JJ Larson’s 2001 Audi S4 Avant is “the” S4 Avant in my eyes, and for many others, even if you may not recognize it yet. JJ’s Avant is not a new build; it’s not new to our scene. He has owned the car since 2005, and it has been through quite a few stages, each dramatically changing the look and feel.
It came as quite a surprise to me when I started counting, but I’ve been driving one MINI or another for the last 11 years. It’s a marque that has held my love and attention since I was a little kid, so it was a great honor when MINI reached out to us to find out more about StanceWorks and the bagged MINI Clubman that I had built.
Formula Drift has returned for its 10th year, a major milestone for the series. New cars, new drivers, and new courses are thrown into the mix with some of the decade veterans and venues that have brought the series to where it is today. Round One in Long Beach, California marks the first event of the season, and as always, the adrenaline was non-stop and the crowd was larger than ever.
The World Wide Web is constantly advancing with each passing day and it has had a massive effect on the way the automotive world interacts. The technological advancements have drastically changed the exposure that cars receive as they are shared throughout forum threads, blogs, and fan pages. Where cars were once unveiled at the long-awaited shows each year, we now enjoy the instant gratification that the internet offers.
It’s an argument that finds its way into discussions in every car show parking lot and enthusiast garage. Spanner wrenches and elbow grease are pitted against control switches and compressors. The debate gets heated as claims that your car isn’t low enough until your subframe hits asphalt are met with remarks that “airride is cheating”.