[EXCERPT FROM ISSUE 1.07]
As much as we want our machines to be different, to reflect the unique identities we have in our minds, that desire to stand out is built on a foundation of wanting to belong, of needing to find at least a tiny shred of this life that makes sense. Making enough power, cutting a fast enough lap time, getting just the right look – we see others do the sorts of things we want for ourselves, and doing likewise kinda shows the rest of the world, “Hey, I’m not crazy.”
There are times when it seems like we’re all alone; like we’re the only ones doing things the way we are. Maybe everyone else has already leveled up to bigger, better, faster, more status. Maybe not.
Zack’s Impreza is newer, cleaner, and more powerful than anything I’ve ever owned, personally, but as we got to talking, I got the feeling he felt he might have maybe started out on the wrong foot. The reality is, it’s probably a safe bet he actually took the same route most of us took starting out.
Did you go the same route as Zack? How does it feel to know another gearhead – who maybe has a different machine and goals than you – started from pretty much the same place you did? And, if you took the other path, how does it feel knowing that this isn’t the only way and there are others out there like you?
This story makes me smile.
WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT
- how Zack Brooks is a welder in Huron, South Dakota, preparing to move to Sioux Falls
- how he came to own this 2007 Subaru Impreza STI and why he puts so much effort into it
- how he got his first taste of boost with a 1990 Dodge Shadow
- what he started with four years ago
- how he feels his experience compares with those of other gearheads
- how (and why) he avoided messing with the engine (but still makes nearly 350awhp
- how hindsight plays into his decision to do bolt-ons before tuning
- EJ limits
- corners he wanted to cut, but didn’t, and how things turned out
WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?
The full story ran in our July 2013 issue (1.07), published in early August. If you pick up a 12-month subscription to Gearbox Magazine before the end of September, we’re still small enough – and hungry enough – we’ll make sure you get the password to read 1.07 and 1.08. That’s 14 issues for the price of 12! (Which is only US$15!)
[images: Chris Yushta, FotoMotive]