Mike’s taken his time to do things right. It looks like his Subaru powered Ghia is really close to ticking over for the first time. Fingers crossed.
There are very few racing series left that harken back to true production based machines. Even WTCC and V8 supercars used highly modified vehicles. Trick motors, trannys, diffs and tons of body work. The US based Continental Tire series however, is one of the few true production based series left. The GS class consisting of sportscars with large displacement 6 or 8 cylinder engines, or boosted 4 cylinders. Including the Chevlrolet Camaro, Porsche 911s, Subaru Impreza WRX STIs, Ford Mustangs, BMW M3s, and Aston Martin Vantages. The ST class supports smaller displacement 4 or 6 cylinder coupes, sedans and roadsters. This includes Honda Civics, Mazda Miatas, Hyundai GenesisPorsche Boxsters, Mazda RX-8s, BMW 330is, VW Golfs, Mazda Mazdaspeed3s, Kia Forte Koups, and BMW 128is, I’d love to see the FIA fund and promote a true worldwide showroom stock series. Imagine adding Audi S5s and S3s, Mercedes-Benz C63s and A-Classes, Mitsubishi EVOs, Lexus RC-Fs and ISs, Renault Meganes, Lotus Evoras, Jaguar F-Types. An abundance of full works teams battling it out on big name tracks? It would bring back the win on Sunday sell on Monday sales pitches.
The Legacy will be replaced. We had originally thought of keeping this purchase under wraps through the winter. But then realized what’s the point in that. Aren’t we here to share our builds and experiences with our readers? Damn right we are.
First I need to send off the Lesbowagon. All in all ,she’s been a great car. While I do hate her now, it was a mutual split.
What I do know for sure is, I would not have the great friends I have today if it weren’t for this car. The Scraped.Crusaders simply would not exist. I showed up to the weekly VW meet in Pickering in my stock 1998 Subaru Legacy Brighton Wagon, after Dave invited me out. Honestly, at the time I thought car meets were for losers. “You just stand outside in a lot with your car?”. My mind was changed very quickly. It was much more than that. Good times and good people, I was hooked. Coils were already ordered and I was scouring Kijiji (our craigslist) for wheels. The first year was a learning process. I had zero experience modifying cars and thus, ended up with terrible fitment. While it was okay, it was no where near where I wanted it to be. We still made it work, with some nice photos.
Over that winter I had decidde to get a set of widened steelies. I’ve always liked that look and wanted to be different in the Subie scene. At 16×8 they were a step up from the previous year. Things were going well and the dhow season was about to begin. I was pumped, not even an accident could stop me. I took the punches and just rolled with it. Attended both Stretch and Poke and Eurokracy with mashed up doors. Fortunately the doors would be fixed and a set of 16 inch RSs would be fitted before H20i. The green beebs didn’t last long but people sure did remember them.
While I loved the RSs, i felt the 16s were too small. The hunt for 17s was really short as it was just a text to Geoff. We traded wheels plus cash on my end because I had smashed one of the lips. That year also brought on a rear hatch wing, an outback front bumper and Hella lights.
This year turned out to be the most trying of them all. NUMEROUS repairs, nagging issues. We were both growing tired of each other. The RSIIs weren’t helping. A hairline crack would sometimes leak and on other occasions hold air perfectly. As the issue was intermittent, I was not prepared to drive the car to H20i. That was the low point. I hated the Lesbowagon so much that I did not want to take her to Maryland. That changed when I found a set of BBS RSs with similar specs to the RSIIs. A quick remounting of tires, side skirts, plastidipping the real valence and adding a front lip. I was able to save face for H20i. Unfortunately around this time my transmission started acting up, fourth gear was on its way out ( I had to physically hold the lever in 4th or it would pop out). I decided to just man up and drive down, I was just desperate to get to OCMD. Luckily it worked out. To my surprise I have been able to take the Subaru to H20 for 4 years with 4 different wheels and looks.
I had put on over 160000kms in four years of ownership. I should really move closer to work :(. Over 120000 of those kms were spent dumped. So considering that, I can’t be too angry that it was in the shop often for maintenance issues. Steering u-joints, ball joints, axles, hubs, snapped shifter linkage. She’ll be relegated to winter duty. And possibly ice racing next year?
-Edit. I had started the above paragraph months ago. Since then 4th gear has shit the bed completely. Thus ice racing is not in the cards. Instead….junkyard.
She’ll be missed, on to the next one. Continued…
Iced over. Toronto was hit with a major ice storm a few days ago. Power outages (still ongoing for some), split trees, downed power lines, slick roads and iced over cars. I was greeted with this on Sunday morning. A nice even coat of winter iced encasing the entire car. The front doors were frozen shut. My ice scraper was of little use, as it was IN the car. Since this POS is now my winter beater and will be driven into the ground, some swift kicks to the rear hatch dislodged enough ice for it to open. After some backdoor entry, and kicking open the drivers door open from within, I was able to start it up and start scraping the ice. 20 minutes later the windshield was cleared AND cracked. I didn’t bother clearing the rest. I made my way over to Geoff’s and then headed to Dan’s. He was the only person with power.
Happy Holidays!! Hope yours wasn’t as icy.
Circuit Soul has been creating a lot of buzz on the west coast. With their RWB build and grand opening last month. I love all their Japanese influenced stickers and shirts. Top notch designs.
This year we decided to stay an entire week at Ocean City. It was well worth it. The extra days were awesome as H20i actually felt like a vacation for once. The house we stayed at sucked though. I swear my stuffed nose was from mold. No big deal, most of the time was spent mobbin up and down the strip, even before the crowds showed up on Thursday. I went through AT LEAST a full tank while on the strip. 500-600kms+ up and down coastal. Got damn.
By the time the weekend rolled around I had managed to pick up a nail on my front left tire. It wasn’t leaking air, so I thought its better if I just leave it alone. Pulling up to the Outkasts meet, it proved otherwise. The nail popped out. Quick call to Dan and he was there with a jack. We did need some spare wood to get the car up though. With the flat tire in hand we went to a local shop to get it patched. These two beauts were outside.
The Wagon GTG was hands down the most subdued meet of the week. It was also made up of about 90% wagons which is nice. Ussually a meet means, 10-15 apt cars then 50 random cars.
Taphouse was bangin all week. Didn’t matter the time or weather. It was packed. Im not even sure whats meets were there. We just showed up.
Governors Club meet. It was held on the morning of the actual show. Tbh, I didn’t even know it was going down, we just stopped at the convention centre because there was a pretty big crowd.
Left overs. Randoms snaps from the week.