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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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2016 #GRIDLIFE South at Road Atlanta

by Erik Jacobs

#GRIDLIFE is an automotive lifestyle festival that started a few years ago at Gingerman Raceway in Michigan. For 2016, the series made its first long distance trek and came down to the infamous Road Atlanta.


 

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SEMA

SEMA 2015: Wrapup

by Sarah Forst

SEMA is an absolutely insane whirlwind of auto nocturnal emission that leaves most enthusiasts gobsmacked and run down. Of course we wouldn't want you all to miss the action! Live vicariously through our SEMA-ntics and check out all the action without any of the sleep deprivation.


 

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Road Trip: Commie Style

by Sarah Forst

Find out what happens when Sarah treks behind the Iron Curtain, gallivanting through Central Europe from the Adriatic Sea to the top of the Julian Alps to the center of Budapest, and getting owned by the rental car company, a Hungarian border checkpoint, and a parking garage. Can she find any street races between the former Communist supercar sellers Yugo and Skoda?


 

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Turn Off the GPS

by Vince Illi

Sure, your GPS gets you places as fast as possible, but what are you missing by doing that?


 

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Event Coverage: 2014 Global Rallycross Finale

by Sarah Forst

The 2014 Global Rally Cross season wraps up for the 3rd consecutive year in Las Vegas, but at the Linq Hotel and Casino for the first time. The Strip's reputation for being flashy and over-the-top could only be upstaged by one of the most exciting finales in Red Bull GRC history.  Four drivers were vying for the top of the podium in the Supercar title- Joni Wiman, Ken Block, Nelson Piquet Jr., and Scott Speed.


 

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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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Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration – Charlotte Motor Speedway

by Vince Illi

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or under your car) for the past few months, you know that Ford Mustang celebrated its 50th birthday on April 17, 2014.  The Mustang Club of America, together with the Ford Motor Company, threw two big concurrent “birthday parties” for the iconic Pony Car, one in Las Vegas and one at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina.  MotoIQ and the grey Project Mustang 5.0 made a pilgrimage to Charlotte to partake in the festivities.


 

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Global Rallycross Las Vegas

Global Rallycross Round 9: Las Vegas

by Sarah Forst

SEMA wasn't the only crazy car event going on in Vegas the first week of November.  Round 9 of the Global Rallycross took place at the South end of the Vegas strip and MIQ couldn't miss the action. Though Toomas Heikkinen had clinched the championship in Charlotte, there was a battle going on for the other podium spots. Check out the action!


 

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Optima Batteries PorscheSEMA 2013: Wrapup

by Sarah Forst

SEMA 2013 rode into the Las Vegas Convention Center last week bringing us the hottest trends, products, and vehicles to drooling gearheads. To put it mildly, SEMA is insanity. 4 short days and 4 long nights leave show goers exhausted (bad pun?) but there's no better car wet dream on the planet! Grab your box of tissues and check out our coverage. I’ve photobombed the OEM booths to bring you this year’s factory certified trends.


 

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The 2013 SEMA Show:  A Glimpse at the Past, Present, and Future

By Chuck Johnson

It's T minus zero and the 2013 SEMA Show has officially opened its doors.  Sometime in the wee morning hours beforehand though, the MotoIQ black Ops team infiltrated the Las Vegas Convention Center, ninja outfits and all, to bring you a quick glimpse of what this year's SEMA Show has in store.


 

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Classic Remise

Road Trip: Classic Remise, Dusseldorf Germany

By Sarah Forst

Sometimes you wander into a place that far exceeds expectations. Where you spend more time drooling over cars you'd love to get behind the wheel of. Cars you stared at only in old magazine pages taped onto your walls when you were a teenager. Cars that oozed sex appeal in movies. Cars so rare you never thought you'd be standing right in front of one. This is Classic Remise, a car museum / restoration garage / classic car wet dream / car enthusiast must see. And yeah, it even has a bier garden!


 

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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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Nurburgring

Road Trip: 24 Hours of Nürburgring

By Sarah Forst

One of the world's most awesome motorsports events is more like car racing at Fusion Festival, Germany's version of Burning Man. The cars, the camping, the bonfires, and this year, the deluge of rain and fog that caused a red flag to the race. Follow us as MotoIQ visits Germany for Beer and Soaking at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and search for Bill Caswell.


 

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Leah Pruett

Top Fuel Rumble: An Interview with NHRA Rookie, Leah Pruett

By Justin Banner

Amidst all the talk and trumpeting of another Top Fuel Rookie, Brittney Force, during the Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona; there was another Rookie in Top Fuel I think needed some more attention. Able to out qualify Force, Leah Pruett and the Dote Racing Team really put on a show towards their start to the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Championship season. I sit down with her and discuss her entry into Top Fuel and how she got to where she is now.


 

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Tokyo Auto Salon 2013

by Tatsu Tsuchida photos by Akio Hirano

For some reason I think when foreigners (the Gaijin) imagine the Tokyo Auto Salon they expect to see some multi-level parking garage filled to the brim with not only performance cars but also a dance club like atmosphere with music provided by "one-box" style wagons with booming sound systems. Then an orgy of drifting up the parking embankment, scantily clad women in school girl outfits, and J-Pop ensues.


 

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BMW Museum

Road Trip: Bavaria and the BMW Museum

By Sarah Forst

It's just another day in a gearhead's paradise as MotoIQ propels down the Autobahn in Germany, Salzburg, and the Czech Republic, then tours the immaculate BMW Museum outside Munich. Find out what driving is like behind the former Iron Curtain.  


 

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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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Overdose: The Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ Invasion of SEMA Show 2012

By Chuck Johnson and Annie Sam

Each year at the SEMA Show, there is always one model car that dominates the spotlight. This year, there is no doubt that the Scion FR-S's and Subaru BRZ's are dominating the 2012 SEMA show. A bit of an overdose to say the least. To spare you from the blisters on your feet, we've walked the show for you to bring you this compilation of Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ's from the SEMA show.  Enjoy.


 

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XDC Texas

Xtreme Drift Circuit - Texas

By Sarah Forst

The Xtreme Drift Circuit finished up its third season at the 2012 finals this past weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.  The West Coast drivers competed for a chance at the Top 16 competition on Friday and the East Coast and West Coast drivers went head to head at Saturday's finals.  There were already five rounds in the books going into the weekend's events with 3 East Coast competitions and 2 on the West Coast, a double round in Phoenix at the start of the season.  The West Coast drivers had an opportunity to learn the track Friday while competing in their third round, balancing out the point structure.


 

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