Choosing the right oil

Selecting the right motor oil for your car or truck always seems to be confusing, there are so many brands, weights, and then there is conventional, full synthetic, blends, it can be a little overwhelming.
We all know that the right motor oil makes a big difference in fuel economy and performance. More information on finding the right type of oil as well as a lot of other handy tips for keeping your car or truck on the road is the Advanced Auto Parts DIY Garage website. They even have a new section where you can hone your automotive knowledge, take quizzes, and win prizes to take a quiz CLICK HERE.

Here are a few simple guidelines that should help you find the best oil for your car.

The first place you should start is with your owner's manual to find out what the factory recommended oil weight is for your car. If you don't have the owner manual check under the hood many cars will have the oil specifications on a sticker or sometimes directly on the engine oil fill cap.
These specifications as well as other important information is found on oil bottle labels. When looking at oil it's important to not just look at the weight but also if the American Petroleum Institute (API) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) have certified that the oil you are buying meets the current standards and if that oil has passed the Energy Conserving test. Any quality oil will have these certifications printed plainly on the label, if you don't see it, don't buy it. I prefer to use Mobil 1™ which not only meets all the standards, but is race proven, and been my oil of choice for everything from my race cars to my shop truck.

Understanding the numbers:

5W-30, 10W-40, 20W-50, what does it all mean? Those numbers are the viscosity of the oil, often called the oils "weight", it is the measurement of the oil's resistance to flow. It is rated at 0° F  by the first number (preceded the "W"  which stands for Winter) and at 212° F the second number. So 5W-30 oil has less viscosity when cold and hot than does 20W-50.

The viscosity of motor oil changes as the temperature of the engine rises and falls, getting thinner when hot and thickening as it cools. This is why selecting the correct oil for your car is so important, oil at the proper thickness seals and lubricates better than oil that is too thin or or too thick. The engineering that goes into modern synthetic oils means that even in the most extreme conditions there is an oil that will work, but since most of us won't be exploring the arctic circle or racing across the Sahara Desert I recommend sticking to the oil viscosity your car's owner's manual recommends.

But which one do I need?

Now that you know the viscosity of the oil, which one do you buy? High Mileage? Advanced Fuel Economy? Extended Performance? Full Synthetic? Conventional? The choices seem endless, but let me make it really simple.

High Mileage Oil:

Modern cars are able to run their odometers well into the six figures. To keep your higher mileage car running it's best specially formulated oil has been developed for vehicles 75,000 miles or more. These formulas are designed to recondition seals and they have a slightly higher viscosity than what is indicated on the label, this helps compensate for engine wear which helps maintain engine performance.

Conventional Oil:

This is the standard new-car oil. It is what comes in most cars from the factory and should be changed every 4,000 miles or at minimum every six months. It is the least expensive oil on the shelf but you have to change it more often than synthetics.

Synthetic Blend Oil:

A mix of synthetic and organic oil, that give it a better performance without the cost of full synthetic. It holds up better to heavy loads and higher temperatures, so it is popular with heavy duty and tow vehicles.

Full Synthetic Oil:

This oil was designed for today's high-tech engines where performance and efficiency. Many manufacturers suggest using Full Synthetic Oil and changing it less often than Synthetic-Blend and Conventional oils. I run Mobil 1 full synthetic in all of my cars and trucks, however, not all engines need full synthetic, so be sure to consult your owner's manual.

Major retailers like Advanced Auto Parts have staff on hand that can answer questions for you and help you find the right oil and filter for your car, truck, or SUV. Don't be afraid to ask questions about which oil is right for your car and driving conditions.

Oil Additives

Unless it is recommended by the manufacturer most aftermarket oil additives are not only unnecessary but can do more harm than good. The engineering that goes into creating properly balanced and well performing oil likely will not be enhanced by some $4.00 additive that promises to increase fuel mileage or restore your engine. I recommend constant oil and filter changes and the suggested maintenance is all you should ever need.

For more tips, advice, and DIY know how for your car head over to the Advance Auto Parts DIY Garage by Clicking HERE, it is a wealth of knowledge.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ExxonMobil. The opinions and text are all mine.

2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Automotive photographer and friend of the site Erik Bonney captured some amazing images at the 2016 Rolex Reunion at Mazda Speedway. Enjoy a few photos here, but be sure to head over to his site for the full gallery by clicking HERE.

Summit Racing Expanding in Texas

Summit Racing Equipment, the world’s largest direct marketer of performance automotive parts and accessories, is pleased to announce the opening of a new Distribution Center and Retail Super Store in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Summit Racing customers in most of Texas and adjacent states will enjoy one-day delivery on orders for in-stock parts.
“Summit Racing is committed to providing our customers with the best possible service, and that includes fast shipping and delivery,” explained Nan Gelhard, Summit Racing Advertising Manager. “With the addition of our Texas facility, we will have four Distribution Centers. We will be able to deliver parts to more customers in the continental U.S. in just one to two days.”
The new Distribution Center is designed to process orders quickly and efficiently. It will be large enough to stock thousands of parts from over 1,200 manufacturers, ready for immediate delivery.
The Retail Super Store will be a destination for performance enthusiasts in the region. It will have 32,000 square feet of display space for parts, tools, and accessories for racing, street performance, trucks and off-road vehicles, restoration, late model vehicles, ATVs and UTVs, and motorcycles.
“The Retail Super Store gives customers the opportunity to see parts in person and talk directly with a tech adviser about their projects,” Gelhard continued. “You can place an order on the website and pick it up in the store. If you’re visiting from out of town, you can order at the store and have it shipped to your home.”
Construction of Summit Racing’s Texas facility is scheduled for early fall 2016. The company plans to ship orders from the new Distribution Center starting in mid-2017. The Retail Super Store will open shortly afterward.

Coker Tire Dominates at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is one of the most prestigious car shows in the world – so much so, attendees fly across the globe just to attend the event. The Concours is the perfect event to cap off a spectacular and eventful week filled with the finest collector cars in the world. Coker Tire is proud to announce that half of the field of 205 entries of the Pebble Beach Concours were equipped with period-correct Coker Tires, including 77 out of 110 cars in the pre-war classes, 15 First in Class winners out of the 26 classes, seven Special Awards winners, and the Best in Show winner 1936 Lancia Astura Pininfarina Cabriolet.

Once a year, 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world roll onto the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach and set the stage for one of the most competitive events in the automotive world. Every single detail from the wheels and tires, to the authenticity of the interior is thoroughly studied as the vehicles in this show are judged for historical accuracy, technical merit, and style. The collectors vying to take home a coveted trophy at Pebble Beach pay meticulous attention to the details when it comes to their show cars and know the importance of investing in the historically accurate tires produced by Coker Tires.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that an overwhelming number of cars on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance are equipped with Coker Tires,” said Wade Kawasaki, President and COO of Coker Tire. “To show at Pebble Beach is a great honor and the fact that the collector car owners that pay attention to every single detail chose to equip their world-class cars with Coker Tires speaks volumes.”

The esteemed Best of Show award went to a magnificent 1936 Lancia Astura Pininfarina Cabriolet equipped with Coker Tires. This Italian beauty was once owned by rock star Eric Clapton and was revitalized in 1962 on Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina’s dime. The car also took the special award for Most Elegant Convertible. Notable features of the award-winning vehicle include curved side windows and engraved body trim. A basket woven interior and woodgrain instruments are highlights of the cabin. In addition to the Best of Show Lancia Astura, many other First in Class winning cars were wearing historically accurate tires from Coker including a 1937 Dusenberg SJ Bonham and Schwartz convertible coupe, a 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Brunn and Company Phaeton, a 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Gangloff coupe and a 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Scaglietti Spyder California Prototype.

Several Special Awards-winning vehicles were riding on Coker Tire period-correct rubber including the Ansel Adams Award winning 1913 ALCO Model Six Berline Limousine, Most Elegant Open Car winning 1932 Auburn 1260A Speedster, Lincoln Trophy winning 1935 Lincoln K LeBaron Convertible Roadster and The Charles A. Cayne Trophy winning 1931 Harry Miller Special.

Coker was the tire of choice for many of the competing cars on the faraway and dominated many of the classes. Seven out of eight of the cars in the A-1 Antique Open class were equipped with Cokers as well as all nine of the C-1 American Classic Open class cars, all seven of the competing cars in the K-2 Delahaye Postwar class and even the special V Two Man Indianapolis Race Cars 1930-1937 class touted nine out of 10 cars on Coker Tires.

For more information on Coker Tire and their entire selection of reproduction and period correct tires and wheels, including handmade wooden wheels, please visit

The Best DS in the World

A 1973 Citroen DS Super 5, believed to be the finest Citroen DS in the world, is set to be auctioned at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale on Saturday 3rd September at Blenheim Palace.
With its aerodynamic, futuristic shape and innovative technology, this Citroen DS didn’t even have to leave the dealership showroom to find its first owner. The CEO of the supplying dealership is the first and only registered owner of the car, which is now one of the most decorated examples on the classic Citroen circuit anywhere in the world.

This truly stunning, right-hand drive DS is presented in period white (Blanc Meije) bodywork with original Red Targa upholstery. Having been restored to an exceptionally high quality standard, the dedicated owner entered this exemplary classic Citroen into the most prestigious of concours level shows and competitions.
Such is the car’s success, it possesses its own display cabinets that bulge with in excess of 200 awards. As the unrivalled European show winner, the car has collected multiple concours trophies including National Champion at both the Welsh Benson & Hedges Concours and Popular Classics Roadshow. The Citroen has also achieved victories at the Scottish Benson & Hedges Concours, was an NEC show winner, and a national Meguiars Concours display car. It also featured prominently at the Paris Concours and Citroen World Championship.
This star car even boasts a television career, with appearances on both Top Gear and Fifth Gear. It has even been offered a permanent place at the national Citroen Museum in France.

“Words are not adequate to convey the condition of this important piece of motoring history, it simply must be seen to be believed,” explains Nick Whale, managing director of Silverstone Auctions. “This DS is the kind of car that really gets people excited, and we’re delighted to be offering a car of this staggering quality and reputation in our sale. It’s one of the star cars in the Salon Privé Sale and fits in perfectly as part of our most exclusive sale.”
This award winning 1973 Citroen DS Super 5 will be offered for sale with an estimate of between £75,000 and £90,000. Documentation supporting the car's history fills a number of storage boxes, full photographic restoration folders and at least 150 magazine features will accompany the car.
To find out more about the car and Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale, visit

Lost Ed “Big Daddy” Roth custom F-100 to be restored by Galpin Auto Sports

Southern California’s Galpin Motors, home to some of the world’s leading automotive brands and the world famous Galpin Auto Sports (GAS), announced today that it has found the famed and long lost Ed “Big Daddy” Roth custom 1956 Ford F-100 Pickup.

The ’56 Ford is the first noteworthy custom truck ever done by the famous Rat Fink designer. In its heyday, it was used as advertising for Roth’s pin-striping business and featured a Packard V-8 engine, Roth’s signature red flame pinstripes, a mural on the tonneau cover and chrome-plated parts. Before the previous owner contacted Galpin, the truck had been stored in a barn in Oklahoma for more than 30 years.

While the Southern California custom shop plans to completely restore the truck much like it does with other builds, the ’56 Ford can currently be seen in the condition it was found for a limited time at Galpin. Eventually, GAS’ team of craftsmen, led by Dave Shuten, will fully restore the truck using new old stock and period correct parts and equipment and the intention is to debut it at the Grand National Roadster Show in 2017.

Truck as it was originally designed by Ed Roth

The team at Galpin retrieved the vehicle over an epic three day road trip and brought it back to be prepped for restoration. The truck will be restored by the same team at GAS that has been responsible for so many other iconic and unusual restorations such as Roth’s Orbitron, Mysterion, “Tweedy Pie” and Dan Woods’ Ice Truck.

“We pride ourselves on finding orphan rods, the ones that seem lost forever,” said Beau Boeckmann, President of Galpin Motors. “There’s something so incredibly special about bringing a major piece of automotive history back to life and we couldn’t be more thrilled to restore the Roth truck like we have done with so many others. For now, we invite enthusiasts to come down to Galpin Auto Sports and check it out as is – it’s truly a legendary sight to see!”