Here are some of the cool things I saw on the way to the September 2012 Caffeine and Octane car show, onboard my friend's 1997 Mazda Miata...
You can see us encounter a G37X sedan, a couple Mustangs with a Firebird, and a pack of BMWs... enjoy and stay tuned!
Miata returns - Startup and acceleration
Just a quick video of my buddy's Miata after getting it back on the road,
minus a fender and front bumper...
Hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!
Caffeine and Octane September 2012 sounds (2/3)
Here is another installment in my series of Caffeine and Octane sounds
videos, this edition featuring scenes from the September 2012 show...
Enjoy all the great noises! :)
Caffeine and Octane September 2012 Sounds (1/3)
I compiled some clips from the September 2012 Caffeine and Octane car show,
each including some nice sounds from the awesome cars that showed up...
Stay tuned for more from C&O!
Ali's Miata: Then and now
Here is a special video I made for my friend Ali, whose 1997 Mazda Miata
has come a long way from when he first got it...
When we first picked up the car, in 2010, the engine cylinders were rusted,
the body was beat up and the interior was a mess- there was obviously a lot
of work to do. Over the past couple of years the car has been upgraded and
refined little by little, and while it isn't anywhere near complete, it is
already an awesome car that is a ton of fun to be around!
Recently, Ali traveled overseas and I was lucky enough to keep the car for
him, so I made this video to show how dramatically the car has changed
since he first acquired it... there have been a lot of good times in this
Miata- here's to many more!
The first song is Cry Over you (Black Moon Mix) by Psychadelik Pedestrian:
The second song is Parametaphoriquement by GMZ:
Music used with permission from CCMixter.org.
Miatas At The Gap XVI, July 27-29, 2012 - A Highlight Video
Miatas At The Gap XVI, a gathering of Miata enthusiasts at Deals Gap, North
Carolina, took place the weekend of July 27-29, 2012. This is a video of
highlights from the event, including footage from the vendor's area at
Fontana Village, the Thursday Night Sunset Run on the Cherohala Skyway, the
Fat Buddies BBQ Run down Wayah Road, the gathering at Fontana Dam for the
group picture, the Saturday Night Beer Swap and Wine Tasting, many of the
other area roads and of course the beautiful scenery. Enjoy the highlights
along with my music, which was written specifically for this event.
Special thanks to Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam, NC for yet again
going above and beyond to make sure we all had a great time. We will be
back for MATG XVII!
Music featured in the video:
ARKiV - Calderwood Curves
Pedders and HoonTV Mazda Mx5 project car
Pedders recently teamed up with independent film maker Mark Boxer to bring
you the HoonTV Mazda Mx5 project car. Mark Boxer says "Earlier this year we
put this video together of our MX5 being fitted with all new Pedders
eXtreme coil-overs. Originally when we took the car to the Wakefield Park,
just running the lowered springs we pulled out, the car managed a 1:16.3
with only a basic brake upgrade, intake Exhaust and Advan AD08 tyres. We're happy to say
that with the eXtreme coil-overs fitted, we shaved off a whole second and
got the car down to a 1:15.1. The amazing part too is that this was with no
major adjustments to the suspension given the amount available and as the
day progressed we suffered a sticky rear brake caliper which affected
braking performance, yet were still able to go just as fast!"
another hard parking video of my car. no big hat this time.
song: beef stew- tim bashara
★★★ Caffeine and Octane August 2013 ★★★
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Modeled after a well-known California show, the event would be
appropriately informal, with an automotively non-denominational approach.
What was desired was a show that would display cars that were both new and
old, foreign and domestic, bone stock and wildly modified all together in
the same lot. The owners would be able to enjoy a cup of coffee or two, all
the while, admiring each other's rides. Additionally, the show would be
open for spectators of all ages to appreciate various different genres and
models of automobiles.
How to Spray Paint a Car at Home Yourself (Aerosol)
See the Materials Used Here
Refinish Network consists of various professional and enthusiast painters
whom work collectively to help eachother out using the websites discussion
forum. You will also find various helpful 'how to' articles from painting
to body repairs.
This video illustrates how to paint a car using only aerosol spray cans. It
is best to use a spray gun where possible, however it is possible to paint
a car yourself with an Aerosol Spray Can.
Caffeine and Octane Sounds - August 5th, 2012
I filmed cars leaving the local Caffeine and Octane meet, in Alpharetta,
GA. It was a large meet and some were saying that 700-800 cars showed up.
Pretty awesome! There is a mix of clips in this video, from my GoPro 2 and
my T2i, because my T2i had died from filming something the day before.
Miata MX5: Driveby Exhaust Sounds (NA8C)
We like tunnels.
Audio samples of my custom Exhaust
Speeds were legal for all recordings despite some parts of this
overloading the camera's microphone.
The setup isn't annoying in the cabin, easy conversation volume with the
passenger at highway cruising speeds, no bleeding ears.
Exhaust setup: highflow cat, 2.25"
steel to resonator, branching to calibrated deadpipe*, then to twin outlet
muffler (glass pack 'straight through') to twin Exhaust tips. Designed with as minimal bends as
possible (with my design constraints)
*Quarter wave cancelling frequency at 3500rpm @ 275ºc (no highway drone in
5th gear at cruising speeds (100-110kph) Works very well.
Next harmonic quiet spot at 5000rpm, from inside the cabin, at WOT, engine
noise is louder then Exhaust noise.
Mazda Miata in action!
On the way back from Caffeine and Octane this morning, I recorded the loud
sounds of my friend's 1997 Mazda Miata. It's a work in progress, but the
car sounds great in the cold weather!
The car has an Invidia N1 Exhaust...
If you want to skip to the best clips, click on 2:24. :)
Fluid MotorUnion Getting Fabel Off - The Lowest Static Car in America??
Miles said he wanted Fabel to drag frame. And with a little bit of
wrenching, we accomplished that for him :)
The car's a smidge higher now, just to make sure the frame rail
reinforcements dont rip off the frame rails, but it's still dangerously
We wish Miles and Fabel the best of luck on his way to H2Oi this year.
Because luck will certainly come in to play here :)
Work Performed on Fabel (the Miata, if you haven't guessed) at FMU:
-Oil pan skid plate install
-Underbody skid plate install
-Front wheel spacer install
-Custom Exhaust midpipe
-Custom muffler exit + shroud
-Custom Exhaust tuck (for maximum lows
with minimum risk)
-Jackson Racing header install + heat wrap