Two weeks ago was a huge weekend for us (i.e. the motor sport world) here in the valley of the sun. Firstly, the Modified magazine Tuner Shootout was running an event with NASA AZ and secondly, our good friend Phil Robles (Woohoo!!!) was making a much anticipated return; which surprised quite a few people, including yours truly – moi. Read More
A few weeks ago, I was speaking to Paul about Phil’s car and the status of its wiring harness. However, he switched from speaking about the harness and told me that the EG was heading down to Precision Chassis Works so Kent could work on a cage. The news took me by surprise; I was really not expecting this move so late on the build. But then again there was no script on putting the EG back together. A lot has changed along the way and if Phil was ever going to get a cage, this was the perfect timing. Read More
Two Fridays ago I was at ICB helping Matt with some photos. As I was taking a photo I saw Simon pulling in, Paul then drove up followed shortly later by Phil. It seems ICB is the place to be and somehow we crash Matt’s place all the time. We haven’t seen Phil in a while and he gives us an update on his build. Read More
K20R transmission, check… 0 miles, check… opening up the tranny for some surgery, wait… what? Who would get a brand new transmission and open it up right away. Phil would! In order to maximize mechanical grip, Phil decided to ditch the OEM LSD and fire on a J’s Racing 1.5 way LSD. So I decided to stop by the Robles garage and snap a few photos and get an update on his EG6.
Day 2 was filled with more gargantuan bugs, a few frogs, faster laps, and CJ putting together a monster burger. Lightning struck more than once in the same spot during Sunday’s Time Trail, luckily no one was hurt…. and by Lightning I mean turn 20. Hope to see you soon IMR. Read More
On my way back from Willcox I was talking to Phil and Jesse about tracks in Arizona and how they stack up to the now defunct Phoenix International Raceway (infield track that is). We all agreed that PIR was the track where you could measure up against other drivers. It set the standard for how fast a car and driver could go… at least in Arizona. There are other tracks around the Valley, but PIR seemed to be the benchmark. Well, that could have all changed with the opening of Inde Motorsports Ranch in Willcox, Arizona. Read More
Two Sundays ago I stopped by Phil’s house to see the current state of his track car. As I’m walking to his garage, I see Phil and Jesse bleeding the brakes on Jesse’s car. They both stop for a minute and they bring me up to speed on what they have been doing and I hear the news about the new addition to the Robles’ garage but that is another story. Phil tells me his garage is a mess and he hopes I can get around. I thought everything looked perfect. Sure, his working area is very small but he knows how to get around and he makes it work. As I set my gear out, Phil and Jesse go back to work as he tells me more about his project. Read More
Chuckwalla, Chuckwalla, Chuckwalla… that is all I have been hearing for the last couple months. Chuckwalla sounds to me like a nickname or a place where Umpa Lumpas live (yes I know what Chuckwallas are). That’s all I heard from a lot of people wanting to make the trek out west to try the new track. Finally it became a reality, and this last weekend a few of us went to an event hosted by Raceline USA at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. Read More