Speed Ventures: Part One

Words by Tim Wong

Another track day with Speed Ventures at Auto Club Speedway which Matt and I are no strangers to as we have been out there many times. We’ve pretty much seen quite a bit of notorious incidents there such as the Crawford BRZ crash with the “reckless” Mclaren MP4-12C and the Mustang with the CORE wheels breaking on the track. Since Matt is a frequent track driver, we make a habit to walk around the garages to check out the cars and the type of people who drive them as a precaution of the possible driving styles.

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Last time, we had the garage next door to Crawford’s BRZ which didn’t have such a pleasant day, but this time next door was R’s Tuning Ben Sopra GTR and the rest of R’s Tuning. It’s a shame I didn’t catch much of it in action on the track or much of R’s Tuning for that matter.

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R’s Tuning also had this amazing looking widebody anodized blue BMW M3. I spent a good amount of time walking around looking at the details because it stood out so much.

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On our other side, we had this black BMW E36 on Kosei K1s.

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I was walking around with a Canon 85mm f/1.2 L that day just to see how it would perform on a normal shooting for me and I can’t say it was something I really plan to ever get unless I happen to start doing purely portraits. This is because I feel the cost doesn’t really just the means for my specific uses even though the bokeh capabilities is nice, but it’s not practical to shoot at f/1.2 all the time.

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There was a surprising amount of Vipers there since I usually see Corvettes mostly out there.

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When heading out on to the track, we setup the GoPro for some on track video.

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Meanwhile over on the autocross side, my buddy Ham was running his Hello Kitty Miata.

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This blue Subaru GC8 looked amazing. Of course it is not a real STI, but I still love that body style.

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This guy was running his interesting open wheel car.

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Back over by the garages, this BMW E30 was towed back in after catching fire.

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The whole car was covered with fire retardant.

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R’s Tuning had a bit of trouble packing up their Nissan R35 GTR.

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End of the day, we packed it up and went out for dinner. More coverage coming up in part two.

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