A Mercedes 190E is one of the last cars you’d think to see at Tsukuba, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw after arriving for Battle Evome in January. Admittedly, I first thought it was a rare EVO, but after discussing the car a bit with the owner, it’s a regular 190E with a touch of EVO flare.
I think I’ll break up the Wekfest coverage with the second post of Super Taikyu from Twin Ring. I have a few fans that are awaiting the continuation of this and it just so happens I initially started posting it right before Wekfest hit town; which was not my intention. Plus, seeing a couple of race cars fight it out on track will be a nice contrast to the show coverage. We left off on the last post somewhere near the start of the race, after the practice laps. By now you have a good impression of the diversity of this series; I’m pretty sure I’ve said that a million times now, but it’s part of why this is such a cool race. Part of the appeal of Group-N racing series’ is that it has the ability to make any regular person feel like they can be a race car driver behind the wheel of there normal, every day car. That’s not to say that they should…but it’s nice to have that feeling. A popular car among the Super Taikyu contenders is the Sturm Motul STi. You can see it here propped up on the air jacks in the team garage; the crew going through a few final tests before it’s unleashed on the track for the 4 hour stint. Check the continued coverage past the break.
I don’t get the chance to attend many car shows here because my work has me busy on weekends quite often, but every once in awhile I can sneak away and can attend. Honestly, I don’t even like car shows that much, I prefer motor sport events, but I’m glad I got the chance to go to AutoCon this year because there were a number of great builds I’ve been missing out on. Over the past couple years, the US has really stepped up in regards to build quality compared to Japan. This car really has nothing to do with Japan, or racing for that matter, but for some reason I couldn’t stop looking at it. Whether it was the Carlsson body kit, the prototype AirRex air-suspension, or the custom, stepped lip BBS from Memory Fab; it doesn’t really matter because the end product is beautiful. Click past the break for more on this build.