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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.…

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…

Autumn marks the end of the racing season in many parts of the USA as racers begin their winter rebuilds. But in Southern California, IDRC racers and InstaFame Car Show entrants formed lines before dawn to gain entrance to the BorgWarner IDRC International Finals presented by ARP. Moderate temperatures greeted attendees on Sunday October 23, 2016, offering ideal racing conditions as the masses made their way into the venue at Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California. The racers set up in their pits while the InstaFame contestants filed to the end of the track to coordinate and get staged into…

Why should anyone care about time attack? Motorsports around the world already deliver wheel-to-wheel, on-road and off-road action with nearly every style racecar imaginable, so why bother with a motorsport that appears to many as a large-scale autocross? Although time attack competition prioritizes a single best lap time above all else, there’s much more to it than throwing parts at a car and laying down a few fun laps. At the level of the Yokohama World Time Attack Challenge, this form of racing brings out some of the world’s most skilled drivers, piloting insane builds put together by the most…

LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing Display Location: Lexus, 21601, Central Hall Description: When the Lexus LC 500 made its global debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, its alluring styling, exciting performance capability, and exquisite craftsmanship clearly marked the start of a new era for the luxury brand. The LC 500 by Gordon Ting/Beyond Marketing offers a different approach to the brand’s flagship coupe, featuring an aggressive look and tuned engine for a racing-inspired build. Highlights: Body work by Signature Autobody Artisan Spirit Custom Lexus LC  Aero Kit featuring fender flares, front diffuser, side skirts,…

The last IDRC / InstaFame event of the year takes place October 23rd at Fontana Dragway.  Join the DSPORT crew for a day of fun featuring drag racing, a car show, food trucks, vendor row, raffles, a model lounge & more.  Bring out your car and show us what you got. Use the coupon code “DSPORT” and save $5 on racer / car show tickets ($2 off for spectators).  The weather is looking good and we’re excited to see you out there. What: IDRC Drag Racing Series / INSTAFAME Car Show When: October 23rd, 2016 Where: Auto Club Dragway (9300…

Celebrating 100 Years of BMW and 50 Years of the ‘02 October 8, 2016: Woodley Park, Van Nuys California When the topic of “car culture” comes up in discussion, Southern California always ranks up high in popularity. With such great weather year-round, it has naturally turned itself into a Mecca for living and breathing all things automotive. On any given weekend, you can find a car-related event happening somewhere with numerous cars that will stop your heart. On the weekend of October 8 and 9, Southern California played host to the Red Bull Global Rallycross race in LA harbor, while…

If you’re looking for the most diehard motorsports competitors, look no further than rally. What other type of racing puts cars on a racecourse that comprises paved asphalt, mud and gravel? Where else do participants race in the dry, rain and snow? Beyond the challenges in terrain and conditions, rules forbid rally competitors to practice the course before racing it, making a co-driver an absolute necessity. As drivers speed along into the unknown, they rely on the co-driver’s directions to get a sense of where the road leads, enabling them to push the car to the edge of dangerous racing…

Despite what some seem to think, the Wankel (rotary) engine platform is far from dead. There’s no denying that rotaries take up only a small population of the cars you’ll find on the street, however, the fanbase revolving around these unique engines is as loyal as ever. On October 1, 2016, The Southern California RX Club and RotaryNews.com hosted its 19th Annual SevenStock event, celebrating Mazda RX-vehicles and rotary engines. Enthusiasts gathered at Auto Club Speedway to track, show and share their beloved rotary-powered cars on this sunny Saturday afternoon. Text by Cameron Parsons // Photos by Aaron Eusebi Showroom…

If you haven’t been on DSPORT’s Tokyo Auto Salon Tour or visited Japan at all, then you may not be very familiar with Japanese hospitality. Visitors to Japan often speak of the high level of warmth and customer service that’s prevalent in the country. In Japanese language, this treatment is known as “omotenashi”, which has no literal English translation but figuratively can be thought of as an all-encompassing rendering of service without expectation or reward. This concept can be experienced in all types of interactions from dining at a restaurant to buying car parts at a local shop. Text by…

How do you gather over thirty of the fastest time attack cars in one place? Offer thousands of dollars in cash prizes to the quickest around the track. The Speed Ring Powered by HKS brought cars and drivers from across the country to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for their chance to prove their speed. Headlined by the Unlimited GT-R class, the Speed Ring set out to find the fastest time attack GT-R in the world. What better way to make this a real challenge than for HKS to fly its top driver, a 1,000+ horsepower GT-R and a briefcase…

Over 100 exotics cruised from the ritzy glamor of Beverly Hills to Boden Autohaus in Orange County for the Armytrix Customer Appreciation Event. Sunny Southern California provided the perfect backdrop for the event, as hundreds of spectators gathered to admire the high end vehicles on display. Text and Photos by Stanley Yee Tucked away in an unassuming business park next to John Wayne Airport in Costa Mesa, Boden Autohaus co-hosted the event with Armytrix Exhaust and Platinum Motorsport. Spectators lined the streets by 9am to catch the multimillion dollar caravan roll into the parking lot. Boden’s limited parking spaces quickly…

When it comes to Ohio, weather can be a fickle friend. Anyone watching the forecast leading up to the weekend of August 19-21, 2016, the long weekend of the 24th Annual Shootout presented by Buschur Racing, would agree that the outlook changed quickly and frequently. Fortunately, the early predictions that thunderstorms would saturate all three days of the event did not come true, as thousands began to pour into the Village of Wakeman and neighboring Sandusky, Norwalk and Milan. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Richard Fong, MaryBeth Kiczenski and Jake Schipper Welcome to Buschurville Wakeman, Ohio has a…

It’s not always easy to unite enthusiasts and fans for a celebration of just a single vehicle platform. But the heritage of the Toyota 86 cannot be denied as its history spans several decades and has a cult-like following to go along with it. To celebrate this lineage, 86FEST presented by Turn 14 Distribution drew the masses to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on August 6, 2016 (8/6) for its fifth annual celebration of all things Toyota 86. What a fitting date to head to the track for this one-make event. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Richard…

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