Knox on Wheels by Jason R. Sakurai

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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 ...