COBB Recap: Big Northwest and The Shootout

The COBB Team travels to several events all over the country throughout the year.  Over the last two weekends we visited Portland, Oregon for the Big Northwest meet and Norwalk, Ohio for The Buschur Shootout.  These events give us the opportunity to witness COBB products in action, see the latest trends and builds, visit with other vendors and discuss upcoming products, and, our favorite, simply talking cars with fellow enthusiasts.

Big Northwest is heaven on earth for any Subaru fan.  Thousands came from all over the country to attend the event at Portland International Raceway.  Activities such as an All-Subaru AutoX, a costume 5k run, tons of fun stuff for the doggies, loudest exhaust competition, lowest Subaru, and an All-Subaru Car Show were sure to keep everyone in attendance entertained.

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Vendor Row was a flooded with the best Subaru manufacturers from around the country!  This is where you come to check out all of the latest and greatest products available for your Subaru!  Anything from purpose built race cars to examples of an ideal daily driver littered the lot.

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The following weekend we were planted in Norwalk, Ohio for the Buschur Shootout.  The Shootout has been an annual event over the past 23 years.  One weekend every year this small, rural town becomes the epicenter for all things DSM, and, in recent history, a hotbed for the Nissan GT-R.  This event has seen the first DSM in the 12s, 11s, 10s, 9s, 8s, and even into the 7s down the quarter mile.  It has also been host to world record GT-R passes over the last couple of years.  With that in mind, it’s no surprise The Shootout’s main focus is on drag racing.  Several DSMs, Evos, and GT-Rs all made impressive runs throughout the weekend.

The first day of the event hosts a Dyno-day in and around the Buschur Racing facility.  It’s a good time to see what a few cars are putting down, interact with vendors, and walk the grounds to look at some impressive builds.  It was incredible to see so many different vehicles house the legendary 4G63 power plant.  The BMW below is capable of 8 second passes.

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STM brought a fleet of Evos, many with freshly hung laundry out back, all of them fast!

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Later that evening brought the first round of qualifying.  The top shops and manufacturers were represented in the pits.  ETS, STM, TPG Tuning, AMS, and Buschur Racing, along with several others, all made the trip, each with many cars ready to compete down the track.

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The fastest pass of the first day belonged to the Tony Palo of T1 Race Development with his R35 GT-R clocking a 7.91 quarter mile pass.

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That time was later replaced by the infamous Alpha Omega GT-R, built by AMS Performance, with a 7.66 which was the quickest time of the event.

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The Accessport tuned Buschur Racing GT-R won the GT-R Eliminator class!

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The weekend was loaded full of racing.  The full list of results can be found here.  You can also check out the full coverage below courtesy of DSport:

Both events contributed to an action packed couple of weekends. We’re looking forward to next year and hope to see everyone back again!


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