Articles Written By: Alex Staidle

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Car #44: The Best Mercedes is a Cheap Diesel Mercedes.

Car #44: The Best Mercedes is a Cheap Diesel Mercedes.

There is a saying that the most expensive Mercedes is a cheap Mercedes. Honestly, why shouldn’t I believe that? If Volkswagen, the least expensive car of the German bunch, can have parts that make my wallet cringe, then logically the luxury brand Mercedes must bring outright fear. But so far its been…
Idaho Rally 2016

Idaho Rally 2016

It was some time since I co-drive at a rally. The last time ended with a rather quick DNF in a Porsche before we even reached the start of the first stage. At any rate, my friend AJ asked me to co-drive a few months back for the Idaho Rally, and having…
The FC subframe in an FB RX-7

The FC subframe in an FB RX-7

I have been asked many times how I go about this, so I figured it would be worthwhile to lay it out so I can just disseminate a link. I have better things to do than repeat myself all the time. Why do you want to bother?  The first of the RX-7 lineup…
The VW Diesel Hullabaloo

The VW Diesel Hullabaloo

I am not here to question the morality of what Volkswagen did or why. Such questions are for philosophers and the religious and I am neither. I do however disagree with how the impact of the diesel emissions is being presented. Its important to note that emissions regulations do exisit…
Car #11 & 17: Shelby worked for Dodge too.

Car #11 & 17: Shelby worked for Dodge too.

Many people forget that Carroll Shelby worked for Dodge in the 1980s. Whether or not Shelby wanted to forget about that is up for discussion. Regardless, his legacy with Dodge consists of a rather unusual line up. It is also important to note that not all of the cars that bore his…
Junkyard Junketer

Junkyard Junketer

I’ve always loved the junkyard. My sense of adventure takes over as I roam looking for the rare and unique. Often I’m amazed at what I find. Maserati Biturbos, diesel BMWs, Lincolns with a BMW diesel (yes, it was a thing), Alfas, NSUs, manual and turbo Dodge Caravans, at least a…
Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 2)

Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 2)

In the second installment of building an RX-7 into a rally car, I’ll discuss building a four link. (Part One is found HERE) The reason I wanted the four link is I wanted my car not to be a twitchy mess. I learned quickly on RX-7 Rally Car v1.0 that…
Rolex Monterey Reunion 2015

Rolex Monterey Reunion 2015

For a little over a week, the entire Monterey-Carmel area becomes the focal point of car enthusiasm. Monterey Car Week is really several events, including the Concours d’Elegance, the Rolex Monterey Reunion, and other fancy things. I didn’t realize the extent of the car-related shenanigans until the pictures flooded the…
Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 1)

Car #43: The Road to Rally (part 1)

One year from now, I will be strapped in the seat of my car. The timer will be counting down to null and I will be away in a fury of dust, gravel, and misplaced optimism. Or at least that is how I picture it. To be clear, it won’t be…
Mendocino Rally 2015

Mendocino Rally 2015

A rally is often more than just the days of the event. Truth be told, rallying starts days before a car sets down the road, so that’s where I’ll start. 15 Days Before When any motorsport event nears, one always finds themselves less prepared than they hoped. We certainly didn’t…
The Allure of Car TV Shows

The Allure of Car TV Shows

I almost avoided writing about this. Every single automotive blog, website, forum, news agency, etc has written about Top Gear’s demise. I’m sure even some Old Order Mennonites found the news disturbing. But why would so many people defend someone who did something clearly in the wrong? Its because we loved that…
Bay Area 02 Vintage BMW Show

Bay Area 02 Vintage BMW Show

For the last few years, we have attended this event at the Brisbane Marina, just south of San Francisco. Its probably the best organized car show I have been too, especially for a show dedicated to a single model.  And for BMW, the 2002 really is the iconic car they…
Idaho Rally 2010

Idaho Rally 2010

  I have wanted to rally for a very long time. When I was younger, I used to watch the WRC coverage on TV every chance I could. I even went so far as considering building a car in 2004 When I knew crap about cars. Instead I slowly rose…
Car #2: Worst Idea Ever

Car #2: Worst Idea Ever

Continuing the journey of automotive shenanigans from the article here, the second car I ever bought was going to be my venture into building a project car. However, I only had 500 dollars. I would like to point out that cars in Northeast Ohio suffer from rust.  And because the only…
Car #34: I Brought a Trailer, Again (part 2)

Car #34: I Brought a Trailer, Again (part 2)

The story of RX-7 version 1.0 can be found here. This is the story of rally car version 1.5. We left off with a disabled car in the middle of the desert rally cross course. Once again, I had to take the car home on a trailer. A rally car with a…
Car #34: I Brought a Trailer (part 1)

Car #34: I Brought a Trailer (part 1)

This car lived a few lives with me. I have dubbed them Version 1.0 and Version 1.5 to clarify. This is the story of rally car ver. 1.0. This car was featured on Bring a Trailer in 2010, right as I was looking to get something together to rally. Technically,…
The Ultimate Roadtrip?

The Ultimate Roadtrip?

I love road trips. Always have, always will. Living in several states has brought me cross country plenty of times. When it comes to long road trips, there are a few schools of thought. You could take the most direct route if you’re a practical type who is obsessed with the…
Car #1: The Jetta That Saved My Life

Car #1: The Jetta That Saved My Life

For car guys, the story of their car is intimately connected with the story of their lives. It is almost unavoidable, as we not only depend on our cars for transportation, but also spend countless hours wrenching and racing. An autobiography of a car guy is really an auto-biography of…
Overenthusiastic Car Enthusiast

Overenthusiastic Car Enthusiast

I have owned too many cars. Yes, yes, those words are blasphemous, but bear with me for a moment. In ten years, I have had at least 44 cars. That averages as a different car about every 3 months. Obviously ownership didn’t come sequentially. And to be honest, the most expensive car…
Build, Race, Sleep in a Small Tent

Build, Race, Sleep in a Small Tent

The SCCA San Francisco region driver’s school is a yearly event to earn the novice competition license for road racing. Being only once a year, we of course procrastinated about 11 of those 12 months before getting Lina’s car ready for the event. The car? Her 1971 BMW 2002. A Rally America…