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					December 2010                                         Vol.1 Issue 12

                                         Photograph by Frank Filipponio

                   Holiday Season   03
             Build Your Own Motor   11
           2010 SEMA Show Recap     06
 Shop Review: Precision Auto Body   10
      The 7th Annual Motor 4 Toys   02                              06
From the Editor:
Holiday Season
  What does it mean to you? To me, I think it is a time of reflection, a time to appreciate. A time to give thanks. Historically, Thanksgiv-
ing was celebrated after a harsh winter during the colonization of America. Subsequent presidents used the holiday to bring Americans
together and help form a sense of unity and American Pride. Knowing the history of Thanksgiving I think about all of those who have
sacrificed for our lovely America and our freedom. I think about those that continue to do so. Those men and women who are not with
their families, who are not on American soil, but are on foreign soil fighting for their lives and our America. I am grateful. Thank you
America and all of those who have helped America to remain free! After all, Freedom is not free.
  I am grateful that I have the opportunity in America to do whatever the hell I want. That I do not have to conform, that I can publish
a magazine, that I can have events, that we can help others, go for drives, and have friends from every culture, that we can share our lives
with. I love America, and I love people. I don’t care if you are rich or poor, drive a fancy car or a rust bucket, just that you are a good
person. That is enough for me. I am simple.
  I think of those core American values that were instilled in me by my parents; work hard, sacrifice, achieve, take only what you earn
and honor those that deserve it. If you are on American Soil, you should be proud of America and the opportunity to be free and to
achieve. I don’t care if you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza or whatever, if you are on American soil, give thanks. We are in the
best country in the world.

-Dustin Troyan

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                               Vol.1 Issue 12 • December 2010

                              Editor in Chief / Dustin Troyan
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   2010 SEMA Show Recap:
                                                                                                                                         4.6-liter V8 has been relieved of duty
                                                                                                                                         and in its place Ford has stuffed a genu-
                                                                                                                                         ine 5.0 into the original pony car’s engine
                                                                                                                                         bay. Somewhere, Vanilla Ice is smiling.

   Driftin’, Stylin’ and Hypermilin’
                                                                                                                                         We were lucky enough to go for a thrill
                                                                                                                                         ride with Pawlak in a relatively stock
                                                                                                                                         412-horsepower GT, and for 40-odd sec-
                                                                                                                                         onds our eyeballs couldn’t quite focus on
                                                                                                                                         anything past the dashboard without in-
                                                                                                                                         ducing vertigo.
                                                                                                                                             The History Channel also used the
                                                                                                                                         2010 SEMA Show as a rolling billboard to
                                                                                                                                         promote its new Top Gear USA program.
                                                                                                                                         In perhaps the best automotive marketing
                                                                                                                                         campaign ever conceived, the deep-pock-
                                                                                                                                         ets network hired Gotham Dream Cars
                                                                                                                                         to provide taxis for SEMA showgoers. Al-
                                                                                                                                         though most of the rides were just around        The Smoking Tire’s Matt Farah drove        the most impressive sustainable displays
                                                                                                                                         the block, they were free, and the cars       me home one night in the Firebreather         was the Honda booth where the Japanese
                                                                                                                                         were special enough to qualify as bucket-     and the lovely and skillful Jennifer Nicole   automaker featured its new CR-Z sports
                                                                                                                                         list experiences for many of the fares.       drew the short straw the next night in the    hybrid. With more than a half dozen
                                                                                                                                             All wrapped in yellow with taxi-like      Porsche. Ace photographer Jason Thor-         tricked out coupes, the company showed
                                                                                                                                         signage on top, the fleet consisted of a      galsen did an admirable job of keeping        that the future of hot rodding might look
                                                                                                                                         Rolls-Royce Phantom, Firebreather Ca-         the SLR on the road during our regular        different, but it will continue to thrive as
                                                                                                                                         maro, Porsche 911 Cab, Mercedes-Benz          route run, despite the big McMerc’s gobs      long as there are people who want a little
                                                                                                                                         SLR McLaren, Lamborghini Murcielago           of torque not liking the sun-slicked pave-    something extra from their rides.
                                                                                                                                         and a brand-spankin’-new Ferrari 458          ment around Vegas too much.
                                                                                                                                         Italia. Lucky VIPs (and a few media types        While horsepower still reins supreme
                                                                                                                                         as well) even got to call on these cabs as    at SEMA, this year we also saw more of a      -Frank Filipponio

        he annual SEMA Show in Las Ve-       year and every one of them had some-         the old adage that just because you can do     airport and hotel shuttles.                   focus on the greener side of things. One of
        gas brings together hundreds of      thing unique to offer. So how does one       something, it doesn’t mean you should
        aftermarket and OEM automotive       manage to stand out from such a sizable      do it. There is plenty of tuner overkill on
companies, all displaying their wares in     crowd? Simple – engaging and attractive      display here, with massive rims, vertical
the hopes of attracting new business. This   booths.                                      doors, neon lights, multiple TV screens
is an industry-only show that still man-        We saw everything from a replica of       and outrageous paint-jobs the norm.
ages to swell the population of Sin City     an old drive-in diner to cars mounted on         A few of the booths also hired young
by more than 100,000 people during the       their sides. Many of the booths featured     ladies to pretty up their displays. Oh, who
week. The Las Vegas Convention Center        whole vehicles, often modified to near an-   are we kidding? SEMA and booth babes
played host to some 1,200 vendors this       onymity. SEMA somehow brings to mind         go together like The Playboy Mansion
                                                                                          and parties. We caught ourselves a few
                                                                                          times trying to determine whether or not
                                                                                          his was a good strategy. Sure these gals
                                                                                          attracted a lot of attention, but if they
                                                                                          were too attractive, we were often trying
                                                                                          to remember exactly what products were
                                                                                          being sold when we passed by. Some ven-
                                                                                          dors, on the other hand, made it hard to
                                                                                          forget what they were selling.
                                                                                              Ford took over the entire front park-
                                                                                          ing lot and turned it into a motorsports
                                                                                          playground of sorts, with hourly demon-
                                                                                          strations of their trucks’ off-road prowess
                                                                                          and their cars’ tire-melting power. Drivers
                                                                                          like Ken Block, Vaughn Gittin, Jr. and Jus-
                                                                                          tin Pawlak were enlisted on the car side of
                                                                                          things to show off the capabilities of vari-
                                                                                          ous versions of the new Ford Fiesta and
                                                                                          the old warhorse, Mustang.
                                                                                               New for 2011, the Mustang GT fea-

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                                                                                                                                              community had a shop. Lee, with his hot
                                                                                                                                              rodder attitude knew that he could fix any
                                                                                                                                              metal that walked through the door. And
                                                                                                                                              he did. After the Alfas, the Lancias came
                                                                                                                                              calling and then the Ferraris. That one

                                                                                                                                              Alfa had opened a door to a market that
                                                                                                                                              everyone else was afraid to work on, Lee

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                                                                                                                                              excelled at it. Lee explained that “in those
                                                                                                                                              days,” parts were not available. You had to
                                                                                                                                              repair them or make them. Paint codes
                                                                                                                                              were not available; you had to match
                                                                                                                                              them yourself. This was not a task for the
                                                                                                                                              beginner, Lee knew that this is where he

      had driven past Precision Autobody        lying around, no dust on the walls (amaz-      regular daily drivers. The shop appeared       wanted to be and he loved it. Working on
      for years, never really thought much      ing for a body shop), everything that could    to have the same level of efficiency, as did   such high-end cars set him aside from the
      about it, just another body shop          be automated was. I then noticed an over-      the office and communications. The shop        rest. It gave him an opportunity to show
right? So then one day I am talking to a        whelming presence of technology that is        has different areas dedicated to different     what a craftsman he was. Soon thereafter,
guy in the body biz and Precision comes         unlike any that I have seen at a dealership,   aspects of repairs. Cars are tagged every      the studio executive came calling; Steve
up, he goes on to tell me that Lee Brown,       let alone a body shop. Wow, Precision is       step of the way so there is no guesswork as    McQueen and James Colburn were cus-                                                                                  7654 Tampa Ave
the owner of Precision was a “legend” in        cutting edge! Audrey explained that they       to what stage the repair is at. The Preci-     tomers, many other celebrities as well. If                                                                           Reseda, CA 91335
the body shop biz. A legend? He went            do everything in their power to expedite       sion team knows their jobs and seems to        you had a valuable car, Lee was the man                                                                              818-888-7654
on to tell me that if you owned an exot-        all aspects of body shop operations. From      exude the same sense of quality and pride      for the job.
ic car in the 60’s and 70’s there was only      an in-stock parts warehouse, to a wire-        that the Lee family does.                         Lee had story after story, from helping       He would not compromise on quality              color matching to the office operations.
one person that could handle the work,          less communications systems that can           Great operation.                               develop the Sunbeam Tiger, to the Vec-           that would represent his name. Further,         His pioneering spirit gave him a com-
Lee Brown. If you owned any type of             log every car, picture, and all associated         A few weeks after seeing the opera-        tor, he had helped in the development of         he always looked to innovate. He was            petitive advantage and his eye for detail
high-end European import, Lee was the           paperwork, one click and all information       tion, I saw Audrey at Supercar Sunday. I       many different vehicles and automotive           never happy with status quo. He found           and craftsman background defines Lee
only person to touch your vehicle. From         on the vehicles being repaired are avail-      told her that I wanted to do story on the      trends. Lee, sitting back smiling as he tells    ways to automate every aspect of his busi-      Brown’s success to this day!
movie producers to celebrities, everyone        able. They have taken the guesswork out        shop and meet her father. She smiled and       the story and me amazed…Carroll Shelby           ness; from the repairs, to the paint and
went to Lee.                                    of everything. They have made it as easy       walked me over to Lee who was hanging          at the shop, Steve McQueen, wow! Leg-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -Dustin Troyan

                                                                                                                                                                                                CORVETTE CORNER:
    Audrey Brown, Lee’s daughter who has        as possible for the customer, the insurance    with his buddies. He graciously accepted       endary.
taken over the family business had invited      company, their enormous staff and all as-      my kudos and we agreed to have break-             Ferraris and celebrities to Collision re-
me over to the shop to see the operation.       sociated operations, to ensure the perfect     fast.                                          pair in the valley? How does that happen?
See a body shop? A body shop is a body
shop right? Wrong.
                                                experience. I was flabbergasted.
                                                    Audrey finished the tour and laughed
                                                                                                   As I was intrigued about the inception
                                                                                               and his reputation, Lee met me for break-
                                                                                                                                              Lee, who was always hands on explained
                                                                                                                                              that all the years of pounding metal had          BUILD YOUR OWN MOTOR
    Upon arriving at Precision, I was           as I expressed my disbelief in the level       fast and we chatted away. I was very curi-     taken a toll on his body. His shoulder was
floored with the sheer number of vehicles       of organization and system operations.         ous about how he became a legend in the        not what it once was and he started to look           General Motors announced in July           manifold, a custom made label with
being repaired. Audrey just laughed and         Further, the entire shop was as clean as a     exotic and high-end European car world.        for a new niche in the repair world. On           that Chevrolet will introduce a new op-        your name will go on it too! Before you
said it was an “average” week. Average?!        whistle. Modestly, she remarked that Pre-      He chuckled and explained that he was          a handshake, he became the factory au-            tion for the Corvette Z06 and ZR1. It is       are let out the front door, you will be
They had more cars being repaired than          cision, a family owned and operated busi-      a hot-rodder. He was a customizer and          thorized repair facility for Mercedes Benz.       called the Corvette Engine Building Ex-        presented with a flash drive document-
most used car lots have inventory, and          ness since 1960 takes tremendous pride in      a fabricator and initially opened a shop       Lee held that title for about 18 years. In all    perience. You can now build your own           ing your visit and build.
that was just the outside!                      everything they do. Start to finish, “Ev-      doing custom work. He was a craftsman          that time, “not one car came back.” Lee           engine! With the help of a Chevy build-            But wait, there’s more. For a few
    As we walked through the office, there      erything.”                                     who loved to work with metal and turn          stated “we did the cars right, just like the      ing technician, you will completely build      extra bucks you can fly down to Bowl-
is a hum of efficiency that seems to flow in        The shop was filled with higher-end        it into something amazing. Customiza-          Germans wanted, we did not cut a single           your own LS7 or LS9 engine. To memo-           ing Green, Kentucky (again air fare not
the air. The office is organized, attractive,   vehicles: Mercedes, Corvettes, BMWs, Ca-       tion was his passion. Things were going        corner.” After 18 years, it was time for          ry, this is the first time this optioned has   included) and watch your engine be-
and built for speed. There were no papers       dillacs, Porsches, Bentleys and then your      good and then he went into the service.        another change, the San Fernando Valley           been offered by any manufacturer.              ing installed in you new ride and take
                                                                                               When he returned, he opened his shop           was an untapped region for someone of                 You will fly in to Wixom, Michigan         delivery of the finished product at the
                                                                                               again but had found the “custom” trend         Lee’s caliber, and he made the move and           where all the hot rod motors are built.        National Corvette Museum. If you can’t
                                                                                               had slowed down and he was having a            never looked back.                                Your $5,800 option will buy you a one          wait to drive your new fiberglass/carbon
                                                                                               hard time sustaining his “Customiza-              Precision under Lee’s close watch be-          night stay at a hotel (air fare not in-        fiber bodied car you can take delivery of
                                                                                               tion” business model. That is when things      came the exclusive body Shop for several          cluded) and meals. Once at the factory         it at one of the GM Performance Driv-
                                                                                               changed. He started to take in collision       local dealerships including: The Auto             you will assemble your motor in one full       ing Schools in Nevada or Arizona.
                                                                                               work to make ends meet. One day an Alfa        Gallery, Mercedes-Benz of Calabasas, Bob          day. These motors are hand assembled.
                                                                                               came in with a good amount of front-end        Smith BMW, Acura 101 West. Further,               Since there are no robots or assembly          -Jay Parille
                                                                                               damage. The owner told Lee that nobody         Precision is Mercedes-Benz factory certi-         lines involved the technician will guide
                                                                                               would work on the car since it was Ital-       fied and BMW factory trained.                     you through the whole process, jumping
                                                                                               ian and they did not know how to work             It was very interesting talking to Lee,        in when necessary. Once the engine is
                                                                                               on it or get parts. Lee, with his craftsman    there was a tremendous sense of pride and         complete it will be tested and certified.
                                                                                               background knew that he could sculpt           honor about what he had accomplished.             Not only will the build specialist place
                                                                                               metal for any need, took the job on and        If he couldn’t do it right, he didn’t do it.      his label with his name on the intake

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