30th Aug2019

Morning RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

We can’t make traffic better, but we can make getting stuck in it suck a little less.

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23rd Aug2019

Evening RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

You’re stuck in traffic, but at least it’s the weekend! Let us make the traffic suck a little bit less.

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23rd Aug2019

Morning RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

We can’t do anything about the traffic, but we can make getting stuck in it suck less!

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21st Aug2019

Geez Luis!: Luis’s S13 Coupe

by Michael Chandler

“He’ll be here in fifteen minutes, and he’s grabbing some Mike’s!” That’s what Chase told me after he said he had a friend with a hot car that could come by. That friend happened to be Luis, and he was late. But it was ok, because of what he pulled up in.

I didn’t ask a lot of questions, but I was told that this thing has a bunch of 180SX parts grafted onto it. “But Michael, a 180 is just an S13 hatch!” I KNOW! But you don’t seem to realize that it’s not the same, stupid! 180’s are hatchbacks with pop-ups. As you can see, Luis’s car has done away with the pop-ups in favor of the JDM Silvia nose.

Truth be told, I’m not entirely sure WHAT is 180 on this thing, but I do know it looks pretty tight. Check out that corner light, that’s a cool little thing that a lot of people would just overlook.

Chase also told me about his wheel choice before he showed up. I had no idea what SSR Minervas looked like, but Chase was hyped on them. Understandably so. Just look at them! Multi-piece, split five spoke. Just glorious.

Classic wood grain Nardi, angry lookin shift knob, AND JUST LOOK AT THAT DASH! Not a crack!

This is a car that, if you didn’t know lived in southern Utah, could be easily mistaken for something that you’d see in a Noriyaro video. It’s such a clean, and simple build. Nothing too overstated, just right.

I absolutely LOVE seeing cars like this. Different than most, but not shouting about how different it is. Oh, and did I mention that he painted this himself? And that this is the first time he’s paint a car? For a first time, it looks damn good!

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16th Aug2019

Evening RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

We can’t do anything about traffic, but at least we can give you a Rush tune to listen to. Have a good weekend, everybody!

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16th Aug2019

Morning RUSH Hour

by Michael Chandler

We can’t do anything about traffic, but we can give you a Rush tune to listen to while you’re stuck in it

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14th Aug2019

Scoundrel Hangs

by Michael Chandler


I hardly ever get to see Blaize and Chase, two of my friends and also two of the Scoundrels. So, when I was in St. George last, I took a few hours to go hang out and see what the Scoundrel life was about. Or at least a little slice of it on a Saturday afternoon.

Blaize’s soon to be Formula Drift Pro2 car was cut up, and tucked in the corner. But Chase had his Fox Body parked right behind the door, and ready to make its way into the light.

And so out it went.

I call his RX7 a Fox Body for a variety of reason. And by “variety” I mean exactly two. First: it has the venerable 5 liter V8 that real Fox Body Mustangs had. And like those, it makes power. Not a lot, but enough to get rowdy.

It’s also a damn coupe. At some point an S13 240SX coupe, one of the few cars that I’d pay the drift tax on #coupelife, gave up a large part of itself to be grafted onto Chase’s FC convertible. After a while, his FC finally came together as a coupe, and was painted this bass boat gold.

And he’s been loving it ever since.

He’s also aware of how important the little details are. Just look at that little spat on the front bumper. It’s a little thing, but it looks cool and it stands out on the car while not being the major focal point.

And then there’s this absolute unit! I can’t remember who’s it is, but god DAMN!

SHIT!!!

It was a good time hanging out with the guys, and then Luis finally showed up.

But more on him later…

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12th Aug2019

NASA Utah Round 5, But Not The Enduro

by Michael Chandler

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Normally this is where I’d tell you about the enduro, and how awesome it was, and how there was a lot of racing before the green flag dropped at 6pm.

However, I was not shooting on Saturday. I was helping Matt get the live stream going, and providing live commentary for the enduro. So, no photos from Saturday. I was around for a little bit on Sunday, and so I bring you a gallery of what I got!

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07th Aug2019

What Could’ve Been: Ashton’s Focus ST

by Michael Chandler
Words and Photos by Michael Chandler

As some of you know, and others are about to find out, I owned a Golf GTI. It was fine, except for that whole, mk6 timing chain guide and tensioner issue that cost me a cool $2k. But before I pulled the trigger on the VW, I was looking hard at Focus STs. They were different than the ubiquitous GTI, they were something entirely new. But I couldn’t find one in my price range that wasn’t a basket case, so I signed my life away for a year of German car ownership.

Thankfully, someone I happen to know owns a Focus ST, and is pretty stoked on this whole CAM thing, so I got to see what I had missed out on. That person is Ashton, and he’s my girlfriend’s cousin. He also has The Disease, so I got to drive an ST that was pretty close to what I probably would’ve done.

The car is pretty simple, and what you would expect from a Youth who 1: knows his ass from a hole in the ground, and 2: is operating on a budget. Firstly, he snagged a good deal on a good car. The car was stock, and driven to and from work by some dude. Dude happened to live in the Salt Lake Valley, and work in Logan, but that’s neither here nor there. It was well maintained, and a good platform to build upon.

Power adders are pretty simple: intake and catback, downpipe, and an AccessPort with a hot tune on there. The car makes all the right noises, and doesn’t run rough or weird. Again, this is what happens when you’re not an idiot.

The car is riding on BC coilovers, which are a fine set of coilovers. Hell, all the cool kids are on BCs. However, I’m old and washed compared to Ashton, and those BCs can be mighty stiff. Ashton has his set to “mighty stiff”, and East Canyon hammered that home. He was also riding on a set of Riken Raptor tires. These are the tires my brother had on his gold Altima that he named Hazel, because she was a Golden Girl.

My brother was also in college at the time, so naturally they were incredibly cheap. Little has changed since my brother bought them for his Altima, they’re not great tires. Thankfully Ashton knows this, and is only rocking the Rikens because they were pretty much brand new when he picked up his STRs.

Yes, he’s on reps. Get over it. They look good, and survived a day of driving East Canyon with my dumb ass behind the wheel.

So, what was it like taking a peek into the well of what could’ve been? It was interesting. The interior wasn’t as bad as people said, but the push to start made me forget a crucial step in starting a car with a manual: you gotta step on the clutch. Visibility was good, and the wheel felt good in my hands. It went where I wanted it to go, and I never felt like I was lacking for power. Would I have been happier with an ST, or kept it longer than a year? Who knows! But now I’m not not looking at them.

Big thanks to Ashton for waking up in a Sunday morning, making the drive, and letting me burn damn near all of his gas.

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02nd Aug2019

Salt City Drift Round 3: Electric Booga…lee?

by Michael Chandler

Well, as it turns out you CAN drift a Tesla Model S. It just can’t be any of the D models, because they spin all four wheels. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

Jake, the excitable idiot man-child with a heart of gold, got out there and drove to the limit of his abilities… and then tried to keep going past those limits.

He smacked the ass end of his Corvette into a barrier, ripped up the quarter panel, and managed to fold it in on itself. This was a hilarious sight, one we immortalized on our Instagram page, but a sight that necessitated someone to remedy it.

Enter Stu, and his drill! He came through, drilled some holes in Jake’s quarter panel, and zip-tie stitched it back together.

Bobby and some of the Cedar City boys made their way up, and showed off some of the steez they’ve got down there.

And there was whoever the hell this was. Some dude in a 370Z with Wisefab, just came out and slayed. Shoutout to you, unknown Z driver.

I told you we’d get back to Stucky in the blender. Anyway, here’s a gallery. We’ll be back at the next one!

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