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Personality Personified: Nissan 240

One of the last things that comes to mind when thinking of a Nissan 240 is ‘different’, especially if it’s a drift car. The stigma that follows 240’s is one that you can’t really ignore, because it’s not really wrong. Most you see are molested beyond belief and have been reduced to nothing more than somebody’s dream that never came to fruition. They’re never all one color, they never have body panels that line up, they usually are held together with more zipties than OEM fasteners. The broken and beat 240 is just as much part of the drift image as vaping and flat-bills are to the Subaru bros. This isn’t your average S14.

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Hell’s Serpent: Viper GTS-TT

There are cars that are attractive, curvaceous, and artistic in their design which not only look great in motion but are absolutely stunning while parked. We all know them: Mid-90s Japanese sports cars, the Porsche 930 and it’s air cooled relatives, the AC Cobra, and just about anything that comes from Britain. The Viper, specifically the second generation, absolutely beguiles onlookers. Following the American styling cues of bigger and more is better, the Viper takes those voluptuous curves and gives them a healthy dose of botox. This Dodge Viper GTS received yet another surgical enhancement in the form of forced induction.

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To the Uneducated, an A is Just Three Sticks: Eclipse GSX

Prior to the photo shoot for this car I had a friend ask me “Why are you shooting this car? It’s just an Eclipse with a fart can.” Well that’s why I want to regale to you why this car is something worth mentioning. For those that are unfamiliar with the Diamond-Star Motors line up, this first generation Eclipse might cross their path and they would think nothing of it. That’s exactly what happened with me until I opened dialogue with the owner, Greg Privitera.

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Creation, Speed Shop

All Out: Big Turbo J-Series Integra

As you’ve probably gathered, I’d much rather wax poetic about the motivations and desires of automotive adventures than just list what all is under the hood and show some flashy photos; there’s enough of that out there already. The reasons behind a build and the personality that the owner, builder, driver, and car combine to create is really something that can’t be found in a parts list and is rarely even caught in the most provocative of photos. Yes, every now and then a photo will embody the emotion and character of everything leading up to that moment, and as a photographer I know we all yearn to capture that when it does happen, but what is really needed is a story.

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Creation, Culture

Mechanical Meditation

If you are a car nut you know of the ever growing trend that is early morning, monthly gatherings centered around prettied up cars and overpriced beverages. Cars and Coffee, at least in this neck of the woods, has me wanting a bit more variety. The same cars, same atmosphere, same mediocre coffee. The only reason I manage to get out of bed on time is the hope that something amazing shows up.

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Creation, Track Time

It’s Exactly What It Looks Like

Every racecar is a show car, but very few show cars are racecars. That saying has stuck with me since I heard it a while back. It goes through my head often when walking between the ranks of cars at a show or meet. Usually it’s easy to spot the cars made for hardparking and those made for driving. On occasion though, you find one that is at home doing both. Jay’s S2000 definitely falls into that category. The first time I saw the car I walked right past it and commented something snide to my friends about another car falling victim to the growing trend of enormous wings that never see more than highway speeds. I was wrong. I’m glad I was wrong.

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The Pursuit of Power

No matter how cliché swapping the rotary in an RX-7 for a big hunk of American metal is, you really don’t care when you’re sitting in a car that makes almost everything else you’ve ridden in feel like a joke. Being a tried and true rotary lover, it always pains me to see the light glinting off of a signature LS intake manifold as the hood rises on an RX. Even with an undying passion for rotaries I can’t join the rank of haters that are going to bash this car. I might even go as far as to say let them hate. Having a closed mind is only going to keep them from having as much fun as the rest of us.

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Autocross to Win

What seems to come to mind for some when thinking about rotary powered sports cars is a distinct lack of torque and a sound akin to lawn equipment. Let me tell you, this car plays be neither of those rules. This 3rd generation RX-7 has the perfect amount of power anywhere you want it and makes noises most Subarus would be proud of. The owner, Kurt, has truly made something incredible out of an already special car.

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