OptionJDM, Defcon Racing, and Carbox Industries Track Day
Shannonville Motorsports Park
Shannonville, Ontario, Canada
October 5th, 2014
Track days are nothing short of awesome. One gets to experience a day with fellow gear heads thrashing daily-drivers or track-spec cars around the road course, catching up with old friends, and as always good BBQ food! As a way of giving thanks back to their supporters, the trifecta of shops known as OptionJDM, Defcon Racing, and Carbox Industries rented out Shannonville Motorsports Park for what would be a fun-filled day of carving corners.
During an early and fairly gloomy Sunday morning, track goers met up at the gates eager to hit the paddock to setup their rides. Unlike most track days which are usually make / model specific this open track day had it all from affordable track-builds, daily drivers, and even a supercar thrown into the mix.
One of the most well known track goers in the Ontario scene is that of Vince (Focal Point Concepts) and his sexy yellow Integra Type R that’s packing a nice K-series under the CF bonnet.
Another track fiend and fellow Focal Point Concepts team member Tony (aka Ho-Ho) brought out his clean Civic to get some laps in before the first snow fall.
From far this 8th generation Civic might not look like much, but take a closer look and what you find is a nice tire / wheel setup and the obvious red Sparco race bucket in the cockpit.
As if posed to take a photo, this RSX from the Level One crew is nothing short of a JDM-orgasm! White on white, Volk Racing TE37 rollers, a massive carbon fiber rear spoiler, canards, etc… this thing is just about perfect.
Did someone say track car? Yup, this black-white EK Civic is no stranger to the lens especially when crushing lap times. The OptionJDM, Defcon Racing, and Carbox Industries crew had this gem out shaking things off and as always dialing in the tune.
At what other track event (in Ontario) can one see a line up of cars tucked underneath the bleachers like this Mitsubishi Evolution and the slammed Lexus IS300 next to it?
If Honda Civics are your thing and you love nothing more than a purpose-built track car, than this blue “bubble” should excite you. Nothing has been left untouched as can be seen by the rear suspension work.
Adding even more excitement to the paddock is this black Porsche 911 Turbo (991). With 520-horsepower from it’s flat-six engine, this beast can take on anything thrown in its way!
In the early part of the afternoon, the clouds parted for a bit to showcase an awesome double-rainbow! Yup, it was that kind of day!
With the second portion of the track day kicking off and despite the dark clouds (as well as rain) coming, no one held back. Onto the track went a slew of cars including this new race build shaking things off.
There truly is nothing like the sound of a Honda engine being pushed to the limit, especially when no traction is a factor.
Wet line? What wet line? These guys were all about getting the most thrill behind the wheel possible, sometimes leading to some sideways action around the bend.
Pushing through the corner in this RSX was no challenge for the driver, but getting up to speed was considering the rooster-tails of water coming off the tires.
Ever seen a Honda CR-V on the track? Well now you have, rare isn’t it?
That Level One RSX is just too pretty not to watch as it passes by and heads into the deep infield at Shannonville.
Coming down the back straight was a nice group of cars that were pushing themselves the best the could given the slippery conditions. This blue Honda Civic SiR was impressive to watch diving deep into the turn and planting the throttle. By the third lap, the driver had passed a handful of cars with ease.
A Porsche 911 hitting the track on a wet day, that’s what life is all about – appreciating every moment you get, despite the unfavorable conditions. Thankfully, having an incredible all-wheel drive system like the one in the later-generations of the 911 is something of a blessing on days like these.
A big thanks and shout-out go to the entire crew Richie (OptionJDM), Dave (Defcon Racing), and Norb (Carbox Industries) for an amazing day at the track. Plenty track action, good laughs, and delicious food on the BBQ made this one Sunday to never forget! Until next time, keep your hand on the wheel and pedal planted!