All Toyota Fest Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA
There are only two times a year that we can count on Yamz being in a good mood, and both have to do with old school cars. One is the Japanese Classic Car Show and the other is the All Toyota Fest, coordinated by the Toyota Owners and Restorers' Club (TORC). Ironically, they both take place at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. To be honest, we don't know which one we like better. On one hand there's the JCCS, which has old school cars of all different makes and models, but like its name they're all classic. On the other, the TORC show rocks everything from old Celicas to brand-new LS430s, except that it's limited to only Toyota cars. We try not to play favorites, but this time around was a little more special. We hit the TORC show armed with two folding chairs (we were too lazy to set up a table for giveaways) to celebrate Toyota's 50th year in America and the fact that they've become the number one automotive manufacturer in the world. Raise a glass or tip a 40 in salute.
While we were chilling under our EZ Up handing out magazines and other goodies, we overheard someone saying that there were over 300 cars registered for the show. Damn, that's a lot of Toyotas, Scions, and Lexuses. Or is that Lexi? Whatever. Strolling around, it felt like a time warp, with old school and new school cars all within arms reach. If you missed it, don't worry. JCCS is coming up at the end of September. www.toyotaclub.org
Steve Millen is one helluva cool guy. A legendary racer with more championship wins than the number of Carter's cars, he also found time to launch Steve Millen Sport Parts in '86 (right around the same time Nads' Flock of Seagulls coif was in full force). Now, some twenty years later Stillen is an aftermarket powerhouse (while Nads is still jockin' the FoS).
Even though Millen crushes the competition in both racing and retail, he still takes time out to open his doors (and his heart - the big lug) every so often to welcome Nissan and Infiniti owners from all walks of life to a massive open house. Think of it as the ultimate Customer Appreciation Day, with a car show, cool door prizes, free grub, dyno runs, shop tours and product displays and demos.
Think about it: You could buy Stillen parts at a discounted rate, have everything installed, and race Millen in a drag challenge down Airway Avenue. You can't beat that with a Z32 hood prop. Check out www.stillen.com to find out when the next open house's going down. Make your travel plans now!
Back in October of '94, Versus Motorsports humbly launched their Import Showoff and Kosoku Sports body kit lines. Now with a 30,000 sq ft. warehouse, massive 210,000 sq ft. manufacturing facility, more body kits served than McDonald's and more lines than an office desk belonging to Tony Montana (i.e. Grease Monkey, Charge Speed USA, Hybrid-FRP and Carbon-Pro), Versus has grown exponentially due to its competitive quality and pricing. You could say in the case of Versus versus the Competition, Versus has won. www.versusmotorsport.com
Word On The Street
Whatever you do on Thursday, September 13, 2007, make sure you're at Banana Joe's, located on 1016 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL (205.241.8006) after 9 pm. Why? Because it's the official Super Street Tour Pre-Party. We bring the fun, you bring the girls. www.superstreetonline.com
Ring Of Power
NOPI and Wench Jewelry introduced new championship rings for their drift and drag series. You can't buy these anywhere; the only way to get one is by winning a NOPI Drag or Drift event. Constructed from Tiffany-grade silver and formed in the shape of a wrench, the rings come in different widths depending on rank, proving once again that size indeed matters. www.nopi.com
It's just been confirmed that 5Zigen is bringing Michigami back to our Time Attack finals out in Buttonwillow, CA. Race cars slated to appear are: a Civic Type-R, Bomex S2000 and possibly a third car. If that wasn't enough, 5Zigen will be flying out Yoshimoto Daiki, Formula Nippon rookie and J-pop star. www.5zigenusa.com
If you had nice car which had over 600hp and you told your friend about your car, what did your friends think about it? Happy? Envy? Mad? I guess if you said it in Japan, many people ask you, "What is your lap time at a race track?"
This question means what it is your driving skill and if can control your nice 600hp car. This month of Super Street features turbo and NA. I have no idea which motor is good turbo or NA because both of them have merit and demerit. You can choose turbo motor if you like big horsepower, because turbo motor is better than NA motor for making power. GT-R, Evo and Impreza have turbo and always at the top five in Tsukuba circuit. I know turbo motor is good, but I suggest NA motor if you want to get good driving skill. NA motor doesn't have big power that's why you can feel your driving when you mistake. Turbo motor help (or manipulate) mistakes and you need to spend much money on reinforcement parts.
Keichi Tsuchiya says,"Spend your money for getting driving skill before you spend money for engine tuning." It means that spend your money for tires, brake pads, etc. for driving at a race track. Most D1 drivers started their drifting skill with AE86. AE86 has NA motor. They spent much money for tires. NA motor needs good quality tuning parts because NA motor is responsive to quality parts. One race car driver made his lap time, which was one second faster, when he changed good quality rims from bad quality rims at Tsukuba.
In Super GT race, 350Z, Lexus SC and NSX have NA motor because NA have good throttle respose in low revolution. 350Z GT race cars had VQ turbo motor last year, but they have V8 NA motor (Infiniti M45) now. Please don't mad at me if you own a turbo motor car. I would like to say spend your money for making good driving skill before you start engine tuning. I guess you can get good driving skill with turbo motor, and I like acceleration of turbo motor. New GT-R will have VQ38 motor with twin turbo which can make 480hp. I want to drive it but gas is expensive. I watched Mr. Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth a few weeks ago and I start to think about environment. Is it possible to make ecology turbo motor? I know hybrid cars are good for environment, but there is no hybrid sport car. I can't forget the feeling of acceleration of turbo motor. The showdown between turbo or NA is never ending because it is up to your liking.
Top Ten Girthy Garrett Turbos
So, you think the T3/T4 hybrid turbo, sitting pretty in your engine bay, hangs low? Take a look at some of the magnum-sized slugs Garrett is packing and keep convincing yourself that it's only the "motion of the ocean" that counts. www.turbosbygarrett.com
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Classic Super Street
Remember when combat body kits were cool? No? Well, let's take a ride back a decade, to when we featured our first Supra adorned in heavy Veilside armor. Dope for a minute, until Cavaliers, Mustang and everything else rolling on four wheels starting rocking them. It was almost as ubiquitous as those played-out Calvin pissing on [fill in noun of choice] stickers in the mid '90s.
For many of the competitors buzzing [around] the streets of California, Import Showoff has become a household name. It's been imbedded in many brains [that]: To be somebody in 'the scene,' you have to enter Import Showoff. [But] it's even better to win."
RJ de Vera
("Import Showoff" Super Street, August 1997)
Conveniently placed between
Englishtown and Manhattan.
Minutes to Midnight Sneak Peek
Carter inviting Linkin Park fan
Rikdaddy to an advanced playing ofthe new album-hot.
Ricky heading up his own spin-off magazine.
Finding out that you weren't the only one that almost got sick on your flight.
Finding out a drag racer got sick (read: barfed) in a blanket on your flight.
Ricky leaving Super Street to head up his own magazine.
Minutes to Midnight Sneak Peek
Carter having to un-invite Linkin Park fan Rikdaddy to an advanced playing of the new album-not.
Inconveniently placed around Jersey's horrible highway system.