The Gearhead Project
Episode 24

TGP S01E24 | David Lovett: Small World, Small Cars, Big Life

Brian Driggs published on

David Lovett has some very interesting cars. 

If you don’t already know David Lovett, and I tell you he lives a mile from his nearest neighbor, deep in the heart of Texas; so far out in the boonies he still has to budget his bandwidth because it takes all night to download a single gigabyte on his “high speed internet” service.

What’s your brain telling you about him?

But what if I told you David has pet rabbits, speaks Japanese, and has an eclectic collection of small JDM cars, most of which I’m not even familiar enough with to remember even after he told me what they were. There’s a couple Nissan Zs, a Mazda Cosmo, an Isuzu Bellett, and a Mitsubishi 360, to name a few.

And just wait ‘til you hear what he does—and has done—for a living. I mean, damn, son.

David Lovett is a Gearhead Project.

And he’s just started sharing stories and videos about his own projects on Usagi Motors. (Seriously. If you love build threads and project car updates—and want to see some really unique stuff—you really want to check out Usagi Motors.)


  • David’s collection of interesting vehicles
  • His job, and how he got into the field
  • Investing in experiences moreso than car parts. Mark Twain said travel is something of a cure-all. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
  • Travel is one thing. Actually living abroad is even better. How much Texas he took to Japan, and how much Japan he brought back to Texas.
  • What he’s working on these days—vehicularly and professionally speaking
  • The gearhead (human) condition and zeitgeist. The world’s changing, and we should be doing things to at least not fall behind, if not position ourselves for success.

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