After Jason Morabito finished his Porsche 964, he knew that the car deserved a better garage roommate than the V8 Jeep Grand Cherokee it shared its space with. And with the Jeep only reeling in a minimal 8 miles-per-gallon, Jason had more than one reason to part ways with the American SUV.
Photography by Evano Gucciardo
There are a select few over-arcing “breeds” in the automotive world, each known for their nuances, good and bad. There’s the Japanese, known for their iconic turbocharged engines alongside their oddball kei-car economachines. There’s us Americans, known for an abundance of displacement paired with truly awful interiors, and often design. There are the Italians, famed for their twelve-cylinder offerings, yet plagued with costs old and new.
I was heartbroken to leave Petit Le Mans early – it was more than just the final race of the season: it was the last ALMS race ever, and BMW was holding strong. It felt as though I was witnessing a spectacle I’d get the chance to remember and reflect on later, when, twenty years from now, we discuss ALMS in the same light we discuss ’80s IMSA racing today. However, the disappointment was overshadowed by the excitement for the intensity that lie ahead.
SEMA is just around the corner once again, and we’re excited as always to see the builds come together (and start too) in the final weeks before the show. Our friends across the board are working hard to bring ideas and concepts to fruition, and once again we plan to unveil the builds throughout the week of the automotive industry’s greatest trade show.
Not every car is a full-fledged build – while some cars have money thrown at them hand over fist, others achieve an air of elegance through style and candor. Cars are more than just objects to most of us, they become an extension of our own being, when we use them every day. For Erik Hendricks, his B7 A4 avant is no exception.
While this is not his first foray into VAG cars, this is definitely a change up from what he’s done in the past.