There’s a real moment of tranquility when you’re on track. It’s hard to explain, but when you’re in it, you’re in deep. You’re so focused on the task at hand that literally nothing else exists, and for how loud, hot and possibly uncomfortable it is, you feel peaceful. Maybe peaceful isn’t the word, but it seems to fit the best. Everything else is quiet, and I love that feeling.
Of course it can be stressful. But even when things doing go perfectly, those moments of tranquility make it all worth it. It’s what keeps me coming back for more, a large reason I’m still so attached to this car and continue efforts to keep it alive and running. It demands so much of your attention while you’re in it, and it involves so much of your physical, mental, even spiritual capacity. I get a similar feeling while training, when everything in a workout clicks and my focus is spot on, but it’s so inconsistent, and at the end of the day, it’s still not the same. That’s why after all these years, driving is still my favorite thing.
I suppose people that have a similar level of passion as I do for things other than cars and driving can understand what I’m talking about. And I really hope they do, because it’s fucking great.
It’s been a while. Nursing school has been keeping me super busy, but I got to drive this summer for the first time since I started school. It was refreshing, and the current state of the car is telling me that all this school mumbo jumbo is all gonna be worth it in the end. The car is in rough shape, it’s gotten tired, and it’s showing, but once I finish school, it will be time for a long overdue overhaul.
Since my last check in, not much has changed with the car. Just a new Memoryfab seat/PCI seatrails and a new Personal Grinta 330mm to update the cockpit. And a small chargespeed facelift for 2019. I’m sure I’ll check back in soon.
We opened up shop! Mykee from Scrape Artist started a new business late last year focusing on large format printing, apparel production, vehicle wrap, and graphic design. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of this, as having our own shop space has been something we’ve talked about for almost a decade now.
So with the new resources made available to me by Full Frontal Graphics, I’ve found myself able to produce some items I’ve had on my mind for a while now. I’ve always liked the idea of making shirts and new stickers for Geeky LURV, I’ve actually had designs lined up for print for years now, but I’ve grown as a person, and as a designer. My tastes have changed and I’m not as happy with the stuff I’ve made lately.
So I’ve decided to start a new project. I’m not looking to rebrand, or ditch the blog. I’m just looking for a change of pace artistically while being able to bring business to the shop.
I’m also not looking to build an empire or anything. I just want to make stuff I would like to wear and see, and would hope that enough others would also like to wear and see. Something that’s a little more obvious about being about cars and the spirit of competition.
Last night we were able to print a test shirt for the new brand, and it feels exciting to know that I get to have my hand in every step of production of my merchandise.
So late last year, I broke my car again. This time at Gingerman doing something cool instead of driving home from a whack car show. Probably bent a valve, cylinder three is dead and the motor isn’t knocking. A quick peek down into the cylinder didn’t show any damage to the piston, so I got a new head to slap on.
Originally, I was planning on taking a break from car life until I was completely done with nursing school. But I couldn’t stand my car sitting in the garage broken for that long. I’m still not going to be racing or anything, but I am excited to be able to drive the Civic to work, or cruise it when I need to clear my head.
These incredible humans listened to me bitch all season about the tires Ive had on the car for the year. And for no other reason than we all like eachother enough to want to see eachother enjoy our passion to the fullest, they not only surprised the hell out of me tonight with a fresh set of my favorite tires, but they also got them mounted, ballanced and aligned.
I really can’t put into words how happy the Ramblers make me. All week I’ve been stressing about shit that’s gone wrong and having to get replacement parts for shit I fucked up over the season. A few things I didn’t even know I broke until I decided that replacing my FLCA and RTA bushings, and like anything with my car, everything turns into a way bigger project.
I’m forever grateful for my team, but a special thank you belongs to my good friend Mikey. He spent this whole week busting his ass to finish my car in time to get it aligned with his car today with the new tires. He set aside tons time and effort that could and should have been dedicated to his car to make sure I have a good time this weekend.
Spirits are mighty high coming into this Gridlife weekend. Peter is debuting his CRX, Mikey’s car is coming out with what feels like a truly strong motor, my car feels phenomenal with all these new bushings and a fresh alignment, and it is looking like the team is gonna be complete at some point this weekend.