How a car engine works – an animated tale

Check out this amazing infographic on car engines by artist and car enthusiast Jacob O’Neal.


When asked about his inspiration, Jacob gave us the following background info:

“I believe car engines are works of art, and thus, [make] the perfect subject matter. I designed this graphic to satisfy a deep need to produce something amazing and totally different from what’s currently out there in image-based infographics.”

We appreciate Jacob’s sense of creativity and keen knowledge on how car engines work. Feel free to share this page with friends!



Car Guy or Artist?

photo:Fine Print NYC Blog

photo:Fine Print NYC Blog

New York artist Jonathan Brand bought a wreck of a Mustang for $500 when he was in high school.

He then “worked on it” for several years, but never actually assembled anything—all because he decided to buy an engagement ring for his fiance with the proceeds of its sale (say awww!).

But now, he’s come back around and has built parts of his dream car, a 1969 Mustang…out of paper.

Photo: Fine Print NYC Blog

Photo: Fine Print NYC Blog

According to the history provided by Hosfelt Gallery in NYC, where Brand exhibited this work:

“The surfaces of the works in One Piece At A Time consist of thousands of geometric facets, much like those on the surface of a cut diamond. To construct the sculptures in this show, Brand begins with computer drawings that are printed as large-format inkjet prints. He then cuts, folds and glues these shapes together, 3-D jigsaw puzzle style. The end result is a duplication of all aspects of the exterior and interior — from tires and hubcaps to door handles, glove box and engine.”

Watch the video below and check out many more images of this paper 1969 Mustang  in the article from  Fine Print NYC Blog.

Klingon Parts Available Soon

Let it be known that Advance Auto Parts will soon source parts for Klingon Cars!

(Well, as long as they’re for cars like this…made here on Earth!)


photocredit: Flickr-booturtle


Here’s hoping that Star Trek fans enjoy the premiere this weekend!

SEMA Show – All the latest automotive specialty equipment

Hurricane Sandy may be having her way in the east, but the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association) show is once again taking Las Vegas by storm. SEMA is only open to the trade—and you’d better believe there is a lot of trade going on! This week over 60,000 domestic and international buyers are deciding what new products to bring to their customers in the coming months.

Advance Auto Parts has a team at SEMA to find the latest and greatest in automotive specialty equipment from current and new suppliers.  Here are just a few photos from the show! Click any image to display the viewer.


Advance Auto Parts awards $2 Million purse at inaugural Charity Pro-Am

Money raised benefited four charities


ROANOKE, Va. (September 21, 2012) – Advance Auto Parts (NYSE: AAP), a leading retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items, announced today that the Company and its vendor partners, raised $2 million for four charities at its recent inaugural charity Pro-Am tournament.  Proceeds from the Pro-Am benefited JDRF, the American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Building Homes for Heroes.  Celebrity teams from the PGA Tour and entertainment industry golfed with vendor sponsors, with each team representing one of the charities and competing for a share of the $2 million purse.

The tournament results are as follows:

1st Place                      American Cancer Society                  $650,000

2nd Place (tie)          Boys and Girls Clubs of America        $475,000

2nd Place (tie)          Building Homes for Heroes                  $475,000

4th Place                     JDRF                                                        $400,000


“It’s been a humbling and inspirational experience to witness our vendors, Team Members and communities come together in support of these wonderful organizations,” said Darren Jackson, President and CEO.

Every year Advance Auto Parts serves millions of customers in thousands of stores across the United States, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, while also supporting a variety of worthy causes locally, regionally and nationally.

“I am extremely proud of the impact our vendors have made and the commitment they have shown to supporting Advance’s charitable efforts,” said Charles Tyson, Senior Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

Building Homes for Heroes is committed to supporting those who have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with severe wounds and disabilities, with a goal to build homes for families in dire need.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of America promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents and adults with this disease. JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research.

About Advance Auto Parts

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. As of July 14, 2012, the Company operated 3,692 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at