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Life comes packed with learning experiences, and some of them cost more than others. When it comes to project cars, you’ve got to pay to play. Though these lessons are often costly, the knowledge gained helps pave the way to bigger and better builds. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Brandon English has first-hand experience facing the disappointments of project pitfalls, gaining experience from a costly vehicle build, and persevering to see the project through. The story of his project began in 2003 with the purchase of a Subaru WRX. He chose the bug-eyed GDB because of its all-wheel driveline,…

August signals the end of the summer, but it also heralds the three-day extravaganza known simply as “The Shootout.” On what would become a long weekend for many, August 15-17, 2014, thousands poured into the Village of Wakeman, Ohio, the home of Buschur Racing. Attendees came from across America and flooded into Ohio, filling up the hotels in neighboring towns Norwalk and Milan. Text and Photos by Richard Fong Friday, Dyno Day Despite the threat of rain and thunderstorms that had been forecasted for weeks prior, many racers and spectators still traveled, undaunted. An estimated 1,000 people came out to…

Perseverance often tips the scales when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds and adversity. For those who stick with a project given all the possible challenges that come with automotive tuning, the reward of seeing a project completed can be great. While this sounds a little too melodramatic to describe a vehicle build, we can attest to this particular instance as it took over a year and a half to finally photograph this vehicle for the pages of DSPORT. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Andrew Linga Daniel Spielman had been set on the Z33 since it first came to…

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When cars get old, things begin to rattle, vibrate and become loose. Most people looking to improve the suspension of their vehicle seek out performance upgrades such as a set of adjustable coilovers, sway bars and even adjustable arms. Few people realize that trying to improve a vehicle’s suspension without addressing worn out rubber bushings is pretty much pointless. However, the reality is that when bushings deflect under high-load braking and cornering, dynamic changes in camber, caster or toe will result. These changes often reduce the size of a tire’s contact patch. In the case of cars that have endured…

Simon and Garfunkel, Ike and Tina Turner, Sonny and Cher, Cheech and Chong, Madonna and Sean Penn, Miley and Liam, J.Lo and Diddy, Justin and Britney. These were all famous couples that all made headlines, yet eventually split. The same can now be said for DSPORT and the FAME Civic. Call it creative differences or whatever you like, both sides will be focusing on their solo careers going forward. Fortunately, fans of DSPORT’s engineering approach to exploring the outer limits of Honda B-series power capabilities won’t be left out in the cold. Instead, we’ll be heating it up with the…

Strategies revolve around the rules. Sometimes rule changes can be worked with while others send competitors back to the drawing board. In the world of racing, this is normal. At the pinnacle of motorsports, Formula 1, rule changes resulted in completely redesigned chassis, aerodynamics and drivelines for the 2014 season. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Rob Shaw // Back From Leave Photography CHANGES FOR SHAKE UPS In the homeland of professional drifting, Japan, the D1 Grand Prix (D1GP) provided drivers with the first professional, organized and sanctioned drift competition. With relatively loose rules and few restrictions, it was…

No matter how “cool” automakers think they’re making the sub-30,000-dollar econoboxes, the reality is that most economy cars are utilitarian, practical and just plain boring. While the hot hatchback phenomenon has begun to spread from Europe to the States, many of these cars settle for low-rent interiors and a harsh suspension at the expense of sheer performance. Although the younger generation might enjoy the rough ride of stiff suspension and a noisy exhaust, not everybody wants an obnoxious box. Can a hatch with a supple ride and polished appearance still be hot? The 2015 VW GTI SE asks this exact…

These days, few can claim to have truly built an entire vehicle by themselves. Since the tuning knowledge base and information online (both good and bad) have grown exponentially, automotive enthusiasts theoretically have more data about how to modify vehicles than ever before. But too often, use of incorrect information, along with misuse or misinterpretation of proper knowledge lead to damaged engines and bad experiences that prove discouraging. Jeff Chang stands among the few enthusiasts that refused to give up, and despite his early misadventures, Jeff forged ahead by learning and doing much of the work on his Subaru himself.…

Watching GoPro videos online really gets the adrenaline flowing, especially when the clips feature the exploits of Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima and Sebastien Loeb. These record setting drivers have plenty of accolades to their credit, but in Colorado, the only one that really counts is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Larry Chen The 2014 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb marked the 92nd running of the “Race to the Clouds.” Just last year, Sebastien Loeb attacked the 12.42-mile course, smashing the standing record and raising the standards with a 8:13.87 elapsed time, an…

If you’re going in, go all in. This is the mentality and motivation behind HKS Japan’s special projects workshop builds. HKS engineers and tuners pour their experience in racing and high performance into the machines that emerge from this workshop. Anything less than record breaking is not an option. Text by Richard Fong // Photos by Dino Dalle Carbonare Time Attack Heritage In 2001, HKS unleashed its carbon fiber Track Attack Altezza, otherwise known as the Tsukuba Record Breaker Version 1.0 (TRB-01). It broke the standing track record with a 55.800 second lap time. A few years later, HKS developed…

Forecasts with a 40% chance of thunderstorms, tornado warnings and a thick morning cloud would usually spell disaster for any outdoor event. Fortunately, Colorado’s import performance enthusiasts don’t consider the IDRC Street Tuner Mayhem just any outdoor event. The annual one-day event that features IDRC drag racing, the INSTAFAME car show and burnout contest has become the place to be in the first week of June. Despite a gloomy forecast, over 300 race cars, 140 show cars and over 3,000 spectators rolled the dice that Mother Nature wanted to see some great import racing action. Text by Michael Ferrara //…

Wastegates are the mechanical devices that keep your turbocharged engine in check. Based on the strength of the pressure signal it receives, a wastegate lifts its valve to relieve exhaust flow away from the turbine inlet of the turbocharger. This allows a wastegated turbocharger system to set a target boost pressure below the level that would be realized if the tturbo system had no wastegate. Text by Michael Ferrara // Photos by Jun Chen NO WASTEGATE A number of turbocharged diesel engines (especially those used in marine applications) do not incorporate a wastegate. As a result, the specifications of the…

Dingleberry hone, ball hone, glaze buster or bead brush. Whatever nickname you might have for the tool, the original Flex-Hone was designed in 1972 to refinish cylinder walls in automotive applications. Used by machine shops, do-it-yourselfers and just about everyone in between, the Flex-Hone tool allows users to achieve a plateau finish free of cut, torn and folded material. Advantages of this type of surface include faster engine break-in, better piston ring seal and increased performance. And while the cylinder-specific Flex-Hone has been offered for years in different bore sizes and abrasives, the new Flex-Hone for Rotors uses the same…

Purchasing used doesn’t always mean purchasing abused. However, when it comes to used cars, it seems like there’s always something that needs to be fixed, replaced or repaired. When replacing basic things on a car like brakes, suspension, wheels and tires, sometimes it’s tough to find quality, affordable replacement parts. Most people who look to replace parts may never think about upgrading, but the aftermarket now offers some very affordable upgrades that may make you think twice. Text and Photos by Jun Chen ROLLING SAFETY HAZARD One of the benefits of the Honda/Acura platforms lay in the interchangeability of parts…

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