It is 4:30 in the morning, I have been awake for all of fifteen minutes I have keys in one hand and a redbull in the other.
30 miles to ButtonWillow…
… finally, a sign that the sweet smell of hot asphalt and race gas is in my near future.
What the average person does not realize is, it’s not just the thrill of the actual race that gets us crazy automotive enthusiasts up before the sun on our weekends off work, it’s the entire experience. From staying up late the night before trying to get every millisecond out of all the mods on the car to pulling your car into the pits to cool down after the last lap of the weekend.
Last summer myself and few other ModBargains staff headed out to Buttonwillow Raceway for a track event. I had my 2012 VW GTI in tow as well as Modifcation Expert Jurrian’s 2013 Mustang GT before he went wide. The GTI was equipped with some 18 inch VMR V701s and Eibach Springs. The Mustang at the time was running the OEM Brembo Big Brake kit upgraded with some Hawk Performance Pads, Goodridge Stainless Steel Brake Lines and Motul 660 Brake Fluid.
Overall the track event was a great success, all of us left with a little less tread on the tires and a lot more love in our hearts for our cars. The Mustang has now gone from an OEM plus look to a full on Wide Body Supercharged Race Machine. As for the GTI, it has been traded in for a 2012 Audi S4 Prestige, a new blank canvas, which has already been bitten with the mod bug. Sporting a full AWE Exhaust with Resonated Midpipes and Diamond Black 102mm tips.
Not all of us here at ModBargains track our cars, like our customers we are enthusiasts who see a stock car and immediately begin to think of what mods we can do to make it more our own. Whether the modifying is for full on tracking, for slow, low and show or for some of us it’s a delicate balance of both. The most important thing about our industry is that it allows each person to take a car that anyone can have and turn it into something that is uniquely their own.