Happy Birthday to me

Back in November my wife posed the question to me,  “what do you want for your birthday?”  This was something that I had to think about because last year she bought me, well us, an inversion table that has brought much satisfaction on many occasion.  This year, what is my gift range?  Is this a trick question?  Do I simply ask for new undies or colorful and stylish socks to help with my sock game?  I wasn’t sure and had to put some thought into it.  

Being that I’m kinda into cars, can’t even type this without laughing 🤣😂!  Being that cars are my life, I thought maybe I’ll ask her for a 2018 Still Night Blue Pearl Acura TLX A-Spec.

To be fair this is really the car that she wants so I’ll let her treat herself when the time is right.  

Ok, so maybe I’ll shoot for a car part or two, that should hopefully be an easy ask.  I mean, I have been good for most of the year 😁.

Around Thanksgiving I told her that I have my Christmas and birthday list ready and she asked what was on it.  I rambled off the 3 items for my car and she replied with those magical 7 words that every husband/car enthusiast wants to hear…”maybe we should just buy our own gifts.”  Thats like your parents telling you we are having ice cream for dinner, or you can pick out your own clothes, or better yet, we are moving to Disneyland to live in the Magic Castle.  Whaaaaaaaaat?!?!?! Additional confirmation that she is the one!

Online Black Friday deals were in affect around this time so I was able to capitalize on some amazing deals from Mountune and CJ Pony Parts, which made me one happy camper.  With the packages arriving like a scene from the greatest movie ever…I have been very patient and have not opened one of them yet.  But today is my birthday and something’s getting unboxed.   

Here is my car for reference and the goodies are below, muhahahaha!

Can you guess what’s in the boxes?   Here’s a hint… it’s your typical Ford Focus ST/ Fiesta ST/ Focus RS tuning stater kit.  Well to be fair, it’s the starter kit for most modded cars, but the brands for the parts pictured here are fairly exclusive to Ford vehicles.

The reveal and installs to follow.  Now its time to git ta opening!!!

Yay! Happy dance time! 

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Guess who’s back?

You know that face you made the moment when you’ve finally mastered lift-off oversteer or Drift mode in your Focus ST/RS, or when you nailed the apex at a local drift event in your Mustang?  Then you go home all excited to upload your video to YouTube only to see that Ken Block released Climbkhana and he is dangling the back end of the Hoonicorn off a cliff?

Yep… that’s the face. 

Oh well, enjoy anyway! 🤣

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Sticker shock!

I went to the dealership this morning to get my  first free oil change on the ST.  I noticed that the dealership was pretty empty of customers and even though I had an appointment, I was still surprised I didn’t have to wait to get my car in the service bay. 

To kill my time I, like most car people, decided to walk the lot and check out the inventory.  As to be expected, there were several Mustangs V6’s and GT’s and slew of F150 variations on the lot all waiting to to go a new home.  Back inside the showroom I saw a black Focus RS and GT350 on display.  Right outside the rear doors of the showroom there was a fully loaded 2018 Raptor. I do love the look of this truck. Very stylish and loads of power.

Although I am not buying anything, I always check out the prices of the vehicles that I like and it amazes me the amount of dealership markup they are asking for their “low production” performance vehicles.  The Focus RS has proven to be a great car but has been out for almost a year and this particular dealership is still asking $4k over msrp putting it at $46k, and that is without the upgraded wheels and tires.  

I also peeked at the sticker on the Raptor and they want $20k over sticker, bringing it up to a MIND BLOWING $90k!!!  This for an off-road pick up truck.  Although it is an impressive truck, I personally have a difficult time digesting a $70k sticker price and then by adding a $20k insult markup I find rather absurd.  I guess they need to make money if they’re not selling.   Here’s a thought, maybe with a lower price, they might sell more.  

Enough ranting, here are some pics. 

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Driving lesson full of Octane! 

I had heard about this prior to purchasing my 2016 Focus ST but wasn’t sure if this was still a thing.  Not that it was a determining factor when purchasing, but assumed it would be a nice cherry on top.  One day I was checking the mail and I noticed a letter from none other than Ford’s Octane Academy!  I calmed myself prior to opening it similar to receiving a letter from a college I applied to.  Mr Perkins, you have officially been selected by Ford to participate in the ST Octane Academy…Awwwwww Yeeeeeaaaah!  

 The “Academy” is offered to buyers of their perfomance line of vehicles.  Similar programs are offered by Ford for the Focus RS, GT350 and the Raptor. 

I now need to book a flight to Utah for a “Octane” filled weekend of Hooning with Ford’s professional driving instructors and other like minded ST owners.  Once there they will teach us how to drive the ST on a race track.  Show us how to autocross, teach us some performance driving methods, basically show us how to push the limits of the cars…safely.  There will also be a ride along with one of the instructors, a lead and follow session and then solo track time in Ford’s middle brother of their hot hatch family.  To round out the academy event, there will be go-karting to see who is king/queen of the go-kart track. 

I have done other drive events,  but I am especially looking forward to being part of this experience and learning the full potential of a car I actually own.  Utah here I come! 

 I’ll keep you posted on when I do this, as well as provide some nice videos. 

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