Chitown Subarus Winter Karting League Off to a Fast Start!

Monday evening marked the start of the third annual season of winter karting events for CTS. This year an exciting new twist has been added, a points series to crown a season champion. The event drew a crowd of enthusiastic Subaru owners and their friends to the K1 Speed location in Addison.

photo credit: Lincoln Seabrooks

photo credit: Lincoln Seabrooks

Once everyone arrived, run groups were set up with the K1 staff. Then people who were interested signed up for the championship and participants were given  custom event stickers to adorn their helmets.

Photo credit: Nicole Frahm

Photo credit: Nicole Frahm

With the paperwork out of the way it was then time to race! For the racing everyone drove together, both people competing in the championship as well as those who were there just to have a good time. As has become tradition the event consisted of 3 races for every participant. As a result of attendance there were multiple run groups which have everyone time to watch their fellow competitors drive as well as chat about strategy and everything else that gets discussed at a typical car meet.

After the dust settled, times were collected and the winners were crowned. This was made easier since CTS members set the fastest times of the week on that track therefore K1 did most of the work for us.

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This event's winner was Allan S, but the competition was fierce with all 10 championship competitors within a half a second of one another!

As for the championship, six events are planned, points will be F1 style and based on competitors fastest lap of the day. In order to help accommodate members busy schedules the lowest 2 event scores will be dropped.

Our next event will be held on December fourth as the same Addison K1 location, but on other track.

Hope to see you all there!

Stanley Z

Chitown Beach Party!

This past Saturday, Chitown Subarus took a cruise up to Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, IL for our annual BBQ meet. The cruise saw dozens of cars make the trip from our Schaumburg meet location all the way up I-94 to the beach front.

We had over 200 cars show up with their friends and families enjoying the perfect weather. Grill master Mike Foss was making sure everyone was well fed from all of the food that everyone brought to our potluck. We had raffles, volleyball and a few games of bags going on thoughout the entire afternoon.

Member Tony Cataldo put together a video highlighting some of the rides that were in the parking lot. Mike Foss also took video with his drone of the entire event.

Website Overhaul!

Today we are happy to announce our completely overhauled Chitown Subarus website! While CTS has grown into something that even dwarfs what it was a year ago, we wanted our website to better reflect who we are as a group, offer a more visual experience, and make navigation on mobile devices easier. We feel that this website refresh accomplished all of these goals, as well as give us the ability to make changes or improvements to the site as we continue to grow.

Other improvements to the site include the ability to perform a site wide search, the new high-level "Editorials" link that breaks out user submitted content like Behind The Wheel, Under Warranty and future columns to make them easier to read, and neat animated banners.

To celebrate the occasion, Tim Tannhauser and his 2004 Forester will highlight the new-look YOHB, which will also be changing to once a month instead of bi-weekly. You can read about Tim and his car here.

In the coming weeks, we will unveil our new storefront with new products, but for now, please take a look around and let us know if there's anything missing! We hope you enjoy it!

The Brakefast Club Podcast

Looking for a new podcast to listen to? A couple of friends from the Chicago area (including some Chitown Subaru members) have been recording a podcast about autocross, road tripping, and other various automotive material called The Brakefast Club. We encourage everyone to give these guys a listen, as we think it would appeal to a lot of the members in our community!

You can check out The Brakefast Club's podcasts on their website, or give them a listen on iTunes, Google Play Music, and Stitcher! Be sure to give them a like on Facebook too!

 

CTS Big Meet Wrap Up

This past weekend, Chitown Subarus hosted a big meet at the Huntley Outlet Mall parking lot in Huntley, IL. Graham Gaylord was able to catch all of the action with some awesome drone footage of the entire event.

After the meet, all attendees took part in a large cruise to Dave & Busters for an evening of fun and games. We had cars 4 lanes wide at a few points, and we can't wait for our next big meet later in June!