1997 SUBARU IM­PREZA WRX STI TYPE R

NAME: JAMES DALY // AGE: 23 LO­CA­TION: CHRISTCHURCH // OC­CU­PA­TION: TECH­NI­CIAN AT BRIDGE­STONE

NZ Performance Car - - War­rior -

NZ Per­for­mance Car: Hi, James. Sweet STi — have you al­ways been into cars?

James: Hey. Yeah, I’ve al­ways liked cars and tin­ker­ing with en­gines, as my dad is very me­chan­i­cal, but I was never re­ally into the per­for­mance side of things, apart from a pass­ing in­ter­est in in­tense su­per­cars. That was un­til a cus­tomer of my dad, Stan Red­mond, in­vited us to go to a F5000 race meet­ing at Rua­puna which he was com­pet­ing in. The noise and speed of those things are in­sane, and ever since I’ve had a burn­ing de­sire to go faster.

And the STi was the an­swer to that?

Not re­ally; I wasn’t a huge Subaru fan to be­gin with, and I used to drive an Evo. That got sold and I test drove this STi, which I thought was pretty clean, and [I] liked the fact [that] it was two-door. The more I drove it, the more I fell in love.

So, you never re­ally planned to make near-on 400kW out of a stro­ker mo­tor?

Nah, not at all. I did want some­thing to go bloody fast and scare me, but I had about 400hp in mind, not kW. But once you start, your goals nor­mally change pretty quick.

Ain’t that the truth. How does it fare as a track hack, then?

I’ve only man­aged to do a hand­ful of track days since the mo­tor was fin­ished. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s a bloody good time, and I def­i­nitely want to get some more seat time in.

Do you reckon peo­ple un­der­es­ti­mate it due to the fairly stan­dard look of the ex­te­rior?

Hell yes. It looks like your run-of-the-mill STi with a sound that’s a lit­tle more ag­gres­sive. The plate doesn’t help, and I get a few odd looks, but it speaks for it­self when it comes down to busi­ness.

So it should. Thanks for the chat, James.

PHO­TOS: TONY CROSSED

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