Enthusiast Culture Ups and Downs

The extrovert trapped in an introvert's body. What it’s really like to own a Nissan 370Z

The extrovert trapped in an introvert's body. What it’s really like to own  a Nissan 370Z

Just before I bought my 370z, I owned a BMW Z4M.  If you've read any of my previous blogs, you'll know that I had a love hate relationship with that car. On the one hand, it was a track day beast and super unique on the road. With about 3,500 made, I can count on one, maybe two hands the number of times I saw another one In the wild. That rarity, however, was both a source of pride and pain. Pride in the fact that nobody had the car. People gave me tons of fan fair (or hate) when...


Owning a Legend: The truth about living with the Audi B5 S4

Owning a Legend: The truth about living with the Audi B5 S4

There’s something about the B5 S4 that gets auto enthusiast’s nether regions all warm and tingly. At the same time, the B5 S4 frightens the begeezus out of them. So which is it? Is it a wonderful delight of a car to possess or is it a curse that ends up possessing you. The answer to that is ...yes. I’m here to tell you what it’s really like, to be a member of the B5 S4 club.

Many years ago when I was a massage therapist (trust me, this will make sense), the only car I could really afford was...


The Definitive Top 5 Most Significant Enthusiast Cars of the Last 5 Years... Period

The Definitive Top 5 Most Significant Enthusiast Cars of the Last 5 Years... Period

Author's Note: For the first time, CAFFEINE GT will publish photos that we did not take.  It goes without mention that some of the cars in this post are either too rare or too new for us to reasonably be able to shoot ourselves.  In order to continue these kinds of discussions, we may have to do this from time to time.  

Let's get started:

Every once in a while, it's critical that we take a minute away from telling stories about ourselves and our own experiences in order to delve into thoughts about the greater community.  In this...


The Man with the Golden Collection

The Man with the Golden Collection

Every once in a while, you happen across someone or something that is so dialed into what is desirable, that you have to stop and take note.  In my case, several of them. This is what happened when I visited Exotic World Motor Cars of Addison, Texas near Dallas.

My journey began when I was looking for an air-cooled Porsche 911 to shoot and possibly test drive for a later blog.  CAFFEINE GT is visiting the great state of Texas and you know me... I always find a way to shoot a rare or exciting set of wheels.

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Is sim racing a real form of motorsport? Motorsport tourism: Part 4

Is sim racing a real form of motorsport? Motorsport tourism: Part 4

 

So far, I've discussed HPDE (track days), Autocross and Rallycross as motorsport activities with a relatively low barrier to entry. You pretty much need a fully functioning car or the ability to scrounge up $600 to $1,000 to participate.  They all have their virtues and issues and you know how I feel about each of them.  There is one category of motor "sport" that is becoming so popular and so relevant that I'd have totally missed out, not to discuss it.  That category is sim racing or e-racing as some call it.  

This where it gets weird. Unlike...