GMR and my car


Last week, I ordered two new Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R tires to replace the two front tires that took a beating at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  The tires arrived on Wednesday and sat in the backyard until they could be mounted and balanced on wheels.  On Saturday morning, I took the tires and wheels to Island Tires & Service (www.islandtire.net) in Pasadena.  Service was friendly and quick as I arrived and left in about half an hour.  Later that afternoon, I swapped the stock 2006 WRX wheels and tires that were on the car for the Prodrive P1 wheels that had been in storage since mid-November.

On Sunday afternoon, I did a recce run for a drive I was going to do the next day with some friends.  The plan was to go North on Azusa Ave until it turned into San Gabriel Canyon Road and continue along that until East Fork.  On East Fork, I headed East to the point Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) began.  GMR was where the fun to be had until it ended down the mountain at Sierra Madre Ave.  The first and only previous time I had driven GMR was back in July 2007 when I had the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX hatchback for an evening.  It’s definitely more fun to drive in daylight than at night.


Because I was stuck behind a GMC Yukon the entire time I drove along San Gabriel Canyon Road yesterday, I figured it would be better to go North on GMR and double-back today.  This afternoon, I met my college friends Steve Mar who has a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon and Jon Mak who has a 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.  We had a lot of fun driving our ‘Rexes up and down the mountain over the course of an hour.  Below is a video of my run up the mountain (the first minute and a half is pretty boring).  I’ll post a video of the run down the mountain later.  Enjoy the ride!  Note: I wasn’t driving all-out.  “Maximum attack” is reserved for the track alone.

You may view the rest of the photos I shot here.

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About USCTrojan4JC

God Follower, husband, father, USC Trojan alumnus, Mazda employee

4 responses to “GMR and my car”

  1. banilla777 says :

    be careful out there, cops are cracking down on street racing. i got my first speed contest ticket last friday in malibu. it would be a good idea to invest in a police frequency radio.

  2. GodFollower4JC says :

    @banilla777 – I wouldn’t get a police frequency radio or radar detector as I believe that would only encourage me to drive more irresponsibly.

  3. deadkau says :

    ryc, funny, i like it. maybe we will get him one.

  4. gunnerman says :

    yea..not a good idea to go all on gmr…the final resting for my evo VIII was on the way up to GMR…you have chosen wisely..wish i did..hah

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