Subaru owners, hmmm — where do I start? They are, by far, some of the most brand devoted car enthusiasts you'll ever meet. Have you ever heard of a Honda or Nissan owner discussing a light bar for over an hour? Have you ever heard a BMW owner discuss top mount intercoolers for an hour? No? Ok, well I bet you've heard countless Subaru owners discuss these things; I know I have. In fact, I have to say that I'm guilty of one of those things myself, because I'm a member of the Subaru owners club. I've actually owned three different Subaru and I think I will always own one.
With all of that said, you can understand why we decided to cover this year's Subaru Summer Solstice. For eight years in a row the guys who put on this show have kept the concept very simple: provide a place during the first week of summer for Subaru owners from all over to come and hang out in SoCal for a few hours while geeking out over all things boxer. There's no crazy cover, no car qualifying process, and there's no BS. Just come hang.
This year's event was no different and the turnout was quite impressive. Rough estimation led me to believe that there were nearly 1,000 people in attendance. That's a lot of blow-off valve noises and vape smoke for one day.
The beauty of having such a large car show/meet focused around one brand is that you get to see many different interpretations of the same thing. Next to an Impreza laying its rails on the ground via air was an Impreza with a lift kit and a solid 10-plus inches of suspension travel. There were a ton of track-inspired builds but each owner put their own spin on it and we loved seeing that.
While the Impreza in WRX/STI flavor was obviously the car in abundance, there were some other really well executed Forester and Legacy as well. Heck, we even saw a carbureted Subaru Brat sitting next to the oddest of all Subaru's, the SVX (split windows?!)
I can't wait to head back next year to see the variety of Subaru builds that people come up with. Maybe by then my project Legacy will be done. Or better yet, maybe it will be justification for us to print an all Subaru issue! We could even insert scratch and sniff vape liquid ads in the issue! Ok, maybe not, but I'm still pumped for next year.
Did You Know: The name Subaru refers to a six-star constellation, "Mutsuraboshi," and was chosen by the auto manufacturer because it represents five different companies coming together to form one firm, hence, the six stars in the Subaru logo.