I wanted to take the chance in part 2 of the coverage to introduce our newest addition to the team Deejay Dunsparth that was also at the event and was able to take a few pics for us.
Here we have the sequel to Emerson’s (Emu) Formula D coverage. G
When you think of the Toyota/Lexus the platforms that come to mind are GSs, SCs, LSs, and of course Supras. Then a few seconds goes by and you say “oh yeah I forgot about the IS”. No matter how many ISs you see, the platform always seems to play second fiddle to those others. But we this is one IS that does standout.
Say hello to BYU’s very own Leroy Taylor and his 2001 IS300. Leroy was first introduced to the IS in 2003 when he joined Team Lexus, the former factory race team for Lexus of North America. Before he ever owned his IS, Leroy was out there in Grand-Am Cup racing watching the cars that he and his teammates built winning races. It wasn’t until 2005 when Leroy decided to buy himself a Spectra Blue Mica 2001 IS as a Christmas gift to himself.
As it is for all enthusiasts, we tend to envision all the different things we want to do to our cars. We fantasize about all the different looks, setups, colors, specs, etc. that we want to one achieve. Leroy has been fortunate enough to have just that. When he first started modding his IS in the spring of 2006 Leroy kept it simple. He slammed it on springs, through on 17” BBS RKs, exhaust, and a C-West kit. Since then the car has gone through a lot of changes. He would eventually ditch the C-West kit for and Wald kit and JDM bumpers, another set of BBSs before up sizing to 19” AME Spec Ms, a TRD CF hood, and upgrading for springs to HKS coilovers.
Just when Leroy thought he was finished, he discovered BN Sports. After moving from Baltimore, MD to Las Vegas, NV in 2009, Leroy parted out his Wald kit for the BN Sports type II kit, sold his AMEs for Work Equips, swapped his stock seats for carbon Kevlar buckets and 6-pt harness, TRD chassis braces, and several additional suspension components.
Leroy never wanted to boost his IS and go very heavy with every top shelf part available. With his professional racing experience behind him he tends to only want to see cars race on the track. Leroy wanted something simpler and easier drive as daily. He wanted a car that he can show with but still enjoy everyday on the street, so opted to keep the car low and slow, while break-neck gorgeous. Leroy’s future plans for his IS are simple. In his words all he wants to do is “drive it and enjoy it.” These days Leroy and his IS can be seen cruising the Vegas streets and garnering attention wherever he goes. So if you’re ever in Vegas, be on the lookout.
Sneak peak at the NEW BobsYrUncle feature of our very own admins Leroy Taylor’s 2001 IS300.
Feature drops soon…
Irvine Cars and coffee location but with a little twist. Formula D Tech inspection and Import Tuner cover car search meet took over and looks like it brought out a lot of cars. Our old buddy and one of the newest edition to BobsYrUncle crew Emu Viana went out to cover the event and bring you some pics.
As i go through the pics i notice a common thing .. WOW there’s a lot of white cars!!! I remember when white, black cars were a definite no no’s for magazine covers but maybe things changed? But, guess that’s besides the point. I wanted to start off the coverage with the abundance of white cars then we’ll switch gears and go to the normal coverage of the event in the next episode.
Here’s one of our Photographers and supporters from New York’s IS300 Josh Chacon’s been working with us for a while and when the opportunity comes up he comes through with some great shots for us. Here’s his personal car rocking the BobsYrUncle decal on the back.
Time flew by so quickly I meant to do a couple updates this week but I was only able to bring you one. So I’m bringing you another feature vehicle. This time track side. Thought I’d try and see we can fire out a BobsYrUncle crew or supporter feature once a week.
This is a homie of mine, Daniel Park. he recently sent me these pics of his Evo X at ButtonWillow and I thought they were blog worthy, definitely wanted to share. Hopefully we can make it out to the track and get some coverage ourselves. But till then these pics will have to do.
We’re glad to bring you a feature from time to time and this time we have a friend Sean Alinaghian’s 1992 Mazda Miata. He just recently sold it because the car was at a point where it just needed either boost or a new power plant to be complete and he decided he’d rather go on to building another car. We’ll update more pictures on the Bobsyruncle fanpage if you want to see more of Sean’s Miata.
Mod list after the pictures.
Autokonexion FG NC/NA Adore Front Bumper
Autokonexion FG Blister 30mm Fenders
Autokonexion GT Side Skirts
Autokonexion GT Rear Quarter Panels
Autokonexion V1 FG Front flares
Autokonexion V1 FG Trunk
APR GT GT Side mirrors
Slick Auto APR Sidemirror Miata mounts
Miata Turn Signal Induction Kit
Go Miata Low Profile Headlights
OEM Hardtop w/ headliner and defroster
New Top of door weather stripping
Altezza tailights that I tinted using niteshades
Hexis Variochrome Pearl White Vinyl, i have 5ft x about 10ft left over.
Under the vinyl the color is Rustoleum battleship gray.
Porsche GT3 Replica Seats on no name mounts.
Hard Dog M1 Roll bar
Miata Boss Frog Seat Belt Adapters
Black Door panels (with arm rests)
Black Seat belts
New OEM black shift boot
New interior top of door rubber stripping
New black carpeting
Momo Prototipo Steering Wheel
Daikei Hub Adaptor
Black Textured Voodoo Shift Knob
Injoy Visor blanking plates
Injoy Radio Delete
Auxiliary Connector in center arm rest
Sony Amplifier (in the trunk)
Focal Coaxial speakers in the doors
Engine has about 70k miles on the rebuild from PO. I did some extensive work on refreshing the motor in the past 2000 miles.
We want to congratulate our friend Freddie on his tremendous job arranging his Grand Opening! It looked great! Granted the BobsYrUncle crew did get there later then expected. But we made it!! What had happened was….. We planned on leaving the LA area around 7 am to get there early and reserve some new spots and talk to Freddie and what not and literally ended up leaving at 9:30 instead. Uber FAIL. I’m just going to blame day light savings for that one. SMH.
We ended up at Auto Fashion around 12 and missed the ribbon ceremonies but the event was packed even when we headed out for food around 3 it was still packed!
Great turn out and a lot of nice cars I wasn’t able to capture every single one, nor do i think i would. (i ain’t got time fo dat)
It was good seeing all the homies i hadn’t seen in a while and meeting new people.
Here’s part 1 of coverage from the show for you to enjoy.
Car & Coffee Irvine is always something to look forward to even when it’s meeting the homies up at 6:15 in the morning. I met up with few friends at the Irvine Spectrum and caravan-ed it to Cars and Coffee shortly after.
Finally parked and ready to walk around the meet.