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Round 1 Vegas Drift Qualifying

It was at that moment, we instantly knew it was show time as the first car left the start line and headed into the first turn of this long drift layout. Our local Arizona drivers meant business claiming the top two positions. Qualifying 1st with 91 points was Austin Kregle in his 1995 Nissan 240sx S14, fresh with a Toyota 2JZ-GTE swap. Kregle worked up until the last minute to ensure his car was properly prepped for Round 1 of competition. With almost zero seat time with the new powerplant, Kregle proved himself a skilled driver as he blazed the track with style and set the bar for the remainder of the competition. For second place qualifier, Nick Gross with his fresh S14 set a strong score of 88 points. After battling engine gremlins in the last rounds of competition in 2016, Nick came back even more

[dropcap style=”style1″]W[/dropcap]hen you think Subaru, you typically think turbo’d boxster motor with symmetrical all-wheel-drive, right? As a fellow Subaru driver you hear people wanting to get fancy with being creative on how to get more power from your car.

Sure, you can change your fuel to race fuel – or E85 – you can add meth injection, spray NOS, or maybe add a supercharger to your already boosted car! I mean, lets be honest here… There’s only so many ways to invent the wheel.

The folks over at Rally Sport Direct have been working with Cosworth and Steam Speed to create a compound build on the NEW FA20 engine that is now available in the Subaru WRX.

What makes the new FA20 engine different from the EJ25?  There are many differences, but the main difference with the Steam Speed FA20 is that the turbo is located near the bottom of the front of the engine rather than [...]

A Man with a Vision: Carlos Molina

By Nicole James

Photos Provided by Carlos Molina

As children, we have all at one time wanted to be a race car driver, but how many of us dreamed of making the cars we now drool over as adults? Carlos Molina is the founder of Projekt Cars. Projekt Cars is a marketing company which helps other companies gain exposure for their products. Projekt Cars has a lot of diversity in project vehicles they build which range from BMWs to Jeeps and Tundras, and have built over 100 vehicles for SEMA booths.

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“As early as pre-school I exhibited an affinity for automobiles and automotive design.” Molina Said. “It was then that I explained to my parents my desire to become a scientist so I could [...]

By Nicole James

With well over 90 cars in attendance, Pizza and Pistons Part 3 was a huge success!  “HIN was nothing compared to this!  This is awesome!  There are way more cars and its free,” one of the spectators said last night at the show.  Cars began rolling in around 6:30PM and kept coming.  At one point the line to get in was out onto the street.  The parking lot was packed and cars began lining up and down the aisles.  The DJ was playing some great music and spectators could be seen dancing around and enjoying themselves in the great atmosphere at Humble Pie.  The restaurant was packed but the service was excellent and the food was delicious.

Several vendors were at the show and raffle tickets were available with winners receiving Free Detailing from D&D Customs, Stickers from Beyond Limitz Design, JDM Fresh air freshener kits, [...]

What was HOT at Hot Import Nights

By Nicole James

Photos by Hans Marquez, Joe Lombrana, Lark Hensman, and Justin Manley

Cars began pulling into the Phoenix Convention Center around 11 Am Saturday morning for HIN – Hot Import Nights. The whole center was buzzing with pre show activities like vendors setting up booths, and drivers polishing up their cars before the public laid eyes on them, and before the cars were judged.

At 5 Pm the public was let into the building were they could look at all the amazing cars. DJ’s were playing music while models walked around posing with different cars and dancing on stage. Dev made an appearance at the show preforming several of her songs.

“This has definitely been one of my favorite HIN’s I’ve been at in a long time.” Said Alex Lopez, owner of Skyprint Media. [...]

Metro Meltdown hosted by Desert Street Scene

By Nicole James

Photos by

Hans Marquez, Joe Lombrana, Jake Hensman, and Eric Skaggs

Located at Metrocenter Mall next to the Castles and Coasters amusement park was the Metro Meltdown hosted by Desert Street Scene. It was their first event with high hopes of many more to come. Among the car groups to show up was JDM Fresh, Car Street Journal, Lowballers, Stang up Fam, Fresh Grocery Getters, Stoopidlow, Team Aftermath, AZlancers, Roundbutt vs Squarebutt, Team Swat, NvUS, Tymeless Autosports, Pf. Club, AzDimes, Team sr20, Team Kaotik, Team Rev-up, Southwest Challengers, AZ Maxima, Swift, AZExiled, and Tokyo Tacos. Winners of Different categories were unannounced to the public, however sources say drivers where given trophies if they won and will have photos up on Desert Street Scenes’ website. In the meantime, check out CSJ’s awesome photos from the event!

 

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