A while back, I got an email from SubaruForester.org asking me to vote in their FOTM (Forester of the Month) contest. While that particular FOTM discussion was full of super nice Fozzies, Seth Scarborough’s stood out to me. It wasn’t slammed within an inch of its life on stretched tires. It had a couple fat tire bikes on the roof rack. And the paint looked lived-in; as if Mother Nature was unaware “tread lightly” is a 2-way street. I thought back to the usual suspects at every dyno day I’ve attended in over a decade – checkbook ballers who show up with freshly financed hardware, hard parkers who install only the best (mainly for car shows), and the mad maxers who show up in clapped-out death traps that hand everyone their asses. In between, it’s easy to miss the gearhead in the sleeper making only twice the stock power. Gearbox Magazine is dedicated to that guy.
HOW HE ROLLS
Seth is a project manager in Longmont, Colorado. He’s also a former DSM and STi owner who enjoys riding fat tire “snow bikes” and is giving some thought to getting into rally racing. We discussed how he picked up his daily driver – a 2000 Subaru Outback – for a couple hundred bucks because it needed a head gasket. He loved having an STi, but his dogs, bikes and gear just didn’t fit. Today his automotive plaything is a 2004 Forester 2.5XT, which he’s modified to put down 100whp more than a stock STi. It looked great on the dyno, with those super fat tire bikes up top.
WHAT WE TALK ABOUT
- why his Fozzie is faster than the STi he wanted
- why he’s looking to go all-in on a rally car, of all things
- why he’s considering buying a 2WD rally car (instead of building an AWD one)
- a funny story about a DSM, a Dejon SMIC, & breaking down on North Dakota backroads
- why he’s turning his Forester into a 3-seater and how this will extend the life of his garage door
- where and how you can track him down, connect, and talk cars, rally, etc.
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In case you hadn’t noticed, this thing you just read isn’t the story. It’s a quick story about the story. The full story will be in the March issue of Gearbox Magazine, which I’ll be publishing the first week of April. Are you subscribed yet? It’s free if you subscribe before the end of March. I might extend that offer another month, but do you really want to wait?