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Auto Plus' Lancer Evolution VII
Friday, 26 October 2001 08:00

Auto Plus' Lancer Evolution VII
DATE: Oct. 26, 2001
PLACE: AUTOPLUS
ARTICLE BY: The Man in the RED Cap

The Friday morning started as a normal day at the Dragracingpinoy.combasement headquarters. "Mika", the house "pussy", was lying around, not her usual hyperactive self. I, on the other hand, just got off the phone with one of our future advertisers when I get a text message about an EVO 7 at AUTOPLUS... I WAS OUTTA HERE!

After a safe, "ticketless" journey to Autoplus (color coding day!:-P), I learned that I was just a bit too anxious... "it" was to be coming in at around 2pm... Lunch muna ako...(thanks to Mr. Francisco "God loves my work" Blanco, the Katsudon was good, man!)

Back from lunch...You guys gotta see this! I mean we've all seen the EVO 7 pictures posted on the internet! I confess that I also hated like it's "tame" luxury car looks and those oversize headlights! but, YOU GUYS GOTTA SEE THIS!!!! As soon as the mechanics were done cleaning/detailing the underside and it was taken off the lift by the proud owner himself, Gono, only then did my feelings change...

I overheard Gono telling a friend about this Evo being just a bit heavier than the previous model, around 6 kilos to be exact. Also about it having the new (not available in the evo 6) ACD (Active Center Differential), that electronically adjusts the diff to make the thing perform perfectly whether it be TARMAC, GRAVEL and even SNOW! AYC (Active Yaw Control) comes standard on this baby, a feature the MITSU people added on the EVO 6.5 (aka the Makinnen edition.)

With a 2.0-liter turbo'ed engine giving 276 horsees straight from the factory, we all have to wait and see what goodies Mr. Gono of Autoplus has in store for his brand spankin' new yellow baby. After seeing what they did to Manuel Go's EVO 5, what can we expect??? All I could tell you for now is...I WANT ONE TOO!!!!
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DRP Burn-Out Contest FnF Trans-Party Fort Stop Over Complex 09/28/2001 by: Dr. Clunky
Friday, 28 September 2001 08:00

 

DRP Burn-Out Contest
FnF Trans-Party
Fort Stop Over Complex
09/28/2001

by: Dr. Clunky

To add some spice to an otherwise dismal affair, DRP put on the Philippnes' FIRST Burn-Out Contest.

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The rules of this type of competition is simple. The crowd acts as the judge. The car and driver that does the smokiest or longest burn-out wins! The use of water, oil, tranny fluid or bleach is allowed. Practically anything that can win over the crowd's approval, as long as it doesn't endanger anyone, can be used. Each driver gets three tries.

Burn-out contests are very entertaining and usually draws a crowd. Organized in literally a few minutes, DRP was able to convince a few brave souls to put on a great show for the remaining Trans-Party goers.

The field was varied. Honda Civics, a Toyota Corolla and Corona and a Ford SVT Lightning shaved thousands of kilometers off their tires.

Nodalo's Mufflers and Headers provided great prizes for the competitors. The winner was to take home a set of Nodalo's Headers, a Stainless Steel muffler and a Tenzo Air Filter!

Redline Racing's SVT Lightning was a crowd favorite. Most people remember the burn-outs this vehicle has done in past events. But, after the first competitor started his burn-out, everyone knew that this was to be a different ball game! Marvin Suzara, driving Xavier Uy's Toyota Corona, did an imitation of a fog machine! The clouds of smoke were so thick that, not only did the car disappear, but even the crowd! I could feel the jaws of the Redline Racing crew drop.

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Christopher Castro made a semi-smokey, but long legged tire heating session. He must have laid about 60 feet worth of tire marks! Ranier Garcia did the same thing with his TRD fortified Corolla, but with much more smoke.

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Even newbies were welcome to give it a go. Hiro Kotake of Team Ground Zero, took his Civic SiR through the motions. Alas, his inexperience got the best of him, but kudos for trying! Maybe next time..

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It seemed the Honda Civic had a tough time keeping their cars still. Could this mean Civics hook better off the line? Could be, in my opinion.

The Lightning used lots of water to "lubricate" its tires. In only a couple of seconds, clouds of tire smoke literally were puring out of its fenders! Molten rubber even landed on the Man with the Red Cap! This burn-out was so awesome it actually left an "impression" on the pavement! Then, just to cap off its performance, Marvin Montecillo went on to leave two huge black stripes, about 75 feet in length!

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Gee, now things were getting exciting. Who won? It seemed we had a tie between the Lightning and the Corona.

A tie-breaker round was in order. The Redline Lightning was up first. More of the same drama occured. Marvin (Montecillo) held his foot down a bit longer than before, then scourched the pavement once more. There was so much rubber from this burn-out, that I was able to scoop up a handful and make a 2" rubber ball!!! Truly a tough act to beat.

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Well, Marvin (Suzara) and his crew had something up their sleeve. As he drove the Corona to the line, they pointed out something on the tires. It was oil! Then, with the boom box blasting, Marvin let out the clutch. The smoke that ensued was so thick, I think PAGASA may get a false storm warning on their monitors around the FORT Bonifacio area!!! I mean, even the nearby Jolibee disappeared in to the smoke. And when it was all over, he left a pile of shreaded rubber, smoking rubber! (yes, it was still smoking!)

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The crowd cheered and hollered. We had ourselves a winner. Marvin Suzara, driving Xavier Uy's Toyota Corona takes home the prize! Congratulations to you, both!

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Who will be the next DRP Burn-Out Champ? Well, let's find out at the next burn-out contest. Coming to an event near you...

Many thanks to all the competitors and spectators as well as to Nodalo's Mufflers and Headers. Without any of you, DRP wouldn't have been able to pull off such an entertaining show

 
The 2001 CUSTOM CAR AND SPORT TRUCK SHOW SM MEGAMALL Sept. 26-30, 2001 by: The Man in the Red Cap
Wednesday, 26 September 2001 08:00

The 2001 CUSTOM CAR AND SPORT TRUCK SHOW
SM MEGAMALL
Sept. 26-30, 2001

by: The Man in the Red Cap

Car show season starts again... another impressive collection of "babies" (as the owners could proudly call them) have been brought out of hiding to make us all drool with envy.

Splashed all around the display area were posters of the very popular(?) movie "THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS" and yet only the "classic muscle" Dodge Charger of Mr. Cojuanco looked like it flew from the SM cinema screen. Right beside the Charger was "Big Screen and Strip Action Star" Ace Vergel's apple of an S2000 prepped for show by Racing Zone. Old vs. New, just like in the movies...

Yes. There were a whole bunch of great lookin' trucks all over the place (sorry no pix here). Tell you what truck owners, bring it to the strip and I'd love takin' pix of your 4X4 pride & joy (i like em BIG too!).

Two of AUTOPLUS' show stopping Mitsu's (Manuel Go's maxxed ECLIPSE & out EVO 5) can also be viewed up close and this time WITHOUT the familiar "BAY BREEZE". Oh, by the way they also had a nice Nissan Patrol, but then that's a truck.

The absence of "import girls" to rest my "tired" eyes on, really gave me a "Limp Bizkit" sort of feel. But then Shell had 1 at their Velocity booth where they sold "Velocity Premium Items" (nice stuffand girl!). Bags, jackets and shirts for those of us who luv the blue stuff. Shell also brought in Mike Schumi's F1 car!

Also VERY noticable was Steve Payne's fine ZZtop hot rod, which i often see cruisin the metro but not the strip... Mr. Payne, Shall we give it a go, please???

So there you have it! If youre looking for a place where the cars aren't a blur(they don't run in here) and the air is nice and "CONDITIONED", go to SM Megamall's Mega Trade Hall to see them custom cars and sport trucks. You just might have a lil more luck than me. I saw only 1 promo girl!

"something red shall burst back to life and wreak havoc on the strip..." not nostradamus but watch out and be very carefull...

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09-08-2001 ProSpeed Event Report by: Dr. Clunky
Saturday, 08 September 2001 08:00

 

ProSpeed Event Report

09/08/2001
by: Dr. Clunky

ProSpeed, known as one of the BEST drag racing organizers in the Philippines, put on a GREAT show for the participants and spectators last Sept. 15th. The Shell banners and flags waved in the breeze, exhibited an atmosphere of professional motorsports. Sponsor's banners prominently displayed added to the air of a great show about to unfold. In the morning hours, ProSpeed ran the continuation of their postponed Aug. 4th event. Most of the participants for that event didn't show, as only 30 or so drivers competed.

 

There was some confusion as to whether the drivers would be able to get credit for the cancelled race, in the afternoon session. At first, the decision was to credit only 50% of the entry fee. But, after speaking to Mr. Butch Inducil of ProSpeed, they had decided to allow the participants to use their credited entry, all of it, at any remaining event of the season! A TRUE gesture of goodwill towards the drag racing community. Thanks, ProSpeed! (now if they would only allow unlimited time trials, then things would be almost perfect...)

Despite the low participation in the morning event, competition was still pretty fierce! Drivers in all the classes battled it out for those precious points in the championship. In the Quick 8, for example, John Grajo of Team AutoPlus, raced against Ryan Lee of ATI Racing. Ryan's Civic EG (all motor) was definitely down on performance when compared with John's force fed SiR. In a twist of fate, Ryan came out the victor! He then faced a formidable challenge of racing against Redline Racing's EVO IV for the final round. Well, you can get lucky once in awhile, but not always. Despite several re-runs (due to timing system problems), Dondi Montecillo still emerged the winner.

Here are the results as follows:

Quick 8
1st Dondi Montecillo Redline Racing 13.937
2nd Ryan Lee ATI Racing 14.724

Pro Class A
1st Dondi Montecillo 14.128

Pro Class B
1st Michael dela Cruz Bolt-On Performance 14.433
2nd Ace Vergel Racing Zone 13.902

Pro Class C
1st Angelo Agregado MSF Autoworks 15.833
2nd Ryan Lee ATI Racing 16.296

Pro Class D
1st Brian Del Rosario 16.414
2nd John Regala Team Groundzero

The afternoon (or should I say, evening?) event was in stark contrast to the earlier event. over 70 participants signed up! All classes were filled with racers, both new and experienced. Some of the DRP Test-N-Tune participants came to show their new found skills in actual competition! With exception to the Pro Class A, the field was so large that people were growing weary waiting between rounds! But, all the waiting was worth it. Competition was tight and the drivers are showing their knowledge of running with a timing system has indeed grown. Reaction times have definitely shown a great improvement!

This was also the debut of a NEW member of the DRAG RACING PINAY team! Denise (my niece) Montecillo showed some of the guys what its like racing a LADY!!! You could hear it among the crowds, "it's a GIRL!". Yup, both ladies ran well. Unfortunately, she was eliminated by the fourth round. Not bad. Considering that this was only Denise's first event! Look out guys, there are more of them coming soon!

 

As far as improvements go, much props must go to Mr. Ace Vergel. He is beginning to come to grips with the awesome HP his Honda S2000 was generating! From a best of 13.8, he ended the day with a 13.416 ET! Supercharged and juiced, while running street tires (slicks would simply fry the clutch!), taming the 300+ horses isn't an easy job. By the looks of it, it won't be long before Ace shatters another personal record.

 

Redline Racing redeemed themselves (from a poor performance last event) by running the quickest ET of the day. An 11.660@118mph! A trio of Evolution Lancers stunned the competition by running in the deep end of the 12's and mid end of the 11's (silver Makinnen). Dondi's Evolution IV (white), still being broken in, also ran in the low 12's with his son, Marvin, in the pilot's seat (aka YABANG).

 

Unfortunately, not all was good for Redline Racing, as their silver Makinnen developed a knock in the engine at the end of the day. Oh well, back to the machine shop! (can you say crank walk?) Let's hope that this habit of parts breakage ends soon.

Here are the Results of the evening event:

Quick 8
1st Dondi Montecillo Redline Racing 11.660
2nd Marvin Montecillo Redline Racing 12.2

Pro Class A
1st Dondi Montecillo Redline Racing
2nd Marvin Montecillo Redline Racing

Pro Class B
1st Michael dela Cruz 14.211
2nd Ed Regodon 13.578

Pro Class C
1st Eric Asuque 15.958
2nd Madison Chan 15.715

Pro Class D
1st John Chua 16.109
2nd Jeffrey Cristobal 16.822

Fun Classes
All Honda
1st John Chua 16.217
2nd Ace Vergel 13.416

All Motor
1st Arnold Cortez 17.668
2nd Michael dela Cruz 14.163

All Mitsubishi
1st Alex Evangelista 15.274
2nd Jesus Miano 24.575

All Turbo
1st Alex Evengelista
2nd Ace Vergel

 

The day was long and so was the wait. But, every minute was worth it! If ProSpeed continues to improve their event procedures as they have, next year's championship will not only be larger in participation, but also more pleasant to attend. (please look in to unlimited time trials!!!)

Next ProSpeed event: October 6th, at the MHC

 
PDRF Event Report 09/01/2001 by: Dr. Clunky
Saturday, 01 September 2001 08:00

PDRF Event Report
09/01/2001
by: Dr. Clunky

Twice in a row, downpours kept the PDRF from holding their trade mark events at the MHC. Racers from all over had been left with no where to race (except when DRP ran its Test-N-Tune night!). The ever prevelant leader of the PDRF, Nonoy Jarlego, finally put his foot down and gave the order... rain or shine, we race!


Mikki Moreno- DRP Test-N-Tune graduate

And so we did! The continuation of the Aug. 11th event was held earlier in the afternoon... Hmmm. I could've sworn I heard the annoucement was for the event to be held in the morning, so we could run the next event in the afternoon... Oh well. Better late than different, I guess.


Most racers from the Aug. 11th event didn't show, so things should've moved along pretty quickly. However, that wasn't the case. The heavens played "close-open" repeatedly throughout the day, slowing things to a crawl.

When racing did commence, things were exciting! Especially when a controvesy began to brew. In the final round of eliminations for the Sportsman Category. One of the racers was deemed disqualified because his dial-in time was beyond the class index (SPORTSMAN 13.00-14.49 sec.) Here's where it gets sticky. Qualifying was held on a different day (Aug.11) and in different conditions. Obviously, the car qualified to run in the class, but wasn't running the same way (weather had something to do with it) on Sept. 1st. Too bad, since this driver ran so well that he won the final round by a good margin. I was surprised to hear that he was indeed disqualified, since he had no control over the circumstances (qualifying two weeks before!). Maybe the PDRF should've excercised a bit more understanding. Oh well.


The frustration soon faded when the Pro Class came up on the line. Comprised of the EVO's of Vicente Peña (AutoPlus) and Dondi Montecillo (Redline Racing) and of course, the top qualifier (again!), Raymond Go (AutoPlus) and his Honda Civic EG.

EVO vs. EVO: This was THE race to see! Two super cars lined up, veteran drivers at the helm, both from very well known specialty shops. The lights came down and Montecillo gets the hole shot! Peña bogs off the line, giving the silver Makinnen Edition a good two car lengths advantage. By half track, the white steed of Mr. Peña began to make up ground! Amazing, I thought, as the win light flashes on right lane!


Hole Shot!

Final round: AutoPlus vs. AutoPlus. Vicente Pena and his top end charged EVO V in the right lane while Raymond Go and the Silver Bullet on the left. Both cars take off with turbocharged ferocity! Nothing in the movie Fast and the Furious can even compare! Just passed the half way point, smoke began to eminate beneath the Silver Bullet's undercarriage. This mishap allowed the Kansai powered EVO V pass Raymond at the big end, for the win!


RACE RESULTS: NONE
(the PDRF didn't seem to think it was important we get them)

Second Event of the Day...

After a very long stint of showers, time trials were held... IN THE RAIN! Desparate was the PDRF to finish the event, that a wet track didn't keep them from running. (I wonder what the PMA had to say about that) It was a good thing that most of the cars were in the Street Stock Category and FWD. Otherwise, things could've gotten REALLY interesting!


Francisco Blanco- The Man behind A+ Horsepower

Team AutoPlus continued to dominate the field with their cars. Vicente Peña blasted through the 1320 in 11.7 seconds, to top the Pro Class. Dondi Montecillo of Redline Racing was struggling with their Makinnen Edition EVO VI, running in the low 12's.


"Not my day..."

Congratulations,
Norliza Abantas of Team R Trix!

Street Stock Champ!

The final round of the Pro Class was even MORE exciting. Once again, the two EVO's from AutoPlus and Redline Racing faced off. In probably the closest race (at this level), Vicente Peña bags another win for the day! A 12.398 for the Makinnen (Dondi) to the EVO V's 12.386 (Vicente)! Talk about side by side action (that's a .254 sec. margin)!


The BEST of DSM

Close races, amazing victories and frustrating loses... all the elements of a race event. This day sure had all of them. Can't wait till the next one!

Pro and Quick 8 Class
Vicente Pena AutoPlus EVO V
Dondi Montecillo Redline Racing Makinnen Edition EVO VI
Sportsman Class
Vic Cruz JAC Racing Toyota Starlet
John Grajo AutoPlus Honda Civic SiR
HotStreet Class
Alex Kho Racing Zone Ford Lightning
Dong Jarlego Good Guys Racing Honda Civic
Street Stock Class
Norliza Abanta Team R-Trix Toyota RAV4
Chuck Montecillo Redline Racing Honda CRV


C U @ D Strip!!!

Next PDRF Event: Sept. 15, 2001 at the MHC

Click HERE for the photo gallery of this event

You gotta read this---->Beaten by a Girl!!!

 
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