A brief account of my current and previously owned vehicles.

Current Vehicles

The Beast

STI Photo Gallery

2004 Subaru WRX STi, my second baby. JDM Bro. Track Day Bro. Stage 2 Bro. This car screams "LOOK AT ME, DAMMIT". Between it's massive hood scoop (that flaps in the wind) and it's massive spoiler (that flaps in the wind), unless you know anything about Japanese cars, you'll likely assume that this is just like any other honda/mitsubishi/toyota fanboy who spends more on plastic than on actual go-fast bits - but you would in fact be mistaken. This thing beats the same model-year Mustang cobra off the line and to 60 miles per hour... with a 4-cylinder engine no less. Throw in all-wheel-drive, tuned suspension, and an austere interior, and this thing is quick around corners too. Yes, I am proud of this car. Yes, it attracts every hoon in their Camaro, mustang, or challenger. And no, I won't race you - because I know my car can go fast, perhaps even faster than yours, but I also know how insurance premiums increase exponentially with points on one's license.

Purchased April, 2015
Sold N/A
Power 300.9whp / 334.35 lb-ft

Modifications

Cosmetic

Interior

  • LED Everything
  • JVC Bluetooth Receiver
  • JVC 5.25" Speakers

Engine/Exhaust

  • Cobb Turbo Heat Shield
  • Cobb Catback exhaust
  • Cobb downpipe
  • K&N drop-in air filter
  • Custom Cobb Tune by TopSpeed Motorsports
  • Grimmspeed Hood Struts
  • Grimmspeed Air/Oil Separator

Suspension/Chassis/Brakes

  • Whiteline 24mm Rear Sway Bar
  • Kartboy Rear Endlinks
  • DBA "Kangaroo Paw" Rotors
  • Michelin Pilot Super Sports 225/45/17 Tires

Zed

BRZ Photo Gallery

2013 Subaru BRZ Limited, my baby. This thing is fast! And by fast, I mean slow... well slow in a straight line. With around 220HP at the crank (on E85 tune), it's certainly no rocket ship on straights, but she shines in the corners. Despite the lack of power, it can hold it's own alongside Porsches and E36s on the track (HPDE events only!).

Purchased August, 2013
Sold N/A
Power 205whp / 159 lb-ft

Modifications

Cosmetic

  • Helix Clear Side Markers + LEDs
  • Bayson R STi Front Lip
  • Valenti Clear Red (CR) Tail Lights
  • Chrome Stealth Turn Signal Bulbs
  • LED reverse lights
  • STi Gurney Flap
  • Fourth Brake Light (LED)
  • DiodeDynamics Always-On Module
  • RPAC Bumper Quick Releases

Interior:

  • LED everything
  • Rydeen Duo Backup Camera

Suspension/Chassis/Brakes:

  • Eibach Pro Lowering Springs
  • Enkei NT03+M 18x8 +35 Wheels
  • Nexen Nfera 235/40/18 Tires
  • Motul 600 High-temperature Brake Fluid
  • Grimmspeed Master Cylinder Brace
  • Grimmspeed Strut Brace
  • Removed Clutch Return Spring
  • Cuzco Sports Accelerator Pedal
  • Whiteline KDT922 Rear Subframe bushing inserts
  • Whiteline KDT925 Differential Bushing Inserts
  • Perrin PSP-DRV-160 Transmission Support
  • Stoptech C43 309 x 32 Big Brake Kit

Engine/Exhaust

  • Grimmspeed hood struts
  • Perrin 2.5" Resonated Catback Exhaust
  • Perrin Inlet Hose
  • K&N Air Filter
  • Moto-East Flex Fuel Kit
  • ISR Overpipe
  • JDL UEL Header
  • EcuTek RaceROM Custom Tune by Moto-East
  • Jackson Racing NA Oil Cooler

Mia

MX5 Photo Gallery

1995 Mazda Miata M-Edition... for the fashionable hair stylist and track junkie. It had to happen - one can only go to so many track days before acquiring an NA miata. It's a right of passage, like the Chicken Pox or one's first STD (note I've never had either, the former I had the vaccine and the latter I exercised safe practices). I picked up the MX5 (that's what people call them who want to avoid the feminine stereotype of owning a Mazda Miata) for cheap with the help of a friend and recovering Miata owner (he has since moved on to a 2011 Ford GT500 Mustang). Purchased ostensibly as a project track car for my beloved fianceƩ, really it's another toy with which I can play and hopefully improve my driving abilities. No excuses here, if you get your corner wrong, there's no bandaid of having power to dig you out. It should be fun on the track and if it goes for a spin in the gravel, no harm no foul

Purchased June, 2016
Sold N/A
Power 120whp / 100 lb-ft

Modifications

Cosmetic

  • Plasti-dipped Exterior in Aviator Grey
  • Pink lugs

Interior

  • Boss Bluetooth Receiver
  • Rockford Fosgate 6.75" Speakers
  • Plastics and carpet stripped

Engine/Exhaust

  • K&N Air Filter

Suspension/Chassis/Brakes

  • Strut Bar off an NB Sport-Edition
  • 15x8 Advanti DST Storm Wheels
  • Dunlop Direzza ZII Star Spec 205/50/R15 Tires

Safety

  • Harddog Hardcore M1 RollBar

Previous Vehicles

Steve

Mustang Photo Gallery

1966 Ford Mustang, this is was my dream project car. Originally intended to be a mid-life crisis project, timelines were accelerated when this 'Stang popped up at a price at which I could not refuse. After helping a friend and her father restore a '67 convertible back in high school over a decade ago, I got bit by the Mustang bug and have wanted one ever since. Despite ambitions of resto-modding this Mustang with a new 302 roller motor pulled from a 97 Explorer, we ended up jettisoning the project around the time we purchased our home in August 2017 - essentially the timing wasn't right in terms of time and money. I'm sad to have to let it go, but perhaps another 66-67 Mustang is in my future when the timing suits better

Purchased March, 2017
Sold June, 2018
Power TBD

Modifications

Cosmetic

  • Wimbeldon White with Guardsman Blue Racing Stripes (planned)
  • Quarter Panel Ornament Delete (planned)
  • Sequential Flashers (planned)

Interior:

  • Blue and White Pony Interior (planned)
  • Bluetooth Head Unit (planned)

Suspension/Chassis/Brakes:

  • Grab-A-Trak Front Suspension (planned)
  • Grab-A-Trak Spring and Sway Bar (planned)
  • 15x7 Mustang Style Steel Wheels (planned)

Engine/Drivetrain

  • Ford 302 5L EFI Motor (planned)
  • Ford E-303 Camshaft (planned)
  • Upgrade valve springs (planned)
  • 4R70W Automatic Transmission (planned)
  • Ford 8.8" Rear-end with 5-stud hubs and disc brakes (planned)
  • Wilwood Disc Brakes (planned)

Toohey Mobile

2002 Subaru Legacy GT, this is the offroad vehicle with a bit of luxury. Two, yes, TWO sunroofs, all-wheel-drive, and enough power to mow a lawn (maybe), this is probably the most utilitarian vehicle ever made, ever. She's pushing 200,000 miles and is still running strong despite a small head gasket and cam shaft leak (common problems on a Subaru boxer engine). This beast of a vehicle was purchased primarily as a means of transporting our puppy around (hence the name), and picking up Lesbians.

Purchased March, 2014
Sold April 2015

Modifications

Cosmetic/Body

  • Yakima Bike Rack

Interior

  • JVC Bluetooth Receiver
  • Plasti Dipped Interior Paneling (Red)

Repairs/Maintenance

  • A/C system flushed, replaced condensor, and receiver/dryer

Ninja

2008 Kawasaki Ninja 250R, purchased used October, 2012, this was my first (and only) motorbike. I used this for getting around town while living in Melbourne, where conveniently one can park their motorbike on any footpath in the city. This was my learner bike and I miss it dearly.

Purchased October, 2012
Sold December, 2013

Ze German

1996 VW Golf GL, purchased used February, 2012, this was the second car I've owned and the first right-hand drive. We used this for errands, camping trips, and the occasional road trip in Australia. We purchased it from a shady used-car dealer which we later came to find out spoofed the Roadworthy certificate. Arguably the only lemon I've ever owned, this Golf helped me shake my fandom of VW

Purchased February, 2012
Sold July, 2013

Rice Rocket

1991 Acura Integra GS, generously inherited from my Grandmother in August of 2002, this was my first car, which carried me from high school all the way through until I left to move to Australia in Summer of 2011, 9 years later. I learned a lot off this car, including how to replace a car stereo, a front axel, an ECU, and of course handbrake turns. This car holds a special place in my heart and I sometimes regret that I sold it. This car is the paradigm of high school modifications; light-up exhaust tip, aftermarket stereo with subwoofer, and no performance modifications to speak of. I recall wanting to paint it black and install lowering springs - in retrospect, very glad I didn't.

Inherited August, 2002
Sold July, 2011

Modifications

Cosmetic/Body

  • Light-up exhaust tip

Interior

  • Sony MP3 Receiver
  • Pioneer Speakers
  • Rampage 200watt Subwoofer