As I hinted at a couple weeks ago when writing about Ryan’s old SW20, I’ve bought in completely to the street class mentality. Part of me was afraid to do this because it seems so incredibly boring. The car stays plain. Tuning options are limited. I don’t get to go fast. As I’ve known all along though… the right wheels […]

All In For C-Street

A recent work trip took me to Circuit ICAR in Mirabel, Quebec. If you haven’t heard of ICAR, I am not surprised.  I myself only discovered ICAR recently in relation to another project I am working on.  The fact that an unrelated work trip took me to the circuit was a happy coincidence. Since motorsports development and relevance has become a big interest of mine, […]

Makeshift Circuit

I am slow to get things done. Things happen pretty fast in my mind – but am much slower getting them on paper, let alone tangible incarnations. The WRX has been sitting since May, and nice weather isn’t the real reason. I am reluctant to make a second attempt at a JDM motor, because this time around the turbo & […]

Shi no Senkoku

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I have recently been viciously debating the merits of keeping my FR-S stock (or at least street class legal).  Parts have been purchased.  Sleep has been lost.  Friendships have been strained while I, as usual, renege on my promises. Sarcasm? The truth is that the last two years of car life has been blissful… except for the absence of raining […]

The Simplest Competition Car

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Either I have a really cool neighbor, or my neighbor has a really cool friend. I was able to stop and take a terrible picture of this car the second time that I saw it on my block. I remember hearing stories about golden valve covers and the technicians engraving their names on the crankshaft after hand balancing. Hipster Alert! […]

Subaru Technica International

My car is cared for and loved, but it has not necessarily had an easy life.  With a little more than 13000km on it now, it seems to only ever emerge from the garage for track events.  To and from these events, it sees no more than 3500rpm as I challenge myself to improve my gearbox work by keeping the […]

Buying In Bulk

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I recently discovered THIS document about the updated BRZ, and am finding it more and more difficult to imagine myself NOT trading the current car in for a new model.  Yes we’ve all heard about 5 more horsepower and bigger brakes… but this document describes a whole lot more than that, and makes a good argument for real meaningful improvements that […]

A Closer Look – Kouki ZC6

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I can do this without being hateful or argumentative… but because you are my brother, I’m going to tell you like I see it.  If you are the common car enthusiast, you could be the greatest enemy to real hardcore motorsports enthusiasts and participants. This is partly because, we don’t give a crap how fast you can take a highway offramp in […]

Arguecat & Motorsports

One man brings two to the cone party down and out ? naw, it was just a wiggle.   The Annexe has been silent for far too long.  For the last quarter of 2015 it was because I was waiting to have good news after a motor swap in the Bugeye. And that news has not come, because the JDM […]

Co Pilot

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With pricing released and pre-orders open on the 2017 BRZ as of yesterday in the USA, I am asking myself more and more seriously, “Am I going to trade in my 2015 FRS for a new model?” In the USA, the top model BRZ limited increases in price by less than $400.  The performance package (only available on the Limited […]