Old cars will test your patience. No matter how much time and effort and money you put into them, there’s always something else ready to wear out. The WRX had its first ‘mechanical‘ this week when the alternator decided life was just too hard for it. The Scarboro Subaru parts department took care of sourcing a new one.
One day out of the shop, and the next issue occurred. Wipers were on this morning due to the rain. At ‘HI’ setting, there’s so much play that the wiper arms extend past the A-pillar and scratch up the paint. The rubber bushings in the wiper linkage are completely disintegrated. Tony the parts guru at Subaru commented “I remember back in the day this was a common issue, I can get the part in right away.”
Surely, these are the last parts the car will need.
This is what I like about Subaru. This morning, the Japanese manufacturer released a very artistic shot of the soon-to-be 2022 WRX. With the rising sun in the mountainous background, the car is all back-lit, and no details can be made out. The general shape of an aerodynamic 4-door coupe…sure. But no details.
Except that. The iconic hood scoop. Supplying fresh air to a top-mount intercooler, the basic architecture of the WRX is intact.
The car bears some resemblance to the VIZIV Performance STI concept from the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon. But that’s just the general silhouette. And we’ve been tricked by automakers before. Remember the concept of the Chevy Volt? Then you remember what we actually saw at bowtie dealerships? Not good. So I decided to visit my friends at Scarboro Subaru for the straight story on the just released pics of the 2022 WRX, and what to expect next.
I bumped into three generations of the Vigliatore family, who were giddy about what they had in the back of the shop. I put on my mask and ventured past the service desk to see it. Did they get hold of a Subaru 360? A fully restored XT6?
Nope. It was a land yacht.
A pristine 1978 Mercury Marquis Brougham. White with the blue, padded landau roof. This vehicle had a monster V8 under the hood, spats over the rear wheels, and simulated crocodile skin on the headlight covers. The ultimate in late ’70s excess from Detroit. This car had been in the extended family for decades, was loved by it’s mechanic owner, and has now been passed along to the grandson.
Not the greatest GIF ever, but this was 5 minutes after driving back from NV Auto in Hamilton. 1992 Subaru SVX airing up and airing out. Some fine tuning next week, after the race weekend. Never a quiet moment at Demaras Racing!
And Daniel thought repairing his WRX was expensive!
A million dollar price was paid for a Subaru rally car last month. The car, driven by Subaru legend Richard Burns to victory at the 2000 Rally GB, was sold “as-raced” and never restored or modified.
A completely original WRC car.
Chassis #11 was acquired directly from the finish line of the 2000 Rally GB, preserving its originality
Car was driven to victory by the late, great Richard Burns.
In a private collection for years, the car has only been used for demonstration events .
The value comes from the originality of the vehicle, which is exactly as it was when raced at the turn of the century. Immediately after the race, the Subaru was sold, preserving it as a near-perfect time capsule. However, 300 HP, 2.0 L engine was given a replacement ECU to allowed the car to run on unleaded gasoline.
The car was sold via auction house Collecting Cars for a staggering $1,041,812 Canadian dollars.
Despite what Pixar’s Cars might have people think, the eyes of a car are its headlights…not its windshield. The 2002 & 2003 Subaru WRX had such cartoonish, happy-looking eyeballs, it seems strange that so many people pick this design element to modify. Many install Japan-only HID lights from the STi, giving the face an angry look (or even cross-eyed look) from the projector lamps. Not many owners just leave the stock headlights alone.
Daniel decided to take a different approach to his WRX. Restoring rather than modifying it. Keeping the car as original as possible, with concessions to some modern amenities like a back-up camera.
When the car came back from the body shop, the bright, World Rally Blue paint really emphasized how yellowed the headlight lenses had become. Oxidation of the plastic on the 18-year-old car really showed, plus millions of little scratches diffused the light into a starburst pattern.
With the guidance of uncle Trevor from Reeve Webster Racing (and a 3M headlight restoration kit), Daniel was able to sand, polish and coat the headlights on the Bugeye WRX to make them look almost new again. Anybody can throw a couple hundred dollars at the parts guy for a new set of lights, but putting in some time and effort makes them your headlights.
Once again, Daniel bumped into the fastest Bugeye east of Yonge Street right on O’Connor Dr. Last time he met John, Daniel’s WRX was just a concept. Now, here it is…in real life.
The cars are very similar. Produced within a year of each other, they both have BBS RK wheels and World Rally Blue paint. They’re both nearly stock in appearance, but John has installed a later-model STi ‘high-rise’ hood scoop, while the wing riser on Daniel’s WRX lifts the factory spoiler up to a more aggressive angle.
A professional-grade photoshoot is in the works. A drag race is not.