This is absolutely cool

•March 1, 2018 • Comments Off on This is absolutely cool

Organized by our good friend Noah Lambert. We would if we could.

Welcome to the first annual Mezzo 200 Reliability Trial. Modeled after the famed road races of last century, the Mezzo 200 (pronounced met-sō) is a leisurely 200 mile organized drive through the most beautiful roads in the Illinois River valley. There are no points, no penalties, no registration fees and no prizes, just a fun day of classic motoring. Held each year in early October, the Mezzo 200 is a “last gasp” outing for those registered on Illinois extended antique license plates and a great excuse to get out and enjoy the fall foliage with like-minded enthusiasts. Fix that oil leak, register your car below for FREE, and we hope to see you in October!


Cars eligible for registration are any sports or touring car produced in or before 1973. This is a fun day of driving for enthusiasts of old cars, not a snobby car show. Breakdowns are encouraged and rust is part of the fun. Bring the strangest thing you’ve got!

Learn more and register here. We’d love to hear and see your post-rally stories and photos.

When Do I Need New Tyres?

•February 1, 2018 • Comments Off on When Do I Need New Tyres?

You’ve probably heard many stories about tyres, over inflated improves fuel efficiency or under inflated can increase grip. But, the simple fact is your tyres should always be at the right pressure, the one that your manufacturer recommends.

Over inflated tyres are actually very dangerous. But getting the pressure right is only the first step; there are actually a whole range of regular checks you should complete on your tyres.  As soon as your tyre starts to fail these tests and you can’t correct it you need to locate new tyres Melbourne has a host of tyre specialist centres, as does any part of the country!

It is advisable to use a comparison service to ensure you are getting your new tyres for the right price.

So How Do You Know If Your Tyres Need Replacing?

Your tyre is the only part of your vehicle in contact with the road, it provides grip which ensures you can accelerate smoothly, corner safely and even brake efficiently!

It works well in the dry, but the grip really stands out in wet weather, the treads are designed to push water away from the types, improving grip.

Your tyres need replacing if any of the following apply:

  • Low Tread

The minimum tread depth in Australia is 1.6mm but you should replace your tyres as soon as they go below 2mm, performance will already be reduced.

You simply need to purchase a tread depth checker, insert it into the tread of your tyre and it will tell you how deep they are.

  • Damaged Side Wall

A visual inspection of your side walls will quickly alert you to any foreign object which has been inserted into them; accidentally or intentionally.

However, you should also look for signs of cracking. This is particularly common in climates that are dry and dusty or if the vehicle is not used often. Cracked side walls dramatically increase the chances of a blow out when driving, which can have disastrous consequences for you and your passengers.

  • Deflating Regularly

If you notice that your tyre needs to be inflated on a regular basis and it is losing quite a bit of pressure then you probably have a slow puncture.

Your tyre may need replacing but it is also possible that it can be repaired. You’ll need to visit your local tyre centre to get professional advice.

It is important to note that driving on a deflated tyre will damage the inner wall and make it impossible to repair.

  • The Feel

A well balanced car should feel smooth and drive in a straight line, even if you let go of the steering wheel. If you’re finding that your vehicle is vibrating heavily or pulling to one side then you probably have a tracking issue.

This can cause premature wear on the inside edge of the tyre which you may not easily spot. It can also place strain on your gearbox and drive shafts.

If you experience either of these then it is best to have the vehicle checked by a professional.

What Are The Causes Of Poor Shifting In Motorcycling?

•February 1, 2018 • Comments Off on What Are The Causes Of Poor Shifting In Motorcycling?

The use of motorbikes has increased dramatically in recent years. IN fact, between 2010 and 2015 there was an increase of 22.3% in motorbike registrations! Motorbikes are attractive due to their low running costs, the ease in which they can negotiate traffic and the feeling of freedom every time you ride one.

This is why motorbike sales have increased so much and are likely to hit the million mark in the next few years.

Of course, not everything is perfect in the world of motorcycling. You still need to complete basic maintenance tasks yourself. Other issues can actually arise from the way you ride as opposed to a lack of maintenance or an issue with the engine. Shifting, or more accurately, poor shifting, is one of these. There are several common causes:

Shift Pedal

Most motorbikes will allow you to adjust the shift pedal; this is to make it as comfortable as possible when changing gear. However, if you adjust the height of the shifter too dramatically then you’re likely to find that it actually claps against the linkage. This effectively prevents you from shifting gear as the linkage is unable to move into the full release position.

The first step if you have a shifting problem is simply to examine the external shifter.

Clutch Drag

This is most noticeable when your bike is cold. The shift lever will seem very hard and the bike will not want to go into gear. In general this is because the clutch cable needs to be adjusted.

All you need to do is loosen the locking adjustment in your cable and then work the clutch lever a couple of times. Swing the handlebars to full lock in both directions before retightening the locking adjustment. You should be looking to add approximately ¼ cm to your clutch handle play.

The difference should be noticeable!


You might be surprised to realize that your size does matter. If you are trying to ride a bike that is too big for you, or too small, then you’ll not be able to operate the controls effectively. Something as simple as not bringing the clutch leaver in properly will give you shifting problems.

Clutch Lever

Your clutch lever needs to be released slowly to ensure the spines on your gearbox blend together seamlessly. This will create a smooth shift without any noticeable drag or any risk of locking your back wheel.

To aid this you can blip the throttle, this helps the engine revs match the road speed which will give you a much smoother shift.


It is possible that your clutch is worn out, causing you to slip while changing gears. Assuming the clutch cannot be adjusted, this is one situation where you’ll need to change it.

The alternative is that too many bad shifts or just wear and tear have damaged your gearbox; it might need rebuilding or replacing.

In many cases a poor shift is directly related to the way you operate your motorcycle but it is also worth checking out all the possibilities before committing to any one solution.

Van life: Nao Tomii on his 1999 Volkswagen Eurovan Winnebago Camper

•July 28, 2015 • Comments Off on Van life: Nao Tomii on his 1999 Volkswagen Eurovan Winnebago Camper

As much as we’d like for it to be so, man – not least of all the family man – can’t live on driver’s cars alone—occasionally, he needs practical transportation, too. And when it comes to transporting multiple passengers across multiple state lines across multiple days (or weeks, or even months) and living out of that very transportation module, does it get much better than the iconic Volkswagen van? We think not. Here, we talk to Nao Tomii about his van ownership experience.

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Guest contributor: Michael Ardelean on his 1990 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 (964)

•March 19, 2015 • 8 Comments

My name is Michael Ardelean, and about two years ago I bought the 1990 Porsche 911 that you see here. There were a couple of quirks that influenced my decision:

  • I live a pretty minimalist lifestyle and I don’t have a lot of tolerance for uneccessary stuff, and I stay busy so I value time above all else. So I was looking for something purposeful and also reliable.
  • I have an aversion to disposable things, and I get a little bit sick thinking about how car companies know that their customers only keep their cars for 2-5 years and thus probably build new cars accordingly.

So basically, I wanted something with the narrow body and old school ruggedness, but with semi-modern power and working AC. Old enough to be cool, but nothing too precious.

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Berlin’s Corbusierhaus has the most amazing light of any parking structure we’ve ever seen

•August 13, 2014 • Comments Off on Berlin’s Corbusierhaus has the most amazing light of any parking structure we’ve ever seen

There’s something about Berlin and its car parks.

Unité d’Habitation of Berlin (German: Corbusierhaus) is an apartment building located in Berlin, Germany, designed by Le Corbusier following his concept of Unité d’Habitation. Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation concept was materialised in four other buildings in France with a similar design (source).

One gets the feeling that if Caravaggio could paint the inside of a parking garage, it would look a bit like the one at Corbusierhaus.

(Images: K_A_Y)

Benton Performance

•June 22, 2014 • Comments Off on Benton Performance

This is one of the more visually striking modern automotive videos we can recall seeing. Kudos to all of the folks involved in its production for pushing the artistic boundaries of what an automotive film can be.

You can see behind-the-scenes stills from the film here, as well as take a look inside Benton Performance’s garage from our own earlier feature here.