“Fast” is a word I used to be comfortable with

Those of you who read my blog (I know right!? There’s actually a LOT of you out there!) know that I am an avid motorcyclist. This past weekend’s trip to the mountains of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee taught me (yet again) that I draw a very fat line between my riding and truly “fast” riding.

Now, in the defense of my ability (limited as it is), I was riding on worn-out tires that had no business on mountain roads. I really should have swapped them out before heading north. One ‘sideways’ incident on the first day we rode on wet roads, and I scrubbed off 20% on every turn afterward.

Anyway, even with my tires being out of ideal condition, you can really get a feel for the difference between my riding and “the guys out front”. First, check out my video (remember, all of my video clips are sped up 125% – 150%):

Now, watch this one. This is one of the leaders on our last ride (this video is NOT sped up at all):

Yeah, I’ll stick to the back of the group. LOL

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and sadly, even CompactEvolution have let their websites float into the abyss of un-updated, un-visited, and completely outdated…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.