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Mitsubishi Owners Day - Four One One

Dan Jenkins
Oct 26, 2009

Mitsubishi Owners Day
Back for the fifth year, Mitsubishi Motors recently invited any and every Mitsubishi enthusiasts to their Cypress, CA headquarters to take part in their annual M.O.D. auto fest. Dozens of Mitsu cars of every model and generation could be found, from DSM Starions, Eclipses and 3000GTs, to nearly every generation of EVO and just about everything in between-our personal favorites include JLB Motorsports' EVO IX, DC Sports' twin EVO Xs, High Intenzity's JGTC-inspired 3000GT that gets sicker with every show, and Jim Russel's Formula car. And let's not forget the vendors; KW Suspension, K&N, HKS, DC Sports, Mackin Industries, 5Zigen, Cosworth and AEM were just some of those in attendance, offering sponsorships, discounts, advice, demos, even some free schwag to lucky raffle winners. Our boys at AMS trekked down from Chicago to show off their '09 race machines, and set a new world record on Road Race Engineering's mobile Dynapack dynos, with 1,180 AWHP @ 47 pounds of boost with their EVO IX dragger, which tore out a chunk of pavement in the process-with its exhaust gasses alone! Visit importtuner.com for complete coverage. www.mitsubishicars.com

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Wired On Honda
In Honda news, newcomers Wiredonhonda.com took a recent weekend to prove their mettle by throwing yet another Honda/Acura meet large enough to catch our attention (which, in SoCal, means it has to be pretty big). All of the Southland's prominent Honda teams and show-goers were among those in attendance, including a pair of future 2NR-exclusive feature rides from FAST Autoworks, an orange single-cam slammer we also have our eye on, TopDown's matching DC2 and S2K track killers, and even the random ARC-laden Element and 800whp sleeper Integra. The event even boasted its own "vendor alley", where the likes of Tokico, NRH Performance, Torco and Bisimoto (whose ridiculously clean and lightweight incolnel headers will be the new hotness-mark our words) could be found giving away the latest schwag via the official W.O.H. raffle. The online resource/parts peddlers' meet also doubled as an unofficial launch party for the newly opened Super Autotoyz-think Super Autobacs, only better, and under new management. Click importtuner.com for the details. www.wiredonhonda.com

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Spreen Honda
In other Honda news, Loma Linda, CA's Spreen Honda celebrated its embracement of the import automotive aftermarket by inviting the 2NR crew to the debut of its regular Honda/Acura meet, held the first Saturday of each month at the dealership's grounds. Vendors (and warranted installers) of the latest H-badged schwag, the Spreen meet brought out the regular SoCal heavyweights, as well as some up-and-coming new project builds. Complete coverage available at importtuner.com. www.spreenhonda.com

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Hyper Fest
Despite how far West Coast trends continue to push the next cool thing in import tuning, the East Coast continues to fly in the face of it, reasserting themselves as authorities of how badass the import scene can be made through their own unique, off-beat efforts. Enter HyperFest '09, the latest addition to Summit Point Motorsports Park's annual celebration of all things import-related, no matter how gloriously "wrong" they may seem. Hosting Falken Tire's U.S. Drift nationals, NASA Pro Racing's Honda Challenge and Teen Mazda Challenge, and track and rally instructional driving courses undoubtedly seems like legitimate business. But without the Rollover Contest (self-explanatory), Rice-Rice Challenge (most riced-out car wins), Daredevil Throwdown (featuring blindfolded golf cart races, JalapeƱo-eating contests, and tricycle racing), Daisy Duke Contest, and-mandatory for any West Virginia event-fireworks, you just wouldn't have a proper HyperFest event. Almost a thousand pictures of the carnage available at importtuner.com www.hyper-fest.com

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We hate to say it, but summer's just about over. And you know what that means: Back to . . . the track! The fall race season is nearly upon us, and to celebrate, 2NR is looking for contestants for this year's STI vs. EVO Challenge, presented by Continental Tires. Think your EVO has what it takes to defend the two-year-strong title as Number 1? Is your STI poised to help steal the crown? Well, Continental Tire wants to give you a free set of ContiSportContact 3 rubber and entrance into this year's event to prove it. Send driver/vehicle proposals, attention "Mr. Super Lap Battle", to:Elliott.moran@sorc.com

1:43.523
The record-setting time-attack pass was set by Nob Taniguchi and the HKS CT230R '03 EVO VIII, at the Super Lap Battle Finals at Buttonwillow Raceway in 2007.

Super Lap Battle
Super Lap Battle's fourth of five time-attack Qualifying rounds recently went down at Fontana, CA's Auto Club Speedway (full course), and bore witness to the emergence of a new competitor. Subaru specialists LIC Motorsports shookdown their newly completed '05 STI in competition against veteran JC Meynet and his infamous Harman Motive-built STI, with LIC wheelman Russ Warr posting a time of 1:45.69 to JC's 1:43.563-good for Second Place, and also enough to make us wonder if an upset is in sight. Formula D Diaries contributor Tyler McQuarrie gripped a 1:40.870 First Place run from behind the wheel of the BC/C-West carbon S2000 in Unlimited FR, and also ran faster in Crawford's STI than any other Unlimited AWD competitor-too bad the team fitted it with illegal slicks, forcing Tyler to give up the only Unlimited win of the day to . . . um . . . Tyler. Only one more Qualifying round remains before Buttonwillow, CA Finals on November 11th. For info/rules/registration, visit: www.superlapbattle.com

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Tricks Of The Trade
Helping You Wrench
Cupcakes For Tools
We often take for granted the convenience of walking into an automotive parts store and being able to pick and choose from the hundreds of specialized tools lining the shelves. Obviously, the more unique or specialized the tool, the more expensive it becomes, but at what cost does paying a premium for tools become a luxury, more than a necessity? Jerry Hamilton, a 15-year automotive technician with Toyota Headquarters in Torrance, CA, offered us a simple, yet effective tool that's more frequently used at your local bakery, than your local garage. Jerry uses cupcake baking tins to organize small parts removed from the hundreds of Toyotas and Scions he's repaired over the years. Using a simple numbering system above each cake tray, Jerry is able to effectively differentiate and reference thousands of small parts without having to rifle through one big bin. "For less than a few bucks, I can organize different parts into the cake tray and won't have to worry about misplacing anything," says Jerry. Simple, effective, and just plain smart. We're calling it the "Jerry Rig".

Event Calendar: 9.18: HIN Austin
9.20: Import Faceoff, Tulsa
9.25: HIN Pennsylvania
9.27: BOTI, Portland
10.2: HIN Knoxville
0.3: Airwerks Outlaw SFWD Shootout, E-Town
10.4: NSCRA, Palm Beach, FL
10.4: Import Faceoff, Baton Rouge
10.9: HIN Baton Rouge
10.11: Import Faceoff, Tampa
10.16: HIN Dallas
10.16-17: Formula D Irwindale
10.18: Import Faceoff, ATL
10.30: HIN Jacksonville

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