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Import Face-Off 2011: Wichita, KS

Photos by Cliff Wallace IMPORT FACE-OFF Kansas International Dragway Wichita, KS March 20, 2011 FWD CLASS: Max Ramos from San Antonio, Texas (purple Civic pic) secured the number 1 qualifier position with a 9.71 second pass at 161 mph, but blew the welds off his intake manifold in the process (FnF style). JB weld and clamps made for a quick, temporary fix, but all for nothing as Max ended up red lighting in the first round of eliminations. With Max out of the picture, number 2 qualifier, Chan Thammavongs (teal Civic) running half a second faster than the rest of…

WaterWerks on the Green 2012

The day was excellent despite about an hour and a half of pouring rain at the beginning of the day. By 9:30am the clouds parted and the sun came out unveiling the gorgeous back drop of Mount Si. (aka Twin Peaks, as Hollywood called it from the 1990’s hit TV show and movie) The early morning rain caused us many challenges throughout the day. Soft ground turned into mud in a few places and we had to reroute traffic and create new entrances. Also the judging for the show portion of the event was re-routed out of the amphitheater. There…

CES 2013: Las Vegas, NV

We came, we saw, we were amazed once more. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a smorgasbord of everything we find delightful in today’s technological universe. Here are a few innovations that caught our eye. The elephant in the room at CES this year at Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas NV on January 8-11; Apple. Apple products were everywhere. They have fully emerged as the dominant force in mobile audio and yet Apple doesn’t even bother to display its wares at CES. It truly is the "elephant in the room" that everyone tries, unsuccessfully, to ignore. Well, not…