27th Jul2012

It Plays: Subaru BRZ

by Michael Chandler

Subaru BRZ
Most of us have seen a Subaru BRZ on the road by now, but how many have been modified? I’m not talking about tinted tails or stickers, I’m talking lowered on Volk Racing wheels modified.
Lowered BRZ
Obviously I’m leading into this edition of “It Plays”. Brody, the owner of this BRZ doesn’t mess around. You’ve no doubt seen his white WRX track car in our coverage of Lap Battle. That car has been HEAVILY modified, but Brody swears he enjoys the gas mileage on this car too much to get crazy with it.

BRZ on Volk CE28N
And you can’t blame him for not modifying it too much when he has a track car(WRX) to play with, and a weekend car(DR30 Skyline) to enjoy.

Slammed Subaru BRZ
So far the car is just being enjoyed with some Volk Racing CE28N wheels, Tein coilovers, tint, and a modified 3rd brake light. It’s looking just right.

BRZ Fender

Words and Video by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler

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26th Jul2012

Avila Motoring Invitational

by Trent


Stance|Works put on their first show in Avila Beach this year and called it the Avila Motoring Invitational. Last year Stance Works put on Tailored Seattle which was also a first year show, and it was a rousing success. This time around, the atmosphere was smaller, but everyone was friendly and the cars were on point. I was fortunate enough to be joined on this long road trip by my friend Spyder, who contributed to the pictures. Check out the pics below and the video by [func-shun].

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Words and Video by Trent Bray, Photos by Trent Bray and Spyder O’Neil.

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20th Jul2012

RIP Johnny Northrop

by Trent

johnny northropJohn (Mustang Johnny) Northrop passed away July 20, 2012 at the young age of 43 from pneumonia brought on by complications of sarcoma cancer. He was the life of any conversation and was never rude or unkind despite your automotive views. He was affectionately known as “Mustang Johnny”, but had a soft spot for Mercedes-Benz, particularly the V12 kind, Triumph Tr8’s, and 930 Porsche’s. Quite an eclectic mix. He respected all makes and models, but always kept a Mustang close at hand.

Mustangs are how I first came to meet John. I was at an autocross event for Mustangs and saw an immaculate 5.0 Saleen Mustang running the course and instantly loved the license plate, ‘3 OH 2’. It wasn’t until some time later that I would actually meet John, but I’d started to hear good things about him after that day.

I was fortunate enough to be able to work alongside him for a couple years at Dr. Gas Exhaust. We would spend most of our day, while working, talking about Family Guy quotes and dream car scenarios. I’d throw out some exotic car, and John would come back with something more realistic like a 2002 Mercedes-Benz C230 Coupe, modified of course.

John is the best story-teller I have ever met! Oftentimes, after John had moved to a job closer to his home, a co-worker and I would call John up and ask him to tell us a story. Sounds childish, but the stories he’d come up with were mesmerizing. It was this storytelling ability that led me to want to bring Johnny on board here at CAMautoMag. Mike and I founded it, but John was the first person we brought on outside of ourselves. His personality and love of all cars was the perfect compliment to us. We were fortunate enough a few weeks ago to have Johnny write one last story for us. He was in high spirits and doing well and wanting to write. He wrote the $30K Check article about the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, one I completely agree with. We were so lucky to have him on board with us at CAMautoMag, and he made a huge impact on the car community at large.

When John was diagnosed with cancer over a year ago, he was in high spirits, he knew he was going to beat it. After the initial surgery, I brought him ice cream and a Porsche Excellence magazine. He even told me to not tell people, because he could look back at this later. We were at the time filming the video podcasts. We had stopped to re-tool, but when this happened, I knew I didn’t want to continue until Johnny was feeling better. He said by summer he’d be out at the track racing his Mustang Champ Car Pace Car. He did make it out to the track, but not to race.

I would text John to ask how he was doing, and he often wouldn’t respond. He didn’t want to dwell on that. However, if I text him a hypothetical car situation, he’d always respond. Cars were his passion and dream and I was fortunate enough to share in that with him. He was the one who suggested changing the ‘Letter from the Editor’ to ‘The CAM Journal’. A wise choice. The world has lost a local legend, and he will forever be missed!

John is survived by his wife and 4 children, parents, and 3 sisters.. In lieu of flowers, the family is taking donations to a memorial account in John’s name at any Mountain America Credit Union.

-Trent Bray

Here are the articles John contributed to the site, as well as the video podcasts he joined.

http://camautomag.com/30k-check-the-porsche-cayenne-turbo/

http://camautomag.com/the-30k-check-lotus-elise/

http://camautomag.com/the-30k-dollar-check/

http://camautomag.com/genuflection-the-renaissance/

http://camautomag.com/the-cam-journal-wipeout/

http://camautomag.com/the-cam-journal-b-w-g-brushes-with-greatness/

http://camautomag.com/the-cam-journal-194-8-mph/

http://camautomag.com/cam-video-podcast-2/

http://camautomag.com/cam-video-podcast-3/

12th Jul2012

Less is More: Track Day STi

by Trent

 

Subaru WRX STi track car feature on CAMautoMag from CAMautoMag on Vimeo.

 

 

“Adding power makes you faster on the straights. Subtracting weight makes you faster everywhere”

-Sir Colin Chapman

 

Colin Chapman founded a small car company based around this philosophy. They made street and racing cars following this mantra, and most of the time it worked brilliantly and didn’t kill anyone. People (not necessarily the people who are running his company) still subscribe to his now legendary philosophy. Greg Valdez is one of those people.

Starting with an already modified 2005 STi, Greg did what Sir Chapman would approve of: he proceeded to rip heavy things out of it. All of the doors have been gutted. The glass windows in the rear doors have been replaced by acrylic, and the front windows are non existent. There is a, singular, Prodrive by Sparco racing seat (from his old race car) and a matching red Corbeau 5 point harness. A 353mm black suede Sparco steering wheel replaces the stock unit (and its pesky, heavy airbag), and a Splash short hub adapter and a WORKS Bell quick release make the wheel work. The interior is so spartan the controls for the center differential have been left hanging out next to the Kart Boy short throw shifter.

The car was already fairly modified when Greg bought it. The cage was already in there, the Stoptech ST60 big brake kit was already installed along with the Hawk DTC-70 pads in the front and the Pagid RS 14 pads in the rear. The APR extended wheel studs and Kics lug nuts were there too; however, the massive 18×10.5 Enkei RPF1’s and Pirelli race slicks were additions made by Greg. They fit under the Karlton fender flares rather nicely, and the flares accentuate the Cusco lip.

 

This car was known for it’s track ready suspension setup. A setup that never saw any real track time. The car has TEIN Super Racing coilovers at all 4 corners, with 16k spring rate springs in the front and 14k in the rear. Theres a GT Spec subframe brace, and a Carbing front strut tower bar and a tow hook up there too. The tow hook doesn’t work too well, so Greg added the pair in the front and another in the rear. There is also a mess of Cusco parts, including: a center brace, T brace, H brace, 22mm front AND rear sway bars, rear subframe brace, trailing arms and lateral links. Kartboy front and rear endlinks replace the OEM units. The roll center adjuster comes from Whiteline as does a racing version of their anti-lift kit. All of this does wonders, but is pushed aside when you notice the 30 POINT WRC SPEC ROLL CAGE. Let me say that again: A 30 POINT WRC SPEC ROLL CAGE. Serious really doesn’t begin to describe the cage. Most of the bushings have been replaced: Kart Boy shifter, transmission, and rear crossmember, TIC rear differential, and Beatrush propeller shaft bushings all occupy the places the old bushings.

 

The interior is non-existent, and the suspension is beyond serious. The motor has to be some crazy stroked out, big turbo monster right? Nope! Ladies and gentlemen, the very fast white Subaru is powered by what is essentially a COBB stage two tuned motor. It has a full turbo back Turbo XS exhaust, a COBB version 1 Accessport, a SPT short ram intake (with a very clever, homemade NACA duct feeding it), an APS equal length Ti header (that has been wrapped), a Koyo aluminum radiator and a 13 row Mocal oil cooler. This thing runs on 91 octane pump gas for crying out loud!

 

This combination of weight reduction (the car weighs just over 3000lbs with Greg in it, while a stock ’05 STi weighs just shy of 3300lbs WITHOUT a driver), heavy suspension modification and tuning (courtesy of the guys at Innovative Garage) and light power additions (that idiot kid who ALWAYS wants to race you in his STi? Stage 2 crew) have turned this “could be” track day terror into a car that laps the 2.2 mile East Course at Miller Motorsports Park in the mid 1:40’s. Less truly is more

Words and Photos by Michael Chandler, Video by Trent Bray

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10th Jul2012

Tailored/A2 Meet

by Trent

VIP Lexus LS460 on air
The Tailored crew decided to put on a meet at A2. This was their first meet and it turned out to be a hit. The free pizza didn’t hurt.

[func-shun] Episode 9: Tailored/Aesthetic Squared Meet from [func-shun] on Vimeo.

The sun was scorching, and the inside/outside meet atmosphere was unique, but somehow the inside was even hotter than the outside. Tommy joined me for a short time, but I had to cover all the photos and videos myself, and one usually suffers when I have to do both. So a special thanks to Brent from Turtle Factory for the additional pictures.

Slammed MkIV Jetta GLI
This is the beginning of more meets and isn’t the last we’ll hear from Tailored.

Stanced Honda S2000
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Photos by Trent Bray and Brent Cheney, Video by Trent Bray

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06th Jul2012

Grown Up Project: Porsche 911 C4S

by Trent

996 Porsche 911 C4SSome of us grow up, others don’t. It’s a part of life. But it’s not always black and white. A grown up car doesn’t have to be a Camry or Accord. For Darrick, the owner of this 996 Porsche 911 C4S, this is his project that he’s still a kid at heart, but a kid with class.

[func-shun] Episode 8: Porsche 911 C4S Feature from [func-shun] on Vimeo.

Darrick caught the modding bug early on. He had a Mitsubishi Eclipse that he modified. His dad didn’t want him modifying any more cars and found a nice 1983 Rabbit for sale for $500 that he thought Darrick couldn’t modify…he was wrong. Darrick went to college in that Rabbit, and after a short time, he came home on a break and it already had Porsche wheels and H&R Springs.

Northwest Porsche 996

Many VW’s, mainly Passat’s have passed through Darrick’s hands over the years, but after getting an Audi S4 and starting to modify it, he looked over his “To-Do” list for his car and realized he could afford a Porsche with all he would put into the Audi. And with that, he sold his Audi and began looking for a 996 C4S. He specifically wanted the C4S for it’s wider fenders, Turbo front bumper, and Turbo brakes.

Carrera 4S

That would satisfy many people, but Darrick immediately called up Rotiform and ordered a set of 3-piece TMB wheels measuring 19×9.5″ in front and 19×12″ in back! The wheels have a machined face, with mirror polished pockets, and color-matched to the Porsche logo bolts. The detail is stunning!

Rotiform TMB on Porsche 911

Hugging over those wheels is a set of JIC Coilovers. But don’t get it wrong, these coilovers are meant to perform. Darrick plans to track this car and has installed an Agency Power roll cage to support that notion. This P-Car also has a set of adjustable sway bar end-links.

3-piece Porsche wheels

This is a Porsche, but seeing that this isn’t a turbo model, a little extra power was added with a Fab Speed exhaust and shifts shortened with a B&M unit with an EVOMS billet shift linkage upgrade. Darrick claims to be done for now with the car, and his wife is seeing to it. She wants Darrick to modify her Infiniti FX35 before he can touch his cars again.

Track Stance 996 911

This car is simple, elegant…grown up.

Words and Video by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler

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05th Jul2012

NASA Racing Round 4

by Trent

While Lap Battle featured the debut of two long awaited cars, the NASA races had two incidents where the drivers were forced to retire.  The iron cross Miata burst into flames and the #75 Air Power Racing Porsche 911 began leaking fluids.  The driver of the Miata was unhurt as was the driver of the Porsche.

The fields for each group were rather small.  I do believe something about Wednesday might have contributed to this, but I’m not 100% sure.  Despite that the racing was still top notch.  The little Cutrubis sponsored Miata was holding its own against the APR Porsche, which was quite a sight.  The next event will, hopefully, have a larger field, more battles on the track and less retirements.  See you on the 28th!

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-Michael Chandler

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04th Jul2012

$30K Check: The Porsche Cayenne Turbo

by Mustangjohnny

2006 Porsche Cayenne 4.5 Turbo S

Alright. John, it’s that time……time to put your play car away and get a real one.  You know, one with four doors, one that takes the kids to soccer. That’s right kids it’s grown up time on 30k check.

So on 30k Check this time I have chosen the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. This car does it all! Why it gathers the kids up, grabs some payload, tows the track car to MMP for the event. All of this while staying out after November as fun cars go inside to get out of the snow. What’s the big deal you ask, a lot of cars do this…..well this one does is it like a play car would.

So a quick glance over eBay at values reveals yes indeed there are many in the 30k range that seem to be all in order inside and out including miles. As usual, the Cayenne has the normal spots to check  issues on an SUV 4×4 i.e. rear main seal, front axle shaft seals and main axle shafts themselves. After some homework…look out! The first generation Cayenne came to us in 2004 with 450hp. It would do 0-60 in 5.35. In 2006 the Turbo S came out to compete with the Mercedes ML 63 AMG. Big news was the  jump to 520 hp, a very good jump indeed. The Turbo S also received a low range transfer case, locking diffs, and a full on off road suspension.

The Turbo was updated in 2008, given 500 hp, and the Turbo S was fitted with carbon composite brakes and 550hp. But now children, we are gently moving away from the 30k section, do you want us to save your seat here?
So as you start your search I say, have fun and enjoy!  See you next time on the 30k check!

-Johnny Northrop

[Source: Wikipedia]
Photo by: The Car Spy

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03rd Jul2012

Lap Battle Round 4

by Trent

Another oppressively hot warm Saturday meant the NASA Utah guys were hosting the monthly Lap Battle/HPDE/Racing sessions.  We’ll discuss the Racing in a couple of days, today is all about Lap Battle and HPDE.

The big news, other than the first Lap Battle session not getting timed due to transponder issues, involved two long awaited cars: Park’s all black C5 Corvette and the return of Brendon’s Evo. Last year Park was running around in one of the FR500S Mustangs, but now he has a very evil looking (and sounding) Vette. Brendon lost his brakes during a Lap Battle session last year, and put his orange Evo into the tire wall.  The Evo was busted, but not gone!

HPDE brought out a mess of Corvettes (including a C6 ZR1), a brave soul in a Jetta 2.5 SE, and a handful of Mustangs.

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We haven’t seen one of the Subie-yota twins take to the track, but we have seen them there.  We’ve also seen them doing…well, whatever this is:

We’ll see you track rats in a little over three weeks for the next event!

Words and photos by Michael Chandler, video by Trent Bray

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02nd Jul2012

Water Werks on the Green

by Trent

Water Werks on the Green happened the day after Forum Fest, and the weather was much more cooperative. This event was unique in that it took place on Polo grounds.
Waterwerks on the Green 2012
We checked out of our hotel the morning of the event, miraculously found a McDonald’s serving breakfast past 10:30am, and drove to North Bend where the event was. The place unfortunately had some mud obstacles to avoid, but was generally a great place to hold an event. This despite the fact that I dislike taking pictures of cars in grass, the green reflects in a negative way.
Waterwerks NW Euro meet
The cars brought their A-Game, and so did the event organizers. They had unique games and even a beer garden stocked with German beer. And what German car show would be complete without bratwurst? After hitting up the show, we stuck around and shot a feature on a car(coming Friday) and hit the road.
VR6 VW at Waterwerks
The road back was long as we had to get Tommy back to work by 9am, only 14 hours separated us from 9am, and we hadn’t gotten on the road yet. We ran into a very entertaining white Scion tC in Oregon that messed around with us, I’ll stand by my Tweet, contact us, I’ll buy you a drink, that kept us entertained for at least a half hour. Aside from hitting a rock that messed up my plastic undertray, it was uneventful and through sleep deprivation, we somehow got Tommy to work on time. Check back on Twitter for the #camroadtrip hashtag to see all the fun of the road trip.
Waterwerks VW Swagen

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Words and video by Trent Bray, Photos by Michael Chandler, Nick Cherpeski, and Tommy Ratsipasith

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