19th Aug2017

Weekend Wallpaper: Racecar Edition!

by Michael Chandler

Welcome to the weekend!  And for that we have some wallpapers for you.  Both are from the Super Car Grand Prix of Utah.  One is from the Pirelli GT3 Cup, and features a quartet of 991 GT3 Cup cars coming on to the front straight.  But you can see that.

Here we have a trio from the SprintX race going through turn 5, the Black Rock hairpin.  I think it’s pretty rockin’, figured you might too.

All you gotta do to have one of these all over your desktop is right-click and Save As, then you’re good to go!

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15th Aug2017

Something Didn’t Quite Feel Right

by Michael Chandler

And indeed something was.  J.R. and George Smith were splitting time in J.R.’s rentable Boxster, and George was out for his stint.  He came around Wind Up, and said that something didn’t quite feel right.  Being the experienced driver that he is, he came into the pits.  That’s when things went from not feeling quite right to definitely being not right.

There was a catastrophic failure of ALL OF THE LUG STUDS ON THE RIGHT REAR.

Naturally, this caused quite a stir and got everyone who didn’t have a car in the pit to come and help.  It was a hell of a sight to see everyone leap over the wall to help out J.R. and George.

You know how they say bad things come in threes?  Happened to George.  First, the sent him out with the radio hooked up right.  Then his glasses fell off his face, out of his helmet, missed his lap, and wound up on the floor.  The the lug nut thing.

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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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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

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