Author Archive: Chester Allen

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14 Dec

Choosing a New Car

My wife is on a hunt for a new car, and she’s not listening to my suggestions at all. We agree that we’ve got a budget of about $40,000 or so, but we don’t agree on much else. I’m corroded with lust for a fire-breathing 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8, one of the hottest modern muscle […]


07 Dec

Gearhead Glovebox Gifts

Lots of people dread holiday shopping, but nothing is easier than finding a gift for a gearhead. Why? Because gearheads always need something for their cars or trucks. Those somethings can range all the way up to a $1 million Bugatti Veyron, but we’re going to focus on things that come in handy — and […]


1962 Lancia Flamina 2.8 GT
16 Nov

Five Easy Ways to Improve the Appearance of Your Car

You can spend thousands of dollars making your car look great, but why not start out by taking care of the obvious needs for less money? Here are five low-cost moves to keep your car or truck looking good: A brand-new set of wheels and tires looks great, but the thrill vanishes when the wheels […]


1957 Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight
08 Nov

Successful Buying and Selling on eBay

It’s safe to say that eBay Motors has completely changed the way millions of people buy and sell cars — and car parts, accessories and collectibles. Most car transactions used to be very local, and it was rare to buy a vehicle that at the other end of your state — or the world. But […]


Peter Brock Datsun 510 BRE V8
01 Nov

Peter Brock’s 510 at SEMA

Photo credit: Norman Woo SEMA turns Las Vegas into Gearhead Heaven every October, and I was lucky enough to stumble upon an unassuming little 1971 Datsun 510 parked outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The green car looked very clean and original — pretty much like the econobox, grocery-getter it was born to be, […]


1957 Chevrolet Bel Air at SEMA 2012
31 Oct

Resto-Mod Madness at SEMA, 1957 Bel Air

Photo credit: Norman Woo Every fall, the biggest, brightest and best car designers, builders, restorers and customizers flood into the mammoth Las Vegas Convention Center to show off their stuff at SEMA. SEMA stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, and it’s a group that promotes just about any kind of part or service that has […]


1965 Ford Mustang
25 Oct

Upgrading Your Ride

Wanting to improve what you have is a human trait — even if you just bought that new or old car. I first noticed this way back in 1977, when I was 16 and drove my rebuilt 1965 Mustang on the road to my high school. I was pretty stoked with the black-on- black car […]


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