I was able to squeeze in an hour at this cars and coffee held at my local Porsche dealer before breakfast with the family. It was one of those cases where I woke up early anyway, so why not just go? Boy was I glad I did. The cars were all very high quality and there’s plenty more features to come from it.
Until then, enjoy this highlight reel.
Various media outlets have been reporting headlines along the lines of “Subaru Adds More Power to the STI!!!” But in reality, it’s just 5hp which changes absolutely nothing. It does, however, raise a larger issue I’ve had with Japanese automakers seeming to lack a basic understanding of the American market’s constant need for improvements.
Honestly, I say Subaru can go screw themselves until they make some real and meaningful improvements to the STI. They’re over a decade late on a real power bump for this car. My 04 STI was a Porsche 911 killer when it came out, and now an STI will lose to a V6 Camry on a highway pull. Even though the STI hasn’t changed much at all, somehow it’s nowhere near the same caliber of car it once was.
I don’t think the Japanese really understand the idea of growth in the performance market because they’ve made the exact same mistake with many other models over the years. They always seem to make a great product to start, but then they leave it the same for 10-15 years and finally kill it because it’s not selling and they wonder why…
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Our second gallery of highlights from First Class Fitment 2016. Enjoy!
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First Class Fitment is always an entertaining show to shoot. Every car is different, special in its own way. It is a sea of automotive creativity, and this year was no exception.
Enjoy this first batch of photos!
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I don’t go to nighttime car meets that often, only because I’m not a big part of the scene in my local area. Luckily, it seems that the scene is more noticable south of my area than it is near where I live, and the Old Bridge car guys organized a great meet right by a good friend’s house. This meet had a little bit of everything, from a restored 1966 Chrysler Newport to a Buick Grand National, to a Hellcat, to a pair of very loud (and rather fun) old ex-police Crown Vics. Much fun was had, even though I couldn’t get dinner at Friendly’s due to the line and the fact that the Old Bridge PD shut it down after about 3 hours. I’ll definitely show up to the next event, and hopefully the Miata’s top will be replaced after the rear window exploded. Enjoy the short selection of photos from the event.
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This is a classic Datsun Sunny 1200 pickup and it is a JDM wet dream.
It has a custom front clip, made to look like an original Skyline GT-R, and it has an SR20DET engine under the hood with a big ass turbo on it. In terms of “cool,” this Datsun is just dripping with it, and once again, Jay Leno proves he’s probably the luckiest guy on Earth.
This JDM gem was lurking in the paddock at Laguna Seca. It is a 1971 Nissan Hakosuka Skyline 2000 GT-R, the great, great, great grand daddy of today’s R35 Nissan GTR.
These things are worth a pretty penny now, too. In fact, that same weekend another Hakosuka GT-R sold for $242,000 at auction in Monterey.
The Skyline 2000 GT-R is now a godfather figure amongst Japanese cars, and rightfully so given the lineage of groundbreaking cars it produced.
Enjoy the pics!
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At some point, I’ll make my way out to Las Vegas and attend SEMA. I’m a sucker for any well-modified car, and SEMA has morphed into a showcase for not only aftermarket, but also for OEM folks to show off their best ways to mess with the showroom guys. Mike Finnegan shows us his favorites, then goes out for a shootout between a few awesome classic Datsun 240Zs.
By far my favorite car at First Class Fitment this year, this S14 Nissan 240SX drift car is an epic trollmobile.
On the road, a drift car is a very anti-social thing. And nothing will top off the anger from a minivan full of traditional family values, as you fly past in a hail of tire smoke, like a little softcore Anime porn on the side of your car to make the kids ask awkward questions.
What’s more, this thing has an RB26DETT under the hood (Skyline GTR motor for those who don’t know). That means that in terms of 240SX drift cars, this thing is pretty much a god.
A solid build, topped with some hilarious character. This has to be one of my favorite modded cars I’ve ever seen, of any type. And how about that shift knob?
Enjoy the pics!
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