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Hot Import Nights in Chicago – 2016

Hot Import Nights (HIN) used to be my favorite car show in Chicago. It was the first import show I ever attended and it was a big part of getting me into custom cars. I used to attend every year, until financial problems forced HIN to cut down on tour dates.

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Pictures from Supercar Saturday – May 2, 2015

The first Supercar Saturday of the year happened, and it was one of the biggest I have been to. Every corner of The Promenade had some high horsepower beasts. The fact that the parking lot was also packed with cars meant that this event was more than one person could cover.

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BMW Ultimate Driving Experience – July 29, 2014

BMW has been selling their car as The Ultimate Driving Machine for decades. Things have been getting a little diluted at BMW, but I’m happy to report that they are still making cars based on that motto. The only bad thing is that all of their cars are not built to the same standard. BMW […]

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Pictures from Supercar Saturdays – June 7, 2014

Last week was June’s Supercar Saturday, and it was pretty amazing. This event was packed with supercars and some very impressive custom and rare vehicles. You can see the whole collection of pictures here.

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100 Days of Coding

A few months ago, I decided that I was going write some new code every day and have at least one GitHub commit per day. There are three reasons I decided to do this. First, I wanted to get exposure to some new web application frameworks. Second, I wanted to practice getting an application from […]

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Highlights from Tuner Galleria 2014

Last weekend I went to the Tuner Galleria car show in Rosemont. This show has grown to be more important because it is the first import show to go on in the Chicago area. The show isn’t especially large, but the average quality of the cars is higher than most. There aren’t many shows where […]

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Pictures from the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

As always, I went to the Chicago Auto show this year. There weren’t many huge reveals at this show, but cars like the new BMW M3 and Subaru WRX STI definitely made the trip worthwhile. I’ve been considering getting a new car, so I actually paid more attention this year.

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Redesigning the Site

If you visit this site periodically, you would have noticed that the design has changed quite a bit. I started this site 11 years ago as static HTML files and eventually moved to dynamically generated pages. The site was database-driven, used caching, and integrated with external systems, but is still used some old software patterns, […]

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Pictures from Supercar Saturdays – Septemeber 7, 2013

The last week was the final Supercar Saturday of the year was a couple of weeks ago. There was a great collection of supercars out that weekend (probably better than most). The full gallery is available here.

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Pictures from Auto Mass Round 3

Round 3 of Auto Mass took place a few weeks ago at Toyota Park. What started as a drift event/car show has been expanded to include custom scooters and motorcycle tricks.

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