REAL DEAL: Jessi and Theresa

June 10, 2016 – SO-CAL A while back, while spinning through my Instagram feed, I scrolled across a meme, the kind of thing I usually roll right past, but for some reason I paused on this one: There’s so much truth in this. You want leg muscles? Gotta do squats. Want to be a guitar god? Practice, practice, practice,…

Nicole and her ’53 Ford Project

Chicago, Illinois – Sometimes, we find our cars. Sometimes, they find us. For Nicole with her ’53 Ford and me with my ’48, the latter rings true. In 2006, shortly after getting my Ford F1, I wrote a short story based on how my truck found me–with a few mystical elements added in. The story is told from two points…

Nurse Ratchet and her Toys

Dover Plains, New York – Jessica Long, aka Nurse Ratchet is a nurse and a car girl–thus the clever play on Nurse Ratched.  Don’t worry, though. Jessica won’t put you in a straight jacket or anything. She will however stick a ratchet to any loose nuts or bolts on “Fancy,” her 1961 Ford Falcon. This car gets driven, and I mean, DRIVEN, even when snowed…

Heidi Around the World

AROUND THE GLOBE – Every once in while, an opportunity to meet someone who inspires, motivates, and awes comes along. Someone living an extraordinary life. The kind of person you don’t run across every day. Opportunities like that are great, especially if you don’t miss them like I did. I’m still kicking myself. Here’s why… Last month, during a…

Six-Year-Old Motor Doll Valentina!

BIG BEAR, CA –It’s rare to meet a six-year-old with as many experiences notched in her belt as my pal Valentina. Running with dinosaurs.  Robbing bees with grandpa.    Racing tricycles.   Wrangling airplanes.  Off-roading with her dad. Once, when she was four, she even went on an eleven day, mostly dirt trek from Colorado to…