Everyone follow.. Ford?

This could be it.  Earlier this week, Ford released details that their new turbo-charged 4 cylinder Mustang could deliver over 300 HP!  Now, your first reaction might be “What do you care, Frank?  A Mustang?  What gives?”  And you’d be right.  I’ve actually owned two Mustangs over the years, and they’ve both offered me the reliability of a Yugo.

But this isn’t about my experience with Fords.  It’s about the auto industry’s penis contest.

Turbo 4-cylinderBack in 2000, I was looking for a small performance car and ended up with an MR2 Spyer.  Those of you who know me know that I spent the next 5 years (and $20,000 dollars) trying to build one only to fall short at the end, limited by the Eco-friendly engine in the car.  This inevitably led me to a V6 for my next project.  Even after the release of the WRX STI and the Lancer Evolution, 4-cylinders just weren’t putting out the power sports car enthusiasts expected, seemingly up against some invisible 300 HP wall.  Is it an insurance issue?  Perhaps reliability fears?  Certainly we have the technology.  I’m sure someone in the industry can answer with an educated guess, but who really cares?  The fact is, now that someone has ventured outside the turbo-4-comfort-zone, my hope is that everyone else will follow.

Isn’t it about time for a 350 HP version of the STI?  How about a 275 HP version of the new (and tragically underpowered) BRZ/FRS?  Talk about a hot seller!

Come on auto industry!  Stop telling me what I want, and making vehicles we want to buy!

It’s official, cars are out.

It’s been official for quite a while, but I think it’s time we admit it. The car show scene is dead.Cars are out

Competition teams like JadeCrew, TeamECI, TeamSolo, and sadly, even CompactEvolution have let their websites float into the abyss of un-updated, un-visited, and completely outdated…

Was it so long ago that rare, imported parts from Japan were all the rage? Was it so long ago that a $12 trophy meant a year’s worth of bragging rights?

Yup. It was. I’m tired of standing in the hot sun for 8 hours while some judge who already has his buddy’s car in mind looks over my car (that I’ve spent tens-of-thousands in) with a glazed stare. And I think the rest of the competitors from my day are as well.

I think this forum post on TeamECI’s website says it best.

“A lot of people just got out of the scene and moved on to more important things. The show scene sucks anyways, and is too political…showing a car is almost a job.”

With the passing of every great past time, we get the onset of another. And, if I have any say, that should be motorcycles. 😉

I need professional help

I need help. Serious professional help…

In the mid 1990’s I bought my first modding nightmare.  A 1985 Mustang that broke so often, you could set your watch by it.  I replaced every part in the car, and it was still only worth $800 when I traded it in on my truck.

My 1992 Isuzu pickup truck was a cool little truck, which I promptly tore the inside out of and built an IASCA (International Auto Sound Competition Association) world competitor. I was one of the first standard sized pick-up trucks to be invited to the world finals.

I traded in the truck for a 2000 MR2 Spyder, and decided to get into AutoCross racing. I added things like a Saner sway bar, Cusco strut tower braces, full CUSTOM exhaust, and other stuff. After some pretty serious racing (and WAY more money that I am even willing to discuss), I took the car into the show scene where it won numerous awards including 1st place at Battle of the Imports here in Orlando. That cost me a full SARD body kit, Gram Lights racing wheels, Corbeau racing seats, a Playstation2 and other goodies. But the car was getting old, and I was ready, once again, for something new.

I traded the MR2 in on a 2004 350Z Enthusiast, I mean what the hell, let’s get into some drifting now! I added an intake, front strut tower brace, some carbon fiber bolt-ons, and a body kit.

Luckily, before putting TOO MUCH money into the Z, I wanted to get back into riding. So, I picked up a 2006 Kawasaki 650R to ‘ease’ my way back into riding. But that was another money-pit. Mods included Woodcraft clip-ons, Scorpion exhaust, Zero Gravity windsheild, and others.

And now, finally… I’ve picked up an 08 Triumph Daytona 675. I’ve had it less than 3 weeks and I’ve already managed to purchase and install: Naarden lowering link, flush front and rear blinkers, new grips, spools, and some other random bolt-ons.

I need help soon. Very, very soon. My garage is completely out of room for old, stock parts.