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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Mike and Cathy’s Adventure

“We like to travel and cover ground and get in and out of campgrounds quickly,” says Mike Skinner, explaining why he and his wife Cathy bought a lightweight Scamp camper last year. “In the morning, I can hook it up, and we can be on the road in 15 minutes.” “In the evening,” Cathy adds,

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

One Hard Working Utility Van Retires

David Hall’s 1966 Ford Econoline Supervan has been many things: a paint van, a dollhouse, a way to get to the beach for vacation, a motorcycle hauler. It has been in the Hall family since it was...

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Monday, March 5th, 2018

Smarty Pants . . . The Car and The Boy

Denny Carlyle has a custom license plate on his 2008 smart fortwo passion coupe: “TPANTS.” At first glance, it’s a little perplexing, but put together with the name of the car’s make – SMART – right above...

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Friday, January 19th, 2018

Because It’s Fun!

When you become the owner of a high performance vehicle, it’s natural to show it off to your friends and family. So when Joan Mitchell, a Blacksburg Realtor (RE/MAX 8 associate broker), got her 2014 Can-Am Spyder...

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Friday, July 7th, 2017

The Virginian . . A Classic Speedboat

Virginia native Jim Williamson is no stranger to the water. Born in Radford, his mother took him to Claytor Lake often. “I’ve been water skiing since I was 7,” he says. “Just about every month we’d come...

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Friday, May 12th, 2017

The QE II Buggy

When Alan Neely gets near an auction that has a buggy come up for bid, it’s likely he’ll raise his number. The black buggy dubbed the “Charles Dickens” sitting on the side of his hotel, the MacArthur...

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Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Restoring a 1938 Chevy sedan

When Todd Ratliff was growing up in far southwest Virginia, his grandfather nicknamed him Hot Rod Todd. Todd had caught the car bug from his grandfather, a car salesman, and his father, who loved to tinker with...

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Friday, November 11th, 2016

like father ~ like son

Text by Karl H. Kazaks | Photos by Tom Wallace   When Johnnie Self Jr. was in high school, he loved playing football for the Christiansburg Blue Demons, and he loved driving the car his father let...

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Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The 50 Cent Ride

Text and photos by Nathan Cooke   When exploring Blacksburg, you often notice three things: maroon and orange outfits, gray limestone aka Hokie stone and city-style buses. Blacksburg Transit (BT) is responsible for most of the public...

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Monday, July 18th, 2016

Fly Yellow Ferrari . . . beauty, class and power

Watching Dr. Daniel Hurd drive his 2001 Ferrari 360 Modena is to experience the sublime. In every sense, the machine gives the impression of being a mechanical marvel. Its engine, even at low RPMs, emits a persistent,...

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