About Craig Daugherty

Craig Daugherty is a writer and BMW enthusiast from Nashville, TN. His writing focuses primarily on performance tuning, DIY articles, and automotive history.

The Porsche 996 Turbo: Everything You Need to Know for the 30k-Mile Service

The 996 Carrera, which was produced from 1999 until 2004, is a sore topic amongst enthusiasts. Generally, those enthusiasts are quick to grab their bludgeons and wallop the IMS Bearing dead horse en-masse. Somewhere in that collective hatred of the 996, you will hear about the cracked eggshell headlights, water cooled engine, and how [...]

October 11th, 2018|About, DIYs, Porsche, Tech Tips, Turbo|Comments Off on The Porsche 996 Turbo: Everything You Need to Know for the 30k-Mile Service

H2oi 2018: What Really Happens at the Infamous Ocean City Strip

A little over a week ago, while we were here hosting our own cars and coffee, the rest of the North American tuner car culture was fixated on a special event with similar Volkswagen roots to our own. For twenty years, Ocean City, Maryland has been home to an event that in recent years has [...]

October 9th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Wheels|Comments Off on H2oi 2018: What Really Happens at the Infamous Ocean City Strip

The Sports Car with a Fanny Pack: Preston’s B5 S4 Avant

When you spend time around a diverse crowd of car folks, you inevitably lose your bias towards a specific slice of the automotive world. My car history is varied and arguably well-rounded, but being here at ECS has exponentially grown my interests to include cars from a much broader spectrum than I previously considered. If [...]

October 8th, 2018|About, Audi, Drivetrain, Project Cars, Wheels|Comments Off on The Sports Car with a Fanny Pack: Preston’s B5 S4 Avant

NEO Cars and Coffee hosted by ECS Tuning September, 2018

When you put aside your biases and preferences for one make or model and see the greater car community as a group of people who simply enjoy their cars, you end up with an expansive group of fundamentally similar enthusiasts. Car events are either tailored to one style, make, country of origin, or even specific [...]

October 2nd, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, ECS Show Nation, General, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on NEO Cars and Coffee hosted by ECS Tuning September, 2018

ECS Virtual Car Show 2018

In 2016, we hosted our first virtual car show where you submitted photographs and information on your personal builds to compete in the online show for the coveted ‘Best in Show’ award. This year we are bringing the show back with a new twist! Our team has devised a slightly different approach to the incredibly [...]

October 1st, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, ECS Nation, ECS Show Nation, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen|Comments Off on ECS Virtual Car Show 2018

Dictators need love too: Max’s 1982 Mercedes-Benz W126 300SD Turbo Diesel

In 1980, Mercedes introduced the recently developed ‘Special Class’ prestige luxury sedan to American markets. The gas crisis and ‘gas-guzzler’ tax imposed upon cars on American roads led to the development of this car, and specifically its engine, as a response to those rules. Only a company like Mercedes would so adamantly redesign an entire [...]

September 28th, 2018|About, Mercedes-Benz, Wheels|Comments Off on Dictators need love too: Max’s 1982 Mercedes-Benz W126 300SD Turbo Diesel

Recent Additions: Our Newest Products for your Audi or Volkswagen

Part of what makes our car hobbies fascinating is the dynamic nature of cars themselves. New models are released constantly that feature developments in technology to provide more features and increased power, as well as arguably more attractive styling. Thanks to the rapidly expanding catalog of performance vehicles, we are always busy finding ways to [...]

September 26th, 2018|About, Audi, DIYs, Engine, Intake, Performance, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Recent Additions: Our Newest Products for your Audi or Volkswagen

Mad Scientist Mike: Update on the Winter Beater Porsche 944

When we last saw Mike’s Porsche 944, the beat-up little coupe provided some entertainment when I drove it. The excitement came from an impending sense of disaster thanks to its roasted running gear. The Porsche hardly felt road-worthy during my short time behind the wheel, but that was an almost untouched state immediately after [...]

September 24th, 2018|About, General, Porsche, Project Cars|Comments Off on Mad Scientist Mike: Update on the Winter Beater Porsche 944

It’s Groovy: Monaco Auto Collection’s 1978 BMW E23 7-Series

From a young age, the 1970’s captured my imagination and heavily influenced my life through the music, aesthetic styles, and most importantly, the cars from the era. The Grateful Dead was an iconic band from the decade that resonated heavily with countless followers, myself included, as they embodied the musical taste of the ten [...]

September 21st, 2018|About, BMW, ECS Nation, General, Wheels|Comments Off on It’s Groovy: Monaco Auto Collection’s 1978 BMW E23 7-Series

How to Prepare Your Daily Driver for Winter Conditions

Summer is coming to a close and the fall air is drawing near, especially if you live up North. Some cars are put away for the winter and the trusty old beater is awoken once again to take the brunt of the salt and weather damage, while other cars are prepared for winter conditions. [...]

September 20th, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Car Care, DIYs, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Porsche, Schwaben, Tech Tips, Volkswagen|Comments Off on How to Prepare Your Daily Driver for Winter Conditions