2019 Riyadh Global Auto Salon

Way back in late July, I got a phone call that would lead to one of the bigger adventures of my life to this point. Optima Batteries was looking for cars for a project – the first ever large car show in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It was an ambitious plan: a car show …

Updates Galore, and a HUGE announcement!

It’s been awhile, but there’s been a lot going on, and I’ve either not had time to write, or I’ve been unable to because we had to keep some stuff on the down-low. But the embargo is pretty much lifted and things are in motion that can’t be stopped, so here’s an update. Back during …

Doing the E-Dash thing, part II – Did it work?

Did it work? No.     Longer answer: Nooooooooo. I took the car down to NCM for a big double weekend. The DriveAutoX event on the pad on Saturday, and an SCCA Time Trial regional on Sunday. My E-dash didn’t survive the first autocross run. It would randomly reboot. The little Pi3 just couldn’t hack …

Engine health update (and the transmission, too!)

Followers of this blog will know I periodically send samples of my engine oil to Blackstone Labs for analysis. It’s the only way outside of a teardown to really see what’s going on inside your engine. For instance, after using the Period Correct Tow Pig to tow my car to Las Vegas and back last …

Swilling the corn juice (E-85/Flex Fuel install)

When I rebuilt the engine back over the winter of 2017/2018, I selected things with an eye towards eventually getting back to E-85. I had run it for a few years back, while still on the stock turbo. Once I upgraded my turbocharger, I no longer had enough pump or lines to run E-85. But …