There are 3 shows we never miss. Eurokracy, H2Oi and Fitted. We do everything that was can to help Dave put on a great show. We will once again have a booth setup with stickers and tees on offering. Geoff’s A4 will be featured in our booth. We are also hoping to get a few more cars into the indoor venue The venue will take place at the Brampton Fairgrounds, and it is booth indoors and outdoors. The indoor section will be offered to the chosen and is much bigger than last year. The registration and selection process are already underway. LINK.
There were some complaints about the gravel last year. However with the indoor section being that much larger this year, if your car is good enough to be inside, it probably will be.
“FITTED™ is an aspirational event created originally in 2010 to promote, foster, and expand the Automotive Lifestyle community. Over the span of five years, we have successfully hosted and expanded our event to converge all cross-cultural elements which this audience prescribes to. FITTED™ is not just a car show. It is a community built upon custom-crafted awards, unique activities, giveaways, sport, fashion, positive relationships, and most importantly, fun! As enthusiasts, we understand and live the lifestyle not from outside the culture but amongst you, our peers. We look forward to bringing you another successful year and thank you for your interest in FITTED™!”
Performance VW has enlisted our help to cover Eurokracy 2013. The article was published in the April issue. The Scraped.Crusaders. provided the words and images, while the Eurokracy crew provided the one of best car shows in Canada. The issue also happens to feature UNIX Performance’s amazing grean MK1, and a bagged Audi 80. We suggest you take a gander.
The Clipsal 500 at Adelaide is a formidable race to make a series debut at. The old guns of Holden and Ford are up for any challengers. NIssan and Mercedes were easily dispelled in their first season last year. I had figured Volvo S60 would be in the same boat this year, but after Race 2 at Adelaide the pecking order in V8 Supercars needs a shakeup. Volvo has jumped to a podium finish. Scott McLaughlin, the 20 yr old 2013 rookie of the year, had an epic fight with THE V8 Supercar hot shoe, Jamie Whincup and won out. Is there a better looking touring car currently turning laps? I don’t think so.
If there were a brand made for this winterscape its Audi. Moreso an old Audi. An RS2 and an S2. While the Subie handled itself well in the snowstorm this morning, I would have much rather had that RS2.
I’ve decided to run a front splitter on the B34TER. And I managed to convince Mauncho to do the same on his E36. It was easy, it took one text. Now that that decision is made, we need to figure out how to actually building them.
We’ve chosen to go with the popular grassroots option of plywood. Before you consider that to be ghetto fab or doing it wrong. I assure you, any track day or time attack event will have a multitude of amateur and semi-professionally prepared vehicles sporting plywood splitters.
Birch wood provides the right combination of flexibility, rigidity, and strength. It is also very cost effective as it can be purchased at any Home Depot or Lowe’s. If money is no object, you have the options to use carbon fiber, alumilite or Tegris (NASCAR splitters). Slightly cheaper options include ABS plastic. For our purpose, of providing mostly aesthetics and the possibility of some track time, the use of plywood made sense. Moreover, the addition of a splitter could improve your mileage. Hence I’ve dumped the idea of canards attached to the bumper. Instead I will have canards/winglets on the splitter near the sides to direct the air around the car. Repeated layers of urethane and sanding and a couple of coats of paint, will yield a finish on the plywood that will be very close if not identical to painted plastic. Considering the cheap cost of plywood and urethane, I was slightly surprised by the cost of splitter supports. The shock type supports seem to have extremely huge markups on ebay. $60-80 a pair? No thanks. I think a look through a McMaster-Carr catalogue will yield alternative solutions. I’ve also seen the use of steel cable and fittings used. We might have to resort to this if cheaper supports are not found. Since the e36 and e34 have relatively square bumpers. I’m fairly certain both cars will have identically shaped splitters. Supports and bolt location will undoubtedly change however the templete used to cut out the splitter will hopefully be applied to both. Allowing us to easily build a replacement splitter once they wear down. And wear down, they undoubtedly will. Amir’s red E36 posted by Stanceworks has a great splitter design. And it is one we will lend cues from. It does not appear to be made of plywood but I digress.
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.