Monthly Archives: August 2017

2017 Hespen Rally Photo Gallery

Patrick Hespen’s wife Gina and his sister Chrissy drove his prized Volkswagen Corrado again the 2017 Hespen Rally (Photo Credit: Stephen Pham)

The 2017 Hespen Rally took place on August 7, 2017 to honor the memory of our friend and colleague Patrick Hespen and raise money for the cholangiocarcinoma foundation. Even if you couldn’t join us at the rally, you can still contribute toward finding a cure for this cancer.

We were fortunate to have amazing photographer Steven Pham hanging out of the window of a Maxima provided by Nissan to grab some incredible images of the rally. You can find more of Steven’s work and hire him at


Old And New Mazda Miatas Demonstrate Why Driving Matters

2017 Mazda Miata RF club and 1990 Mazda Miata

In the span of my time so far on this planet, I’ve seen a lot of “sporty” car models come and go. Few have lasted for more than a couple of product generations and they have often evolved into something far different than the original design brief as manufacturers have tried to appeal to a broader market. For many, the carmaker simply couldn’t make the business case to justify the engineering expense to keep it around. The one exception that has somehow stayed remarkably true to its original premise despite coming from a comparatively small brand is the Mazda MX-5 Miata. I recently got to spend time with the latest Miata iteration and compare it to one of the very earliest examples, a low-mileage 1990 that I personally own.

Read the rest of this review here