On January 28th, a bunch of local car enthusiasts got together at the local Triple XXX Rootbeer in Issaquah. Triple XXX has been well known for hosting all sorts of car meets – from Muscles, to Hot Rods, to Imports. Most importantly, it’s a great place to get together because of the great food and large venue to accommodate lots of cars.
Photos and Words by Zach Taiji
2011 was an amazing year for me, both personally and automotive related. I had ups and downs, but in the end I reflect and realize how much I succeeded as a photographer, entrepreneur, and most importantly as a human being.
nw-built also had an event filled year. 2011 was its first full year, which meant that there were many instances of trial and error throughout the journey. We had our first big events, invested time and effort into the ever growing Social Media, and most of all created the foundation for our fans and supporters from which we now continue to build upon.
This Johnjohn tuned Black STI made 422whp 399wtq on a dyno last month and the tuning hasn’t even been finished. The owner is heading out to serve his country and care for some troops in some corner of the world so the work will have to be placed on hold.
Photos and Words by William Tanna
Hey everybody, my name is Will Tanna (zigzag801 on the boards) and it seems like I am now part of the NW-Built team! I received an email from Zach a few days ago asking if I were interesting shooting for NW-Built. This email is exactly what I needed! I love automotive photography and have been doing it for over a year now. I come from the Subaru scene; therefore a lot of my photos are Subaru’s. I have wanted to expand for a long time but was never really sure how, but thanks to Zach he solved my dilemma. I am looking forward to shooting with the team and shooting all different types of cars in the Northwest. Even though Subaru’s aren’t RWD, I love drifting! You’ll be seeing a lot of pictures from the drift events in Washington! Might even see some of you members there, so look for me! Anyway there is my intro, now time for the article.
When Zach came to me, I had to come up with my first feature. Luckily a few days prior I shot an Evo and my buddies 2009 WRX. I decided to go with the WRX because even though it’s not super low, or super tricked out it has a lot of heart into it. The owner of the Subaru WRX 2009 is Todd Beckley, and his goal for his WRX was to make the best daily driver. To quote him,
“I wanted to create a WRX for the kind of person who drives his grandmother to the local bar and grill for dinner once in a while. Or simply for the kind of person who enjoys exceeding the very definition of daily driving.”
That is not to say his car isn’t modded. He has a few aftermarket parts and it is tuned like no other stock WRX! I got to drive with him during the shoot, and even the slightest push on the pedal made me go back into my seat. He is still running the stock turbo and top mount, but Josh from http://nwtuningtechnologies.com/ did something to that WRX that made it unbelievably quick.
For this shoot we went all over Seattle looking for a spot. I usually have spots laid out for shoots but Todd and our friend Jeff Vuong wanted to drive around and look around. Jeff came with us to help with rolling shots and explore. If it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have taken the two best rolling shots I have ever done at this point! We finally found two places that were perfect for the shoot! It was this broken down brewery and right by an old bridge that had air traffic right about us.
After we shot at those places we got the rolling shots done. Rolling shots are one of my favorite parts of automotive photography! Seeing cars in action, looking like they are going to just destroy the pavement. I could do rolling shots all day! I got very lucky and with this set I was able to do some of the best rollers I have ever done!
I hope everyone enjoyed the pictures and the little story. There will be more pictures next feature, I promise. I can’t wait for my next one and to get to know the team more! Have a great day!
• AEM CAI W/Shroud
• NGK Step I Colder Plugs
• Cobb Downpipe, Catted
• Invidia N1 Exhaust, Resonated
• Jibber Tune, Stage II
• Dyno’d @ 17whp & 13wtq less than a 07 Stage II STI during a Dyno
• Group N Motor Mounts
• Group N Transmission Mounts
• Group N Pitch Mount
• ISC Coilovers, Street version
• Whiteline Rear Diff Bushings
• Whiteline Positive Shift Kit Bushings
• Whiteline Steering Rack Bushings
• Whiteline Rear Camber Kit
• Kartboy Short Shifter
• Kartboy Front and Rear Shifter bushings
• Perrin, 22mm Front & 19mm Rear Swaybars
• Perrin Endlinks
• Perrin Strut Tower Bar
• N1 Lip
• N1 Rear Steps
• DDM Tuning HID Kit
• Momo Shift Knob
• RFP1’s Bronze, 17×8 e45
• Yokohama S-Drives, 235/45r17’s
On Sunday the 23rd of October cars from all over western Washington descended on SyKart in Tukwila for the monthly nw-built.com forum meet. Individuals and crews from Olympia to Seattle participated in a successful event. Well over 30 drivers showed up for the evening to show off their rides and to compete on the Karting track.
It was good to meet people from many different forums who are willing to meet as one Northwest group. The meeting went off without a hitch. Hondas were parked next to Nissans and Subarus with only some good natured teasing overheard. The good part about holding a meet at a karting track, you get a chance to back up that smack talk about your skills behind the wheel.
Keep an eye out for information on our upcoming meets. There are meets in the Southsound , northern areas and the middle ground every few weeks. There is also the monthly meet we encourage everyone to attend to keep in touch with other folks from the Pacific Northwest. Let’s keep getting together to celebrate the car culture of the Pacific Northwest.