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The Pinewood Derby is a right of passage and an American institution. First run in 1953 in Manhattan Beach, California, the Pinewood Derby can help ignite fiery automotive passion in young men across the country. Automobile's Joe Lorio recently put together a derby project car with his son and the results are impressive. The car they chose to model their own after? The presidential limousine.

There were so many girls back in college I knew who would drive home every three months to have their fathers change the oil in their cars. No doubt it was a codependant relationship, the daughters needing free auto maintenance and the fathers happy to be useful in the lives of their little princesses. But those Hallmark automotive moments aside, it's important for every vehicle owner, man or woman, to know the basics when it comes to the care and maintenance of their car.