Hawk’s Nest Face-off:
Saturday was the day Danny and I headed out to meet a friend at Hawk’s Nest, just outside of Port Jervis, NY. The road is well paved, has some great twists and turns, there’s not too much traffic, and oh yes, it’s built on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Delaware River with a 2-foot tall wall as a barrier. If that’s not good enough, the speed limit is 55mph (25mph cautionary).
Even though it was a good hour and a half drive to get there and the said road is only a few miles (if that) long, it’s absolutely worth it to go. Even if you don’t love to drive, the views are spectacular.
Danny drove his 2003 Nissan 350Z with me in the passenger seat and Thomas drove solo in his 2009 Subaru WRX. Of course the WRX was hard to keep up with having AWD and all, but the 350Z did its job well, sticking the turns tight to give me an over-the-cliff sort of feeling. But the WRX could take the turns at much higher speeds and kept its momentum out of the turns. I’ll stick to the thought that we were on the edge of our seats more than Thomas though, and for that the ride was exhilarating.
The 350Z has all the track edition upgrades including Brembo brakes with Stop-tech drilled and slotted rotors beneath some black, 18-inch Emotion XD9 wheels sitting on federal tires. Eibach springs, Tokico struts and SPC camber kit make up the suspension while the air in and out include a K&N cold air intake, DC Sports headers, Berk high flow cats, and a gurgly Borla exhaust system. All this is balanced out with an Uprev tuning system to get the job done right. Even with all these upgrades, the almost 100% stock WRX couldn’t be caught, but that was also due to the fact that Danny just bought the car a few weeks ago so he’s still getting used to it, and oh yeah, the tire had a leak that was just fixed in the morning and the tire pressure light came on just before Hawk’s Nest, so he was taking it a bit easy.
While Hawk’s Nest is fairly short in distance, it and other great tri-state roads haven’t seen the last of us as I’m sure we’ll being heading out soon with some larger packs of cars in search of some extensions in the near future.
Such a clean bugeye WRX on STi BBS wheels.
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