Canepa Cars & Coffee returns for 2017 (gallery)

If you don't know about Bruce Canepa's shop and the Cars & Coffee the shop runs throughout spring and summer, you're missing out on one of the most impressive car gatherings in California. Although Canepa is known for restoring priceless vintage cars and race cars, there's always a good mix of cars during the Cars… Continue reading Canepa Cars & Coffee returns for 2017 (gallery)

Hooked On Driving review: a newbie’s perspective

Subaru BRZ Thunderhill track day header

After hemming and hawing for years about signing up for my first track day, I finally bit the bullet a couple of months ago and signed up with a Hooked On Driving trackday at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Speaking with my friends about what track day organizations I should go with, Hooked On Driving was always… Continue reading Hooked On Driving review: a newbie’s perspective

Moto Z Review: Do We Need Modular Phones?

motorola moto z style cover

When Motorola first announced the Moto Z and its modular attachments, I was excited. I loved the modular phone concept that LG started with the G5. But unlike the G5, the Moto Z could swap modules without shutting down the phone. I was baffled at how clunky LG’s modular design looked next to Motorola’s. However,… Continue reading Moto Z Review: Do We Need Modular Phones?

Beats Pill+ review: improved sound but still not enough

Beats Pill+

  I really hoped Apple would turn Beats around and make truly great sounding audio gear. The Beats Pill+ has improved tremendously over the original, but it's still not enough. I found the original Beats Pill to sound thin, even though it had a strong bass emphasis. The Pill+ improves on the Pill's sound in… Continue reading Beats Pill+ review: improved sound but still not enough

Driving Roads: Palomares Road, the East Bay’s hidden gem

Palomares Road

Hidden in the East Bay hills is one of my favorite driving roads. Palomares Road runs between Castro Valley and Fremont, running parallel between highways 880 and 680. It's a beautiful two-lane road that features a gorgeous view of lush, green hills as well as some redwood trees. Palomares offers a blend of quick sweepers… Continue reading Driving Roads: Palomares Road, the East Bay’s hidden gem

Installing CyanogenMod on my Moto X made me want to switch to an iPhone

Moto X 2014 on Sarvi Dock

My Moto X is working fine but over time, like all Android phones, it became slow. Instead of performing a factory reset, I decided to install CyanogenMod. For those unfamiliar, Cyanogen is a small software company that makes a fork of Android called CyanogenMod. It’s completely customizable and has a ton of innovative features not… Continue reading Installing CyanogenMod on my Moto X made me want to switch to an iPhone

Review: Nameless Axelback with 5″ offset mufflers for BRZ/FR-S/GT86 [UPDATE w/ video]

Subaru BRZ Nameless Axleback

The stock exhaust on the BRZ sounds asthmatic. You can tell Subaru and Toyota wanted the car to be a relatively quiet daily driver but for us enthusiasts want a bit more sound. Subaru and Toyota engineered a sound pipe that connects to the intake tube to pump induction noise into the cabin but sounds… Continue reading Review: Nameless Axelback with 5″ offset mufflers for BRZ/FR-S/GT86 [UPDATE w/ video]

Why I wear a normal watch

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I’ve always loved technology because it’s done so much to make our lives better. But when smartwatches started taking off, I was less than impressed. Even today, I do not wear a smartwatch. Instead, I wear mechanical watches, a technology that was superseded by battery-powered quartz watches and now smartwatches. For me, smartwatches don’t solve… Continue reading Why I wear a normal watch

This Pokéball shift knob cover will make me the coolest kid at the car meet

  My stainless steel WC Lathe Werks shift knob combined with the hot California sun add up to create a molten ball of pain when left baking outside. I love the weight, look, and feel of my metal shift knob but its biggest downside is that it gets too hot to the touch if I… Continue reading This Pokéball shift knob cover will make me the coolest kid at the car meet

The LEGO Ferrari F40 is a masterpiece

LEGO Ferrari F40 front

The new LEGO Ferrari F40 model did justice to the car I obsessed over as a kid. At the time of its release, Ferrari was known for its V12 engines, which made the twin-turbo V8 F40 a bit of an oddball. The car made 471 HP and only weighed 2,400 lbs, which is about 300… Continue reading The LEGO Ferrari F40 is a masterpiece