Rain Event #1
The first solo of the season was today… and it was soaking wet.  With a full year of events behind me in this car, I was a bit surprised to realize at the days beginning, that it was going to be my first opportunity to really flog the car in wet conditions. I have always loved driving in the rain… but […]

2016 SASC #1 – Rain


Flashback - 2009 3
Flashback – 2009.  Remember when I formed sheet metal to brace and stitch welded a whole car? What was I thinking? In regards to writing, I’ve thought for a while, that creative power and motivation is something that only dwindles with age.  I’ve now decided that this also applies to anything creative or expressive.  Commitments of age and maturity are a […]

When Modifications Were Fun



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The Lexus gets a flat tire, and I have no choice but to “unleash the beast” and load the trunk up with punctured Pirelli’s.  Car is tame… more so than the IS300… but the sight of it is enough to turn me on.  The smell too.  Yah my ZN6 with less than 10k km on it has another major oil leak. […]

Rip, Torn.


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I’ve been dreading this day for a year and a half now.  What would the next FR-S look like? Would it have boost or more displacement? Would it have lightweight body panels? Would it have a look I love? Would it cost me a lot of money just because it was something I would have to have? At this point… […]

Zenkei Is Best?



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Too many friends have keys to the shop? This was a funny surprise, as I have actually been toying with bringing the car out again. Winter has been short, but challenging. Paying monthly on a car that sits is not a new thing, but it isn’t particularly comfortable when no money is coming in. With spring comes employment opportunity. There […]

Spring Sprung


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No not the car. The website. It’s been almost 18 years. This website has been a part of me for… half my life. Gnarly. There is A LOT of history here. I can’t imagine ever giving it up, and I love it very much as is… at least in look and feel. On the back end however, it has become […]

Going Under The Knife



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Control capacity. I think a lot of people really don’t get it, but raw speed does not interest me much at all. Formula 1? I’m more interested in vintage touring cars. Downforce equipped super car on R comps? Nah I’d rather a 150hp lightweight on skinny street tires. 4WD 3 LSD rally car light on ice? A RWD boat seems […]

Control Capacity


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Yay for a short break from wheels. Winter has come and I finally got a chance to try the IS300 out on the ice. My expectations for the car were not high. It is a great daily driver, and from what I have experienced on the street, very well balanced and behaved. However, on glare ice with Subaru’s breathing down […]

Driving Rear Wheels Only



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It’s winter… and I’m all out of green so spending time on the computer. Kyushashoes got a big update… and I’ve decided to make greatly expanding the database there my winter project. … along with re-vamping this deprecated old place.

One Down


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This is the emblem of the latest FIA race series… and it’s appropriate that it looks like it belongs on the mast of a pirate ship, or taped to a lamp post in a dark alley. Those who plot the end of the world need not an arsenal, but a single device… or in this case… a race series. More […]

A New World