27th Apr2018

Cruise For Karma

by Michael Chandler

Last week, hundreds upon hundreds of people gathered at Luxe Auto Spa to help out a girl that very few of them knew.  The girl, Karma McBride, had been battling Osteasarcoma since 2016.  And it looked like she was in the clear in January, but on Friday the 13th (yup) her doctors found a tumor in her stomach that was terminal.  She was given weeks to live.  Being faced with one’s mortality is a heavy thing when it’s presented to you as an adult, but as a child?  That’s something I can’t wrap my head around.  Karma could get her mind around it, and she wrote a bucket list.  She wanted to go shopping, go to prom, and ride in a Lamborghini.  She got to go shopping, and her parents organized a prom for her at a local hotel.  The last thing was a ride in a Lamborghini…

The call was put out, and it was heard by Cougar at Luxe, and L.T. Weese and Sound for Freedom.  What started as a few Lamborghini owners meeting up to help Karma out, exploded into a massive gathering that included a cruise from Luxe to Karma’s house to pick her up.  And everyone was invited.  I got there ahead of the cruise, and since it was my first time at Luxe, I wandered around and took in the sights.

Lots of cool things were at the shop, but there were plenty of cool things occupying the parking lot as well.

I hadn’t decided if I was going on the cruise, but then Dave Kizerian offered me a ride in his 996 911.  I can’t resist his bright, smiling face, so I hopped in when the time was right.  Which was around 5pm.  The massive line formed at approximately 5:05pm

We eventually made it on the road with the rest of the cruise.  We were so far back that we couldn’t see the leaders in the Lamborghinis.  We also kinda freestyled some of the route.

Eventually we caught up to part of the pack, and made some friends.

After some more “navigating”, we found Karma’s neighborhood.  And hundreds of other cruise goers.

It was here that we decided to park the car, and proceed on foot.  We waded through the crowd that had descended upon this neighborhood, and finally came upon the leaders.  They were parked in front of Karma’s house, waiting to hit the road after she hopped into the lead Aventador.

She hopped in, and we got on the road!  We freestyled the route a bit more on the way back, which ended up for the best.  We beat the leaders back to the shop, which meant we could watch the pack make its way to the shop.  And we weren’t the only ones.  State Street was filled with people holding signs, balloons, and cheering for Karma!

And then she appeared!  Everyone cheered as she drove by, and she waved at everyone who was there to support her!  It was a magical sight.

We followed her to the shop, and watched as some local businesses gave her gifts and showed her some love.

Karma went inside to recuperate.  She had had quite the day up to this point, and she still had more to come.

Cougar gathered everyone at the garage door.  It was time for the raffle.  Huge shoutout to Legends Boxing for donating, and everyone who bought grips of tickets.  After that, it was time to bring Karma out to a massive balloon release.  Hundreds of balloons soared as she came into the doorway.

After that it was time to give her a couple more gifts: a custom metal Lamborghini piece of wall art, and a 1:18 scale Aventador that had been painted gold, and customized by everyone at the shop.  

It was a touching event.  Seeing the community come together to give a girl her last wish is one of the most amazing things I’ve seen.  I’m proud that the community could do this, and I’m glad I could be there to see her wish come true.

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22nd Apr2016

New Feature Means New Wallpaper

by Michael Chandler

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Dramatic car, dramatic sky, dramatic new wallpaper for you.

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20th Apr2016

There’s A Storm Coming: Makes & Models ST Huracan

by Michael Chandler

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It wasn’t that long ago that the big dogs running at Utah Motorsports Campus were the Porsche 911 Cup cars coming from the Tatum, Air Power, Snow, and Magnus garages.  They would be battling it out with a few Corvettes, but the Porsches didn’t have much competition.  Then some guys from a shop in Layton got an opportunity to do something to shake up the order.

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They bought an Audi R8 LMS from a Pirelli World Challenge team.  They took it to Envision to have it wrapped in their livery, and started learning the limits of the car.  Then they started winning.  Of course I’m talking about the Makes & Models R8.  That changed things up quite a bit.  Suddenly the dominance of the Porsches wasn’t so overwhelming.  Eventually other ex-PWC cars came, and the old V8 LMS wasn’t the dominant car it once was.  Seeing as how they changed the game once, why not change it again?

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Well, another opportunity came up.  A privateer who was running in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series was looking to unload their Huracan.  Derek Wolthoff of Makes & Models made some calls, and soon enough there was a car under a big, Lamborghini branded sheet sitting in their showroom.  What was under that sheet?

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Obviously.  Well what exactly is a Super Trofeo spec Lamborghini Huracan?  Well, it has a complete aero package that is very different from the street car.  Also different from most of the road going Huracans is the lack of all wheel drive.  This bad boy is rear wheel drive, and has a Marelli six speed sequential gear box.  There’s no ESP, but there’s ABS which has 12 levels of ABS-ness.

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Sitting at all four corners are 18 inch wheels, with Pirelli P Zero tires, and Brembo brakes.  Up front the wheels are 18 x 11, draped in 305/660-18 slicks, with 380mm x 35mm slotted rotors with monstrous 6 pot monoblock calipers.  The rear wheels aren’t much wider than the fronts, they measure in at 18 x 12.  The tires, coincidentally… not really at all, are 315’s.  The rear brakes are smaller than the fronts, but still massive: 355mm x 32mm, with 4 pot monoblock calipers.

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The engine is still a V10, but a little different.  Gone is the multi-point injection for the fuel, and in has come an intake by BMC.  Out is the master and slave ECU setup, and in is a M182 MoTEC system with 9 positions of traction control.  The Super Trofeo series still does have gentlemen racers, gotta give them a little bit of a security blanket.

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There’s also the other race car stuff like a cage, seat and harness, cat flaps instead of windows, stuff make the car a great tool for racing, but awful for using as a car in the real world.

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So what’s next for the car and team?  Well, they’re going to feel out the car and it’s quirks.  They’ve got one race under their belt, but things are looking pretty good.  When asked about the future of the car, Derek gave me this:

“We would like to make changes to the car that will benefit the series (NASA GTS), based on the spec for ST”

So basically make the car more at home, while still keeping it a Super Trofeo car.  This is good, especially considering that fellow GTSU competitors DXDT Racing recently announced their Super Trofeo program.  Will we see some Lamborghini battles at UMC this season?  Who knows!

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We here at CAM can’t predict the future (at least not with any accuracy, but we were right about the F1 qualifying!), but we do know that, with all this new metal running around the track, there’s a storm brewing on the horizon.

GRAB AN UMBRELLA, CAUSE IT’S RAININ’ BONUS IMAGES!

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24th Mar2016

JJ Got Some Flare…s

by Michael Chandler

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As I was walking around the paddock, I came across a familiar vehicle.  It was JJ Askwig’s FRS!  And it has some new curves and shoes.

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He rang up Robert Kochis, another noted FRS owner, at Mod Bargains and scooped up a set of Rocket Bunny V1 flares.

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He cut the fenders, color matched the new flares, then riveted them on.  To fill the new, massive fender wells, JJ picked up a set of Forgestar F14s.  It was already a great looking car, and now it looks a lot meaner.  Always love seeing this car, can’t wait to see it again.

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22nd Mar2016

Here’s Another Upcoming Feature

by Michael Chandler

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After the racing ended, I convinced the Makes & Models crew to let me shoot their new Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.  We were all late to the barbecue, but it was worth it.

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10th Jun2015

The People’s Champ: Scion FRS

by Michael Chandler
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This matte metallic blue Scion FRS has a small pedigree.  Well, not really small: it won the Favorite Scion award at the last import Spring Showoff meet which is impressive considering how prolific the FRS has become.  If you hadn’t seen the car before then, it’s ok.  I had only seen it once before the show.  Seemingly out of nowhere, we have a new champion of the people.

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JJ, the fella who owns this, bought it new in May of 2013 with all of 11 miles on the odometer.  Like any good, sensible person, he began modifying it.  Like most people, he decided it needed more power.  The usual power adders were thrown on,  but naturally aspirated just wasn’t cutting it.  He needed more.  He needed a turbo.

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And that’s exactly what he got!  The Borg Warner 6258 EFR turbocharger came in a kit from Treadstone Performance, which also included an intercooler, hot and cold pipes, the exhaust manifold and up pipe (both of which he had ceramic coated), and a 265lph in tank fuel pump.  Because you can’t just cram additional air into the engine without adding more fuel, JJ threw in a set of 770cc Deatschwerks fuel injectors.  He also grabbed a billet diverter valve from Treadstone, to relieve excess boost pressure.  Additional cooling, specifically for the oil, is provided by a Mishimoto oil cooler.  The whole affair is run by an EcuTek reflashed ECU, which had the wick turned up by Jesse at FNP.  The kit was installed, and all the maintenance is done at Paradise Performance by JD Youngblood and Matt En.

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When you add over 100 horsepower to any car, you should probably address the clutch.  JJ wisely did so, and had JD and Matt throw in a stage 3 segmented ceramic clutch from Competition Clutch.

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Rounding out the power and usability adders, and providing a nice segue to start talking about the other aspects of the car, is a 3″ straight piped exhaust from Simple Performance.  As you can see, the exhaust sticks out a bit.  Not an insane amount, but enough to be noticeable.  And it’s also got a bit of carbon fiber wrap on it.  An odd place for carbon fiber, but it’s not the only carbon fiber on the car.

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The side skirt extensions are carbon fiber, and they’re custom.

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As is the Metallic Blue wrap.  JJ dropped the car off at Justin’s Tint, where the man himself wrapped the car.  The freshly wrapped Scion was taken to Luxe Auto Spa where it was coated with CQuartz FINEST ceramic surface protection, and also had the brake calipers color matched to the wheels and the hats and hubs blacked out.

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Before the wrap, JJ had a ChargeSpeed front lip and rear spats installed.  Not as loud as the Rocket Bunny kits, the ChargeSpeed pieces accent the car without becoming the focus of the car.

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The 18×9.5 Enkei RS05RR wheels also provide a nice, yet not overly distracting touch to the car.  Wrapped in 265/30 BF Goodrich Comp 2 tires, they fill the wheel wells nicely.  The TEIN Monoflex coilovers reduce the wheel gap, while also being great coilovers that make an already stellar handling car handle better.

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JJ has more plans for the car, the most visible is a big APR spoiler that will match the curve of the rear of the car.  Until then, we’ll have to be content with the car that the voting public loves

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