25th Aug2014

NASA Utah Round 5

by Michael Chandler

 

 

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Round 5 of the NASA Utah season played host to the Formula 3 PanAm racers, and a WERC 6 Hour endurance race.  Excitement was abound from sunrise to well into the night.  Our man Michael Wells will be providing photos from the endurance race, along with some additional photos from the weekend as he usually does.  Let’s start off with some fiery news on the TT front.

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It is literary fiery because TT1 National Champion Shawn Murphy’s STi burst into flames on the front straightaway at 140mph.  Thankfully he was unhurt, and the car didn’t suffer too much damage from the impromptu barbecue.  AND despite the immolation of his vehicle, Shawn still took third in TT1!

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Taking the TT1 win was Allen Turner, piloting the TW Racing Audi R8 LMS.  Second place was held down by the boys at Smith Burke Racing.

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Greg Valdez was your TT2 winner, Chad Hess climbed to the top of the heap in TT3, and mad man Todd Green took home the TTE win AND the PTE win, and then drove in the endurance race.  He is insane, and we tip our hat to him.  In TTB and TTD Richard Thiessens and Joel Selman took home the wins.  They were also the only ones in their classes.

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The Open Wheel regulars were joined by the Formula 3 PanAm drivers for both of the Open Wheel races on Saturday.  Race 1 was won by Javier Echeverria and race 2 was won by Gerardo Garcia.

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Steve Burns took both Super Formula races, only just barely, while Troy Duffin dominated the Formula races.

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The Lightning race saw some close, dare I say chippy, racing.  Spec Miata was a hard fought class, along with the ever growing Spec Z class.  Byron Smith, driving the white BMW above, took home the GTS3 win over Gus Stribakos in dominating fashion.

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Ashley Burt proved his 350Z was more Spec-tacular than the other competitors in class, and was rewarded with a win, and a lame pun.

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We had a PTA class for the first time in… I can’t remember.  Despite showing up late to grid, Ralph Warren and John Trefethen battled from the drop of the green flag, with Ralph proving his 135i was the superior BMW by less than a tenth of a second.  We would see them again in the Thunder Race.

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Sam Kapp and Otto Silva continued their season long 944 Spec battle, with Sam taking the win over Otto.  Otto would not let Sam take the win without a fight, as they battled hard until the checkered flew.

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And in Spec Miata… Umm, well I’m fairly confident McKay Snow took the victory but I’m not sure.  At the time of the writing of this piece, there were no results OR even a class listed in the Saturday results on MyLaps.com.  However, Spec Miata is in the Sunday results, where David Sherman beat out McKay Snow for the class victory.  And Doug Turnquist won PTB on Saturday, by virtue of being the only man in the class.

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It was an all Corvette front row in the Thunder Race, but only one of those front row Corvettes finished the race.  James Miller and the chop top/Barbie/Swamp Thing/however you want to describe it C4 Corvette went wire to wire, taking the SU class and overall win.

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David Donner came out swinging in his new livery, and proceeded to take victory in GTSU over John Scarlett.

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The TW Racing Audi R8 LMS took the ST1 class with Derek Wolthoff at the helm.

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Chris Vivolo hung an 8.9 second gap on Darrell Troester in GTS4, and collected himself a victory.

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Travis Tidball rose to the top of ST3, and ran all the way to victory lane!  Well, wherever he was parking because there wasn’t an actual victory lane.  You get the idea.

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ST2 and GTS5 were one man classes, which were won by Brendon Stewart and Alan Wilson respectively.

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The Thunder Race group was also filled out by the addition of BMW CCA Club Racers.  In the CM class, Vic Pizzino took his E46 to the winner’s circle; while in BM we saw the 135 battle the 17.  This time the 17 took the win, thanks to some fancy driving by Loren Trefethen.

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JP was won by Tom Bell, and IP was won by James Fluckey.

And that is that.  Sorry this isn’t packed full of my usual wit, or has more photos in it, but there’s a good reason for it!  The day before the event I broke my arm, and since I’m not Wolverine it’s still broken.  I shot the event one handed because I couldn’t really do much with my other arm.  If any of you drivers remember the photographer giving the thumbs up at pit in, it was me doing that.  I don’t usually do this, but I have a gallery of all of the photos from the event (and previous events) on my Smug Mug site.  The bills are starting to accumulate, and I would greatly appreciate it if you guys would take a look and maybe buy a couple of things from me.

Anyway, enough of the sob story.  Here’s the big ole gallery for you guys to enjoy!

Words and Photos by Michael Chandler

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14th Jul2011

Repeat Offender: 2003 Subaru Impreza 2.5RS

by Michael Chandler

You may remember that in the first issue of CAM we featured a pair of ridiculous Subarus: a 2006 WRX wagon and a 2003 2.5 RS. Since then the Wagon has gone down for some repairs while the RS soldiered on. Shane brought the car out for a late night photo session so we could see some of the changes he’s made in the year and some since we last brought you this car.

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27th Jun2011

Chevrolet Advance Design Truck

by Michael Chandler

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In 1947 Chevrolet released the Advance Design series of trucks, their first major redesign since the end World War II. They were produced and sold from ’47 through ’55 and were the #1 selling truck in the United States for those 8 years. Sixty-four years after their release, Joe Garcia bought three trucks and made them into the 3100 you’ll see after the jump (more…)

15th May2011

Eibach Honda Meet 2011 Gallery

by Trent

Eibach Honda Meet 2011 CAMAutoMagWe drove down to Southern California to check out this insane Honda meet full of unique touches at the world-renowned Eibach Springs location. Check out our gallery after the jump. (more…)

09th May2011

It Plays: 2005 Scion xB

by Trent

Slammed Scion xB CAMAutoMagOnce upon a time, Nik, the owner of this 2005 Black Cherry Pearl Scion xB, had a Skyline. Back when he and his wife lived in Okinawa, Japan they both had turbo 5 speed Skylines, and very little money. Nik and his R32 GTS-T had a few too many run-ins with the cops, so his wife made him agree to buy a car that wouldn’t get him thrown in jail. And that is how he came to own his xB, which he calls “STATUS:LOW” Follow us after the jump for more on this xB. (more…)

07th May2011

Gallery: Utah Drift

by Trent

Nissan 240sx Drifting in UtahRecently, the Utah Drift scene found a deserted track that the owner was willing to rent out for a cheap price. This of course led to a great drift session out in Eagle Mountain, UT. We were on hand to witness this event, and click ‘Continue Reading’ to see some of the photos we shot. (more…)

03rd May2011

BIG Utah Grand Prix Photo Gallery

by Trent

Utah Grand Prix at MMPCheck out the Porsche GT3 Cup Photos, SCCA World Challenge Photos, Pirelli Drivers Cup Photos, and SCCA Trans-Am Photos below. Big gallery after the jump. (more…)

02nd May2011

CAM Video Podcast #4

by Trent

CAM Podcast 4 Mike and Trent
Our 4th video podcast is once again brought to you from the road. This time a VW Routan minivan is our backdrop, but the topics are anything but portly. Click ‘Continue Reading’ to check it out or download this week’s video podcast. (more…)

28th Apr2011

Utah Grand Prix this weekend

by Trent

 

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CAM is out at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend, because there’s not modified car more than a race car. We’ll be bringing you the races this weekend with the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge, SCCA Trans-Am, K&N Pro-Series West, and IMSA GT3 Cup! Stay tuned.

Photo and Words by Trent Bray

Special thanks to Miller Motorsports Park.

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25th Apr2011

CAM Video Podcast #3

by Trent

cam car podcast 3The podcast keeps coming full force. Check it out after the jump and download it in HD for viewing later. (more…)

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