Dos Lagos Father’s Day Car Show 2018

This year I almost missed the show. A big thank you goes out to my wife for having an appt in the area that day. Phone text from the wife: “Dos Lagos car show is today. Lotta noisy cars over here”. I made that same mistake last year thinking that the show was actually on Father’s Day (Sunday). I had to rush over there and run thru the show with my Go Pro and cellphone snapping away as I was scheduled to meet up with a guy in Orange County at another car show to do a write up on his car. My son wanted to hang with me so we hung out the entire day. He helped with pics and video and didn’t complain once, what a trooper.

Here are the pics I took from our very quick run through of the event. It was nice to see that they separated the classics from the modern cars by sides making it very organized. Live music, smiling faces and nice cars. A bit warm but bearable.

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My son’s elementary school teacher was there with his kids showing off his Mustang. It’s crazy to see how my son towers over him (most people) now.

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As you know I’m an Audi fan and seeing a slightly modded RS7 really made my day.

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My son and I really enjoyed the event and even met a guy (Phil) who let my son get inside of his 313hp Porche race car that he’s owned since new. Subtle mods and a killer paint scheme. Probably my favorite car of the event.

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Great event and turn out.

Video coming soon.

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Who needs a Golf R?

First off let me tell you I had a great Father’s Day weekend. The Saturday before Father’s Day was a pretty busy day for me as I ended up at 2 different car shows, so I have lots of photos. I almost missed the Dos Lagos annual Father’s Day Car Show again, because me being me, I thought it was on Sunday. My wife reminded me that I made that same mistake last year. I’m seem to be getting more forgetful the older everyone else gets 🙂

My initial plan this year was to attend the 12th annual car show hosted by my company on Saturday and swing by Dos Lagos on Sunday. I had not attended my company’s car show in a few years as driving 40 miles back to Orange County on a Saturday after having been there for work M-F would not appeal to most people…namely me. My company has a reputation for not regularly showcasing modern vehicles. You see, it’s more of a classic car show full of that almighty old school American Muscle mounted in that Detroit Steel. Even more rarer than a modern era car on display is any proper representation of the tuner scene, which I have a strong connection to. When you put it all together, my excitement meter to attend is usually pretty low, but hey, there was free food and I was meeting up with some folks. #fatboyfoodie

This year was different as I was in full Perks Garage mode and had a major reason to get off my lazy butt and go snaps some pics at the show. It also didn’t hurt that I was finally able stretch the legs on my own stage 1 tuned Focus ST for more than a 10 mile drive to the train station. And let me tell you, man did it feel goooood!!! I really need to do a review of the parts I have installed so far.

OK, so here’s the story. A few weeks back I did a quick write-up on a red 2018 CTR (Civic Type R) owned by one of my co-workers Jon. He is a hardcore JDM head as evident of his Honda G-Shock watch. Mad props!

Over the years of getting to know him, I have had the pleasure of seeing him dump some money into a few cars, JDM styled Civic Si and a MK7 GTI. So you know I was really excited when he told me that he bought the 2018 CTR. Thank you Jon for giving me the opportunity to write a few words about CTR. After it was published, he shared the post with his crew and it started a buzz among his friends. He hit me up right away telling me that Blake, one of the guys in his crew wanted me to write-up a little something about his car…a 300-plus hp VW GTI. Of course I wasn’t going to pass this up and I figured that I should get serious about blogging and photography if people are going to want me to do future write ups on their cars. After quickly saying hell yes, Jon and I exchanged a few messages back and forth and set a date. Our initial meet up date had to be rescheduled to allow for more parts to be installed, which pushed us to meet up at the company car show. It just so happens that both Jon and Blake were going to be showing their cars that day giving me that chance to capture both cars.

Now if you know me or have followed my blog for any length of time you know that I am a fan of German automobiles, so this was going to be a treat for me.

I arrived at the show with my sidekick (my son) and immediately walked over to the 2 cars. I didn’t see Jon at first, but that didn’t stop me from taking a few pictures of the cars. At this time Blake popped up and after a quick meet and greet, my son and I went to grab a free bite to eat from the catered lunch. With a belly full of BBQ we immediately jumped back into car mode before the show wrapped up. I ambushed Blake with a few questions. What are you driving? What mods have you done? How much power? What’s up with the stashe?

Now this isn’t Blake’s first rodeo, he is coming from a built Honda Civic with a custom turbo set up that was fell prey to jealousy and was vandalized. That tragedy landed him into his first VW. A MK7 that he picked up this last November.

Looking at the lil DUB, you see that the car is clean…very clean. Not just from the washing and waxing, but the overall presentation of style combined with the mods he has installed. Very subtle and understated. Simple and clean and most people should take some notes. I think it shows a level of maturity that gets lost in modding. No wide body kit, Rocket Bunny this, no air ride…simple function with a hint of form.

The GTI is a 2015 4-door Autobahn edition in Deep Black Pearl with an all black leather interior (my heart beats hard for a nice GTI). The wheels are 17 inch Enkei RPF’s in a staggered offset with the rear wheels showing a very slight indication of depth in comparison to the front wheels. Most times people get flack for putting staggered wheels on a front drive car, but this was done with racing in mind. Blake likes to drag race, so he wanted something in the rear that could compliment the wideness of the front mounted slicks that he will be running at races. And also dammit, it looks good! I mean, you wouldn’t really notice if it wasn’t pointed out to you as the wheel and tire set up is pretty flush with the fenders and I dig it. When you combine the fact that they are black against a black car it creates a very smooth flow.

Aside from blacked out wheels, the slight drop, the Golf R styled quad exhaust by Remus and the Red GTI calipers up front, the car looks pretty much stock and unassuming. But once you hear the bass from the exhaust, complimented by the APR catted downpipe, you know there is more to this Lil Black DUB than meets the eye.

The car is lowered slightly with Eibach Prokit springs with higher density mounts which stiffen the ride a bit but on the factory struts maintains a level of OEM comfort. Blake mentioned that he will swap out the struts down the road, but VW use of proper suspension components out the gate guarantee it may be a while until he wears these struts out.

The engine bay is clean but the trained eye will notice the ECS intake hose and be drawn to the cast APR downpipe nestled in the rear of the engine bay. Blake pointed out to me the connection point for the methanol set up he recently removed. He has plans to reinstall and dyno again with a new set up. A custom tune from 5150 located in Santa Ana is monitored thru a Cobb Accessport has the DUB dyno’d at 330hp/390lb-ft on an E30 ethanol blend. Charged air is cooled by way of a Forge twinintercooler. He says pushing the power thru the DSG transmission is seamless and it’s unbelievable how smooth the trans shifts even with the additional power. He does admit that traction on the street tires is an issue for the first 2 gears due to the aggressive tune, but it does keep a grin plastered to his face. The Euro exhaust magic is handled by a quad tip Remus. Quality craftsmanship providing a quality sound and performance that match. The exhaust is quiet but when you get on it the sound become very aggressive but by no meands obnoxious. It melted me away when Blake blipped the throttle for me. VW fans know that those engines sound amazing when you let them breathe with a few aftermarket goodies.

Blake say his future plans are slicks and maybe an IS38 turbo upgrade. Get some new dyno numbers once he reconnects the Meth. I’m curious to see how much more power he can manage on the stock turbo.

I think with his current set up I couldn’t take him, but he could give the CTR and Focus RS a run for the money without breaking a sweat. And to that I say…who needs a Golf R? Buy a used MK7 and follow Blake’s simple yet effective recipe and activate sleeper mode.

My son asked Blake what’s his favorite thing about the GTI and he said how unassuming it is. No big wing or scream at you body lines, not that I’m opposed to those thing (long live the STi), but you can fly under the radar with this family grocery-getter.

I know this was meant to be about Blake’s VW but my son decided his interest in the CTR was more important do here are a few shots of Jon’s car.

Here’s a couple with my car thrown in the mix.

Hats off to “Blake the Snake” and his build. Looking forward to seeing what’s next for him and the lil DUB that could.

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DELIVERY OF THE FIRST GALPIN ROCKET!

When you’re scrolling thru YouTube and come across a video of Galpin Auto Sports delivering their very first production version of the 725HP Galpin (Ford Mustang) Rocket to a very lucky customer you think to yourself “now that’s cool!” But when you watch the video and find out the lucky owner is your own cousin, you think what the…? That’s freaking a-ma-za-zing!!!

Congrats Jonathan for being numero uno. Proud and very happy for you.

A little bit about the car and the collaboration with Fisker and Ford can be found in this press release by Ford.

http://performance.ford.com/enthusiasts/newsroom/2018/04/rocket-galpin-fisker.html

Video, photo and press release borrowed from Ford and GAS YouTube page.

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Honda Civic Type R first impression

I had the opportunity to take a look at my co-workers 2018 Honda Civic Type R today. He purchased the car through our companies car buying service that gave him a good deal. The Type R only comes in a handful of colors and this particular one is what Honda calls Rallye Red. I’m not always a fan of red cars but this one really works by capturing the aggressive body lines of the beefed up Honda.

Because we were just taking a break, we were not able to take it out for a drive, but I did start it up and give it a little rev to hear how it sounds. When I pushed the start button I expected the car bark to life with a deep rumble, but surprisingly it was quiet. It started up with none of the racecar drama you’d expect it to have. The gentleness of the engine starting is similar to that of a hybrid car or regular Honda Civic. You hear the engine start and the gauge cluster comes to life, but nothing to make you feel like you are in a 300hp FWD Nurburgring track record setting car. The car is very quite and composed, muted in comparison to it’s exaggerated styling. The owner says that an exhaust is on his short list of mods to be purchased.

From the futuristic looking LED headlamps, the sharp angles, flared fenders, hood scoop and air vents all around, Honda has made this car very reminiscent of a Robotech jet fighter.

But the more I see these cars on the road, the more I can appreciate the body styling. I guess it’s grown on me. The interior itself is very nicely done and I can appreciate the quality and how put together it appears. And although I’m still on the fence with the look of the front seats, they are very comfy in comparison to the Recaros in the Focus. One thing my friend pointed out to me was that he felt that his passenger seat feels a little more snug than his driver’s seat and I have to agree with him. The seat felt tighter and also as if it was a little more angled towards the center of the cabin. This is actually a trick that some car manufactures use to provide more space and legroom in some of their smaller sports cars. Maybe Honda used that trick as well.

Overall the interior is nicely done. A nice use of alcantara and carbon fiber trim pieces that wrap around the cabin from the doors to the dash. Soft touch materials with stitching is used to cover the dash. The layout is very simplistic, clean with not a lot of unnecessary switches and knobs. A nice touch screen, digital gauge cluster and a few sport mode switches are placed around the short shifting manual.

Each car is numbered and this one happens to be number 12753. Looks like they are producing quiet a few.

No driving impression at this time but here are a few more pictures I took with my Galaxy Note 5. Again, the red is nice.

This is apparently where all the Civic owners like to park. To the left you can see a Civic Sport wearing the same shade of red like it’s big brother the Type R.

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Getting my Saturday in Focus

Today the weather in CA was pretty close to perfect so I finally took some time clean up the little Focus. I think I did an alright job of knocking the dirty off of the car. I even popped the hood and checked the spark plugs to make sure everything was in good order.

With the car clean, my son (home from completing his first year away at college) wanted to try Raising Cane’s, and he was not disappointed. The 2 locations that I’ve been to are always busy. Hmmm, maybe I should look into getting a franchise of my own.

After lunch we headed to the local Honda dealership because I wanted to check out the new Civic Type R. A friend of mine just picked up a red one that I’ll be checking out this week, but I wanted to see if I could check one out today. Do you know some dealers won’t let you test drive one unless you buy it first? We arrived at the dealership, but no luck. The salesman told me a guy came in yesterday and bought the last 2 they had on the showroom floor. Even at a $4k~$10k dealer markup, these things are flying out of dealerships. And buying 2 of them, well that’s just seems crazy. It reminds me of back in the day when you’d buy 2 of the same toy and play with one and leave the other in the package in the hopes that it would appreciate.

So with the dealer visit out of the way I decided to use this time to capture the beauty of the Focus’ Kona Blue color. I was able to capture a few good pics and even had my son take a video of me driving by so I could see and hear how the car looks and sounds to everyone else when I’m driving. Being the driver you never really get get to be an observer of your car in motion, so this is the next best thing.

The pictures came out pretty good and the car sounds great. Not bad for a little Focus, I think I’ll keep it for a while 🙂

Since we were having a father and son outing, I also took the opportunity to show him how to drive a manual. He did great, we only did laps in the parking lot but at least he now had the knowledge and experience…it’s all about creating memories.

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