Browsing: The Scene

The import scene of the early 1990s not only kicked off the import performance revolution but also fostered the inception and growth of the import drag racing scene. For some, like Stephan Papadakis, it started on the street and became a passion that he took to the next level. By Richard Fong Stephan got his start in 1993 at the age of 16. He raced his Honda Civic Si at the street races in Southern California and at the local drag strips in Long Beach (Terminal Island) and Palmdale (Los Angeles County Raceway). His competitive instinct and ambitions to be…

Honda today took the wraps off one of the most anticipated models in its history with the unveiling of the production 2017 Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited Civic Type R, slated to go on sale in the U.S. in late spring with an MSRP in the mid-$30k range, is the first ever Type R-badged Honda to be sold on American soil. The Type R will feature a high performance 2.0-liter turbocharged powertrain, substantially upgraded body and chassis, and other track-ready, Nürburgring-tuned and tested performance components. The 2017 Civic Type R will make its U.S. debut…

Innovators of any field earn their place not only by perfecting current designs and technologies, but also by being willing to try something new and different. This inclination for experimenting with ideas that no else has thought of before is a major factor in moving an industry forward. In 1994, Adam Saruwatari of Arroyo Grande, CA brought his creative and inventive personality to the automotive performance world. Growing up working on his family’s farm, Adam’s mechanical experience drove him to put together builds that earned him championships and wins in IDRC, Battle of the Imports, NIRA, CMI, Imports vs Domestics,…

On February 25th. 2017 the DSPORT crew headed out to Boost Festival 2017 presented by Honeywell Garrett which took place at Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, CA.  The three tier event held a Global Time Attack event on Streets of Willow, an open drift track day on Horse Thief Mile and Drift 101 personal lessons on the Balcony. A post shared by David Haagsma (@dh422) on Feb 25, 2017 at 6:08pm PST David Haagsma and the Sp Engineering R35 put down the fastest overall time of the day with a 01:18.717. Had a blast drifting and gripping at #boostfest yesterday.…

The 2017 Boost Festival by Honeywell Garrett. Join us as we celebrate the best of all things Boost! This year’s event will take place at the famous Willow Springs International Raceway in Rosamond, CA. Global Time Attack will be coordinating a Pro Am event on Streets of Willow, JustDrift will host the open drift track day on Horse Thief Mile, and Drift 101 will be selling 1 hour drift lessons to spectators that want to learn to drift. Our vendor midway is great if you are looking to check out local performance product manufacturers and race shops, and to check…

ARP’s product line contains thousands of part numbers, and has expanded to include virtually every fastener found in an engine and driveline. These range from quality high performance OEM replacement parts to exotic specialty hardware for Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and NHRA drag racing and marine applications.

Callies Performance Products began manufacturing high performance crankshafts in 1989. With many years of engineering and employee experience, Callies has grown to be the industry leader for innovative product design. We take pride in staying ahead of the competition with the latest high tech design and manufacturing advantages. By utilizing the latest in computer aided solid modeling and CNC machining centers, Callies is able to offer the best designed, highest quality crankshafts, connecting rods, and camshaft cores available on the market today.

Imagine a time when no one had the answers on how to improve the performance of modern Japanese sportscars. To be even more accurate, imagine a time when enthusiasts didn’t even know what questions to ask. In the late 80s and early 90s, aftermarket performance parts were extremely limited. Japanese companies like HKS were just beginning to make inroads into the States while traditional domestic performance companies had no interest in imports. Fortunately, there were some hardcore enthusiasts that always wanted more than the market offered. These enthusiasts pioneered many of the combinations, solutions and products that we still rely…

You’d think that the winter season would serve as the time for racing teams and drivers to hang up their gear and take a break, but there’s one race in December that no one in motorsports wants to miss. The 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance returned in 2016 for its 14th running as the longest closed road course race in the United States. Nowhere else will you find a wider variety of cars on track at the same time, as more than 50 teams battle through day and night, rain or shine, for a full 25 hours.…

For the past 45 years, Ferrea has been manufacturing hard core racing components for various types of engines in a wide range of categories worldwide. Our company uses the latest technological advances gained through the development of engine valve programs for Formula 1, Indy Car, NASCAR, Sprint Car, Drag and Road racing teams. This technology allows us to provide the highest level of performance and reliability for our customers. Our association with many of the industry’s leading head manufactures has given us the opportunity to implement these race proven high quality designs for all categories of racing.

Professional-grade photo and video equipment used to only be accessible by those with the right connections or fat wallets, but this concept has changed drastically in just the last few years. The industry of visual media has exploded, popularized by social media and web-based platforms that allow everyone to share thoughts, ideas and creations in high quality. The struggle now is on the manufacturers’ end, as brands push the capabilities of their cameras while attempting to keep prices low, in order to meet the demands of the fast-growing photo/video enthusiast market. No stranger to both the professional and the hobbyist…

The end of each year is celebrated across the world by many traditional ceremonies and festivities. From holiday get-togethers in hometowns to the giant ball drop in Times Square, you can depend on a series of celebrations occurring as the year comes to an end. Now, just as other year-end traditions, the annual NISMO Festival has concretely remained a motorsports custom and once again attracted tens of thousands of enthusiasts to the famous Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan. Used as a way to honor the company’s current and past successes, NISMO Festival organizes racing, product demonstrations, presentations, speeches and…

About a week ago I mentioned the name Abel Ibarra to one of our younger sta members and all I got back was a blank stare. I though to myself, well maybe this person isn’t a rotary fan. So I mentioned the names Steph Papadakis and Ed Bergenholtz. I thought to myself that of course they would know these pioneers of Honda performance. Alas, the reaction was the same stare of ignorance. The names David Buschur, Adam Saruwatari and Vinny Ten also meant nothing. I was both sad and angry that any “import performance enthusiast” wouldn’t know about some of…

In 1985, the Titanic was found, Back to the future was number one in the box office and Bill Cosby had the number one show on television. During that same year, Publisher Kipp Kington launched Turbo & High-Tech Performance magazine. During an age when “no replacement for displacement” ignorance reigned supreme, Kipp’s fascination with the magic of boost and nitrous oxide convinced him to launch a new magazine into an automotive segment that simply didn’t exist yet. Kipp’s combination of insight, courage and perseverance allowed him to successfully explore and define a new area of automotive performance on an unexplored…

TOP SECRET AND ITS FOUNDER Mr. Kazuhiko “Smoky” Nagata have earned a reputation for building fast cars and taking them around the world to exploit their capabilities. Smoky’s most famous exploit was driving a Supra to 197 MPH on public streets in the U.K. and getting thrown in jail for the effort. Despite the challenges facing Japan’s performance tuning community, Smoky and the TOP SECRET staff haven’t slowed from building projects that truly stand apart from the crowd. Text and Photos by Michael Ferrara DSPORT: Thank you for taking the time to show us your facility. For those not familiar…

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