21st Dec2011

Top 5 Videos of 2011

by Trent

CAMautoMag dove head first this year into video, and now we wish we would’ve started even sooner. Our skills will improve, but we want to thank everyone who has watched our videos so far.

As we close out the year, we figured we’d step back and reflect on your favorite videos by view count. We have an account on both Vimeo and YouTube and we took the total views combined from both sources. This was closer than I thought! At the time of writing, the difference between the #1 video and the #2 video was 23 views! Here are the list of our top 5 videos CAMautoMag produced this year!

#5 Eibach Honda Meet 2011

#4 WaterWerks NW 2011

#3 VW GLI Feature

#2 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS Feature

#1 Wuste Euro Show 2011

Thank you to all those that participated in making this happen! Enjoy the videos, and look out for big things from CAMautoMag in 2012!

Videos by Trent Bray, Michael Chandler, Spyder O’Neil, and Sam Howard.

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19th Dec2011

Vehicle Importation: What You Can & Cannot Have

by Michael Chandler

In America you can say pretty much anything, own firearms to your heart’s content, worship what and how you like, and do a whole bunch of other stuff.  However, there are some things you can’t do: yell fire in a crowded building, murder drifters, and have certain cars.

America’s 25 year import law basically says if it’s older than 25 years you can bring it in to the country without much song or dance, but if you wanted something younger (let’s say 17 years old) you’d have to jump through a lot of hoops and still might not be able to get it in the country.  In doing research for something else I cam across a list of vehicles YOU CAN import!  Makes it a whole lot easier when you have a list to refer to.  Some of the vehicles are:

  • 2003 Audi RS6 sedan and wagon (Avant if you want to get fancy)
  • R33 Skyline GT-Rs and GT-S’s
  • 1994-1995 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
  • 1987-1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 16v
  • 00-01 Audi RS4
  • Alpina B12
  • 02-07 Smart ForTwo
  • Early 90’s MB G-Wagen
  • 2000 East Lancs Lolyne Double Decker Bus(!)

 

So it’s safe to say you can still get some awesome cars younger than twenty-five.  However, the list (which can be found here) includes some random cars that would be…  Well, just take a look and see for yourself:

  • 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier
  • 1994-1999 Cadillac DeVille
  • 2007 Dodge Durango
  • 1993 Chrysler Town & Country
  • 1993 Ford Mustang
  • 1998 Jeep Wrangler
  • 1992 Lincoln Mark VII
  • 1996 Plymouth Voyager
  • 1995-1998 Toyota Avalon

-Michael Chandler

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13th Dec2011

The CAM Journal: The Subaru BRZ is coming!

by Michael Chandler

Subaru BRZ CAMautoMag

 

With a scant five and a half-ish months until the release of the Subaru/Toyota lovechild, let us take a look at what I like about the BRZ: the one I’m signing up for.

Likes:

Let’s start with the numbers we care about: the two-liter, direct-injection flat four will produce around 200hp and 170lb/ft of torque. It will be backed by either a six-speed manual or a six-speed auto, but not a trick twin clutch unit. It’ll be the same trans that the IS350 has: conventional planetary automatic with paddles shifters on the steering wheel. More on that later… It also weighs around 2700lbs, which is 500lbs less than a WRX and 200lbs more than a Miata (which makes 30hp less).

The price isn’t too bad either, around $25,000. That’s right in line with the Miata Touring (middle of the range Miata). A 370Z starts at $31,000, as does a BMW 128i, and an IS250 is $35,000.

It’s been designed to be a true driver’s car. Low-slung boxer four, shoved as far back as they can, ABS and stability have been tuned to limit electronic intervention, and a power to weight ratio of 12.5 lbs per hp.  Hell, the press release is hitting the right notes.

Dislike:

Ok, 200hp is nice but Subaru has made a name by force feeding air down the gullet of their flat fours.  Where’s the turbo?  For a little over $22,000 I can have a Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T, which makes a little more power. For about $27,000 I can get a 300hp 3.8L Genesis Coupe. Not bad options…

The automatic transmission option is pretty weak. This is a sports car, why not give it a twin clutch unit?  Or how about making another transmission like the one in the LFA’s?

It looks good, but it’s not aggressive enough. Now this would be a problem, but thankfully Subaru is ahead of us and built a bad ass GT300 racer!

 

Verdict:

Yeah, I’m in. I’m in before the STI version comes out. It’s an affordable, naturally aspirated, rear wheel drive option in a segment where the Miata has been king for… Well, ever. Are there cheaper options available? Cheaper AND more powerful, but while I like the Genesis Coupe I don’t feel a connection to it.  I’ve got a Subaru now, and while it’s somewhat sketchy (worlds fastest massage chair!) it’s mine and I love driving the thing. I’m loyal to the stars. That might make me definitely makes me biased, but to hell with it. Sign me and my bias up!!!

-Michael Chandler

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12th Dec2011

Blog Improvement

by Trent

CAMautoMag Lazy-loading imagesIf you visited our site last week, you may have noticed one of many things. The site was down, the site wasn’t loading images, or the site didn’t look right. For this, we apologize. We had an issue with our web host, their server wasn’t loading our page right or at all. It took several days for them to fix the problem, but since the week was already messed up anyway, I decided to undertake many projects that I had been putting off.

I didn’t want to disturb the end-user, but since that was out the window, I went to work. Most of the improvements aren’t seen, but one you will notice is the “lazy loading” of images. Since the site has many images, it slows down the site when it tries to load all those images at once. Loading them only as you scroll over them improves the speed significantly. You may see a gray box for just a moment, but this is improving the experience here. I will continue to work behind the scenes to improve this site, if you have any suggestions, please feel free to drop a line to tbray [at] camautomag.com.

In addition to speed improvements, we are also working on some new projects for the winter and also 2012. To say I’m excited is an understatement.

-Trent Bray

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