One of the things you need to know walking into buying a Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ is that these cars were built to be modified. Many younger folks these days don’t often own cars, it’s a strange thought but times – and culture is changing, but with more enthusiasts discovering car culture for themselves, I think the car modding hobby is safe for some time to come. Alex Alfaro hails from Panorama City, CA, deep in the heart of Southern California Car culture, and yet, at almost 25, Alex had never owned a car before.
How’d that come to be? Alex served active duty in the United States Navy, and incidentally, for three years, his station was USS COWPENS CG63 in Yokosuka, Japan. Naturally, after spending three years in Japan, it’s easy to see how and why Alex got a taste of JDM car culture and was hooked. Once his tour was over, it was time to come home – and here in Southern California, it’s quite difficult to get around without a car. Taking advantage of those GI benefits, Alex was accepted into Cal State Univ. Northridge.
Fresh out of the Navy with no car, a nice little stack of cash from active duty and in need of a ride to class, it was finally time for Alex to go shopping for his first car. With the influence of living and working in Japan and seeing their car culture firsthand (whereas many of us have only seen pictures in magazines or online), the fresh-to-the-market Scion FR-S was a natural choice. For all you students out there car-shopping, the FR-S has served his needs as a student well as you can expect of a “practical Toyota” *wink wink nudge nudge*, Alex has been a full-time student at CSUN for two years now.
“(I) Never owned a car before so the fact that my FR-S was my 1st car means very much to me… …I was stationed on the USS COWPENS CG 63 in Yokosuka, Japan for 3 and half years and it was there where my passion for JDM cars really began… That’s why I ended up choosing the FR-S over any other car… I never imagined she would grow so much since then. I never thought she would be where she is now as far as modifications go. My ultimate goal for my car is to make her the fastest realistic daily driver without going Turbo or Supercharger. I want her to last as long as possible. I do enjoy taking her to the canyons, but I’m always careful and responsible enough not to do anything reckless.”
Invidia N1 Catback Exhaust
Ecutek Stage Tune 2 by Delicious Tuning
Injen Short Ram Intake
OEM Audio Plus CF Reference
Story by Nicholas Gregson
Photos Courtesy Alex Alfaro
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