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Tips for driving on the wrong side of the road? Tips for driving on the wrong side of the road?

From July 3rd to July 6th this year I am going to be renting a car in London and driving out to the Cornwall coastal area as the last part of my trip to Europe. I have never driven a RHD car nor have I driven on the wrong (left) side of the road. So it will surely be an interesting experience shifting with my opposite…

Backpacking in Big Sur Backpacking in Big Sur

This past weekend I went up the coast to Big Sur in order to do some hiking and camping. It was a pretty epic trip and truly one of the best hikes I have ever done. This was also the first time I’ve gone on my own with my full gear onto the trail, as opposed to car camping in an established full service campground. In…

Raced my Miata. Broke my Miata. Fixed my Miata. Raced some more!  Raced my Miata. Broke my Miata. Fixed my Miata. Raced some more! 

Today was my second track event and boy was it fun. This one was at Autoclub speedway in Fontana, ca. And a beautiful sunny day in the upper 80s. Well it started out great on my first few laps but then something hapoened. I entered the front straight into the finish line (through the big NASCAR oval section). As I was…

Miata wave vs Subaru wave Miata wave vs Subaru wave

Okay so I only have crappy images from the Internet but that should describe the idea of what I’m talking about. Owning both a Miata and a STi, these cars have a prolific culture of waving to the other owners when you drive past. Especially being in Southern California now, there are plenty of both driving around all…

Vegas was hot Vegas was hot

It should go without saying that Las Vegas is hot this time of the year. Well I have working AC in the Subaru so I figured it would be all good. The drive out there was pleasant since we left around 515am and got there before the surface of the sun showed up on the strip. After a long day of walking around enjoying…

Why do auto comparisons by auto journalists not use the same tire on all of the vehicles?? Why do auto comparisons by auto journalists not use the same tire on all of the vehicles??

I love reading comparisons (or watching the videos) that different automotive publications put together. Some of my favorite are from Everyday Driver but I also enjoy the scale of the Motortrend ones. Of course Jalopnik has done these as well. Every time, I look through a spec comparison sheet at some point and…

Roadtrip to Vegas this weekend! Roadtrip to Vegas this weekend!

My girlfriend and I are making a trip to Vegas this coming Friday morning (leaving around 5am to avoid LA traffic) and returning Sunday evening. We originally were looking to fly since cheap flights are easy to get there. However, I really just wanted to try driving there to see how that will go. I have heard the…

Thinking about tints on the Subaru Thinking about tints on the Subaru

As the weather gets warmer, I’m thinking about ways of dealing with this for my first Socal Summer. With the Miata, well it’s just top down and cook. But with the STi, I figure a professionally installed mild window tint with a heat rejection film would be a good idea. I can’t stand super dark tints (like in the photo…

What a real hike!  What a real hike! 

At 10,000 feet I really started to feel the altitude for the last 1000 feet of climbing or so. Seeing as it was up, up, up the whole way it was quite strenuous and so I was very glad for the windy ~50 degree weather as I got higher up. Living at basically 0 feet of altitude makes me a wimp up there but it’s good…

Track day = Nirvana Track day = Nirvana

Coming to the track day bro? Hoosiers BRO! YOKOHAMA! NITTO! track day bro.

T-minus 5 days until my first track day! BRO! T-minus 5 days until my first track day! BRO!

This upcoming Saturday I am driving in my first ever track day. I have spent a few years doing 10+ autocross events each season and slowly preparing my Miata to do full on track days. Now that I have the proper roll bar, properly mounted 6 point safety harness, a nice racing seat, and the right helmet, I am finally…

Excellent Sunset to end an Excellent Weekend Excellent Sunset to end an Excellent Weekend

After an excellent weekend of driving my Miata somewhere around 600 miles purely for fun, I made it down to Malibu with my girlfriend in order to see a gorgeous sunset at El Matador beach. It is a solid 35-40 minutes from home but there was no traffic and it was an excuse for another spirited drive in the lovely…

Only in Southern California... Only in Southern California...

Yesterday I went on a cruise with a friend from back East who happened to be in town. Since he hadn’t been on any of the Malibu roads before, I figured we had to do a grand tour including passing through “The Snake” on Mulholland Highway. When we got up there, in typical Socal fashion a Ford Model T came crawling up…

Went for a drive Went for a drive

While I intended on just doing a short drive on Glendora Mountain Road and then doing a long hike up Mt Baldy to complete my day, I ended up running a marathon of driving instead. I left home around 930am and made pretty good time in getting to the beginning of GMR. The weather was bright and sunny, not too hot yet,…

Summer tires at a ski mountain, only in California. Summer tires at a ski mountain, only in California.

Last weekend I took a trip up to Mammoth with my STi for the first time to spend a couple of days skiing. Since it was late April, the chance of frozen precipitation was near zero and the weather looked nice and sunny, so I made the trip with my Falkens still on the car. These are low treadware summer tires so they…

I hypermiled my STi today!  I hypermiled my STi today! 

By me saying hypermiling, you must be thinking I got 50mpg by drafting behind a truck downhill or something. But really considering how this car performs on the fuel economy spectrum, I still did pretty good without much effort. So I drove 265 miles without flogging it and keeping cruise control set to 75mph. This…

Paint the Miata. I think it's time to at least consider it. Paint the Miata. I think it's time to at least consider it.

While I have been thoroughly enjoying thrashing my Miata around on the canyons of Malibu for the past few months and just ignoring the state of my paint, it has come time to finally start thinking about painting it. I would love to learn how to DIY paint the car but I really do not think that is practical without…

Lake Tahoe is Beautiful! Lake Tahoe is Beautiful!

Although summer is on the minds of most people by this time of the year, I am still firmly entrenched in ski season. There are not many mountains left open in late April, especially with the somewhat lackuster snowfall compared to last year. But Squaw Valley up in Northern California around Lake Tahoe is a wonderful…

Floor jack recommendations? Floor jack recommendations?

I have had my cheapo harbor freight floor jack for far too long and abused it way too much to rely on it much anymore. Sure, the only purpose of the floor jack is to get the car up to put it on jack stands. But it would just be nice to have one that will probably not fall down and ruin my brake rotor or cause some…

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