2018 Concorso Ferrari

Sorry for the delay everyone, but I am finally able to upload the photos from the 2018 Concorso Ferrari show now that my laptop is working.  It was a great event that was held in Pasadena and although it was very hot there was a great turnout.  The sun was fierce and as you will notice in a few of the photos, the sun was a bit too bright for my phone to capture a quality shot.  I did some editing on a couple of the photos and hopefully I didn’t damage the beauty of the vehicles my phone attempted to capture.  I would take the time to go thru and name all of the Ferrari’s pictured below…but that would be showing off, so I will just dump the photos and allow you the uninterrupted viewing pleasure. 🙂

I hope that you enjoy.


I added the M3 because…M3!

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2016 Orange County International Auto Show…Press Coverage

Well, it finally happened.  I was granted a media pass to cover the #Orangecountyinternationalautoshow.  This opportunity was a great way to get in and take pics and video before the little sticky hand kids were allowed to enter and muck up everything.  Perks Garage is very thankful for the access and looking forward to covering more events in the near future.

During my prep for the event, I have been working on setting up a YouTube channel to host the videos we take here at Perks Garage to provide a full in debt review of features and functionality of vehicles, both new and old.

It felt pretty good to arrive at the auto show and be asked for my confirmation letter as then granted access.  I quickly parked the Audi, grabbed my gear and headed in for an unobstructed point of view of the cars on display, and the layout of the event.  Once inside a greeting table confirmed my name was on the list and provided me with my pass.  I was too late to receive a lanyard but I didn’t care…I have arrived.  There were plenty of other people from various media outlets.  Local News channels, fellow bloggers, YouTubers, and even some foreign independent channels roaming the floor.  Everyone was taking pictures and videos and interviewing people spewing out vehicle specs.  It is like a Hollywood gala for auto enthusiast…the bright lights and cameras minus the boogie attitudes.  I was not quiet ready to interview people, I just wanted to act as the cameraman/ videographer.

I had on hand my Canon, Galaxy Note 5 and a small handheld video recorder.  I took loooootttttsss of pictures and quite a few videos.  I took my time and was able to see every vehicle and even test drive a few that they made available for us.  Mazda, Honda and Toyota to name a few were on hand to do test drive demos soI jumped at the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5.  Disappointment quickly set in when I found out it was an automatic and the streets were pretty congested by that time.  After the test drive and brief survey, I did receive an email invite to attend a Mazda MX-5 track event, so that will make up for the weak test drive.  Insert corny car nut verbiage riiight…here!  “Yay Mazda…Zoom-Zoom!”

All in all the event was great.  Free access, free snacks and drinks, unobstructed views and full access to some very nice vehicles.  Thank you Orange County International Auto Show for the media pass.

Now on to some pics…A LOT OF THEM!  Scroll down to check out some video footage.


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Dos Lagos First Annual Car Show

Today Perks Garage ventured out into the 100+ degree weather to check out a local event.  The Shops at Dos Lagos put on the first annual Father’s Day car show.  Pretty nice turn out, so I so hope that they continue with these annually.  There were performances from local bands and a variety of cars on display.   The weather was a pretty brutal welcome to summer.  Many people made their rounds, snapped some pics and headed to the freezer section of the nearest store.  We ended up at The Wal-Mart.  Why you ask?  Because Magnum double caramel ice cream bars rule!

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Cars n Coffee…Saleen Edition

Ever since they made the announcement to close the Irvine Cars n Coffee last December there has been a void in my life.  I mean, it left a void in the lives of all car enthusiasts within a 500-mile radius.  On any given Saturday people and performance shops would travel from all over SoCal to congregate at Mazda and Ford’s joint corporate parking lot from 6 – 9A.M to show off their cars.  You could see anything from an from $2500 Mazda Miata’s to $1 Million dollar Bugatti’s.  It was also not uncommon for you to come across a manufacturer revealing a pre-production or concept vehicle that they were touring around the country.  Cars n Coffee allows the mass of enthusiasts, bloggers, editors and paparazzi a shot at the story or photo of the month.

About a month ago, my neighbor sent me a flyer announcing the rebirth of Cars n Coffee.  Not only was it coming back, but it would be making its new home right in my own backyard…Corona!  The cherry on top of this exciting announcement was that it would be hosted by none other than Saleen Supercars, aka SMS, a leader in American performance.  That’s right ladies and gentlemen, the ex-race car driver and supercar innovator himself, Steve Saleen, has opened his doors and provided us a new haven.  As I close my eyes and channel my inner Napoleon Dynamite, “YESSSS!!!

This past Saturday I woke up bright and early so that I could head over to the Saleen/SMS grounds.  I was anxious to experience Cars n Coffee at Saleen and see what the folks in Corona were offering.  September summer weather and early morning = top down cruising for me in the TT.  Usually when I go to Cars n Coffee, I park in the area designated for spectators, but on this day I was directed by the event organizer Craig to pull into the show car area.  What!?  Me?  Are you sure? I quickly looked over my shoulder to see if there was a Porsche or a Dodge Hellcat pulling in behind me.  Nope!  He had me and my little silver roadster pull in and park right up front.  As you can imagine I was flattered to be invited to be part of the event for a change.  He had me park next to the 2015 Ruby Red Mustang GT with Performance Pack seen in the photos below.  It’s a good thing I thought to wipe the brake dust off my wheels before I left the house.  That would have been embarrassing.

Driving onto the Saleen/SMS grounds gave me that same childhood chill reminiscent of pulling into the gates at Disneyland as a kid.  For those that don’t know, Steve Saleen is responsible for the incredible 750hp Saleen S7 and collaborating with Ford to create the Saleen Mustang. Steve and his Saleen/SMS brand are also known in the automotive world for creating crazy performance packages for Chevy, Dodge and have recently done some things with Tesla. Whuuuuuuuuut?! A Saleen version of the Tesla Model S!!! Having them located so close to me with a parking lot packed every Saturday with sports cars and meticulously maintained show cars ranging from the 1930’s to 2016 is for a car enthusiast, well…AMAZING! It didn’t hurt that there were 2 new Corvette Zo6’s posted at the entrance greeting people.  Someone brought out their tastefully customized 72 ~73 Datsun 240 ZX. There were lots of old school Fords, a streched Cadi and a Shelby Cobra. Saleen even brought out their 575hp SMS Black Label Dodge Challenger, oh my! Can you believe someone had the nerve…no, the audacity to park their Ferrai Testarossa next to me ;).

So after pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming, I pulled out my camera and began taking photos.  It was a bit warm and humid, but there was enough eye-candy to distract me from the beads of sweat forming on my forehead.  A few of the cars even made me feel dirty for looking at them the way I did…I’m going to have to pray about that.  Lots of cars and cool people made for a great turnout.

One of the great thing about Cars n Coffee is how it unites the new and the old (not just talking about the cars) for a few hours to acknowledge and appreciate what it takes to build and customize a car.  We come together and check out the classics to the latest in cars and the trends that make them unique.  It’s always a good time hanging out with other enthusiasts talkin’ shop.

This was only the second week of hosting and it is clear that Saleen is looking to make itself a staple in Corona as a car enthusiast hub.  All visitors and cars are welcomed.  I am very excited to see how the Cars n Coffee…Saleen Edition grows as more people find out about it.  Can you possibly think of a better way to spend a couple hours on a Saturday morning?  Didn’t think so.  Well it looks like I now have to split my Saturdays between cars and hiking with my wife…sorry babe.

Great people and amazing cars…I will definitely be back, especially after they told me that they are having a Saleen event following Cars n Coffee on Sept 26th.  So get those Lambos waxed and detail those Porsches, and I’ll see you there.  Now onto the pics…

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Testarossa luv




The white on the 2015 Mustang is…Mmm Mmm Mmmmmm!




A little Miata love.  Thanks for representing.


Chevy Vega


This belongs to a guy  that I chatted with named Chris.  Nice looking Super Bee.  I love the Business look of the Charger SRT8.

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There was something about this Stang that just spoke to me.


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Yes it is for sale…

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I like this Carroll Shelby shirt.

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That’s All Folks!