Many thanks to everyone who made it out to the BBQ! Big thanks to Robert from MySubie.com again for helping organize. We had a great turnout for a MUNday night and some really nice cars came out as well! Here’s the gallery for my photos. Enjoy!
In association with MySubie.com, we are indeed having a BBQ this year, albeit a relatively small one Robert and the guys from MySubie.com are coming into town and we’ve arranged to have a little BBQ and meet during the limited amount of time that they’ll be here. They really want to meet some fellow Subaru folk while they’re in the area, so please come on down and enjoy some BBQ goodness! We’re well aware that not everyone would be able to make it down on a MUNday night, but this was the only time available for the MySubie.com guys.
We will be providing some burgers and hot dogs out of the back of our shop where the grill is located, but you’re more than welcome to bring chips, soda, and perhaps more items to grill if you like. Weather-depending, we might be able to take some photos behind the shop as well. All photos of course will be featured on the World One Performance Blog. I know that Robert had mentioned doing some sort of after BBQ cruise of sorts, but we’ll probably play that by ear. Robert even has this even listed here:
Please post on here if you plan to attend or if you have any questions Hope to see you then!
Where: World One Performance, 20620 84th Avenue South Kent, WA 98032
When: MUNday, August 31st @ 6 pm to 9 pm
What to Bring: Yourself, your family, your friends, your Subaru, your appetite, and any other food you’d be willing to share
Please drive around to the back of the shop, since this BBQ is being held after normal business hours
In its fourth year coming to the greater Seattle area, Formula D returned stronger and more exciting than ever this past Saturday, August 8th. I’ve been covering Formula D for Subiesport/DrivingSports each year it’s come to Seattle, and I honestly do believe it gets better and better every year. In past years, I’ve endured scorching heat (100+ temps on the track) and pouring rain, but this year the overcast weather held up nice and dry, without being too hot or too cold. While the weather conditions seemed ideal all around, the newly redone track surface proved to be challenging for most of the drivers this year, resulting in more crashes, injuries, and broken cars than any of the past 3 years. Dai Yoshihara had a mechanical failure in his Lexus IS350 in practice that resulted in him slamming into the wall right at the first break and he had to be taken to the hospital with a mild concussion. Other cars lost front and/or rear bumpers, Ken Gushi’s Scion tC broke a driveshaft, and even the Pro-Am racers preceding the Top 16 raced fender-less and with duct-taped hoods. All of this action continued to wow the packed grandstands and paddock, to which the Formula D officials always mention as being among the best crowds throughout the entire tour. Ultimately, Chris Forsberg in the NOS Energy / Maxxis Tires Nissan 350Z went on to win the event and widen his points lead for the Formula D 2009 Championship.
Being among the crowd and the media, it was clear to me that Formula D could be seen as a saving grace for the import car enthusiast scene in the greater Seattle area, or perhaps even the entire Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia. With Battle of the Imports not coming to the Seattle area this year and all of the major import car shows canceling their Seattle and Vancouver BC shows this year as well, the import car enthusiasts in this area very much need an event like Formula D. I believe that given the sheer numbers and enthusiasm of the crowd, many of these people would agree with me. Those of us who live in this are can only hope that more events such as this will pay visit to the greater Seattle area next year.
Tomorrow, I’ll be at Formula D Seattle not only participating in the car show, but also taking photos on track for Subiesport Magazine and DrivingSports.com. I’ll be sure to share a few photos here, but you’ll most likely be able to view them on DrivingSports.com once processing and uploading is finished. To the left, you see me still holding down the shutter on the camera while the AE86 loses control and drifts toward the barrier…lucky for me, he came to a stop right before hitting it, but I was still pretty scared. Hopefully it won’t rain like it did last year! Until then, please feel free to browse my past Formula D Seattle photos at these links below:
Want some World One power at your finger tips in Forza Motorsport 2 for Xbox 360? Someone has recreated the Element Tuning Time Attack Race Car, complete with the World One arrow logos on the hood and on the rear doors of the car. Our customer, Michael Irvin spotted it and sent us a photo. Michael says the tune on it is good, so hopefully it’s a pretty accurate representation! You can read about the real car here on our World One Gallery.