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 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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2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

2022 Hyundai Tucson Hybrid Review: 54% More MPG with No Downsides

I can hear it already. “We’re here for enthusiast cars, what’s up with two hybrid crossovers in a row?” The reality of it is that selling bland appliances allows low-volume fun stuff to exist, and thus it’s in everyone’s best interest that the driving appliances of the world are as good as they can be. …

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2022 Lexus UX 250h

2022 Lexus UX 250h Review: Lexus’ Smallest ‘SUV’ Brings the Funk, Albeit Slowly

Go to the Lexus website and you’ll see headings for each category of vehicle they sell. Sedans. Coupes. SUVs. Simple enough, right? Hover over “SUVs” and you’ll see what initially appears to be Lexus’ entry in the subcompact crossover segment, the 2022 Lexus UX 250h. Subcompact crossovers have managed to become the New Hot Thing …

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2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee L Review: More Grand Wagoneer Than the Grand Wagoneer

“Good luck, and don’t. ***. it. up.” RuPaul Charles There are two vehicles in the Stellantis family that the company simply cannot screw up. Stellantis, the conglomerate that owns Dodge, Chrysler, Ram, and Jeep – among others – owns the ongoing development of the Chrysler minivan and the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both vehicles more or less …

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2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2022 Nissan Pathfinder Review & Towing Test: Great Improvement, but Misses Some Details

The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder loses its CVT for a torque-converter automatic with actual gears. If you read nothing else, that is the reason to buy a new Pathfinder over the outgoing model. Nissan, among others, has been CVT-obsessed throughout the last decade or so. It’s been an adventure, one that seems to be fraught unless …

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2022 Kia Telluride towing

2022 Kia Telluride Review & Towing Test: Class-Leading and Proudly Priced

“I really like that Audi you drove today!” My barber, Lesley, is a bit of a car gal. Her second-story barbershop overlooks U Street Northwest, and she had glanced ever so briefly outside, catching me backing in to a “princess parking” spot right out front. But I wasn’t in an Audi. I was in a …

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Out Motorsports Racing Pride partnership

News: Out Motorsports Partners with Racing Pride, Forming LGBTQ+ Motorsport Alliance from Grassroots Competition to Pro Racing

Out Motorsports is very excited to announce our partnership with Racing Pride, based out of the United Kingdom and officially expanding into North America! Racing Pride has largely focused on creating visible role models and supporting the LGBTQ+ community within professional motorsport while offering education around allyship. Our partnership expands this focus to include the …

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2022 Grand Wagoneer enclosed trailer

2022 Grand Wagoneer Review & Towing Test: Following the O.G. Formula, But To What Effect?

Eleven point two. Yes, 11.2 miles per gallon is what I achieved after one week and 320.3 miles of driving the 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. Granted, half of those miles involved towing, and many of the others came from city driving. But the fuel economy I managed from the latest, biggest, throwbackiest Jeep-not-Jeep to hit …

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