Snakes on a Plane, or a Parking lot..Shelby Cobras

I respect and admire the way that people, in all walks of life can express themselves using the sheet metal body, four tires and some bolts.

I find myself often rambling when talking with fellow enthusiasts who have an open mind and look across generational lines or racial barriers. Maybe because it’s pretty rare to find nowadays, call it a loss of human respect.

So I love it when I find a group like this Norcal AC Cobra group, at my local eatery this morning.

Talked shop with a bunch of very nice people who just loved cars, and checked out some very cool cars.

Happy Cruising!


Pro Street / Vic Hubbard’s 5-2-9 Madness Sale – 6/21/2012

Pro Street and Vic Hubbard Speed held their second 5 to 9 Madness Sale for 2012, and I had a great time as I always do meeting people, talking cars and shop.

Had a few hours to prep Big Red, unfortunately the weather was terrible so the turnout unfortunately suffered.

This chop top was something else, awesome amount of custom fab and done right.

Had a great time although it was just too damn cold.. had to run for cover.


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Case Studies : Prepping Big Red for 5-9 Madness Part II – 6/21/2012

We’ve given Big Red a proper cleaning and in preparation of the next 5-9 Madness at Vic Hubbard, after upgrading the spark plug guides and wires / plugs / gaskets, we’ll be taking the next step today the day of the show.

Installing a new Edelbrock water neck, 160 thermostat and Edelbrock gaskets will help freshen things up for the show!

A shot of the old intake manifold, thermostat and thermostat housing.

Edelbrock part number 7201 will get our intake leaks taken care of and give us a chance to service the carburetor and intake plenum.

A shot with the carburetor off, as we replace all gaskets and service the carb.

Here’s a shot of the SBC all finished up and ready for the 5-9 Madness Show at Vic Hubbard / Pro Street Online.

Want to see more of the classic? Come on out to the 5-9 Madness Car Show!

Happy Cruising!

Another R33 lost – Fast and Furious “Big Bird” to be crushed

In what is yet another chapter in a long line of Skyline’s to be crushed and destroyed by Homeland Security, a man in De Pere Wisconsin recently had two of his R33 Skylines seized by ICE.

One of which should look familiar to fans of the original “Fast and Furious” movie, “Big Bird” was a nickname given to the yellow Skyline loaned to Paramount during shooting.

Find another way home Pizza Boy!

According to the article, Justin Beno, the owner of the Skylines had owned these vehicles and registered them through his respective state. However when found that these vehicles lacked the proper bond paperwork and further HAD THEIR JAPANESE VIN TAGS REMOVED, the registration was rescinded.

Mr Beno then foolishly decided he would try and sell these Skylines to a private buyer, but failed to disclose full information to the undercover agent. And that’s where he lost these cars, as he told the undercover agent it would come with a Florida title, which he would have to transfer.

While I’ve never seen a state titled R33 have it’s registration rescinded, and can certainly sympathize with Mr. Beno’s situation, it’s his own damn fault. Having sold my own R33 recently, you can bet your bottom dollar my paperwork and facts were laid out in proper fashion to the new owner.

He got stuck with his Skylines, and instead of telling the prospective buyer the truth, he lied with an obvious intent to mislead and dump the problem onto someone else.

The feds found his case to be so egregious, that they charged him with 2 felonies  relating to conspiracy to commit fraud and possessing vehicles without vehicle identification numbers.

And that kiddies, is a lesson well learned for anyone dealing in gray market vehicles, Skylines or otherwise. Whether or not you agree with Homeland Security and ICE using precious tax dollars to chase down and crush these cars is irrelevant.

Feigning ignorance of the laws relating to these vehicles and the sale of gray market cars doesn’t help you when the hammer of justice comes down on your head.


Saying goodbye to my R33 Skyline GTST.

It’s been a good run for my R33 Skyline, but with the third addition to our growing family and lack of bond paperwork for my GTST, I had been trying to sell my Skyline for quite some time and I’ve finally found a buyer for my baby.

I’ve owned this vehicle for quite a while, and wasted no time putting it together when it first arrived off the docks as a parts car.

My S2 RB25 –

After the motor was installed and running, I opted for HKS Hipermax coilovers all the way around, and an HKS 3037S Turbo upgrade. The car already came with a Blitz 4 row front mount intercooler… ahh the JDM goodness.

More eye candy :

My time with the GTST was definitely an eye opener, as it led me down the path of modding Nissans / RWD as opposed to the usual Honda / Mitsubishi / FWD stuff I had been doing since 1996.

With minimal mods, this car put down a healthy 385 / 360 ft lbs on a 448X DynoJet at just 16 psi. I loved my time with the R33, but after doing over 25+ RB swaps for 240 guys locally, it’s not much different than a nice S14 with a RB swap in it, RHD and JDM factors aside.

With the growing anti-Skyline sentiment and the federal legalities of owning a state licensed car, I had to make this sale.

After all, who wants a knock on your front door from ICE?

Don’t know who they are? they are the nice federal agents who are hell bent in seeking and DESTROYING these cars because they are such a threat to the nation at whole.

Under 49 U.S.C. 30141(a)(l)(A),a motor vehicle that was not originally
manufactured to conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety
standards shall be refused admission into the United States unless NHTSA has decided that the motor vehicle is substantially similar to a motor vehicle
originally manufactured for importation into and sale in the United States,
certified under 49U.S.C. 30115, and of the same model year as the model of the
motor vehicle to be compared, and is capable of being readily altered to
conform to all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards. Where there is
no substantially similar U.S.-certified motor vehicle, 49U.S.C.30141(a)(l)(B)
permits a nonconforming motor vehicle to be admitted into the United States if
its safety features comply with, or are capable of being altered to comply with,
all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards based on destructive
test data or such other evidence as NHTSA decides to be adequate.

Petitions for eligibility decisions may be submitted by either manufacturers or
importers who have registered with NHTSA pursuant to 49CFRpart 592.As
specified in 49 CFR 593.7,NHTSA

Skylines imported into the US for use on public roads must either be over 25 years old or they must conform to FMVSS standards. While R32 – R34 Skylines were initially allowed for import, the FHTSA rescinded the importation of the majority of Skylines by limiting it to R33’s that were manufactured between January 1996 and June 1998.

In order to import a Skyline, an official RI must be used and they must fill out a HS-7 declaration for the vehicle. If the vehicle is to be used on the streets then the RI has 120 days in order to modify the vehicle to pass FHVSS requirements. The only company that has information in regards to Federally legalize R33’s is JK technologies.

Found this page after searching for the terms “Skyline” and “registration”? Take a look here at several links that will help you answer the many questions that Skyline owners in the US have, including the story behind Hiro and Motorex, NHTSA and DOT legalities, and the inherent dangers of buying a state licensed Skyline.

NicoClub’s comprehensive Skyline importing guide

EPA KIT Car Legalities

How to import a Skyline


UPDATE : As of late 2014 Skyline R32’s have been importable and 100% legal to own in the US. Click here for more information on the how to import a Skyline process.

Happy boosting!

Pro Street / Vic Hubbard’s 9-2-5 Madness Sale – 5/17/2012

Pro Street and Vic Hubbard Speed held their first 5 to 9 Madness Sale for 2012, and I had a great time as I always do meeting people, talking cars and shop.

Founded in 1949, Vic Hubbard has had a name well known throughout the Performance Industry as the first Speed Shop in Northern California. So you can be sure that there will be more than your fair share of domestic old school muscle.

There were also several GEN III powered Chevelles that made the show.

I love the GEN III blocks, pushrods and all.

Several of them rocking a centrifugal superchager, which isn’t my cup of tea but hey… to each his own.

Of course, the usual mix of cars made the show……

All in all a fun time to be had, with a lot of pretty nice cars and lots of horsepower and cool people. A small show, but one car definitely caught my eye, this pristine Mazda Cosmo ( RX-5 ).

You Wankel!

This RX-5 is powered by a late model 13B and its owner was a very nice guy who was more than willing to talk about his car and the mods he had in it. As always I had a great time talking shop to people, and looking forward to the next 9-5 Madness on June 21, 2012.


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The worst thing I have ever seen…. ever.

Automotive forums are hilarious.

After all, where else can you find people who create their own microcosm of society, while stroking each other egos and bashing on anyone and everyone that doesn’t follow their trends. is one such forum that I frequent, and while this forum pretends to have “higher” standards than others, the only thing that makes this forum special is the amount of ass kissing and circle jerking that happens within a very small select group of users.

So to say that automotive forums are retarded goes without saying, but they do produce some awesome moments to be certain. Moments like this one in this thread where Zilvia users are bashing a newbie to the forum.

After the reading through the obligatory bullshit and bashing, not to mention the constant ass kissing and elite attitude, you will find pictures of The Worst Thing I Have Ever Seen in My Life.

Here it is, in all it’s glory.

No, the car isn’t dirty, those are Zebra HEADS stitched into the front of the seats…… heads.

And you guessed it! Those would be the tails of aforementioned animal.

And there you have it ladies and gentlemen, THE Worst Thing I Have Ever Seen.

Happy Monday!

Why I hate the Grimes Family – Walking Dead Season 2 finale recap


I have a confession… I am obsessed with the AMC TV series Walking Dead, so much in fact I’ve taken to the comics where the story was originally gleaned from.

I normally dislike zombie movies, and further don’t like “end of the world” scenarios because they usually lack the kind of writing and acting that draws me to the characters.

I feel no more for the “Alice” character in the Resident Evil series for example, than I would a stalk of celery. I have just enough interest to pay attention when the world comes crashing to an end in any of those cheesy movies or shows about some Mayan calender or solar flares..

Further, a lot of these kinds of movies and series just seem to go overboard with the gross-out factor, and when that’s the only trick your pony can do you’re just not going to make it too far.

But Walking Dead is much more than that ( as evidenced by last Sunday’s 9 million viewers ) because they do just enough to gross you out, while writing and expertly crafting characters you care about, love or hate.

And love some characters I do, Andrea, Daryl and Shane are just a handful of favorites ( was in Shane’s case ). Glenn’s asian so he gets points, AND he gets the girl to boot!

When’s the last time you saw an asian guy get some nookie in a series???

NEVER!!! that’s when!! lol

Which brings me to my current dilemma of choosing just who I hate the most out of the three Grimes’ family members. I make no small secret that I hate the Grimes Family in the series, every last one of them ( except for the unborn child in Lori’s womb ), but who exactly do I hate the most?

Where do I start? with the ridiculously stupid and inept Carl ( played by Chandler Riggs)? who is a bad actor ( yes, hes a kid, but he still stinks ) and never ceases to amaze me with his ridiculous stupidity.

I’d repeat “ridiculous” and “stupidity” again but then I’d be a lot like the writers in Season 2 of Walking Dead.

They fell in love with this kid in Season 2, constantly putting him in the way of danger and conveniently making surprise appearances during the worst moments. Luckily they screech to a grinding halt just before falling off the cliff and tumbling into a chasm of unbelievable.

While I can conceivably understand his appearance when Rick wanted to off Randall, I cannot fathom under any circumstance when Rick and Shane had their fateful stand under the moon.

The kid is terrified and indoors with adults one second, including Lori and the next second he somehow sneaks outdoors and finds the confrontation under the threat of having his face eaten off?

Please writers, lay off the Carl Kool-Aid.

Or is it Lori (played by Sarah Wayne Callies), with her hysterical ranting and bipolar personality? She is almost TOO easy to hate, with her questionable logic and callous attitude towards Shane. After telling Rick in no uncertain terms that Shane was dangerous and that Rick needed to kill him, she then acts SHOCKED when Rick tells her he was the one that killed Shane.

Let’s see.. the woman asks the man to do something and then gets PISSED when he actually does it! lmao.. Lori IS a woman! ( j/k!!!!!….. kinda.)

While I don’t blame her for finding comfort in the arms of another man ( Shane ) after the outbreak and her husbands apparent death, I blame her for everything else since then.

Giving Shane the cold shoulder, driving him over the edge, pitting Shane and Rick against one another, shutting Shane out of the baby that is possibly his, and jeopardizing her son by being an overall dumbass.

Simply put, Lori is a dumb $%## who just can’t keep her mouth shut or do the right thing to protect her son. In saying this however, she is just too easy to hate.

But no, sadly the winner just has to be Rick who is quite possibly the most confused  protagonist in a TV series ever. In every classical sense of the word, Rick is a tragic figure caught up in the world’s events and without recourse for much of the season 1.

He is expected to lead, expected to protect and is a father who claims to care about his family and do the right thing.

Sadly, he fails in every aspect as he continues to blather about how much he cares about his family and yet does everything to put them in harm’s way. He’s an idiot who clings to the morals of a dead world and somehow expects to come out of the situation smelling like roses each and every time.

His stupidity and indecisive nature is the very soul of Shakespearean tragedy, like Hamlet or Othello, the direct inactions or failure to act results in a catastrophic chain of events that unravels before us.

However unlike those characters, Rick is shackled by his conscience and bound by his morals, steadfastly holding on to the values long dead in the post-breakout world and he seems to value his own morals over his family. His character is cast as a sheriff, a hero, an everyman who is “just-another-joe” trying to protect his family in a time of crisis.

Time after time he makes the wrong decisions, or tries to do the right thing only to be rebuked by his group, his wife and his best friend Shane.

As a father myself, I am not going to sit here and pretend that I would take the same high road should my family be in the line of fire. Make no mistake that I would be saying the same exact stuff Rick does about his family, only I’d actually mean it. I mean who wouldn’t?

Who in their right mind would make the same decisions as Rick in that world?

So in this, I understand that Rick is a very different character, one very complex and yet simple who I have yet to understand. He’s brave and fearless, but can’t pull together the stones to make the hard choice when his family is on the line. He’s compassionate and caring about others he doesn’t know, and yet doesn’t hesitate to blow away 2 drifters in the bar while chasing Herschel.

Rick is a good man, but a bad father and even worse husband. Shane and Lori clearly have more chemistry between them than Rick does with his own wife.

Rick was for all intents and purposes is “bitch-made” for lack of a better term. He shunned his responsibilities, didn’t make the hard calls and lacked the intestinal fortitude required to survive in his world.

The very same morals I would admire in a man and a father normally, makes me despise Rick in this series.

Until that is, he killed Shane, who was his partner and good friend for a long time before this whole ending of the world business came about. And in doing so, Rick’s character evolves by giving in to his baser self, he no longer cares about the “right thing” he now only cares about his self preservance.

It’s about time Rick.

Rick goes back to the group and basically gives them an ultimatum, challenging anyone who questions his authority to “leave and see how far you get” His final words to the group are ” I make the calls, and this isnt a democracy ”

He tells Lori simply “I wanted it over, I wanted Shane’s actions to stop, I wanted him to stop undermining me”

And guess what? I loved every bit of it! FINALLY you’ve become a man Rick! I love ya! So while I wait with baited breath for Season 3, Rick is still the “Most Hated Character”, but he can quickly resolve his standing by continuing on his current character evolution and quite frankly being a badass.

Should he revert back the spineless, weak coward in Season 1 however I reserve all right to hate him, once more. Good luck Rick, hope your wife dies and your son falls off a cliff.

Can’t wait for Season 3!