If you have a love for vintage cars AND a love for comedy, you’re in for a treat. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is a program right up your alley! In every episode, Jerry picks up one of his comedian friends in a vintage car and they’re off for coffee or lunch. The viewer gets to be a fly on the wall and enjoy the witty banter between Jerry and his friends.
Some of the comedians who have sat shotgun in one of Jerry's cars include Sarah Silverman, David Letterman, Lewis Black, Jon Oliver, Lorne Michaels, Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Steve Martin, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The series first broadcasted online in 2012. series is now moving to Netflix. “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” will be moving to Netflix later this year.
Jerry Seinfeld is a huge fan of cars. Even in old “Seinfeld” episodes, you can find evidence of his passion. On the wall, there’s a vintage Porsche poster. Look closely and you’ll spot a Skip Barber Racing School magnet on the refrigerator. Even though Jerry drives a Saab on the show, in real life, Seinfeld is a huge Porsche lover. He owns so many of them (47 to be exact) that he had to rent an entire hanger at the Santa Monica Airport house.
Seinfeld has one of the world's largest Porsche collections in the world. In his 1.4 million dollar garage you can find the following:
An ultra-rare 959,
A 1955 550 Spyder,
Porsche Carrera GT Supercar
The first 911 Porsche ever produced
When you add it all up, his collection is worth over 15 million dollars! In the garage, temperatures are monitored through a high-tech HVAC unit on the roof and there is a private mechanic who keeps the cars in pristine condition.
The team at Japanese Motor Works appreciates comedy and recommend that you check out “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” for your vintage car and comedy fix. We appreciate humor at our auto shop! Come see for yourself! To schedule an appointment, call us at 706-549-5222. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607.
There are so many options of wonderful places to visit in Georgia. Now that spring has sprung, you might be considering that it could be the perfect time to hop in your car and enjoy the magic of our state. Here are some suggestions should you decide to take that well-deserved vacation.
Helen - Better known as "Georgia's Alpine Village, " Helen is considered the “Bavaria” of the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Tourists visit this “replica” to take advantage of the great outdoors. Some of the popular activities include horseback riding trout fishing, hiking, biking, water tubing, and taking rides in hot air balloons. Are you a beer lover? The longest Oktoberfest in the South that starts in September and lasts through November takes place in the“Alpine Village” of Helen.
Atlanta - This road trip, we admit, is for the brave ones who like sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, is notorious for heavy traffic. But it has become a popular tourist destination because of it’s a tapestry of old-fashioned Southern charm, high-end shopping, a thriving art scene, and incredible restaurants. There are many attractions for visitors to enjoy. Some suggestions include going to the beautiful High Museum of Art, experiencing the wonders of the ocean at the world's largest aquarium, and seeing the renowned plant displays at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Cumberland Island - The biggest of Georgia's coastal isles, Cumberland, is 18-miles of unspoiled treasure. Visitors can enjoy the dunes, forests, marshes, beaches, ponds, and lakes. You might even catch some wild horses roaming freely on the clean beaches. If you're into sea life, you’re in luck! This island is home to otters, otters, sea turtles, wood storks, and more than 300 species of birds. Many people visit Cumberland just to seek a peaceful sanctuary.
Coleman River Wildlife Management Area - When it comes to day trips with your car, the Coleman River wildlife management area is about two hours from us up US Highway 441 near Clayton Georgia. The Tallulah River which ultimately forms the Savannah River, and our state’s boundary with South Carolina. I have found it fascinating since the first time I saw it about 30 years ago. Here is a very brief description of the high point of the trip:
First, drive north from Athens to Clayton. Travel west on U.S. Highway 76 from Clayton, Georgia for 8 miles. Turn right on Persimmon Valley Road. There will be a Fire Department on the northeast corner. Continue down Persimmon Valley Road to Tallulah River Road on the left and is marked with signage for both the Tallulah and Coleman River. This road is paved at first but turns into a gravel road shortly. Coleman River Trail is about 2 miles from the start of the road on the right-hand side, just before the first bridge.
The Tallulah River Road, which continues north over the bridge is one of the finest scenic drives in the state. It continues north to Tate City, a mining and lumber town that died out in the 1920's. When you return to Persimmons Valley Road you can turn right. The road continues to Patterson Gap, a beautiful, but little known area of Rabun County. This then comes out on Highway 441 north of Dillard. Most of this is forest service road, and is easily passable in anything Subaru has ever built. Lowered and sports cars- not so much! I've seen 2 wheel drive passenger cars make this trip without any trouble.
The team at Japanese Motor Works encourages our clients to get their car inspected before they leave for their getaway. Every vacation deserves to be free and clear of car hassles. To schedule an appointment, call us at 706-549-5222. Japanese Motor Works is located at 200 Firefighter Court in Athens, GA 30607.
Should you include a Diagnostic code reader in your kit of things that stay in the car? I think having one of these in your cars or trucks is as practical as having a flashlight, first aid kit, and tire change equipment. Let’s face it, most everybody has had their check engine light come on probably at least once while on a trip, or even around town. Not knowing what it means is disconcerting to say the least. It could be as insignificant as, “boo-hoo… I forgot to put my gas cap back on” to, “holy mackerel, this thing is telling me that my camshaft timing is all out of whack!” The one pictured below is right at $50. All you can ever expect it to do is spit out a valid OBD code number designation. There are more than 1500 of them at this time, and they are all standardized as agreed upon between the vehicle manufacturer and the EPA. I affectionately refer to the gas Codes as “green light codes” and the assortment of codes in the 100 series as “Nike codes.” Nike codes oftentimes require some good walking shoes! Green light codes are self-explanatory. And that annoying yellow light on your dashboard does not have the ability to tell you the difference. A phone call to us at Japanese Motor Works with that code number will allow us to give you good advice on what your next step should be.
While the gas cap code and issue could be temporarily remedied with a racquetball or other plugging device, the camshaft code could cause some serious engine damage and the need for a tow truck, or worse yet a long walk into cell phone range. While I’m on that subject, here are a few other things you want to keep in your trunk for an emergency.
Some of the emergency trunk kits sold on the Internet and that car parts stores love to include a handful of wrenches, sockets and other tools which are just about useless to have on modern cars. Face it, unless you have a lift to raise the car up and a box of tools worthy of a motorsports racing team, not many emergency repairs can be performed on modern vehicles. I’m thinking AAA or a comparable emergency roadside service company. The few things that you will want is a way to stay warm if you break down when it’s cold, like a blanket. A few times, I have seen a real need for a tow strap. They don’t take up much room or weight. Something else worth serious consideration are these new miniature jump boxes. They will jumpstart a dead battery, they have a provision which prevents reverse polarity (hooking things up backwards-which will take out a whole bunch of computerized stuff! Egads!) And they have an emergency flashlight with strobe light feature. I have one for use at the shop and one which always goes with me on a road trip. And finally, an all in one Leatherman tool. And a basic first aid kit with a few Band-Aids. Any medical emergency requiring more than that will likely require professional help.
Also, make sure that the spare tire is where it ought to be. Make sure that it is full of air! By the way, at Japanese Motor Works we do that for you!*
*At every six month extended service which we perform for you at Japanese Motor Works, we make sure that the spare tire is filled to the proper specification and ready for an emergency. If for any reason we can’t do that (like, for instance, there is a dead body in the trunk which prevents us from accessing the spare tire) we will give you a call to discuss what it’s going to take so that we can make sure that your spare tire is ready for an emergency. And we will document whatever happens, including the dead body, on your repair order. We like to be thorough!
Hybrids have been on the scene for about 15 years now. As with all new technologies, I gave it a few years for the dust to settle and find out which direction things will take. With this in mind, I began serious study of the operational designs and characteristics of hybrid cars about 10 years ago.
My study and training in hybrid car repair includes, but is not limited to, online courses of study; video training classes and associated testing and certification; and video conferencing and real-time online classes with other top-tier advanced level technicians throughout the country.
Generally speaking, I subscribe to methods of education which yield real world skills necessary to maintain and repair hybrids at a level equal to or beyond the factory level.
As a result, I am able to safely and successfully perform any and all aspects of hybrid maintenance and repair.
I have renewed the internal combustion engine, the regenerative power supplies, and all manner of digital and computer aspects which make the hybrid a viable source of transportation and power. Prius battery on hoist… It’s heavy, man!
The latest model hybrids actually have the capability to “plug into your house” at your main power supply in the event of a power outage. These models have the equivalent AC power generation of a 10 to 15 kW stand-alone generator!
Second, what has become clear to me right off the bat, is that if proper safety procedures are not followed, you will be DRT (dead right there).
Third of all—and common sense to a modern automotive technician—is that the computer technology which makes a normal gasoline-operated modern vehicle work is basically the same technology that makes a hybrid power plant work.
In other words, it would be impossible to combine all of the fuel saving systems to function as a single system (that is, propulsion) without the computing capabilities which the engineers developed specifically for the systems.