Entries for 'Connor Harrison'

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GridLife IceBattle 2018

by Connor Harrison

Are you slowly going insane from sitting in your garage staring at your car? Wishing for warmer weather so you can actually go out and do car stuff with your car friends? Just go ice racing instead; it's essentially an autocross on a frozen lake and is a nice way to keep your sanity while shredding fresh powder with your buds. Just like an autocross, these events happen all over the place, and odds are good that a local club near you is doing something pretty similar. I decided to take a break from my thoroughly half-assed attempts at getting my Sentra off of jack stands for the first time in two years to go see what GridLife IceBattle was all about.


 

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Posted in: Events
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Project Legacy GT: Part 2 - Bolstering the Drivetrain

by Connor Harrison

Finding the right balance of performance and civility when upgrading a street car can be difficult. It all comes down to finding the perfect compromise between daily drivability and “because racecar”. Go too far and a car can become too loud, too rough, and too unreliable. With the goal of eventually increasing the power output of our Subaru Legacy GT wagon beyond what the stock VF40 turbo can efficiently produce, we knew that we would need to upgrade some of the other components in preparation. Our clutch disc and pressure plate were the first items on the list of things to replace. While everything was apart for the clutch job we decided to also replace the heavy stock flywheel with a lightweight alternative, to bolster the transmission with help from Moore Performance, and reduce slop with some polyurethane bushings.


 

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A SEMA Newb's Perspective

by Connor Harrison

Before this year, I had never been to SEMA (or Vegas for that matter). Well, the stars aligned with my calendar and wallet, so I decided that I would make the pilgrimage to what is considered the epicenter of the automotive aftermarket. The show had never really held much interest to me. I had always believed that it was a massive convention with an overwhelming sea of half-assed show cars and shelves packed with trendy bullshit. If you can’t tell, I’m not much of an optimist. I went into the unknown without much of a game plan, and having no past experiences to help shape a plan of attack I mostly just wandered around aimlessly for several days absorbing the sight and sounds. And honestly, I didn’t hate it. Yes, there was a disturbing amount of cars with big wheels and bolt-on fender flares that were laid out on air ride. There were also a lot of well-built cars, quality engineered parts, and interesting people to connect with. Read on for some quick observations of a SEMA-newbie.


 

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Lake Mills Cars & Coffee

by Connor Harrison

Cars & Coffee, the original, started off as a way for a few friends in California to meet up and enjoy some caffeinated brews while chatting about their cars. Apparently, this was a pretty good idea, as it grew into an automotive mega-meet that would play host to droves of all variety of vehicle you never thought you’d be able to stand and stare at in-person. Since its inception, it has grown too big for its own good and had to dissipate due to not having a venue sizable enough to host it. The success of the original inevitably spawned many similar events and gatherings across the country, a few of which we’ve featured here. One such event popped up in the sleepy small town  of Lake Mills, WI.


 

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Rally America Round 8: Lake Superior Performance Rally

by Connor Harrison

Heralding the end of another Rally America season, the north woods of Upper Michigan came alive with the sounds of Subarus, anti-lag systems, spraying gravel, and cheering fans that turned out for the Lake Superior Performance Rally. Known as the oldest, meanest, and toughest rally on the circuit due to its rough and rocky terrain, LSPR would be the final hurdle for the Subaru Rally Team’s attempt at a perfect season. Its worth mentioning here that nobody has achieved a perfect season since John Buffum did it in one of those beautifully boxy Audi Quattros… 28 years ago!


 

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Project Legacy GT - An Introduction

by Connor Harrison

I’d like to get something off my chest. I am enamored with the idea of hopped up, ass kicking, rip snorting, high performance wagons. V8-powered shooting brakes, high revving hot hatches, and bi-turbo estates (for our euro readers) all seem to get my juices flowing. I can’t quite pinpoint exactly why that is, but there is just something so scandalous about an unassuming five-door giving more pedigreed performance machines a run for their money. Now, I need you to understand that I am absolutely smitten with this car, and have been for the past several years. It is, in my eyes, the perfect vehicle. So please excuse me if I become a bit over-zealous at times. Enter Project Legacy GT, it is Subaru’s mid-size performance vehicle which is equipped with the usual all-wheel drive system, 5-speed manual transmission, and a typical 2.5L turbocharged flat four engine.


 

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Rally America Round 7: Ojibwe Forest Rally

by Connor Harrison

Last weekend the Rally America circus rolled into Detroit Lakes, MN for the Ojibwe Forest Rally, the seventh of an eight event National Championship. Over the course of Friday and Saturday some of the series top competitors would race through more than 130 miles of fast dirt and gravel roads, encompassing a total of fifteen individual stages. The fast and smooth roads of northern Minnesota proved to be quite dry and loose, with lingering dust clouds creating minor visibility issues for all but those at the front of the pack. Dense forests and countless kettle lakes threaten to crush the aspirations of any driver overzealous enough to tempt fate.


 

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Rally America Round 2: Rally in the 100 Acre Wood

by Connor Harrison

Last weekend the second event of Rally America’s national championship took place.  The Rally in the 100 Acre Wood takes place on the smooth, flowing gravel back roads surrounding Salem, Missouri, and is one of the fastest events of the championship.  It is a favorite event that is looked forward to by many of the drivers.  Last year had ideal conditions with temperatures hovering just below 70 degrees during the day and stages that were dry and grippy.  This year was quite the opposite.


 

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Rally America Round 8 - Lake Superior Performance Rally

by Rally America

photos Connor Harrison

Houghton, MI (October 21, 2014) -- Subaru Rally Team USA's David Higgins and Craig Drew outlasted the competition and the wet stage conditions to take victory at the Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) on October 17-18, 2014 in Houghton, MI.


 

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Rally America Round 2 - 100 Acre Wood

by Connor Harrison

The second event in the 2014 Rally America series took place last weekend in the foothills of Missouri’s Ozark Mountains, with stages spread amongst the towns of Salem, Steelville, and Potosi.  The scenic backdrop named after the fabled home of Winnie the Pooh is a favorite for spectators, with drivers enjoying the fast, flowing, and dusty gravel roads.  The weather seems to be dramatically different every year, fortunately last year’s snow and ice wasn’t repeated for this event, although passing heavy rains on Thursday would leave some stages rather slippery throughout the weekend.


 

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Posted in: Events
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Frozen Beer and Rally Cars: Sno*Drift 2014

by Connor Harrison

Swarms of rally fans and competitors converged on northern Michigan last weekend for the first and most exciting event in the 2014 Rally America National Championship.  This was the 48th running of the Sno*Drift rally which takes place around Atlanta, MI and features over 130 miles of snow and ice covered roads broken up into 20 stages over two days.


 

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Posted in: Events
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The LoveFab Enviate: Picking Up The Pieces

by Connor Harrison

Just like every day during practice week, we woke up ungodly early on the first practice day to get into position in time.  I left the rest of the team at the start line to help prep the car while I headed up the stage to get some photos of all the cars.  Generally you should be in place about a half hour before sunrise, which is usually around 4:30AM. 


 

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Posted in: Magazine
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The Lovefab Enviate: Prepping for the Peak

by Connor Harrison

There have been a few details circulating about this year’s running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and the Lovefab Enviate, but the full story hasn’t been told until now. 

Let's travel back to early June in Michigan, where a certain group of Lovefabbers were putting in the final push on the build for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Prior to this year I had never met Cody or any of the Lovefab crew in person before, so instead of being a bunch of awkward strangers when we met up in Colorado I made the eight hour drive to the shop for a ‘meet and greet’ while they worked on the car.


 

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Posted in: Magazine
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Rally America Title Fight - LSPR 2013

by Connor Harrison

Last weekend I went up to Houghton, MI for the finale of the Rally America championship.  I had never been to the Lake Superior Performance Rally before, or any rally for that matter, but I was invited by my friend Dylan Helferich who drives for the Relentless Rally Team.  To be honest, I’m fairly clueless about most things rally related.  I had thought that watching a rally race meant standing in a forest, in nearly freezing rain, and occasionally seeing a car go by while getting sprayed with dirt and gravel.  Which is exactly what happened, but it was a hell of a lot more fun than it sounds.


 

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