This one goes out to all the gearheads at college. Next time you find yourself staring at the computer, bored out of your mind because your machine is somewhere else, send us an email. You’ll probably end up on the front page… just like Stephen!
Why do you read Gearbox Magazine?
I stumbled upon Gearbox Magazine while browsing the local car forums. One of the guys had posted a link to an article Gearbox – I clicked the link, and read the article. Thought it was refreshing to see some real articles on every day guys and their cars, and actual motoring news. Not your typical “Super Street” esque article featuring cars that the majority of us have never had and might not ever have.
To put it simply…
Straight to the point news, relate-able, and real. That’s how Gearbox does it, and that’s how I wish other publications would as well.
Why do you want us to interview you?
I’m not quite sure to be honest. Over here at college you don’t get very many opportunities to express yourself if cars are your passion. I guess part of it would be that it’s a nice outlet for me to show people what it is I do in my spare time, and what I love doing. Some guys have football, some guys have their cars. Apples to oranges.
How do you use your GVR4 most often?
Back in high school my VR-4 was my daily car from junior to most of senior year. Right now it sits back at home in my garage – my university is a private one, and parking is limited. The idea is that if you don’t let freshmen park their first year, there should be enough parking space left for the sophomores juniors, and seniors… Haha.
How did the way you use your GVR4 impact your mod selection?
Being a daily driver for my high school years, it had pretty simple mods for me – 20G, 1000CC injectors, stock block, stock head, and just some basic mods. That netted me 388WHP/344TQ and made for some great fun. Senior year of high school when I got accepted to university and knew that I wouldn’t be able to park it there my freshman year, I decided to go get a little crazy and do some overhauling. That winter I tore the motor out of my car – the start of a project that would stretch all the way until… Well now. New block, new head, 1600CC injectors, larger FMIC, Holset HX-40, and E85. Right now she sits at home in my driveway, waiting to be finished.
What’s next for you and 46/1000?
Ideally, when I have a weekend free from school and homework, I’d like to go back to my house and finish up the car. Then a tune with Shane Zeigler at DB Performance should be in order. Hoping for 500WHP and some good torque. After that I’d like to take the VR-4 out again and just drive it! It’s been nearly a year since I last drove it!
What’s next for you?
I’d like to finish up school as quick as I can here and get my business BA, after which I’ll likely pursue an MBA at Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis. I have plans to open a parts manufacturing and automotive speed shop with one of my high school buddies, so I guess we’ll see where school and life take me in four years.
Special thanks to:
My brothers, David and Daniel for getting me into cars, being patient with me, and showing me the ropes. Matt Bossart, for being the realistic friend who keeps me in check. Michael Cooney, for being my best bud and and being there through the thick and the thin. John LaCroix, for coming out and helping me tune my car, as well as giving input on my projects. Jesse Hewitt and Mike Blageo, for letting me hang around the shop and taking care of things on my car. My parents, for putting up with the projects that my brothers and I dish out on a yearly basis. Countless people on MitsuStyle, GalantVR4, and MNSCC. And anyone else who I forgot to mention (you know who you are) who have supported me along the way. Couldn’t have done it without you guys!
We’d like to thank Stephen for thinking highly enough about us to drop us a line and having such good things to say about us. What do YOU think, gearhead?
- Did YOU have to leave your precious at home for work or school? How did you deal with it?
- How did YOU end up here on GBXM today?