Jason R. Sakurai is an automotive photojournalist and editor, whose work has appeared in AutoWeek, Motor Trend, Four Wheeler, Car Craft, Hot Rod, Popular Hot Rodding, Drive!, Super Chevy, Custom Rodder, and more. As owner of Roadhouse Marketing, he handles sales and marketing for Stacey David’s GearZ®, one of the most popular TV series on SPEED, and is a new resident in the Knoxville area.
Downsized Hot Rods
Published 5/16/2012 at 11:30 a.m. 0 comments
While it’s not a trend or likely to be one anytime soon, the notion of putting a performance drivetrain into something vintage that’s small and more than likely foreign isn’t new.
New Hot Hatches Lead a Compact Performance Revival
Published 4/18/2012 at 12:16 p.m. 0 comments
Today, rising gas prices aren’t the only reason for what’s being hailed a compact performance revival. Nameplates that didn’t exist previously like Scion, Kia, Mini, and Hyundai are in the game, and competition has created some interesting new models that ...
Serving Up Hot Tire Deals
Published 3/21/2012 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments
National Tire & Battery, or NTB as they’re known, recently opened a new location at 8088 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. A site most Knoxvillians knew for its ever-changing restaurants, it was Don Pablo’s Mexican restaurant prior to NTB.
What Would POTUS Drive?
Published 3/7/2012 at 10:08 a.m. 0 comments
While awaiting Super Tuesday, I wondered which GOP hopeful should be the choice of auto enthusiasts, especially those who prefer that the next POTUS (the acronym for President of the United States, for those who are politically challenged) buy American, ...
Preview: Cadillac XTS
Published 2/22/2012 at 11:05 a.m. 0 comments
Cadillac’s newest luxury sedan, the 2013 XTS, has been the brand’s centerpiece at this year’s auto shows. Set to arrive in Knoxville showrooms this spring, it’s loaded with technological advances that should endear it to the Y-12 set.
Local Drag Racing Action: Getting Ready for the 2012 Season
Published 2/8/2012 at 3:13 p.m. 0 comments
If you haven’t been in a while or it’s your first time out to see a drag race, this is the place to start.
Nissan 350Z: a Modder’s Dream Car
Published 1/18/2012 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
We’re going to touch on one of my favorite sports cars here, the Nissan 350Z. Why the Nissan 350Z? If you slalom, autocross, drift, road race, or just enjoy driving, the 350Z is the continuation of a long line of ...
Your NXT New Car
Published 1/4/2012 at 12:14 p.m. 0 comments
With the start of a new year comes the notion that maybe the Great Recession is receding behind us, and perhaps it’s time to get rid of that tired, old sled you’ve got sitting in the driveway.
A Fast (Really Fast) Spin in the 2012 Roush RS3
Published 12/7/2011 at 11:02 a.m. 0 comments
From our readers survey, we can already tell that you want to know what cars Knoxvillians should be driving. With that, the first one we road-tested was the 2012 Roush Stage 3 Mustang convertible.
A Knox On Wheels Reader Survey
Published 11/23/2011 at 11:24 a.m. 0 comments
Five months into writing Knox On Wheels, I thought of all the companies that are caught up in the consumer experience trying to find out exactly what we all need and want. Realizing that outside of comments I’ve received about ...
Reliving Muscle-Car Memories At Smoky Mountain Traders
Published 11/9/2011 at 11:10 a.m. 0 comments
Plummeting home prices and the escalation of the cost of everything else signaled the Great Recession was going to be with us for a while. As a home builder, Keith Bledsoe noticed this alarming trend seven years ago, and decided ...
Rex Walls' Stable of Project Cars
Published 10/26/2011 at 11:51 a.m. 0 comments
Rex Walls resides in Harriman, a place where it’s possible to squirrel away a dozen or so antique vehicles without raising the ire of neighbors who don’t see them moving any appreciable distance over time.
Looking for a Project Car
Published 10/12/2011 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
Autumn begins when you notice the arrival of darkness coming earlier, deciduous trees turning color, and football is no longer in pre-season. For gearheads, the garage that sat empty all summer now calls for a new project vehicle to fill ...
Dollywood's Shades of the Past
Published 9/28/2011 at 10:09 a.m. 0 comments
For someone who regularly attended the Detroit Autorama, Oakland Roadster Show (now known as the Grand National Roadster Show), NSRA Street Rod Nationals in Louisville, Goodguys events in Pleasanton, the Route 66 Rendezvous, and the L.A. Roadster Show, Shades of ...
Visiting 'Axes & Axles'
Published 9/22/2011 at 1:54 p.m. 0 comments
Earlier this year, the Axes & Axles program, held at the NHRA Motorsports Museum along with the Grand National Roadster Show, gathered automotive designer Chip Foose; So-Cal Speed Shop foreman and star of TV series Hard Shine, Jimmy Shine; Scott ...
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