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. [...]
Few enthusiasts are ever granted opportunities to follow their passion to the extreme and live their entire lives completely engrossed in their chosen hobby. We often think of professional athletes, racing drivers, musicians, and other creatives as ‘living the dream’ by doing what they love every single day. While some of us (read: writers) [...]
The Rallywagen trip with Jaimie Orr has finally come to an end. We sent Jaimie and our photographer in this pre-production Jetta SportWagen from Wadsworth, Ohio all over the country on a roundabout route to the Arctic. The Jetta made stops at several of our partnering vendor’s headquarters, as you [...]
Just before the weekend, we wrote about how to better enjoy those less exciting DIY repair jobs with some tips that help us keep a positive attitude towards unplanned repairs. As if to test the claims, the universe coincidentally responded quite appropriately. The drive from Akron to Cincinnati that was more stressful than originally anticipated, we attended multiple car shows, and a major unplanned repair were just a few of the highlights from the weekend.
When you own a vintage or performance car, the goal is to have more fun times driving it than you have moments that make you frown. As with any hobby, however, there are those times that something goes wrong or its just time to take care of that nagging maintenance. Whether you are driving something [...]
While the rest of the world satisfies their desires for all things vintage, the car world is given a special treat. It is not often that you can pick up an economy hatchback with few to no amenities and be considered ‘hip’, but right now is a unique point in time where driving something like a VW MK2 GTI can get you noticed outside the car community. Just like anything, however, not all 80’s cars were created equal. There are some that have risen to prices out of reach to the normal enthusiast and others that would be about as advisable to own as stock in ENRON. So we are going to take a moment and list the cars we believe to be ‘in’ right now that are affordable, fun, and easy to turn into something eye-catching.
As car enthusiasts, we all have specific tastes and interests that dive much farther than appreciation for the car alone. Whether we are interested in shaving off lap times, taking home Concours trophies, or rolling to a car show for a weekend party around low cars, there is a common theme. We see our cars [...]
After an exciting few months, we have the winner for our MK7.5 GTI sweepstakes car we built in partnership with Racingline, Stoptech, Liqui-Moly, and several other amazing sponsors. If you have followed along, you saw the GTI transform from a totally factory MK7.5 to the most heavily modified example we are aware of in [...]
Everyone bring your baseball bats for this edition of the ECS Tuning blog because we have a dead horse that we want to beat. The horse in question is the Volkswagen Golf GTI. As a European tuning company, a staple of our market is the GTI owner segment. The GTI sits among the most [...]
For enthusiasts, the handling characteristics of our cars play a massive part in the enjoyment derived from driving. The pleasure of driving a fantastic handling car that exudes German quality is nearly unmatchable. That’s why H&R has been developing TUV and ABE-certified springs and suspension solutions specifically designed to provide the ultimate ride and handling [...]