Interview with Nick Roshon of Nicks Car Blog, One of the Coolest Audi Blogs on the Net
Nick Roshon has an awesome blog over at NickCarBlog.com: A blog about Audis. In this interview we get to know a little about Nick, his passion for cars and the community he is building at NCB.
I came across Nick when I was helping a friend search for information on detailing his Audi A4. A simple search led me to Nicks Audi blog and we were excited to see how much valuable information he has about detailing, auto shows and Audi news. Nick is definitely passionate about Audis and sharing his experiences…. as you will read in… 18.104.22.168……
1. When did you start building your community and why did you create it?
I started NicksCarBlog.com back in 2008 as a side-project for work – I got a job in digital marketing, and figured it would be cool to have my own site to play around with. I figured my Facebook friends were tired of me talking about my car all of the time, so it gave me a good outlet to go wild and document each modification extensively.
2. What do you feel makes your community special?
It’s a super niche focus on Audis, more specifically B6-B7 platform A4, S4 and RS4s (2002-2008), but what it lacks in breadth it makes up for in depth – there are DIYs for nearly every modification imaginable, and tons of outrageous cars of all different styles, from track to stance to show cars. The site has a good subscriber base and thousands of repeat visitors each month, which is super rewarding to see.
3. If you could magically give all of your Facebook members one thing in this world, what would it be, and why?
Less understeer – because we all drive Audis, and most Audis suffer from a lot of understeer. I put an LSD on my S4 hoping it would generate oversteer, but truth be told it’s mostly just brought it to neutral. I’d also like to give them all an extra 50 horsepower, because you never have enough horsepower ☺
4. Those are awesome gifts! If you could ask your members one thing and get an answer from all of them, what would that question be?
What should I write more about? Being the sole contributor and writer for my blog means there is a lot of pressure to come up with ideas to write about, and sometimes it’s hard to get those ideas flowing…
5. What are some of the hot topics in car care that seem to always pop-up on Nicks Car Blog? and What makes it such a hot topic?
For me personally, it’s keeping white leather seats and a white steering wheel clean. Anyone who has this interior can attest it is beautiful when clean, but a handful to keep looking nice; however, it’s a pretty rare option so I’m not sure that there are a ton of people who stay awake at night wishing their seats were cleaner like I do…
For my community more broadly, it’s how to deal with the dreaded “dipped headlight” warning that all Audis of this generation seem to experience. It’s a super prevalent issue that is expensive to fix, with the most common solution being to buy an entire new headlight all together (and even then it’s not foolproof). I probably get at least one comment a day asking for help, but unfortunately my answer is always the same, it’s sort of a “trial and error” issue to resolve.
6. What are your top 3 tips for DIY auto detailing tips for beginners? especially for Audi owners…
- Avoid courtesy washes at the dealer or any machines that aren’t touch-free, they create swirls and cause more damage than good.
- Invest in good detailing products, particularly a foam gun and a bunch of microfiber. Don’t reuse dirty microfiber, wash it between uses.
- The paint is pretty soft, so go easy on the polishing but keep up with removing contaminants with clay bars.
7. When you started taking detailing in your own hands, what was a big mistake you made that you would warn noobs about? Were you able to fix the issue?
Never wash, wax or polish in the sun…you’ll put swirls in the paint that will be very difficult and time consuming to remove. If you don’t have a garage, find someone who does, or consider hiring a detailer for polishing & waxes and then do your hand-washes on overcast days or at night…
8. Here at AutoDeets.com we put together a list of the best car buffers. From your experience, what do you think is the best car buffer for beginners? and why?
I have a Porter Cable orbital buffer, it’s nothing fancy but pretty good for the money. However, I don’t’ see anything wrong with paying a professional detailer if you’re not comfortable.
9. For someone new to your community, how do they get the most out of it?
Just subscribe and read!
10. From your driving experience, which track day was the most exciting? and why?
My first one was at Phoenix International Raceway back when they had an infield road course, and that was very memorable, just because the adrenaline rush was so intense and the instruction was really good…but my favorite track is Sears Point/Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA, so that’s high up there too.
11. What is your favorite part about building a community around your love for cars?
Learning from others and seeing how others have modded their car. Also the satisfaction of installing a part yourself and then enjoying the result – nothing better than the satisfaction of a job well done.
12. How is the rest of 2015 going to look for Nicks Car Blog? looking forward to anything?
I’m hoping to do at least 2-3 track days, 2-3 car shows, and maybe even some autocross or drag strip action, so really a well-rounded balance of all sorts of driving. I currently have my Volk LE37s at a shop getting refinished, and I’m really excited to debut the new look.
13. You can only own or drive one car for the next 5 years, which would it be?
If I had to pick one car to do it all – the Audi RS7…it’s four doors and Quattro, but as fast as a Ferrari and looks that could kill, so it’s a perfect multi-purpose car. But if we’re talking dream cars here, it’d be a Ferrari F40 – I’m just not sure I’d want to daily drive that 😉