Words and photos by HighwayStar Patrick Back in 2012, a show popped up Green Cove Springs, FL called the Auto Combine. The premise: a fun car get together with food trucks, music, raffles, and …. dodge ball? Fast forward to 2014, and the Auto Combine is back!…. minus the dodge ball, haha. The Auto Combine this year was held in the same place as previous: an old abandoned industrial lot with some derelict buildings, a huge parking lot area, and an abandoned hangar bay in Green Cove Springs, FL. Even with the Florida heat and afternoon rain showers, lots of fun was had, attendance exceeded last show’s almost 1000 car attendance, and some beautiful cars showed up. Here are only a few that we were able to capture between the heat the rain: Special thanks to Noah Dellilo of Funk Fashion Clothing for setting this show up! Also, thanks to all that helped organize and maintain the event, as well as the vendors that showed up and weathered, well, the Florida weather! Additional photos can be found here: HighwayStar Patrick’s Flickr – The Auto Combine 2014
throwback of ramon’s 2000 and manny’s WRX tearing up the orlando streets
Everyone is always asking me what it means to be a HighwayStar. To me it means time, and the concept of it. Time is like life once you lose it you can never get it back. It means to push beyond your exhaustion, your mental tiredness, the mile markers, the rest stops, the hotels and continue driving to your destination. To make your destination in the time table you planned out, not because you had to but because you WANTED to. That to me is what this is about, driving to visit family, friends a show to make a delivery or just because it’s what makes you appreciate life. Find what makes you tick. xoxo manny
Words and pictures by HighwayStar Patrick Summer time in Florida: most people think of it as sunny blue skies and lots of people at the beach. BUT, they forget the part of the 1 million percent humidity and the late afternoon/early evening showers! That’s okay. Because summer time also kicks off car show season! One of these shows this year was the I Love Driving Slow (ILDS) Cars and Beaches which is held at EG Simmons Park down in Apollo Beach, FL. Unfortunately, HighwayStar Garage did not vend at this show this year as they did previously, but we were down there to hang out with friends, old and new, and to take in the sights of what decided to roll down there. We were thankful that our friends at Simply Clean let us hang out at their booth for most of the show. It is always a fun time hanging out with these guys, and some times can get a little wild. But that is to be explained later on. Forge Motorsports was in full attendance at the show this year and brought their Mk1 Berg Cup out to play! ILDS Faction was in full swing with some of their heavy hitters! You can always find cars repping HighwayStar Garage at just about any car show in Florida now! Like this awesome big wing Miata! Camber much? Apparently was rocking roughly -16 degrees camber in the rear. And then you get some fun cars like this widebody Miata by Travis Howard… …Or this dumped Ford truck on air… …Or this ridiculously clean VW Mk6 from our good friend Paul who also is the creator and host of the Eurotripper Event! As the day went […]
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The anxiety. It wasn’t until the day before the rally when I was driving to Tampa that it hit me. What we are doing is highly illegal and there will be 95 other cars all trying to do the same thing as me. Get there first. I started thinking of the obvious things how I didn’t want to speed, go to jail, hurt someone, hurt my car. The more I thought about it the more I talked myself out of it. The roads we were taking we some of the most crowded in Florida. It was on a Saturday. The busiest time for driving, shopping and families. I told myself this was the worst idea I had ever had. Previous months before I had met Nate, one of the founders of the 8ball rally. He had told me what the idea was. High stakes poker run, 80s themed, run what you brung. He loved HighwayStar and what we stood for. The road and the stories they tell. Me being intoxicated when I met him I gladly signed on. I followed him and Rudy for almost a year til I actually met Rudy in person. The only word I can use to describe him is firecracker. This dude is about his business but is as live as they come. Weeks prior to the rally I decided not only to treat myself to a birthday present but to change the look of Roxanne. I sourced a new hood and front bumper but headaches, delayed shipments, crappy sellers led to a lot of sleepless nights and a week before he rally, the car breaks down. But 3 days before the rally everything was fixed. Thanks to the guys […]
Words and Photos by HighwayStar Patrick As 2013 winds down, and we at HighwayStar Garage get ready for the 2014 year, there is still one last car show for the year that we attended in Tampa, FL: I Love Driving Slow Winterfest 2013! Held at the Tampa Executive Airport, Winterfest is a car show for all makes and models, including our 2 wheeled friends (whether motorcycles or ruckus’s)! In addition to the show, ILDS once again has partnered up with Toys for Tots to raise donations for such a worthy cause! As one of the vendors at Winterfest, we were able to get a spot within the hanger that the show was hosted at. Ruckhouse was on hand with their many ruckus’s! Including Simply Clean’s all new redesigned ruckus! Ruff Brian brought out his Accord with his new reupholster leather interior Several beautiful Miatas made it out to the show including these guys: Unfortunately, this show was one of the last times we got to see Kam’s beautiful GS complete. Due to unforeseen events (we at HighwayStar Garage are glad Kam is okay), the GS is no more. We know Kam will come back bigger and better than before, but his GS will definitely be missed. All makes and models were out at the event, including this truck with a beautiful etched glass lift gate! And other vehicles that were out at the show: And last, but certainly not least, some shots of the people at Winterfest: Including our President, HighwayStar Manny, being “cute”, hahaha The rest of the photos can be found here: HighwayStar Patrick’s Flickr: ILDS – Winterfest 2013
Come out and join us at La Familia Pizzeria on 17-92 on Jan. 11th! ***Please no outside food, drinks or alcohol. First come, first serve on parking. Please no burnouts or revving of engines.*** La Familia Pizzeria 600 N. US Hwy. 17-92, Ste. 162 Longwood, FL. 32750