Car Do Subaru – Mitaka, Japan

If you’re a Subaru nut like I am, and you find yourself in Tokyo, you kind of owe it to yourself to go to the Car Do Subaru Gallery in Mitaka, Japan. It’s a little bit of a trek from the center of Tokyo, but totally worth the trip. Luckily, with the help of Google Maps, that’s exactly where I found myself earlier this week.

Car Do Subaru Mitaka Sign

The Gallery itself is a little small, but definitely packs a big punch for any die hard Subaru enthusiast. The exhibits change often but during my visit, It only had 6 cars, with the most famous being the “JDM only” 1998 WRX STi 22b, along with my personal favorite, Subaru’s 2012 WRX STi S206 Nurburgring track car. Not to mention, the various awards and a Motorsports award timeline that’s pretty much dominated with wins by Petter Solberg and the late Colin McRae.

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With the 22b just before I started drooling

Getting there can be a pain unless you speak Japanese, which is probably why the gallery only gets a few visitors a week. But thankfully, Ken, the gallery manager, speaks perfect English and is there to answer  any questions you might have. If you are lucky enough, he might even open a few hoods to let you get a closer look. Just in case you are wondering, Japan still uses the EJ20 DOHC motor in its WRX and STi models. Even in most of the track cars.

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Nurburgring Exhibit

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22b’s front grille hiding a EJ22

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The origin of the name 22B has often been debated. Many assume 22 referred to the 2.2 liter displacement and the B was for the Bilstein suspension.

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Colin McRae’s #3 22b WRC champion car next to Petter Solberg 06 WRC Champion car (Insane)

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Greatness drove this car. RIP Colin.

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Giddity!!

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I could stare at the smile all day~

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Look at those wings`

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S206 Nurburgring beasts

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Look at that lip!

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Fat lip and huge wing!

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Those BBS’s look at home under that wide body`

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BBS rims, wrapped in Dunlop’s and slowed by AP Racing calipers with endless brake pads.

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Bet you wish this wing came stock`

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They make it look so easy`

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Geek’n out on all that sexyness.

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I thought I was seeing double so I took a picture just to convince myself it was real.

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S206 from the back

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Admiring the stopping power and that drop.

All in all, I pretty much spent an hour talking to Ken, looking around the gallery and scoping out the dealer lot before heading back to Tokyo – but not before going down to the showroom and buying myself a plastic BRZ model and a Subaru 360 paper model as souvenirs. The guys in the sales department didn’t speak any English, but they were super friendly and didn’t make too much fun of my basic Japanese. They even thanked me for liking the Subaru brand and presented me with a electric model of the new Levorg 2.0GT with Eye sight as a gift before I left. If only I brought a resume with me..haha. Next time!

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Just a few of my souvenirs from Japan.

Subietech is going on sabbatical

For the next year or so, Subietech Headquarters Southern California location will be closed as we are moving our base of operations to the wonderful town of Bend, Oregon.

While I will be mainly focused on exploring the Pacific Northwest with my Girlfriend in our Subaru powered VW Vanagon and charging fresh “Pow” on Mt Bachelor & Mt. Hood, Subietech HQ will still be operational. We will be offering the same competitive pricing on OEM and aftermarket parts for Subaru’s via Subietech.net (with shipping available domestic and internationally of course), as well as offering parts and services for Subaru – VW swaps such as adapter plates, flywheels & clutch kits, wire-harness fabrication, build / conversion consultation and installation in Bend, OR. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via Phone or Email for more info, pricing or support.

I would sincerely like to thank ALL of our customers, vendors, friends and family for their support and business. From cruising the local mountains and canyons for the Socal Subie Meet and Drives, hanging out at the Drive-in Movie nights, the Car Shows, to turning wrenches daily on various projects in the shop – none of it would have been possible without you.

While it saddens us to leave our Southern California family, we are excited to move forward and can’t wait to see what the future holds for Subietech HQ. If you would like to keep tabs on what we are up to, we will be documenting our move, work and play, on Facebook and via subietech.net. We hope at the very least to inspire you to take that leap to do what you love as others have inspired us.

Thanks again for all of your support.

Yours Truly,
Michael Manser

www.subietech.net
subietech@subietech.net
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SoCal Subie Meet and Drive Sunday February 21st, 2010

This month we’ll back in the beautiful Malibu area for another fun run in the sun (I know, I know…..cheesy right?). The route will start with fairly easy to moderate sections, continue on with some longer uphill sweepers and end with a long section of road which looks to have  some pretty gnarly twisties. Lastly, we’ll finish the run at a local seafood restaurant right on PCH.

On a side note, I plan on scouting out the routes whenever I can to get a better idea on road conditions, stopping areas for pictures, etc.  Any feedback or ideas you may have are also appreciated, so feel free to shoot us an email or hit us up on MySpace. Also, we plan to keep the site updated more often, so check back often for any updates on SoCal Subie Meet and Drive’s or events.

As always, route maps will be given out at the meet, bring your video and digital cameras (we need all the footage we can get!). And please don’t forget to come to the meet with a full tank of gas.

WHEN:
Sunday February 21st, 2010

WHERE:
SubieTech Headquarters
12323 Woodruff Ave
Downey, CA 90241
Get Directions…

TIME:
Meet: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Drive: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

*REMINDER* This is not a race in any way, shape, or form. It is a spirited drive with a large group of people who really care about the well being of their cars, themselves, and other people on the road. So please, no speeding or driving like butt-holes. Let’s try to make the road as safe as possible for everyone on it. Thanks for your understanding and your cooperation.

If you have any questions or need to get a hold of me for any reason, you can email me at:Subietech@subietech.net or hit me up on myspace: Myspace.com/subietech

Hope to see you all on the 21st
The SubieTech Crew

SoCal Subie Meet and Drive Sunday December 20th, 2009

Sunday December 20th, 2009 marks the last Southern California Subaru Meet and Drive of 2009! So I put together a great route that will take us into some of the most challenging roads around. Not to mention some of the best views around with plenty of spots to stop for group photos. With that in mind, I invited two amazing photographers with some really hi-tech cameras to hang out during the meet to snap some pictures of our line up at HQ, as well as cruise on ahead of us to set up for some great motion shots in and around the canyons. So make sure your flossin. Time to bust out your Mothers or Meguiars and get your wax on!

As always, route maps will be given out at the meet, bring your video and digital cameras (we need all the footage we can get!). And please don’t forget to come to the meet with a full tank of gas.

WHEN:
Sunday December 20th, 2009

WHERE:
SubieTech Headquarters
12323 Woodruff Ave
Downey, CA 90241
Get Directions…

TIME:
Meet: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Drive: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

*REMINDER* This is not a race in any way, shape, or form. It is a spirited drive with a large group of people who really care about the well being of their cars, themselves, and other people on the road. So please, no speeding or driving like butt-holes. Let’s try to make the road as safe as possible for everyone on it. Thanks for your understanding and your cooperation.

If you have any questions or need to get a hold of me for any reason, you can email me at:Subietech@subietech.net or hit me up on myspace: Myspace.com/subietech

Hope to see you all on the 20th.

The SubieTech Crew

November 15, 2009 Recap

Thanks to everybody who made it out.  The drive was short but fun.  We stopped off along the water in Long Beach for a few pictures, then headed to K1 in Torrance.  Eight of us stayed around for the karting battle.  We had practice and qualifying sessions before the final race.

I think for the most part we finished in the positions that we qualified.  Eddie (me) finished first, followed by Mike (subietech) then Rick.  It was competitive and lots of fun.  I’m sure we’ll be doing more karting battles in the future but next month (December) we’re planning a canyon drive.

Route Map for the November 15, 2009 drive


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SoCal Subie Meet and Drive Sunday November 15th, 2009

It’s been a while since we have had a track day, so for the Socal Subie Meet and Drive this month, we will be cruising to K1 Speed in Torrance for a little fun on the tarmac. K1speed has been kind enough to offer us a special price of $50 for a 3 race GP.  So if you have been looking for an excuse to go, now is your chance.

As always, route maps will be given out at the meet, bring your video and digital cameras (we need all the footage we can get!). And please don’t forget to come to the meet with a full tank of gas.

WHEN:
Sunday November 15th, 2009

WHERE:
SubieTech Headquarters
12323 Woodruff Ave
Downey, CA 90241
Get Directions…

TIME:
Meet: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Drive: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

*REMINDER* This is not a race in any way, shape, or form. It is a spirited drive with a large group of people who really care about the well being of their cars, themselves, and other people on the road. So please, no speeding or driving like butt-holes. Let’s try to make the road as safe as possible for everyone on it. Thanks for your understanding and your cooperation.

If you have any questions or need to get a hold of me for any reason, you can email me at:Subietech@subietech.net or hit me up on myspace: Myspace.com/subietech

Hope to see you all on the 15th
The SubieTech Crew

Welcome to the newly updated SubieTech Website

Thanks for visiting the site.  We’re excited about the launch of the new site design.  The site will be regularly updated with information about the upcoming monthly drives as well as recaps of past drives. Feel free to leave comments on any of our posts.

We’ll be updating you on Novembers drive which like always will be a fun one.  We’ve posted some of the latest route maps for you to download and drive again on your own time, you can find links to those under Maps on the right side of the site.

We’ll be adding products to the store in the coming weeks.  Check back for the usual SubieTech products as well as parts from ACT, AEM, APEXi, ARC, ARP, Auto Meter, BF-Goodrich, Bride, Cusco, DC Sports, Eibach, Enkei Wheels, Falken Tire, Fluidlyne, Fujita, Goodridge, Greddy, Hawk Performance, HKS, Injen, Invidia, JE Pistons, Jic-Magic, K&N, Kenwood, KONI, Kumho Tires, KW Suspension, KYB, Magnaflow, MOMO, MSD Ignition, Nitto Tire, PIAA, Pioneer, Rotora, Skunk2 Racing, Sony, Sparco, SSR Wheels, Tanabe Racing Development, TOKICO, Unorthodox Racing and Many Many More.

SoCal Subie Meet and Drive Sunday October 18th, 2009

This month we have put together what we consider to be the best in California Canyon Driving. And although it is only 40 miles away, the actual canyon dive is over 60 miles long. With some of the most intense and technical canyon roads in the state. It is sure to become an all time favorite. 

As always, route maps will be given out at the meet, bring your video and digital cameras (we need all the footage we can get!). And please don’t forget to come to the meet with a full tank of gas.

WHEN:
Sunday October 18th, 2009

WHERE:
SubieTech Headquarters
12323 Woodruff Ave
Downey, CA 90241
Get Directions…

TIME:
Meet: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Drive: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

*REMINDER* This is not a race in any way, shape, or form. It is a spirited drive with a large group of people who really care about the well being of their cars, themselves, and other people on the road. So please, no speeding or driving like butt-holes. Let’s try to make the road as safe as possible for everyone on it. Thanks for your understanding and your cooperation.

If you have any questions or need to get a hold of me for any reason, you can email me at:Subietech@subietech.net or hit me up on myspace: Myspace.com/subietech

Hope to see you all on the 21st
The SubieTech Crew