You’re really into cars, right?

What do you do when your boss ask you if you want to drive his First Edition Jaguar I-Pace back to the office? “You’re really into cars, right?”

Today we had our department lunch and on the ride over there we noticed the new Jaguar I-Pace roaming the streets of Costa Mesa with a cat like prowess. Silent, yet rather quickly, jumping in and out of lanes like…well like a cat. A very large and beautiful black cat.  The driver of the vehicle that I was in said that must be Bob’s new car.  We stopped at a light and from my vantage point of the rear seat all I could see was the front of the Jag and those amazing optional 22″ wheels with carbon fiber inserts.

When the light turned green, the Jag took full advantage of its 4.5 0 to 60 speed and sticky rubber and ripped a left turn through the intersection.  Tried as we did to keep up, Bob was showing off to his passenger what the I-Pace could do.  The all electric SUV maneuvered through the streets making use of its 394 hp and 512 lb-ft of instant torque. With that kind of power the Jag arrived at the restaurant minutes before us.  Lucky for us, actually lucky for me, there was an empty spot right next to where the Jag lay resting from the spirited drive.  I snapped a pic of it when we arrived. 

I’m relatively new to the dept, so my coworker was looking out for me when I heard her tell Bob that I really like his car.  It got better when after lunch Bob was showing off his new purchase and I struck up a conversation my team lead, who the passenger in the I-Pace.  My supervisor also drives a electric car, so I am sure they did all their EV talk during the ride to the restaurant.  I asked him what his thoughts were on the I-Pace and he said that he was actually more of a fan of the Tesla.  He likes its simpler interior design and the large screen. Being familiar with Teslas, I can say the Jag has a more premium look and feel inside and out.  Personal view of course, but it’s my blog so there.

My supervisor knows that I like cars and told me that I should ride back with them.  Also said for me to ride up front so I could check out the Jag first hand.  Of course he had to twist my arm for me to say yes 🙂 . When the sleeping Jag was awakened, the side mirrors unfolded and the door handles extended out like that of the Tesla Model S, making them easy to grab.  With a  slight tug the door opened right up revealing a very well appointed cabin. 

Once seated I was able to examine just how nice the interior of the Jaguar I-Pace First Edition is with its black leather sport seats, dark wood accents and the optional black suede headliner.  The headliner material isn’t much as it encompasses a large fixed panoramic roof.  The dash, steering wheel and seats have contrast white stitching and there are splashes of aluminum to help break up the black.

Just as I was admiring the interior layout, Bob looks over at me and says “you’re really into cars, right?  Wanna drive?”  In a moment of Neo and Morpheus Red pill or Blue pill decision making, I gulped and uttered “What?”  “You wanna drive?  This will be your only chance.” he says. Collecting myself and trying to suppress my excitement “Yes, of course.”  Once behind the wheel, I had to get my bearings. Adjust the seat, buckle my seatbelt.  I had to hunt for the start button as it rather subdued and not behind the steering wheel like other cars.  No giant red “push me” ignition button here.  A simple, almost elegant designed black button to compliment the very modern center console. 

Starting an electric vehicle takes some getting used to as there is almost no sound, well only the sound of the interior coming to life.  Setting off in the Jaguar, you simply push “D” for Drive and press the accelerator pedal.  No trans shifting into gear, no roll when you take your foot off of the brake.  Very simple when you think about it. 

I felt all kinds of nervous taking my boss’s $90k Jaguar I-Pace First Edition onto a public road.  “What if I pull out in front of someone?  What if I don’t break in time.  What if I hit the accelerator with my lead foot and break the tires loose on this AWD beast.” I was put at ease with the conversation we were having and threw those “what if’s” out the window.  Especially when my boss told me to “punch it”.  So you know I did and was immediately pinned to my seat.  With an electric vehicle, you feel the torque instantly.  And the I-Pace has plenty to go around. 

Impressive 234 mile range for a vehicle of its size if you keep your foot out of the tank…well off the electric go pedal and let the regen-braking do it’s thing.  Can I tell you that the handling is terrific for a vehicle of its size? The steering is sharp and direct, which I am sure is assisted by the size of the performance tires.  My supervisor snapped a pic of me driving.  I’m sure I looked like a frightened child from his view.
I drove us back to the office safely and thanked Bob for the opportunity to drive his baby.  That takes some kind of trust to hand over you brand new car to anyone without vetting them first.  I guess it’s a car guy thing.  He was proud of his purchase and wanted to share that joy with me…another car guy.

The car is amazing and makes a strong case against Tesla.  It may not have “Ludicrous” mode but it drops the hammer nicely.  You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t consider Jaguar when cross-shoping against Tesla.

Sorry for the lack of pics this post but here are 2 of the shots I took at the OC Auto Show and the link to the Jaguar website to get a better look at what is offered for the Jaguar I-Pace First Edition.

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Getting Dirty

Now don’t tell anyone, but I kinda have a thing for off-road vehicles. And over the years I’ve been a spectator of off-road Motorsports – mainly motocross. Although I have never been a participant, I am a fan. I loved watching the rivalry between “Bubba” Stewart and Chad Reed as they fought for hole-shots and tore up “whoops” in epic battles to be #1. When televised I would watch rock-crawling. Sat in amazement of the driver/spotter teamwork using rope and hand signals to climb what looked like impossible crevices. I also tuned in to Trophy Truck racing when Deegan and the Metal Mulisha formed a team. These days I geek out whenever I see the King of off-road Ford Raptor roaming the streets of SoCal.

The other day I received a message that my buddy Blake (from my Who Needs a Golf R post) had purchased a new vehicle. He was looking for a replacement for his girlfriend’s Ecoboost Mustang. You know the Ford Mustang, a.k.a. the car event crowd wrecker. If you don’t know what I mean by that, please look up the videos on YouTube, pure insanity of people drifting uncontrollably into crowds or cars or poles as they pulled away from car events.

He was looking for something that possessed greater visibility and road presence than what the lowered Mustang could offer. Now like many of us, Blake has a passion for all things automotive. Spends countless hours on forums, researching cars, prices, styles and trends…he stays in the know. All of this came in handy in the decision making process. After plenty of research, they decided on a pick-up truck. Not just a truck but something with Off-Road capabilities. He began cross shopping a few of the popular trucks and landed on the Chevy Colorado ZR2.

Blake went on the Chevrolet website to build his perfect truck, a white over black 2018 optioned to the gills off-road package. After ticking the box on most of the options, as most of us do, it totaled up to be more than what he wanted to spend. That is what is known as sticker shock. As luck would have it, he was scrolling through the Chevy forum and found that a dealership was offering killer deals on the exact truck he spec’d out. So, without hesitation he hightailed it down to Santa Ana. Signed some paperwork and drove home with his new purchase.

With less than 1000 miles on the truck, I told him let’s get together. I figured I could get some shots of the truck in its natural element…by hitting the trails and getting dirty. Not only was I thinking is this will make for some great blog material but this will be an amazing adventure for me. I have always wanted to go off-roading and this was the perfect opportunity for me to do both.

Early Saturday morning I met up with Blake and Jon and was able to snap a few shots of a very clean Off-Road truck. I was blown away with the styling of the truck. I grew up back in the day with a Datsun pick-up and this is of course leaps and bounds above the basic grey king-cab pick-up I used to drive to the mall. The truck has a touch screen like most vehicles these days, leather seats, digital info screen between the gauge cluster showing things such as pitch angle, tire pressure, etc.

Admittedly with this level of creature comforts and good looks, I was a little skeptical of what the truck could handle. My tune changed after only 5 minutes of driving on the trail.

The trail is a fire access road but a good place to test your skills. Full of cliffside switchback, rocks and plenty of whoops to catch air at the right speed. Don’t ask me how I know. In the turns there are some banks if you feel the need to get a little sideways.

Great view

It was really great getting out there early as there weren’t many people on the trails. It allowed us to stop, chat and take plenty of pictures.

Riding the trails for the first time was a great experience and being with cool people added to the fun. It’s funny that the talk at the end was about who was getting a truck next? Who’s ready to ditch their current car or just add to their collection. I must say that I watched a ton of off-road videos once I made it back home.

To be able to go to a dealership buy a vehicle and drive it straight up a mountain is amazing to me. No modifications needed although Blake does plan of getting a set of larger tires. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 has the suspension, ground clearance, and the locking front and rear diffs making for a very impressive package out the gate. Based on how well Blake modified his GTI, I can’t wait to see if Blake can improve on what is already a great truck. All I know is that I’m ready for another ride.

Here is some video I took when I want too (butt) clinched to focus.

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More pictures you say!

Hi everyone, Perks Garage just joined the picture sharing platform Instagram. We will be dropping photos on a regular basis. This is just a quick way to get your daily automotive photo fix.

So, please give us a follow as we continue to provide you with the type of on-the-go content that you love.

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What did I just stumble upon?

Leaving my semiannual dental appointment today I noticed traffic being redirected through the parking lot. Being nosey, I had to check it out and here is what I saw. The Shops at Dos Lagos was hosting a microbrewery event along with a WWII veterans parade. The parade consisted of a military marching team, classic cars and of course veterens. I captured this video as well as a few photos below.


The event:

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Car Classic 2018

Here’s a preview of an event that I recently attended. The Car Classic 2018 hosted by the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. There were many in attendance from spectators, media, exhibitors, students, alumni and special guests. A full post will follow soon as I have been a little busy working on a few upcoming stories. For now please enjoy these beauties. It’s just a little taste of what was on display on a beautiful sunny day in California.

Tesla Roadster

Bugatti Type57/59 Special Roadster



BMW Z8 Roadster


Beautiful Buick Riviera



Sketches and artwork from past and present students were on display

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Best weekend yet

Lucky, fortunate, blessed…these are a few of the words people use when they are #winning at life. Whether it is a sporting event, winning the lottery, or an awards show people tend to lead their acceptance speech with one of these words. Well I didn’t win the big lottery this week, not from a lack of trying, it just wasn’t my turn. But I, well Perks Garage, had a winning weekend!

On Saturday, I had a great time hitting the Silverado Canyon fire access road for a review of the 2018 Chevy Colorado ZR 2 Off-Road pick-up truck with a few great guys that I’m happy to call friends.

That was a great experience for all of us, although I think we all might have peed our pants just a little during a few of those jumps.  A full write up is in the works as soon as I can edit the hundred or so pics and video I took.  Also took some video of me trailing behind Jon’s Civic Type R.  I finally got to see it in action as he devoured the road chasing down a Nismo Z.

The weekend fun didn’t end there as I made arrangements to attend Car Classic 2018 Iconic Design: 70 years of ArtCenter Influence, a celebration at the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena for automotive design. The event was a collection of alumni and sponsors gathering to discuss and showcase automotive designs past, present, and future.  There were many cars on display, including several sought after concept cars from Tesla, Fisker, Hyundai, and the one generating a lot of buzz at the moment, Genesis.

Perks Garage was in attendance for an interview with Chief Designer for Global Advanced Design at Genesis – Sasha Selipanov.

Sasha is known for designing a few very low-key cars you may or may not have heard of: the Ferrari 612 GTO III, the Lamborghini Huracan, and the Bugatti Chiron.  Nothing too special (truly I jest).  Sasha is an amazingly down to earth, humble guy that represents his talents and the brand extremely well.  His latest design, the Genessis Essentia, is once again garnering major automotive concept car attention.  The Essentia is making it’s rounds globally and through a very coincidental work relationship with his mother-in-law, I landed here with Sasha and his latest design.

My article is being penned this week and needs to be approved before I can bring it to all of you.

The show brought out designers from some of the major manufacturers for panel discussions and one panel session was concluded by a surprise guest.  The legend himself, Mr Jay Leno was on sight!  He was a part of a birthday celebration for one of the designers but also showcased one of his many automobiles – a long V12 powered WW2 two-seater vehicle.

Not only was he there on stage, but being the approachable guy he is, he roamed around shaking hands and taking pics with fans.  Now, I’ve met celebrities in the past, but Leno is on a whole ‘nother level for my fanboyism.  I was able to meet, shake hands, and take a picture with him. Not only that, but he also took a picture with my wife, who was gushing as well.  Especially after he asked, “Who’s that, your dad?” #thisguy #onceaconedian #comedianperson

Here is the video of him driving away from the event.  If you watch the video you will hear Jay doing his signature double honk as he exits.

So you see, Perks Garage is making moves and I am lucky, fortunate, blessed and #winning all at once.  Above all I am thankful and very humble for the opportunities granted yesterday, today and tomorrow.


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