Nostalgic Wednesday: Black Limited “eight-six”


If you’re in the market for an 86, good to you finding a clean unmolested chasis. With the 86 synonymous to drifting, you will probably find a fender bent, stripped down, tracked out, zipp-tied, sticker bombed hachi-roku. Sometimes you will get lucky and find a clean PineTree smelling, grandma driven, low milage, Walmart runner; and sometimes find that dream corolla hatch and soon to find your friends laughing cause your funny sounding 86 was really a single-cam carb’d 85 (Initial D: Itsuki’s Hachi-Go).

To make your hunt more challenging, back in 1986, Toyota released the “Black Limited” Trueno Hatch.

Nostalgic Wednesdays: Opel/Vauxhall/Chevy/Holden Calibra DTM



Produced from 1989 to 1997, the Calibra was branded with different manufactures in different regions; from South America, Australia and UK. Built from the Opel Vectra’s chasis, designer Erhard Schnell created a mid-size contender against the Japanese sports coupes. An interesting fact about these cars is that it was the most aerodynamic production car during its time. It held it’s title till the Honda Insight and Audi A2 was released.

One reason why I love the Calibra is because of its participation in the International Touring Car Championship in 96. The conversion of the sports coupe to a full race DTM race car earned recognition by winning the best team and driver of that season.

After the victory, the Calibra was withdrawn from motorsports and production ended the following year. In my opinion, the Calibra is definitely one of the well designed AWD, eye-candy DTM race cars ever built.


Event Coverage: College Park Tuning Spring Meet.

A few months ago, I got an email from a guy named Keith Maddock who has been following our blog for some time and knew that I had just recently moved to the East Coast. In the email, he informed me that he was one of the founding members of the University of Maryland’s car club, College Park Tuning (CPT) and that he wanted me to come and check out this year’s springtime meet held not at the University of Maryland, but at Bowie Baysox Stadium in Bowie, MD, near D.C. He went on to tell me it was a huge meet, and that it would be well worth my time because a lot of the cars get cabin fever and strut their stuff at this meet.

Kirk Curran's Swaggin' STi

Hot shit. A very subtle NSX with some key performance upgrades will always catch my eye

What it's always been about. Cars, friends, food.


Cressida brothers

If you don't find this cute, you have no heart

Keep Drifting Fun! The Movie!

Let me start out by saying that we’ve been waiting for this video FOREVER. It features drifting from all over the United States, including Texas! The awesome guys Will Roegge and Joshua Herron have put together a half hour eyegasm that emphasizes the most important but also the most overlooked aspect of our automotive culture – to have fun. It features local drifters such as Team Silhouette, Chelsea Denofa, Stewart Leask and a host of other guys that we’ve come to known through our blog.

JohnP and I also got a chance to catch up with the KDF duo when we visited Atlanta, GA at a local drift event which is captured here as well. If you have some time, check out this epic video, and share it with your friends, it’s definitely worth your time.


Nostalgic Wednesday: Dodge Omni GLH

Love for automotive has no limits, the pursuit of that dream car is volatile. One thing I love about the tuning world is when someone builds something totally unexpected of what it was supposed to be. I will never forget back then when my friends and I mess with our cars and one of my friend’s dad dad would observe us and comment; ” Japanese engineers spent millions in research and development to build that car and here you are boys messing with it.” I love how an economy car delivering tofu in Japan could be a glorified mountain pass racer. Meanwhile, here in the US, a Texas born hot-rod tuning legend named Carroll Shelby picked one of the least desirable cars as his project; a Dodge Omni. The builder was famous for building Ford Mustangs but not everyone knows that he also had collaborations with Chrysler-Dodge and built limited edition Chargers and Omnis.