Brian Champagne

Alex Boyé to headline 2nd concert addressing suicide prevention, mental health

Alex Boyé to headline 2nd concert addressing suicide prevention, mental health

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 21 - 10:18 a.m.

Cache County will host Alex Boyé for a free concert Monday, but his efforts are intended to help save a life.
Trash Car Racing will get you dashing and crashing for around a hundred bucks

Trash Car Racing will get you dashing and crashing for around a hundred bucks

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 11 - 5:58 p.m.

"Trash Car Racing" combines NASCAR and Demolition Derby, but it's far cheaper.
Back to School is cool with this 1957 Pontiac-driving teacher

Back to School is cool with this 1957 Pontiac-driving teacher

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 5 - 12:04 p.m.

It's tough going back to school, but easier when your teacher drives a 1957 Pontiac and dresses retro.
62 years and counting: How a Utah man has kept his 1929 Ford going for decades

62 years and counting: How a Utah man has kept his 1929 Ford going for decades

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted July 14 - 10:53 a.m.

Americans are now holding onto their cars for an average of 12 years, a new record. For Manti's Bill Thompson, that's less than a fourth of the time he's had his.
Cache Valley Cruise-In adds 2nd car giveaway, drops burnout contest

Cache Valley Cruise-In adds 2nd car giveaway, drops burnout contest

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted June 28 - 9:31 a.m.

You can now win two cars at the annual Cache Valley Cruise-In's custom car giveaway, but you'll have to wait three weeks to legally do burnouts in them.
Celica or Mustang? How simple curiosity turned into a big restoration project for Draper man

Celica or Mustang? How simple curiosity turned into a big restoration project for Draper man

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted June 2 - 7:46 p.m.

In 2005, Josh Wheeler saw a 1977 Toyota Celica and thought it was a Ford Mustang. He loved the lines so much that he went and found one in 2016, finishing its restoration in 2022.
'Wipe Out' band to play at Rat Fink Reunion in Utah

'Wipe Out' band to play at Rat Fink Reunion in Utah

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted May 22 - 9:41 a.m.

You've heard the song "Wipe Out" from 1962. You may have heard of the hot-rod monster, Rat Fink. Now the two are coming together in Manti this summer — for free.
1955 DeSoto that saved Coalville farm in 1983 still mourned today

1955 DeSoto that saved Coalville farm in 1983 still mourned today

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted March 10 - 2:35 p.m.

During the floods of 1983, a Coalville family farm was in danger of being washed away until a 1955 DeSoto came to the unwilling rescue.
Accidental art project: American Fork man's Chalk Bus bringing people together

Accidental art project: American Fork man's Chalk Bus bringing people together

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 10 - 10:43 a.m.

When his 12-year-old daughter drew on his black-primered VW, Jonathan Sherman made it into an interactive mobile art project.
The thrill of the parts hunt results in beautiful rare show car

The thrill of the parts hunt results in beautiful rare show car

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 6 - 8:32 p.m.

A Murray architect stumbled on the parts challenge of a lifetime. Taking on that challenge changed his life.
Strangers' love of VWs prompts pro bono rebuild of Utahn's 1960 Beetle named Bettie

Strangers' love of VWs prompts pro bono rebuild of Utahn's 1960 Beetle named Bettie

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Dec. 9 - 5:49 p.m.

Baby-blue Bettie is the dream car Ann Argyle could not pass up. And when it didn't run well, and ultimately caught fire, she couldn't give it up. Thanks to some new-found friends with a similar love of VWs, Anne's Bettie is once again beautiful and running strong.
West Jordan father and son restore one of the most hated cars of the 1970s

West Jordan father and son restore one of the most hated cars of the 1970s

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 4 - 2:31 p.m.

Car buyers abandoned the Chevrolet Vega with good reason in the 1970s, which made it a rare build for a West Jordan father and son.
Father and son's Celica Supra project spans generations

Father and son's Celica Supra project spans generations

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 9 - 6:19 p.m.

A West Jordan father gave his son the same experience he had of bonding with a father over the rebuild of a car. Now, their car travels to shows and similarly unites generations.
Lehi man's classic British convertible speeds past competition over and over again

Lehi man's classic British convertible speeds past competition over and over again

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 8:00 p.m.

Most people showed their rare British sports cars off at a recent weekend car show in Salt Lake City; a few, like Skyler Sisson of Lehi, pushed them on the event's autocross course.
Fun or freaky? Richmond man combines tail-finned Plymouth and off-road truck to make 'Maxine'

Fun or freaky? Richmond man combines tail-finned Plymouth and off-road truck to make 'Maxine'

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 5 - 11:27 a.m.

If you think Tyler Merrill was wrong to build a car that looks like it's from the movie "Mad Max" instead of "Christine" out of his 1958 Plymouth, check out the car's roots before pronouncing your verdict.
Flying low-cost Avelo out of Ogden starts cheap, gets convenient

Flying low-cost Avelo out of Ogden starts cheap, gets convenient

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted July 17 - 10:08 a.m.

Avelo Airlines introduced $19 fares. Those are gone, but it's still worthy of a look.
Beloved wagon leads Salt Lake family to collect 9 more cars and counting

Beloved wagon leads Salt Lake family to collect 9 more cars and counting

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted July 2 - 10:30 a.m.

This weekend you can see the restored family wagon and a half-dozen of the Jeeps and cars it led a family to collect.
Rat Fink Reunion is coming back bigger than ever in Manti

Rat Fink Reunion is coming back bigger than ever in Manti

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted June 3 - 8:10 p.m.

If you like your art a little on the rock 'n' roll, crazy, and hot-rod side, Manti is the place to be Thursday through Saturday night.
Lehi man's serape-patterned paint on Beetle pays homage to Mexican-blanket seat covers

Lehi man's serape-patterned paint on Beetle pays homage to Mexican-blanket seat covers

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted May 20 - 3:13 p.m.

If you've owned a car with seats that needed to be recovered but your budget only allowed for Mexican blankets, you'll relate to the paint on this Beetle.
Lindon man builds custom Jeep 'SUV' to fit family of 7

Lindon man builds custom Jeep 'SUV' to fit family of 7

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted May 6 - 2:47 p.m.

Jeep's four-door Wrangler Unlimited wasn't big enough to fit one Lindon designer's family of seven, so he built his own three-row version — and he was just the guy for the job.
No one saves and drives a family heirloom like this Tooele family

No one saves and drives a family heirloom like this Tooele family

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted April 8 - 2:36 p.m.

It sat in a garage for decades and now a Tooele family is driving the payoff of a barn find they didn't have to go find.
Midvale man's vintage Civic is cool, getting cooler

Midvale man's vintage Civic is cool, getting cooler

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 26 - 3:03 p.m.

It's little, it's hard to get parts, but it's getting more valuable every day
Blazer restorer restores one for himself

Blazer restorer restores one for himself

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 7 - 3:26 p.m.

Andy Kawahara works on other people's Chevy's by day, and on his own by night.
Collection of Caddies keeps connection strong between father and son, 2 generations over

Collection of Caddies keeps connection strong between father and son, 2 generations over

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Nov. 5 - 11:32 a.m.

Kevin Watkins has kept all the cars his father gave him, going back to when he was 14 years old. He says the collection helps keep memories of his father vivid, and is helping him create new memories with his son.
Mother-daughter connection puts the 'ma' in Camaro

Mother-daughter connection puts the 'ma' in Camaro

Brian Champagne for KSL.com  |  Posted Oct. 1 - 1:44 p.m.

When an Alaska bush pilot passed away, she left her daughter memories she could drive — loud and fast.