The DINAN Difference | A BMW Fantasy Factory

It was the Monday after Monterey car week, and my crew and I left early in the morning to head from Pebble Beach to Morgan Hill. Morgan Hill is about an hour and half south of San Francisco. We drove through the blink-and-you'll-miss-it main avenue on our way to the industrial park where the Dinan main research and… » 10/10/14 1:46am 10/10/14 1:46am

Wicked In Suede - The 17 Year Hot Rod Build

Sometimes you start a project and life gets in the way. That's exactly what went down in the case of the award winning 1929 Model A hot rod "Wicked In Suede". Johnny Martinez grew up looking up to his local hot rod builders. Used to ride his bike down the street to sit outside a garage while the neighbor was… » 5/27/14 11:33am 5/27/14 11:33am

Making of an ICON - The Chevy Thriftmaster Truck

After five minutes of talking with Jonathan Ward you can fully grasp the depth of his automotive passion. It's infectious to hear him discuss his love for the aesthetics of a bygone era. The love he has for the masters of industrial design. People like Raymond Loewy get him excited and he perks up in his chair to tell… » 2/09/14 10:02pm 2/09/14 10:02pm

Canyon Carving With Magnus Walker In His Favorite Porsche

When you meet Magnus Walker you instantly know he is passionate about the Porsche brand. He walked me around his collection animatedly discussing the different models he owns and why they are important to him. Each car has a character, or better yet a soul that is deeply connected to him. Everything Porsche is very… » 2/03/14 2:00am 2/03/14 2:00am

What Post-Apocalyptic Car Would You Build?

At first glance, Ron Griffith is just your average guy. He owns an automotive repair shop in California City deep within the Mojave desert. On a normal day, he can be found under the hood of Vegas-bound tourist's car that didn't quite make it through the desert heat. But Ron and his pals have a hidden passion that… » 1/27/14 4:50am 1/27/14 4:50am

Would You Drive An Electric VW Bug?

Zelectric Motors is the brainchild of passionate VW fans David Benardo and Bonnie Rodgers. In 2011, they decided to put their east coast creative agency in their rearview mirror and head back home to California. With a lifelong affinity for the VW brand and decades spent working with tech companies, they envisioned a… » 1/20/14 12:43pm 1/20/14 12:43pm

Lamborghini Veneno - A Trip To Monterey & Interview With Winkelmann

I meet a lot of passionate people every day and I've been working with some of the best in the automotive world. So when I received an invite to attend Lamborghini's Veneno event in Monterey, California I couldn't resist the urge to drive up the coast and check out the latest super car from one of the most passionate… » 10/01/13 12:36pm 10/01/13 12:36pm