The import versus domestic car argument can get quite heated. The domestic guys tend to boast about their power and quarter-mile times, while the import crowd brings up turning left—and right—and things go downhill from there, but what about a compromise? Why not combine the best of both worlds—agility from the import side with brute force from the domestic camp? That was the question Alexander Gallardo had to ask himself when he came to a crossroads with the evolution of his 2003 350Z a few years ago.
When we received an invitation to attend a private Old School meet, sponsored by SNTRL and Nostalgia Imports in Edgewater, New Jersey, we jumped at the chance. Many heavily modified imports competed for our attention, but we managed to focus on a vehicle that represents one of our future series highlighting the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) scene in America. While there was no shortage of premium imports, one classy 1983 KE70 Toyota Corolla seemed the perfect specimen.
When Subaru first brought the WRX to American shores in 2002, no one could have imagined the impact it would have on the automotive world. Ten years later, the rally-bred Impreza has become almost clichéd - it seems like everyone has a friend with a 500-hp STi. What you don’t see very often is an Impreza that stands out from the crowd. This 2002 Subaru Impreza WRX is not one of those situations.