19th Oct2017

The CAMcast goes Chamberlaining

by Michael Chandler

Despite our best efforts, we bring you a new episode of the CAMcast!  We may or may not have forgot to plug some things in, but we remedied the situation and bring you the regular crew (minus Pizza Dad), plus guest Scott Michael Chamberlain!  The guys talk to Scotty about the NASA HPDE program, driving in TT, Gavin and Mike driving Black Betty (his E36 325is), and the good old days.  We also talk about:

  • Polestar reveals their first car, the Polestar 1
  • McLaren teases a “Hyper GT” they’re calling the BP23
  • WEC Fuji was wet, foggy, and weird
  • Rotaries aren’t all they’re cracked up to be
  • And tons of your questions and emails!

Thank you for joining us for another episode!  If you could, head over to iTunes/Apple PodcastsGoogle Play, or wherever you find us, and rate and review us.  Share us with your friends, follow us on our various social media outlets, head to CAMautoMag.com for fun content and tons of photos, buy some shirts, and support Mathusaworm, the band that provides the theme song.  We’ll be back next week, take care until then!

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05th Oct2017

CAMcast: Come at me, Brew!

by Michael Chandler

Hey hey hey everybody!  The whole gang is back for another tangent filled episode of the CAMcast!  Yes, Pizza Dad came back for another one, and it was timely, for there was a Grand Prix to discuss!  We also covered

  • Polestar’s cryptic social media posts
  • The first FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup, and the future of the event
  • More favorite Top Gear moments
  • Our faces are literally on shirts now
  • And we talk over each other

Thank you for joining us on this adventure in staying on topic.  If you haven’t, subscribe to us on iTunes, Google Play, and wherever else you find us.  And rate and review us while you’re at it!  We’ll be back next week with more shenanigans, and perhaps we’ll stay on topic!

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13th Jul2017

CAMcast: Dad Gets Us Up To Date On F1

by Michael Chandler

Hey hey hey everybody!  Welcome to this episode of the CAMcast!  Dad (yea, he’s back!), Mike and Dave congregate in the basement and go over some rumors, late breaking news, and some of your correspondence, including a late question from CAM co-founder Trent.  On this episode’s agenda we have:

  • A massive Formula 1 update from Pizza Dad
  • Lamborghini being courted as an IndyCar engine supplier
  • And them maybe getting into GTE-Pro and/or DPi
  • The Penske-Honda DPi is real, and is the Acura ARX-05 DPi
  • Volvo isn’t going full electric just yet

Thank you for coming back for another episode, we appreciate you guys.  Stream the episode above, download it here, or snag it wherever you get your podcasts (iTunes, Google Play, etc.). Please rate us and leave a comment on iTunes, Google Play, and wherever else you can find us.  The comments and rating help us climb the rankings and get seen by more people, which means we can grow and do cool stuff like remote episodes.  

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19th Feb2016

Good Morning Moose

by Michael Chandler

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And a good orky bork to you all

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11th Feb2016

Have A New Wallpaper

by Michael Chandler

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Come on, you know you want this on your desktop.

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11th Feb2016

It’s Not One of Those 240s

by Michael Chandler

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When I say “240”, what springs to mind?  Probably one of the Nissan/Datsun S chassis.  Be it a 240Z, S13 or S14, those are logical conclusions to arrive at.  Unfortunately, those are all the wrong conclusions to arrive at.  You see, Volvo made a a car called 240 as well.  And like the Nissans, it was powered by an inline four cylinder engine, and sent power to the rear wheels; however, it never got the same fanatical following the S chassis received.  And that’s a shame.  Despite it looking EXACTLY like a child’s rendering of a car, they can be turned into some pretty awesome bricks.

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Tate is one of those folks who transformed a mundane brick into an awesome brick.  And he didn’t have to go crazy to do so, thanks to the worldwide followings Volvos have.  He also didn’t have to know Swedish to get his hands on some parts.  Thanks internet!  Anyway, this brick is more ground bound thanks to a set of R Sport International coilovers, and Kaplhenke adjustable strut mounts.  The suspension isn’t just limited to things that provide the lows.  There’s also a set of Kaplhenke roll center correcters, and IPD sway bars, adjustable torque rods, and panhard bar.  Remember: Volvo took their brilliant boxes on the touring car circuit, so seeing one of these handle isn’t out of the ordinary.

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The gold mesh wheels look period correct, like they were pull offs from an E30 BMW 3 series or a GTi.  They look period correct, but they aren’t period.  They’re a set of MSW’s, and they’re shod in Yokohama rubber.  If you look closely at the photo above, you’ll notice something ahead of the wheel.  That would be the business end of the exhaust.  One of many little touches this car has received.

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The nose is accented by a 242 GT grille and accompanying driving lights, a set Hella 700′ driving lights, and a set of European (Oooo fancy!) corner lenses.  Out back there’s a sweet ass trailer hitch, and a spoiler.  It’s not from a Volvo though.  Guess where it came from.

No, not a Honda.

Not a VW either.

Give up?

It’s from a Saab 9000.  From one Swede to another.

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The interior is a healthy mix of OEM, stuff found in other cars of the era, and creatively shoving aftermarket gauges into factory holes.  The Volvo dash has all of these sweet little places for gauges, some of those holes housed Volvo gauges.  Those holes don’t house Volvo gauges anymore.  In their places sit an AEM UEGO gauge, and some gauges that’ll measure more boost and a wider range of temperatures than the old OEM counterparts.  No fancy aftermarket wheel, just the tried and true factory wheel.  The seats are OEM, just not OEM Volvo.  Tate isn’t 100% sure where the Recaro style seats came from, but they get the job done.  Also non-Volvo OEM: the Audi 4000 shift knob, that sits atop a Pro 5.0 shifter, that juts out from a T5WC transmission sourced from a Mustang.  Wait, what?

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Yeah, there’s a reason for the Mustang gearbox.  The long block is the stock B21FT that came in the car, but a lot of other things are no longer stock.

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Tate converted the car to EFI himself using Microsquirt, which he wired and tuned himself, and an intake manifold from a newer 240.  A Swedish company called Do88 supplied the radiator, intercooler and piping.  There’s a GT2871R ball bearing turbo with a ported compressor housing hanging from a one-off tubular exhaust manifold.  A Tial MVS external wastegate that’s plummed into a custom three inch exhaust, the one that dumps right in front of the passenger rear wheel.  A Forge Splitter diverter valve relieves anything above the current preset amount of boost.  That amount is 20psi.  That number will be increasing.

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Oh, there’s also a ratchet strap holding things down.  Hey man, necessity is the mother of invention.

When someone starts throwing around “240”, people’s mind will instantly jump to the Nissans.  That’s all well and good, but hopefully after reading this you’ll ask them “do you mean the Volvo?” And then you’ll enlighten them about the glory that are the turbocharged, Swedish bricks.

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11th Feb2016

Coming Soon…

by Michael Chandler

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08th Feb2016

Aired Out C30

by Michael Chandler

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The Volvo C30 is criminally under loved.  Thankfully there are some people building some pretty cool ones, like this bagged example.  Don’t know anything else about the car, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t look rad.

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24th Sep2015

Top of the Line Imports Show and Shine

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

We covered a Top of the Line Imports meet last year, and it was a good time.  People go the extra mile to get their car ready for the meet and, for most, it showed.  This year’s meet was no different.

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This thing really stood out to me.  It’s a Volvo C30 on air!  The C30’s are already handsome little moosen, but put some good looking wheels on one and bag it and it becomes something else entirely.

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All the cool kids are bagging their cars, and most of them are not afraid of showing off their tanks and compressors.  I saw a lot of people who ditched the carpet in the trunk in favor of some hardwood.  Nobody had any parquet though…

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Someone went down their own path with the “hardwood” idea.  Good for you hockey enthusiast, good on you.

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One person decided to buck convention, and not mount their tank on the trunk floor.

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More modern cars made up the majority of the vehicles, but some classics came out.  This ’28 Ford Model A, complete with a stained glass rear window.

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And there was a Volkswagen Type 181, the Kurierwagen, lovingly known here as The Thing!  It was surfed out, complete with a short board sticking out the back.

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And in the shadow of another classic, stood the penultimate piece of classic JDM goodness.

Summer is officially over, that doesn’t mean the meets are; however, bigger meets with hundreds of cars and DJs and pizzas are.  But you can bask in the glow of the pictures on your screen and reminisce about the good times.

 

 

09th Apr2015

It’s a Spec New World

by Michael Chandler

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

The Spec Z field is exploding for NASA Utah, Spec Miata is healthy, 944 Spec provides a solid battle every race, and there’s even a Spec E30 class that has yet to be explored.  Spec racing is a hell of a way for people to get into door to door racing, without having to build something crazy.  The blueprint is right there, all you have to do is follow it.

There are probably a ton of more spec series available, but there are plenty that don’t exist.  They probably don’t exist for good reason, but today we’re going to explore the brave frontier!  Buy your supplies, and prepare to lose half the party to Cholera.  WAGONS HO!

Spec S Chassis

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Drifting is starting to get ridiculous.  700-900 horsepower?  V8s with ridiculously engineered exhaust collectors?  What happened to welding up the diff in an S13 or S14 and getting wild?  It’s been proven that you don’t need rear mounted radiators, hydraulic e-brakes or sequential gear boxes to slide, but looking at Formula D makes one think otherwise.  I think it’s time to change this.  I’ve kicked this idea around with Dave, and we’ve come up with a rough framework for an amazing new drift series: Spec S Chassis.  An entire field of S13s and S14s, all sporting KA24DEs.  The only modifications you can do internally is a hot cam swap (running an exhaust cam in place of an intake cam), and that’s it.  Welded diffs, basic steering angle mods, and coilovers are all you get suspension wise.  You can run whatever tire you want, granted it is the specified size.  Suddenly it’s not who has the biggest budget and most power, it’s who has the skills to boogie.  It’s still judged, but (and since this exists in the minds of a few) there will be completely different judges than in Formula D.

Now, I know Lone Star Drift is trying a budget minded series this season and that’s fantastic.  The drivers have their chose of chassis and can do some modifications (motor swaps like SRs in 240s and such, and engine cooling is open, and suspension is open but no attachment points can be moved), and all the competitors have to run Kenda tires.  You can still petition to have some modifications let in, but hopefully they’re not too lenient with it.  However, if you really want to see who is the best driver, you’d stick them in identically prepared cars and let them go at it.

Super Pursuit

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Travis over at Jalopnik proposed a Spec Panther series/class, and it has all the required legs to be something.  The Panther platform Fords are in abundance and are cheap, and he laid out the rules.  It’s great, and since he came up with it a square almost two years ago I’m not going to bogart his idea.  I’m going to expand upon it, and take it to ridiculous new heights.  Instead of just seeing Crown Vics, Grand Marquies and Town Cars running around, why not expand it to ALL the common and cheap former police vehicles?  Why not?!

Crown Vics, Chargers, Caprices and Impalas are eligible in this series, and they would have to have some of the basic spec requirements (cage, minimum wieght, spec tires, etc).  These cars wouldn’t be street legal, but neither are Spec Miatas or Zs.  The spotlights would be removed, BUT the cars can run light bars provided they’re attached securely.  And each car would have to be painted, or wrapped, to look like an actual police car.  Not 100%, but at least black and white or similar colors to a local municipality.  Who wouldn’t want to see this?!?

WGT: Wagon Grand Touring

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We love wagons.  There’s no shame in that, because wagons are awesome. Unfortunately, with the rise of minivans then CUVs, the humble wagon has started to disappear.  Ford, FCA and GM aren’t making any.  BMW and Mercedes do, but finding one is like finding a unicorn.  This pretty much leaves VWs, Subarus, and Volvo.   And this wouldn’t be the first time a Volvo wagon was out racing! Unfortunately, the Touring Brick would be outlawed.

It would be open to four cylinder wagons, naturally aspirated and turbocharged, so no BMW or Meccedes.  The modifications would be more open for the NA cars, and the turbo cars could carry a weight penalty.  Tires would be spec, but different sizes for the NA and turbo cars.  Cages, obviously and fuel cells.  No roof racks, baskets or boxes/pods.  Having these grocery getters running around would open up some interesting new avenues for competition.  Honestly, some Top Gear-esqe shenanigans like a mandatory pit stop to load the car with groceries would add some hilarity.  Or fastest lap with the most cargo.  The possibilities are endless, like a child’s imagination.

So that’s what I’ve come up with.  How about you?  Feel free to add your ideas, tweaks and your own classes in the comments.

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