Automotive On The Job

2011 and it’s On… Immediately!

Break is over, school is in session, and it’s time to get back to work. I was kind of getting used to that every day a lazy day life, but in truth it’s good to be busy again!

British Auto Parts LTD.

Bob, the owner of the Sports Car Shop, introduced me to Jim Pocan who runs at this years holiday party. Jim is right in our backyard in Marcola and after a nice meeting last week, I’m happy to say that I’m going to build him a new website. The new version will be built on WordPress and I’m going to work with Jim to teach him how to maintain the site himself. I’m really excited about this project and hope to have the new site up by early Spring.

Impala Bob’s

I had a nice meeting with a colleague recently from OSU, Gary Dulude, who also assists Impala Bob’s with their monthly promotions and e-newsletters. A couple of beers and burgers at McMenamins was a nice way to unwind after work today as we compared notes about our moto-related projects and consulting. Check out Gary’s 1964 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan:

Sports Car Shop

Bob and Joe surprised me last Friday with not 1 but 3 new cars added to their inventory that needed updating on the website. A nice mix as it turned out, and I got all three photographed before it started raining that afternoon:

Porsche Cayman S – The easy choice in the “next day lotto fantasy” would obviously have the Cayman coming home in short order. This is practically a new car with only 14k miles, and the blue on tan color combo is really handsome. What really surprised me is how much more elemental this car was compared to the previous Cayman they had — but that car was a tiptronic. While the tip felt like a toy, this felt like a machine ready to be worked… hard!

Fiat Dino Coupe 2.4L

Fiat Dino Bertone Coupe 2.4L – The Fiat is a pretty cool car as it turns out. While the looks are a bit hot and cold for me from different angles, this one is the more desirable of the series with the enlarged 2.4L V6 engine and updated suspension. Classic Italian proportions and seating position make for a surprisingly affordable classic sports car. Check out the live auction now on eBay

Mercedes-Benz 230SL

Mercedes 230SL Coupe Convertible – The Mercedes might have been the most fun in the end. It’s a very presentable car in need of a restoration. But it’s so approachable in this kind of condition, it was almost the easiest for me to enjoy. A simple and free-revving straight six attached to a four speed manual, this car was a simple pleasure. The elegance and efficiency of this car had me yearning for a Sunday wine tasting tour!


I’ve been starting to work more on one of my latest sites, Classic Italian Cars For Sale. It follows the same basic format as Rare Sport Bikes For Sale and German Cars For Sale Blog. Later this year, I’ll also be making similar sites to follow classic auctions for Japanese, German, and British Classics as well.

I’ll be doing a lot more of these kinds of updates. Eventually they’ll move to my business website, which is due any day for a complete overhaul. In the meantime I appreciate the support!