Posts in Category: Illustration

Scattered thoughts on the ‘Racing Incident’

How do you define a ‘racing incident’? And what do you consider the rules of passing? Continue reading…

How I created the Jalopnik Lancia Stratos typeface

If, years from now, my legacy is the guy that made a font based on the Stratos logotype, I would be entirely okay with that. After obsessing over the Stratos lettering for years, and then lamenting that there wasn’t a good vectorized version of the logo available online, I started to create my own. Naturally, that led to creating more letters, and soon it became a full-blown alphabet project.

It was winter, I was post-college-unemployed and living in a poorly-insulated apartment in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. I had just read through the House Industries hardcover non-stop; the book profiles a design studio that specializes in beautifully ornate and offbeat type designs, and it left me dying to create some kind of alphabet, mostly so I could create a slick poster to promote said alphabet.  Continue reading…

Guest Post: Dave Russell on why turbocharging isn’t always a great idea

I can remember being a kid and thinking, “why doesn’t every car have a turbo?” Now, as an adult with a few years of HPDE experience under my belt, my motto has changed to “NA all the way” – let me clarify.

This discussion pertains specifically to road courses and track driving in general. Also, there’s a big difference between cars that come forced-inducted from the factory, and the world of aftermarket turbos and superchargers — I’m only talking about aftermarket applications. Continue reading…

My Brembo Saga: this is why I don’t work on cars

This is not a typical post, but a long, technical ordeal that was too ridiculous not to document.

I didn’t publicize this too much as it was happening too much because it’s colossally embarrassing and I was pretty caught up in it. Here’s what happened: I bought a set of second-hand Brembo calipers and rotors, installed them and everything was okay except for some issues with the front left caliper. When I went back to re-bleed the brake system a few weeks later, things got worse.

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