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Old 04-17-2008, 12:20 PM   #1
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I wasn't sure on how to start this or where to post it but it's about time that I gave recognition where deserved.
We all have our heroes, mentors or inspirational figures that have inspired us or helped us along in becoming the Subaru addicts that we are. Many of you have simply followed into the steps of your "Subaru"-parents or that friend that gave you a ride in that car that you simply fell in love with. Others follow the Rally-Scene and wanted something to get them closer to the action without actually being the ones "eating" the dust.
The inspiration has also carried some into becoming successful Race-car/Rally Drivers whether it is on the dirt, tarmac, gravel or a RallyX series.
I am nearly a nobody in the world of Subaru but as tight as this community is...every one including me has a place and that little spot makes us feel part of something big as is the SUBARU Cult.
By posting this, I just wanted to (hopefully) create a list of all those individuals that have inspired us and may as well be part of these forums or simply share the same city-block where we live.
Some of our heroes are no longer with us but I'm sure they would've loved reading their name in such list.
Back in late 1999, I didn't know and had no clue as to what I was getting myself into when I bought my first SUBARU...a 2.5 RS Impreza (RIP ).
My second SUBARU...a 2002 WRX-Wagon was simply a replacement to that car that I had a short "love affair" with.
This is when I discovered the "RALLY" scene and for the first time in my life attended an event...the Rim of The World Rally. To me, my car was to these Rally-cars just what a stock "pick-up" truck (out of a dealer parking lot) is to those that run the DAKAR Rally (in comparison).
I met a very special woman the next year at this same Rally that inspired me and changed (forever!) the way I look at my BugEyed WAGON.
*This lady is Jamie "Subie Gal" Thomas and the car that I fell in love with is none other than her beloved "Burnsie" the Rally Wagon.
-Thank you Jamie for the exciting Rally-moments and for inspiring me and my family to the love we feel (not only for this "Funny/Bug-Eyed" Wagon) but the entire SUBARU infestation.
I wish you the best in competion and in your private life.
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:25 PM   #2
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Everyone on NASIOC that ever answered any of my questions without making me feel to dumb ( even though I probably was).

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Old 04-17-2008, 01:10 PM   #3
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-I would like to thank Gran Turismo for hooking me on the 02wrx. you had me at hello, and now you're finally mine!

-NASIOC for catching my fall when I was searching for info about subies once I bought my bugeye,

-Unabomber for laboring over the compilation of some incredibly informative and helpful info.

-and 4wdrift for not only being a subie/driving genius, but for being just such an all-around decent and humble human being with incredible patience, knowledge, and desire to teach others what he knows. As much as I try to thank him, I still don't think he has any idea how much his time, teaching, and assistance are appreciated.

This thread was a pretty good idea, OP.
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Old 04-17-2008, 01:28 PM   #4
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I have not seen Uncle Scotty here in a while. Unabomber's Manifesto saved my life twice...I mean my car.
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:14 PM   #5
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that figures...... no shyte-talking in the thread so no responses.

c'mon, closet-cases! Throw up props for someone who's helped you along the way!
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:24 PM   #6
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Jamie (SubieGal) has helped me numerous times, she always has s good attitude, and she's my NASIOC crush

Uncle Scotty's tasty Cocktail is in my transmission, and it made a massive difference.

Airdogg2599 is my tuner and has done an awesome job every time (I think 3 or 4 tunes by now), and has taken my hundreds of phone calls and taught me much of what I know, as well as showing me the best canyons ever

Josh (smurfwrx) you and I have had many good discussions here, comparing notes and feeding off each other's enthusiasm.

And last I'd like to thank God, for making such a big, beautiful playground for my Subie
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:27 PM   #7
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Jamie (SubieGal) has helped me numerous times, she always has s good attitude, and she's my NASIOC crush

Uncle Scotty's tasty Cocktail is in my transmission, and it made a massive difference.

Airdogg2599 is my tuner and has done an awesome job every time (I think 3 or 4 tunes by now), and has taken my hundreds of phone calls and taught me much of what I know, as well as showing me the best canyons ever

Josh (smurfwrx) you and I have had many good discussions here, comparing notes and feeding off each other's enthusiasm.

And last I'd like to thank God, for making such a big, beautiful playground for my Subie
AMEN to that brother! Good call!
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Old 04-17-2008, 02:30 PM   #8
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Another person I would like to recognize and thank is Ali Afshar of Easy-Street Motorsports...aka ESX.
I've met with Ali various times and each time he has provided me with tips and info that I have applied to my car. He also became an inspirational figure when I first met him because at that same time, he was show-casing his originally built Bug-Eyed WRX-"WAGON" MONSTROUSITY .
What called my attention was the fact that he had chosen an AutomaticTransmission for his project! I was hooked and have been a follower ever since. Ali has a "unique" taste for the car and gets "mixed" comments "world-wide" about his style but when it comes to "talking the talk" and "walking the walk"...to me he is top contender.
Thank you Ali and hope to see you at your next event...yes, I'll bring the family .
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Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris for teaching me how to kick ass.
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Old 04-17-2008, 03:42 PM   #10
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...Aaaa-a-and...I'm sure they both ^^ drive a Subaru to work...right?!
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:33 PM   #11
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...Anyways, this is going well! Keep'em coming...sometimes people don't even know that they have been chosen or labeled a hero or mentor. Let's pick them out and show our appreciation. It's all done with great dignity .
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Like I said, I thought this was a great idea. Suprised more people aren't chiming in.
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:38 PM   #13
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and everyone on here who is helpful no matter how much of a jackass i can be at times....
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Old 04-17-2008, 08:17 PM   #14
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...Aaaa-a-and...I'm sure they both ^^ drive a Subaru to work...right?!
If I wasn't such a badass I'd probably would have bought a Honda instead.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:59 PM   #15
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I got hooked on to Subies back in 97/98 and kept my eyes peeled until the pancake fogs were introduced. After that I was done!!

I remember when Jamie thought the Impreza and RS line was a waste of corperate dollars and swore by Legacy's. NOW WHAT JAMIE!?...Huh!?!

Rocket Rally and Paul Eklund were both inspirational to me but what did it for me was the comroderie displayed with install days, karting contests (Jamie, you suck for being so petite and always winning! ) and "fun-runs".

Mike Shields deserves mad props for being one of the first consistent suppliers of performance parts and educating everyone on handling characteristics how to do the basic setup on the Impreza. He really set the Impreza up for success in America when most only knew of it from GT1.

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I've always liked the 2.5RS (GC), but thought it wasn't fast enough. My friend at a Subaru/Nissan/Toyota tuner in Japan let me drive a stock JDM WRX, and I was hooked. He's the reason why I got a WRX, but nobody introduced me to Subarus. I just always noticed the 2.5RS. When the WRX was released stateside, I jumped on it.

That same guy is now letting me drive modified Skyline GT-Rs, but I can't get one of those here.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:22 PM   #17
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KC for winning the STX national championship in a wagon. I had the pleasure of watching him autocross a bone stock Baja at the Cape Cod Community College. Somehow, he made that thing dance like you wouldn't believe.

I've got to give props to the Grassroots Motorsports crew for helping to inspire the car obsession, even if it's not always Subaru specific.

I've also got to recognize the driving competition Rev-It-Up. Those two runs in a Mazda 6 through the cones five years ago awakened me to a whole world of car enthusiasts, which eventually led to the purchase of my WRX and an SCCA membership.
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And last I'd like to thank God, for making such a big, beautiful playground for my Subie
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and my ex.... had she stayed around, i would never have spend a dime on my car other than on gas. so im really glad she left me and a couple dollars in my wallet!

oo.00... speed network for carrying wrc races, it inspired me to buy my scooby!

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Old 04-18-2008, 12:06 AM   #19
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I had a subaru already before someone inspired me. I was an aircraft mechanic who simply got a tour of a cessna type little plane with a 3 main air cooled boxer. "Why in hell isn't this engine in a car" (as if I had never ridden in a beetle)
Typical for this area, the only cars with it, rusted, bent, broke, made alot of noise, and I had to have one...called a subaru.
Rally drivers (mcRae) fed a decent energy, but my mentailty is not in the expndible over rated kamikaze EJ subarus, I like the historic, and as time goes along, with big daddy of the fuel world giving the hemi tard a lickin, the 87 carbed sube seems to be glowing holy. Given my age, I used to post a site about the old subes, and unique northern repairs (since gave up) and hope I myself have helped the broke college kid geitting 40 noisy wobbling mpg in an old sube, they are the real sube.

I suppose aviation, the disciplinarians that taught, that played a role in my auto maneuvres.

Sincerely, I am not a fan of the new four cylinders of any kind. I am more a million mile diesel kind of mentailty, with a spotless singular engine going on decades..thank dad and a very long trucking career for that I guess. I am the loneliest subaru fan on the planet (that is how I feel), and my car is not a hick wagon just yet....

the new boxer as a diesel seems interesting enough, there is nothing left to me other than that...
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As far as people go, I'd have to say Petter Solberg. I began planning my life around WRC in '03, and that season couldn't have ended better. He's just got a great attitude overall. Also, Nicky Grist's coverage of WRC was very insightful in explaining a lot of rally trivia when I was becoming a fan.
As far as non-people, I'd have to say Gran Turismo. Back in '98, the Impreza to me was just the best looking compact car of the time. I didn't know what made it so great until I "virtually" drove it...
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:44 AM   #21
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I would like to thank Subaru for bringing these cars to our shores for us to enjoy. Everyone loves talking so much crap about Subaru and FHI but then they get all mushy and emotional when talking about who made their life so great by introducing them to the Subaru culture. Give thanks where thanks is due.

Oh, and I'd like to thank Mr. T (from legacygt.com) and TDC for building what is now my Legacy.
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first time i got acquainted with a subaru was when my buddy got a 92' legacy GT for $1500. such a great fun car.
after that i researched more and fell in love with the wrx
my thanks would go to all the Nasiocers and the people from WSC for sharing all their knowledge to help me out and hoping that they will continue to do so
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...I remember when Jamie thought the Impreza and RS line was a waste of corperate dollars and swore by Legacy's. NOW WHAT JAMIE!?...Huh!?!

Rocket Rally and Paul Eklund were both inspirational to me but what did it for me was the comroderie displayed with install days, karting contests (Jamie, you suck for being so petite and always winning! ) and "fun-runs".


Oh man. those were the days. they absolutely were!!!
fun runs... damn I was insane!
oh and btw, I am still karting and still winning


My hero. My racing inspiration. By far....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tAonkT3iBk
Richard Burns

Top guy. Class act. Determined with the skills to get it done
...and he was real! I saw him laugh, cry, get pissed off...
Shame that he had to leave us so soon. I do miss him



Others who have had a profound effect on my in regards to the Subaru world

Paul Eklund
Inspires with his desire and pure love of the sport of rally.
Is he crazy? yes... but there is logic in his madness

and my better 1/2, rally driver Gary Cavett
The only man I know who can keep me in check




I am flattered that I would have an inspirational effect on anyone, really am.

I am blessed with determination and spunk which keeps me going
(spunk! is that what we're calling it now???)

I thank God that I live in the USA where these racing dreams can become a reality if you work hard enough

As long as I enjoy it, I'm going to keep at it.

Subaru, rally, racing of any form - - - seems to be part of my soul...

Jamie
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:40 AM   #24
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I came here after I got my Subaru, sorry guys. I would, however, like to pay homage to what got me seriously involved with cars.

In Highschool I picked up a Hot Rod magazine to read in the mornings one day at a local market. Inside was a B&W article with step by step instructions on how to create a cold air intake using nothing but very very basic tools, and $70 bucks worth of material from Home Depot for a small block Chevy.

After I read that article I finally realized "Hey, I could actually DO that!". I had always loved cars, but didn't have any technical know how or experience working on them so was always hesitant to dive into it. A couple weeks later my friend's older brother was installing new rockers on his 2000 Firebird and asked if we wanted to help out. I was hooked. A few months later I went out and bought my first car, a 1963 Chevy Bel Air, and I haven't looked back since.

Thank you Hot Rod Magazine!
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Oh man. those were the days. they absolutely were!!!
fun runs... damn I was insane!
oh and btw, I am still karting and still winning


My hero. My racing inspiration. By far....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tAonkT3iBk
Richard Burns

Top guy. Class act. Determined with the skills to get it done
...and he was real! I saw him laugh, cry, get pissed off...
Shame that he had to leave us so soon. I do miss him



Others who have had a profound effect on my in regards to the Subaru world

Paul Eklund
Inspires with his desire and pure love of the sport of rally.
Is he crazy? yes... but there is logic in his madness

and my better 1/2, rally driver Gary Cavett
The only man I know who can keep me in check




I am flattered that I would have an inspirational effect on anyone, really am.

I am blessed with determination and spunk which keeps me going
(spunk! is that what we're calling it now???)

I thank God that I live in the USA where these racing dreams can become a reality if you work hard enough

As long as I enjoy it, I'm going to keep at it.

Subaru, rally, racing of any form - - - seems to be part of my soul...

Jamie
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Jamie...you're awesome!!!
My WAGON's "tail-pipe" wiggles...and he says Brrrrrrrrrhello!!
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