Monday, November 17, 2014

Photos from Formula Drift Throwdown

With the weather getting a bit chilly, I thought that folks might enjoy some photos from Formula Drift Throwdown this year.  I headed over to Monroe, WA to cover it for Tune86 this year.

Here are some non-86/FR-S/BRZ photos that you might not have seen.  Enjoy.  Cheers.


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

JFC Racing shop tour

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This morning I did a tour of JFC Racing's shop in Auburn, Washington.  The local Porsche club arranged it.  They have a nice shop with a good variety of race cars from old to new.  It was a good chance for racers and enthusiasts to learn more about the cars.

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Their carbon fiber body race car with a Hayabusa engine is around $95K for a ready to race model, I believe it's based off of the Wolf cars.

Enjoy the photos.  Cheers.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Seattle Auto Show - 2014

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I attended the show on Sunday morning this year.  It was another good show.  From the perspective of a photographer, I thought that the lighting inside was better this year.  The variety of cars was good and it seems that the offerings for test drives is improving too.  Although it'd be great to have a more exciting route than surface streets near the show location.

I also liked the return of the LeMay museum cars.  It's fun to see some of the classics contrasted with the modern vehicles.

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I hope that you enjoy the photos.

Also, please feel free to give the Seattle Auto Show folks feedback.  I'm sure that they'd be happy to consider it.

Cheers.

P.S.  Apologies for the delay in posts lately.  I had a personal matter to attend to.  All is well it was just time consuming.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Exotics at RTC - Porsche day

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The turnout for Porsche day was amazing despite a small rain shower. The parking area was packed and the center of the mall area was as well. There was a wide array of cars there from 356s to the Carrera GT and everything in between. There were cars from other marques there also. The atmosphere was fun too. The mall provided live music and there were a lot of spectators there too. Enjoy the photos. Cheers.

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Here's a slideshow of all the photos (if your device does not support Flash, go here to see them)




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Monday, July 7, 2014

26th Annual Pacific Northwest Historic Races

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I attended most of the races on Sunday and it was great.  It's fun to see the old cars flying around the track.  Photos hardly do the cars justice.  It's great to be there in person to hear, and smell, them too.  Best of all was that the ticket proceeds support Seattle Childrens hospital.  More photos and videos below.  Enjoy.  Cheers.




(If you cannot see the slideshow above, the photos are here.)












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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Exotics at RTC - Ferrari day

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There was a great turnout today at Ferrari day!  Despite the slight rain the center area was practically, if not, full.  The normal meet area had quite a few cars too.

Ferrari of Seattle as well as many oweners brought out their cars.  The local Ferrari club was there also to answer questions and sign up folks.  Enjoy the photos.  Cheers.




(If you can't see the slideshow above, the photos are here. )

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Ferrari 458 Italia test drive

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Today, I was thankful to have the opportunity to test drive the Ferrari 458 Italia.  Above, is the car that I test drove.  I liked that the car had an understated paint scheme.  I believe that the official color name is Grigio Titanio Metallizzato.  Anyway, when I first saw the 458 I wasn't completely sure about the design but it has really grown on me over time.

You can play around with the various options and colors here.  White looks great also.

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What is it like to drive?  Well, let's just say it was much better than I expected, and I only had a short route to drive on.  The dual clutch transmission is very smooth in sport mode.  In race mode, it gives you a little bit of a kick and the shifts are quite fast.  Also, in race mode the throttle response is more sensitive.  Accelerating onto freeways for instance is quite fun and fast.  It doesn't take long to get up to 60.  The quoted 3.4 seconds seems about right.  The steering is quite precise.  The car feels planted.  Apparently, in sport mode it only allows 7 degrees of drift before correcting.  Race mode is a bit more permissive and if you know what you're doing you can turn off all the aids, but you better really know...  The exhaust notes in race mode are something else!  I could really get used to that sound...  The interior is quite nice.  The seats were comfortable leather with sports seats with carbon fiber backs as an option.  Carbon fiber accents were throughout.  I've heard complaints about there being too many buttons on the steering wheel but it really seemed quite manageable.


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Thanks to Craig Harges from Ferrari of Seattle for taking me on the test drive.  He was very knowledgeable and helpful.  Cheers.

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