A little something I’ve been working on since a lot of the older ones never worked out. Will be available for sale in the next few months.
I know I’ve made this rant already, but that was on the old blog, and I feel like the issue needs to be touched on again.
“FUNCTION VS. FORM”
In today’s Import scene, it seems that almost everyone has taken to one side or another in the decision between function and form. When in reality it shouldn’t be a decision between the two, but instead, a blend of both.
To break it down simply, there’s no point in building a car just to be low and flush if it’s just going to be the biggest of inconveniences to drive to your friend’s house, it may look good, but if you can’t drive it; what’s the point? Cars initially existed solely as a form of transportation, so taking away a car’s first purpose, is dumb. On the other side of the spectrum, being fast isn’t an excuse to have an ugly car. I hate when people strive to build sleepers, most of them allow the body of their cars to go to shit, don’t invest in any suspension, tires, wheels or brakes, and focus solely on building their motor, but then don’t prepare their chassis to handle the power. Some would say that there is no such thing as ugly, there’s just conflicting opinions, but I think without proper execution, it doesn’t matter what anyone’s opinion is, ugly is ugly.
I’ve seen a lot of people try to imitate Japanese style on lots of platforms, performance or show oriented. But one thing I’ve noticed is that, the majority of people trying to capture the style lack the grace to capture the soul of it. Building a cool car is easy in planning, but execution is key. All the parts can be there, but the car can be a flop if there’s no flare.
Now, if there’s one thing that’s for certain, the Japanese are DAMN good at making purpose built cars that have style. Fully blown track cars and drift cars with ridiculous aero, that still have a strong aesthetic presence, and perform exactly how they’re supposed to. This is something that a large majority of non Japanese import car builders haven’t captured.
I’m not saying people shouldn’t do what they want to do with their cars, if you want to build a fully dedicated show car with the full monty of lights, and sounds, go for it, it’s your car. Or if you want to build a track monster stripped to bone with nothing but the bare minimum, go for it. But if you can’t enjoy driving your car and enjoy looking at your car too, you’re doing something wrong.
It was a crazy Memorial day for me this year! All the prepping I’ve done for the past few weeks came down to that day. The night before, I packed everything up, and topped off the tank to make sure that I could leave right when I woke up. That morning was good, woke up at 5:30ish, took a second look at everything I needed to bring, packed some food and water, then headed out on my way to South Beloit. It wasn’t a bad drive up, about an hour and fifteen minutes from my house to me walking up to the registration line with construction the entire way up. I wasn’t too mad at the construction because I was driving with an R35 for a majority of the way up haha.
Kevin (Nachtmensch) met up with me at the registration desk, and we drove over to our paddock area, where we unloaded our stuff and set up a canopy.
And my car after my first practice run
As you can see, the stripes are back! They’re at more of an angle than last year, and a few inches wider, and this year, they were applied WAY better than I did last year by my friend Pat at Wagoners. The track was wet due to the heavy rains the night before, and it was drizzling early in the day, but it later dried up super well by the time I got to my first timed run.
My goal for the day was to break into the sub 1:40′s (but I expected to be in the 1:50′s, seeing it was my first time ever driving on a track haha). I wasn’t able to get an instructor for my first practice run, and I ended up missing my second practice run, because our paddock area was really far from the PA system, and I couldn’t hear the announcements too well, and I was eating haha.
During my first few timed runs, I was solely trying to learn fast lines, and figure out my gearing. But the rest of the day, I was trying to find the limits of the car, and trying to best my times.
*EDIT! So I just checked my times online, and my 6th run was my fastest run! Managed so shave .189 seconds off my fifth run, definitely could have been more if a receipt didn’t fly out of my passenger side door and threw me off rhythm. I NEED TO GO BACK!*
I’m satisfied with my times for my first time out, still learning everything, and not getting any instruction, but after watching all the video footage that I got, I see what I did wrong, and already know where I can improve, so now I’m just going to do some minor upgrades by August, and then start saving for some big upgrades for next season!
Here are some more pics and a video from my day at Blackhawk (All pics by FITPhotograpy and Digital Kyle):
This Z is the FAST it previously set a lap record at Blackhawk, but it was surpassed soon by the one of the Evos that was running that day.
This is the GTR I was driving up with the most of the way on 90, this thing was ROWDY!
This is the Evo that set BFR’s new track record: 1:14.7 something RIDICULOUS!
Ben Mich’s S13 is so rad, and so is Ben, he drifted all day at DD44 the day before, trailered his car straight to Blackhawk that night, and then drove all day at Blackhawk. Shout out to Earl Mich Company for the vinyl for my stripes!
There was a strong presence of FR-S/BRZ’s about six of them total, and they were all pretty exciting to watch on track.
Kevin’s MR-S new wing is DOPE, so happy he drove this event with me.
Now for video, please excuse all the angle changes, I was experimenting all day, so I could figure out the best angle, but I didn’t get to watch any of the footage till I got home. next time, I’ll probably stick to one or two views.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been preparing the car and myself for what is going to happen tomorrow. And tomorrow, I will be making my track driving debut!
The stripes are back on, and here’s a little preview of the car, all washed up, and put away, everything’s packed up and ready for Blackhawk Farms Raceway in the morning! 2013 spec is now complete, and I couldn’t be happier!
I’d like to give a special thanks to:
Jason from Aficionado
Pat from Wagoners-Wagon Lifestyle
DRIVE HARD ~ HAVE FUN!!
FINALLY put an exhaust on the car, DC Sports 4-2-1 header, 2.5″ midpipe, and this borla muffler.
I really like how it ended up, tucked up super high and out of sight, and the tip isn’t all stuck out and crazy looking, the whole thing barely noticeable. And it sounds so much better than stock haha. Nice and quiet at idle, but super cool when I lay into it. This is the first time I’ve modded the car and actually felt it be faster, and I enjoy it! But it’s probably the only “power” mod I’m going to be doing for a while. Track day prep is on schedule!
Tym for the midpipe
Brian for the muffler
Mikey for the header
Jason for taking me to Montoya’s
And Montoya’s Mufflers for installing everything for cheaps!
And I’m not mad about it!
Lauren Mayberry from CHVRCHES has stolen my heart!