My Favorite Moments Of 2009 (In No Particular Order) What a weird year it's been, no? Bad? Yeah, but I can also say that it had its moments nonetheless. When I think of all the stress and complexities life threw our way, I can always look back here and remember fonder times:
Honda FF Battle One of the coolest events we've had the pleasure of taking part in was this year's FF Battle sponsored by General Tire, with a much anticipated B versus K challenge. The K camp overpowered the B-boys, but I'm sure next year's will be even tighter and with more categories to boot. Get ready Honda fam... we've got more on the way.
Now, who's ready for 2010?
Greddy Coming Out Clean
We almost saw this Japanese tuning legend fall victim to the declining economy, but they managed to pull out to safe waters quickly. They're developing more performance parts than ever, something we desperately need to keep our scene alive.
RWD Pleasure With Nissan's 370Z
I liked the 350Z for its raw performance but I love the 370 because it's just so much more refined and a thrill to drive. The NISMO edition is the ultimate... but more on that later.
TRA Kyoto Killin' It With Their EF9
I saw one in Japan earlier this year next to the Rocket Bunny S13 but somehow there seems to be two Tra Kyoto EF9s. Nothing makes me happier than seeing these cars alive and well, no matter where they are in this world. Read about them in this issue!
Nissan Gt-R Specv
Just when you thought the GT-R couldn't get any better, Nissan gives us the SpecV GT-R, a faster, better handling/braking and lighter version, but at double the cost. Too bad the US doesn't get one. Not that I could buy one anyway.
Not even a motorsport enthusiast, this South Korean native gathered all his savings and headed for beautiful downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina to embark on a cross-country trip... on a 49cc scooter. That two-wheeled delight just happened to be a Honda Ruckus and he saw our entire country riding one. Ruckus enthusiasts gathered far and wide to help Wan live his American dream and helped further propel it deeper into cult status for a primarily scooter-challenged nation.
Alicia Whitten - YUP!
As if you need a reason why? C'mon son! Get the F outta here with that...
Ken Block... Again
100 percent sickness with Gymkhana TWO. And it didn't stop there. He made a bunch of little follow-ups with Rob Dyrdek. Here's another shameless plug for my YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdEUK4ye_bQ. Stop by and leave a comment, will ya?
Hyundai Genesis: More RWD Goodness
It almost seemed as if the days of having a RWD sports coupe had reached its end, but Hyundai came in to save the day with its turbocharged (and V6) Genesis coupe. Loads of potential and plenty fun on the track. Tuners and drivers alike already love this car and we can't wait to see what the future holds for it.
US VS THEM: SS & PCM
It was a valiant effort but Gary is the man. To build that car out of nothing impressed the hell out of me. To my credit, though, at least my car is streetable. (Uh, yeah, good save there. There goes my inner monologue again.)
Playing In The Snow: Falken Style
When rare opportunities to go play with cars in the dead of winter pop up, you always go. Falken Tire took an army of us to Montreal, Canada where we did just that. Snow driving is much harder than it looks.