Diamond in the Rough

I’d be willing to bet that most of you haven’t heard of Warner Robins.  If you have, it’s probably because you needed a Slurpee on your way down to one of Florida’s sunny beaches and took a pit stop in the belly of Georgia.  The city, along with Macon, is a wellspring of a booming automotive culture.  Home to the Robins Air Base, the city opens it doors to the military types, many who are big gear heads at heart.  And for the most part, speed is king.  You either autocross or you drag; or you change your wheels and do both.  And while that’s a breath of fresh air in this current state of the scene, it doesn’t make for a lot of pretty pictures.

And then I spotted Adam’s IS250.  It was literally from one picture of his rear wheel fitment on a local Central Georgia forum.  The thread?  One of those classic “form vs function” debates that we’ve all seen.  I’ll listen to both sides of the argument, but just look at this Lexus.  You can’t convince me that it isn’t right.

The Lexus is sitting nicely on a set of Volk Racing GT-M (19×9.5 +23 / 19×10.5 +21) courtesy of BC Racing coilovers.  Adam waited for six months for these wheels to come over from Japan, and actually was sent there through the army twice in the meantime.  The exterior has been dressed up with a Vertex front lip and skirts, while the rear sports a Lexus GFX piece.  Adam topped off the look with a Jun-TW roof spoiler.

I hope that no one construes this post as an attack on function.  I LOVE heading up to an autocross on a Saturday and watching cars do what they were meant to do.  And if you are running a 10 second turbo Civic with the exhaust running out the front bumper, then keep on keeping on.  But sometimes, a car’s function can be to simply look gorgeous while driving to work.  Maybe it’s okay if sometimes function = form.

Vertex Digna Front lip
Vertex Digna Side Skirts
Lexus GFX Rear Lip
Jun-TW Roof Spoiler
AVS window visors
LED turn signal mirrors
V-LEDS interior/DRL White LED lighting

BC Racing coilovers
Megan Racing rear Camber kit

Volk Racing GT-M 19×9.5 +23 / 19×10.5 +21
Dunlop Direzza 225-35-19 / 245-35-19
Muteki SR35 Purple Lug Nuts