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SEMA 2016: Wrapup

by Sarah Forst

The car industry is back! The last decade has been a little like wheelspin at the line but we're finally getting some traction. The Las Vegas Convention Center was jam-packed with 60,000 weary enthusiasts drooling over the latest trends, crazy builds, and hottest products. Previously empty halls inviting a siesta were congested with manufacturers, cars that barely resemble their stock look, and the occasional fatigued booth model while attendees battled to swim upstream. Join MotoIQ for some autoerotica action!


 

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What the F-Stop: Event Coverage from Behind the Camera Lens

by Sarah Forst

There's just something invigorating about the smell of race gas in the morning, the smoke produced by tires screeching, and the high pitched wail of a high horsepower engine going all out. And while I'd love to be on track owning that racket, I am just as excited to be covering it from behind a camera. From Formula Drift at Road Atlanta to 24 Hours of Nurburgring, my lame attempts at photography ("needs more blur"- thanks Jeff!) have taken me places I couldn't have dreamt about being so close to the action. And at the end of the day when I'm covered in rubber, drenched in either sweat or God's tears, and have claw hand from holding the camera grip for hours, I still have a smile on my sunburnt face.


 

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Performance Racing Industry 2013

by Wes Dumalski

Someone had the genius idea to move the PRI show from Florida to Indiana for 2013 right around the time the entire nation was giving Florida the middle finger for being one of the only states above freezing temperatures. Fitting given that this was my first PRI show, why send the midwest frozen tundra guy anywhere warm? Regardless, more than 1200 exhibitors braved the cold to display their wares and latest performance goodies at the show. Step inside for a taste of what MotoIQ's partners had on display and stay warm...


 

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Learning the Craft: Grassroots Drifting

by Andy Noggle

Just outside Madison, Wisconsin lies Columbus 151 Speedway.  It's a family owned semi-banked quarter mile oval, a classic Midwest circle track, and home to Friday night stock car races throughout the summer. But every few weeks on a Saturday morning, as the staff are picking up the empty beer cans and hot dog wrappers from the last night's races, the track comes alive again.


 

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Road Trip: Global Time Attack PRO-AM style

By: Wes Dumalski 

Photograhps by: Wes Dumalski and BPhotography

So as many of you know I am the dork here at MIQ who loves time attack. I go to these events and cover them as they are my passion, something that at one point in time I participated in with our Project 200SX and in reality I just cannot stay away. After our last event with Global Time Attack at Road Atlanta I returned home and thought to myself "Shit…. I won't be heading to another event until November for the GTA/Super Lap Battle event." This did not sit well with me and in fact I knew that I would not be able to stay away.

Traveling to these events on a regular basis allows you to develop relationships (I know it's a stretch for an asshole of my caliber to pretend that these people actually enjoy my company but please bear with me for the sake of this editorial) and even in some cases you make friends. I will even offer that if you attend these things and you do NOT make friends then perhaps you need social help… I always thought it was the cars that drew me to these events. The speed, the builds, the sounds and smells; as it turns out that is not the case. What draws me is the people and one of those friends that I made is solely responsible for me heading out to the blazing dissolve that is Chuckwalla Valley Raceway for the Global Time Attack/Shift Sector Pro Am event's 2 and 3. Follow along as I take you on a brief road trip, Time Attack style. 


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Detailing 111: Wax Tech

by Connor Harrison

To many people, waxing is an annual hassle and the benefit is only temporarily appreciated.  It is treated as something that isn’t really necessary, and only needs to be done if we’re getting spiffy for a night out on the town.  Waxing once a year is simply not often enough (don’t believe what you see on TV)!  Your car is under attack every time you drive it; all the dirt, tar, bug guts, bird poop, hard water, and acid rain work to degrade the finish of your vehicle.  Your wax is your protection from these environmental offenders, and it wears away much sooner than you might think.


 

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Motorsports and Charity

Motorsports and Charity: How Auto Enthusiasts Give Back

By Justin Banner

When it comes down to the needs of those less fortunate, Auto Enthusiasts take every opportunity to give back. Despite the costs of our hobby, our careers as drivers, and the little time we have; Auto Enthusiasts still give what they can. In this article, I will give your four examples of charity by Automotive and Motorsports Enthusiasts and Professionals. From the large car show put on by Motor4Toys to Road Race Engineering's 1st Annual Car Show Toy Drive for City of Hope. From Formula Drift putting on an event for Hurricane Sandy Relief to BJ Baldwin giving back to the Baja's orphanages, you'll see how Auto Enthusiasts give back!


 

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Evolution Dynamics Pikes Peak Edition Evo

By Sarah Forst & Wes Dumalski

F1 race car driver Stirling Moss once said "To achieve anything in this game, you must prepare to dabble in the boundary of disaster."  Of course, he also broke both ankles and chipped four vertebrae after falling three stories down an elevator shaft a few years back so accidents can happen to anyone...  

But how do you prepare for a floor routine that involves 14 somersaults 100 feet down a 45 degree abyss polluted with boulders?  They don't call Turn 16 of the Pike's Peak course "Devil's Playground" for nothing.  12,500 feet up the side of the summit - just 1500 feet shy of the finish line - the corner features a steep unprotected cliff.  Perhaps the asphalt leading up to the turn should be nicknamed Skidmark Alley.


 

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SEMA 2012

SEMA 2012 Wrapup

by Sarah Forst

SEMA 2012 invaded the Las Vegas Convention Center this past week.  Every year, SEMA unveils the top cars, products, and trends to salivating auto enthusiasts.  Follow MotoIQ around as we try to survive the hypermiler foot race during the day and the liver challenging networking at night.  Get out your dirty sock - I'm about to recap SEMA for our MIQ readers.  


 

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Global Time Attack Round 5 - Texas Edition

By Wes Dumalski

"Everything is bigger in Texas!" At least that's what they say... When I stepped off the plane my first destination was the bathroom. I unzipped with nervousness and as I relieved myself I realized that so far, the above cliche was completely untrue. After leaving the facilities with my head hung in shame I realized that something WAS bigger in Texas... The ASS whooping that Global Time Attack was going to deliver to the infield course at Texas Motor Speedway!


 

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Guest Driver Blog: Daniel O'Donnell of Professional Awesome

By Daniel O'Donnell and Wes Dumalski

There I stood in utter disbelief as the modern day Achilles, Jeff Westphal, shot an arrow across my bow. Three laps are all it took to send a message as loud and clear as a clap of thunder. In an unfamiliar car, in sweltering conditions and with controls out of reach, he had toppled my record lap time without any effort. "This was my car!" I thought to myself. "The car that I have taken years to master. The car that made me the hero so often while never complaining. The car that I witnessed Grant Davis and Mike Lewin forge with love, anger, broken relationships and worn-out credit cards." Westphal stood there with his charming grin and confident swagger and greeted me with a handshake and steel eyes as if to say, "You’re in my world now bitch."


 

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Rev Speed Magazine Super Battle Time Attack 2011 @ Tsukuba Circuit 

by Eric Hsu
The annual Rev Speed Magazine Super Battle Time Attack took place on December 9, 2011 at the home of Time Attack, Tsukuba Circuit. Garage Revolution brought out their FD RX-7 to dominate the competition, but the weather prevented any records from being set. Regardless, the variety of cars at the event was a treat for any JDM enthusiast. A ton of pics are after the jump.

 

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Adventures in China & Hong Kong, Part 2

by Eric Hsu

Back in May this year, I took a trip to Dongguan China to train a customer on the Cosworth ECPro ECU and its accompanying software suite. After spending almost a week in a not so Westernized city, it was great to be back in Hong Kong where the old, modern, rich, poor, foreign, and Chinese all come together in a densely populated peninsula. Forunately I was introduced to some locals who were cool enough to show me around for the 2.5 days I had free. I think I saw more E92 M3s and R35 GTRs on that trip in Hong Kong than I've seen in Beverly Hills collectively in the last three years.


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Sydney, Australia - May 2010, Part 1

by Eric Hsu

This is part one of a short series about my trip to Australia back in May. I've already covered the World Time Attack so in this series I attempt to minimize the amount of car stuff and cover more about my short stay in the wonderful city of Sydney and the new friends I made there.


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Taipei, Taiwan 2009

by Eric Hsu

What to do, where to go, what I did, and as usual, my opinions during my Christmas trip to Taipei, Taiwan. Plenty about Taiwanese food, night life, friends, and tourist spots inside.


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R.I.P. Shaun Carlson

by Eric Hsu

The owner of the Mopar Drift Team passes away this past weekend.  Shaun will be missed.


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Mario's Wall of Wisdom

Sometime late last year, I cruised by Toespeed Fabrication to meet up with Tod. Mario is the local 510 guru and master fabricator. If you can think of it, Mario can design it. Or if you can’t think of it and just want it done, give Mario a call if you have a budget (good fabrication isn’t cheap). If you’ve seen buff 510s around southern California like Tod’s, chances are Mario built it. In his shop was a wall with writing all over it. I dubbed it the “...


 

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SEMA 2008 Summary

 

I'm glad that SEMA is over this year. While it is overall a pain in the ass, it's a necessary evil to develop new business and show off your new products. This year's SEMA was definitely slower with less foot traffic and booths had less "models". Was it due to the economy? Probably since travel and women are two very expensive things in general. At the Cosworth booth, there were still quality inquiries and plenty of international visitors. Anyhow, it was great to meet some new people and overall I had a good time. Catching up with friends in the industry you're too busy to talk to during work hours was cool too. It was cool to have surprisingly quite a few people hit me up with, "Hey ...

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Danny & Marilyn in Arizona


A couple weeks ago, Nick, Yaya, Saya and I headed out to Arizona because our friends Danny & Marilyn got married. Other than being really, really, really hot in Arizona (hell on Earth), it was a great time. I got a chance to hang out and celebrate with a bunch of friends I haven't seen in a while, relax, binge eat and binge drink. I met Marilyn about 8 years ago through a friend who I used to work with at Apex. Danny is Jensen's brother. Jensen used to work with me when I was at Apex, but when Danny moved to the mainland from Hawaii, he worked for me at XS fabricating and installing stuff. After XS, Danny went to work with the infamous Stephan Papidakis at AEM on the drift team, but got ...

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