The End of the Honda VTEC Era

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I gotta admit, I'm biased when it comes to DOHC VTEC Hondas, because I've owned two of the best. I got my first taste with a 1995 Acura Integra GS-R, and I still can't get the sound of that little 1.8-liter motor with the 8,100-rpm redline out of my … [Continue reading]

Crucial Cars: The Chevy Corvette

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From timeless icons to everyday essentials, Crucial Cars examines the vehicles we can’t live without. For this installment, we explore the amazing and iconic Chevy Corvette.   Fast, sporty, classic – even iconic. Not many cars can … [Continue reading]

Can The 2015 Volkswagen Golf TDI Be A Family Car?

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Our DIY Mom gets an inside look at one of the most buzz-worthy cars of the season, and ponders its usability for the family. I want to start this column by thinking critically about the concept of a "family car." Cars like the Honda Accord and … [Continue reading]

Don’t get no respect: wheel hub assemblies & wheel bearings


To paraphrase comedian Rodney Dangerfield, it’s tough being a hub assembly or wheel bearing. While their more famous cousins – the brakes, the batteries, the struts and shocks . . . okay, we’ll stop name dropping because you know who we mean – get … [Continue reading]

Crucial Cars: The Ford F-150

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From timeless icons to everyday essentials, Crucial Cars examines the vehicles we can't live without. For this first installment, Rural Tales hitches a ride with the workhorse of the ages: The Ford F-150.   32 consecutive years as the … [Continue reading]

Artist Bruce Gray creates magic out of used vehicle parts

Photo credit: Bruce Gray.

"I consider myself to be a visual scientist, relentlessly exploring as many forms of artistic expression as I can. Sculpture is not my career, it’s my life. I am obsessed with creating as many new sculptures as possible." So says Bruce Gray, … [Continue reading]

Top 5 Cleaning Products For Both Car And Home

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Cleaners do double duty! Our DIY Mom explores the handy dual uses of common car cleaning products. If you think maintaining your car is time-consuming, let me tell you, it's nothing compared to keeping your house in order. Between my car, my house … [Continue reading]

ATV motocross is alive and well: the 2014 Mountain Dew National Series

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We recap the latest season. The 2014 Mountain Dew ATV Motocross National Championship season has recently hit its thrilling conclusion. The exciting season could be easily summed up by some sage words from reporter Rodney Tomblin: "there’s … [Continue reading]

Braking Fundamentals: Brake Pads, Rotors and Fluid


We cover the basics and explore the science behind brake parts and related accessories.   With so many options to choose from, how do you know which brake rotors, pads and/or fluid is best for your vehicle? Step one is to look for guidance … [Continue reading]

Preview: the 2015 Ford Mustang


Our resident Gearhead tinkers with the highly anticipated new design of the Ford classic. Everyone, and I mean everyone, is talking about the new 2015 Ford Mustang. On the one hand, I'm kind of wondering what the fuss is all about. You can still … [Continue reading]