MEDIA: Bauhaus Brew Labs Classic Import Car Night

MEDIA: Bauhaus Brew Labs Classic Import Car Night

Here is some great coverage of the Bauhaus Brew Labs + Japanese Nostalgic Car Classic Import Car Night back in October from Flecs. Bauhaus let the local Japanese Nostalgic Car Community club host an event for all classic import cars in the Twin Cities for the first time in 2017, looking at the turn out you wouldn't believe that this was hosted on a Thursday Night.

NEWS: Kenichi Yamamoto 1922-2017, Father of the Mazda Rotary

NEWS: Kenichi Yamamoto 1922-2017, Father of the Mazda Rotary

This name at first glance probably means nothing to you, and that is okay, most people aren't well versed in the names and titles of executives in the automotive world. If you have ever liked any Mazda product made in the 20th century, this man was likely responsible in some way for it's development. Kenichi Yamamoto would go down in the annuals of Japanese car culture with Soichiro Honda, the founder of Honda, and Yuiichi Katayama, the father of the Z-car and American Nissan. Kenichi Yamamoto was the man behind the Mazda rotary engine.

VIDEO: The 1931 Shotwell built in Minnesota, by a Teenager

VIDEO: The 1931 Shotwell built in Minnesota, by a Teenager

What happens when you ask your dad for a car in the 1930s and your dad says no? You go to a junkyard in rural Minnesota and build one yourself on a budget of $300 ($4,498 in 2017). That's exactly what Bob Shotwell did with his one off creation and then he drove it everywhere.

Media: BIR Proving Grounds 2017 by Galavantory

Media: BIR Proving Grounds 2017 by Galavantory

Here is a flashback to Proving Grounds 2017.1 as shot by Galavantory aka Alex Nelson. I've not posted any footage from either of this year's Proving Grounds yet but Alex has really knocked out of the park with this video. His camera and editing skills are superb and he does a great job of capturing the experience of the event.

MEDIA: Review of Baby Driver, The best car movie in a while

MEDIA: Review of Baby Driver, The best car movie in a while

Vanishing Point, Bullitt, The Italian Job, Mad Max, Smokey & The Bandit and Two Lane Blacktop. I could keep going listing these because the 60s and 70s were lousy with awesome car movies. It's an unofficial scientific theory that these movies played a major part in the popularity of car culture in the United States. every now and then we will get a movie that is instantly a classic, a movie that nails every aspect of what a movie should be and doesn't have a weak link. Usually when a car movie does this, it's an adaptation of a cult classic like Gone in 60 Seconds, but when all the planets align we get a fresh movie. That is exactly what Baby Driver is.

NEWS: Vic Edelbrock Jr. 1936-2017, Good Night Sweet Prince

NEWS: Vic Edelbrock Jr. 1936-2017, Good Night Sweet Prince

With great sadness here at MNCEC we unfortunately have to announce news of the passing of Vic Edelbrock Jr. last week. Vic Jr. took the reigns of the Edelbrock empire in late 1962, while Vic Sr. cemented the name Edelbrock as a name in automotive performance, Vic Jr. was instrumental in modernizing and growing the company. Often with the death of the founder or an influential leader, it is hard for a company to find such brilliance a second time. With Vic Jr. lightening did strike twice as he saw the company through trials and tribulations that would have led a lesser leader to failure.