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Global Time Attack Round 2: Buttonwillow Raceway Park

by David Kim

Global Time Attack returns to Buttonwillow Raceway Park to challenge the legendary 3.1 mile road coarse for GTA’s Pro Am Speed District round 2 event. With the weather predicted to hover around a beautiful mid 70 degrees throughout the race day, drivers arrive ready to attack the clock, reset records, and set a new standard of performance in their respective classes.

From completely stock Ford Mustangs and lightly modified Subaru BRZs, to the heavily modified unlimited class where one could stumble upon a J35A1 swapped Honda Civic Coupe built specifically for the circuit, a plethora of different types of cars can be found at any Global Time Attack event. Yes, you read it correctly, a stout V6 Honda Odyssey motor- in a Civic! This is the series where not only the world’s fastest and most dedicated drivers come to play, but a series where an enthusiast can find some of the most creative tuners in the industry. With this in mind, welcome to Global Time Attack! Let’s get started.


 

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Honeywell Garrett Boost Festival 2017: Part 1- Global Time Attack

by Karla Pestotnik

Global Time Attack is known to be the premier Time Attack series in Northern America, and arguably, in the western hemisphere of the globe. This isn’t MotoIQ’s first rodeo at another wildly successful GTA event, and it is far from being Global Time Attack’s first highly publicized, sold out competition. GTA teamed up with Honeywell Garrett for Boost Fest 2017, taking place at Southern California’s Streets of Willow Springs Raceway. Hundreds of teams and spectators made the trek to cold and windy Rosemond, CA, in order to pursue and find out who can put down the quickest lap times.

Drivers that are willing to risk it all for one hot lap are heavily rewarded at this track, however, isn’t that the very nature of Time Attack? This is why we love the sport, so let’s see what crazy competition there was and who brought their best!


 

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06

PRI 2016 Street Outlaws Edition: Part 2 – Turbos!

by Pablo Mazlumian

If you enjoyed Part 1 of our Street Outlaws PRI coverage, you’re going to love this one. We’re talking big, huge, and stupid turbos! We've got Big Chief's famous Crow Mod, Jeff Lutz's Pro Mod, the Murder Nova, and more!


 

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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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05

Dedicated Motorsports' 255MPH GT-R

by Erik Jacobs

There was a time in the import world when a 10-second car was considered blazing fast. The Nissan GT-R was always a little more special, though. 10-second GT-Rs, especially in street trim, were not hard to come by. Mark Johnston’s 2012 GT-R “Premium” definitely fits into that special category, knocking on the door of the 8.0s with a best run of 8.15 at 177 mph in the quarter. But that’s not why we’re here.


 

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14

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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Nerd’s Eye View: SEMA 2015 Part I

by Khiem Dinh

Mission: cover SEMA in only five hours on the ground. Go.

This year, I only had five hours to make it through the show, so I had to make haste like the road runner to try to see as much as possible. That ‘as much as possible’ turned out to only be one hall. At least it turned out to be a good one.


 

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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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Ciao Bella: Part 1 - Italian F1 GP, V.Rossi's GP bike, Alfa Giulia, and Magneti Marelli stuff!

by Pablo Mazlumian

We're sent to Italy on a trip of a lifetime and get to experience the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix at Monza.  In this first of a two-part series you'll see plenty of tech stuff, including Valentino Rossi's MotoGP bike, Magneti Marelli racing parts, the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, and more!


 

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Event Coverage: SuperCar Sunday Revisited

by Khiem Dinh

The original Cars & Coffee is no more. A number of replacements have popped up to fill the void, but there’s no replacing the one which started a global phenomenon. However, within the Los Angeles area, an alternative with an alter ego has happily co-existed north of the Malibu hills. We revisit SuperCar Sunday to see it if it still holds true to its unique personality.


 

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22

Get Out on Track: SCCA’s Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack

by Vince Illi

This year, SCCA has started Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack—a new program aimed at getting you out on a real race track for cheap!  MotoIQ takes the grey Project Mustang 5.0 to a Track Night at Pitt Race to discover what all the fuss is about!


 

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Octoberbeast: Toyota Employee Car Show

by Khiem Dinh

Once a year, Toyota located in Torrance, CA hosts an employee car show titled Octoberbeast. This year’s event was the 22nd running displaying an eclectic mix of vehicles. Don’t think just because it is a Toyota employee show that only Toyota vehicles are on display; the mix is far from it.


 

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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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07

Event Coverage: Hagley Classic Car Show

by David Zipf

Fun fact: The DuPont company is based in Delaware.  In fact if you travel the Wilmington/Greenville/Hockessin area, the landscape is dotted with past and present DuPont family households.  The past DuPont estates are amazing: Beautiful tracts of East Appalachian land dotted with 150+ year old buildings.  Many of the original 1800s estates have been turned into public museums to help preserve the history of the DuPonts.  One of Delaware’s crowning jewels is Hagley Museum which is one such former estate: In its previous life, Hagley was the first powder mill founded in Delaware by E.I. DuPont in 1802. Every September 600 cars show up to Hagley and are put on display.  The only rule is all vehicles must be at least 25 years old.  Some amazing automotive history turns up each year and we were able to snap some pictures of the event.


 

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03

TUDOR United Sports Car Championship: Road America

by Andy Noggle

One year ago, the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series were at this very track, Road America for the first and only time together as two separate series.  This year, Road America played host to the newly formed combined series of TUDOR United Sports Car Championship.


 

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27

Z Fest: Datsun Eye Candy

by Frank Ewald

170 cars have stationed themselves on the pavement beside the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum near Hamilton, Ontario. This was the Twentieth year that Ontario Z-Car Owner’s Association has held this event and it was fantastic. Z cars were everywhere - from the iconic Datsun 240Z through to the Nissan 370Z. Toss in a GTR, mix in a bunch of 240SXs and a few Infiniti G35s and then add a few historic Datsuns - all within eyesight and reach of a wide range of warplanes and you have a great afternoon of viewing. The cars were amazing.


 

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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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Global Time Attack - Pro Championship - Road Atlanta

by Wes Dumalski

Additional Photos by Sarah Forst

I am sitting on the plane on the way to Atlanta to cover Global Time Attack’s first Pro round of 2014 and reading my coverage of last year's event. As I read my own words I am excited by what happened and I think to myself, how in the hell do we top THAT? My fingers frantically type this while the angry toddler behind me uses my seat back as a jungle gym. Perhaps he too was reading last years coverage, or perhaps he was just pissed he was cramped up in this tin can. I share his sentiment as I also want out of here... Partially because I want this damn kid off my back but mainly because I am a total geek for time attack. 

Like last year, Global Time Attack shares Road Atlanta with the 2nd stop for the Formula Drift series and that brings out a lot of people and a lot of cars. Looking at the entry list  gets us excited as the classes are full of some of the top names in the sport from nearly every corner of the country and even some of our friends up North eh’. Time Attack is not dead... It's right here on MotoIQ.


 

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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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The Eibach Meet: The Good, the Bad, and the Senseless

by Aaron Bonk

The world of modified Hondas isn't what it used to be. Honda fans of the 1990s spent their time figuring out how to go fast. Exhaust header design, carburetor jetting, and whether or not to mill the head of your single-cam was the typical dialogue that almost always preceded a visit to the street races. A couple of decades later, though, and talks of silly, Japanese-specific coin holders, proper sticker placement, and whether or not a certificate in interior design might help when coordinating the next shaved engine bay is more likely to occur not before a visit to any sort of race track but, instead, before a stint at the keyboard.


 

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