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Wish Upon the Pleiades


Subaru was founded 63 years ago by Kenji Kita. He had a long dream of getting the company he was the CEO of, Fuji Heavy Industries, into the business of car manufacturing. Kita began plans for building a car with the development code-name P-1. Kita asked for and received many proposals for an official name for the new car. None appealed to him in any significant way, which lead to the first time ever that love made a Subaru a Subaru.

Kita gave the car a Japanese name that he had “been cherishing in his heart”: Subaru, which is the name of the Pleiades star cluster in Japanese. So much of his love, heart and soul was put into this car that no name was good enough except for one that came from so deep in his heart.

The Pleiades is a star cluster not too far from Earth and visible with the naked eye. The cluster is dominated by hot blue and extremely luminous stars that have formed within the last 100 million years. The Pleiades were an inspiration to Kita 63 years ago as he navigated his way through the invention of the brand, as well as helping sailors navigate the Mediterranean Sea, as ‘the season of navigation began with their heliacal rising’. Subaru has even recently collaborated with Japanese anime studio to produce animation series ‘Wish Upon the Pleiades’ as a marketing effort in Japan. The series can be viewed on YouTube and a film adaptation is currently in production.

The Pleiades were used to create the logo for Subaru as well. The six star design (although the star cluster contains seven stars, two of them are so close they look like one) is the focal point of the brand’s emblem. There has always been a blue background due to the bright blue burning of the stars. Subaru’s emblem has remained consistently used around the world since 1958, emphasizing the brand’s ongoing, global unity.

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Isachsen at Rd.5 of the 2012 Global RallyCross Championship [VIDEO]


Subaru PUMA Rallycross Team Claim Podium Position at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Round of 2012 Global RallyCross Championship.

Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team driver Sverre Isachsen powered his 2012 Subaru WRX STI to a season best third Overall at this past weekend’s Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The team celebrated the result as proof that recent testing and development have significantly increased the performance and potential of the team’s trio of nearly 600hp Subaru WRX STI Rallycross cars. Isachsen’s teammate, rallycross rookie Bucky Lasek, steered clear of trouble to achieve a career best finish of eighth overall. Team driver Dave Mirra didn’t have lady luck on his side in Vegas, as he collided heavily into the back of a competitor who had suddenly slowed in Mirra’s path due to a mechanical issue . The collision forced Mirra to retire from the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) heat with significant front end damage to his Subaru.

Isachsen qualified sixth overall in one of the most closely contested GRC rounds this year, where the top eight qualifiers were separated by under a half second, with Isachsen just 0.3 seconds off the pole. All three Subaru PUMA RallyCross team cars went head-to-head together with two other competitors in the five-car heat race. Isachsen held an early lead in the heat against his teammates and defending GRC champion Tanner Foust, only to have Foust narrowly pass him coming off the joker lap late in the race. With a second place finish in the heat Isachsen moved straight on to the Final. Lasek would move on to the Final later in the evening with a fourth place finish in the LCQ while Mirra’s collision with a slowing competitor’s car forced him to retire from the LCQ.

Isachsen steered clear of trouble around the chaotic first turn in the ten-car Final and made a late race pass to reach third Overall. “Our goal all season has been to develop the car and reach the podium. This feels so good,” exclaimed Isachsen at the finish celebration. “My Subaru was good all weekend, and my driving too. This is a big confidence boost for the team and now I’m looking forward to the next race outside the Las Vegas Convention Center during the SEMA Show.”

Isachsen’s teammate, skate legend Bucky Lasek was equally thrilled with his own result as he achieved his best finish yet in his burgeoning Rallycross career. Lasek for the first time this season advanced to the Final where he finished eighth overall. “This event was another great leap forward in my rookie year. Getting more seat time in my #81 STI is the key and it has helped me catch up to the development of these cars. I’m now much more comfortable behind the wheel and really enjoyed driving this weekend,” explained Bucky Lasek.

“Our team has been working relentlessly towards a podium finish, and reaching that goal in Las Vegas against an increasingly competitive field, within the GRC series, is a great boost to the team and supports the exceptional development work that our Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team has completed so far and continues make strides on”, said James Han, motorsport marketing manager for Subaru of America, Inc. “There are positive takeaways from this weekend beyond Sverre’s podium. Both Bucky and Dave showed solid and consistent pace in each session and are striving to get the best performance from our cars within the context of GRC’s ‘take no prisoners’, full-out sprint style of racing. We reached an important milestone over the weekend and will strive to build on the positive result.”

The Subaru PUMA RallyCross Team will return to Las Vegas, Oct. 30, 2012 for the final round of the Global RallyCross Championship. Details about the event can be found at

Subaru Puma Rallycross Team USA is proudly supported by Subaru of America, Inc., Subaru Tecnica International (STI), Subaru Performance Tuning (SPT), PUMA, BFGoodrich Tires, RECARO, Motul, Exedy, and Vermont SportsCar.

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Rimrock Subaru – Mirra #40 WRX RallyCross Meet & Car Show

Dave Mirra’s #40 Rally Car and Car Show at Rimrock Subaru, Saturday, September 15th, 2012. Food, Fun and Fast Cars! We had a great turnout, thanks to everyone who participated in the fun! Hope you all had a blast!

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Subaru Concept Cars – Rumors and Pictures!

Here are two Subaru Concept Cars that are expected to go into production in 2013.

First up, the enhanced 2013 Subaru BRZ STi:


  • Engine – around 250 hp
  • lowered suspension (even more than current BRZ), improved aerodynamic body and enhanced brakes

The 2013 Advanced Tourer (AT). First shown off at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.


  • Hybrid wagon with very aggressive, angular styling
  • Unique front scissor doors and rear ‘suicide doors’

So, what do you think? Is Subaru headed in the right direction?

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High-speed ride with Subaru Rally Team USA [VIDEO]

Watch David Higgins and Craig Drew in their Subaru Rally Team USA WRX STI race through the Pennsylvania woods, in the forest stages of Pennsylvania’s STPR Rally. At an average speed of over 70 miles per hour (on mud and gravel), this is some impressive driving!

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Subaru WRX STI Review – MotorTrend

Carlos Lago of the Ignition video series reviews the WRX STI:

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The Future of the Subaru WRX, a Long Wait Until 2014

It looks like we in the U.S. aren’t going to be getting the latest generation of WRX until 2014. While the latest incarnation of the Impreza will be a total redesign on the current model, the WRX will take a completely different redesign path than the new Impreza. As a result, latest speculation is that the new WRX will not be released until 2014.

Motor Trend has more on this latest news;

Remember the drama around removing the “Skyline” prefix from the GT-R when the all-new supercar debuted in late 2007? Well, it looks like nomenclature surgery is about to happen again, only this time Subaru is doing the separating. That’s right, the Impreza and famed WRX — joined at the hip since 1992 — are going their separate ways.

While the new production Impreza debuted at this year’s New York Auto Show, the next WRX will take a completely different path of development and will not surface until 2014. We know this because Subaru president Ikuo Mori said at a recent shareholder’s meeting: “We will launch a new sporty car in 2014.” The WRX is that car.

In the past week, we have learned from a source just how different the new WRX will be to the Impreza, employing totally different components.

This image, revealing how one artist sees the new WRX, depicts a new coupe model with a shorter wheelbase and heavy-duty bodywork It’s important to note that this is just one vision of the new car, it may turn out to look much different. Our source also tells us Subaru bosses haven’t decided if the WRX name will survive. For the time being, we’ll refer to it as WRX.

“Apart from a few nuts and bolts, every part on the WRX will be unique. Even the engine and body. Obviously the WRX’s platform will be inherited from the new Impreza, but it will be radically modified and significantly shortened,” says our source.

From now on, the Impreza will be the company’s core model, boasting a fuel-efficient, naturally aspirated 2.0-liter boxer engine. The car’s wheelbase has been slightly lengthened, while the A-pillar has been brought forward to maximize interior space and comfort levels. At this point, it is unclear if Subaru will attempt an Impreza-based performance model to bridge the gap until the new WRX arrives, but it appears unlikely.

“Up until now, the Impreza and WRX used many common parts, which translated into entry-level Imprezas that were over-engineered,” the source continued. The basic chassis and suspension had to employ certain parts needed for the WRX. That drove costs up, and many entry-level customers did not want or understand the significance of such high-tech parts, stresses our insider.

The WRX, on the other hand, will employ the very best from Subaru’s parts bin, starting with an updated version of the company’s rally-proven AWD system and a turbocharged boxer engine.

“The first thing you must understand about our all-new WRX is that we have developed it from the ground up to win in motorsports events. That’s why we have focused so heavily on weight issues, not to mention a shorter wheelbase that permits faster, more precise turn-in. Marry that to our proven AWD system, and we think we have a winner,” explains our source.

If you look at the Sebastien Loeb’s multiple-championship-winning Citroen C4 in the World Rally Championship, you can see where Subaru is coming from — or going to. They want to build a WRX that can beat the Citroen while still offering driving enthusiasts something special for their garages. The company has pulled out of WRC, but with the new WRX, a return looks possible. Above the WRX, Subaru will still offer a low-production flagship STI, a model our source calls a “race car for the road.”

“Obviously the rally model will be based on the top-of-the-line STI car, but unlike previous Impreza WRXs, this new WRX will be more hard-core and less forgiving on bumpy road surfaces,” adds our source. Collaboration with Toyota on the FT-86 project also seems to have something to do with the direction of the new WRX and STI. “If the truth be known, we were able to focus so deeply on the motorsports element with the new WRX because we developed a sister car with the Toyota FT-86. Bosses gave us permission to go all out because that car exists,” says our insider.

Our source also revealed what is going on in the bowels of Subaru’s R&D. On the short list for the WRX’s powerplant is a turbocharged 1.6-liter boxer pumping as much as 270 hp, and a twin-charger system involving a supercharger is being tested as well. The car’s body is rumored to be a little bigger than a Toyota Yaris, while its tread width is said to expand significantly. As for the STI, we are told that the flagship will also employ the WRX’s 1.6-liter boxer turbo, but that the engine will be reworked to generate upwards of 300 hp for motorsport competitiveness.

Subaru bosses see the new WRX initially competing in domestic rallies and gymkhanas, but they are also targeting Europe’s World Touring Car Championships as well as the long-awaited return to the WRC.

Bottom line? Get used to saying Subaru WRX (most of us enthusiasts do, anyway). Expect unprecedented levels of AWD handling and performance at a bargain price — the vehicle should land in showrooms in roughly two years in the $26,000-$29,000 range.

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Letters From Our Customers

We got a kind letter the other day from one of our customers who was happy with our service. Thank you very much Rand and Patricia for taking the time to write to us!

We send with the warmest appreciation our thanks to you, your service people, and especially to Craig Olivo who treated us with such care, friendliness and efficiency when our Subaru broke down on May 22.

We were nearly 600 miles from home in Culbertson, MT after a granddaughter’s graduation. The next morning our new (13,000 miles) Outback would not start. We called the hot line number and within a short time the representative had a flatbed haul from Glasgow, MT in Culbertson and took our car to Rimrock Subaru. It took more than a day to get parts and we had urgent business to get home to in Twin Bridges, so Craig loaned us a great little Saturn until our car was fixed.
We were able to get back to Billings in a couple of days and retrieve our car.

This 2011 Outback is the 4th Subaru in our family and we would have no other vehicle. Your excellent help when we really needed it is so very much appreciated.

We send thanks to you all.

Rand and Patricia Bradley

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Rimrock Auto Arena Rededicated on Father’s Day

Sunday, June 19th 2011, the Rimrock Auto Arena was rededicated, and officially reopened. This event marked the one year anniversary of last year’s Father’s Day Tornado. The event consisted of a the ‘Twister’ two mile run, barbecue, colors presentation by the Marine Color Guard, a ribbon cutting, and prize drawing.

Rimrock Auto Arena Rededication, 06/20/11

Rimrock Auto Arena Rededication, 06/20/11

Damage from the 06/20/10 Tornado

Damage from the 06/20/10 Tornado

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