12th Apr2018

CAMcast: Ferraris, Fire, and the New Camaro

by Michael Chandler

GAVIN’S BACK!  And to welcome him back we (Dave and Mike) talk all sorts of stuff!

  • The Bahrain Grand Prix’s interesting results
  • Kimi mangling someone’s leg
  • Forrest Wang kicking ass in Formula Drift
  • Why Dave doesn’t like the drifting Ferrari 599
  • The cool abandoned cars you’ve come across

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28th Feb2018

A Parnelli Jones Prepped Celica Can Be Yours!

by Michael Chandler

Parnelli Jones, racing legend and possibly the reason you destroyed a twelve pack of Olympia Beer that one time, did some amazing things during his career.  He damn near won the Indianapolis 500 in a turbine powered car, battled Dan Gurney in the 1970 Trans Am season to help get Ford the championship, and he started Vel’s Parnelli Jones Racing and won the Indy 500 as an owner in 1970 and 71.  VPJ also won some USAC titles, and prepped some cars for some stuff.  Stuff like this Celica GT that was used for the Celebrity/Professional race at he Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in the 80’s.

 

This 1982 Celica, as well as some others, were sent from Toyota to VPJ for modifications so as to have professional drivers like Dan Gurney, David Hobbs, and Al Unser Sr. battle on the streets of Long Beach.  The Celicas also had celebrities doing whatever it is celebrities do in these sorts of races.  Celebrities such as Caitlyn Jenner, Ted Nugent, whoever the hell Robert Hays is, and the Renegade himself: Lorenzo Lamas!

Packing a 22R, probably, this beast is putting down an ad claimed 155 horsepower!  Not sure if that’s good or bad, but this thing did get strapped to a dyno to get that number.  It has a pair of Weber carbs on it, and that’s pretty choice for something like this if you ask me.  

The interior is all business, and very much so of the time.  If you want to pick this thing up and do anything beyond historic racing, you’re gonna have to do some cage work.  And probably a lot of other work too, but keep that steering wheel for sure.  

It looks to have a fire suppression system, and a fuel cell.  Two good things to have, but two things that may have to be addressed if modern racing is in your future.  

It’s still on those sweet A60 iron cross wheels, but they’ve been wrapped in Hoosier rubber.  It has a Richmond Gear 4.10 in the pumpkin, along with a Precision Gear limited slip.  It has Eibach spring and Tokico shocks in all four corners.  Might need some refreshing, but not a bad suspension setup.

After the old girl finished being used and abused at the celebrity race, it had a curious history.  See if you can spot my issues with this telling of its history

After 1985, the car spent the next two decades at the Willow Springs International Raceway as a driving school car. The car then langished in a shed until revived and refurbished in 2003 and started competitive racing again in 2004.

See my issue?  Either someone didn’t bother proof reading the ad before throwing it on Craigslist, or this car is a low key time machine.  But it is cool that it’s done some racing since being refurbished.  

If this thing tickles your fancy, and if you’re reading this then it probably does, check out the Craigslist ad.  If you feel so inclined, pick it up!  Just let us know that you did, and be prepared to have us bug you about driving it.

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29th May2012

Motion Auto Show 2012

by Trent

Update: Video by [func-shun] added.

The day after Bimmerfest, we hit up the Long Beach Convention Center for the Motion Auto Show.Bisimoto Porsche Twin Turbo I was a bit surprised by the turnout, but quantity doesn’t mean a lack of quality. Check out the pics to see what I mean.
RHD Integra South Park

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Our friends at [func-shun] are working on a video for this event and we’ll let you know when it is available.

Pictures by Trent Bray and Nick Cherpeski

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09th Apr2012

Formula Drift 2012: Round 1

by Trent

Lexus SC430 Drift car

I was fortunate enough recently to go to the first round of the 2012 Formula Drift season in Long Beach. And it was an exciting one! There were 19 rookies competing for a spot, 5 of whom made it into the Round of 32. Ken Gushi also debuted his Greddy Scion FR-S. And Dai Yoshihara, the defending champ returned.
Lexus SC430 drift

The track takes place on turns 9, 10, and 11 of the Long Beach Grand Prix course. These turns might have a bit of a texture difference come next weeks race compared to the other turns.

Rhys Millen Hyundai Genesis drift

Rubber was being shred at every opportunity. In the Round of 16, Rhys Millen messed up a drift and took out his anger on the rear tires of his Hyundai Genesis Coupe.

Long Beach Formula Drift 2012
The battles were hard-fought and there were more than a few crashes throughout practice. However, when the dust and tire debris settled, the winner was crowned. In 3rd place was the rookie Daigo Saito in the Lexus SC430, 2nd place went to Dai Yoshihara in his Nissan 240SX, and the winner, Justin Pawlak in a Ford Mustang! We can’t wait to watch the next round and we will return to as many of these events as we can.

Justin Pawlak Formula Drift Long Beach winner

Special thanks to John Pangilinan. The rest of the photos are below.

Fredric Asabo Scion TC Formula D
Nissan 350Z drift smoke cloud
Dai Yoshihara Nissan 240
BMW Z4 drift car
FC RX7 and Scion FR-S Tandem drift
Long Beach Formula D
Mazda RX-8 drift car
Nissan 350Z drifting
Michael Essa
Formula Drift 2012
Ken Gushi Scion FR-S drifter
Toyota Corolla AE86 drift
Chevy Camaro drift
Nissan 240SX Silvia sliding
Joon Maeng
Nissan 240SX Silvia sideways
SC430 and 350Z tandem drift
Toshiki Yoshioka Nissan Silvia
Matt Powers Nissan 240 Drifter
Daigo Saito drifting
drift crash
S15 Silvia drift
Wrecked drift car
Camaro and 240 crash at Formula Drift
Nissan 350Z Formula Drift
Ken Gushi tandem drift
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Rhys Millen at Formula D
Kyle Mohan RX-8
Chris Forsberg Formula D 370Z

Words and Photos by Trent Bray

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