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Yeah, it’s been forever. But I finally have an update and it’s a good one. One of my good friends is sending me live updates and pics from the Nurburgring!! I gotta get to this place before they shut it down…but in the meantime, this will have to do. THANKS AW!!
Let’s start with Audi of course:
I’ll update as more pics come available.
A quick note of thanks to everyone who has reached out to me regarding the passing of my Dad – it means a lot, and hopefully I didn’t miss responding to each of you personally. Everyday is a challenge, somedays it’s like he’s still here and others I miss him so much. It comes in waves, but I know he’s pushing me to keep moving so here we go:
Another car from the #PML Quickstrike – Matte Green 458 Spyder/Tan interior and CF rear grille. I’m sure most auto enthusiasts are freaking out (especially Ferrari Tifosi) but from a streetwear/fashion perspective, something works about it for me. Not sure if it’s a wrap or not – from what I know about Platinum Motosports, I doubt it’s a wrap. Either way, props for just doing you.
I spared taking an entire pic of the car that was rocking this – so confusing…definitely not OEM…checkout this 991 wheel with centerlock…CAP. Ugh. I always say to each his own and sincerely, who am I to judge but DUDE!!! COME ON MAN.
Till next time…
Great turnout at C&C today and TEAM SGA got together again to checkout our buddies new Challenge Stradale in person. Since the BAC Mono was going to make a showing I pretty much knew it’d be impossible to get a spot inside, particularly with the crew since none of us are particularly hell bent on getting up early just to get a spot in the lot LOL.
Lot was packed when we arrived, so we opted for the usual structure parking. For some reason 2 spots were left around Steve’s GTR LOL…not sure why – did we fear the all mighty GTR? Well, it lead to a IG picture that SuperStreet posted which worked out haha.
The BAC Mono, pretty much what everyone came out to see – comes in pieces from the UK and assembled here by Sector 111, known primarily for their Lotus aftermarket parts. What does all this mean? Well, you can drive it on the streets here to your local SBUX drivethru LOL…flip up your helmet visor and order your Venti carmel frap extra whip.
On the way one of the guys pointed out this clean E36 ///M3 on Equips!! Those of you who know me remember my relationship with Work wheels since 01′ so I was immediately intrigued to see such an old school set – I didn’t even realize there was someone in the car LOL!! Sorry for the paparazzi action, I didn’t even notice till I was editing…great car though
Quick vid from the day as well – make sure you watch it in HD
It’s been FREEZING here in SoCal as of late and last Saturday was no exception, please excuse the lighting and the shots – my hands were sincerely shaking as I was taking most of them haha. Luckily the second straight week of crazy cold weather didn’t keep the cars coming out in masses.
Speaking of masses…checkout this row of new F10 ///M5′s. Someone remarked that it looked like a dealership LOL. You’d think they had some crazy lease deal going on with the amount I’ve seen as of late. (I checked, they don’t hahaha)
Please Please Please someone make a bodykit for an Accord Coupe so I don’t think I’m the only one that thinks Veilside could pull this ish off? The MBZ Black Series C-Coupe is cool and all (limited blah, specs blah, etc) but it looks too eerily similar to an Accord to be cool in my book. Don’t be upset BS fans, you can say my car looks like a TT and I still won’t care. POWERED BY HONDA.
No BS here. Just a Balboni 550-2 for ya. For those that whine that AWD is not pure and you should manually row through gears, get one of these. Available in 2WD and Manual! Black works with the gold and white stripe.
Thanks for reading. BTW, the featured image this week is my buddies new Challenge Stradale that he picked up last weekend, was getting clear bra’d so I only got a few shots.
2012 was a blur and I really really lagged on updates towards the end there – I know it and for those of you still coming to visit, I sincerely appreciate it! Here’s the latest batch of pics from the 1st C&C of the new year, a pretty chilly 38 degrees when I headed out this AM.
May the force be with you.
Might as well call it the FR-S/BRZ Show as we all knew what was coming. Pretty much every tuner was gonna bring one out, after all – it’s the Acura Integra of the new generation…tuner friendly, affordable and great looking. I was told this car was “given” to Scion from Toyota to save the brand, as they were getting smoked in that market segment – well, it most definitely saved it and then some according to the response from the aftermarket. I won’t be heavy on the FR-S/BRZ stuff since that’s not my target demographic, I’m sure there are pics all over the web for the ones at the show – I’m going to focus on what I thought was particularly cool since that’s why you’re visiting anyways right? I’ll try not to hurt too many feelings. LOL. Here we go:
Ben Sopra GTR – Fatlace
Nuts. Sincerely. Jon Sibal and I were sitting on the stairs at the end of Day 1, talking about the industry – the cars we’ve seen, how maybe I’m getting old and just don’t know what’s “cool” anymore LOL, and this thing. The kit is so aggressive, it’s awesome. Let’s be honest, the GTR is not a thing of beauty – it’s a technological wunderkind. It’s crazy fast, but that’s not always what you’re looking for right? I mean… It’s the girl at the dance that’s booty shaking in the center of the circle, she gets a lot of attention but she’s not the best looking one there. Okay, lemme think of a better way to put that…the GTR is like Chik Fil A, great quality fast food, but it’s still fast food in the end…um, well – you get the point I think. The Ben Sopra kit makes the GTR more of the Godzilla namesake it goes after – it matches the horsepower, it makes it cool – I just can’t quite explain it. What’s more straight race than a full front end that flips up to reveal the motor? I have a lot of friends with GTR’s so don’t get offended, I’m sure they aren’t LOL.
SLR Racecar – Kendra
All I know about this company is that 1. I can’t erase the thought of the ditsy 3rd girl next door from Playboy’s name and 2. I’ve never seen any other marketing from Kendra outside of SEMA. They did bring out one sick car though LOL.
Liberty Walk Murcielago – Toyo Tires
A travesty to purists everywhere I’m sure, I found this car to be crazy enough to pull it off IMO. First off, you gotta know Liberty Walk’s style to understand the concept – air ride to get the lowest possible look, aggressive (insanely) bodywork and exclusivity, let’s face it – it’s not for everyone. Taking a page (perhaps) from RWB, Rocketbunny and the like – screw-on fenders gave the body that swollen raced out flare, an LP670 themed wing and aggressive sideskirts and front lip. Machine finished look via wrap and you’ve got a very urban looking italian with japanese tuning masterpiece.
Ferrari 458 – Vossen
Of all the Florida wheel makers (*cough*cough) there’s one that seems to be able to stay out of the bad press and just build wheels. Gotta give em credit for that alone, not to mention slick and clean marketing (no BS, no hype) and an overall clean aesthetic. Granted they may not be the lightest or most technically engineered wheels out there, but they don’t front like they are either, which is more than I can say about others. They just quietly hold down their own and produce good looking wheels. Honest opinion, I don’t even know these dudes and I know my fair share of people in the industry LOL. Keep doing your thing Vossen.
Porsche 997.1 GT3 – Carbon Revolution
Believe this is Bill from RennWorx (if you guys remember them) latest company. True CF from what I’ve seen and been told, complete CF as well. Will be interesting to see how well these hold up and the competitions reaction to them, Dymag has been long gone and there are VERY few companies if any producing full CF wheels that I’d be willing to rock on my personal car. HRE just recently re-released a CF setup so 2013 should be real interesting. Send me a set for my project Bill LOL!
R8GT / Underground Racing – Nitto Tires
Yeah, short of a Heffner kit, these are the 2 companies that have a monopoly on the insane market of twin turbo-ing Gallardo’s and R8′s LOL. Underground is the household name, Heffner is the originator. Lots of great stories on each. Interesting that this R8GT was missing the wing…assuming it was an R8GT of course and not pieced together, I just couldn’t imagine someone spending the money on upgrading a V10 with some of the GT parts…then again, I can’t imagine someone willing to twin turbo a GT at all LOL. Next level stuff right there – chuch.
AMF Wheels – R8 Spyder
Okay, I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought this – but I could swear AMF was a bowling company…right?!? LOL. They’re a division of Ace Alloy (most of you guys probably know ACE) – apparently these go by AMF Forged, again – not bad designs, nice clean setup. Nice car LOL! Oh and I’m sure you drinkers also know what AMF stands for LOL.
More to come in Part 2.
A few quick shots from the wet weekend (about time we had some cool weather LOL!)
All in all, not a bad turnout considering the weather…time for me to wash my car, it’s filthy LOL.
Finally had an opportunity to see the homie RJ’s new ride – keeping it classy/GT style with a Maserati MC-Stradale! Such a striking car that you don’t see too often. Seats 4, Grand Tourer with a splash Stradale for the Ferrari Tifosi. Lots of great quality CF. Plus, you gotta love that long front end…
Interior clad in CF and amazing leather. Interesting note – checkout those long paddle extensions, a lot of Ferrari 430 owners have purchased these and used them to extend their paddles Gotta love the Fiat/Maserati parts bin
As SEMA draws near I’ll either have more content to throw up or be too busy to post LOL, stay tuned
Was invited to this event this past weekend which was a blast. I’ve had 3 Porsche’s so it’s nice to see that they “give back” to their customers every so often, maybe trying to get me back to the brand?! LOL. I’ve attended a similar event for BMW (twice) and anytime you get to beat on cars that aren’t yours, on a track – with specialists, it’s bound to be a good time.
Once again all pics were taken via iPhone other than the “official” ones taken by Porsche for the media portion of the site. There was also a section where they gave us a camera and asked us to take pics which were automatically uploaded which was pretty cool.
Welcome tent, a bunch of the latest models outside (no 918- boo LOL) – A/C blasting inside which was helpful as it was pushing 100 deg outside plus incoming showers LOL. Yellow 991 was a Porsche Exclusive build.
The day consisted of three events. One on the track, one on the autocross and a technology event that you could test acceleration between a hybrid and “normal” Porsche. All of the pics I took were from the track event, which was the most fun (although all three were exciting in their own way)
Pic courtesy of Porsche North America – that’s me in the drivers seat of the Panamera GTS. For this event, you drive the GTS, the 991 Carrera and the 991 Carrera S around the track back to back, following an instructor. The faster your group goes, the faster the instructor will drive.
Apparently I was a bit “too fast” on the track, the instructor car and I had to actually stop about halfway thru the track (118MPH on the straight if I remember correctly) – I was fastest in the Carrera S (even got a little squirrely towards the end), but the GTS felt the most planted to me. Regardless, the PDK was amazing in all the cars – faster than the DCT (BMW), much sportier but would be a challenge to see if it was as “smooth” in city driving.
A very fun car, has the PDK – mini CGT looks. I don’t think this will be looked at as the “can’t afford a 911″ or “girlie” version of Porsche anymore. We had the opportunity to drive a full autocross (2 laps) for this event – my instructor felt uber-comfortable since he let me take a 3rd lap LOL! Fastest I’ve driven on a autocross course for sure.
No pics of the last “technology” event where we drove a hybrid next to a standard motor back to back. I was really surprised of the acceleration “feel” and would def. consider a hybrid Porsche (esp since we have a Prius daily beater) in the future. Hybrid economy with the same Porsche Performance – not bad. They also had Wired magazine onsite loaning us DSLR’s to take our own pics that automatically upload pics, here’s the one I took.
If you happen to get an invitation to the Porsche World Roadshow I would definitely suggest you attend, great opportunity to test cars in an environment that you wouldn’t be able to normally. The event is designed to bring people either back/to the Porsche brand and I’d have to say that it is has definitely put some extra insight into my next vehicle.
Since I’ve been posting videos as of late, here’s an oldie but goodie – first time for public consumption LOL.