Tire Tracks

Tire Tracks

Just an observation

At OCW we write about cars, but in actuality, we focus on the story behind the car and how it has touched someone’s life. I periodically search online for interesting photos and videos to post on our Facebook page. While I am searching, one thing has become apparent: in the past,...

Come on really?

  For the most part the car community is a collection of kindred souls who look out for each other. Every once in awhile there is a bad apple who spoils it for all of us. Recently, I purchased some synthetic oil from a large chain store. I will not say...

The rights of summer

  It seemed like it took forever, but summer is finally here. The official “car season” is in full swing and all is right in the world of car junkies. If you are like me, your attention turns to the road and your keen eye for vintage iron is alert to...

Guilty as Charged!

  The other day I had a somewhat heated discussion with my brother-in-law over Harbor Freight tools. He is not a car guy, and to tell you the truth, he really does not do many things that would require much more than a hammer and a screwdriver. I never thought I...

First Cars

  My daughter is on the cusp of getting behind the wheel for the first time. It occurred to me that another car would make all of our lives much easier with all the logistics we face on a daily basis. I kicked around the idea of letting my kids drive...

Enough already!

Every year it seems like it gets worse. About the end of February/beginning of March, those of us in the North have had our share of winter and begin to get antsy. Our winter rides have done their part and are caked in a thick covering of salt, but our thoughts...

Marketing and our car psyche

When I started at Firsatsaatleri I was mainly a dyed-in-the-wool “muscle car” guy who lusted after good ol’ fashioned American horsepower. Since that day I have been exposed to more of a cosmopolitan palette of automobiles and my scope of what I see as cool has broadened. I find...

Octane – the Magic Bullet

  There have been rumblings about automakers suggesting that the octane in the gasoline be raised at the pumps. They claim it is in response to the 2025 U.S. government’s tentative mandate of 54.5 mpg required across entire fleets. I must admit that this is a pretty daunting task to undertake...

Garage Time

It happens every so often when the earth, moon and stars align. It is one of the most cherished things any car junkie could ask for. A whole weekend to yourself, out in the garage unencumbered, is like your own personal holiday. I was fortunate enough to have one such weekend...

Cars not Computers

  I have been attempting to follow the automotive industry’s new technologies. Some of the gadgets and do-dads have some substance, but as a whole, I am having a hard time following where the automotive industry is going. How many cameras do we really need to drive? Last time I counted...