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.

Enjoy.

The event: https://shopdoslagos.com/event/amber-waves-of-grain-2018/

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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.

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Tesla Roadster
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Bugatti Type57/59 Special Roadster

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BMW Z8 Roadster

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Beautiful Buick Riviera

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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.

Peace.

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Ford Focus Recall has been issues

My wife sent me a text today with a screenshot that read “Ford has issued a recall for nearly 1.5 million Ford Focus vehicles.” An hour or so later I received a text from one of my buddies regarding this as well. Once I had the chance to look up the info I found that Ford is issuing a recall for 2012-18 Ford Focus vehicles equipped with 2.0-liter GDI & GTDI engines made in the U.S. Not all Focus vehicles are affected, so RS owners you are safe…at least from this recall. We all know they have had their fair share of recalls for the 2016 – 2017 model years.

The recall pertains to the canister purge valve (CPV) causing stalling and gas tank deformaty. Apparently the valve has been known to get stuck open on vehicles low on fuel. With the valve stuck in the open position, cars have been experiencing false fuel gauge readings, sputtering and stalling. In severe cases the gas deforms causing the tank to basically collapse on itself. All of this poses a great safety risk.

I have been plugged in to many Focus ST forums since purchasing my car and have read many posts of owners replacing their purge valves on their own due to finding a malfunction code during a troubleshooting scan. Apparently it is an inexpensive part and a simple fix, but without running a diagnosis and finding the error code you may not know if the valve needs replacing.

Ford says they will start sending out letters to owners around the 10th of December. In the meantime they advise all owners to keep their tanks above the half mark to prevent further incidents of stalling. During the recall owners will drop off their vehicle at their local dealership to be diagnosed. Each car will undergo new computer programming to help the purge valve operate correctly. The vehicles fuel system will also be checked and after the evaluation, any defective components will be replaced free of charge. The parts include: the purge valve, charcoal canister, fuel delivery module, and even the gas tank. For reference the recall number is 18S32.

Here are a few screenshots from my Ford Pass app regarding the recall.

Here’s to hoping that the recall goes smoother than the head gasket recall did for the RS. That was a nightmare for some owners.

Thanks for reading and be safe.

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