Tuesday, May 2, 2017

E@RTC - 4/29/17

E@RTC - 4/29/17

Exotics at Redmond Town Center was a great break from the long, wet, winter that we had here in Seattle.  I think that others were feeling that way too as the turnout was amazing.  Hope that you enjoy the photos.  Two rare Ferrari's were there among many other great cars.  Cheers.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

DIY Cusco Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel Install (FR-S / BRZ)

Installing an aftermarket OEM style wheel on the FR-S / BRZ is not as difficult as you might think.

This video below shows the overall process.  Below I'll share some things about my experience also.


Tools needed:
  • socket wrench
  • 10mm socket
  • short socket extension
  • 17mm socket
  • phillips screwdriver
  • flat head screwdriver
  • shop light (helpful but not required)
Photos from the process in the video.  Be sure to disconnect the battery before you start!!  Be safe too.  After you're done watch out for warning lights, etc...  This post is for educational use only.  I assume no liability for your actions.

OEM steering wheel with my electric tape at the top :)

Taking the airbag out is easy just be careful with the wires.

They seem to have mechanics in mind because it's quite easy to release the airbag section.

Now that it's out it's just a matter of using the 17mm socket on an extension to loosen the nut, pull on the wheel to break it loose, and then remove the nut.

All of the Cusco instructions were in Japanese so the video above was a great help!

Getting the components from the stock wheel onto the aftermarket wheel takes a little patience but it's worth it.

After the components are on you can carefully thread the wires through the wheel, place it on, and snug the nut down.

The finished product looks great.  Although, I plan to have carbon fiber for the lower trim soon too.

Hopefully, this is helpful to others.  Cheers.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Seattle Auto Show 2016

Seattle Auto Show 2016

The Seattle Auto Show started today and runs through the weekend.  I was there today and it's a fun event.  There is a wide variety of cars.  Some cars are available for test drives.  Jeep has an off-road type experience where you can ride shotgun and see how tough their vehicles are.  I noticed that there seemed to be more new technology this year too.  Acura had a VR NSX experience, State Farm had some sort of AR experience, there were a few video game driving experiences, and of course there were new electric and hybrid vehicles.  Hope that you enjoy the photos and video from my time at the show.  Cheers.

P.S. One thing that would be great for next year is improved lighting in the CenturyLink Field Event Center.  LEDs maybe?


Sunday, October 23, 2016

F1 Austin 2016 viewing party at FOS

Ferrari of Seattle hosted a viewing of the F1 race in Austin at their dealership.  It was a fun event.  They had a big screen and speakers setup for the race.  They also had plenty of food and drinks on hand.  Thanks to FOS for hosting!!  Cheers.

F1 Austin 2016 viewing party


Saturday, October 22, 2016

E@RTC - British Car Day 2016

There was a great turnout for Exotics at RTC's last event this year which happened to be British car day.  There were quite a few British cars but some friends of other nations were there as well.  The weather turned out great and it was fun to chat with folks there.  Enjoy the photos.  Cheers.

Exotics at RTC - British Car Day 2016


Thursday, October 13, 2016

911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition unveiling

Bellevue Porsche hosted a great event for the 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition unveiling. It was fun to see this limited production car.  The blue color looked quite nice on it.  I liked the lines and the design elements.

Two representatives from Porsche were there to discuss the car and some of its design details.  The atmosphere at the event was nice.  There was live classical music, appetizers, and wine as well.  Cheers.

  911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition Unveiling


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Red Bull GRC Seattle 2016

Red Bull GRC Seattle 2016 was wet but a ton of fun!  NBC even aired the race this morning!  It's great to see rallycross and rally get more attention in the USA.

I was only able to attend the races on Saturday but I hear that Friday was exciting too.  Saturday was a bit wet but that made for some interesting racing in the gravel and dirt.

The heats up to the semi-finals were great but unfortunately some dropped out due to car or other issues.

Against all odds Scott Speed, made it to the finals.  However, it was Tanner Foust who was first across the line in the tough 10 lap, and 10 car, battle for the win.  Two Red Bull / Honda drivers Sebastian Eriksson and Joni Wiman brought up 2nd and 3rd.  Scott Speed who had crashed into a Subaru driver earlier in the day had managed to still come in 4th.

If you'd like to watch the racing action yourself check it out here - http://redbullglobalrallycross.com/news/watch-live/watch-red-bull-global-rallycross-seattle/ , or you can try the NBC web site or app.

Enjoy the photos.  Cheers.

Red Bull GRC Seattle 2016