This website is dedicated to real street performance and my current sports car, a 2001 Honda S2000. Is this website for a business? No. Cedar Crest Speedlab is simply a nickname for my home garage, where I enjoy honing my shade-tree mechanic skills. You can find me in there tinkering with my vehicles a lot of the time. I take a lot of pride in my vehicles and one look at them will be proof of that. I consider myself a pretty good mechanic and very rarely will you see one of my vehicles in a shop. I prefer to handle virtually everything with my vehicles so I know it was done right and economically. When you can save money in labor it certainly justifies any improvements from a budgetary standpoint.
I have always been interested in cars, learning how to wrench on my first driver at 16, which was a 1979 Chevette. Cars of that era required constant maintenance so I was always getting my hands dirty with the help of my dad. He taught me a lot about cars and what it takes to keep them running and looking nice. I hope I can pass that on to my young son as well. This site has been on the Internet in some form or another since 1998 if you can believe it. It became Cedar Crest Speedlab in 2010 (formerly myturboregal.com) and was migrated to WordPress in 2014 for ease of updating and cataloging garage blog entries.
In “real life” I work as an IT within the realm of healthcare. I have been an MCSE since Nov 24, 1997 and I continue to remain certified as new products arrive on the market. I taught classes at Purdue University Global for six years and it was some of the most enjoyable and rewarding time I have spent. I met a lot of new people that were more than students … they became friends. I know a lot of them have gone on to rewarding careers in information technology and it is nice to know that I had a small part in that success.
I play tennis quite a bit all throughout the year thanks to great indoor and outdoor courts in my area. I play most Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (depending on my schedule) in a men’s league at Black Hawk Tennis Club. I also lift weights four days a week at FIT as I try to stay in the best shape I can. My son and I enjoy summer water sports, such as boating and jet skiing in Clear Lake, Iowa at my parent’s place. We spend a lot of time at the lake on the weekends during the summer months. There is nothing better than water sports and then enjoying all of the good places to visit in downtown Clear Lake. One of my favorite places to visit there is Collector’s Wonderland since they have a ton of vintage stuff including a great selection of LP records.
You’ll find me in the garage a lot since I like to take care of my vehicles to the best of my ability. I find it a great stress reliever to spend time keeping my vehicles running well and looking even better. Listening to good music or watching my favorite car shows in the garage while I am wrenching or polishing up a car is time well spent. I’ve always believed that maintaining your car will pay you back in the long run, especially with labor savings. A clean, well running car shows that you have pride in owning things and that’s something I hope to pass on to my amazing young son, Benjamin. Ben spends time reading and way too much time watching his favorite Youtube channels and playing Fortnite or NBA Live. He’s currently in eighth grade and is big into basketball and more recently, cars. I’m a single dad sharing half time with him and I wouldn’t have it any other way. He is a great buddy to have around.