Subiefest 2013

Words by Matt Willis

This past weekend, Tim, Mel and I headed out to the infamous Auto Club Speedway for the 2013 Subiefest event. Under the foresight of Extreme Speed, this gathering has been many months in the making –and with such a large and accessible venue, this event promised to be huge from the start.

As sponsors of the event, it was great to see such an awesome turnout of Subaru heads from not just Southern California but from all over the nation. We saw plates from many all different states and so many different builds, that it was difficult to pick out the best ones. At the end of the day, though, the scene is still definitely dominated by the Impreza and WRX crowd, with hundreds of both current and dated models of the popular four-wheel drive sports’ sedan.  As with any car, there are many different ways to build them – some based on the philosophy of purpose, and some based on style.

We arrived on the scene at ACS that morning and immediately began checking things out…



Whether it is summer or winter, ACS always has a nice backdrop…


I really liked this BRZ from Rally Sport Direct. The livery design combined with the blue/white/gold accents really looks great. Other touches such as the wheels, mirrors and valance kit seal the deal…


Nice execution on this Global Time Attack road racer…


This is an example of the timeless formula for the Subaru WRX look. Gold wheels and  World Rally blue paint…


David Higgins’ rallycross WRX STI. This car has competed in the GRC, X-Games and more recently the Gymkhana GRID competition.




Simple take on the Subaru Forester.




Two brothers…


Out of the two colors, I must say I like the rears better on this car…








Outback on muddied up on rally tires…this is what we love to see in a Subaru…


Love this orange hawkeye from Prolific Autosport…




Subaru SVX, a rare breed that we don’t see too much anymore. Though the SVX was not efficient in making power from a 3.3-liter flat six, it still had a sharp look that rings true of the 90s era sports coupes, such as the Dodge Stealth, Mitsubishi 3000GT/Eclipse, Ford Probe among others…




Out in the garages, we found this track-built STI from none other than Crawford Performance.




People flooding the vendor alley in the ACS infield…


Nicely done Legacy…



In addition to an open track day, several owners decided to take on the Autocross course…




Mark Jager’s STI, which is one of my favorite Subarus out there. I love the recent changes, and as always I love to see the car out tearing up the track in-person…


Uh oh. An Evo in a Subiefest post? I know…a little rogue. But this is one of my favorite builds around (and I don’t really like Evos). Though it truly wasn’t a part of Subiefest, and rather taking part in the open track day, it was still refreshing to see amongst the sea of Subarus…


Really nice 240SX…


Also out on the track was this cherry 427 Cobra build, a car Mel always takes an interest in…


Beautiful dash…


Couple of S2000s hot off the track surface…

That’s it from last weekend at ACS and an awesome day at Subiefest! Special thanks to Joel and the crew at Extreme Speed for having us! – Matt

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