Autoshows

Carbage, SEMA 2018, and 2019: A Review and Preview

Last year, Carbage took some big leaps forward starting at the 2017 SEMA Show. From there it’s been a growth full of ups and downs, but the rate remained constant. For 2018, I’m increasing my effort to continue to grow this site to become what I have dreamed it would be: a place for gearheads […]

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Off Road Nights Dirt Lifestyle Festival

The Off Road Nights (ORN) Dirt Lifestyle Festival is a celebration of the off-road culture. Despite being set in the heart of Temecula, CA in the heat of August, the night setting was perfect for this outdoor event. Day turns to Night One of the best advantages is that the ORN Dirt Lifestyle Festival is […]

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The Camfather – A Brief History of Ed “Isky” Iskenderian

A World War II veteran and innovative valvetrain builder, Ed “Isky” Iskenderian is a legend among hot rodders around the world. The name sparks up images of fast Flathead Fords, engines producing 1-horsepower per cubic inch or better and leading the way hydraulic lifters with the first anti-pump-up lifters. “Mr. Isky” has been making cars […]

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A-Trac-Tive – Paul Mooney’s 1925 Model T Roadster

In the 1940s, Fay Mooney, Spud Simkins, Johnnie Johnson and friends built a roadster from a 1925 Ford Model T. The car was completely hand fabricated and painted at the Mooney Brothers Body Works in Bakersfield. It looked like an awesome race car but with such clean lines and paint, it was hard not to […]

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Down in the Vault – A Tour of the Petersen Vault

It’s rare, but the Petersen opens its vault every so often to allow the media a chance to photograph automotive history that isn’t present in the main exhibits. This was one of those times and Carbage was there to get it. The Petersen Automotive Museum Vault is legendary due to the amount of automotive history […]

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Nissan Monozukuri History

I am an old fan of Nissan and Datsun thanks to some accidental influence by my father and his customized Datsun 720 pickup and my own Nissan 720. Thanks to the Petersen, I get to talk about my favorite Japanese brand. So, I want to share some of the glory and history of Nissan and […]

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Roots in the Museum: A Tour of the Roots of Monozukuri and Fine Tuning Exhibits at the Petersen

Carbage was invited to a media tour of two new exhibits before it opened to the public. I know this isn’t something I would normally cover here on Carbage, but you can’t say no to checking out classic cars from the other side of the planet. We may not want to admit it, but a […]

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Rod-riguez – A JDM Hot Rod

While Japan is the land of advanced four-banger engines and drifting, there is a culture they take very seriously. Hot rodding in the land of the rising sun is just as impressive as what we have here in the US and Rod-riguez is just one of those amazing examples at the Hot Wheels 50th Kick-Off […]

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The Hot Wheels 50th Kick-Off Party

Every hot rodder’s story since 1968 has stared at the age of five with one thing in common: A Hot Wheels die-cast toy car. This past weekend, they celebrated their silver mark at their headquarters and Carbage was invited to sneak in before the large crowd was. A 50 Year Celebration of the Automobile While […]

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Jaded Man – Daniel Nelson’s 1952 Kaiser Henry J

There aren’t many people who recognize a Kaiser-Frazer car, let alone the Henry J. So, it’s rather appropriate that Daniel Nelson named his Galpin Auto Sports built 1952 Henry J “Henry Jaded”. Kaiser-Frazer History There is a good reason why not many people know about the Henry J or the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation, for that matter. […]

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