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September is Restoration and Customization Month

Stories, articles and how-tos revolving around our love of tinkering is the theme


As we enter September, where under normal circumstances, it’s back to school time, the summer comes to a close with Labor Day, fall colors are on the horizon, snowbirds start packing for Florida or the Southwest, and many are considering winter projects on their special-interest cars. This is why the Journal theme for September is Restoration and Customization.

Our love of the automobile does not stop at driving. When we find the cars we really love and take possession, we long to make them our own. In some cases, that means putting the car back to the original style and equipment with which it left the factory, restoring it back to like new. These are the cars that star in local shows or grace the concours d’elegance in such places as Pebble Beach and Amelia Island. 

An FCA Heritage craftsman works on a restoration project

In some cases, we do really wacky stuff (just ask Tommy Kendall about his beloved ‘Chicken Car’), or we do “builds” in which we customize vehicles to truly make then unique. Resto mods, hot rods, tuners, even electric conversions… the list goes on and on.

During September, we will have stories about cool restorations, shops, products and experiences. If any of you readers have a project that you would like to share, we invite you to drop us a line. (Email me at [email protected]) The best part of being in the car community is that most of us have “been there, done that” on any number of projects and builds. No one has to re-invent the wheel.

Tom Stahler uses BOXO tools | Rebecca Nguyen photo

With the wealth of experience both with staff and readers, we really hope this month will be at least as interactive as “Our Favorite Roads” was in August. There are so many cool projects out there that are nearing completion, ongoing or barely started. We continue to be grateful to our official tool company, BOXO, for their support and are on our way to developing new content in this partnership.

September should be a fun month. We look forward to seeing some of your projects and cools rides that you have made your own.

Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.


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