washington. A day where BMW M Car owners meet up, share insights, lessons learned, and basically drool over each others cars.

Actually, if we are being honest, I wasn’t going to go. I had wanted to go, looked forward to going, but in the end had decided I was going to stay home. Then a few of my buddies at Portland Cars And Coffee basically bullied me into going.

A handful of the local Portland BMW M Car owners met up at Elmer’s Cafe near the Portland International Airport at 7:00 AM the morning of the event. We had breakfast while sharing stories about our cars. Then we caravanned from Portland, Oregon to Griot’s Garage in Tacoma, Washington. It was a blast caravanning with a bunch of other M cars for a few hours.

There were a total of five E34 M5s in attendance including mine. From what I’m told, this was an impressive showing for the E34 M5. It was interesting to see some of the modifications that the other owners had done to their cars. I also enjoyed learning from their experiences, and really enjoyed swapping stories. I even learned some new information about my car.

Nearly every kind of M car except an M1 was in attendance. From the Z8 to the E30 M3, not much was left out. Of course, E46 and E90 M3s dominated the scene. But I really enjoyed looking at the E28 and E39 M5s. A lot of the owners have done some unique modifications that make these cars stand out.

Griot’s Garage was a terrific host for the gathering. There was a raffle with prizes and a few vendors selling food. Definitely a cool event here in the North West that I hope to be able to attend again next year, and in the end I’m very glad I went.

Enjoy the full photo gallery below and the video of the caravan heading up to Griot’s Garage.

2011 Los Angeles Auto Show: See You There

Hey-O! It’s auto show season again and it’s time to pack the DSLR, grab the backup batteries for my iPhone, and of course, buy a few cases of Monster Lo-Carb. I’m headed to Los Angeles today so I can see all the newest vehicles in the metal. After all, pictures just don’t do some cars justice these days.

The High Gear Media crew is invading Los Angeles and we”ll have you covered. Want to see the new 650-horsepower 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500? We’ll make sure to snap some pictures. Interested in the new 2013 Cadillac XTS? We’ll make sure you’re covered.

From Twitter to Facebook, I’ll make sure we are posting what we are seeing. If you aren’t all about the social media, you can follow all the action on our Los Angeles Auto Show hub right here.

If social media is your style, below are all the places you can follow the action:


Hey Minneapolis: Test Drive A CTS-V, Get $50 For Providing Feedback

Hey, what’re you doing this Saturday? How about driving a Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Sedan, Sport wagon, or all of the above at no cost to you?

I have been alerted that Wally McCarthy’s Cadillac in Roseville is having an open house this Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm. There will be free food from the barbecue, a free car wash, and apparently much more (no promises on what exactly that much more will be). The dealership will also have a raffle for Twins tickets, gift certificates to local restaurants and other prizes. Of course, GM Preferred Pricing will be offered to anyone that comes in that day.

Cadillac would also like to give you a penny for your thoughts, well actually 5,000 pennies to be exact. Engineers from Cadillac will be on-site and providing $50 Amex cards to consumers who will sit down with them and provide honest feedback. You can sit and tell them why your BMW is so much better than a Cadillac (if that is how you feel, though I’m guessing at that point you haven’t driven a CTS-V variant), and they’ll still give you the $50. All they want is feedback. Though fair warning, I’m told there are a limited amount of gift cards.

Full Disclosure: Cadillac did not pay me to write about this event. It didn’t urge me write about this event. A friend at Cadillac merely gave me a heads up that this open house would be happening in my area and I figured, who wouldn’t want to drive a CTS-V and eat free food. From a guy who has driven a handful of CTS-V variants, if you really don’t have plans, go drive one of these cars. It’ll probably make your day.

MN C&C – August 2011

Another summer month has passed us by; that means this past weekend auto enthusiasts got together in Chanhassen, MN and drank coffee, ate doughnut holes, and looked at cars. Of course I was up North at my cabin with family. Luckily, photographer extrordinaire Alex Bellus was on-site taking some amazing photos.

August typically is the largest month for C&C here in Minneapolis, and this year was no exception. I’m told the lot was full at 8:06 am. In talking with the ring leaders, the numbers broke out to be about 600 cars on site and approximately 2,000 spectators.

I’ve posted a few of my favorite photos below with permission from Alex. A full gallery is embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

Car Craft Summer Nationals Photo Gallery

Last weekend Car Craft Summer Nationals invaded the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for three days of gear head mayhem. Sadly, (depending on how you look at it) I was up North at my cabin. Luckily for us automotive photographer extraordinaire Alex Bellus sweat it out and walked the fairgrounds snapping some amazing photos.

The highly modified Corvette above is just one of the jaw dropping vehicles on display. Aside from the awesome exterior modifications, the engine bay houses sexy ITBs and carbon fiber velocity stacks. What I wouldn’t give to meet the owner of this vehicle and learn more about it.

A quick rundown of event features:

  • Editor’s Choice Awards
  • Over 4,000 cars on display
  • Miss Car Craft Summer Nationals Contest
  • Smokin’ burnout contest
  • Seminars and demonstrations in the Royal Purple DIY Garage
Alex’s full photo gallery is below for your viewing pleasure.

MN C&C – July 2011

It’s hard to believe, but this past weekend was the 4th of July. Where has the time gone? This weekend also was cars and coffee, a time for anyone who likes cars to share their passion.

The weather was truly gorgeous this month, with temps in the high 80s, and not a cloud in the sky, we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

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MN C&C – June 2011

Another month brings another gathering of cars and people drinking coffee. Sadly I was unable to attend due to being in Iowa for a wedding. Luckily David Nichols who has a site called Track Time Audio, was able to snap some great photos and provide us with a gallery full of eye candy. So grab a nice tall glass of lemonade and click through the gallery below.

2011 MAMA Spring Rally Wrap-Up

2011 MAMA Spring Rally Wrap-Up



Last week I was out in Elkhart Lake, WI visiting the beautiful Road America track with the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA). As always, it was a great time. Though it definitely was memorable.

First, let me say there’s a reason for the lack of pictures, and by that I mean pretty much no pictures. It was pouring rain all day Wednesday while we were at the track. So I didn’t even bother taking my camera out. It wasn’t worth risking it. Thursday during the autocross and off-roading I was so busy driving I didn’t even remember to take my camera out. Read More…

2011 MAMA Spring Rally: See You There

Has it really already been a year? Since it is the week before the Memorial Day holiday weekend, that must mean it is time for the spring Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA) rally.

Two days of driving the new cars in various conditions. Wednesday we have the opportunity to drive the latest metal around the track at  Road America in Elkhart, WI, and surrounding public roads.

On Thursday we switch modes and spend some time off-roading. After getting the off-road capable vehicles muddy we’ll put some of the cars through their paces on an autocross course.

For those who have forgotten, last year included a quick storm that brought hail and downed some trees. Unfortunately one of those trees landed on a brand new Aston Martin Rapide. Moving quickly a few of us removed the tree but the damage was done. The Aston Martin’s time at the rally was over and it was quickly trucked back to HQ. Hopefully this year will be just as eventful but with less damage, and no storms.

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MN C&C – May 2011

Holy crap, it’s already that season again! Actually, if you live in Minnesota you’d find it hard to believe it’s that season again due to the late spring we’ve had. Regardless, it is that season where gearheads, car junkies, kids, wives, and anyone else that wants to get up early on a Saturday morning, gather together to gawk over cars while drinking coffee and eating doughnuts.

The weather was predicted to be quite crappy. When I woke up it was clearly nice outside with dry roads. I did a quick check on the radar and saw a nice storm cell North of us. It was supposedly going to pass through the C&C area. I made an executive decision not to take the 300ZX and instead roll in the 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible I had as my press car. Hindsight is 20/20, but the weather turned out to be amazing and I wish I had taken the Z. At least the Camaro was a convertible so I was able to cruise with the top down.

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