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2020 Civic Si racetrack

2020 Honda Civic Si Racetrack Review: Solidly Sporty and Value-Packed

Hondas (and Acuras) of all varieties have been popular in autocross and amateur racing for decades. It’s not unusual to hear a small four-cylinder revving and revving, hitting the VTEC cam profile, and revving some more at any event you attend. Older Civics and Integras have become so popular that NASA’s Honda Challenge racing series …

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Oldsmobile LSS rallycross

We Put Six Cheap “Grandma Cars” Through Two Days of Rallycross

Cheap car challenges are becoming a sort of annual tradition around here. When we wrapped up last year’s $1,500 all-wheel drive off-roading trip, the theme of “old lady cars” was already brewing, although I didn’t know what we’d do with them. Regardless, I put out a call at the start of 2020 for the same …

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E36 M3 impact VIR

Here’s The Damage from Last Month’s Braking Incident at VIR

“On our way home that afternoon, we stopped at my mechanic’s shop to hand over the #404. I rolled the car out of my trailer and pulled the Aerocatch hood latches open. Kevin quickly assessed the damage and felt confident he could repair it prior to my next race in mid-September.” I ended last month’s weekend of …

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Volvo S70 T5M

I Bought a Manual-Transmission Volvo S70 T5M for the ‘Old Lady Rallycross Challenge’

By the time this piece gets published, I’ll be headed a bit south and west of home in a 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, with a cheap old Volvo strapped to a trailer behind me. Last year, Out Motorsports hosted a Top Gear-style challenge, in which we took $1,500 all-wheel-drive vehicles off-roading. This year, we’re hosting …

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purple E36 M3 at VIR rainbow

Summer Racing at VIR: Peaks and Valleys Back-to-Back

Though our 2020 racing season has been cut short due to COVID-19, NASA Mid-Atlantic has been able to host events in recent months. Our first event this year, at Summit Point, was an exceptionally fun time even with COVID-related restrictions in place. Two weeks ago, we made it to Virginia International Raceway for the first …

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Subaru rallycross

Go Granny Go: We’re Taking Grandma’s Favorite $1,500 Sedans Rallycrossing

Last year, I gathered a handful of friends in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for two days of off-roading. We’d all shown up with freshly-purchased all-wheel-drive machines, the makes and models unknown until each person’s arrival. In the end, we took a BMW X5, Chrysler Town & Country, Volvo XC90, and two Subaru wagons through …

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BMW E36 M3 racing Summit Point

Seven Month Slumber: Racing at Summit Point in a COVID-19 World

Our 2020 racing season with NASA Mid-Atlantic was supposed to begin in mid-March. Right around that time, the ‘novel coronavirus’ also known as COVID-19 made its way to the United States. Think what you will of how things have been mishandled, but regardless, we couldn’t have any gatherings until recently. And so, that’s how I …

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Toyota Camry TRD racetrack

2020 Toyota Camry TRD Review: Impressive Race Track Manners

The Toyota Camry has never been a sporty choice for sedan buyers. Even when Toyota added a V6 engine several decades ago, the focus was on comfort and reliability over anything else. New for 2020, Toyota has released a legitimately hotted-up Camry, the Camry TRD. Toyota claims the Camry TRD has “greater handling, performance and …

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