Yeah, this is roughing it!

In the early 1970s, after purchasing my Lotus Elan, I was working at Schaak Electronics in Rochester Minnesota. We were suffering yet another long and exceptionally cold winter.  Little did I know, the following spring I was going to experience one of those self-realizations and experiences that would forever change… Continue reading

Longest Letter-to-the-Editor – at least in SCM

Keith Martin’s Sports Car Market Magazine is the most respected publication for the collector car market.  Period. In the July 2020 issue, they published my letter to the editor, in which I commented on an article appearing in their June 2020 issue.  Readers of my newsletters know I’ll  always use… Continue reading

Copper Canyon: There’s more to the story

On March 29, you got a newsletter about my motorcycle trip to Mexico’s Copper Canyon. If you need a reminder, it is here.  While helpful to know some of the details of the trip, it’s not a requirement for appreciating the story in this newsletter, about something incredible and truly… Continue reading

Brent Larsen’s home burned down – family safe

Ancestry.com began to interest me more the past couple of years. Genealogy projects seem to appear when at a certain age. My cousin on my mother’s side, Ron Herem, begin getting interested about a year before me. His fancy was caught by the history of our family, and he’s made… Continue reading

Epic car trade-off: BMW M5 vs. Acura NSX

Early in 2000, stories circulated in the automobile universe about an extraordinary new car from BMW called the M5. Journalists and car nuts nicknamed it “the Beast.”  At 400 HP and 398 lbs. of torque, it was a rocket ship. With scary 0-60 times and a top speed of 180… Continue reading

Will the real Steve Larsen please stand?

Earlier this week, on April 23, I got an email from Steve Larsen in Idaho, saying “My momma went to heaven on Sunday. I thought you might like to read about her.”  He gave me a link to her obituary. She was a remarkable woman, and I’ve included the link… Continue reading