Another One Bites the Dust: Sport Compact Car Magazine is no more..

Wow.. one after another.. Sport Compact Car has now joined the ranks of Turbo & Hi-Tech Performance Magazine. Poof, just like that.. 115 people laid off by Source Interlink. I guess with a stock price of $0.17, everyone should’ve known it was coming.

I still have one of the original issues of Sport Compact Car, before it was bought by who ever bought them back in the early 90s. Back then, it featured a lot of So Cal local cars that frequented the street races.. three that come to mind are Shoreline Racing’s (local street racing crew) 1985 Mugen Honda CRX (complete with Mugen widebody), Sammy Ho’s 1986 or 87 Honda CRX Si with 16″ SSR Neos and the legendary 1988 Toyota twin-charged MR2 (I want to say his name was Dean, but I dont think that’s right..). Around 1993, I was personally on-hand to witness the twin-charged MR2 smoke the crap out of a motorcycle (of course, the motorcycle gave the MR2 a “flying 10 car” start). I’ll have to dig it up sometime and scan some pages for old time’s sake. I never really read SCC after they were bought out (the first time).. so I can’t say I’ll miss it.

In any case, now the import automotive performance community is left with Super Street, Modified Magazine, and of course, our favorite, DSPORT Magazine.

Old School: My 1987 Mazda RX-7 Turbo II FC3S

I found a stash of old pictures while cleaning out my home office.. that, in turn, triggered some memories of having pics of my old cars in some album in my Shutterfly account.. seeing pics of my FC conjured up a few memories.. mostly of the days when we used to cruise the street races in Rowland Heights, Compton, Ontario, San Diego, and Sylmar.. street racing has been in the news lately, usually because it caused some kind of horrific car accident.. but back in the day, it wasn’t like that.. strangely, people back then had more common sense than a baseball and wouldn’t do anything stupid.. but like anything else in life, you put enough people together in one area and you’re bound to get a few common senseless baseballs making u-turns in the middle of the street in front of two cars.. or guys racing down the street with no headlights on because they thought that decreasing “drag” on the alternator would magically pick up 5/10ths in the “quarter mile”.. anyway.. I’ll save that discussion for another day.. my main purpose of writing today was just to show my loyal reader(s) that my RX7 did in fact run at one time..

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Here was a picture taken with some POS point and shoot film camera.. in the background, you can see the original Dynamic Autosports shop.. you can’t see it in the picture, but just behind the car, there were two of the crappiest couches you ever saw.. but I probably spent half my college days sitting in those couches.. watching cars drive by and chasing the roach coach for a tuna melt.. there’s also a Street Fighter arcade game back there somewhere.. those were the days.. 😆

The car is sitting on 17×8 Work wheels.. forgot the model.. but they weren’t my wheels.. they were De’s wheels from his 91 MR2 Turbo.. he had crashed it trying to show off his road racing skills in the Irvine Auto Center when he spun and smacked a car in front of the Chevrolet dealership :mrgreen: .. at its prime, my RX7 had a 2.5″ downpipe connected to an HKS large diameter exhaust system.. fuel was “controlled” (and I use that term loosely) by an HKS PFC F-CON with the HKS FCD (Fuel Cut Defenser). I have a Centerforce clutch, Tokico (blue non-adjustable) shocks in the front, HKS EVC I (Electronic Valve Controller, version 1, which was way better than version 2 or 3), HKS SBC (Scramble Boost Controller), a Momo steering wheel and Momo shift knob.. for sounds, I had two Rockford Fosgate 8″ subs in a box, Boston Acoustic separates up front, BA coaxs in the back, a Kenwood headunit and EQ with 10 disc changer, all driven by an ADS PQ10 and some amp that I can’t remember now for the subs.. yeah, thats all I can remember right now..

I have pics of the car I bought as a daily driver after voluntarily disassembling my RX7.. I’ll save those for another post later..