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Watch where you’re going

Tip of the Day: A person will usually steer his or her vehicle to go wherever he or she is looking.

Here’s a video of my run down Glendora Mountain Road back on February 18, 2008.  One “issue” I had during it was looking ahead with my eyes instead of looking at the rear of Jon Mak’s 2006 Subaru Impreza WRX STI.  This gave me greater respect for professional race car drivers who need to focus on the racing line and keep track of the other cars in front of them at the same time.  I basically had to mentally force myself to keep looking ahead instead of the rear of his car.

Here’s an excellent article on Inside Line by Mac Demere about using your eyes properly as a driver.

The Eyes Have It: Visionary Tactics for Smooth, Quick Driving

See how I’m not looking ahead into the turns and beyond.

Here are some examples of professionals looking ahead.

Al Unser, Jr. at Long Beach in 1991

Gil de Ferran entering the Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca


I am officially out of the running for the Associate Editor position I applied for in the Edmunds.com Editorial Department.  I was told my writing experience isn’t at the level they need for the role and that my interests are more enthusiast-oriented than Edmunds is.

Oh well!

God is good!  O praise Him!  He is holy.

One and not done

Today marks my one-year anniversary at Edmunds.com!  I love being here!  Thanks to and praise God for His provision!

Here’s a BusinessWeek article about my company that was published yesterday:

Prayer for God’s delivery

Please pray for my co-worker, Jeff Hester, and his wife, Rebecca, tomorrow (Friday, October 12, 2007) as doctors perform a casesarian section to deliver their first child, Justin Jeffry (no, the middle name is not misspelled) Hester.  Jeff is a good friend from the Edmunds.com production department and also the shortstop of our Monday night softball team.  Thanks, everyone!

UPDATE: It’s a boy! LOL

Which family sedan is better?

You could be a judge!  It’s too bad I’m ineligible.


Test-Drive the 2008 Chevy Malibu, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry

Participate in an exclusive Edmunds.com Consumer Comparison Test

There’s a lot of action in the popular midsize family sedan segment this year. A new 2008 Chevy Malibu arrives at North American dealerships this fall. So does a new 2008 Honda Accord. Edmunds.com wants to enlist your help in determining how these new players measure up against each other and against the benchmark 2008 Toyota Camry.

Click on the “Apply Now” button at the bottom of this page for a chance to participate in an exclusive Edmunds.com Consumer Comparison Test. Tell us why we should select you to test-drive and compare the 2008 Chevy Malibu, the 2008 Honda Accord and the 2008 Toyota Camry, and you could find yourself behind the wheel at Willow Springs International Raceway in Southern California on November 29.

All you have to do is convince us that you can evaluate these cars and write insightful comments on how they compare. You have to be at least 21 years old, have a clean driving record, and be able to travel to Los Angeles November 28-30. We’ll take care of your airfare, room and board; escort you around; and set up your test-drive at Willow Springs – plus pay you a fee of $500 for your services. A series of driving exercises at the track will give you ample opportunity to form your opinions, which we’ll publish on Edmunds.com.

The application form will ask you to tell us a little about yourself, then invite you to write a short essay that will compel us to choose you for this Consumer Comparison Test. Click “Apply Now.” And good luck!

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Mitsubishi Lancer GTS put to the test

On Saturday, I met up with Edmunds.com Senior Content Editor, Erin Riches, to put our cars through their paces on Little Tujunga Canyon Road (Google Maps link) for a “nice” afternoon drive in the sweltering heat and humidity.  She had Edmunds’ Long-Term 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS and I had my trusty ride, “Devoted Dan” — a lightly modified 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan.  Unlike the newbies (notice how they’re not leaning into the turns) in the Mitsubishi Lancer commercial above, I was not impressed by how the car drove.  It’s an excellent car overall.  Don’t get me wrong.  It just wasn’t *that* fun to drive.

Photo: Erin Riches

Here’s the Long-Term Road Test blog entry Erin put up on Inside Line2007 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS: Takes on a WRX…Sort of.  You can read her impressions of how the Lancer GTS drove after the jump.  She was gracious enough to let me swap cars with her for one of our runs.

Here are my impressions of how the Lancer GTS drove and thoughts about the upcoming Lancer Ralliart.  Please note I didn’t bother checking out the interior or thinking about its ergonomics.
Chassis – The car felt solid and well-built (the increased in structural rigidity added weight). Kudos to Mitsubishi/Dodge for beefing it up.
Engine – The car felt underpowered because of the vehicle’s mass. I think 175-200 hp would be good for the GTS trim. Noise wasn’t an issue to me as I had the front windows down during my run along the road.
Transmission – The shift throws are looooong. Shift throws were easily longer than the throws on a stock 5-speed 2008 Subaru Impreza. (My car has the OEM STI 5-speed short-shifter.) Shifts are much smoother than (as in not as notchy as) those on an Impreza 5MT.
Clutch – Pedal travel wasn’t too short or too long. The pedal effort is light.
Tires – The Dunlop SP Sport 5000M all-season tires (P215/45R18 89V) are definitely better than the Bridgestone Potenza RE92 tires that are standard on all Imprezas. They provide more grip and don’t howl loudly in protest to high cornering loads as much as the RE92s. Note: My car is not on RE92s (I have a set of stock 2006 wheels/tires at home). It is currently on Bridgestone Potenza RE-01Rs (P225/45R 91W).
Handling – The car handled fairly well and kept its composure at all times. Understeer wasn’t a problem (then again, I believe that people who complain about understeer are usually going into a corner too hot to begin with). When the back end began to hint that it wanted to jump out a bit, it would settle down soon thereafter.
Braking – Like Erin mentioned, the brakes were smelly after we had beat on them, but they never felt like they were fading badly (as in the pedal going straight to the floorboard). Initial grab was pretty good every time I applied the brakes, but the pedal was softer than I am comfortable with. In other words, I couldn’t storm into corners with the GTS like I could with my car (my 2004 WRX has been retrofitted with 2006-2007 OEM 4-pot/2-pot brakes…and Ferodo DS2500 front brake pads (they generate a lot of brake dust for anyone considering them, but are the best pad imo for combined street/track use), Goodridge stainless steel brake lines, and Motul RBF 600 brake fluid).
Steering – My only gripe with the car from my short time in it (15 minutes or so(?) on a run down the aforementioned road heading South) was that its steering was uncommunicative. I just couldn’t “feel” much of the road and what the car was doing/how it was responding to steering inputs and undulations in the road. (The leather steering wheel itself felt nice in my hands and is sized well.)
Visibility – Visibility out the front is good. When doing any spirited driving, visiblity on both sides of the driver’s A-pilar is very important to me so I can look ahead in left turns. This was an area the 2008 Subaru Impreza was worse than its predecessor because of its larger side mirrors. The rear wing didn’t affect rearward visibility when I was checking my six.
The long-term Lancer GTS is priced at $21,615. If you want the maximum amount of smiles-per-mile for this amount of dough, look elsewhere (Civic Si?). However, I think this car would be a great fun-to-drive everyday commuter vehicle given its numerous “creature features.”
If the Lancer Ralliart comes out with 230-250 hp and all-wheel drive with the number of features the GTS has, the Impreza WRX will be in major trouble.  The only question remaining in my mind is: Will the Lancer Ralliart drive more like the GTS or the Evo? If the former, the folks at Subaru don’t have anything to worry about. If the latter, can everybody say, “MY2010-2011 Impreza redesign?”

Photo: Erin Riches

2008 Subaru Impreza WRX Ride & “Drive”

I used “Drive” in the title because I did a whole lot more riding than driving at Subaru’s 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX “Drive the Legend” event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA last Saturday.

Here’s a video of my ride-along with rally driver, Lesley Suddard, in a 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan:

It was a blessing that I had already driven the 2008 WRX when Edmunds had it because the “drive” course that was set up was very short and not very fun.

Marketing machines all dressed up!

Here’s my full gallery of photos from the event:

Celebrate Good Times…

C’mon!  Let’s celebrate! j/k

Our brother Steve Loo (Xanga: rice4krxst) turned 27 years old yesterday (Monday).  Last year, we gave him a nice little surprise.  This year, we didn’t show our love for him in the same way (at least that I’m aware of).

No Honda Accords were hurt in the making of last year’s birthday surprise.

Seven in a row!

Team Edmunds won their seventh game in a row last (Monday) night (I don’t know the final score.  It was a lot to not enough.  I’ll post the score later. UPDATE: The final score was around 16-6.) to finish the season 9-3, which is good for 2nd place in our league.  I went 1-for-4 (reached on 2-base error by left center fielder – he wasn’t able to hold on to a sliding catch on a lazy fly ball (some people would count that as a base hit, but if the guy was faster, he would have had an easier catch), reached on an error by the second baseman, ground ball single up the middle, and reached on an error by the first baseman (I should have been out on a ground ball to second but the first baseman had his foot on the orange “run through” base instead of the white base)).  I think I scored three times.  The new season starts in early September and we will have the same team we’ve had together for our successful run this season.  Hopefully, the break will be enough time for me to heal up!!!

Please keep all the missionaries you know in prayer!

Sweet Inline-Six

I’m not talking about a BMW engine.  I’m talking softball.  Team Edmunds (co-ed) won their sixth game in a row on Monday night, 12-3, to improve their record to 8-3 with one game remaining.  The first place team won on Monday night so it looks like the best we’ll be able to finish is second with another victory Monday night.  If we lose, I believe we hold the tiebreaker over the current third-place team because we beat them two out of the three times we squared off.  I went 1-for-3 (grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the 2nd inning, hit a line single to right field, and reached on an error by the second baseman on a semi-tricky grounder I hit).

On the first at-bat, I really felt my pre-existing injury as I ran hard to first.  It’s hard not to run all-out because when you’re in the moment, it’s very hard not to give it your all.  Needless to say, it bugged me the rest of the night and today (Tuesday).  It will probably continue to nag until next Monday night.  I feel like I’m driving on a flat tire right now.  I’d say because of the injury, I’m 60-70% right now in terms of speed and mobility.


Saturday, July 28th – Irvine, CA


Main Stage

9:00 PM Third Day
7:25 PM MercyMe
5:25 PM Chris Tomlin & Francis Chan
4:05 PM Kutless
3:55 PM Star Fish Winner
3:00 PM Aaron Shust
2:00 PM Jessie Daniels

Edge Stage

8:15 PM Falling Up
6:45 PM Red
4:50 PM The Myriad
3:30 PM Needtobreathe
2:30 PM Deas Vail
1:30 PM Drew Bray

 Veggie Tales Kids’ Stage

7:30 PM Nazareth (Comedy)
5:30 PM Jana Alayra
4:05 PM Rob Biagi
3:00 PM Jana Alayra
2:00 PM Allison Kenyon

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8808 Irvine Center Dr.,
Irvine, CA 92618
Once in the venue, may not exit and re-enter

No Food or Drinks.
No chairs, tables or barbecues!
No cameras or recording equipment!
No plastic containers!
No alcoholic beverages or coolers!
No Backpacks!
Children over 2 years old need a ticket.
Who wants to go?!  Please let me know ASAP!