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1967 Etype 2+2 – November Progress Report

In my progress report for October, I discussed efforts to repair issues with the paint and application of a sealer coat. I had hoped to be able to report that painting was complete by the end of November but unfortunately that is not the case. Once the sealer was applied, I carefully went over the … Continue reading

Kevin Gross – Catellus Engineering

I have been worried about the noises coming out of the transaxle on my Porsche 944 track car. Based on his excellent reputation, I decided to remove the transaxle and send it to Kevin Gross at Catellus Engineering for a rebuild. Note that the 944 uses a “transaxle” which is located at the rear of … Continue reading

2010 Mercedes GL350 Bluetec – For Sale

I am selling my 2010 Mercedes GL350 Bluetec. As you will see from the following photos, this vehicle is in amazing condition. Unfortunately my wife has developed some health issues and has a hard time getting up into the seats. This is a luxury vehicle but its off-road capabilities cause it to sit a little … Continue reading

1967 Etype 2+2 – Painting is Underway

Painting is underway on the 1967 Etype 2+2. Blems on the body shell, doors, and rear hatch have been repaired and these pieces are coated in a bright white sealer coat. The 4 items that make up the engine and bonnet support frames have been painted with sealer, then the Old English White basecoat, and … Continue reading

1967 Etype 2+2 – October Progress Report

September and October continued with dismantling the car to allow paint repairs. At this point, everything has been removed from the body shell except the rear axle assembly and the interior. All glass, doors, and rear deck lid are removed. The shop bay next to the car has become a blizzard of parts, with my … Continue reading

Element Fire Extinguisher Stick

I tend to watch a lot of Jay Leno’s Garage on Youtube while I work out. A while ago, Jay had a short feature on the Element fire extinguisher stick. The Youtube video is linked below but basically the Element product represents a breakthrough in fire extinguisher technology. The packaging is about the size of … Continue reading

Ernie and Elaine Nagamatsu

Recently I attended the Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI at Leguna Seca raceway. This is a multifaceted event, described in my blog post here. One aspect of the event is vintage racing. I have been to many vintage races and have always found the competitors in the pits to be most accommodating of the non racing … Continue reading

Rennsport Reunion VI

I was fortunate to be able to attend the 6th Porsche Rennsport Reunion at WeatherTech Laguna Seca racetrack near Monterrey CA.  First of all, let us recognize the Rennsport Reunion as a brilliant marketing event sponsored by Porsche. It is a combination of vintage racing, Concours de Elegance, display of museum quality Porsche cars, technical … Continue reading

Book Review – Enzo Ferrari Power, Politics, and the Making of an Automotive Empire

First of all, at 953 pages, this book must meet the definition of “comprehensive”. I wasn’t really paying attention to the page count when I ordered the book from David Bull Publishing and when I got it, I had this sinking feeling that I would never find the time to read it. Boy, was I … Continue reading

Book Review – Phil Hill A Driving Life

Phil Hill was an American automobile racer and the only American-born driver to win the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship. He also scored three wins at each of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring sports car races. Phil was a regular contributor to Road and Track. This book, organized by … Continue reading

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