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The Last AWD Shootout - Initial Timing

Charles Trieu
Jul 12, 2012
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If you’re wondering what the hell three cars are doing on our cover, let me take a minute and explain. For years now we’ve held the Import Tuner AWD Shootout putting STI and EVO drivers against each other in a demanding competition. The event has always been held at Buttonwillow Springs where cars would compete for the fastest times on the road race course. While that was entertaining for some years, we got a bit bored of it. We decided to throw a monkey wrench into our own party and see what floats up. As the Nissan GT-R got cheaper on the used car market, we started seeing more and more GT-Rs being modified. So for this current AWD Shootout, for the first time ever we’ve invited GT-R owners into the mix. Let’s just say it got rigorous. The race got so intense that some cars didn’t even make it to the end. Well, as all good things, this event had to come to an end. In the spirit of changing things up to avoid that monster I call boredom, we won’t be doing the Import Tuner AWD Shootout any longer. We’ve had a lot of awesome moments and seen some of the best teams join the race but it’s time to try something new. This was the last AWD Shootout.

This year we’ll be doing the first-ever Import Tuner FR Shootout. Some of us in the office got bored of seeing AWD cars like the STI and EVO go at it for so long. And I’m sure those who don’t even own an AWD car could care less about the event. Now even adding in the GT-R into the competition, we still only got mildly excited. Let’s see what we can do this year with the FR Shootout. We’re calling out owners of the 350Z, 370Z, S2000, Miata, RX-7, Supra, 240SX, and even MR cars like the NSX and MR2. We want to see a bloodbath of a match.

This year we’re also changing the date of the event. The competition will be happening at the beginning of summer now, instead of at the beginning of winter. Which means, by the time you’re reading this the deadline to submit your car’s entry will be coming to a close. If you think your car’s got what it takes to be kinged the champion of the first Import Tuner FR Shootout? Then you’re going to need to send us an email at or email me directly at the address below. Don’t forget to send us a couple images of your car as well as a list of modifications. The deadline for submissions is June 1, so email us now and we’ll be seeing you at the track very soon.

Charles Trieu

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