COBB Tuning, America's largest Subaru-only tuner, hosted its second annual open house and track day event recently at Cobb headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The event was kicked off with an open track day held at the brand new 4.5-mile Miller Motorsports Park. Over sixty participants enjoying a full day of track lapping at the pristine venue, which also serves double duty as the site of Cobb's "motorsports development" facility. What does that mean exactly? Cobb Tuning has an all-wheel drive dyno on-site at Miller, along with a shock dyno and all the necessary space to provide on-track vehicle development and trackside support. Not a shabby setup at all, if we must say. The development resources and time showed in Cobb's fully built 2006 WRX STI time attack car, which blistered the asphalt all day long.
The next day, an open house was held at Cobb's main facility, featuring a car show, full facility tour, multiple technical seminars and a raffle. In between schooling attendees on the fundamentals of suspension, brakes, engine internals and dyno demonstrations, Cobb showed off its spotless engine build room, engine dyno and fabrication areas. A lengthy four-hour EFI 101 training session was also held for those with enough motivation and passion for engine tuning. Students were taught about fuel control, ignition timing, boost, datalogging parameters and what are the proper steps to take when tuning a car.
Keeping in mind that not everybody was interested in hardcore instruction, the open house was about more than just classes and seminars. Beyond all the educational stops, Cobb also had an open raffle on hand, giving away such prizes as shifters, oil caps, AccessPORTs and brake pads to a few lucky entrants. But, Cobb Tuning delivered on perhaps what was the most important aspect of their open house-community. Subaru owners are a fiercely loyal bunch, and Cobb provided the perfect backdrop with which to shoot the shit, exchange ideas and keep up on the scene. Isn't that what gatherings are all about?