It was one year ago today I made the first post of Infinite Garage and one question I get asked a lot is how did this come about so I will tell you shortly but first I want to thank all of you for your support over this last year. 50,000 visits, 200,000 page views, and lots of new friends later and this place is really taking off. Sometimes I look at the server stats and can not believe that this many people are interested in what I and the team have to say about cars. I think it is a true testament to the awesomeness of the car community.
This all came about in the later half of 2011 when I was in a bit of a rut at work and in life in general. I was reading Car and Track or Road and Driver, some huge magazine and thought to myself where was “guy who test drives awesome cars” for a living on career day? I think I mentioned something to my Exodus Racing brethren about it and we left it at I don’t know. In comes Pistol Pig aka Michael. Pistol had done this sort of thing before, he was a pro and I’m pretty sure it was him who said just “start a blog. You gotta start somewhere, give it a shot.” So I thought about it for a few weeks and said to heck with I’m starting a blog. I didn’t even know what a blog was, let alone how to start one so again in conversation with my Exodus Racing buddies it was discussed. I think I mentioned something to Jeremy about if I did this could he help me get it going from a technical side. He basically said I’ll do one better and host it for you. That’s the kind of team we have at Exodus Racing and here at Infinite Garage.
Well flash forward a little while and it was time to go live. I made this first post. Hardly journalistic genius but it was start. The first month was really tough, I was trying to build a site, gain readership, and make quality content. At some point Pistol and Lord Funkatron volunteered their services and the whole site got better. The winter was tough though, I had to rely on news from automakers and at times there was little of it so we did some tech pieces and car profiles and it went well.
Finally spring came around and it was time to go to car shows. That’s when I was introduced to the White Hall Drag O Way boys and started making connections. Finally the site gained vision and I knew where I wanted to take it. My original hope was to be sort of an online review where we’d test drive cars and tell you what we think about them. We still do that some, but car show reports, getting out to meet other car guys, and see what they are doing is my passion. I realized that after the first meet. It’s been awesome. That is our future because there are so few people, if any doing that sort of thing, especially in the classic car world and I don’t know why. Seeing a hot rod, muscle car, or even a well done tuner car excites me and judging from the response to our articles it does you too.
I feel like in late summer Infinite-Garage.com took a big leap forward when we covered Bonneville. That is where Reno came in. I believe I made the comment that Infinite-Garage grew up that day and that is true. It set a standard for what we do.
As always I want to hear from you on what you want to see, how we are doing, and how we can improve. Also if you know of any shows and such we should be trying to get to let us know. You can hit us up on facebook or use the contact for on the “contact us” page.
The future is bright, we have updated the site and are always working to make it more user friendly. Our plan for next year is to hit shows, meets, events and anywhere car guys are.
We have this crazy idea to do this for a living someday. It seems impossible, but it’s worth a shot who knows what will happen. Hopefully we will see you out at some events. Thanks for joining us on this ride and here’s to the future!