IMPREZA IDOL 2010 – THE FINAL

You can vote once only during the voting period for one car only. Voting for The Final ends at Midnight on 17th November. No votes after this date will be counted.

The winner will appear on the cover of the Jan-Feb 2011 issue.

In the interest of fairness the following will apply also:

VOTING FROM MOBILE DEVICES: Please be aware that mobile devices log an IP address with the voting system. Although it may appear that multiple votes can be submitted they WILL NOT be counted and will be removed at final validation stage.

VOTING FROM WORK / MULTIPLE PC ON NETWORKS : Pc’s on a network still share the same IP address, even if the final digits differ, therefore these will not be counted and will be REMOVED at the final validation stages.

Entries below are in the owners own words.

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1 – CHRIS BUCKLER, IMPREZA WR1

At the Autosport International Show, in 2004, me and my wife, Rosy, stared at a light blue Subaru, on the Crossroads Subaru stand. The WR1 badge on the wing had us mildly confused. We discovered it was one of 500 made to celebrate Petter Solberg’s 2003 WRC win for Subaru. We liked it. Problem was, we could not really afford it. Mind you, that did not stop us from buying ‘ROSY B’, as the car is now known. Modifying a limited edition model is tough but, after talking to Matt and Olly at RCM, we established what we wanted and that our car would be in the best hands. The brief was simple. To keep it looking standard but to make it go like stink.

The major engine works were done at first, with the suspension and brakes replaced the following year. More recently, RCM’s latest Rotated Turbo was fitted, to bring the car bang up to date. The only external giveaways that the car is not standard are the AP Racing brakes and the slightly forward stance that gives the car a more aggressive look. Aged 60 years, I am a bit too old for track days but I did take the car to Bruntingthorpe once, at the annual charity event that we attend. My three passengers were quite impressed, when I overtook a Skyline at 175 mph, though I do not believe the Skyline driver was too pleased. We now have a 520bhp WR1 that still looks standard, goes like a missile and handles like it is on rails. You should vote for our WR1, because I have used my pension funds and my wife has delayed her new kitchen for six years, to pay for it all. We believe it has been worth every penny.

2 – DAVE WRIGHT, IMPREZA P1 WR

As soon as I could afford my first Scooby I was hooked. Then came my chance of owning my dream Impreza, not any Impreza, but the mighty P1.
Then began the search, finally I came across P1 VVV, one owner from new, with FSH and all the bills and documents.
Being completely standard with no modifications at all, it was my ideal car. At the time of buying the P1, those already featuring upgrades were rare. Slowly but surely I wanted to turn my car into a Full WR P1. The first thing that came my way were the Prodrive Alcon Callipers, discs and Prodrive pads but, as money was tight, I opted to buy second-hand with my original ones as part exchange,  the easier to obtain P1 Prodrive exhaust soon followed.
The next search involved upgrading from 17-inch wheels to 18-inches and a couple of years passed before I even received a sniff of the 18” PWRC1 O.Z. Alloys, which were unavailable brand new. As they were in poor condition they needed a complete refurbishment to bring them to original condition.The most difficult to come by were the Prodrive Electric Recaro front seats and, whilst a few cropped up, most either eluded me or were deemed far too expensive and out of my budget. Finally, a guy in Scotland had a set obtained from an accident car. There was no damage and were perfect. Once installed and wired my car felt completely different to drive, not just from the 18” wheel upgrade but from the different seating position in the Recaros.For you to vote for my car would be fantastic, I am keeping the P1 as it was meant to be, no modifications, just Prodrive upgrades, surely how it should be, a true classic and legend left alone.

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