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Where the hell have you been?? - 1JZ Adventures

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Wow guys.. It’s been a minute. About 8 years worth, LOL. Just wanted to let everyone know I haven’t given up on my Supra game. In fact quite the opposite. I’ve been racing my Supra pretty constantly now since the 1JZ swap 14 years ago. Autocross, Hillclimbs, and the occasional track day. Life has moved so fast for me, I just simply quit posting. Not to mention Photobucket cancelled my free account and killed all my hosted pics. Photobastards.

Packwood Autocross:

Maryhill Hillclimb:

I’ve moved a couple of times, and finally bought a house on top of a mountain, with a seven-mile dead end road, my personal racetrack. Except for the fact the last two miles is a gravel hillclimb, I don’t get the Supra out much on it. My daily Honda CRV is my curve shredding toy these days.

I had a baby girl. We’ll my wife did, but I helped. Felt guilty working in the shop for at least two years, for taking time away from her. She’s a bit older now and loves the fact that Dada is a race car driver.

I talked by buddy into building a rally car. I did co-pilot navigation duties for several big rallys. Oregon Trail Rally and Olympus Rally a couple of times. What a ride. Some of the best car experiences I’ve ever had without driving. For the most part kept it on the road. Ultimately, the car got crunched into a jersey barrier and has been in pieces since.

OTR Rally:

I’ve been Luckydog racing for like 10 years now. Our FB RX-7 is pretty competitive in C-Class. Honestly, this style of endurance racing has changed my life. Door to door, on track racing, with two-hour stints. I have seriously racked up 100’s of hours in the seat. Don’t do the math on the cost of that. LOL. But our team has earned quite the trophy collection. Makes it worth it. Good Times.

So for the sake of getting back into posting about some of my Supra adventures. Here’s some glamor shots of the Supra last weekend at the local Autocross. She’s looking a bit dated when grided up next to modern cars. But hey, gotta represent the love for MKIIs. Cheers guys, enjoy. --Sam :)

412A7783 by Dave Santel, on Flickr

412A7776 by Dave Santel, on Flickr

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412A8319 by Dave Santel, on Flickr

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Totally remember you! What a blast from the past.
You were one of the first guys to rock those Rota rims! LOL
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