Howdy! My name is Cory. I’m from College Station, TX. I thought you guys might appreciate hearing the story of how I got my fancy new BRZ. It’s a long story with lots of details, so I apologize for the length. But if nothing else, y’all can at least enjoy some BRZ porn across the US. Here are the links to the important stuff, please check out the album with all the trip pics:
Trip album: http://imgur.com/a/knVVb
Killboy.com album from the Dragon: http://killboy.photoreflect.com/stor....aspx?a=866877
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/venasera004
I have a ’98 Impreza L Wagon that I’d been driving for a couple years and was itching for an upgrade. After doing all the research and deciding that the BRZ was what I truly wanted, I had to make it happen. I spent Tuesday the 17th calling all the dealerships in Texas and neighboring areas with no luck. I’m kind of an impatient person when it comes to accomplishing a goal, so being put on a waitlist wasn’t my idea of fun. I spent the day calling over 50 dealerships in the country trying to find a Limited in grey or white that didn’t already have someone’s name on it (same problem I’m sure everyone else faced too). Disheartened, I called the very last number on our list which also happened to be the farthest one away at Evergreen Subaru in Auburn, ME. To my surprise, they were expecting one the next day (in Satin White Pearl), but the salesman had to get back to me about availability. Lucky enough (and come to find out later), it was the dealership owner’s order that was arriving and he was willing to go ahead and sell it to someone who was interested; i.e. me! I told them I wanted it. We worked out the financing. I called my brother Damon and told him we’re flying to Maine next Wednesday the 25th. Something we’ve never done before. We are Texas boys through and through. We’ve never been to the east coast.
The dealership was so excited about selling a car to someone flying all the way up from Texas that they offered to pick us up from our hotel in Portland, ME (40 mins away from their dealership). This was the first hint that I was making a good decision. Every little request I had, they gladly took care of it. Seriously some of the best customer service I’ve ever had and this was just over the phone. Wednesday finally showed up and we left Houston for Dulles. Here we nearly miss our second flight thanks to the delicious beers at the bar… oops!
Portland, ME- after some nice conversations with some Maine natives on the plane, we make our way to a cab to get to the hotel. First possible crisis, I leave my work tablet in the cab. Crisis averted by paying the cabbie $30 to bring it back to me the next morning. Ouch. Anyways… 8:45 am on Thursday and the driver from Evergreen Subaru shows up. Super nice guy! We talked the whole way to Auburn. We pull into the dealership and the first thing I see is this:
And that was all it took… there was no doubt in my mind that this was happening! Doug, the dealership owner, comes outside to greet me and starts asking me about what we do. I prove to him that I’m an enthusiast and he shouldn’t feel bad about selling his own car to me. He couldn’t be more excited about the whole situation. Candice (our salesgirl) lets us run for a test drive. The guys and gals at Evergreen Subaru are by far the nicest people I could've ever asked to deal with. If anybody lives in that area and needs a new Subaru, please go see them! They sent us home with some hats, shirts, and polos. And I gladly wear them. An amazing dealership that went far and beyond to help me get this car!
I sign all the paperwork, get insurance, etc etc. They hand me the key fobs and a map to get some fresh Maine lobster! And so we start our journey with a nice burnout launch from their parking lot! Lol not really… we drive off gingerly since it’s a brand spanking new car. We head to Two Lights Lobster Shack at Cape Elizabeth. The best lobster we have ever had! It was fresh and we enjoyed it while staring out at the Atlantic Ocean!
Next stop, pizza in New York City! If you can’t tell yet, there is an ongoing theme here. BRZ and food! We leave Maine and make our way towards the big city. After an interesting conversation at a gas station in Connecticut with a (we’re pretty sure) meth-head, who tried to sit in my new car (I promptly told him to get the f**k out!), we continued on. Once in NYC, we stop by the 9/11 site to pay our respects before heading to Lombardi’s in Little Italy. The best pizza we have ever had! Right on par with our theme!
While driving towards Times Square, we come across Grand Central Station. The whole point of being in NYC was because the car brought us there. So, we had to get the car in as many pictures as possible.
Times Square was by far the busiest, loudest, brightest place we’d ever been. Just insane amount of people! I threw my brother and the camera out of the car and made a couple passes to get some good pics. This one came out by pure luck and happens to be my favorite of the trip!
NYC being a heck of a site to see, we still had to make it to Philadelphia for our Thursday night layover. We crash at a friend’s apt near University of Pennsylvania for the night, wake up Friday morning and go out for some true Philly Cheesesteaks for breakfast!
Again, amazing food! Our midday destination for Friday was to spend a few hours in DC seeing some national monuments. Marine One flies over our head, pretty cool! DC is absolutely beautiful and I wish we could have spent more time there, but we had to be back in Texas by Sunday.
We spent a few hours marveling at the sights and monuments. We met up with a buddy of Damon’s in Arlington for some small café food and pita wraps. More good food! Next stop was Clemson, SC for the night where my roommate from Texas was at an internship. This is the start of our longest driving stint so far, 9 hours. The car completely proves itself here. The seats are amazingly comfortable. The cruise control can be set well above the speed limit… Break in period flies by (not that we were terribly worried about it). Making our way through North Carolina heading towards Charleston, the Valentine One neglects to pick up a Charger sitting on the side of the highway. Speeding ticket. Frak! Oh well… still have to make Clemson before sunrise. Get to Clemson at 4 am. We both pass out.
Saturday morning: The best part of the entire trip is about to start!! We are heading for the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap! I’m also a sport bike rider. This is pretty much the Mecca of roads for riders and drivers, as far as I’m concerned. We get to the area around 2 pm. This part of NC and TN is just absolutely beautiful. Had never seen the Smokey Mountains until then. Gorgeous!
And so we arrive at the Holy Grail of roads, for some Dragon Burgers!