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SP Rides: Lucky to drive a Ferrari

August 19, 2016

If you have never heard the sound of a Ferrari F355 exhaust at a full clip, do me a favor and Google it. You will hear what many automotive enthusiasts consider one of the best sounding, pants-wetting, exhaust notes of all time.

SP Rides: Rolling with the ‘Snot Rocket’

August 12, 2016

Even at an early age, Aaron Stuart was eagerly soaking up others’ knowledge and enthusiasm for the automobile. His father, in fact, was the one who introduced him to the concept of sanding and allowed him to practice that skill on a 1936 Pontiac.

SP Rides: Low-riding the Hot Rod

August 5, 2016

Marty Sarabano started building vehicles from a very young age. In fact, his first taste of a custom build occurred during his early teen years and came courtesy of a cherry low-rider bike. By age 16, he left his home in northern California and moved to Hawaii, where he became engrossed in the local VW scene while continuing to enhance his modification skills.

SP Rides: ‘Diamond in the Rough’

July 29, 2016

The Monte Carlo has a long history in the domestic scene. The model has been in Chevrolet’s catalog since 1970 and attracted quite a following — with enthusiasts ranging from domestic muscle lovers to dedicated low-rider fans such as Jay Viloria.

SP Rides: Building on Brotherly Love

July 22, 2016

Jarryd Ercanbrack may hail from a family of automotive enthusiasts, but his interest in trucks — and specifically, this week’s featured ride, a 1993 Nissan Hardbody — comes directly from his late brother Jayden, whose life was tragically cut short in a car accident three years ago.

SP Rides: Scoring ‘Points’ with a Buick Regal

July 15, 2016

Bill Akiona knows what it’s like to chase after something of value. He pursued this 1979 Buick Regal T-Top for about two years while it switched hands between several other people, biding his time. Finally, when he had the opportunity to purchase it, he jumped at the opportunity.

SP Rides: Youth is Served with a Terminator

July 8, 2016

Back in the early 2000s, members of Ford’s Specialty Vehicle Team got together and really did a number on what originally started out as a standard Mustang. In creating the Terminator, the team unleashed one of the most powerful factory-produced cars on roadways while adding a few simple mods to a machine that already possessed a hand-built factory 32-valve DOHC, a 4.6-liter V8 engine with forged Zolner pistons, and Manley H-beam connecting rods.

SP Rides: The Huntress and Her ‘Helluva Car’

July 1, 2016

Known as “The Huntress” in racing circles, Holly Almeida has been behind the wheel of cars since she was about 9 years old. Her father, Chuck, used to let her drive his 4-speed jeep on his hunting trips, but was surprised to learn from a friend at the time that she was also taking the jeep out on runs along a beach.

SP Rides: Mustang Cathy

June 24, 2016

When classic automobiles are restored, the enthusiasts behind the build often have to make a decision: Do they go modern, monster-mod crazy with the look? Or, do they keep it clean and classy with the original equipment?

SP Rides: A Sight For Sore Eyes

June 17, 2016

In Bobby Kaawaloa’s case, the Vietnam veteran spent years performing combat assaults as an AH-1 Cobra pilot — the kind that ultimately got him shot out of the sky three times. Fortunately, he would survive each near-disaster.