A Quick Trip: Quick Everett’s shot by Ben Battles

Recently, I was invited to Quick Everett’s garage, a top-notch automotive repair shop in Chattanooga, TN by one of the owners, Hal Everett. Quick Everett’s opened its doors in 2018 and has taken off to be one of the areas premier specialist shops. They work on all things foreign and domestic – but mostly foreign. [...]

July 23rd, 2019|About, Project Cars|Comments Off on A Quick Trip: Quick Everett’s shot by Ben Battles

BFI Volkswagen B3 Passat Syncro Build: the Finalé

Friday night at the end of a long week, the BFI team stood around their creation ready to turn the key for the first time on their B3 Passat G60 Syncro wagon. A group of ECS engineers, marketing staff, and some assorted associates stood holding their breath waiting to hear the sound of the twin-charged [...]

June 24th, 2019|About, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on BFI Volkswagen B3 Passat Syncro Build: the Finalé

The E30 Project Update and News

Okay, I promise, the E30 content is going to stop in the next few days. Right now, I am still dug in deep working on fully preparing my 1988 E30 cabriolet for some road trips that will take me all across the East Coast this summer. You can read all about what broke, what I [...]

April 10th, 2019|BMW, DIYs, Project Cars|Comments Off on The E30 Project Update and News

More Work: Important Services Your Car Probably Needs

Show prep is killing me. I’ve reached the home stretch, the reassembly, which should be all downhill from here. Somehow, I have this sinking feeling it isn’t going to be that easy. With more parts on the way and my E30 still up off of the ground, I’m starting to feel a real crunch for [...]

April 3rd, 2019|About, BMW, General, Project Cars|Comments Off on More Work: Important Services Your Car Probably Needs

Best Mods for a Daily Driven Volkswagen MK7 or MK7.5 GTI for Power and Performance

When you picture the quintessential hot hatchback, you probably think first of the Volkswagen GTI. For over forty years, VW has consistently set the paradigm with its GTI in that segment. Most recently, the MK7 and updated MK7.5 GTI 2.0T have delivered more performance and potential from essentially the same formula that created the namesake’s [...]

February 20th, 2019|About, DIYs, Engine, Exhaust, Intake, Performance, Project Cars, Software, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Best Mods for a Daily Driven Volkswagen MK7 or MK7.5 GTI for Power and Performance

Are Millennials Causing a Decline in Car Enthusiast Culture?

I have always enjoyed building, creating, assembling, or otherwise challenging myself with projects. I relish the times I have overheard family members doubt my resolve or abilities as opportunities to both prove them wrong and realize a desire. As car enthusiasts, many of us likely can trace our interest in performing our own work and [...]

February 4th, 2019|About, Audi, BMW, DIYs, General, Porsche, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on Are Millennials Causing a Decline in Car Enthusiast Culture?

SEMA 2018 Update: ECS Tuning Experience

Unless you live in a cave above the Arctic circle, then you probably know SEMA is happening right now at the Las Vegas convention center in Nevada. Hell, even if you do live in a cave, you are probably aware of it. SEMA 2018 has proven to once again be a demonstration of the absurd [...]

November 1st, 2018|About, Audi, BMW, Project Cars, Volkswagen|Comments Off on SEMA 2018 Update: ECS Tuning Experience

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

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