Browsing: Hall of Fame

We’ll spotlight one of the pioneers that should be remembered as we induct them into our DSPORT Magazine Import Performance Hall of Fame. We hope that you find these stories to be entertaining, enlightening and inspirational. At the very least, your education will pay due respect to those that sacrificed their time, money and even their happiness for the good of the import performance movement.

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…

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…