Thanks for visitng Global Auto Scene, GAS for short. My name is Eric and I caught the auto bug at a young age. My first memory is the Indianapolis 500 in 1977. I was 6 years old at the time and little did I know how involved in the automotive world I would become. The ’77 Indy 500 was unique. A.J. Foyt won that year, his forth. A track record that stood until 2015 when Al Unser and Rick Mears achieved 4 wins each.
Two uniqe facts about that ’77 Indy 500, it was the last year the winning race car was manufactured and assembled here in the USA. And it was the first year the 200mph barrier was broken. Racing sure has come a long way since then!
I was hooked. Hearing names like, Al & Bobby Unser, Rick Mears, A.J. Foyt, Gordon Johncock, Mario Andretti, Johnny Rutherford and so many more. Driving these cars at 200mph, at times so close together you couldn’t fit a playing card between the two. The accuracy and speed of the pit crews, the scream of the engines and the crashes, tattooed in my brain till this day.
As years passed on, I found myself followling all types of racing. Nascar, Formula 1, World Rally, World of Outlaws, NHRA, Dakar rally, LeMans, Sebring and many more. I studied the manufactures to learn all I could. Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, Ferrari, hot rod Fords, Chevys, Mopar the list is long. I subscribed to all the different auto mags (there was no internet back then!). So when I got my first job at a Ford dealership, I was excited to say the least.
Since those early days, I’ve worked for Ford, GM, Porsche, Audi, Nissan, Infiniti and many others. I became a tire expert from training courses with Michelin, Bridgestone, Pirelli and others. I also took the ASE certification classes for parts specialist, service advisor and some of the mechanical tests as well. While in college I learned welding, part manufacturing, fabrication and more.
Over the years, I experienced many hysterical situations. Friends and family often said that I should write them down for a book. Over time I’ve written some down and I am excited to share many of them with you all, here on GAS.
So, this Blog, GAS, will be all things automotive. The good, the bad, and the hysterical. Articles on maintenance and repairs, history, antiques and classics, auto shows and much more.
So make the seatbelt click and hang on!