Archive for August, 2011

The 2011 California C of C Van Show

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Jump Into the Time Machine With Us

The custom van world descended on SoCal for its annual Council of Councils van convention. A different group in a different city hosts this event on an annual basis, and this year representatives from several cities around the nation were on-hand. (more…)

The Loss of a Legend

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

The custom car scene and the industry surrounding it were built on friendships. The cars and trucks are just the paint-covered and chrome-laden catalysts that bring us all together, but none of this would mean anything without the people entrenched in it. We all live and breathe cars, and as a result, many great friendships have been built that will last a lifetime. We are all like a family. (more…)

2011 Hippy Killer Hoedown

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Hot rods, bikes and bands make for a great day!

April 16, 2011 brought another amazing event to Southern California, The 3rd annual Hippy Killer Hoedown. This event was the brainchild of legendary hot rod builder Jim “Bones” Noteboom and his son Kutty. They have both been building custom cars and bikes for as long as anyone can remember, but the Hoedown is their first foray into getting all of their friends together with their custom bikes and hot rods to bench race and listen to some live bands. (more…)


Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Here is one of Force's young gun drivers, Robert Hight, signing autographs in Houston.

Our team has started the 2011 Full Throttle Drag Racing season strong with Auto Club driver Robert Hight and Castrol GTX driver Mike Neff. They’ve won three of the first five races, and Neff just barely missed getting his second win of the season in Houston. Seeing those guys in the winner’s circle got me thinking. (more…)

Johnny Hollyday’s ‘53 Cadillac Series 62

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Building a custom car is a pretty tall order. Add into that mix the fact that the car is a ‘53 Cadillac roughly the size of a city bus and the job gets exponentially harder. Then add to that a dark paint color that shows every ripple and imperfection and the job becomes nearly impossible for a mere mortal. But that is what Johnny Hollyday wanted, so he called around and finally found a shop with enough confidence to take on the task, American Hot Rods in Anaheim, California. (more…)

Mike Watts’ Fesler-Built ‘55 Chevrolet 210

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

When Mike Watts dropped off his ‘55 Chevrolet 210 with the crew from Fesler Built, he left very specific instructions. He instructed them to build a clean driver, a car he could jump behind the wheel of and spend the day on the road having fun. (more…)

Corner Carvin’ at El Toro Marine Base

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Horsepower has always been at the top of the list for car fans. The feeling of a perfectly tuned power plant roaring to life, allowing all of the horses out of the stable at once, as you release the clutch and nudge the throttle can’t be described; it can only be experienced. In the past few years the trend of building all-out, asphalt-assaulting muscle cars has shifted from making them go fast in a straight line to driving whatever sheet metal happens to tickle your fancy. (more…)

Danica Patrick Interview

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The Driver Talks About her Support of Drive4COPD and her Versatile Racing Career

Recently, we had a chance to interview Danica Patrick. We talked with her about her support of and her personal connection to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as driving in the IRL and NASCAR. And since you’re probably ready to skip over the introduction to get to the discussion, here it is, Drive’s exclusive interview with Danica Patrick. (more…)