05th May2016

The Importance of Being a Fan

by Michael Chandler

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I’m genuinely excited about cars.  All cars.  Race cars, show cars, stance cars, drift cars, crazy ass hyper cars, and seemingly mundane, but still fun economy cars.  And I hope that excitement is coming through, because if I saw this like I do my day job, the coverage wouldn’t be as good, the features wouldn’t be what they are, the opinions would be super mild, and this site probably would have folded long ago.

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If I wasn’t a fan, I wouldn’t sacrifice time with my girlfriend, friends and family to come out and bring you guys photos and stories from all of the events I get to.  I wouldn’t have that dedication, I’d just sit at home and binge watch all the things on Netflix and Amazon, and maybe have a better golf game and more stuff to talk about with the general public.

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It was this from this fire, this passion, this fandom, that all of the CAM goodness has risen.  Honestly, we all have something we’re fans of.  Be it a TV show or a book or a movie franchise, we’ve all got that one thing that, when we speak, we get this look in our eye and we perk up.  For me, for us, it’s cars.  And I hope that that comes through in all of the stuff we put out there.  Being a fan, being genuinely excited about cars, and racing, and everything car related, is a huge reason why we are the way we are, and this site is this site.

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04th Oct2011

The CAM Journal: Emotion

by Trent

I’ve written, and re-written this post numerous times, there’s just so much to convey, and I don’t know if I’ve done it any justice, but here it is anyway.

There isn’t a single car that I’ve owned that I haven’t had some form of emotional attachment to, some more than others. I don’t think of cars as ‘things’. It’s the reason my wife never wants to drive my cars, she knows if she damages it, she’s not hurting an item, she’s hurting a member of the family. Yes, I know, at the end of the day, it’s just a car, and human lives are more important, but there is such strong emotion that runs through car-guy(or girl) blood.

How else do you explain someone lovingly babying and modifying a car that most others would consider junk? Why are muscle car’s so popular now? Why spend $30K on a $5K car? It’s all about emotion.

Most often, it is best to think rationally, however with cars, it is near impossible. New brakes, but doesn’t your car already stop? Your car already has wheels, why on earth does it need a different set of wheels? Believe me, I’ve heard that one before. You can’t justify emotions sometimes, you have a burning desire, a need for a car you’ve lost that left you stranded many times. Just yesterday, I was out driving and my car left me stopped in a busy intersection. Yes, it sucked, but for some reason, I loved it more when I got it fired up again and it got me home.

Explanations aren’t necessary to car guys and girls, but to the average person, they deem you crazy for pouring sweat and blood into your vehicle, new or old. Some people throw wheels on their car and then want to join the group, but it is about more than that. If you sold that car tomorrow, would you regret it? Would you do anything to get it back? More times than I can remember, I see posts on forums of people trying to track down a car they sold long ago. They want it back, they want that emotional connection again.

This is the reason car meets work so well, we all have a common theme, an emotional attachment to the hunk of metal we drive, push, or look at on jack stands. This is also the reason I’m proud to call myself a “car guy”.

-Trent Bray

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31st Aug2011

Genuflection: Hot Wheels

by Michael Chandler

/ˌdʒɛnyʊˈflɛkʃən/ [jen-yoo-flek-shuhn]
an act of bending the knee or touching it to the ground in reverence or worship. (more…)

06th Aug2011

Happy 86 Day!

by Michael Chandler


To some today is just Andy Warhol’s birthday, but to us it’s a day to celebrate the AE86 Corolla!  Feel free to post your favorite AE86 photos in the comments or on the Facebook page and help us celebrate a cult icon. (more…)

16th Jul2011

Import Alliance 2011 – Nashville

by Trent

Import Alliance 2011 Nashville photosCAMAutoMag has heard about the sheer mass of cars that come out to this event and we had to experience it for ourselves and get some Import Alliance pictures, and it has not disappointed! This event was filled with a massive car show, drifiting, and road racing! This will be a regular event for CAMAutoMag from here on out! Check out the nearly 400 Import Alliance photos by clicking ‘Continue Reading’. (more…)

12th Jul2011

VW GLI: Low, not slow

by Trent

It took time for us to track down this car. I had managed to see it numerous times as I drove to and from work. I knew the general idea of where the owner of the car worked, and then suddenly it disappeared. I later found out Spencer, the owner of this car, quit that job, but a chance appearance at Wuste 2011 led me back to the beauty of this car and its simplicity.
This 2005 VW Jetta GLI is daily driven and the ride height is static. Just getting to the photo shoot location required careful and deliberate maneuvering, but even that wasn’t enough to avoid scraping the front lip a couple times. You’d think with a vehicle this low, it’d be all about showmanship, but that’s where you’re wrong, it’s ready to get up and go if called upon. VW GLI CAM Cover (more…)

16th Jun2011

June 8 Wide Open Wednesday Session

by Michael Chandler

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Rain was the story of the day last Wednesday at Miller Motorsports Park.  Torrential rain.  But despite the downpour and the lightning, Wide Open Wednesday soldiered on.  Gallery of the rain soaked event after the jump. (more…)

09th Jun2011

More Drifting!

by Michael Chandler

In addition to hosting a event out on the track, LapBattle.com threw a little drift party in the paddock at Miller Motorsports Park this past weekend. There’s a mini gallery of sideways awesome after the jump.

08th Jun2011

MMP Lap Battle!

by Michael Chandler

After the MPRA run groups were done the track was turned over to the LapBattle.com Time Attack Series. Another local series, this time organized by LapBattle.com and just hosted at Miller Motorsports Park. Click “continue reading” to learn more about Lap Battle, and see some photos of the event.

07th Jun2011

Wuste 2011 Gallery

by Trent

Wuste 2011 picsLast weekend, one of the largest west coast VW/Audi events took place in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s simply known as Wuste(woo-stuh or voo-stuh), and it has been going strong for 5 years now. It’s about time CAMAutoMag took a road trip to check it out. Click ‘Continue Reading’ to check out the pics and videos. (more…)