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@MoparianHow about we stop tossing the word rape around. You sound like a complete assclown. Sexual assault isn't the same as transplanting an engine from another manufacturer into a Mopar. In fact, can we remove this comment altogether?
1 day, 11 hours ago on Feathers Ruffled: The 2JZ Mopar
2JZ, no shit?
2 days, 4 hours ago on Feathers Ruffled: The 2JZ Mopar
This makes me really miss my Type 3 Fastback, I'd love to have that back and restore it. There's an intangible glory to owning an air-cooled VW, and is something that definitely should be experienced at some point in your life.
I imagine with the backdrop of Gatebil there's always a temptation to go overboard, and I can see someone wanting to throw in a 1000hp turbo LS motor, fab-up a four-link rear end and pushrod front suspension, 18-inch custom wheels and drift the piss out of it. But, the restraint and attention to detail is the linchpin that ties this car together and makes it much more than the sum of its parts.
Stunning photos Mr. Moore, that lighting is amazing and the timing must have been just perfect.
2 days, 17 hours ago on Dropping Down A Ghia
I'm pretty sure C-Prep class can also run slicks, which I'm sure means the grip level is absolutely eye-ball ripping.
AutoX - once it's in your blood it's damn hard to get it out. Nice write-up Keith, great photos too (as usual).
1 week, 5 days ago on The Raging Heavyweight: <br/>A Pro-Touring Camaro
That phrase is an oxymoron.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Discussion: Can You Make A Ferrari 458 Better Looking Than It Already Is?
@LukeEVOVIII I love the bug eyes. I think they look great.
3 weeks ago on All The Flavours Of StanceNation Japan
@rhayward I think "rich old white guy" patrol would be more apt.
3 weeks ago on The Pebble Beach Traffic Jam
Wow, a flaming chicken Trans Am. JDM-land just continues to astound.
4 weeks ago on Daikoku PA: Who Needs Museums?
"It’s meant to be more practical, without loosing* the most important thing of all – driving dynamics"
4 weeks ago on To Infiniti & Beyond: Pikes Peak In A Q50
@inspector_exacto Once you go coupe, wagon is poop.
J/K, love wagons.
4 weeks ago on Cadillac Kings: Welcome To D3 Group
I'm curious to know what class this car competes in, X-prepared? Anyone know?
4 weeks, 1 day ago on The Big Red Corvette
@Dill Pickle The return of the little red wagon?
1 month ago on A Hellcat For The Whole Family
Evo 9/R34 (that's for Dino).
1 month ago on 50 Years Old But Brand New:</br> The Return Of The Lightweight E-Type
@veecee8 Dated already? This body style is barely 5 years old. I guess if you're wealthy enough and change cars as often Kim Kardashian takes shitty selfies, then sure... dated.
1 month ago on A Blown, Aired-Out Infiniti G37:</br> The Perfect Japanese Luxury GT Coupe?
I was going to point out all the same shit as everyone else but I decided to look for a silver lining in this sponsored ad-feeling article:
Unlike most VIP builds, I'm glad at least something was done with the engine and brakes - which surprised me. Also, despite the air bags and the heavy wheels I'm sure it would still be a blast to take to an HPDE should you ever decide to do something besides hard park it. 400+whp, 6 speeds & big-ass brakes = good times I'm sure.
Hmm, I forsee KM4SH (or some rocket bunny variation), Vossen and Air Lift "Performance" parts will all make their way on the car.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Scion Tuner Challenge Starts Now!
So is this going to be for FD Asia next year, or FD 'Murica?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on RADBUL:</br> Mad Mike’s New Chassis Takes Shape
@TarmacTerrorist I think it's "little person" now... But I'm right there with you.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Mad Max Is Back
A lot of points made below are a pretty good explanation of the hate on V8 swaps, but one of the more important reasons why there's such a rift is the general car culture in the US.
In the US there's always been a rather large rift between old and young, import vs. domestic (or fast & furious vs vanishing point if you will). My old man is all about the V8's and it's old hat to me. The guy just doesn't get me and I get bored easily by muscle cars and V8's.
In being a white guy driving an import there's hardly ever a time I won't get called a ricer when rolling anywhere near a domestic car show. Go to any Cars and Coffee show and you'll hardly ever see lowered Honda's, S13's or anything else that's been highlighted in a F&F movie - not because import fans don't want to go, but because the amount of shit-talking and hate isn't worth it - especially in the South.
There is no domestic equivalent to the term "ricer" - no negative one-word summation of an entire scene. No one looks at someone driving down the road in a muscle car, rat rod or classic and has a single derogatory word to say. I sure as shit didn't get any attitude when I drove my '69 Camaro. When I drove that thing dudes were like "nice car, wanna fuck my wife?"
But, by swapping a V8 into an import a lot of import fans see it as crossing that divide. Somehow, swapping an American V8 means you're turning your back on the scene and not a real enthusiast. A big V8 swap makes you a corner-cutting turncoat that took the easy way out. I think the hate for the V8 is a lashing-out because of the amount of negativity import car owners/tuners have received since the dawn of import tuning in the US. When you get constantly shit-on for no other reason than owning an import it's understandable that will people respond in-kind.
Hope this helps explain at least some of the hate.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Don’t Hate On V8s
Looks better than the actual 5th-Gen butt rocker special. Now all he needs to do is grow a mustache and a mullet, slap a pack of Marbs in his sleeve and he's all set.
Also, it looks like it has an S15 dash retrofit?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Get Funky: 180SX Meets Camaro
@Jake Laird @FunctionFirst
"The AE86 still has the most bland, uninspired styling of any Japanese car ever built - and the retro-reachback GT86 feels even more soulless since there's no pop-up headlights, or 80's interior or obnoxious vinyl stickers of the classic AE86."
Umm, the FR-S/BR-Z isn't really trying to capitalize on 40-year-old designs with a piss-poor rehash of the original. But nice attempt.
"At least the newest versions of its competitors have more power than an economy car. Both the new 370Z and 2015 Mustang put an emphasis on newer designs and technology, all while creating a more modern and capable version of the same old sports coupe."
No, just fail on the attempt at a parallel.
"But Toyota? Nope. They're still rocking the fucking "worthless except for corners" underpowered boat anchor."
4,000lbs vs 2,600lbs, which one is the boat anchor?
Never once did I bring up any import vs. domestic bullshit. That's all you Jake. Out of the three original pony cars I think I'd take a new Mustang - and I say that as an owner of a 69 Camaro and having drag-raced a 67 Coronet for 2 years. Big boat anchors that can't turn and are only designed to melt rubber just don't do it for me. Add in the boring-as-fuck styling and I just don't care. But good on Dodge for at least trying something daring.
2 months ago on 707hp, 10.8-Second Quarters:</br> Dodge Flexes Its SRT Muscle
@speedhunters_dino Well that front fascia is all Firebird...
2 months ago on The Feature Cars Of Gatebil
Still the most bland, uninspired styling of any pony car ever built - and the retro-reachback of the new versions make the car feel even more soulless since there's no chrome, or external bumpers, or obnoxious vinyl stickers of the classic Challenger.
At least the newest versions of it's competitors can turn, both the new Z28 and the 2015 Mustang put an emphasis on newer designs and technology and creating a more modern, more capable version of the same-old pony car. They at least have evolved, however slightly.
But Dodge? Nope. They're still rocking the fucking straight-line-only, flying brick.
18's, 'cuz getting a hold of a used set for a local track day would be awesome.
2 months, 1 week ago on Formula 1: 13-Inch Versus 18-Inch
Also, Fuck So-Cal. Overrated scene with far too many trend humpers.
2 months, 1 week ago on This Is Caffeine & Octane
"Like the 5.0 small block mounted in this…."
Here's to hoping they make it out to WTAC. I think they'll have to toss the slicks aside and run the control Yokohama, so the suspension will need to be adapted for that, and unless they hire a driver I think they'd end up in Pro-Am. Would absolutely love to see it happen though - can't be cheap to ship a car from the top of the world to the bottom.
2 months, 1 week ago on Rage Within The Machine:<br/> The Valtonen RX-7
@ovais909 At least it's not an LS.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Rage Within The Machine:<br/> The Valtonen RX-7
"Yet, regardless of my professionalism it was all too clear I was on his turf. Even Larry Chen wouldn’t have stood a chance."
FUCKING SPARTA KICK THAT MOTHER FUCKER IN THE CHEST AND TELL 'EM:
"THIS. IS. SPEEDHUNTERS!!!!!111!!111ELEVEN!!!11"
2 months, 2 weeks ago on A Fast Friday Night In Middle Georgia
Holy SHIT, event coverage that's not only on the fucking East Coast, but not just a FUCKING STATIC STANCE SHOW.
@MatsNorway Great link, thanks for that. 58 minutes in, first day, announcers were in love.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on MADBUL Destroys The Goodwood Hill
@Mason Karle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEEJuq03FVs
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Project Hunting The Southwest Stash
Mitsu is in a very uncomfortable place right now. They have a confused brand identity that no one really understands. Are they sporty? Eco? Are they both? Do they even offer more than 5 cars? Add to that the fact they have lost marketshare year-over-year for almost a decade in the US, and sales volume has been consistently falling too. I've read several reports from automotive press talking about Mitsu leaving the US market altogether. And with the death of the Evo and no replacement announced, and the base model Lancer 3 years overdue for at least a refresh, I find myself inclined to agree. They hold only slightly more marketshare than Suzuki or Isuzu did before they left the US market, so it seems even more prudent knowing that.
Too bad really. I loved my Evo and I still wish I had it.
Also, more features like this?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on How To Build The Perfect Late-Model</br> Lancer Evolution
@PikeSebY "In your face, over-the-top AmericaniZed"
3 months, 1 week ago on A Vicious Battleground
@arhiva400 Pushrods = ain't care. With that much literage they could make the same amount of power naturally aspirated using direct injection and a DOHC design - you know, technology that's somewhat newer than the 1950's.
Also hats off to GM for killing people with their cars and ignoring the problem for over a decade. Should have let that shit company die-off in 2009.
3 months, 1 week ago on GM’s Most Powerful Production Car</br> Ready To Be Unleashed
@shakotan dann I read on wrecked that Nexen stated they were designing an all-new tire and would be returning next year.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Watch Out Formula D</br> The Vikings Are Coming!
What a misleading title. It's another static display post with only one actual performance-oriented car, gratuitous wheel shots on hard-parked cars with stretched tires that hinder any and all acceleration, and the fourth pre-Worthersee post in two weeks.
I see no mass acceleration here, unless you count people in a hurry to unfold their lawn chairs and sit down.
Color me bored and disappointed.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Weapons Of Mass Acceleration At Turbokurve
@Derelict Judging by the video and the debris sounds coming from under it I'd say oil-starved mains = tossed rod = grenaded motor.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Embracing The American Way
This Bentley looks, sounds and feels much more like a Bruce than a proper English Nigel... I like it.
Pirelli World Challenge is quickly becoming more interesting than the Tudor Sports Car series - and with half the recognition and press. I can't wait to see it stateside next year. I agree, the wide variety of cars is what makes GT3 so fun to watch.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on My GT Is Considerably Bigger Than Your GT
Secret clandestine mission known as Gatebil...
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Mad Mike x Miura: Virtual Becomes Reality
You could say this was a real... GRASS-roots event... HAHAHAHA!
I'm sorry, I'll let myself out...
3 months, 4 weeks ago on SoWo Or Bust: Georgia Does Wörthersee
@speedhunters_dino @meal stub Lil bit of both for me...
4 months ago on Inspiration Comes From The East
@EricSeanDelaney @sean klingelhoefer
Austria and an orgiastic celebration of VAG cars hard parking and cruising, or Detroit and an orgiastic celebration of American muscle, classics and hot rods hard parking and cruising.
I guess it really depends on your taste.
4 months ago on The Biggest Car Festival In The World?
@Larry Chen @FunctionFirst "I know it's not in everyone's interest to make it out to one of these events, but it may be well worth it for some of you guys to save up your pennies with some friends and check it out for once."
"It's especially poignant since I wasn't able to make it to FDATL this year like I have the past few"
- Unfortunately for me this year it wasn't about the pennies... Hopefully next year I'll be there and competing in GTA.
4 months ago on FD Atlanta: Through My (Wet) Lens
Fuck it, do it. Don't like it? Don't buy it.
4 months ago on 2015 Mustang: To Wide, Or Not To Wide?
Thank you for the great coverage Larry!
It's especially poignant since I wasn't able to make it to FDATL this year like I have the past few, so it's nice to have some coverage of the event since the Dailymotion Drift Stream was complete shit. I missed 95% of the weekend's event and wasted way too many hours hoping to see some drifting only to be massively disappointed.
I'm with @Seeking Perfection, I think this will be the last time I attempt to watch a livestream event from FD. If it was the first time this had happened I'd be more forgiving, but this is the culmination of 3 years of frustration with the piss-poor livestream.
Looking forward to Frederick's and Charles' POV posts - it looked to be a very challenging weekend all around.
Audi builds a bad-ass high-performance Quattro with 500+hp, a ceramic brake package and active aero: Dedicated VAG fans install air suspension, wheels that don't fit, and only have it trailered to and from car shows.
4 months ago on Audi Builds A Monster For Wörthersee
Between the Panda 86 with the wicked rear diffuser, the 3
beautiful Vettes from MTI, various Evo's and STi's, as well as a wide-body Audi
R8, every one of the cars competing in the Global Time Attack event looked,
sounded and performed better than every single car at this show.
Maybe next time instead of wasting the talents of a good
photographer on yet another stupid static show, Speedhunters will highlight an
event put on by the only national-level time attack organization in the US?
4 months ago on Kings Of The South
@nickmmele @prazzi YEAH BRO, DON'T YOU KNOW THAT BRO. C'MON BRO. 'MURICA BRO.
4 months, 1 week ago on Hey McFly, Check Out These Toyotas
@wheatgod Never a positive thing to say about anything ever.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Project 991: Enduring Excellence