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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…

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…

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…

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…

Racing And Filmmaking, For Jeff Zwart, Which Is More Important?

Jeff Zwart is a director, filmmaker, photographer, Porsche enthusiast, and racer. If you’re an auto enthusiast and haven’t heard of him, well, you’ve probably seen a few commercials or photos that he’s worked on. Renowned for the sense of action…

Getting Beaten By A Rotary Inspires A Hot Rod Mazda

Trenell “Savant” Young is known for a couple of things: first, he’s a world-famous Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter and second, he owns one super-bad Mazda RX-3. But he’s always been a car guy. Although his first automotive memory is…

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