Jake Thiewes

Fan of all things wheeled. Queso enthusiast. Will badger you to come to the track and get rides and/or HPDE seat time, because everyone deserves to be a slightly better driver.

2022 Ford Explorer Timberline in mud

2022 Ford Explorer Timberline Review: Real Hardware Helps for Mild Off-Roading

My gut told me I should avoid the goopy, muddy tracks. I’d spent an hour exploring a fairly easy off-road trail with the 2022 Ford Explorer Timberline, a route that took me up a lousy fire road to a clearing that was just muddy and uneven enough to see how the Explorer Timberline would handle …

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2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid

2023 Kia Sportage First Drive: Off-Road X-Pro or On-Road Hybrid? We Try Both.

Kia’s Sportage is no stranger to off-roading. In its early days, the first-generation body-on-frame nugget of an SUV was the first to complete both the Baja 1000 and Paris-Dakar Rally. As Americans’ tastes have shifted, body on frame SUVs have so shifted to crossovers that have naturally become a bit softer and more on-road focused. …

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2022 Ford Maverick Lariat

2022 Ford Maverick Lariat EcoBoost Review: All the Truck Most Need

The entire internet has bemoaned the ballooning size of pickup trucks for what seems like forever. “Give us the old Ranger and S10,” keyboard warriors (quietly) shout. Ford’s kept the Ranger nameplate on a slightly larger truck, but brought back another old name for their new truck that is, well, kind of an old Ranger …

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Pride at the Dragon Toyota Supra

Pride at the Dragon Highlighted the Importance of ‘Finding Your Tribe,’ on Back Roads in the Woods

No matter who you are, how you identify, everyone is at their best when they have a community of others with similar interests to connect with. I think anyone who’s been “othered” before feels this intensely, and those of us who are both queer and car enthusiasts occasionally find those two identities at odds with …

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2022 Lexus IS 500

2022 Lexus IS 500 Review: Imperfect Perfection is Part of The Charm

Toyota’s been on a roll lately. After president Akio Toyoda declared “no more boring cars” in 2017, we’ve seen a good number of hot, fun, and interesting vehicles roll in to showrooms. Not content to watch from the sidelines, Lexus has thrown their hat in the ring with the 2022 Lexus IS 500. It’s not …

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2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel oil leak

Fixing an Oil Leak on my 2013 Cayenne Diesel Cost Porsche $12,310 – and Cost Me Nothing

If you were paying any attention to the news in oh, 2015 or so, you might have heard about the “Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Scandal,” more lovingly coined Dieselgate by everyone obsessed with adding -gate to words. The gist of it is that Volkswagen AG was caught using a software tune that could detect the EPA’s …

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2023 Mazda CX-50 Zircon Sand

2023 Mazda CX-50 First Drive: Excellence On-Road with More Off-Roading and Towing Capability

Overlanding has seen a rise in popularity – or if nothing else, a rise in media coverage – as the world recovers from the stay-home mindset of a pandemic. This style of light to moderate off-roading encourages Americans to get out of the house, explore their beautiful country, and go a bit further into the wilderness …

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2022 Mini Cooper S

2022 Mini Cooper S 6-Speed Review: Campy, Quirky, Endearing – but It’ll Cost You

“Jackson and I were talking on the way here and we have a question for you,” my friend Jake said. We were at an impromptu Saturday night gathering, one to which I’d driven the 2022 Mini Cooper S I was reviewing that week. “Which automaker is the campiest brand on sale in the United States …

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Dominion Raceway Peoples Convoy Truckers

Dominion Raceway Hosts ‘The People’s Convoy’ Rally, Displays Confederate Flag in Social Media Posts

American truck drivers are fed up, and they’re not gonna take it anymore. Well, some of them. Canada instituted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for truck drivers crossing into the country from the United States, which lead to weeks of demonstration in Ottawa, Canada’s capitol. That sentiment has made its way south, and a small …

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Huntington Beach Chevy Corvette

California Dreamin’: Exploring Southern California With the Help of a 2022 Chevy Corvette

Southern California, in my mind, is notable for its food, its beaches, and its car culture. I’d never been, somehow, despite loving all three of those things. Looking to escape the cold gray February that settles over Washington, D.C. every year, my boyfriend and I cashed in some Southwest points and flew west. We had …

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