NYCE1s.Com NYC Dyno Shootout
Undiscouraged by import drag racing's irresolute future, East Coast builders and racers continue to take higher strides toward creating rewarding outlets for their endeavors, with grassroots-organized functions like last year's Airwerks Outlaw Sport FWD Shootout, Englishtown Raceway's annual "Slam"- and "Nationals"-branded events, and various impromptu, unsanctioned drag racing bouts thrown down each night on city streets throughout the northeast.
Headlining 411 this month is NYCE1s.com's Power Up Series Dyno Tour, most recently held at NYC's Tha Garage, in St. Albans, NY. Supporters MB Racing and Team GMPT handled pre-event car show duties, while last-year's champ Caesar and the V Race Works crew shelled $500 to Jose Devares of Hi-Boost, who won their all-motor K-series Honda challenge with 308 whp in his street-driven '93 hatch, and Gardella Racing handed over a cool $1,500 to CLM Motorsports, who topped-out the T4 Turbo Kings challenge by rolling out 883 whp in "The Hulk"--their turbo, B-series EG monster. Even spectators had a chance to win a G by estimating closest to the power number rolled out by each class's winning competitor. Check out NYCE1s for future locations and dates.
San Mateo, CA
On tour for another year is Hot Import Nights, and new renditions of the same high-caliber built rides, models, music, moto-x demos and everything else you've come to expect from everyone's favorite import/sport-compact lifestyle show series. Only this year, new management has decided to add more drift demos, open-to-the-public Auto Barrel Racing, and even some Formula D Pro Am competition, among more stuff we like. Hit up ImportTuner.com for complete coverage of each show as it goes down.
Tricks Of The Trade
For a healthy and well-running car, a vehicle must freely inhale and exhale. This theory is simple, yet often overlooked in the world of automotive performance. If a routine smog check prompts an OB2 "converter code" failure, there's a good chance that your catalytic converter needs to be replaced. Remove the unit, and inspect the internal honeycomb layers to ensure there are no cracks, melted debris, or distortion. Depending on the type of catalyst material used, poorly maintained engines dumping raw fuel or oil into the cat, or vehicles that are running excessively lean air/fuel ratios will cause the honeycombs to melt, plugging up your vehicle's ability to breathe. The best part: if your car is less than seven years old or has less than 70,000 miles on the odometer (whichever came first), it's covered by a federal warranty that ensures your catalytic converter will be replaced for free.
The amount of man-hours spent setting up, tearing down, and maintaining the Long Beach Grand Prix racetrack this year...or about 18.5 years of 40-hour work weeks, for one person.
Amidst import automotive enthusiasm's continued push into the mainstream with the development of attire, music and lifestyle outlets unique to the scene, online niche retail outlet attic2zoo.com has emerged as the official streetwear sponsor for the 2009 Formula D drift season, with signature brands Rogue Status and Crooks & Castles backing Formula D sleds like Ken Gushi's RSR/Scion tC, and Robbie Nishida's Hankook tire/Dynamic Autosports Nissan 350Z, respectively. To celebrate, the Attic crew held a `spring cleaning' event at their Buena Park, CA outlet, and slashed prices on rare goods by 60%. "Being based in SoCal means we can work closely with brands like Rogue Status and Crooks & Castles," explains front-man James Yang, "which allowed us to develop tech jackets and pit uniforms for the race teams, and corresponding limited-edition versions for our customers . . . which lasted about five minutes on shelves." In addition to the soft goods and vinyl, the Attic crew and its brands will be hooking up race teams with contingency pay-outs, tools, lending a wrenching hand in the pits, or at the very least, a posh, white leather sofa in the Attic booth at each event to grind some melted rubber into.
Scion Meet X2
In the span of a week, two SoCal Scion dealerships (Puente Hills Scion and Longo Scion) held meets for the subcompact crowd. Both were open to the public with no fee and each had something to give for free: Puente Hills Scion had free food (pictures to the left) and Longo Scion free drag racing (to the right). Decisions, decisions...
Technosquare Dyno Day
Remember our ECU Reflashing article from the July '08 issue of 2NR? Of course you do . . . well, the Technosquare crew makes our headlines again, this time by throwing one of the best bang-for-the-buck dyno-day sessions we've seen in a long time. At the company's Torrance, CA headquarters, owners of pretty much anything under the sun were given the chance to have their rides power-tested three times over on the in-house Superflow dyno for only $60, and could even have lead tuner Tadashi Nagata dyno tune and custom-reflash their ECUs for only $300. Better yet, owners of stand-alone ECU-equipped cars could have Tadashi-san map-out a fully custom, ground-up tune for only $500--good luck finding quality work like that anywhere else for less than twice that price! Our favorite part was watching Tadashi-san hash out a full tune for the M-Workz 350Z Super Lap Battle competitor, while in-house fabricator Richey Watanabe put the finishing touches on Taka Aono's AE86 FD machine.
Continental Tire Hooks
Up Super Lap Battle
Continental Tire has recently announced their sponsorship for the Super Lap Battle time-attack series, by offering open contingency for competitors fielding Conti-equipped vehicles in each class. First, Second and Third place winners will be paid $500, $300 and $200 for Super Lap Battle qualifying rounds, respectively, and $1,500, $1,000, and $600 for Final-round competition at California's Buttonwillow Raceway in November. Details available at