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Subiefest 2019

14th annual all-Subaru event brings thousands to Santa Anita Park for sights, sounds, and a little friendly competition

Bradley Iger
Oct 16, 2019

"When I tell people that I put on events for Subaru enthusiasts, I think that they picture something a lot smaller than this," explained Rob Champion, event director for Subiefest. Since the first show in 2006, Subiefest has gone on to become one of the premier Subaru events in the U.S., attracting fans and Subaru-centric brands from across the globe. This year's event brought devotees to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, for an all-Scooby car show as well as an exhaust competition, autocross shootout, and a number of fun activities for fans of all ages.

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From rally-prepped BRZs to overlanding Crosstreks, this year's Subiefest had just about every aspect of Subaru car culture covered, while event co-sponsors like Cobb Tuning, AEM Induction Systems, GrimmSpeed, and Vibe Motorsports made sure that gearheads had plenty of go-fast hardware to check out on vendor row. And with a climbing wall, scavenger hunt, RC cars and video games also in the mix, the event had a little something for everyone.

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For those who were keen to put the hammer down instead of cruising around the show, the autocross course gave attendees a chance to put their machines to the test in timed competition, while professional drivers provided thrill rides throughout the day for those brave enough to take them up on the offer. "Throughout the year we gather tens of thousands of Subaru enthusiasts at events across the country," Champion noted. "And this is definitely one of the biggest."

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Subiefest heads to Lakeland, Florida next month—be sure to check out their site for details as well as information about upcoming events in your area. In the meantime, let's take a closer look at some of the cars that were turning heads at the show.

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Justin Goen's rallycross-prepped BRZ cuts quite a figure at rest, but it looks even better when pushed to the ragged edge around on the autocross course.

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Produced from 1958 to 1971, the 360 was the first automobile offered by Subaru. This 1969 van variant gets its motivation from 356cc engine which produces a mere 25 horsepower, but it makes up for its lack of grunt with tons of charm.

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With styling by Giugiaro, all-wheel drive, and a 231 horsepower, horizontally opposed DOHC six-cylinder mill under the hood, Subaru clearly set out to make a statement with the SVX when it debuted in 1991.

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Produced for just six years, the SVX's distinctive "window within a window" side glass design helps it stand out from the crowd to this day.

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If everyone did the same exact thing, it would be a pretty boring industry. Andy Lin's post-apocalyptic 2017 Crosstrek pays homage to both Mad Max and Fallout 4, says Andy, who tells us that Jurassic World is the inspiration for the crossover's next transformation. "I only need some cages, a play pen, and some dinosaurs to complete the project." Alrighty.

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As unlikely as it may seem, Subaru launched a JDM-only Forester STI back in 2004. Sharing the same 2.5-liter engine as the WRX STI, it offered legitimate performance credentials in a highly utilitarian package.

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We're not sure if this one's built in homage or the real deal, but either way, it's definitely cool.

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Squint hard enough and you may be able to see the Crosstrek DNA in this purpose-built desert racer. Campaigned by Grabowski Brothers Racing at endurance events like the Mint 400 and Baja 1000 in Class 5 Unlimited, this tube-chassis beast rocks a 2.5-liter, naturally aspirated boxer engine producing more than 300 horsepower.

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