Seven Stock X, Irvine, CA
Rain can put a damper on just about any outdoor car show. No one wants to get out of bed just so they can stand around in a parking lot and get wet. Well, most people would opt for dryness, but as we all know, hardcore car fans will venture to any automotive gathering, rain or shine.
A.M. showers kept a lot of people away from Southern California's celebration of all things rotary, SevenStock, now in its 10th year. Fans of Felix Wankel's engine braved the threat of damp and frizzy hair for the opportunity to converge in the parking lot of Mazda's U.S. headquarters in Irvine, CA. But there was more to do in this parking lot than park cars: rotary fans kept themselves warm and dry by checking out each others' rides, buying rotary-themed goods or drooling over some very-cherry JDM Cosmos.
We played it smart and showed up fashionably late to the event. By being lazy and sleeping in, we missed the rain and got to experience the show with frizz-free hair. We also got to take these pictures and not get our camera equipment wet. Score one for us!
Vortech Gives Back--To You!
Yeah, we know this is the January issue of Super Street, but it's October as we write this, and chances are you're reading this in December. We bring this up because Vortech is bringing its "Bonus Bucks" campaign back, and it expires Dec. 31. If you buy a complete non-tuner supercharger system and fill out the appropriate paper work before the expiration date, Vortech will put a cool $250 back in your pocket. Check out www.vortechsuperchargers.com for more details.
TURBO GOES TO TOKYO
Our sister publication Turbo is once again putting together a package tour to the 2008 Tokyo Auto Salon. For just a hair under $2K, you will get six days and four nights in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Not only are airfare, transportation, lodging and early VIP admission to the Tokyo Auto Salon included, but you'll also get to attend a kick-ass drift experience package put together by RAZO and Nitto Tire. Race queens aren't included, sadly. For more info, check out www.kintetsu.com/autosalon.
Subaru STI Revealed:
We'll have more in-depth coverage of the Tokyo Motor Show next month, but we'd be kicking ourselves in the pants if we didn't show the first official photos of the new WRX STI as soon as we could. We mocked the standard WRX a bit in the December issue of Super Street, saying that the Impreza had the sex appeal of a Corolla. Well, the new STI does manage to sex things up a bit. A blacked-out grille, headlamps and blistered fenders add some much-needed cool points to the Subaru 5-door. Official specs have not been released at the time of this writing, so expect us to deliver the dirt in a future issue. In the meantime, enjoy this first look at the new STI.
I've officially decided that I dislike writing editorials. It's not that I'm opposed to completing the tedious task of writing 300 words in less than 10 minutes; it's just that I realized that I don't have anything of interest to write about. I'm not angry like Ricky, so I can't fill this space with three paragraphs about what pissed me off last week. I'm also lame and spend most of my evenings at home, so unlike Carter, I can't "casually mention" that I swilled champagne with some big mover and shaker in the VIP room of some exclusive Hollywood club.
So what, then, do I fill this space with? Well, since I can't think of anywhere else to put the following statement, I'll put it here:
Send me your pictures of your tuned vans and wagons.
I want to run them in Readers' Rides. Yes, I have a few screws loose and have an unhealthy obsession with JDM-style vans and station wagons. Seriously, once I have more than Monopoly money in my wallet, the first thing I'm going to go out and buy is a sports wagon. Since we don't get cars like the Autech Stagea here, I'll have to "settle" for something like a Subaru Legacy GT. If I get a few more dollars by selling my kidney or something, perhaps I'll even be able to afford a new Honda Stream.
If you ever get the chance to roll down the streets of Japan, you'll notice that there are more styled wagons/vans than there are fixed-up Skylines or Civics. And you may be surprised to read this, but at the 2007 Tokyo Auto Salon, styled wagons and VIP minivans dominated the show. Given our market's dislike of mom-wagons, it does kind of make sense that no one here covered them. But since our market is getting older and will soon need to haul a few kids around, could this combination of practicality and JDM style become the next hot, new trend? I sure hope so, but then again, I'm just crazy like that.
Justin Kaehler email@example.com
FORMULA D SHOOTS ITS WAD
To celebrate the end of the 2007, the drivers and staff of Formula Drift all got together for a good old-fashioned round of paintball. Ahh... there's nothing quite like shooting your buddy in the balls to relieve the stress that only a full season of competition can bring.
KA24DE: it is very famous motor but it is not popular. I think most of the 240SX owners want to drop KA24DE motor and swap JDM SR20DET motor or many 240SX owners swapped SR20DET motor already so there are many KA24DE motor at the junk yard now. Is KA24DE bad motor? I think many people say that KA24DE is truck motor. Let me tell you the stories about KA24DE motor. In `97, Nissan built the prototype car for developing new Z car after Z32 in '96 (new Z means 350Z). This prototype car was customized from US spec 240SX and this car had KA24DE motor, but it was not stock KA24DE motor. Nissan's engineer tuned KA24DE which was making 180ps and it was normal aspirated motor. The estimation of the prototype car was very good but some American people who drove the prototype car said Z's motor should be six-cylinder and is the reason why Nissan developed VQ35 motor for 350Z after that. Some of Nissan's important people, some American people and Mr. K (Mr. Katayama who is the father of Z car) drove the prototype car and they liked it very much. Nissan 350Z would have customized KA24 motor if American people didn't think that Z's motor should be six-cylinder. I think this story means 240SX with customized KA24DE motor is nice sport car. Do you remember Yashio Factory pink 240SX on the past issue of Super Street magazine? Yashio's 240SX had SR20DET motor but Okamura-san said "KA24DE has much torque. I would tune KA24 motor but I had no time to make any parts to make KA motor work with sequential transmission." You don't like KA24DE yet? I think KA24DE is high potential motor. If you had the time, reconsider before you drop your KA24DE motor if you liked much torque. Stock KA24DE motor's torque (21.2kgm/3600rpm) is better than stock SR20DE (not DET!) motor's torque (19.6kgm/4800rpm).
S2Ks INVADE HONDA HQ
Honda's North American headquarters in Torrance, CA hosted the first-ever Honda S2000 Homecoming event which, according to Honda, is the world's largest gathering of S2000s ever. More than 1,000 people and 500 cars took over Honda's parking lot for the chance to strut their stuff, get an early look at the new Honda S2000 CR and meet the father of the S2K and NSX, Shigeru Uehara.
Our JANUARY '98 issue
Our January 1998 issue of Super Street boasted some very important firsts: Loud and Clear finally gave the readers a voice, and we rambled on and on about our first Super Street tour to NOPI. We also started the year off right by making sure each feature car had at least one of the following: clear corners, a combat wing and/or a "Type R" sticker.
Every January 1st, we tell ourselves that the coming year will be different. We always say that we will better ourselves in some dramatic way, and we always seem to set off on the right foot. However, by January 3rd, we're back to our old and lazy habits and we find ourselves stuck in that rut we're always in. Rather than tell ourselves that this year will be different, we'll just list the things we want to do for the year and then not get around to actually doing them.
Get our asses to the gym. Spending 10 hours a day chained to a desk hasn't worked wonders for our physiques--hence our overuse of old "moob" jokes.
Ship the magazine on time. Ha ha... that will never happen. Maybe we can shoot for getting things done just one week behind schedule.
Lay off the party juice. And lose the magical elixir that makes Super Street the fine magazine we all know and love? Never!
Get to the office on time. Maybe we'd ship the magazine on time if we managed to lay off the party juice and wake up before noon.
Finish our project cars. We need to find all our project cars before we can get around to finishing them. Who knows where half of our rides are now? We sure don't!
Get out of debt. The day we get out of debt is the day Nike stops making limited-edition Dunks.
Run more girlie photos in the mag. Because we're all about giving you, the reader, what you want.
Get a new Super Street staffer. We'll get one as soon as Source Interlink approves the budget for a new hire. In other words, we won't be seeing any new faces around here for at least five years.
Get that date with Lisa Kim Fleming. Like that will ever happen; she won't even give us the time of day. We just wanted to run another photo of her--see Resolution number four.
Kill the Top Ten lists. We're just plum out of ideas. But until we find another way to generate filler content, the Top Ten list will stay.