Believe it or not, it isn’t easy to comb through dozens of auto-related sites each day trying to find relevant and interesting news to report on. A lot of “leaked” information tends to be disinformation aimed at throwing journalists off the track. When I see a headline about the latest 800 horsepower, biodiesel powered, AWD, mid-engined Corvette I just chuckle and move along. Nothing to see here.
After a few years of doing this, your eyes tend to glaze over when you hit the same sites, with the same uninspired layouts, day after day. Every once in a while you stumble across a site, new or not, that makes you take a step back and say, “Wow, that’s how it should be done.” One of those sites is Hawaii Motorbeat, a labor of love written written by Paul Maddox, a vintage gearhead who remembers the days when “tuning” required hand tools and not laptops. His website / magazine is published monthly, and covers anything related to drag racing, street rodding or road racing in Hawaii.
Pay them a visit, but plan on spending some time. You won’t find breaking automotive news, but you will find stories about what it was like to be a hot rodder back in the day, as well as topics of interest to every gear head and even current SCCA race reporting from Hawaii. The magazine is interactive, so click on a title to read the full article, and don’t forget to check out the of back issues (you’ll find the link at the bottom of the page). For me, this was like finding two years worth of vintage Hot Rod magazines – there’s hours of gearhead entertainment there.