12th Sep2017

Modern Classics in the Paddock

by Michael Chandler

Most of my shots at a NASA Utah weekend come from things happening on the track, and this past weekend was much of the same.  However, there were a ton of awesome cars just hanging out in the paddock.  I mean, all of the cars are awesome, but you don’t usually run across a Ford GT just hanging out.  

That was the case here.  I was shooting two other cars (they’ll be in a later post, because they’re legit classics), when I saw a red and white Ford GT out in front of the DXDT garage.  Naturally, I finished what I was doing and then high tailed it over to the early 2000’s domestic supercar.  Al Tiley, driver of the Air Power 911 GT3R, came walking up as I was finishing my shooting.  We had a chat, expressed our enjoyment of Road America, then he hopped in the GT and drove off.  Can’t argue with the man’s taste in vehicles.

Who doesn’t love an early Lotus Elise?  People who have cold, dead hearts.  This adorable little guy was just hanging out, looking like an aggressive guppy.  

In addition to sporting some aggressive aero, it was also packing a Honda K-Series motor.  Oh, and it’s also from Idaho.  Pretty sweet.

There was an F30 generation 330i Xdrive WAGON out in one of the HPDE groups.  This made me excited, but not as excited as another 3 series in a different HPDE group.  We’ll get to that one later, but in the wagon’s group was this 911 GT3.  

Naturally, I snagged some photos of it.  Then I figured I’d never see it, but it appeared behind the grand stands as I was getting ready to head up into them.  Out hopped the driver, a guy who introduced himself as Knight, and his instructor: Integra hero Tyler Mikesell.  After the race, I came out of the grand stands and ran into Knight.  He said he threw the APR wing on the car because he felt he needed more down force in the rear.  

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27th Jul2017

CAMcast: Trent in Sandy, HELLO

by Michael Chandler

We got the gang back together for this one, and even co-founder Trent has a large presence in this one.  Even though he wasn’t here.  How?  Gavin, Dave, Brandon, and Mike went through all of the questions he wrote in over the past few weeks!  We also had an agenda, which looked like this:

  • The German manufacturers and their cartel they’ve been running for decades
  • Electric cars are outpacing the supply of battery materials
  • The 2018 Mustang is ridiculous
  • Will we see any more Super Trucks?
  • CTR vs. Focus RS
  • Driving music

Thank you for listening to us, and buying shirts!  Please, keep doing both.  While you’re poking around on the internet, head over to iTunes, Google Play, or wherever you find this podcast, and rate us!  Leave us comments too.  And subscribe if you haven’t, here’s the RSS if you’re too cool for the conventional methods or can’t find us elsewhere.  And also spread the word!  You’re probably not the only person you know who’d like this, so send those like minded people our way!  We’ll be back next week with another, potentially special episode.  See you then!

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25th May2017

The CAMcast goes to Tangent Town!

by Michael Chandler

What-ho, fine folks of the internet!  We’re back with a tangent packed episode of the CAMcast!  Gavin, Dave, and Mike talk about a bunch of random stuff, and also some news:

  • NASA Utah stories
  • Indy 500 qualifying
  • Skip Barber Racing School files for bankruptcy
  • Ford fires their CEO
  • Armed Robbery

Thank you for spending some quality time with us, it means a lot that you’re willing to listen to us ramble.  Stream the episode above, download it here, or subscribe to us on iTunes and Google Play.  Yeah, we’re on Google Play now!  While you’re there, leave us a comment and a rating. Subscribe to us on YouTube as well, we’ve go some cool stuff coming up.  And as always, follow us on our social media outlets!  We’ll be back next week with another episode!

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04th May2017

Children With An Agenda: The CAMcast

by Michael Chandler

May the 4th be with you!  That’s the only Star Wars reference you’re getting on this episode, because neither Pizza Dad, The Professor, P-Car, nor Fearless Leader realized that this episode would be dropping on May 4th.  What they lack in Star Wars, they make up for in discussion topics!  On this episode:

  • Formula 1 stuff!
  • Could we be getting 100 octane at the pump?
  • Everyone needs technicians
  • The next GT500 is testing in Detroit
  • The Driving Experience!
  • Listener Mail
  • And more!

Thank you so very much for listening to this little podcast of ours.  You can stream the episode above, find it on iTunes, or download it here.  If you haven’t subscribed, rated, and commented on iTunes: why not?  We’d do the same for you if you had a podcast.  While you’re at it, share this episode!  Let the people know where you got it, and send them our way.  We’re friendly.  We’ll be back next week!

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03rd Apr2017

The Driving Experience: BOSS 302 Laguna Seca

by Michael Chandler

Hello everybody!  And welcome to the first in a new series of videos that we’re calling The Driving Experience.  What is The Driving Experience?  It’s taking all those numbers you see in a review (0-60, lateral G’s, etc) and putting them to practice.  It’s us going out and driving these cars and sharing our experience behind the wheel.  We’re not experts, we’re not hot shoes, we’re not journalists who get to drive every new car at giant, manufacturer sponsored events.  We’re guys just like you: enthusiasts who care more about how a car drives than the numbers on a spec sheet.  We’ll be back next month, and every month, with another review for you.  If you’ve got a car you’re willing to let us drive, send us an email: [email protected]

And so with that, please enjoy our first episode, featuring the BOSS 302 Laguna Seca of Alex Crane.  Gavin and I went to Vegas, stayed in a sketchy hotel, and hustled the car around the hills surrounding the city.  


 

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30th Mar2017

The CAMcast Guestpocalypse!

by Michael Chandler

Another Thursday means it’s time for another episode of the CAMcast!  Pizza Dad is still off getting milk and cigarettes, so we’ve brought on two guests!  You read that right, two.  This week Mike, Dave, and Gavin are joined by Josh Martin of JDM Legends, and Trent Bray the co-founder of this very website!  The guys talk about the GT350 owners lawsuit, racing liveries, answer some listener questions, and so much more.  Stream the episode below, download it here, or head over to iTunes and grab it there.  While you’re at it, could you leave us a review and a rating?  We’d really appreciate it.  We’ll be back next week with another episode, and maybe another guest!

 

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14th Mar2017

80eighty Scrapefest Premeet

by Michael Chandler

While technically true, the 80eighty Scrapefest premeet was a full eight days before Scrapefest.  Weird?  YOU BET!  Well attended?  DAMN STRAIGHT!  There were a ton of cars in attendance, so many that some resorted to parking in the undeveloped lots near the 80eighty building.

There was a wide variety of cars in attendance.  Everything from clean, modern builds

To some classics

A pretty cool rat rod was there

And that was spitting distance from the R8 that Envision wrapped at Autorama.  Not for, AT.  While the show was going on.  Looks good.

And then there was this guy, who kept staring at me while I was taking pictures of his edgy-ass xB.

So kawaii it causes me physical pain…

Anyway, here’s a big gallery of some of the other cars that were there.  Saturday we’ll be at the track for the first NASA Utah event of the season, then up at Scrapefest on Sunday.

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09th Mar2017

Mustangs and Geneva: The CAMcast

by Michael Chandler

Ahoy hoy folks!  We’re so glad you could join us for another episode of the CAMcast.  This week we were down a Pizza Dad, but chock full of stuff to talk about:

  • Geneva Auto Show highlights
  • Lamborghini’s video shenanigans
  • Salt City Drift schedule
  • Driving a BOSS 302 Laguna Seca in Las Vegas
  • And why you should probably avoid the Hooter’s Hotel and Casino

We appreciate you guys subscribing, rating, commenting, sharing, and interacting with this podcast.  Please keep doing all of that, and maybe pitch this to someone who doesn’t really listen to podcasts?  The #trypod campaign is in full swing this month, and it’s main purpose is to introduce podcasts to people who don’t listen to them, or don’t know what they are.  Odds are that you know someone who’d like us, but doesn’t know the how’s and what’s and all of that.  Spread the word!

07th Feb2017

The Relevant Super Bowl Commercials

by Michael Chandler

Like most people, I spent my Sunday evening at a Super Bowl party.  Gorging myself on wings and cocktail shrimp, and half-watching the game.  I also managed to half-watch the commercials, and since this is an automotive enthusiast site, we’re gonna take a look at the eight automotive commercials that aired.  Let’s start with Audi.

Audi

It’s called “Daughter”.  The daughter is in a soapbox derby, and she’s the only girl in the field.  The voice-over is the father asking himself what he is going to tell his daughter about her value, because she (and the rest of us) live in a world where women, on average, make less than men.  It’s not selling a car, although they show an S5 sedan at the end.  It’s promoting them being committed to equal pay for equal work, which is a very noble thing.  As a car ad, it’s not that great.  Considering that they showed off a sedan version of one of their coupes, which means that they’ll be making sedan versions of their coupes, which makes me irrationally angry.  As a PR piece, it was ok.

Buick

Buick is still trying to convince people that they’re not building transportation for the elderly.  An admirable goal, but Buick is always gonna have that stigma.  The ad is funny: Cam Newton destroys pee-wee football players, and Miranda Kerr shows up.  I still think Buicks are sleds for the elderly, and this ad doesn’t really change that.

FCA

They came out with two 1 minute spots, and a 30 second spot for the Alfa Romeo Giulia.  One is about returning to greatness, Riding On The Backs of Dragons, another is about predictability, Dear Predictable, and the last one is all of the cliches you could want when talking about an Alfa, Mozzafiato.  It’s pretty hard to make the Giulia look bad, and it’s a trick to make the Quadrifoglio sound bad.  Thankfully the car looks and sounds amazing in the spots, and I want one even more now.  The spots show off the car really well, and hopefully this means we’ll see more of them running around in the wild.

Ford

Like Audi, Ford didn’t show off any particular vehicle.  This was them showing off how they’ll help you (or whoever) get around in the future.  Bike sharing, Transit vans on call, vehicles that can hard park themselves.  The future is looking bright for the Blue Oval!  Or whatever.  All I know is that they’ll be pounding out F-Series trucks until the sun expands and engulfs our little, blue marble.  Did anyone else relate to some of those bad luck scenarios in the first half of that commercial?  A few of those hit too close to home for me…

Honda

The Honda ad, which was slinging the new CRV, was inspiring and creepy.  Using technology, they animated various celebrities’ year book photos.  That was the creepy part.  The inspiring part was what the celebrities were saying.  And I’m not sure the CRV, while a decent little crossover, is not the most aspirational vehicle they could be pitching…  Meh, it still works.

Kia

Melissa McCarthy, a treasure, keeps trying to defend nature.  And nature absolutely wrecks here.  Up to this point, this is the ad that is the most cohesive.  It’s pitching the Niro (pronounced Nee-ro), which is apparently the most fuel efficient crossover.  It fits with Mrs. McCarthy trying to be an eco-warrior, although hopefully it doesn’t fail like she did.  The Niro looks pretty good, and I’m curious to see what the interior looks like.

Lexus

Lexus showed off the LC500, a damn fine looking vehicle.  There was something about emotion in there, but all I remember is hearing the glorious engine noise.  And the dancing, but mostly the engine noise.  Again, damn fine looking vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz knows that your dad and his golf buddies are probably going to buy the new AMG GT Roadster, so they got Peter Fonda to reprise his role from Easy Rider for their ad.  They also know that you’ll be watching this along side them, so the tapped the Coen brothers to direct it.  It’s not a bad ad, has some humor, and Peter Fonda is still pretty bad ass.  And odds are that if you were on board for the AMG GT, then you’re on board for an al fresco version.  

And that’s the lot of them.  Let us know which was your favorite, which you hated (I’ve got an idea where some of you will go with this), and if you’ve made it this far you deserve a treat.  So, here’s the Logan ad:

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30th Nov2016

CAMcast Weekly November 29

by Michael Chandler

We’re back!  And we’re weekly (probably), until the race season starts!  In this episode Michael ,and co-hosts Brandon Christiansen and Dave Rawley, talk about Audi leaving the WEC, the new 911 RSR’s lack of forced induction, fashion, and the Taurus Challenge.  Give it a listen, and subscribe via RSS until I can get this thing on iTunes and Stitcher.

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