Words and photos by Michael Chandler
Over the weekend, our friends at Makes & Models threw open their doors and rolled some of their cars out into the parking lot and held an open house. They wanted to show off the shop, and let the people know that “Yes there’s an R8 LMS racing with our logo all over it, but we’re so much more than that.” Indeed they are.
In addition to showing that every Euro is welcome, they welcomed some of the manufacturers of the parts they sell. Grapple, maker of fine wheel spacers and adapters, brought out their very clean E30 and parked it with Parker Lambert’s bagged A3. If you’re curious: people did step on his splitter.
Behind the Grapple cars was Integrated Engineering, makers of Audi and VW go fast bits. They had a selection of intake manifolds on display, along with some suspension pieces and information on their line of Golf R products. They also had an unassuming E30 BMW hanging out. Its unassuming looks hid a monster holding a hairdryer. Just look at that thing! This little beemer will move.
And finally, NASA Utah had a pop up and were spreading the good word of getting your car on the track. Parked next to the booth was Ben Lamberson’s 2014 TTE championship winning Audi 90. Sitting on what’s left of the dash is what I can only assume is his secret to success: Secrets of Solo Racing by Henry A. Watts. Does this actually help Ben win, and does he pass on these secrets to the drivers he instructs? Beats me, but there it is.
In the showroom was the TW Racing R8 LMS, and a corporate stablemate. Speaking of the R8 LMS, did you know that Makes & Models can get you a sweet hook up on Global Motorsports Group parts? Well, maybe not a “sweet hook up”, but if you want to hop up your Lamborghini, Porsche, Audi, Aston Martin, McLaren, Ferrari or BMW with some top notch parts, here you go.
While most of the action was happening in the showroom and in the parking lot, there was something to see in the shop area. Up on the alignment rack was this classic Alfa Romeo GTV. It was just hanging out with some Porsches, being all classic and Italian.
All makes and models were welcomed at the Makes & Models Open House, from Greg Valdez’s red WRX to a C7 Corvette with all sorts of APR goodies. It was a solid event, complete with booth professionals, and a raffle. Sad you missed out on a chance to see some ridiculously awesome cars? Don’t worry! Next weekend is the Import Spring Showoff, which we’ll talk about later. In the meantime, enjoy a gallery from the Open House!