It should be no surprise to anyone that this website, like 80% of the blogs on the internet, has a backlog of content that has yet to be posted. 2019 was the best year of my life to date, but that also came with hectic third and fourth quarters that left little to no time to sit down and publish an article (which is what happens when you buy a house and get married). The new decade has welcomed me with the return of a routine. This places me back to Cars and Coffee in Richmond, Virginia.
Ever since I participated in HPDE1 at the August 2016 event at VIR, I’ve had the itch to get my FR-S back on track. Unsurprisingly, getting on track is expensive, and since I’m a borderline frugal person, this means that I don’t get to hit the track every month. When I reached out to my local NASA chapter (the race people, not the space people) about signing up for last year’s OktoberFast event at Summit Point, I was informed about the worker program, where you can earn race credit by working for NASA. I’ve been taking advantage of this opportunity ever since.
It’s hard to describe why I’m not a huge supercar person. It’s not that I don’t respect them—they will continue to make me turn my head, and I’ll always point them out, but, given the choice between a $100,000 car and a $20,000 car with $80,000 worth of work done to it, I will almost certainly prefer the latter. Maybe I’m too set in my ways, or maybe I’m just plain wrong, but that’s just how Guyon typically operates. Seeing the latest exotic model is always a little special the first time, but I grow bored knowing that there are others like it.
My long time friend and essentially brother David (@ddinnie) has been dreaming of swapping a 2JZ-GTE into his IS300 for years now. While it was always in the works, a generous Christmas gift from his wife sent the swap plan on a fast track. His years of researching in advance meant that he was ready to go ahead and pick up the engine. This engine would be replacing the current 2JZ-GE powerplant with a variant of it that came from the factory with twin turbos, which of course means more power.
Thus, we found ourselves in heaven on earth, also known as J-Spec Auto Sports. Engines, front clips, wheels, coilovers, and body panels litter the ground and shelves in the tightly packed warehouse.
I’ve been sitting on a domain name and web space for years. One of my failures as a photographer is letting my pictures go to waste - stories that could have been told went untold. Reference that could have been established went unestablished. I feel that it’s my next step as a photographer to let my photos develop into more than just bits on a hard drive.