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Well it’s 2015 already, so I thought it’d be a good chance to reflect on what I’ve done in my car and this site over the past year, as well as make some resolutions of sorts for the new year. Overall I couldn’t be happier with the car, and it continues to be a great do-it-all car that is a fun daily driver that can also handle track duty and shows with a moment’s notice…

I also continue to find being part of the automotive scene to be very rewarding, and continue to make great friendships through the Audi car community, specifically via Audizine and most recently the San Diego Audi Club (SDAC). To me there is nothing better than hanging out and chatting about cars with a group of likeminded individuals, and I’ve found everyone comes together to help out when someone’s car breaks or they need an opinion on something…anyway, without further adieu, here are my 2014 highlights and 2015 goals!

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2014 Highlights

Car wise 2014 consisted of fine tuning my car – with all of the major mods already done (brakes, suspension, tune, etc.) it was really about making small changes to suit my particular taste and driving style, which was nice – I definitely spent less on mods than the previous year. Car meet wise I attended more events through the SDAC and even started branching out to some Orange County and LA events…

  1. Attended several awesome car shows, including Big SoCal Euro, LA Auto Show, HRE Open House, Arizona Quattro de Mayo, Pure Motorsport Open House, TAG Motorsports Grand Opening, and several local meetups/cars and coffee events
  2. Installed a JHM Short Shifter, DTM Rear BumperoCarbon steering wheel trim, STaSIS exhaust, CF engine covers, reverse LEDs, new floor mats, and I’m sure other little things I’m missing…
  3. Drove at Streets of Willow (Willow Springs), Targa Trophy San Diego, and a few club drives…
  4. Wrote 46 posts on this little blog, and plenty of sharing on Facebook and Instagram (although less on Twitter)

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2015 Resolutions

2015 has already started out pretty eventful – I redid the clear corner mod on January first, and then went for a drive on the 3rd that resulted in my clutch going out. It’s getting repaired now, and it looks like I’ll be going with the JHM Stage 3 clutch + lightweight flywheel unless anything changes between now and then. When I get my car back, I also hope to get my wheels refinished and new tires installed, continuing to fine tune the car to perfection.

  1. Make it to at least TWO track days this year, maybe three…
  2. Stop buying cheap tires, and get some decent rubber (as it turns out, the FK452 are even worse than the FK453, something I didn’t think was physically possible)
  3. Aim for 50 posts this year on the site, a small improvement but getting more difficult as work gets busier and busier these days…
  4. Get a proper detail with paint correction, etc.

So that’s that – what’s your automotive resolutions for the new year?

Photo credit in this post goes to the very talented MDcarphoto (aka trbolag on IG)

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