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Andrew Nabors

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As the resident #Florida native, my automotive insights have been honed by triumph and tragedy. While attending the University of Central Florida, I was caught up in amateur drag racing back in 2004.

An addiction to quarter-mile consistency led me to Eckler's, a leader in GM restoration parts. As the manager of their truck division, it was fun watching C10 and Square Body rust buckets capture the hearts and minds of the aftermarket.

It was there that Tom duPont made me an offer I couldn't refuse. The duPont Registry is a great resource for buying and selling exotics and classics, and I led their social media / editorial efforts for a decade. Priorities change, so I looked for an opportunity to share my experiences and insights to a global audience, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

I currently drive a 2004 Cadillac CTS-V plagued by all the famous GM quirks, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. In the garage sits a 2002 Camaro SS 35th Anniversary Edition, a beast I bought new in September of '01. Always looking for the next project, I have owned a few B-Body wagons, a Trailblazer SS, and several flavors of supercharged Buick 3800.

The Oxford Comma sometimes appears in my work, along with the lamentations of Corvette ownership. If you made it this far, my hat is off to you. This message will now self destruct!?
The Original Buick 3.8L V6 Lived an Interesting Life
The Original Buick 3.8L V6 Lived an Interesting Life

After reviewing the successes of Chevrolet’s 1955 small block V8, Buick introduced an all-aluminum V8 in 1961. This engine would go on to become the Rover V8, powering everything from TVRs to tractors. But by removing the front pair of cylind...

 
How Union Pacific Restored the “Big Boy”
How Union Pacific Restored the “Big Boy”

Everyone said it was impossible, so that’s why a dedicated team of engineers and craftsmen spent six years and countless millions of dollars restoring the largest steam locomotive of all time. During the darkest days of WWII, Union Pacific...

 
Five Unique Engine Options You Won’t Believe
Five Unique Engine Options You Won’t Believe

The battle between engineers and automakers is usually fought behind the scenes, but every so often the results make it to the assembly line. Truth can be stranger than fiction, so here are the unicorns that have been relegated to the history b...

 
How the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited Sparked a Revolution
How the 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9 Limited Sparked a Revolution

Fast family haulers are ubiquitous these days, but this wasn’t the case a quarter-century ago. Seeking to give the first Grand Cherokee a proper farewell, Jeep combined big power with a capable suspension to offer one of the world’s fir...

 
A Continental MKII isn’t a Lincoln, and Here’s why
A Continental MKII isn’t a Lincoln, and Here’s why

When Ford decided to take on the luxury world, it culminated in a masterpiece that eclipsed everything in their lineup Henry Ford was thrifty, in that his brands weren’t quick to adopt the latest technology. When he passed away in 1947, e...

 
How the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier Changed the World
How the Chevrolet Cameo Carrier Changed the World

Before 1955, pickup trucks were a means to an end. As beasts of burden, they were relegated to farm and municipal work, while cars dominated the market for a growing middle class. That all changed when Chevy introduced something unprecedented. ...

 
The Duntov Turbo Corvette Widebody Had the Best of Intentions
The Duntov Turbo Corvette Widebody Had the Best of Intentions

Refusing to let Corvette forget its past, Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov came out of retirement to build one final masterpiece. With a little boost and big styling, he offered a shining light during Chevy’s darkest days. It must have be...

 
B-24 Liberator, the Bomber That Helped Win WWII
B-24 Liberator, the Bomber That Helped Win WWII

She isn’t as pretty or as famous as the B-17, but the B-24 carried more bombs to greater distances and at higher speeds, while excelling at jobs the designers never could have imagined. The year was 1938, and Boeing was cranking out B-17...

 
Is It Time To Reconsider the MKIII Toyota Supra?
Is It Time To Reconsider the MKIII Toyota Supra?

Divorces are never pretty, so everyone had reason to fear the breakup of the Celica Supra in 1986. Citing irreconcilable differences, the Celica went FWD while a new Supra arrived midway through the year as an innovative RWD uni-body. Buyers could ...

 
The 1971 AMC Hornet SC360 Proves Size Doesn’t Matter
The 1971 AMC Hornet SC360 Proves Size Doesn’t Matter

American Motors never had the budget of the Big 3, and that forced them to think outside the box. By the mid 60’s, it was clear that their Rambler American lineup needed to retire. Comprised of a 2-door, 4-door, and a wagon, work began in 196...

 
Preston Tucker’s Speed Shop Explains the Genius Behind an American Tragedy
Preston Tucker’s Speed Shop Explains the Genius Behind an American Tragedy

Sean and Mike Tucker are identical twins who happen to be the great-grandsons of Preston Tucker. In collaboration with a noted collector and historian, they have embarked on a quest to preserve the legacy of Preston and the eponymous Tucker ‘...

 
How the Jensen Interceptor Changed the World
How the Jensen Interceptor Changed the World

Since 1934, Alan and Richard Jensen enjoyed offering ingenious solutions to the big automakers. Being coachbuilders by trade, they combined the best parts from big automakers to build bodies under contract. Early production cars made use of fibergl...

 
Which C4 Corvette Is Right for You?
Which C4 Corvette Is Right for You?

Chevrolet’s 4th generation flagship offers something for everyone thanks to a dozen years of evolution. If you are in the market for nostalgia sprinkled with incredible fun, this is your starting point. After skipping the ‘83 model y...

 
How the Ferrari F12tdf Remains a Tour de Force in Style and Speed
How the Ferrari F12tdf Remains a Tour de Force in Style and Speed

The first Ferrari flagship designed without Pininfarina needed impressive credentials, so they took inspiration from France’s toughest endurance race to forge something spectacular. Before bicycles and performance-enhancing substances, the...

 
What Makes the 1978 Dodge Lil' Red Express So Timeless?
What Makes the 1978 Dodge Lil' Red Express So Timeless?

American pickups of the Disco Era were a shadow of their former selves, that’s why Dodge pulled out all the stops to build the world’s first Muscle Truck. Bending the rules often yields impressive results, so Dodge took a page from t...

 
How the Genesis GV70 Is Conquering Florida
How the Genesis GV70 Is Conquering Florida

Something new has arrived in the Sunshine State, and it offers more style and technology than you have ever experienced in a midsize crossover. Imitation is the most sincere expression of flattery, and it appears as if the public agrees. My derm...

 
Five Fantastic Vehicles That We Lost Too Soon
Five Fantastic Vehicles That We Lost Too Soon

It doesn’t seem logical to discontinue something amazing before its 2nd birthday, but these unfortunate infants fell victim to corporate calamity. It’s no great loss when a terrible car is stillborn, but reasons behind the demise of ...

 
How the Ford GT40 MK1 Paved the Way for Le Mans Domination
How the Ford GT40 MK1 Paved the Way for Le Mans Domination

Nobody can deny the brute force offered by a big block V8, but the first Ford GT40s delivered composure and confidence from Shelby’s hottest 289 small block with a handfull being offered to the public We all know what happened when Mr. For...

 
What Makes the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M So Timeless?
What Makes the Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M So Timeless?

Brutal, uncompromising, and loud are usually derogatory descriptions of normal cars, but Ferrari chose to exemplify such aspects of this limited-edition supercar. Instead of simply removing content to build a street legal race car, this one chan...

 
2017 Ford E-450: The Last Ride of the American V10
2017 Ford E-450: The Last Ride of the American V10

Moving is never enjoyable, but this big box from the Blue Oval delivered enough excitement to change my perceptions of these beasts of burden.  After a decade in the Tampa Bay area, it was time to set sail for a less insane part of the Suns...

 

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