RE- Amemiya, Japanese Tuner/Race Team RX7

Legendary High Octane Photographer Mike M. hit the roads this month to make his own brew of automotive art. He came back to us with three incredible photo essays of three cars that are ultra-cool and yet are as different as different can be.... Put them together as a group and you have a great summary of everything High Octane South Jersey is meant to be!


Our first of the three cars shot this month is a matte white plastidipped RX7. Who’s owner, Andy from NJ, built the car as a clone of the RE- Amemiya, Japanese tuner/race team RX7.

As an anything but stock street car, it was was converted from the factory sequential twin turbo to a ball bearing Garrett GT35R Big a single turbo. Currently its said that the motor is putting down 360hp. Nice ride Andy. Great shots Mike!

5.25.14 High Octane Cars & Coffee Mt. Laurel

Mike and Mike were on the case shooting some of the great rides that came out for another High Octane Saturday Morning. See everyone next time! — at High Octane Cars N Coffee.

Happy Hour Events at “Caffe Aldo Lamberti”

Carz N’ Toyz, a non-profit organization, in conjunction with Caffe Aldo Lamberti will besponsoring a series of “Carz N’ Toyz Happy Hour Events” to benefit ailing and hospitalized children throughout Southern New Jersey.  Bring your favorite ride and join other “Car Crazy” individuals for a delightful evening.  Cars will be parked, and on display, in front of the restaurant for all to see and admire.  Lamberti’s has generously agreed to provide a glass of wine and an hors d’oeuvres table for our friends and guests bringing a toy for the children.  All car clubs and car club members are most welcome. Events scheduled for the 3rd Friday of May and June.
 
Remember to bring along a toy or donation to benefit our cause!

When:                                     Where: Caffe Aldo Lamberti 
Friday  May 16, 2014                2011 Route 70 West
Friday  June 20, 2014               Cherry Hill, NJ 08002                                             
Time: 5PM to 8PM

5.10.14 High Octane Cars & Coffee, NJ Photos

High Octane South Jersey’s Cars and Coffee at Mt. Laurel on May 10, 2014 was another great event. The rains never showed but a bunch of hot cars from as far away as Jersey City did! Thanks to everyone who helped to make the turn out super!

Mike M. should also get his own special nod for producing some of his best work yet! See everyone next weekend at High Octane Vineland!

What's In your Garage?

May’s submission comes with some great shots and a write up from High Octane’s own all-star photographer, Mike M.

You have probably seen and heard Mike’s RX-7 at one of High Octane’s Saturday Morning Car Shows. It is a great car with an equally great story.

Mike Submits…..

 Year:    1994

Make:    Mazda          

Model:  FD3S RX-7 with Chevy LS3/T56 Retrofit

Length of Ownership:  1 year

What made you decide you needed a car like this one?

Having owned a 93 RX-7 for quite some time during the 90’s I fell in love with the styling and Performance that I couldn’t get out of my blood. I hated the unreliability of the Rotary engine when modified so this seemed like the most logical choice if ever I were to go back to an RX-7. I could not resist.

 What Condition was it in when purchased?

 The car had already been fitted with a new LS3 Crate motor and a used T56 Trans from an F-body Camaro (98-02). It was running and driving but had some electrical issues from some shoddy 20 year old harness that had been spliced into for the swap including aftermarket stereo and alarm systems.

The body and paint are original and are in need of a refresh. Rear tires were bald, brakes shot and original carpet and seats had seen better days. The car came from California and was a bit rougher then I had anticipated. It had a bad control arm and the exhaust was not finished.

 What have you done/ had done to it?

 Anticipating the cars arrival I had purchased a roll bar, set of wheels for race tires and a pair of Carbon Kevlar Recaro seats among other items.

 After arriving I pulled out the interior installed the roll bar, new black carpet to replace the “sad” tan carpet. I pulled the beat tan 20 year old leather seats and installed the new special Red Recaro’s made specifically after the ones that came on a limited edition “Spirit R” model RX-7 only available in 2002 overseas; which look stellar I might add. I’ve finished the exhaust, replaced control arms, water pump, added A/C and added heat shielding and replaced trans mount among many other items.

 A 20 year old car like this is always a work in progress. There are always things that need attention or replacement to both sort out and refine the Engine and Driveline Retrofit or just to freshen up 20 years of use and punishment on the rest of the car.

 Thankfully there is a large community of folks who support these swaps with strong and talented innovative, experienced owners and vendors who are helping to get the car to its potential. I will have Air conditioning in this car this summer due to such a person I met through the Norotors.com Forum by the user name “Halfspec”..

 A Swapped RX-7 owner himself and an Electrical Engineer by trade he has built a wonderful interface so the Mazda Aircon Controls and wiring will work with a GM compressor and ECU safely and correctly with RPM cut offs, fan controls and the like.

 Any future plans for the car?

 Intentions from the beginning have always been for this car to see the track on a regular basis. The race bred chassis fitted with a near 500HP off the shelf reliable N/A Chevy LS3 engine is a force to be reckoned with. I want to also freshen up the body and paint issues, add bigger brakes and an Ohlins Suspension. Possibly a Cam for that motor even though it doesn’t lack for power can you really ever have enough HP?

  Anything you want us to know about this car?

 The most asked question to RX-7 owners that do these swaps is “Why not just buy a Vette”? Well I guess I like to be different. I happen to like the performance of the Corvette but I like the smaller lighter RX-7 and having raced them previously I knew how to work on them and what to expect for the most part (a swapped car will nickel and dime you to death though).

There is something to be said for a 2800 lb car with near 500HP. It is a visceral experience you do not get except from the higher modified Corvettes out there.

 If not this car, what would you own?

Now after actually owning an engine swapped car I can say I miss some of the refinement of a turnkey car that may give similar performance as my RX-7.  Cars with incredible performance and potential for modifications to bring them to the highest performance levels; 1 car stands out for me. It is a car I am looking to purchase in the next few years, the Porsche 997 Turbo. That car really seems to have it all. For the money you can spend modifying a car you could have something reliable and fast in the Porsche. They can also be modified to make north of 1000hp which is just amazing to me.

 Now it's your turn... 

We’d like to hear from you. Tell us about what have in your garage and what you are working on. Send us an email at highoctanesj@gmail.com , follow the format that was used in this month’s contribution and we will help you spread the word on…What’s in you garage?

Thanks,

Chris S.

 

It is Music Time with High Octane….

Go ahead, sing along...“Old McDonald had Farm… And on his farm he had some Vettes…Here a Vette, there a vette, everywhere were Corvettes. And a Shelby too… E-I-E-I-O .”

OK so our midweek photo spread might be better than the song... Anyway, here is hoping it’s a short drive to the weekend.


Until then keep the shiny side up.
Chris

4.26.14 High Octane Cars & Coffee, NJ Photos

It was an awesome turnout today! Thanks to everyone who showed up to make High Octane South Jersey's Cars & Coffee such a super automotive experience. And a big thanks to Tony P. for the 2014 Edition HOSJ T-Shirts.... and to Mike M. for ...the epic shots you see here.

As our numbers continue to grow, please make sure you are signed up for our news letter, you can do so on our website in the contact us section. Also, be sure to share your feedback, pictures, etc... here on Facebook and on www.highoctanesj.com too.

Our group would be nothing without car crazy folks like you!

Thanks

Chris S

4.12.14 High Octane Cars & Coffee NJ Photos

There was a BIG turn out for this weekend's High Octane South Jersey Cars and Coffee. Our friend Mike M. and all star photographer helped capture all the great looking cars and good times.

Please enjoy the shots that we've posted from a group and thanks to everyone who showed up to make High Octane Cars and Coffee NJ Such a HUGE success.

See you next time,

Chris

Its CARS & COFFE NJ!

SATURDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY....

Its Cars & Coffee Mt. Laurel HIGH OCTANE STYLE!

We’re burning rubber towards another throttle down, High Octane Saturday Morning Cars and Coffee in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Get yourself ready for the loudest, fastes...t most fire breathing Cars and Coffee in NJ.

High Octane South Jersey is about the celebration of good times and cubic inches. Check us out this weekend and see what the buzz us about.

WARNING: If you need to plug in before you pull out, ask the wife or worse yet mother-in-law to borrow her car or “get out of the house for a few” you might want to check out another spot. We are real car guys and our Saturday Mornings are ours for the living!

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Some Sunday Fun at the Drags!

These photos come in  from Mike M our all star photographer who happens  to now how to have a good time with his rides! Mike mentioned that there were several events going on at Atco Raceway  from: Modern Muscle, Grocery Getter, High School challenge, Motorcycle, Slick cars and finally Street cars test and tune.

It is great to get shots like this from our High Octane Members! Please keep them coming and when your out and about in the collector car world tell everyone you meet about our High Octane South Jersey Cars and Coffee!

 

Thanks

Chris S.

03.22.14 High Octane Cars & Coffee NJ Car Show Photos

What a great morning. What a super turn out! Thanks to all of our new friends who  filled up on High Octane South Jersey!  We are building one hell of a  community for Cars &  Coffee in NJ and my bet is that we are going to need a bigger parking lot before we know it!

Also, don't forget next weekend we have our Outpost Edition of High Octane South Jersey in Vineland, NJ from 8:30 to 11:00 at: 907 North Main Rd Vineland, NJ

What's In Your Garage?

What’s in your Garage?  It is an open question in our High Octane South Jersey- Cars and Coffee NJ Newsletter. Simply put, we would like to hear from you about what have and / or you are working on?

 This month we have some nice shots and a write up from Steve in Moorestown, NJ gave us some background on his great looking 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe. This is a car you have probably seen at one of High Octane’s Saturday Morning Car Shows and it is one worth checking out!

Here is hoping you enjoy the pictures and the story of how a car can function as a time machine will inspire you to follow your automotive dreams.

Steve Submits this....

I’ve been a car guy ever since I was a teenager.  My father used to take me to all types of car shows, and he too always had an interest in cars.   I remember looking at all of the amazing classic cars, and taking photographs of them, and then wishing someday I might have a beautiful classic myself.  Well, I finally got to realize my dream.

I decided to begin my serious search for a classic car in 2012.  I figured the time was right, both for me, and for the classic car market.  The year had to be 1967, since that is same as my birth year.  I’ve always wanted to own a car the same age as me.  So then I began thinking about what classic car from 1967 I would want to own.  I thought about different muscle cars like the Mustang, the Camaro, and then, the ultimate of all 1967 classic cars…the Corvette Sting Ray!  Coincidentally, the 1967 Corvette is one of the most sought after collector cars of all time.  I originally wanted a big block, because as everyone knows, they are the most valuable of the 67’s.  But after talking with many Corvette experts, they all told me that the small block Vettes make better drivers and have less mechanical problems. 

After many months of searching for a ’67 small block Corvette, I found one on the Internet, a beautiful silver coupe that looked better than the day it rolled off of the assembly line. This particular car was being sold in California, by a classic car restoration specialist who had initially wanted to keep the car for himself.  The car had just gone through a 1½ year meticulous frame off restoration, with no expense spared.  It was completely restored, both mechanically and cosmetically.  The official GM production date of this car was June 1967.  Since the 1967 Corvette production ran through July 1967, this was one of the last ‘67 coupes to be built.  When I saw the pictures of this gorgeous American classic, I knew I had to have it.  I had found the car of my dreams.

Since I bought the car in November 2012, I started taking it to local Cars & Coffee meets, which is where I met the fantastic group of guys now known as High Octane South Jersey.   At these Saturday morning gatherings, we stand around and drool at each other’s cars, while sharing stories about the acquisition of such cars, and the stories behind them.  Late last year, I started showing my Corvette at various classic car shows, where I drove home with trophies from each show.

The nostalgic feeling one gets from driving such an old car is quite amazing.  Most people are used to the comforts of today’s cars, but once you get behind the wheel of a 1967 Corvette, with no air bag or heated steering wheel, and look around the interior, all you see are a few gauges and a radio.  The creature comforts we are all used to just aren’t there.  Turn the key, and hear the roar from the side mounted exhaust pipes, and there’s nothing more beautiful.

I enjoy the satisfaction and happiness others get when asking questions about the car.  I routinely get a “thumbs up” from other drivers on the road and many want me to roll down the window, just to ask about the car.  When I drive the car, I feel like I’m back in time, to the year 1967.  It’s a feeling one just can’t get driving a modern day car.


Owner:  Steve

Location:  Moorestown, NJ

Vehicle:   1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe



Shots from our Southern Outpost - High Octane Vineland

The weather is turning and people are starting to fall in love again with their classic and collector cars. Here are a few early shots from our Vineland New Jersey Cars and Coffee.

As the temperature rises so will the number of awesome cars coming out to share in the good times.

What's In Your Garage?

 What’s in your Garage?  It is an open question in our High Octane South Jersey- Cars and Coffee NJ Newsletter. Simply put, we would like to hear from you about what you are working on?

 This month we have some nice shots and a write up from an organizer of High Octane SJ Cars & Coffee in NJ.  Chris from Cherry Hill, NJ gave us some background on his beautiful 1971 Jaguar E type roadster. The odds are that you have probably seen this beauty at one of High Octane’s Saturday Morning Car Shows.

Here is hoping you enjoy the pictures and the story of a car, an impulse and a dream come true.

 Year:    1971

Make:    Jaguar          

Model:  E Type (Series II OTS)

Length of Ownership:  1 year

 What made you decide you needed a car like this one?

I can’t ever remember not wanting an E-type. There are few cars in the world like it. Style, grace and pace, what more could you ask for?

 What Condition was it in when purchased?

When I found my E-type, it was obvious that the car had never been fully restored. Some might have referred to it as a survivor but I tended to see it more as car that was incredibly well preserved. While it was not a Pebble Beach Car it was clear that the car was faithfully looked after by its previous owners and always kept on the road in strong working order. 

 The Jag had been painted once a dozen or more years back but through a coat of dust it still showed well and was free of any ugly body work or major short comings. Aside from tired rag top and shoddy seats, the car’s biggest strike against it was that its then owner had grown past the age of being able to properly keep things clean and tidy. 

 What have you done/ had done to it?

Detailing the car from top to bottom helped me to take inventory of what I had to work with. The paint has been very carefully brought back to a rich luster and the original rugs and padding have been replaced with a Wilton Wool set and a more modern heat shielding insulation padding. I have also replaced the vinyl top with what I think is a more attractive, more durable German Cloth. 

 Mechanically the Carbs were gone through and the car was given a full tune-up. I have also tackled a host of small, preventive maintenance items. New hoses, all new fluids, plugs, wires and a new starter and rear U joint were also addressed during my first year of ownership.

 Any future plans for the car?

My plan is to drive the E-type a lot. It is an automotive dream come true and driving it gives me a sense of car-bliss. I intend to keep the car for a long, long time. As such, I realize this means staying on top of the systems that enable the car to turn on, turn off and run like the wind.

 Anything you want us to know about this car?

I found this car with a homemade for sale sign in it sitting on the side of the road. I was running to a client meeting but I said hell with it and gave it a look. I was sold. It was literally impossible think straight through my meeting. My original plan for the day was to finish up at my client and head down to Northern Virginia to pick up a 1972 Long Hood  911… But fate can be a funny lady. I never thought twice about leaving the 911 at the alter and running off with one of the most incredible cars ever produced.

 Aside from that, I would want to assure the world, E-types are awesome drivers and no worse to maintain than any other classic. If you have always wanted one get one, you will be glad you did.

 If not this car, what would you own?

That’s easy. Another E- Type, preferably an “Outside Latch” British Racing Green XKE Open Two-Seater or maybe an XK140 roadster.

 Owner Name:

Chris Scafario

Location:

Cherry Hill, NJ

Winter Cars & Coffee in NJ is never a sure thing but here is something that is...

It is as cold as a Siberian Bride Out there.  And Wintertime Cars and Coffee in New Jersey is at the mercy of Mother Nature. As of late, she has been a cruel lady. So while we have no choice but to sit and wait it out until the weather breaks…check out a great tool for tracking classic car prices:

www.collectorcarpricetracker.com 

If enough of a make and model have sold in recent months you can get a great idea of what to buy and sell for.  Happy Hunting! And remember High Octane South Jersey is truly the largest Cars and Coffee Gathering in South Jersey. We hope to see you soon!

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It was a High Octane Year !!!

Not all car events are created equal. Looking back at some of the Cars and Coffees in NJ and Bucks County, driving events, car shows, drive and dines and nights out we have experienced as a group it pretty clear that good times were never in short supply. 

As great as 2013 was, 2014 is shaping up to be even better! We are adding a Cars & Coffee NJ location in March, working closer with many of the area’s car clubs and resources, looking to schedule some track time, planning another toy run and much, much more…. 

And yes, some of us will be adjusting or adding to our grown-up sized toy chest but that is not what this post is about…As we dip into the doldrums of winter enjoy High Octane’s look back a 2013 from Bangers, Beemers, Birthdays and Belly Dances we covered an awful lot ground. All, proof positive that there is more to life beyond the parking lot!

2013 High Octane Holiday C&C NJ Toy Drive Success

Mission accomplished!!!!

Cars & Coffee in NJ will never be the same when a group like this gets together in the middle of a snow storm and makes great things happen!

With our 1st High Octane South Jersey Cars and Coffee NJ Toy Run being such a success, we have a lot to look forward to as our community continues to grow. Thanks to everyone who came and too all of those who made this toy drive such a success.

Please enjoy the photos and we will see everyone on Saturday the 28th for our regularly scheduled High Octane South Jersey Cars and Coffee!

Saturday Morning Cars Tries to Spoil Christmas

This year High Octane South Jersey’s Toy Run was the victim of an attempted Sabotage by the Grinch over at Saturday Morning Cars.  Thankfully however our tale of holiday cheer had a happy ending. But our group thought the local collector car community should know what others are capable of…

A quick look at the Facebook page the organizer of Saturday Morning Cars shares with his contacts will show his comment: “All please note due to the impending Snow Storm... Saturday Morning Cars as well as many other Car Events that were scheduled for this weekend is cancelled!!!!”

It is inconceivable why the organizer of Saturday Morning Cars tried to spoil Christmas for a group of Boys and Girls that would have had nothing under their tree if it were not for Santa Clause and the goodness of strangers??? Ultimately he and Saturday Morning Cars failed but we would love to hear from him or any other regulars at Saturday Morning Cars directly as to why he would do such a thing?

High Octane South Jersey’s next Cars and Coffee is Saturday, December 28, 2013. All are welcome, even the organizer of Saturday Morning Cars. We would love to hear his side of the story.

 

 

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