fast five cast

fast five cast

Even when I’m not driving, I’m thinking about driving. Seriously, most of the movies I watch involve cars or racing in some way. If you ever need someone to answer anything you need about car movie trivia, I’m your guy. Like anyone else, I definitely have a few favorite movies I love to watch. Here are five of my favorite movies about cars!

  1. Fast Five

You probably saw this movie coming. After all, how could I make a list of my favorite movies about cars and neglect to put a Fast and Furious movie on the list? Aside from the first movie, Fast Five is argumentatively the best movie in the series. Basically, this installment chronicles Vin Diesel’s character, Dominic, and the rest of his racing crew as they attempt to gain freedom from control of a drug lord from Brazil. While the racing scenes are amazing, the plotline is also interesting. Plus, I could never pass up a movie with Paul Walker.

  1. Taxi Driver

Okay, I know Taxi Driver isn’t exactly focused on cars and racing, but if you’ve seen the movie, you can acknowledge that the taxi car plays a pivotal role in Travis’ (Robert De Niro) life. After all, if Travis wasn’t a crazy late night taxi driver in Manhattan, then the movie wouldn’t be the classic that it is.

  1. Death Proof

Quentin Tarantino knows a thing or two about cars and terror. That’s why Death Proof is a movie that most car enthusiasts have seen. While the plot is disturbing, there’s no denying that the cars in Death Proof are one of a kind.

  1. Locke

Locke is one of those movies that just sticks with you. Basically, the film follows Ivan Locke who is seen driving to London throughout the entire film. But, the film isn’t about Locke’s drive to London. It’s about his entire life, and how it unraveled that night. With a few twists and turns, Locke will keep you at the edge of your seat.

  1. Cars

Okay, don’t hate me for this one. But, I’m a dad after all, and I can’t deny that Cars is a sweet and simplistic movie. My kids love—and I mean love – this movie. And if you can get down with a kid-friendly plot and animation, this is the perfect movie to expose your children to the wonderful world of cars.

grandfather mountain

grandfather mountain

The East Coast is full of scenic roads that are perfect for going fast and relaxing. Here are just a few of my favorite routes:

  1. Kennett Pike

Located along Highway 52 in Delaware, Kennett Pike is a short stretch throughout the wooded charm of a traditional American suburbia. With classic brick bridges, small hills, and colonial neighborhoods, driving through Kennett Pike is like transporting to a different time.

  1. Park Loop Road

While it takes a long time to get all the way up there, driving through Maine’s Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park is worth it. Park Loop Road is a long stretch of asphalt that guides you through the dense Acadia National Park. The best time to drive through this landmark is during the fall when the leaves have changed colors and are beginning to fall.

  1. Hawk’s Nest

Located in Port Jervis, New York, Hawk’s Nest is a 90 minute drive through a winding road. On one side, you’ll see massive rock formations. And on the other side, you’ll see breathtaking views of the Delaware River.

  1. Seven Mile Bridge

Although the Seven Mile Bridge is only a short stretch, it is one of the most scenic drives you will ever take. Regarded as one of the biggest bridges in the country, the Seven Mile Bridge is located in the Florida Keys. That being said, expect to experience breathtaking views of the vast sea from both sides of the bridge. The best time to drive through this bridge is during sunrise or sunset.

  1. Blue Ridge Parkway

Lastly, my ultimate favorite scenic route to drive is the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. This long stretch of asphalt passes through the best part of Appalachia. While traveling through the winding roads, you’ll see gorgeous views of mountains and surrounding communities. If you really want to get the most out of this drive, commit to a multi-day road trip across the 470 mile road.

I never really put much thought into leasing a car until recently. Why put money into something you are not going to eventually own, right? Maybe it’s my years showing but leasing a car is making more and more sense to me.

Cars are a necessity for most people but not something you buy as an invest opportunity. Most everyone knows by now that as soon as you drive that new car off the lot it is greatly depreciated. For this reason alone I have always resorted to buying a used car that I could either buy outright or make payments on.

If you are in a time of your life where you need to raise your credit score then getting a car loan and making monthly payments is a great way to do so. You need a car anyways and you need to pay for it one way or another so why not use the opportunity to raise your credit score. The other option to buy it outright is great if you can afford it or do not mind driving the kind of car you can afford.

At this time in my life, as a business owner, leasing my next car just makes so much sense. Not only is it a tax write off for my company but I will also see significant tax advantages if I go for an electric vehicle.  This will allow me to drive a brand new car that is completely decked out with modern technology, something I have yet to experience.

Not only do cars greatly depreciate in value but they can become money pits with the constant need for regular maintenance and repair. Another plus about leasing a vehicle is you do not have to worry about maintenance costs as they are typically always included with the lease agreement. This reason alone should give anyone good reason to consider the idea of leasing a car.

I recently read an article about Cadillac’s new subscription based upscale car sharing program that allows you to essentially drive any one of Cadillac’s vehicles and switch them out as the need arises. This is great for someone who loves coupes but also needs a vehicle to tow around the family every now and then. If this program catches on it could be adopted by other dealerships as well leaving the possibilities for your driving experience to be endless!

If I do decide to buy my next vehicle instead of leasing, I will definitely find a reputable dealership that sells used cars at a phenomenal value. If you live on the east coast, check out my friends at Cherry Road Auto Sales in Rock Hill, SC! If they don’t have the vehicle you’re looking for in their current inventory, they will find it for you. This really sets them apart from a lot of other used car dealers.

Lastly, here’s a good video on the pros and cons of leasing vs. buying:



I’ve never had much luck with sports cars, even the ones that aren’t that expensive. My first car was a sporty Nissan 240 SX and I totaled it two weeks after I got my driver’s license. (You can read all about that in this post.) Yeah, I was young, and statistically speaking it was bound to happen, but after that I got a beater Honda which I drove into the ground and never once got into an accident while driving it. Why? I believe it’s because it wasn’t a sports car.

Sports cars are accident prone vehicles, at least in my experience. Maybe you don’t agree, and that’s okay, but this is especially true for me if they are red. Not only that, but driving them raises your insurance rates to high heaven, so much so that you feel like you’re in hell every time that bill comes in the mail. Good grief, I can’t tell you how much higher my insurance premium was when I drove a red sports car than when I didn’t. Something about the color red and the sports label, but when you put them together, you can forget about ever having money in your bank account, especially since you’re bound to total the car anyway.

Also, anytime I see someone driving a sports car, the person usually fits into one of the following categories:

  • 45-year-old male experiencing a midlife crisis
  • 16-year-old female who’s texting while driving and shouldn’t even be on the road
  • 32-year-old single guy who’s car is an obvious symbol of the insecurity he has over the size of his penis

Never do I EVER want to be in any of the above situations or classes of people. Especially the third one. Have you ever been riding down the road and witnessed some asshole rev his engine just before gunning it to pass everyone because he couldn’t wait the extra two seconds it takes for the person in front of him to hit the gas after a red light turned green? Yeah. That guy is who I never want to be.

So that’s enough reason for me to never want to own a sports car, no matter how expensive it is, but I will especially never own one who’s price tag goes above that which can be afforded by a normal, middle-class American. Why? Because cars depreciate in value as soon as you drive them off the lot. As a matter of fact, I’ve been giving serious consideration to never owning a car again and only leasing from now on for this very reason. Cars are not a good investment. Period.

“Why do I own a blog about cars and speed, then?”

Good question. This blog was never meant to be for car-lovers so much as for those who enjoy spending time behind the wheel. Whether it’s in a beater Honda Civic or a beautiful McLaren is irrelevant. When I’m in my car, the wheels in my head are usually spinning as fast as the ones on my vehicle, and sharing the movement of those wheels is, and always will be, my purpose in writing.

totaled car


I remember the day I got my driver’s license. The first time I took the driving test, I failed. I think I had a really picky instructor who was having a bad day and she just wanted to fail me. Maybe she was “totes jelly” of my awesome sports car … I dunno. Anyway, I went back a few weeks later to re-take the test, and even though I made a mistake, the instructor was way nicer and she let me pass.

I was so excited. It seemed like all the cool kids at my school were driving, and I was so sick of riding the bus to and from school. I seriously couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel and experience that rush you get when you have your first set of keys in hand.

Kids aren’t like that these days. My niece doesn’t even want to get her license. She has anxiety about driving a car, but it’s not just her. A lot of teens just aren’t interested in driving. I think it’s because technology has changed so much and become so much more interesting since I was in school. There’s no reason for them to get behind the wheel and escape their house to go to a party. They’ve got the party in the palm of their hand. All they have to do is go on Facebook, send a tweet, scroll through Instagram, and they’re satisfied. They’ve seen it all. Why go out and get drunk when you can numb your vulnerability with social media? The consequences are way less severe that way, right?

But I digress… this is supposed to be about how I totaled my first car. Back to the story…

I was dating a soccer player, and he needed me to drive him to soccer practice a few hours after school had ended one day. Of course I said “yes.” It was one more chance to ride up into the parking lot in my sparkling clean, Nissan 240 SX, lookin’ all fly ‘n’ stuff…

I dropped her off at soccer practice and pulled out of the parking lot. It was two weeks after the day I passed my driver’s test and got my license. My mom had bought the car from my sister and surprised me with it. It was 10 years old but still in great condition. I felt like one of the popular kids every time I drove it. But the best part was really that I just didn’t have to ride that stupid orange school bus anymore. That really sucked.

Not even a block away from my school, I had my windows down and the music blaring. I was jammin’. Then, it happened…

I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys came on the radio. I looked down for a split second to change the radio station so I wouldn’t have to listen to that horrific song. When I looked up again, a car was stopped less than 10 feet away. I slammed on the breaks, but it was too late. A loud screech became a loud crash, my hood buckled, and my head and shoulders lunged forward. The passenger air bag deployed, but my air bag stayed put. (Go figure…) I was okay though.

Admit it. You would have done the same thing in my situation, right? I was totally justified. Who wants to listen to the Backstreet Boys after all?

I called my mom. She was glad I was alive and not injured, but one of the first things to come out of her mouth was, “there goes my $4000.” Way to make a person feel like complete crap, mama…

After that, I got a white Honda Civic. Drove it for a couple years before buying another sports car, a 1998 Limited Edition, hunter green Toyota Celica. Guess what? I totaled that one too, in another accident that was totally my fault. Since then, I’ve vowed to never own a sports car again. To this day, I drive like an 86-year-old woman named Daisy. But it’s cool. Better safe than sorry, right?

Have you ever totaled a car? We’d love to hear your story. Feel free to comment below and tell us all about it.

Sanity… Something that seems to be ever more fleeting in this insane world. It can be hard to find a space to breath in the never ending hustle of life. Sometimes, when you spend most of your days in a cube, it can begin to feel like the walls are closing in around you. Then you remember what you do this for… to payoff the massive amount of debt you required to go to school so you would be able to get a job to pay off your debt… SHIT! This is insanity!!!

Traffic… an insane amount of stop and go traffic that slaps you in the face with the reality of being crammed in a rat race. The aggravation of speeding up just to stop and then thinking to yourself… “What is the cause of all this traffic?” SHIT! I should of  bought an automatic… my left leg is killing me! There is far to many cars on this one road… I need to open up my car on a wide open road.

The windows are down, the music is up and so are the RPM’s. I can finely breath again and in front of me is wide open space. The clutter of the city, along with the clutter in my mind, shrinks and vanishes like the view of the skyscrapers in my rear view mirror. As I open up the throttle and my surroundings a feeling of freedom washes over me like the wind coming in through the rolled down windows.

Taking a drive everyday is important for my overall sanity and reminds me of what my car can do outside of traffic. It also reminds me that I am free, born to move and not be tethered down. There are plenty of reasons to go on a daily drive but when you boil it all down it all comes back to preservation of sanity. When it feels like the walls are beginning to close in around and the weight of the rat race starts dragging you down, grab the keys, open up the throttle and move! And just for precautionary measures it is best to do it everyday.


Lightning McQueen - Cars Movie

I knew that when my daughter and son learned how to drive that it was going to be interesting to say the least. I was once a teenager, so I know what the mentality and mindset is of a teenager just learning how to drive. My daughter, I can see having about 15 of her friends crammed into my car, the music up to the level of ear bleeding, all of them dancing and singing at the top of their lungs.

My son, well…lol. I know he’d have about five of his friends with him. Like my daughter, the music is very loud, and I bet dollar to donut, he is going a little over the speed limit. That is, until an attractive girl is spotted. Then I know, and believe me, I KNOW, the music is turned down, while as the kids say today, she is “hollered” at.

What My Car Would Say to Me

If my car could talk to me, after dealing with those two, it would simply say, “Help me!” My poor car would ask me to tell my children to ease up, or as Otis Redding said, “Try a Little Tenderness.” There is nothing young people treasure most than freedom and not having a parent breathing down their neck. Believe me, when I am in the car with either of mine, it is just like they are back in driver’s education (my son’s exact words, not mine).

But I guess this is the situation of every parent worldwide. It is part of watching your child go from riding in a Barbie or GI Joe plastic car to a real one. I would hope that when my two calm down from being teenagers, and mature in their actions, including their driving, my car will tell me that everything is fine now. I would want my car to say, “Hey Dad…well done.”

Hey readers. I know it’s been a while. Things have been a little crazy since this site was last updated. But I won’t bore you with the details of all that…

I recently had a really messed-up experience with a car locksmith when I was cruisin’ through Charlotte and thought I’d tell you about it since it’s somewhat relevant to the whole car theme of this website. And if you’re a car enthusiast like me, chances are you’ve had to or will have to hire an auto locksmith in the near future. I definitely don’t want you to make the same mistakes I did.

If you’re ever in a jam and need a locksmith to bail you out, here are some things to look for before you hire the first guy that pops up in Google.

Criteria #1: They aren’t #1 in Google. Or if they are, make sure they are reputable. There are so many scammers and online spammers out there – not real locksmiths, just web experts pretending to be so they can scam you out of your hard-earned money. But perhaps I should back up a minute…

The story is, I locked my keys in my car at a gas station right off of Interstate 85 in Charlotte NC a few weekends ago, so I called a nearby locksmith. I figured the #1 result on the web in my phone meant that they were the real deal, right? I was dead wrong. They quoted me an outrageous price to unlock my car (like over $300). But I was in a bind and didn’t know any better, so I said “c’mon out and help me.” When they got there, they damaged my car door and locks, which I still need to have repaired, and they didn’t have insurance so my carrier is gonna have to cover it, which means my rates are likely going up. To top it all off, he charged me a $50 “convenience” fee because he said I was 10 miles outside his normal distance range for service. Yet they showed up #1 in Google’s organic and local map results, with location services turned on on my phone.

Bottom line… do some digging before you hire the first guy that pops up in the search results. I’ve done some research since and realized the locksmith industry is rife with scammers.

Criteria #2: They are licensed, bonded and insured. I already told you how my rates are going up cause my guy wasn’t insured. He also wasn’t licensed. At the time I didn’t even know how to check for that, but now I do. Find your local state’s locksmith licensing board website, ask the guy for his license number, and make sure he shows up when you do a search on the board site. It’s worth the few extra minutes you’ll spend – trust me.

Also, when make sure they are bonded and insured in case they do damage to your car. But they shouldn’t if they are experienced, certified and know what the hell they’re doing.

Criteria #3: They’re professional and reliable. The dude I called who came out to assist me with my car lockout situation was a buffoon. But like I said, I was desperate to get back on the road, and he said he could make that happen. It took him over an hour to get to me, even though he said he’d be there in 20 minutes. And then he messes up my car and doesn’t have insurance to fix it. A reliable locksmith will show up on time and have a nice, professional attitude. This guy was completely unreliable and unprofessional.

Lastly, I’ll just go ahead and throw in my recommendation for a locksmith in Charlotte if you’re ever looking for one. Mike McElveen over at Car Keys is a licensed, bonded, insured, professional, reliable auto locksmith who can make keys for just about any car make and model. If you locked your keys in your car, he can also get you out. I called around after my fiasco and decided to do my due diligence in case I ever end up in this situation again. He quoted me the most reasonable price, by far, of any other locksmith. He was very nice over the phone. He had great reviews online, and even though he didn’t show up as #1 in the search results, he was on the first page of Google for my query, and in my opinion, he deserves to be at the top. Do yourself, and him, a favor, and help him get there by hiring him when you need a locksmith and leaving him a stellar review.


Blue TeslaDriverless vehicle technology is finally becoming a reality.

I remember watching The Jetsons on TV as a kid and thinking how futuristic it was. I could hardly imagine a society with autonomous vehicles or cars that could fly. But manufacturers like Tesla are making this and much more possible through technological innovations like we’ve never seen.

Cars can unlock themselves and start themselves with the push of a button on a car key remote. Electric vehicles are paving the way for us to no longer rely on oil production and gasoline to get around. And now, we’re seeing vehicles that are basically able to drive themselves too.

As I was driving down the road the other day, I started really thinking about what the world, or America at least, would be like if people no longer had to drive their cars. If cars just drove themselves. It sounds crazy, in a good way, but if you dig deep, it’s not without disadvantages and danger.

My first question, when thinking about this issue, is why would we want autonomous vehicle technology in the first place. Do we not trust our human ability to make logical, smart decisions when driving a car? Is that why stoplights and traffic signs and speed limits were created? Because we don’t trust ourselves to operate a motor vehicle without Big Brother looking over our shoulder?

Essentially, if that’s true, what we’re saying is that machines know more than men. Which brings me to the definition of transhumanism—the belief that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations, especially by means of science and technology. It’s basically the merging of man with machine to create a race of “greater” individuals. And that, to me, is the really scary thought.

Autonomous vehicle technology is an example of transhumanism. When we are no longer required or allowed to operate a car on our own, we have given power over to the vehicle itself. And what happens when it fails? Inevitably, it will.

I remember being in high school and driving a white Honda Civic with mechanical seat belts. The mechanism on the driver’s side seat belt broke, so that when I opened the car door to get in, it would move forward to get out of my way, and once I got in and closed the door, it would fail to move back across my shoulder as it should have.I drove around listening to an incessant beep in my ear until I could get it fixed, because my seat belt was not in the right place.

Now, we no longer see cars with mechanical seat belts. Obviously, it was a safety hazard when the technology failed, and rather than trying to repair the technology, we got rid of mechanical seat belts altogether. Instead, we as humans have to manually grab the belt, pull it across our shoulder and lap and buckle ourselves in. It’s an extra step, but it’s worth it for our safety.

I wonder what will happen when we start to really put all our faith on driverless cars and autonomous machines and cease manual operation. How many people’s lives will be risked for this transhumanist “evolution.” I put evolution in quotes, because I don’t believe it to be step forward at all. I believe it to be a step backward.

The Washington Street Journal published an article today debating who would be responsible when a driverless car crashes. Tesla’s solution to such liability concerns is to require the driver to operate a turn signal to activate the feature that will allow the car to pass other cars without driver intervention. Only, if the driver has to use a turn signal, he’s still intervening to some degree, right? This tells me that we are not entirely ready to put all of our trust into technology and that we still must have some faith in humanity’s ability to make decisions. So, it would seem there is hope…

What do you think about Tesla, transhumanism and technology’s ability to govern humanity? Do you believe we’re moving into dangerous territory, or do you think we’ll be safer in autonomous vehicles? Feel free to comment below with your thoughts.

The work days were long… the schedule was full and the tedious toiling of everyday life began to weigh on my soul. The mornings and evenings in standstill, stop-and-go, 9-to-5, kill-me-now traffic. When taking a step back and looking upon it, it is actually quite eery. Tail lights like red glowing eyes of cattle being herded to the cubicle farm for their daily work load. The routine of the rat race has become so engrained in us that it is now ritualistic in nature. It was time to break away from it… Time to get going… To hit the ol’ dusty trail and open up the clutch on a wide open road.

Those of you out there who drive a clutch know how dull and exhausting it is to be stuck in rush-hour traffic. For me, there is a certain amount of time I can go before it begins to weigh me down and I know it is time to take a road trip. Sometimes I like to plan where I am going and other times I like to just get in the car, put my foot on the gas and go whatever direction the wind blows. This time, I planned a trip to visit my good college friend who was living near the Outer Banks, NC. On the way there I was driving through Charlotte, NC and made it a point to stop there and visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame before heading off towards my planned destination.

Well, as the saying goes, “When you make plans God is known to laugh.”

The first part of the trip was smooth sailing and the clutch was in 6th gear for the majority of the time. Right as I hit Charlotte, NC the smooth sailing turned into chaotic swerving when a car accident caused a sea of traffic. “Greaaaat…” I thought to myself. All I could think about was how this was going to delay my plans and get me off schedule. The mentality of the rat race was packed in the car, along for the ride, it was etched into my mind like the VIN number on my car.

After about an hour of traffic I was at the point of the accident as  Charlotte towing services were pulling off with the wreckage. The chaos calmed and the road opened back up and I was off on my way again. Following that bout of traffic I was feeling a little uneasy in a time which was suppose to be relaxing. Then it hit me… Charlotte was also known for it’s craft beer, my second love, and it was home to the recent gold winner Hop Drop ‘N Roll by NoDa Brewing. So, I stopped by NoDa for a pint before heading to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

As I took a sip of my delicious, frosty hopped filled beverage a grin crept across my face. Before the condensation from my glass could even hit the  bar table I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to see a buddy of mine that I grew up with who I have not seen in years. He was a good friend and over the years for some reason or another we lost touch. I told him where I was heading and that I was just traveling through Charlotte. He being a Charlotte native offered to show me around the City of Charlotte and I gladly accepted.

After consuming a pint of 7.2% Hop Drop ‘N Roll I needed to get some food in my belly. My friend took me to a nice little eclectic, artsy restaurant called Cabo Fish Taco where I had the most amazing fish tacos I have yet to have. With a full, satisfied belly we made our way to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. I have always been fascinated with how NASCAR came from the supping up of cars in-order to run moonshine. It is a sport born out of rebelliousness and speed and this is why I am drawn to it.

Afterwards my friend took me to some really cool spots around the city that I would not have been able to experience if I was not traveling with a local. We caught up on lost times, reminisced about the past and shared some laughs. All those years where space distanced us seemed to fade away as if no time had passed at all. I find that is the truest kind of friendships. People move and life gets busy and true friends can come together after times of being apart and not miss a beat. The beat, like the atmosphere was on point and as my friend and I exchanged contact info and parted ways I was reminded that the best moments in life come often unplanned. With my foot on the petal I left with the lovely city of Charlotte in my rear-view mirror. Calm. Cool. Cruisin’…