Author Archives: John Milmont

I guess I now write for Jalopnik?

*Note this has been resolved. Jalopnik, Opposite lock and Garrett Davis have all handled this with the utmost professionalism and respect.* I recently read an article on Jalopnik covering different myths about brakes and rotors; when only a paragraph in, I realized there seemed to be a striking similarity between the Jalopnik article written for their Opposite lock […]

Why new cars tend to handle better than older cars

I think few would argue against that old cars have more character and are simply cooler than modern cars; but the performance of modern cars is undeniable even though they are bigger and weigh more than ever. So how is it that all of these modern sports cars (and many non-sports cars) that tip the scales at 3500lbs+ (even […]

A funny thing about exotics…

If you ever see an older exotic car at a show, like a Murcielago or early 2000’s Ferrari, take a look at the manufacture date on the tires.  A funny thing with these cars is that its fairly rare for people to put many miles on them, and therefore, their tires never ‘wear out’. Furthermore, […]

Track day footage

Did a track day at the Autobahn Country Club on the 6th. I have been building this car for some time, so it was quite an accomplishment to have it finish the day in one piece and able to drive it home.

Are 8+ gear slushboxes the future of transmissions?

With paddle shifted robotized (Electrohydraulic) transmissions being all the rage, are their days already numbered before they have even come into wide spread use?

Aston Rapide wrapped in Alcantara is so luxurious

  Not only does it give the car a soft luxurious feel, but it also hides dents! Very eco-friendly as well since you no longer need to wash the car; instead, it is simply vacuumed. Photo taken by a friend in Irvine.

Dealing with tuners

Last fall, I took my project car to a tuner to have it tuned on a dyno. I learned quite a few things during the process that I think anyone interested in getting a tune should know before going. Armed with this knowledge, you will be able to maximize your time with the tuner and get […]

Linear vs progressive rate springs

We are lucky to live in a time that has so many options available for upgrading a suspension. There are so many companies that make high performance components like coilover system, springs and shocks; and they are made for pretty much any application. It is possible now (though, for a price) to simply go online […]

Paul Walker Accident Explained

**Update 4/10/15: If you like this post, be sure to check out my post on the Importance of Paul Walker.** Sad news came over the weekend of the death of actor and car enthusiast Paul Walker. He will be missed, and I’m sure many people will want to know exactly what happened. The circle shows is the exact […]

First start with your Megasquirt (or possibly other standalone fuel injection system)

When I was ready to start my freshly built engine for the first time using my Megasquirt II fuel injection system, I ran into some issues that I could not easily find answers for. One of the reasons for this was how incomplete and disorganized the information concerning the Megasquirt is. I hope that this […]