The Little Speed Shop
The Little Speed Shop / Apex Automotive Magazine
The Little Speed Shop located in Rochester, NY is anything but little. During the day you will see everything from full race spec Porsche Caymans and GT3’s in their racing and fabrication building, to more common cars like VW’s and Toyota’s receiv
The Nissan Skyline GT-R: That special car people always lust after seeing it in movies, games, and magazines. As Americans, we were never treated to the car for whatever reasons. It was a car never sold in the US, and we just had no access to it. But luckily in 2007, we were deemed worth
Born To Go Fast (Q&A With Phil Burkart Jr.)
At 14 years old, Phil Burkart Jr. drove his race on a drag strip at Cicero, N.Y.’s ESTA dragstrip. Now a professional racer and owner of Burkart Automotive, we took an opportunity to sit down with Phil to find out more about life inside and outside the Top Alcohol Funny Car.
Dirt Track Young Gun
With over 200 go-kart victories and countless championships, Charlie Tibbitts is a driver’s name to remember! Charlie is only 12 years old and already has had an incredible racing career, and he is just getting started. He has moved up this season, this time to the 602 Sportsman Division. Rece
One Hot Deuce Coupe
We all have one—an “it” car. We see it out of the corner of our eye on a summer two-lane, we see it in the movies, and we dream and scheme about how to make it ours. This car haunts us and won’t let us rest. That’s what happened to Bob May when the ’32 deuce coupe rolled on the screen of A
Gulfin’ In Style
Since the original MK I was introduced to in the early 60’s, America has had a fascination with its Ferrari-beating hero, the Ford GT40. It’s no surprise that Syracuse, NY’s Dan Cassinelli shared the same love as a child for America’s champion as many of us. In fact, proudly displayed on hi
500 Horsepower Club
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG is a hidden gem sleeper sedan with super car power. You get all the amenities Mercedes has to offer along with a monster V8 under the hood. It is built for speed and has a MSRP as much as a house when purchased new, but you can now have one of these bad boys for a
The History of the Playboy Car
Everyone is familiar with the legendary men’s magazine Playboy, but many may not be familiar with the car of the same name. The Playboy car was built in the late forties in Buffalo, New York. Is there an association with the Playboy magazine and the Playboy car? The answer is yes!
2016 Volvo XC90
The 2016 Volvo XC90 received its first full redesign since it made its debut back in 2003. It has retained all of the original safety features that Volvo is known for, while managing to bring a whole new level of luxury and refinement to the road.
From the outside, the XC90 is pristine from
One Demonic Demon
In 1971 Dodge introduced a new model to their Dart lineup. A variant of the Plymouth Duster, Dodge named their version the Demon. With optional hood scoops and blackout hood treatment, the car was advertised as a performance car. The Dodge Demon was offered in two trim levels, the base Demon and
Spring is finally here. For many of us, this means an opportunity to clean off all the salt, sand, and grime from our vehicles. We can also roll out the shop vacuum to clean out the interior and make the car about 10 pounds lighter with gravel and dirt removed from the carpets. With this being t
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Restomod
The 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 is one of the most desirable Mustangs you can find, and mostly because of its iconic body lines. The fastback styling added another level of muscle to this great muscle car. Although the looks mean business, the sad truth is 1969 performance (even Mach 1 performance)
’40 Mack Wrecker
We have featured all kinds of cars in the first four issues, but this is the first time we’ve had an opportunity to get a peek into the “Rat Rod” scene. We headed out to Griffiss Air Force base in Rome, NY to meet up with Pete and Rebecca Wilcox. Pete and his wife drove their 1940 Make Model EF
Apex on the Classic Car Round-Up Radio Show
Recently we had the pleasure of talking about the magazine with Joe Cali of the Classic Car Round-Up Radio Show. Check out his Facebook page and listen to the show below.
Love At First Sight
Love at first sight is a funny thing. It’s almost like you just know when something is meant to be, yet you can’t necessarily explain why. Now, as much as we like to tell our wives that they were our first love, chances are that a car guy might have experienced love long before marriage. Maybe i
Built for the Love
Most would agree that this generation of RX-7 was one of the most beautiful. Even in stock form, it was a very capable car by 1994 standards, featuring a 0-60 time in the mid-5 second range and a 150mph top speed. It was also a very unique car, as it was powered by a 255 hp, twin-turbocharged an
Low, Loud & Obnoxious
When Tucci Hotrods was approached by a customer demanding a low, loud, and obnoxious ride — they delivered
If there is one thing Central New York based hotrod shop, Tucci Hotrods is known for, it’s building award winning cars. Stop by their amazing shop at any time, and you will see the leve
The Last Templar
Richard Aversa suffers from a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy which over time has begun to sap strength from the former Army reserve Drill Sergeants body. Although his body is slowly failing him, he remains passionate about his favorite sport, drag racing.
This year marks his 50th year Drag
I remember the first time I saw a Panoz. It was in a May 1998 Motor Trend Magazine article titled: Viva Velocity. The Panoz was the odd one out within a group of supercars of the time, such as a new Dodge Viper GTS, Corvette, and the Lotus Esprit Twin Turbo.
While these monsters were setting
How To Plasti Dip Your Wheels
When it comes to do-it-yourself cosmetic vehicle modifications, one basic and easy mod is the use of Plasti Dip. If you’re looking to change the look of your car on the cheap and are considering a color change (of your wheels, hood, even your whole car), this stuff allows you to do it yourself,
A Passion For Muscle
If you’ve been around the car show circuit in the Central New York area, you’re bound to recognize this super clean ‘68 Chevelle SS owned by Bill Tuttle of Whitesboro. He’s always traveling to the local cruise-ins and hitting up the bigger regional events like Syracuse Nationals and Adirondack
Apex sponsoring Bill Sauve’s 2016 Sportsman Dirtcar season
Over the summer of 2015, Bill Sauve of Tully, NY, lived out a longtime dream of getting behind the wheel of a dirt modified car at Rolling Wheels. He documented his Kenny Wallace Dirt Driving Experience as a contributor for Apex (read it here). For those that don’t know, this program travels to trac
New Age Hotrods
Joshua and Joseph Amodio have always been hardworking individuals. From a very young age, they helped repair and maintain vehicles at their father’s humble shop. They developed a passion for not only all things automotive, but doing things right the first time early on. “I found myself always fi
Adirondack Motorbooks & Collectibles
Nestled in the Village area of Holland Patent stands a quaint, two story building for the Adirondack Motorbooks & Collectibles. We had an opportunity to meet with the owner, Mark Theobald, who is an incredibly knowledgeable individual when it comes to all things automobile.
Entering the store
So what exactly do you have to do to have your automotive restoration shop featured for a season on national television? I was excited to find out the answer to that question and learn more about Steve’s Restorations, which will be featured on the show American Restoration on The History Channe
Under the Helmet: Brett Hearn
Upstate NY is the home of Dirt Modified racing. These cars have been around a long time, tearing up 1/4 mile tracks to the biggest of all the Moody Mile.
Anybody that has been to one of these events will know that the competition is stiff. A lot of these guys have been doing it for a long ti
Red, White & Blue: An amazing collection of Richard Petty edition Pontiac Grand Prix’s
1992 marked an end of an era in NASCAR as it was the final year for Richard “The King” Petty. He took his final ride around Atlanta Motor Speedway in front of 160,000 fans closing out a very successful career that spanned over 35 years. He racked up 200 wins and 7 championships in the Winston Cu
A NEW AGE CHRISTMAS
OUR TOP 10 PICKS THAT ANY GEARHEAD WOULD LIKE TO SEE UNDER THEIR TREE!
We asked the owners of New Age Hotrods (New York Mills, NY) for gift ideas. This is what’s on their list.
It’s the time of year for giving and what better way to make the auto enthusiast in your life happy than to buy them
Forza Motorsport 6 Game Review – By Kevin Crandall
Budget Super Car: The C6 Z06 is still king, only now half the price.
We all had posters of the first-gen Dodge Viper C5R and Lotus Elise adorning the walls of our childhood bedrooms. In those days, just saying the words “Dodge Viper” almost gave you chills. These early supercars were the stuff of insanity, many with sub 4 second 0-60 times and 200 mph+ top speeds