My apologies for the lack of updates lately. It’s been a very busy few weeks at work, but as things settle down and the Formula 1 season gets underway, I should have a lot of new topics to discuss. Blogs seem to have taken a backseat to Instagram lately and there are certainly lots of great cars to be found on there. Here a couple Subarus I’ve been meaning to post for a while.
@twelveam’s GDB sporting an all-black theme. I believe the car has gotten some wide fenders installed on the front since this photo was taken. Definitely one of the better looking Bay Area Subarus.
@ih8vermont’s GDB with a bugeye front end swap and some aggressive NT03s.
Hit me up on Instagram @aclass which has been getting a lot more updates than the blog and as usual, thanks for the support!
Photos courtesy of twelveam, ih8vermont & 247 Media.
Gus Dizon’s WRX is no stranger to this blog and has been spotted on more than one occasion. What I’ve always loved about this car was its simplicity.
While many aim to build the ultimate weekend warrior, Gus’ WRX is the car you’d want to drive everyday.
So many GDA owners strive to mimic the appearance of a JDM STi (myself included), however this is a WRX that’s comfortable in its own skin. It’s not trying too hard, it’s playing to its strengths.
The looks are aggressive, but in a more sensible way. Rather than bottoming out the suspension and running massive amounts of camber, Gus’ WRX maintains drivability. The subtle hints are still there with Brembo brakes and meaty tires.
It wasn’t so long ago that automotive journalists panned the GDA for it’s looks. Opinions have shifted in more recent years and like a fine wine, the Bugeye has gotten better with age. Projector headlights should’ve come as standard on every GDA.
I was disappointed to hear that Gus decided to sell his WRX recently and hopefully it’s gone to a good home.
Some readers may wonder why I put such an emphasis on featuring daily driven Subarus and builds that weren’t created to grace the covers of tuning magazines. The reason is pretty simple: it’s about educating the current generation of Subaru owners on how the community has evolved. Hopefully some will use cars like Gus’ as inspiration for their own builds.
Lets be honest, we haven’t heard or seen much from Top Secret lately. The once premier tuning shop in Japan has fallen off in recent years. There are a number of factors for this, including bad financial decisions and an even worse Japanese economy, but that’s a story for another day. I’m encouraged to see Top Secret rolling out their own 86 demo car at Tokyo Auto Salon.
Last year the tuning world had their love affair with Nakai-san and RWB. However this year’s “it man” is undoubtably Miura-san from Rocket Bunny. His FR-S demo car made news for the second half of 2012 and to look around TAS in 2013, he doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Even Top Secret, longtime purveyors of their aero kits have elected to suit their 86 in Rocket Bunny.
The infamous black and Olympic gold is always a welcome site at TAS.
For many it was the bonkers, low mounted rear wing that gave the Rocket Bunny kit its unique look. It still looks pretty decent without the wing. Maybe Top Secret eventually plans to go a different route with this build?
Under the hood it’s Top Secret business as usual. The car’s been boosted with a turbo kit from Greddy. I’m not sure of the power output but it’s surely no slouch. This could also be the shop’s first demo car with a boxer engine!
Up front, more business as usual with an AP Racing brake kit and Enkei wheels.
Things are looking very good for the 86 and BRZ in 2013. Hopefully we’ll be seeing that long rumored STi version of the BRZ at this time next year! More to come!
I hate these bitches, who cry about how expensive Rays and Advans are. They use it as their justification, for rocking Rotas and other shit wheels. Why not save the stress, of having to explain yourself all the time and pick up some Enkeis?
They’re relatively light, extremely well made and very affordable. The RPF1s and NT03s also look fucking amazing on Subarus. I’d love to get a set of RPF1s, so I can wrap them in R-Comps and do track days.
Enkei have been killing it lately, with their new wheel designs. They also supply multiple Formula 1 teams, including McLaren. So why are you still trying to justify your fakes? Get the real thing and be happy you did.
Another shot of the Car Station Marche GDB. This time sporting what look like a set of Enkei RCT04s.
Those wheels were made for Subarus. They look so good!
I’ve been struggling lately to find good stuff to post on A Class. The Subaru game is still pretty stagnant, even after the car show season in Japan. Hopefully the BRZ will gain more steam in the coming months.
There isn’t one Subaru owner I respect more than Paulie. This dude has been there, done that. He’s not interested in trends or being in style. This guy plays by his own rules and his attention to detail is astonishing. Paulie’s GDA is one of the most recognizable and respected Imprezas in the country and he’s just fitted it with some new wheels.
This WRX was built to look and perform like a tarmac rally car. I think Paulie has achieved this look quite well. The new shoes are a set of 18×8.5 +48 Enkei RC-T4′s. I’ve always really liked the RC-T4′s and if I were building a rally-themed Impreza, I’d absolutely look into getting a set. They’re a great choice for Paulie’s car.
This is probably the only GDA I’ve ever liked with the STi rear wing. Paulie is currently stationed in Japan but will be returning to the US (and his car) later this year. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for it!