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.
Source: Flickr / btmlinedan
Subaru WRX Concept:
Unfortunately Motoriginal wasn’t able to attend the show today and well, today was the official unveiling of the Subaru WRX Concept and no matter how hard I tried to get a sneak peak of the car in person yesterday, the Subaru crew wouldn’t allow it.
The anticipation is now over because the car has been officially unveiled and it looks incredible. Definitely steals the show and doesn’t depart from past WRXs too much. Just when we thought Subaru might begin to go in the way of Mitsubishi, they turn around and rock the show 2-years in a row.
Now let’s just hope they make zero changes for the production car.
Photos via Autoblog
Thiswasntme submitted: Taken by a friend of mine (c)Marlon Taz Dacumos during a race, this is my 1987 Toyota MR2. Being something that’s been in our family for 19 years, it’s been driven daily to high school and college by two of my brothers and has now been with me for four years.
It’s been handed down to me at around 133000+ miles on its 3rd engine swap, but in the time that I’ve owned it, it has never failed me. Even though it’s boosted with a t3/t4, tuned with a first gen Link ECU, running on modified AE101 coilovers, along with many other modifications, the age and usage has taken its toll through rust and trim that’s been falling apart over time.
It can probably never go back to the way it used to be (especially the T-Bar seals, god.), it’s one of the most amazing cars to drive and learn on; even though it’s a bit of a pain to work through its small following (in the Philippines) and the scarcity in parts.
Kudos to you for keeping this car going as long as you have, and since it is kind of falling apart, you should just run it as hard as you can until the end. Gotta love little mid-engine cars though. I’m sure it’s a blast on and off the track. Thanks for submitting it and good luck keeping it going!