The Tokyo Auto Salon is one of the premier vehicle customizations shows in the world. It also has a reputation for featuring some wild custom builds, many of which with a distinctly Japanese flair. The event happens every year, and damn it, someday I’ll get there. I’ve followed TAS for as long as I can remember. I mean, this event is right up Crankshaft Culture’s alley: Crazy-customized JDM 4WDs and vans? My heart be still.Continue reading →
It’s official: Our own Mercedes Lilienthal will be the driver for the AWD Volkswagen ID.4 in the 2021 Rebelle Rally! She, along with her navigator, Emily Winslow, will be representing the German automaker in the all-electric SUV during the event, which runs from October 7–16. Volkswagen officially dropped their press release today. Here it is:Continue reading →
It’s hard to believe it’s been almost one year since Andy and I competed in the 2020 winter Alcan 5000 Rally. Who would have thought an old 1991 Japanese Domestic Market right-hand-drive diesel Pajero would be competing in temps that reached -40, much less finish strong in a rally that lasted 10 days and over…Continue reading →
We had the pleasure to be a guest on YAK Radio with Dave Stall again on September 20, 2020. Dave’s show, which is on KCBQ The ANSWER FM 96.1 / AM 1170 in San Diego, talks about a host of automotive topics. This time, we talk about our 1994 Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear van as well as a host of other oddball vehicle topics. Hey, he obviously knows us well!
The show’s about an hour long, and we always have a great time during our 60 minutes with Dave. Enjoy.
It’s been just over three months since we returned from the 2020 Alcan 5000 Winter Rally in March. We came back to a totally different world than we left thanks to COVID-19. But during our time on the Alcan 5000, we had left the real world behind and focused on the incredible journey.Continue reading →
In March we competed in the 2020 Alcan 5000 Winter Rally. We drove our 1991 Mitsubishi Pajero, aka, the Terra Tractor, from Kirkland, Washington up to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, and finished in Anchorage, Alaska. It was an amazing experience to put it lightly. The event’s tire sponsor, Nitto, put together this awesome video showcasing the…Continue reading →
It’s hard to believe it’s been just over a month since we finished the 2020 Alcan 5000 Winter Rally. It was an incredibly challenging and rewarding adventure! We’ve returned from driving the Pajero over 5,400 winter Arctic miles. There’s so much to talk about, so much to share. So, here’s our first feature story via…Continue reading →
It’s always a pleasure to talk with Andrew Pascarella and Brad DeSantis the duo from Auto Off Topic. Not only they gearheads, they have have a penchant for all things Mitsubishi. Mercedes and I got to appear for a third time on the podcast and we talked Alcan 5000 including oddities such as the infamous…Continue reading →
Hey, we finished the 2020 Alcan 5000 Winter Rally, and it was an incredible adventure! As you can see, this is our first post since returning from over 5,400 driving miles. There’s so much to talk about, so much to share. The entire thing was amazing and challenging from perfect Arctic sunrises to sending into…Continue reading →
Over the past months we’ve partnered with Pickup Truck + SUV Talk to create four Alcan 5000 Winter Rally preparation videos. Now you can see them all in one spot. Here’s a playlist of all four videos, from start to finish. Hopefully they allow other people interested in both fixing up an old JDM diesel…Continue reading →