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The first review by us is for my newly acquired Tomei 60R Exhaust on my FR-S
The Toyobaru twins have an endless list of aftermarket support, USDM and JDM alike. Recently a well-respected tuning brand introduced an affordable full titanium catback exhaust for the FRS/BRZ/GT86. That tuning company is Tomei.
The introduction of the 60S, 60R, and 80R Expreme Ti exhaust systems, showcases a full-titanium system for just above $1,000! Yes, full titanium, as in massive weight savings over the stock system. Savings range from 22.27 lbs from the Type 80 for forced induction applications to 28.22 lbs in the 60R race version, while the 60S street version falls in between the two.
When I first purchased my car from fellow Southrnfresh photographer, Evan Butts, in August I knew I wanted to add a full exhaust system almost immediately to replace the Berk Technology Track Pipe. While the track pipe did its job of offering audible pleasure, I wanted something that was a full catback so I could later add the cat delete pipe and the rest of the header back system.
That’s when I stumbled upon the Tomei Expreme Ti systems. Immediately I knew it would be the exhaust I would go with. Titanium coupled to a single exit exhaust, what was there not to love.
I placed a preorder through FT86 Speed Factory based out of Des Moines, Iowa. Jeremy and Yo were a joy to work with and always responded to my persistent emails. FT86 Speed Factory also offers the lowest price on all three exhausts that I’ve seen around. That’s right sub $1,000 with free shipping.
After about a month and a half of waiting for the exhaust to get here from Japan, I was able to install it myself in about an hour at Express Auto Salon in Kenner, LA. The fit and finish of this exhaust is spectacular. The welds are so crisp and you can tell the craftsmanship of each piece when you handle it. The fitment of the exhaust in the exit hole in the rear bumper is perfect. Even with the optional Subaru rear diffuser installed there is room for the exhaust to breathe and not melt any component.
Now for what people want out of an exhaust. The sound. It has a very aggressive rumble and rasp at the same time. You can tell the car is a boxer but it also screams at wide open throttle. It also offers a lovely back fire on hard downshifts. For the price, this is clearly the direction people should go for their exhaust set up on whichever twin they own. Affordable, light weight, well made JDM exhaust.
Special shout out again to FT86 Speed Factory for the great customer service and exceptional price point on this system.
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Attention guys! Don’t you wish your girlfriend or wife would enjoy cars as much as you? How about not complain when you talk about them, which we all know is all the time. Well I’ll do you one better, I give you the newly engaged couple of Brian “BJ” Davis and June Alcantara, both of whom not only enjoy talking about cars, but modifying them as well.
Pictures/Words By: Derek Matherne
Brian drives the 1993 Honda Civic and June the 2003 Toyota Corolla. Clearly they are both far from stock. Being involved with one of the up and coming premiere car groups in the nation, the couple wanted to fashion two incredible machines.
BJ’s Civic is outfitted with F: 16×8.5” +10 and R: 16×9” -5 CCW LM5 and low enough to give your ass carpet burn via KSport Kontrol Pro coilovers. He keeps the fender clearance intact by running a 195/40 Yokohama S Drive and dials in the camber via front and rear Buddyclub camber kits and KSport lower control arms.
June wasn’t about to let all the neck breaking to be done by her fiancé. She’s set her Corolla up on KSport Airtech Pro bags and beautiful Rotiform TMB 3 Piece…18×9.5” -5! June has accented the exterior with JDM Toyota Altis headlights and tail lights and shaved emblems.
Low-weezy-anA has amassed a fine collection of automobiles and always rolls hard at events, so when I was given the chance to hang out with these two love birds for the day I couldn’t pass it up. Throughout my day trip to Baton Rouge, I found myself always shooting BJ’s Civic. There was just something about it, simply clean and iconic figure. Then I learned the Corolla’s curves and how to handle the poke of June’s Rotiforms. This has to be one of the cleanest Rolla’s around.
It was funny to listen to the two gear heads talk about how the division of mods lays out. Supposedly it’s BJ’s turn to change up his look, but June is pushing for that dream wedding. What will win out…the beauty or the beast?
By the way June you are the beauty.
French Quarter Fast Track
Take a moment and think of your favorite race track in the world…names like Silverstone, Nϋrburgring, De La Sarthe, Suzuka and Bathurst may come to mind for you, but for me it’s NOLA Motorsports Park. Surprised?! Rightfully so. This brand new New Orleans-based track is in its infancy, meaning you probably haven’t heard one lick about it or its facilities, unless you’ve seen coverage of one of the drift days there, NODRFT-New Orleans Drifters hosted drift days there.
As a resident of South Louisiana I know when I first heard the rumors spreading that a racetrack was being built in Avondale, which is just outside the city, I was skeptical as to how good it could be. Only having No Problem Raceway/Circuit Grand Bayou in Donaldsonville, LA to compare it to, I didn’t have much reference on what an actual motorsports facility should be. With the grand opening in summer 2012, I soon realized what $60 million dollars of well invested and structured money from owner Laney Chouest could create.
In late June I was given an all-access tour of the facilities at NOLA Motorsports. As I approached the security gate on Torque Lane it was reminiscent to entering Jazzland (Six Flags New Orleans) as a kid; the gate way to excitement, thrills, and smiles. I have been frequenting the park for since October of 2011, so I was really familiar with most of what the track had to offer. After meeting up with the track director, Wes Ratcliff, and my tour guide for the day, we made our way over to the paddock area where several race teams from the Porsche Club of Americawere stationed for the Intercontinental Trophy Cup
When it comes to professional road racing, I’m not anymore knowledgeable than kids watching Grand Am racing on TV because they think the cars look cool. You can about imagine the excitement I experienced when walking up to the trailers and racecars of several teams.
In walking around the pits of these teams I noticed the build quality on each car, from the Forgeline Wheels to the OMP seats and safety equipment.
Each cars livery is a work of art, much like the joining of the North Track and planned South Track will be. The North Track at NOLA Motorsports offers three different configurations: 1.9 miles, 2.4 miles, and 2.75 miles. The South Track, which is in development and planning still, will add another 2.5-3.0 miles, when these two tracks are combined it will claim the title of largest road course in the US, capturing the prestige from Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.
After watching the cars tear down the front stretch of the North Track for some time, we made our way over to the covered paddock where the Johnstone Supply BMW was cooling down from some hot lap qualifying.
Also under the awning was one of NOLA Motorsports’ own FR500 Mustang Racecars. They had a total of 7 different liveries out there that day, each one representing a different Louisiana sports team. These FR500’s offer a unique experience, for roughly a $500 fee and three hours of your time, you can go from watching to racing on the North Track in one courtesy of the Mustang Experience. Not a fan of American Muscle? Well there is also the Exotic Driving Experience that allows you to take supercars like the Aston Martin Virage or the Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera for a spin.
Now don’t go wrecking one of these machines though, because it’ll put a sizeable dent in your pocket book and the car will be sent to Robbie Poupart in the NOLA Speed shop for repairs.
The NOLA Speed shop is a spotless, multi-level garage, equipped with tire mounting machines, lifts, and a dyno; it’s the go to place for going fast at NOLA Motorsports. The bay area was also infused with some of the best looking cars on the property. Like the Riley Technologies MkXXII Track Day Car.
This impressive machine packs a healthy GM LS3 making above 500 horsepower, 14” front disc brakes, sequential paddle shifters, a radio, and even air conditioning, a must in South Louisiana even for racecars.
The shop also housed the NOLA Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia racecar, a special car since you have to own a race team or motorsports complex to have one of these. Alongside the Ferrari were other notable rides like the pristine Mustang fastback, gorgeous Pontiac GTO, and off-road ready Jeep Wrangler.
The track even offers their own refueling station. Offering pump gas and three different octane levels of race gas.
The in-house dyno was on overload during my visit. Resident tuning expert, Mike Lavigne was strapping down 15 or so Porsche Cayman R’s throughout the day to measure what kind of power these racecars could muster. He also carried out multiple dyno runs of this incredible Shelby GT500.
After my fill of visual pleasure in the dyno bay, David and I headed over to The Transportation Revolution New Orleans’s (TTRNO)garage to get a quick glimpse at their setup. Inside the single car wide garage were bikes ranging from Ducati to Triumph’s. Leather gear and spare tires lined the rafters with a really chill lounge above the work area. I’ve watched some of the bikes that the TTRNO guys pump out take to the track before and everyone associated with this group knows what they are doing, mechanics and riders alike. For all things Ducati and Triumph, this is the place to be.
After closing up the shop, we found ourselves strapping in for bumper to bumper racing at the most familiar part of NOLA Motorsports for myself, the Arrive and Drive Geaux Karts. Having participated in one of the Kart-a-palooza events held at the track, I consider myself a bit more knowledgeable in this realm than the road racing I had watched earlier in the day. The experience I had racing in the Kart-a-palooza was by far the best bang for the buck at the facility. For a mere $65 you enjoy practice, qualifying and racing on three different track configurations; Arrive and Drive rental kart track, an oval ring, and the Sprint track. With two different levels of karting available, adults and their children can enjoy the adrenaline rush that racing is. The Kids Karts run roughly 25-30 mph and the higher horsepower Adult Karts pushing closer to 50 mph. NOLA Motorsports even offers group discounts and parties for that next birthday or business party.
This aerial photo shows just how many different configurations are possible. It will be interesting to see just which direction the karts will be racing in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals later on this year.
The Karting Building is home to a full-service kart building and repair shop with in house mechanics. Whether just starting out in sport or a long time veteran you will find the skills in this area of great value in helping shave off those last tenths of a second per lap.
Once we had eaten up the twisties, we did what any other Louisianian would do. Eat. Being known for our cuisine, it should come as no surprise that the food here is delectable. When you visit the premises definitely sink your teeth into their Apex Burger. NOLA offers two dining locations, one in the Karting Building and one in the North Track Building, both known as Stanley at the Track.
The North Track Building also houses Formula 1 and Le Mans viewing areas, private classrooms, and presentation materials. There you’ll find the NOLA Motorsports Park Chrysler 300C as well, with its graphically wrapped exterior and one-off custom wheels, and the NMP Nissan Skyline GT-R R35.
Besides offering eye candy for the automotive enthusiast, it also offers a place to kick back and relax while enjoying a front row seat to the action happening out on the North Track.
One of the last places we went on our journey was where the road ends and the trails begin. NOLA Motorsports caters to the off-road crowd just like their asphalt brethren. That’s right, Red Creek NOLA Off Road Park helps the enjoyment of motorsports continue once the road has ended. With over 25 miles of trails that snake through the woods and RV sites to keep the mud-slinging going all weekend, Red Creek helps offer something for everyone at NOLA Motorsports.
NOLA Motorsports Park with its prime location just minutes from the historic French Quarter in New Orleans and its hours of action packed adventure; whether on two wheels or four, on-road or off makes perfect sense to be your home away from home if you live in and around the Gulf Coast region. With lots for sale to build personal villas with garages it can also be your little wintery escape too. NOLA Motorsports Park has been the best possible implant into the long list of sites and sounds around New Orleans. It is sure to flourish and grow in the future and continue to serve the local community, nation, and world with redline racing and automotive entertainment.
Southrnfresh and myself would like to thank Wes Ratcliff, David Fisher, Robbie Poupart, Mike Lavigne and the rest of the team at NOLA Motorsports Park for allowing us to showcase this fine motorsports complex and for not kicking us out for getting in the way most of the day.
If you would like to book an event at the track, contact NOLA Motorsports for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or a ring at (504) 302-4875.
NOLA MOTORSPORTS PARK
11075 Nicolle Boulevard
Avondale, LA 70094
*All non-watermarked photos are property of NOLA Motorsports and have been posted with permission from Wes Ratcliff.
-Derek Matherne, Southrnfresh photographer
Louisiana is home to two main cities, New Orleans and Baton Rouge (No Shreveport doesn’t count, pipe down). These two cities are like fraternal twins; both like to party and house large entertainment sports teams, but the appeal and character of each is quite different; much like these two Tornado Red MK5 Volkswagen GTI.
Words by: Derek Matherne
Photos by: Brandon Primes : Open Circle Media
I took these pictures during the Rides and Tides event in July. And they kind of fell under the radar with all the other summer event posts. But we had to share them, for the fans of speed and power. I did not get too many extensive photos but, just took a minute to take advantage of the great sky and backdrop.
Draper Delancey has put most of his time and energy into making this Japanese touring sedan a 900+ hp terror on the streets. The car still slightly gravitates towards its VIP car nature with the full custom interior and Work Varianzas. But overall the car is one hell of a sleeper just on outside appearance alone, considering that most Lexus GS are hard parked cars. Unfortunately Draper says that this car has reached its limit and it maybe time to move on to another project. Hats off to Draper for building a mad machine, and if you are ever on the Gulf Coast and catch a light with this Lexus you may want to give it a second thought..
PHOTOS BY: DEREK MATHERNE
The car scene in Louisiana is dead. That’s a fact. But there is a resurgence in process. The resident group of drift hooligans known as NODRFT is leading the charge, alongside CZ Wheels and Low-Weezy-Ana who are also making noise for the great state (more on those two in later Q&A’s.)
There is not much said about the panhandle of Florida in terms of the automotive scene. However, a small group of car enthusiasts out of Crestview, FL looked to change the perception that the rest of the state, Gulf South, and nation had of their region. Their conception was the first annual Rides and Tides Meet in Navarre Beach, FL.
William Thomas’s beautiful Vossen equipped Chrysler 300C SRT-8 from Fort Walton Beach, Florida is a leader of its pack. Sporting prototype coilovers from BC Racing and tucking 22×9 and 22×10.5 Vossen CV1′s, he is bound to be one of the first lowering this platform closer to the ground. William states that he will soon be pulling all four corners and subtracting some width to increase the low and camber. No matter how you look at American cars, William’s new 300C should garner respect and lots of broken necks.
William came out to the Rides & Tides meet this past weekend, and I took advantage of the beach and captured some shots.. enjoy.
PHOTOS BY: DEREK METHERNE