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@Andreas H Husby @Mfabs Meh...Definitely not better looking than the Forgios. But I'm sure they improve the performance.

22 hours, 18 minutes ago on Fear For The Family:<br/> A Lotus-Powered Opel Wagon

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@Hoonigan_RB What ever, EVERYONE runs TE37s, and frankly, like nearly ALL "race type" wheels - they are kinda ugly. They're only cool because they give the "appearance" of hardcore performance.

22 hours, 19 minutes ago on Fear For The Family:<br/> A Lotus-Powered Opel Wagon

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@Andreas H Husby @Hoonigan_RB Agreed, and in my onion no "race wheel" actually looks good. they just have that promise of performance that gives them such appeal.

22 hours, 21 minutes ago on Fear For The Family:<br/> A Lotus-Powered Opel Wagon

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@donkyyyyyy Don't get me wrong, there's a lot of exquisite custom US Iron in Japan, but if you think they are schooling us; you haven't been to many of the big car shows/shops in the states.

5 days, 21 hours ago on Border’s: Surf, Kustom & Soul

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WHAT?!?!? WHERE'S THE VID!!!!!!

5 days, 22 hours ago on Project RADBUL:</br> Mad Mike’s 26B-TT MX-5 Comes Alive

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@BottlefedGT500 @XTad Most definitely! ESPEACIALLY the older push rod 3.8s and 4.0 V6s.

And I will even be THAT guy and toss the newer VG series motors (3.5-3.8) into that heap. One of the few engines that I actually prefer stock vs aftermarket exhaust. A very blithery, hollow, laborious,  sounding engine note from that particular V6. Nothing about it sounds performance bred at all.

1 week, 4 days ago on Project EcoBoost:</br> Has Ford Built An S16 Silvia?

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@XTad You are definitely in the minority on that opinion...in fact for my ears at least; that's the first I've ever heard of someone saying V6s sound good!


It's always, V8s, V12s, or Inline 6s that get all the love.

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Project EcoBoost:</br> Has Ford Built An S16 Silvia?

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@EhruMejil By the way, Ford didn't uses a bailout. They saw the writing on the wall and mortgaged the whole company. That's how they had the money to weather the financial crisis of 07-08.

3 weeks ago on Ford Builds An STI Fighter

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bland - yes even in Europe. No one drools over Volvos, or Jettas and Passats. I love VWs, buts sorry, a standard Polo, Golf or Passat is pretty lame. it's the GTs, GTIs and R32s witch attract attention. And they are still a drop in the bucket compared to the plain-jains VW sells. 


And I don't disagree...entirely. My point was in Europe specifically, unless you are rich, ALL cars are economy based. That's not so in the US and Japan. And the US was the first country to design and build cars with a strong performance base entirely aimed at the youth market. And they never stopped doing that. Even in the 90s to now. For a little perspective on what I'm talking about: the F- Body went out of production in 2002 because supposedly they didn't sell well enough (actually it was because of union /contract issues at the Canadian plant GM built them at). But in fact they sold 72,000+ in the final year.  That's alot by ANY sports car standard, yet alone a car aimed squarely at young performance drivers on it's last legs.


http://www.marshu.com/ws6-car-gm-firebird-models-formula-trans-am-production-numbers-1993-1994-1995-1996-1997-1998-1999-2000-2001.php

http://www.camaroz28.com/2002-camaro-production-numbers/


For comparison's sake, Mitsubishi only made 12000 EVO VIIs WORLDWIDE  from 2001-2003!! that's not even a quarter of what the F-bodies sold in ONE year when they were about to be discontinued.


http://www.scoobynet.com/other-marques-33/306904-mitsubishi-lancer-production-numbers.html 


And as for cars nobody likes, the number one selling "cars" in the US are trucks. heck the number one selling Vehicle in the world until recently was the F-150. and that was just in the US. Americans don't buy cars from anybody. lol 


The bailout situation is far more complicated than not producing cars anybody wanted, because its simply not the case. It's based more in the strangle hold the UAW/trade regulations/legacy cost from rising pension maintenance that was undercutting the US automaker's profits. For example you mentioned the demise of Pontiac, yet Pontiac was far more profitable and sold nearly 4 times as well as Buick. Yet when the GOV forced GM to drop nameplates, GM dropped Pontiac - why? because Buick WAS profitable in China. And GM saw a potential for growth there - although Buick didn't come close to what Pontiac sold on a bad day.


http://www.nbcnews.com/id/34224218/ns/business-the_driver_seat/t/pontiac-hits-end-road-after-years/#.VNWYNObF98E


Now, after the forced bankruptcies, re-orgs, and Union contract re-negotiations, we are beginning to see what happens when there's more money in the pot to focus on product.



3 weeks ago on Ford Builds An STI Fighter

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@EhruMejil It's been nearly 20 years since "same old big boring ugly models for retired old american buyers" was even the norm in America...in fact that's never been the case. America invented the youth performance market (in the 60s) and has maintained it till now. Just because you prefer small modified economy based cars for your speed kicks doesn't mean US manufactures neglected the youth market.


If anything they the economy here and overseas is what created a move away from focusing on the youth market. Because what 18-25 year old do you know who can afford  a $15,000 car, never mind a $35,000 car.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Ford Builds An STI Fighter

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@greenroadster I'm no Ford man, but Ford (or any other automaker for that matter) seems no more interesting than in the past. They are simply making market specific platforms available world wide.


So enthusiast are being exposed to flavors they didn't know existed before.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Ford Builds An STI Fighter

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@somasaint No not the same at all, as stated before it's a 4 banger not a five, and Haldex isn't a Volvo only system. Besides, Ford used to own Volvo. so it stands to reason some of the same design/components would be cross pollinated between the two.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Ford Builds An STI Fighter

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@Al Pinaweiss Agreed, but I gotta be honest, the two companies you mentioned don't make "lookers" either. In fact most "racing" wheels are ass ugly. It's their performance potential that makes them appealing - not the looks.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Ford Builds An STI Fighter

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@LavarBowers actually, carbs are fairly easy to make big power with. The fuel metering is metered simply by how much air flows though it - assuming you are running a carb with big enough venturi's, and proper jets. The just aren't as efficient in part throttle/ non extreme ranges of operation like EFI. 


Real world it would probably take more time to tune a custom EFI set-up vs doing basic math and figuring out the right sized carb, then fine tuning it with the right jets to get it reliably running at 8/10 tenths or better performance vs hours of street and dyno tuning for EFI. 

1 month ago on Small Tires, Big Blower:</br> A Carbureted 7-Second Camaro

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@KeithCharvonia Motors like your original MK IV big blocks (chevy) and the 426 HEMI, or BOSS 429, would easily pull 6000-7000 rpm in the 60s. One of the reasons many of them had no warranties.

1 month ago on Small Tires, Big Blower:</br> A Carbureted 7-Second Camaro

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@xrockonx in competition; "different" is only better when it wins. And V8 swaps are yet another necessary ingredient in that formula.

1 month, 1 week ago on Standing Out At Tokyo Auto Salon

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@bananos the LFA IS front engined...just front, mid-engined, like the C4-C7 Vette, Nissan 350/370 Z and just about any other true modern sports car worth having.

1 month, 1 week ago on Standing Out At Tokyo Auto Salon

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@Kevin Truong Spoken with the ignorance only a "youngin" could have. Everything you attribute to the Japanese has been on Mustangs or other US and European cars since the 60s.


I mean did you really attribute the classic, US originated rear hip, "kick-up" to the FRS twins/ 2000GT?!? Of note: the 2000GT doesn't even have such a styling cue...never mind that it was a flattering homage to the E-type Jag.

1 month, 1 week ago on Shelby GT350R: A Street Legal Racecar

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@ADimitriRoumeliotis No, nothing like the Commodore. Brand new, unrelated chassis. Lighter, smaller, and modular. This is the widened stretched version of the Alpha/ATS. This will also underpin the next Camaro.

2 months ago on The New CTS-V:</br> A Corvette Z06 For The Family

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@Twitch_6 get your eyes checked, the GTR wishes it had a front end this appealing - besides, with modern safety regs, all cars must do the bifurcated grill thing. There HAS to be a actual bumper behind the front fascia now a-days.


p.s.the rear deck "step" seems familiar, because it's a classic top dollar Saloon sedan thing that has been used on everything from Roll Royce, Cadillac, Bentley etc, since the 1950s.

2 months ago on The New CTS-V:</br> A Corvette Z06 For The Family

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@Popcorn22 @dadecode  I'm getting the feeling you're just arguing to be arguing. No sense in going further with you. 


I'll just say this. I've been messing with cars hanging with like minded folks for over 20 years in the US, Japan, and Europe. And as I said before, those who get it get it. To the rest -  it's simply "obsession", by some mechanically minded weirdos.


No matter what we do, tracks will continue to be closed, and for those who aren't into it; complaints will continue to be filed. We will just continue to adapt and find new ways to enjoy our "obsession".

2 months, 1 week ago on The End Of Cars & Coffee Irvine?

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@Popcorn22 Your argument falls flat for one reason, I have no problem letting a neighbor live his life. I DO have a problem with people destroying my property. So how should adults handle such a situation? I'd go by on a Tuesday and get to know him. I'd talk music and see what makes him tick. I'd see what he drives and get some cross pollination of interest going, and then I'd let him know that some of his "guest" got a little out of hand last time and It would be cool if he would do his best to make sure the crowds acted responsibly.


It's literally that simple.


As far as I'm concerned he could blast his music and 'Block Party it out' as loud as he wanted on Wednesdays from 12-4pm. Just so long as he understands how I get down and has no problem with what I do. If he did have one; come by and talk to me and we'll see what we can do.


In america these days, all anyone wants to do is call the cops and get litigious. and 90% of the situations are simply between two people who refuse to get to know their neighbors - never mind give them a first crack at solving a "problem" that they are causing.


As to your solution of "just go to the track" well I hate to tell ya, but the number of tracks are shrinking by the day. And to a tee EVERY track or place of refuge that "car guys" had for some good automotive fun; was there LONG before the complaints started or the apartments went up, or the new sub-division was planned. And EVERY time it was the track, drag strip, drift pad, or isolated back road that was given up by the enthusiast. 


Back when I was stationed at Luke AFB, they built a nice autocross pad and road course at the end of the runway just outside the fence of the airbase. It was closed in less than a year! Guess why? NOISE COMPLAINTS!


Noise complaints about the cars and bikes. REALLY?!?!? When you have 200+ F-16 fighter jets taking off 3 times a day 5 Days a week; from 6am-8pm!! Plus regular visiting aircraft activity all weekend as well. Now let me add this. People have been complaining about the Air Base for years as well. But guess what, that base was there when NO-ONE lived within 20 miles of it. and if the US GOV has anything to say about it, it will continue to be there for years more.


In the end the owners/operators of the Race track simply didn't have the clout, or the money to legally fight with the surrounding home owners associations, and local gov when they revoked their permits, so it closed.


Just like all tracks and car meets; those who don't get it or aren't interested, simply say "F you, get lost" to the car guys and we simply deal with the fact that it gets more inconvenient and more expensive to enjoy our hobby.



2 months, 1 week ago on The End Of Cars & Coffee Irvine?

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@Popcorn22 arguing about how enthusiast should not tolerate 9 thousand rpm revving and backfires and over run noise is the most idiotic crock I've heard in a while. I would not care a lick about cars if it weren't for seeing and experiencing revving engines, burn outs, exhibitions of speed and etc. If you don't get Some of the most BASIC elements of auto enthusiasm, then you will NEVER get it.


That's like arguing against parades because they block streets and cause people to fill the side walks...oh and marching bands are to loud, and floats are tacky. SMH


Sorry, but you are no car enthusiast.

2 months, 1 week ago on The End Of Cars & Coffee Irvine?

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@Chris @Project 350ZTT There's nothing disrespectful or "dispshit like" about it. The event was there YEARS before they moved in. It's simply a matter of one group of people enjoying something they have always been enjoying for years now being forced out by a new group who don't care to make any concessions to those who were there before.


It's not anyone's fault, but if blame must be assigned it lands squarely on the shoulders of the city planners, real estate mavens and the owners of the land deciding to sell out in the 1st place.


Either way, the enthusiast will adapt. We always do.

2 months, 1 week ago on The End Of Cars & Coffee Irvine?

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Whats, youve never heard of the 1LE, ZL1, or Z/28? Never mind the Boss or Track Pack GT? Whatabout the CTS-V Or Solstice and Sky twins? Even the new Buick Reagal GS, and Pontiac G8s are considered great handling American cars.

3 months, 1 week ago on Mustang Goes Exotic: The GT350 Is Back

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@Chris Where have you been, the Last gen Mustang GT Track Pack and Boss was already on the M3's level.

3 months, 1 week ago on Mustang Goes Exotic: The GT350 Is Back

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@shezzzhot Nobody is stopping them, in fact women are being given every pass possible to do so. but they don't. No matter what anyone says, the fact of the matter is females who truly enjoy cars and have the ability and knowledge to work on and race them are far and few in between. Most girls simply could care less about cars PERIOD.


This article is the equivalent of asking why a cross dresser or tranny isn't called a woman. Female car enthusiast are identified by their gender because they are just that rare...and happen to be women.

4 months, 1 week ago on Banishing The Female Car Enthusiast

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@SVOFANATIC You missed His point. Guys ALWAYS make you prove yourself when you enter into a respective community, be it cars, video game, or sports. 


The reality is that many times what girls consider "disrespectful" or "gender biased rudeness" is nothing more than guys doing what guys do...friendly, competitive/comradely ball busting and teasing. 


However, unlike most males, who instinctively give back as good as they get, most females expect and demand the whole culture change to accommodate them rather than recognize THEY are the outsider and need to assimilate, or just blow the guys off and start a auto culture that caters more to the female ideal.

4 months, 1 week ago on Banishing The Female Car Enthusiast

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@JohnTruitt @dadecode WRONG, do some research. the "big block" designation has nothing to do with displacement.It's literally all about the size of the engine block. Before the "small block" Chevy was introduced in 1955, ALL American V8s were physically large. The "Small Block was as short and slightly wider than a small 4 cylinder engine (as it still is now). The Big Block Chevys (and later Fords) were produced parallel to the "small block" engines up until the late 90s-eary 2000s as factory production options in cars and in the later iterations - trucks. 


You can still buy a true Big Block 454-672ci Chevy, or  427ci and up Ford, or Chrysler (440 wedge or 426 and bigger HEMI) from the aftermarket suppliers and even Mopar, GM, or Ford. But the LSX engine is no Big Block. 


As I stated before it's merely a race prepped GM performance "Small Block" Gen III/LS based engine package.


Wait, don't take my word for it. Chevy says so themselves: 


http://www.chevrolet.com/performance/crate-engines/lsx-454.html

5 months ago on V8 Hachirockin': The Angriest 86 Ever

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I'm gonna go ahead and say it: I HATE CAR AUCTIONS WITH A PASSION


All they do is run up the value of desirable cars to asinine levels. Auctions prey on the energy of competition and the emotions of the bidders to make buyers pay more than they normally would in a real 'one on one' environment.


$242,000 for a factory produced, non racing pedigree 1972 GT-R?!?!? GTF outta here. high 30s- mid 50s sure, but this is just a bad case of more money then brains.


And no i'm not hating because it's Japanese. Stratospheric prices for Muscle cars and what were once "nice" run of the mill, well optioned, American 2dr full-size hard tops and convertibles is ludicrous as well.


It makes me sick to see cars i could have bought on a high schooler's budget 15-20 years ago, selling for 50-100 plus grand. That's NOT appreciation nor rarity working in the market. It's idiots with money to spend getting carried away at auctions and f'ing up the true value of desirable cars in general.


It's similar to how nowadays EVERYTHING is considered a "classic" just because it's 15-20 years old! So now a 1994 Taurus SHO is a classic?!? lol How about a Nissan pulsar? SMH.

5 months, 1 week ago on Running The Pebble Beach Numbers

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@JohnTruitt It's not a "big block". Its the same exact small compact size as a standard small block Chevy, or any other modern LS/LT GM V8. from 4.8L - 7.0L all the same external size.

5 months, 1 week ago on V8 Hachirockin': The Angriest 86 Ever

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Best part about this car; STOCK chassis with just upgraded springs, shocks and brakes! Old Zora had the fundamentals down from the beginning. 

6 months, 1 week ago on The Big Red Corvette

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Bout time yall featured a well built Z20 on Speedhunters! When I was in Misawa there were quite a few really nice Leopards and Soarers of 80s vintage tearing around the wharfs in Hachinohe side ways. 


There was even a local Hachinohe drifter called "Hachinohe #1" who had a mean ass silver Leopard with glowing green wands sticking up like blades on both sides of the rear fenders. He would speed toward the big curve by the docks, e-brake the car into a complete 360 spin and just as he completed the spin drift through the curve! I still wish I got it on video.


The Z20 Soarer is easily my favorite JDM body style. And I'm not just saying that because I owned one.

10 months ago on Size Does Matter: N-Style’s Z20 Soarer

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@joaosamouco  Agreed, I LOVE Intial D, but as a guy who actually street races, and eats breathes and lives cars, Wangan Midnight was much more realistic and captured the realities of running a high strung car and the consequences of the dangers and perils of the lifestyle.

12 months ago on Initial D Goes Back To Its Roots

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@LouisYio @joaosamouco  

Like he said, he NEVER loses, officially, or in reality. He technically didn't lose to Bunta either. he merely drove past him and showed him how outclassed the AE86 is. Although we all know his dad would wipe the floor with him.


then there was the race with God Foot and God Hand. that old guy killed him, and actually drove away from him. to the point he couldn't even see him. and then we are supposed to believe God Hand lost his nerves had to pull over and throw up? get outta here! lol


Unlike Wangan, Intial D never even tried to be realistic in it's characters abilities, or the day to day realities of hard core car enthusiast.


Still a good show though.

12 months ago on Initial D Goes Back To Its Roots

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So true, that's one thing that annoys me greatly with most JDM related blogs and media in the US. Alot of what is presented as Japanese car culture is anything but. The best way I can explain true Japanese car culture is an extreme obsession with any and all things automotive, plus an intense pursuit of the experience there of...

Wordy I know, but the Japanese car culture is so nondenominational and varied. And even highly prized and rare cars are driven and driven hard - as well as modified. It's like a cultural embodiment of the most schizophrenic, ADD, anal retentive, obsessive car frantic you've ever known. I was always pleasantly surprised by the knowledge, admiration and respect that many Japanese car enthusiast had for ALL cars not just Japanese ones.

Inversely I am often disappointed here in the states by the almost willful ignorance of many US (JDM and Domestic) car enthusiast about their own car, let alone automobiles in general.

1 year, 5 months ago on Only in Japan: A Carspotting Story

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"The R32 Skyline GT-R is the 5.0 Fox-body Mustang of Japan". Ha! I used to tell people that all the time while in Japan and when I got back. Nice to see I'm not the only one who noticed that. When I think back, I should have bought one while there. But at the time I was obsessed with JZ powered Toyotas.

1 year, 5 months ago on Only in Japan: A Carspotting Story

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@Charles Montgomery III The engine is actually WELL BEHIND the front wheel centerline. This makes the car a Front-mid engined design. Par the course in modern sports car design (370z, c5-c7 Corvette, all of the current front engined Ferarris and etc)

1 year, 6 months ago on Btm Continuation Cheetah: Up Close And Personal

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@KeithCharvonia these days all the high end sports cars are rear biased in their weight distribution. To include Ferarri, Maserati, and etc. More like modern engineering catching up to "ahead of his time" genius.

1 year, 6 months ago on Btm Continuation Cheetah: Up Close And Personal

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Great article! i have to be honest, try hard as i may, i just can't get that high i get when driving, seeing, or fantasizing about 1970 or older iron. My dream garage would be bursting at the seams with cars from 1970 - many of them not even "performance cars" (like a 1970 455ci Buick Wildcat convertible) to name one. So many awesome cars from all over the world; race, street, custom, and so on. And in the performance realm (in the US at least) POWER and SPEED was king. Heck, every aerodynamic aide on the pictured 1970 Pontiac T/A worked! from the from air splitter to the deflectors in front of the wheels and the spoiler on the rear. Even the engine bay heat/pressure extractors on the front fenders all worked and were wind tunnel and race track proven!

 

Truly the last era of pure unchecked automotive excess for the sake of excess. Image and performance were key selling points and manufacturers were only too happy to sell it to you!

1 year, 8 months ago on 1970: THE GREATEST YEAR EVER?

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never mind. just looked it up. as stated earlier, the pics are much more impressive.

1 year, 8 months ago on VAUGHN GITTIN JR’S FIRE DRIFT BEHIND THE SCENES

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so where's the video?

1 year, 8 months ago on VAUGHN GITTIN JR’S FIRE DRIFT BEHIND THE SCENES

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Nice! I was beginning to think SpeedHunters readers were getting a little heavy on the "poseur" side. But the questions asked in this write-up were pretty in depth and I actually learned a few things. 

 

More Question and answer sessions please!

1 year, 8 months ago on Ask The Expert: Kw Answers Your Questions

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agreed, BUT THAT'S WHY I LOVE EM!

1 year, 8 months ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA

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 @TylerS13 if you look at the close-up pics it's plain to see that they DO rub. something tells me that Nakai could care less though!

1 year, 8 months ago on NAKAI GOES TURBO: THE RWB ROTANA

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So did Daniel Craig actually learn how to drive stick for the occasion, or did he drive that modified automatic monstrosity the built for the last movie?

1 year, 9 months ago on NO, MR BOND: I EXPECT YOU TO DRIVE…

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Say what you want about Toyota being a purveyor of "Wheeled Appliances". One look at this Museum proves there is real passion behind Toyota's products.

1 year, 9 months ago on MORE THAN HISTORY: THE TOYOTA MUSEUM JAPAN

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I really wish that 1973 Trans Am wasn't all jacked up in the back. Those cars are not nor ever were intended to be drag cars. They are road race/ GT cars. The Trans Ams of the 70s (not particularly fast at the end of the era) were consistently reviewed and found to be great handling cars. To the point that many car reviewers of the era considered the Trans Am far superior to the Corvette, especially when optioned with the WS6 package.

 

Also the White Z28 is a 1974-1976 Z28. (more likely a 1974 *chrome bumpers no front air splitter*) Definitely 70s era!

1 year, 9 months ago on Parking Lot Hunting At The Street Car Nats

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Even when I was a Kid and hated Gassers for their "nose high" stance (although I love em now); I couldn't deny they had a swagger that was hard to beat. If I ever get ahold of a 1961-62 Fullsize chevy 2dr hard top - I will fulfill a personal dream of having a all black, big block, gasser

B-body to tear around in. To me they embody a "Punk" anti establishment era of drag racing.

 

These wild cars that came shortly after Superstock fullsizers started dying off and just before factory midsize Muscle started dominating the strip.

1 year, 9 months ago on The Famoso ’57: A Lesson In Stance And Style

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I'm on the Fence with this one. I like a real "street fighter/daily driver" as much as the next guy, but except for the flares, there's nothing really remarkable about this car. The paint is full of orange peel and the interior and engine bay reveal what is in fact; just a well used Majesta slammed on some nice rims with stretched tires.

 

I like it, but not as a feature car...

1 year, 9 months ago on D’custom Freak Vip Style: Bee Dragon Majesta

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