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Personality Personified: Nissan 240

One of the last things that comes to mind when thinking of a Nissan 240 is ‘different’, especially if it’s a drift car. The stigma that follows 240’s is one that you can’t really ignore, because it’s not really wrong. Most you see are molested beyond belief and have been reduced to nothing more than somebody’s dream that never came to fruition. They’re never all one color, they never have body panels that line up, they usually are held together with more zipties than OEM fasteners. The broken and beat 240 is just as much part of the drift image as vaping and flat-bills are to the Subaru bros. This isn’t your average S14.

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Culture, Track Time

Engineering Velocity: WannaGOFAST in Ocala

Picture this, a private airport nestled in what used to be rich horse country somewhere in central Florida. It’s February and in the low 80’s out. All you can hear is the noise coming from the Corvette rolling past with an open BOV at idle. Wait a second… I thought this was the tranquil countryside? These events are something wholly different from any other. They bring together some of the most powerful and fastest street cars (and plenty of trailer queens) in off-the-map locations for one purpose; to go fast.

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Respect All Builds — This Needs to Stop

There are two phrases that linger around automotive groups that I absolutely abhor. These phrases are unintelligent rebuttals to a remark that has ultimately cornered the recipient. They are said when somebody either can’t quantify what they did to a car or when somebody just can’t swallow their pride and say, “Yeah, I did something stupid but I like it,” without demanding that other people respect the work that went into their creation. I’m all for doing stupid stuff to cars but I just can’t get behind the cop-outs of “respect all builds” and “at least it’s clean”. It’s undeserved congratulatory gestures like that which diminish automotive development and perpetuate mediocrity within grassroots car culture.
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Creation, Culture

Mechanical Meditation

If you are a car nut you know of the ever growing trend that is early morning, monthly gatherings centered around prettied up cars and overpriced beverages. Cars and Coffee, at least in this neck of the woods, has me wanting a bit more variety. The same cars, same atmosphere, same mediocre coffee. The only reason I manage to get out of bed on time is the hope that something amazing shows up.

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Culture

Rally Your Heart

“For the grassroots” has been the expression we keep in mind when producing content for FeaturedGarage. Today the phrase “for the veterans” is more applicable. In an effort to bring together automotive enthusiasts to assist in gathering charitable contributions for K9s for Warriors and to raise awareness for this organization, Rally Your Heart periodically hosts road rallies to spread the message and make a difference while also providing a memorable experience for the ralliers.

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Do It In a Datsun

CulAs automotive enthusiasts we tend to be drawn to various forms of mechanical beauty, whether that beauty is realized in the form of American muscle, European luxury, or Japanese hot hatches. Our senses are pleased by the hostile chopping lope of a cammed LS engine idling at a stop light or even when the sound of 9,000 RPM of Japanese aggression is heard ripping through the countryside. While we can appreciate many forms of automotive beauty, it’s exciting to meet people who dedicate their efforts to appreciate a particular niche. Recently I got to meet a father and son duo that have developed a complete obsession for Datsun Z cars and have spent years collecting various donor cars and parts in order to rejuvenate their collection. Enter the Z car yard.

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How Did We End Up Here?

One magical thing about cars for me is that the technology and culture is constantly changing, improving, and there will always be something new to learn and appreciate. For all this advancement to keep taking place there needs to be fresh minds and different perspectives constantly added to the mix. This year has marked quite an increase of events in the Panhandle, which has definitely helped push the tastes and rides here forward. This past weekend, a charity event for Toys for Tots was in full swing and looking through these pictures it really made me think about how far we all have come.

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A Car Show for a Cause

It’s that time of year again. The time of year where the cold weather is counteracted with warm sentiments and hot cocoa, or Glühwein. It’s also that time of year where people are encouraged to give rather than receive. This year the Northwest Florida Podiatry Association hosted their 4th Annual NWFL Podiatry Association Car Show in support of the the American Diabetes Association. An end of year car show that supports a charitable cause coincides well with the holiday spirit.

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Culture

Life Automotive

Looking back on my life over the past few years it would be hard to imagine that cars had not been entwined with it from the very beginning. The truth is I had absolutely no clue what I was doing under the hood, behind a camera, or really behind the wheel up until quite recently. Looking back on it now, I guess I thought it would be just another fleeting hobby like plenty of others. As anyone involved in the car scene knows, that was NOT the case. This is my story, my observations, and my advice.

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The Rebirth of a Gathering — Tuesday Night Meets

Tuesday nights at The Swamp; the infamous weekly vehicle gathering for locals to seek fellowship with other automotive-driven enthusiasts. Sort of. The Swamp, while it is a beach club for locals and tourists alike, is known by gear heads as the weekly Tuesday night car meet. The Swamp has been the host of many Tuesday night gatherings which included burnouts, plenty of rev limiter thrashing, and even the occasional fight. There’s something about the veil of night that brings out brash personalities.

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