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.
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.
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.
“For the grassroots” has been the expression we keep in mind when producing content for FeaturedGarage. Today the phrase “for the veterans” is more applicable. In an effort to bring together automotive enthusiasts to assist in gathering charitable contributions for K9s for Warriors and to raise awareness for this organization, Rally Your Heart periodically hosts road rallies to spread the message and make a difference while also providing a memorable experience for the ralliers.
We all have a reason we enjoy this passion we share. For some of us it is a reason to compete, for others it’s all about expression, and for a lot of us it is about the desire to create. From the outside it may look like endless toil and squandered money but to anyone that has watched their creation take shape, being molded by their own hands, the end result will always be worth it. This Z3 is a prime example of what is possible when solace is found in the garage.
Many of us aspire to achieve greatness within the automotive community. In some eyes greatness is achieved on a personal level through countless hours spent wrenching to fulfill a desired outcome. Others want to participate in the community in the form of event/group coordination to bring the automotive family together. For some the desired impact is to run a shop creating the cars we lust after. The amount of physical, mental, and emotional labor required to create such a shop that carries the reputation of illustrious work is something to acknowledge. The end results of Nelson Rodriguez’s labor of love are without a doubt a great contribution to the automotive community.
What makes a build ‘done’? Is it completing a theme for appearance reasons? Getting it running for the first time? Hitting your target lap times with it? I don’t think it should be. Every time to check that box, the next one is on the horizon. This truck here made me realize just how pointless trying to finish a car really is. All of its charm comes from what is left undone, and I think we need to take a step back and appreciate what we have and what we are doing at every step of the way, not just when we can sit back and say things are ‘done’.
Mike Amerson gave us an opportunity to poke around his shop, TDC Performance, and come to understand the monumental vehicles built within their work space. From drift, drag, road course, and even diesel performance, the crew at TDC Performance have the knowledge and passion to propel any enthusiastic racer ahead of the pack. Check out this video interview showcasing TDC Performance and their pursuit towards automotive evolution.