Stephen Brand went to auto shop class at Tampa Bay Technical High School in Florida, after becoming interested in cars, racing, and mechanical engineering some time around 2005. After picking up a lot of advanced topics fairly quickly, Steve found himself explaining the concepts to other people, which began to consume a lot of time.
In late 2011, he decided to set up a portion of his first site dedicated to explaining things he was often asked. On a roll, however, he decided a whole site could benefit a lot of people, so the CarsSimplified.com domain was purchased, and the site came to life. Lately he updates the site between freelance work and shifts at his full-time job.
Steve has been working part sales at Advance Auto Parts (store 9514) since November 26th, 2012.
Stephen Brand's Cars
Steve's current daily driver is a 2005 Pontiac GTO, with the 6.0L V8 "LS2" engine. This car was purchased in December of 2014 with about 53,000 miles on it.
Steve currently owns a slightly-modified 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix SE, which has a 3.1 liter V6 engine designed by General Motors. This used to be his daily driver until past cooling problems caught up with the car and grew into a major cooling issue. The Gran Prix currently waits for new or resurfaced heads.
Here is Stephen Brand in 2011, standing next to a white Nissan GT-R he came across in an Ybor parking garage: