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Made To Drive | S03 E17

Jaguar XK140 Brings Coventry to Compton

Mr. Winston Dabbs is a product of his time. As a young man in 1970s Compton, California, he was swept up in the local enthusiasm for British sports cars, tasteful status symbols among young black men of the time. Winston's own entry into the world of British cars was modest – a Bugeye Sprite which he bought from a friend for $75 – but it sparked a passion that has stayed with him to this day, a passion that led to a career in automotive restoration.
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Joshua Seidenberg
Joshua Seidenberg(@jseidenberg328)
5 years ago

I sooo want to be him at his age. Totally chilled, totally enjoying my favorite car. Cheers to you Mr.Dabbs…one day…one day.

Scott Morse
Scott Morse(@wsmmd1)
7 years ago

sorry piano “piece” although “peace” (contentment?) certainly describes the mood you created
Thanks again

Scott Morse
Scott Morse(@wsmmd1)
7 years ago

Thank you for creating this and introducing your community to a very cool guy, Winston Dabbs.
The photography (?cinematography ?) was superb and the California light was the perfect compliment to the car, the man and his story.
The music was also great…Can you tell me the name of the piano peace played during the last part of the video?
Looking forward to more of your work.
A fan in Pittsburgh

7 years ago

Inspiring! Man has got the groove on…Knows where he’s at and just wants to enjoy.

dennis white
dennis white(@alfa66)
7 years ago

OK, the car is gorgeous, but is this guy the coolest cat or what!

Adam Maples
Adam Maples(@adam10780)
7 years ago

“Drive, enjoy life, enjoy the Sun” …… Love this guy, as Beck so rightly put it “a truly unique personality”

Nicholas Yorston
Nicholas Yorston(@nyorston)
7 years ago

The finest Petrolicious / depth of speed video yet. A production which leaves me more entertained by the commentary and the character of Mr. Dabbs rather than his stunning car. With a name like Winston, was this ever going to be anything but the best? What a legend..

Kevin Killacky
Kevin Killacky(@kkillacky)
7 years ago

This is my favorite Petroliciious video so far, especially the everyday street scenes with the car, so different from the usual bucolic locations. Although I always enjoy viewing, I mean no disrespect when I say that some of the owners can go a bit over the top on their comments. But Mr. Dabbs sounds just the right notes.

Kurt Uzbay
Kurt Uzbay(@kurt)
7 years ago

Mr. Dabbs- you are a Gentlemen… Kurt

Harry Thompson
Harry Thompson(@thencamebronson)
7 years ago

One of the best! Great story, great car, great personality.

7 years ago

Great story-telling by a truly unique personality! This man speaks class and cool all together. Definitely one of my favorites thus far, so thanks for sharing Sir. Dabbs and Petrolicious!

Matthew Lange
Matthew Lange(@365daytonafan)
7 years ago

Great video and another great classic car owning character in Mr Dabbs. One question when will there be a video of the XK120 which is arguably even more gorgeous than the 140? :p

Afshin Behnia
Afshin Behnia(@afshinb)
7 years ago
Reply to  Matthew Lange

Matt, we have a great XK120 story in our pocket that we hope to shoot later this year. Will keep you posted.

Christopher Gay
Christopher Gay(@christophergay)
7 years ago

Love it.
Very inspirational.
Let*s gas up!
What a cool guy.

Andrew Worrell
Andrew Worrell(@andrewworrell)
7 years ago

What a wonderfully refreshing video. Mr. Dabbs’ laid-back style and mechanical know-how was a nice touch. Him talking about car parts in the living room made me laugh! I can relate…I have the full suspension replacement for my car sitting on the floor of my living room staring at me as I type this out! I also liked how he said he dresses for the car and his sense of history. I could have listened to him much, much longer!

Alexander Bermudez
Alexander Bermudez(@alexander-bermudez)
7 years ago

Pure inspiration on so many levels… Thanks for sharing your car Winston!

Andrew Worrell
Andrew Worrell(@andrewworrell)
7 years ago

I’m in awe of you 1990 964 ‘Growler’. I tried to find more pictures and information about it on the web, outside if the awesome photos/info that Petrolicious provided….and which I always come back to view about 6 times a week 🙂 Is there a site where I can find out more about your car?

7 years ago

Coolest spot I’ve seen in a while, such a great match of driver to machine. Brill… Neko.

7 years ago

“I have all these car parts laying around in the apartment. They said ‘what you doin with all these car parts’, well I say ‘that’s my car…come back in 2 weeks I’ll give you a ride”

Legend :)

Emanuel Costa
Emanuel Costa(@genovevo)
7 years ago

Who would say that a white ’55 Jaguar could be this ‘cool’? Great car, greater driver, very nice video!

Jack Olsen
Jack Olsen(@jack-olsen)
7 years ago

Another great video, Petrolicious. Beautiful car and a great personality at the wheel.

Todd Cox
Todd Cox(@mc70)
7 years ago

“The romance of the car…” -W. Dabbs

This piece is greatness.

Richard Love
Richard Love(@slikdik)
7 years ago

Best one yet!

7 years ago

It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while, a car gets perfectly fitting driver!! (just like that Espada video long ago)

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle(@mosler)
7 years ago

Its nice to see this pretty back on the for the owner and us to enjoy once more. I have to agree with the owner you know having a pretty car is one thing but being able to drive it and hear it and get the full experience is what the car hobby is all about

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel(@ethel19)
7 years ago

Mr. Dabb’s, can I please get in line to drive up to San Francisco with you? One of the best Video’s in quite a while.
Thanks Mr. Dabb’s and thanks Petrolicious. Another great Tuesday!

Leo Bassani
Leo Bassani(@fb_100003184907621)
7 years ago

That played cool and smooth at its best in the video. well done sir!

Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson(@valvebounce)
7 years ago

Winston that is one great looking car. Painted wires are always the right choice.

I think Drive Tastefully has a new figurehead. Let’s gas up I’m in…