As seen on TV
On Monday, I took advantage of the day off provided by Edmunds.com in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to find out if Devoted Dan had truly been cured. I also figured it would be a good opportunity to test the effectiveness of the JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) STI (Subaru Tecnica International) springs and Koni adjustable strut inserts installed in early December and the ChaseCam SM31 camcorder window mount I received right after my Laguna Seca track day (they forgot to ship my order in time for the track day even though I paid for upgraded shipping).
Back in September, I took Devoted Dan out to Little Tujunga Canyon Road for the first time. This time, I met up with my co-worker, Jon Wahl, and his 2001 Audi S4 Avant (it’s a beast!). Jon had never driven this road before so I led us on our first run going north. Steve Quon (Xanga: GR81stud) met me at home and rode with me the entire time. He also served as my cameraman, too. All he had to do was press “Start” and “Stop” on the camcorder (Sony DCR-IP1) remote. Knowing it was going to be wet didn’t faze Jon or me because we were confident our all-wheel drive-equipped vehicles would take care of us.
Here are some early WRX commercials many of you probably saw in 2002 and 2003.
These commercials came to mind as we set out. I decided to drive at about 75-85% of my ability because of the conditions. On most canyon runs, I’ll drive at about 80-90% of my ability. I reserve driving at “maximum attack” (100%) for the track alone. In the first video below, you’ll see I made mistakes around 2:35 and 7:55. For those wondering, the car is on P215/45R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE92 all-season tires. They definitely aren’t the ideal tires to use for the “spirited” driving depicted below. I think I wouldn’t have made the mistakes if the road was dry. Better tires probably wouldn’t have hurt, too. Nonetheless, a good time was had by all! I felt like I was driving a wet tarmac rally stage such as one that would be found as part of Rally Corsica, the French round of the World Rally Championship!
Part 1 (9:59)
Part 2 (7:22)
If you would like to see the entire video (17:59), you may watch it at the Google Video link below.