15th Mar2017

Ian’s Fixing Up A Corolla

by Michael Chandler

Whilst down in Vegas, as Gavin was gallivanting around in a giant Lexus SUV, I ventured into the cut to hand out with Ian Perri at “the trap house”.  You remember Ian, he’s hard to forget.  Anyway, he has a Corolla coupe, and he’s doing stuff and things to it.

I got there as he was wiring up the headlights.  They go up and down, and they also have a party mode.  I was impressed, wiring is black magic in my eyes.  He also had the engine in place, but that’s all I’m going to say about that.  He swore me to secrecy, but there are some other things I can tell you about.  I.E. stuff I remember!*

The Bride seat came out of a kei truck, and has a Speedhunters lookin sticker on the right side of it.  Except it isn’t a Speedhunters sticker.  It says “SPINNERS”.  What it is is a mystery to us, so if you have any clue as to what it is, let us know.

Dope, but it’s a place holder.  It was at this point he decided to make the OEM grill fit into the new, smaller hole that the front bumper has left.  The professor grabbed his tools, and go to working in the lab.

Safety first.

After trimming, test fitting, more trimming, test fitting again, some light cursing, and more trimming, the grill fit.  Fit pretty good.

I left soon after the grill went in.  Twas dinner time for me, and he had a birthday party to go to.  It’s always good hanging out and doing car things with friends, especially when they’re doing double super secret car stuff.  As soon as Ian has the car up and ready, we’ll head back down and take more pictures of it and give you more details.  Until then, enjoy what’s here.

Bonus!

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*I can’t promise any accuracy in my memories.

07th Feb2017

The Relevant Super Bowl Commercials

by Michael Chandler

Like most people, I spent my Sunday evening at a Super Bowl party.  Gorging myself on wings and cocktail shrimp, and half-watching the game.  I also managed to half-watch the commercials, and since this is an automotive enthusiast site, we’re gonna take a look at the eight automotive commercials that aired.  Let’s start with Audi.

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It’s called “Daughter”.  The daughter is in a soapbox derby, and she’s the only girl in the field.  The voice-over is the father asking himself what he is going to tell his daughter about her value, because she (and the rest of us) live in a world where women, on average, make less than men.  It’s not selling a car, although they show an S5 sedan at the end.  It’s promoting them being committed to equal pay for equal work, which is a very noble thing.  As a car ad, it’s not that great.  Considering that they showed off a sedan version of one of their coupes, which means that they’ll be making sedan versions of their coupes, which makes me irrationally angry.  As a PR piece, it was ok.

Buick

Buick is still trying to convince people that they’re not building transportation for the elderly.  An admirable goal, but Buick is always gonna have that stigma.  The ad is funny: Cam Newton destroys pee-wee football players, and Miranda Kerr shows up.  I still think Buicks are sleds for the elderly, and this ad doesn’t really change that.

FCA

They came out with two 1 minute spots, and a 30 second spot for the Alfa Romeo Giulia.  One is about returning to greatness, Riding On The Backs of Dragons, another is about predictability, Dear Predictable, and the last one is all of the cliches you could want when talking about an Alfa, Mozzafiato.  It’s pretty hard to make the Giulia look bad, and it’s a trick to make the Quadrifoglio sound bad.  Thankfully the car looks and sounds amazing in the spots, and I want one even more now.  The spots show off the car really well, and hopefully this means we’ll see more of them running around in the wild.

Ford

Like Audi, Ford didn’t show off any particular vehicle.  This was them showing off how they’ll help you (or whoever) get around in the future.  Bike sharing, Transit vans on call, vehicles that can hard park themselves.  The future is looking bright for the Blue Oval!  Or whatever.  All I know is that they’ll be pounding out F-Series trucks until the sun expands and engulfs our little, blue marble.  Did anyone else relate to some of those bad luck scenarios in the first half of that commercial?  A few of those hit too close to home for me…

Honda

The Honda ad, which was slinging the new CRV, was inspiring and creepy.  Using technology, they animated various celebrities’ year book photos.  That was the creepy part.  The inspiring part was what the celebrities were saying.  And I’m not sure the CRV, while a decent little crossover, is not the most aspirational vehicle they could be pitching…  Meh, it still works.

Kia

Melissa McCarthy, a treasure, keeps trying to defend nature.  And nature absolutely wrecks here.  Up to this point, this is the ad that is the most cohesive.  It’s pitching the Niro (pronounced Nee-ro), which is apparently the most fuel efficient crossover.  It fits with Mrs. McCarthy trying to be an eco-warrior, although hopefully it doesn’t fail like she did.  The Niro looks pretty good, and I’m curious to see what the interior looks like.

Lexus

Lexus showed off the LC500, a damn fine looking vehicle.  There was something about emotion in there, but all I remember is hearing the glorious engine noise.  And the dancing, but mostly the engine noise.  Again, damn fine looking vehicle.

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz knows that your dad and his golf buddies are probably going to buy the new AMG GT Roadster, so they got Peter Fonda to reprise his role from Easy Rider for their ad.  They also know that you’ll be watching this along side them, so the tapped the Coen brothers to direct it.  It’s not a bad ad, has some humor, and Peter Fonda is still pretty bad ass.  And odds are that if you were on board for the AMG GT, then you’re on board for an al fresco version.  

And that’s the lot of them.  Let us know which was your favorite, which you hated (I’ve got an idea where some of you will go with this), and if you’ve made it this far you deserve a treat.  So, here’s the Logan ad:

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06th Feb2017

Weekend Video Roundup

by Michael Chandler

A lot of cool stuff happened over the weekend, here’s what you might have missed.

 

Team Take Luck: Vegas Drift from Tannerspencercreative on Vimeo.

Tanner Spencer dropped a video from Vegas Drift, featuring the Take Luck guys.  We’re trying to figure out the logistics so we can make it down to one, and bring you our brand of shenanigans… uhhh, I mean coverage…

 

It’s hard to distill the Bathurst 12 Hour down into two minutes, but since there isn’t a full upload of the race anywhere this is the best option.  It’s two minutes of highlights from the insanity that was the Bathurst 12 Hours.  As soon as someone uploads the whole race (the NISMO TV stream cuts off the last half hour), we’ll let you know.

 

Alexi, AKA Noriyaro, went to the Drift Chou Drift Tengoku event in Odaiba last Christmas Eve.  The half hour long video dropped a couple days ago, and it’s worth the watch.

Anything we missed?  Drop it in the comments, let your fellow enthusiasts know what’s good!

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02nd Jan2017

Welcome to 2017

by Michael Chandler

New Year, same old us!  Hope you guys didn’t run too hard over the weekend, but if you did we have the cure for… well, not so much a cure, as it is a couple of things to make your first work day of the year a little better.  

 

Team Take Luck: Winterjam 2016 @Sonoma Raceway from Tannerspencercreative on Vimeo.

First up is a clip from Tanner Spencer Creative.  A couple of the Take Luke guys went to Sonoma Raceway (that’s in California) for Winterjam!  Looks like it was a blast.  Hit that HD, and enjoy.

 

Did you know Lyfe Motorsports battled, and defeted the HKS 1000+ R35 GTR?  Did you know they won a briefcase full of cash, and did it at the last second?  Well, now you do.  BUT there’s a bit more to this story, and thankfully JP Films was there to document the event.  Judson threw together an eighteen minute video, complete with interviews with Cole, Kyle, OP, and Jose about their run against the top R35 team in the world.  Smash that HD, pop in your earbuds or headphones, and enjoy.

And there you go, friends and viewing public!  Hopefully these videos make the day go by a little easier.

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12th Sep2016

Coming Up This Week!

by Michael Chandler

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We have coverage of the record breaking NASA Utah Round 7 weekend!

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Good ole boys turnin left AND right!

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We use the term “touring car” loosely.

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And a dog!

Lots of stuff, starting tomorrow morning.  Check it out, and spread the good word!

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08th Aug2016

Coming This Week: Actual Content!

by Michael Chandler

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YES!  After… However long it has been, there will be some new content!  Specifically coverage of some killer events.  On Saturday we had NASA Utah racing, where we saw Tom Kaminski debut his new, HKS inspired livery.

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On Friday night the Salt City Drift season soldiered on, and we saw David Curtis break out his Corolla.

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And on Saturday night we had the Utah 6 Hour, a Western Endurance Racing Championship race that ran deep into the night.  Makes & Models pitted their Super Trofeo Huracan, a car that normally runs sprint races, against the field and the clock.

We’ve got a ton of coverage of all of those events coming up this week!  KEEP YOUR INTERNET BOX POINTED IN OUR DIRECTION!

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11th Jul2016

Bash To The Future 4 featuring Take Luck

by Michael Chandler

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Last month the Take Luck guys made their way up to Oregon for Bash To The Future 4.  Unfortunately I didn’t make the trip with them.  Fortunately Tanner Spencer, of Tanner Spencer Creative, did make the trip.  He makes videos, and is a pretty cool guy.  At the most recent Salt City Drift event, he let it be known that the video he did for BTTF would be posted on Sunday, and that we could repost it and share it and such.  Since I have a website, I figured throwing it up here would fall under the loose guidelines he set out.  This is a rad video.  Like it, love it, share it.

 

Bash to the Future 4: Take Luck Takeover from Tannerspencercreative on Vimeo.

The Take Luck Team traveled up to Medford Oregon to compete at Bash to the Future 4, presented by Tandem of Die. They ended up taking 2nd in the team tandem competition. Here is the recap of the weekend. Enjoy and Share!

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20th Jun2016

Coming This Week!

by Michael Chandler

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Kind of a light week as far as posts go, but they’re all pretty killer. We spent Saturday morning at Utah Motorsports Campus shooting some of Salt City Drift Round 3.  Was only there until lunch, but we got some cool stuff, including the Skittle squad: Take Luck.

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While it was raining and pouring at NASA Utah Round 4, I creeped on Nathan Rohner’s RX7.

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FINALLY caught up with Erik Brooks, and shot his 180SX.  So you can look forward to that too!

All of that, and possibly some Le Mans run downs, coming up this week

13th Jun2016

Coming This Week!

by Michael Chandler

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We spent Saturday at the track!  AND IT RAINED!  Not enough to stop us from bringing you some sweet write ups and photos though.  We’ve got coverage of the Thunder race, and play the game “Wait, when did you get bumped up?”

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People played musical cars in Lightning, and ponder who has the gnarliest looking Z in Spec Z.  HINT: It’s probably Tom.

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And finally, we’ll be talking about TT: Shawn’s woes, me not strapping a camera to Alex’s car, swallowed cats, and track records (it’s not what you think).

All of that, and probably some galleries to flesh out the week.  Check back, starting tomorrow at 10AM!

19th May2016

The Way It Were: Why Nothing Is Ever As Good As It Was

by Michael Chandler

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CAUTION: OPINIONS AHEAD

A few years ago Niki Lauda suggested that for F1 to be more exciting, they needed to go to wider tires and bigger wings and lots more horsepower.  Basically, turn the clock back to when he was racing.  He’s not the first person to suggest going back to “the old ways”.  When the new turbo motors came out, everyone complained and wanted to go back to the V10 era.  Was the V10 era that much better?  Were the 70’s the peak of F1?

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People in drifting have some thoughts on the current state of the sport as well.  There was a time where 500 horsepower was considered a lot, and the steering mods you needed were rack spacers and modified knuckles.  Now the top Formula D cars make around 800 horsepower, completely redesigned steering components for crazy amounts of angle, and over fenders on over fenders to cover the tires because the steering mods have pushed the wheels so far out from their original location.  But were the lower power, simpler days so much better than today?

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Back in the day, you could fix damn near any car with nothing more than a socket set and a bucket of carb cleaner.  The bodies were made of steel, and they were designed by guys with slide rulers and very little understanding of aerodynamics.  Modern cars are massive compared to the old cars, and the technology is so deeply embedded in every aspect of them that working on them is nearly impossible.  But were the old steel bodied classics better than the stuff you can drive off a dealer’s lot?

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Well… No.  Modern race cars are demonstrably faster, more efficient and safer than their old counter parts, drifting has graduated from “a bunch of idiots in a parking lot” to a legitimate motorsport, and modern cars are faster, safer, more efficient, and better equipped than the designers ever thought cars could be.  When Niki Lauda won his first World Championship in 1975, he turned a 1:26.40 lap in qualifying.  In 2011 Sebastian Vettel ran a 1:13.556.

With more knowledge and data, the Formula D cars are moving through the courses faster and making more tire smoke.  Couple that with the amount of angle the drivers are using going through the corners, and you have something far more interesting to watch than what was happening in 2007.

Modern cars are heavier and bigger because they have more stuff in them.  Stuff like multiple air bags and other safety equipment, infotainment systems that play your Pandora stations and read your text messages to you!  In 1975, a V8 Camaro 13 mpg in the city and 19 on the highway.  A 2016 Camaro does 16 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.  The humble Corolla went from 21/33 forty-one years ago to 28/37 now.  Modern cars of all varieties are demonstrably better.  But why do we keep holding up examples from the past?  In my opinion, it’s a familiarity issue.

Let me try to explain this with an analogy.  Michael Jordan is the best basketball player I’ve ever seen.  I say this because I watched him for more than a third of my life.  I saw him win multiple championships, MVP awards, and even a gold medal.  Now if you were to ask someone ten years younger than me, they probably wouldn’t say MJ was the best.  They’d probably say Kobe Bryant, or LeBron James, or even Steph Curry is the best.  Why?  Because they watched them at their peaks, like I did with Jordan.  That hypothetical person grew up knowing only an old MJ and young, rising talents in LeBron, Steph and Kobe.  Now replace MJ and LeBron with an AE86 and a new FRS/BRZ.  The Corolla was amazing, but that’s not the hero car for the new generation.  It’s legendary, and they know about the old Corolla; but, the FRS/BRZ has been around since some of these kids became aware of cars and their coolness.

Same with F1.  Some people came into the sport WITH the turbo V6s, and have no idea about the previous eras.  There are countless hoards of people out there that are convinced that to have a fun drift car you need a high horsepower 2JZ or LS, all of the Wisefab you can get your hands on, and as much fender as one can fit on a car.  And let’s be honest, spending an hour in stop and go traffic in a car with weak A/C, a semi-functioning tape deck, and an ever falling fuel needle isn’t as good a place to be as a car where you can throw it in D, crank up the A/C, listen to your Spotify playlist of choice, and not having to stop for gas at every exit.  It’s easy to look at the past with rose colored spectacles, but you can’t deny that things are better now than they used to be.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to watch this and then this.

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