Experts in Automotive Opinion
Grand racing ambitions established Driving While Awesome in late 2006 with the email below, bringing long time car buddies together to squeal some tires at the 24 Hours of LeMons. Many races and arguments later and we're still friends, somehow, and over the last couple years we have been publishing a twice weekly automotive podcast, bugging our significant others with non-stop Instagram car posts, and in general stoking the fire of automotive enthusiasm.
This is the email from Bryan that started it all:
“Which 3 of you sonsabitches want to pitch in to buy this car (1974 AMX Javlelin), and get it ready for the 24 Hours of Lemons next July?
Read up on the race right now if you can ( you may have already seen it (in the new Auto Week ), and then try to tell me you're not down to throw $500 at this two door - four speed - v8 powered - import eating - 5,000 pound pinnacle of American engineering... We'll blow all that foreign crap out of the water.
Now this is urgent because the AMX is key. I don't want some little 4 cylinder that handles good or anything like that, I want an American V8, and I want to be slamming this thing into gear like Mark Donohue and Cole Trickle used to do.
All we need is a few good men and about $300 bucks each, up front, right now, so we can buy this beast and register our team. Did you read about the race yet? It looks rad - a team of 4-6 drivers mixing it up on a road course over 13 hours. Everyone is in crappy cars that have to have been bought and prepared for less than $500 (not including safety equipment). They estimate that each driver spends around $550 after splitting the cost of the car and paying for the registration fees. Really all we need up front is about $100 each to get the car locked down - which is not really much to lose when you think about what you spend each weekend.
Think about it, but not too long. I know this email is going out on a weekend, but I want to see some responses by Monday.
Seriously, White Letters Out,
Car History: 1986 Nissan "Hard Body", Toyota MR2, Toyota Corolla, VW Karman Ghia, VW Rabbit Cabriolet, VW Golf GTI...
Daily Driver: 2016 Volkswagen EGolf, 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 1969 Mercedes 230 Sedan
Dream Car: 2000 Honda CRV
Car History: Lane has loved cars for as long as he can remember. He has fond memories of riding around in his dad's 1965 VW Convertible when he was 4, and driving his dad's 1984 Porsche 944 (5 spd manual) up and down the driveway for hours at a time when he was 12 years old. When he was old enough to drive, he bought the cheapest running car that he could find, a 1979 VW Rabbit C Sidewinder II. This was a special edition Rabbit, that was painted yellow with orange and brown racing stripes on the hood, as well as "SIDEWINDER II" down each side of the car with a snake graphic. Since then, he has owned about 10 Porsches, a Datsun 240z, a BMW and a Ford Truck just to name a few.
Daily Driver: 2017 Volkswagen GTI Sport, 2005 Acura TSX 6spd, 1985 Porsche 944,
Dream Car: Porsche 550 Spyder, Ferrari 250 GT California SWB, Porsche 914-6
Car History: Warren is the historian on DWA. He loves his old Ferraris, Mercedes, BMWs and everything else on four wheels. His first car was a car that he could afford...a Mazda 626, followed by a Chevy Blazer, before buying his first real car. When he was 18 he purchased a built MKII VW GTI that he would tear up the Santa Cruz mountains in. Since then Warren has driven and owned a lot of stuff and currently runs an independent repair shop. He has raced go-karts, navigated for open road races and competed in SCCA and AAS autocross driving a Dodge Viper GTS and MK1 Toyota MR2.
Daily Driver: 1989 BMW 325i 5-spd, 1995 Mitsubishi Mighty Max 5-spd, 1987 VW Vanagon Weekender 4-spd.
Dream Car: McLaren F1, Ferrari F40, Ferrari 250mm Vignale, Ferrari 250GT Lusso, BMW 3.0 CSL, anything vintage Alpina or AMG, Ferrari 312PB, 1961 Chevy Bel Air Bubbletop, 1953 Cadillac Eldorado, Porsche 993 Turbo, Cizeta Meroder, Lotus Elan, Mercedes W116 6.9, vintage gokart, etc.
Car History: Driving gloves and shoes. Art has owned about 50 cars over the years. He used to be into Hondas, and has dipped his toes in the Miata and Euro scenes. He is always on the hunt for his next car.
Daily Driver: 1991 Acura NSX, 1991 BMW M5 and a BMW X1. For now.
Dream Car: He's always liked the F40, 300SL roadster, and many more.
Car History: Connor comes from a long line of car fanatics, his grandpa built is own custom designed car in his garage and his dad currently has a hot rod restoration shop called 'Seabright Hot Rods'. Connor was promised his parents VW Thing when he turned 16, but they ended up selling the car and Connor's first car was a 1964 Pontiac Tempest. The Tempest was later destroyed when a police officer ran a stop sign and slammed in to the side of Connor's car. He then bought his parent's 1986 BMW 535i which he still wishes he had today. Connor has a passion for all cars and is currently looking for his next project.
Daily Driver: 1948 Plymouth De Lux Coupe
Dream Car: Ferrari 250 Lusso, 1964 Pontiac Tempest
Car History: Misha has always had a thing for cars, and BMWs in particular. His mother was the editor of a car magazine in Russia his dad always has something cool in his garage. His first car was a 1995 BMW 318ti followed by a 1997 528i, 1984 325i, 1999 328i, and he currently has a 2007 BMW 335i Coupe.
Daily Driver: 2014 BMW X5
Dream Car: Range Rover Sport/first model year of any BMW
Car History: Geoff has a reputation for being a little rough on his cars, he recently bought a $3,000 BMW E30 and turned it into a $500 car in the course of one year. Geoff has always had a love for cars and a very eclectic taste. His first car was an 80's Honda Civic wagon followed by an International Scout, Ford Ranger, two BMW E36 M3s and the BMW E30. He currently has a Kawasaki motorcycle and his 2011 BMW 550i with a 6 spd. manual transmission.
Daily Driver: 2011 BMW 550i 6 spd.
Dream Car: International Scout, any racecar
Car History: Jared isn't so much a BMW guy as he is a BMW 2002 guy. His first car was a 1968 BMW 2002 and since then he has owned 3 2002s including his current tii. Being an avid fisherman and needing something to tow his boat, he has had a few Toyota trucks as well. He loves everything from old Porsches to Muscle Cars.
Daily Driver: 1998 Toyota Tacoma, 1971 BMW 2002 tii 5 spd
Dream Car: Porsche 550 Spyder, BMW 2002 Turbo
Car History: In high school everyone was jealous of Mark, because he had a BMW, even though it was a $4,000 1984 318i and almost every car on campus was more expensive. Junior year of high school, he set the bar way higher when he picked up a bright red 1968 Porsche 911T. Since then he has had a BMW 535i, Bavaria, X5, O.J. Bronco, a Subaru WRX and a few others. He currently has a BMW motorcycle and wishes he still had his Porsche 911.
Daily Driver: Acura MDX
Dream Car: Porsche 993 Turbo