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Tony Angelo

Tony Angelo came to prominence as part of the first wave of American drifters. His skills earned him a spot driving in Formula Drift, and eventually as a judge where he revolutionized the sport by changing the way it was…

Jim Busby

Jim Busby is one of America’s greatest racers. His career spanned decades and a number of series. He raced at Le Mans and was part of a team that still holds the record for least amount of time spent in…

Betim Berisha Only Has Time For Cars

Many people who grow up in Seattle’s suburbs have a fondness bordering on obsession for the region’s natural beauty. Betim Berisha, owner of Huntington Beach, CA., based BBI Autosport, shares the fanaticism. But he is crazy for cars. So much…

Delgatty And Etzelsberger Will Simplify And Improve Your Commute

Cars were supposed to simplify our lives. They were intended to make Earth smaller, and travel more brief and efficient. And they did, for a time. Now, most cities have some level of gridlock, its corresponding pollution and frustration, and…

Ernie Salazar Has Always Craved Muscle

It’s always a question of perspective. Ernie Salazar was always a car guy, and always favored muscle. As young teenager, he lusted after a ’72 Ford Mustang Mach 1 that a mechanic down the street owned. When he turned 16,…

Jesse Alexander Was An Overnight Success By Spending A Lifetime Photographing

In two brief years, automotive photographer Jesse Alexander went from shooting La Carrera Panamericana to Monaco’s glamorous Formula One race. And in that time, his stature in the racing world grew immensely too. Car Stories - Jesse Alexander But unlike…

This Is How Rod Emory, And His Cars, Became Outlaws

He was five years old when his dad, Gary, first asked if he wanted to drive. The golden Pismo Beach dunes rolled before him, but all he saw was a Baja Bug. It was in fact, the first Baja Bug…

Cars Are A Life’s Work For Jonathan Ward

Two days before ICON’s “Petersen Special” was to be delivered, ICON boss Jonathan Ward rolled it. He was out in the parched Mojave testing the ‘FJ44’ and got the rig going a bit too hot. It had a brand new…

What Do A LaFerrari, NSX & Gremlin Have In Common?

Last week, Carstories friend and third-time guest Ken Lingenfelter stopped by. You probably remember that he’s not only a collector, but also relishes driving his cars. When last he came by the Petersen he said that didn’t plan on purchasing…

Matt Crooke May Be A Black Sheep By His Family’s Standards

Matt Crooke was born into a ‘car family’. And not just any car family, a Chevy family specifically. His grandfather bought a 1959 Corvette brand new and his dad, a new ’73 Camaro, natch. And both his grandpa and dad…

JNC’s Second Touge Just Passed, We Want Another!

Japanese Nostalgic Car’s Touge (pronounced TŌ-geh, and Japanese for mountain pass) was born when JNC’s co-founder and editor-in-chief Ben Hsu was drinking some beers with rally-master Patrick Strong. They wondered why, with all the classic car rallys, there wasn’t one…

This Is How Howie Idelson & Patrick Long Created Luftgekühlt

Howie Idelson has a short attention span and doesn’t try hiding it. In between tangents on physics and the creative brain, he briefly returns to discussing his current work. “Now, I really kind of pick-and-choose and I try to do…

Rutledge Wood Doesn’t Want To Be Jeremy Clarkson. Or Hammond. Or May.

Rutledge Wood, one of Top Gear on HISTORY's presenters doesn’t specifically remember his first automotive memory. He remembers sweltering Birmingham, Alabama summers and time in the back of an old Volvo wagon that his mother hated, but dad loved. It was…

Dan Neil Is An Unrepentant Car Thief, Among Other Things

While he foggily recalls the red and white Corvair his dad owned, Dan Neil has no trouble remembering stealing his mother’s car at age eight, for the first time, and driving it until the fuel tank was dry. “The keys…

JR Hildebrand’s Unlikely Path To Engineering

As opposed to the thousands of kids who fantasize about being racecar drivers, John Randal “J.R.” Hildebrand had no illusions about becoming a professional racer. There are too many externalities that affect your chances, he says. And yet.

As with most car guys, the passion developed early within Randy Nonnenberg. He and his father bonded over automobilia, whether hitting the races at Monterey when it was cheap and dusty or helping in the garage with mild restorations. Nonnenberg…

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