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Old July 22nd 2005, 09:03
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Met Petter Solberg last night at 06 STI unveiling

Subaru Factory Rally Driver Petter Solberg was at a unveiling of the 06 Subaru STI last night in South NJ..

He came out spoke with everyone, told us about the R&D that went into the new 06 model and later went inside to sign autographs and take pictures with us..

Petter in person, was great, down to earth, and just plain awesome to meet..

I'll post some pics tonight if anyone wants to see.. Hey its still a flat four

Figured I'd pass on to you all..

Now if Petter can just endge out Mr Loeb, then I would be happy..
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Old July 22nd 2005, 14:58
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Schweet !

Yeah, post the pics.
So how is the '06 in person ? Do you like the Alfa Romeo grill ?

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Old July 22nd 2005, 15:37
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Was a great time.. and as far as the 06.. not to bad in person..

I personally see potential with the new front.. add a lip, and some fog lights and it may look ok.. what I don't like is the rear.. the lights are odd, and there is this huge subaru emblem on the back.. which I am not to crazy about.. again just small cosmetic tweaking..

Not sure if you venture to the other forums.. but I will post some pics, some time this weekend, but for now chech out NASIOC.. tri-state forum..

Here are a few links that cover both your questions..

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=805426

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=811689

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Old July 22nd 2005, 22:35
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As requested, here goes..

Couple of pics of Petter, the new 06, my pregnant wife, and myself with Petter.. as well as the Norg troll I had him sign.. The trolls are a norg good like charm.. Don't ask why..
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That's awesome! I'm just a little confused as to why this is the first time I've seen the front of the Impreza redone! I read EVERY car mag, including the ones from Europe, and those are the first pics I've seen.

Petter is awesome, I'm jealous you got to meet him. If I was to pick one WRC driver to meet, it would be him.

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Old July 23rd 2005, 12:01
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The new front end is out there.. but like you mention it hasn't been put out there... Not sure why, but across the web, there has been plenty of pics..

Petter, is not only a great driver, who comes from a very successful racing family in norw. but also a great person, who values his fans.. very down to earth and not stuck up as some other professionals.. Maybe its his norw roots, or family up bringing, either way he is number #1 in my book..

Now if he could just beat that french guy.. (who is also a darn good driver)

Well that is my 2 sec of fame..

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Cool pics, saw the ones on Nasioc as well.

Yeah, one of the reasons I like Petter is because he seems a 'normal' guy.
Not like Gronholm who is always coming up with excuses when things go bad.

As to the front-end. I like the way the Saabaru looks, but I'm not sure I like the new Impreza. It's jus too Alpha Romeo for me (maybe the fact that I grew up in Holland where there are lots of Alpha's has got something to do with it).

Still, I haven't seen it in real life... so we'll see.

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I think I like the new Subaru, but it will take some getting used to...

Petter is a really nice guy, and his brother Henning is also a good driver!

If you want to see more good/insane Norwegian drivers you can take a look at my post "Insane Norwegians" in the off topic forum.....
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I will take a look at those insane norw vids.. but can't do it from work

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While on the whole Scooby and Petter thing.. here are two pics from me at Watkins Glenn about two weeks ago, with the Audi NEQ club..

Not quite Petter, but he gives me something to aspire too..

This is my down fall, as much as I luv my Bugs.. this all wheel drive thing is too much fun..

Car was a blast, now for some R compounds and a track alignment to help with a little turn-in..

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LOAF: Nice car! :agree:

I wish cars would be a lot cheaper here in Norway so I could afford a Golf R32.
A full spec R32 is about $100K here in Norway, and a new STI is about $85K!
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Boble,

I don't know how you guys do it.. I was in Norway about two week ago to help my wife travel back. ( She was there on a work assignment) Stayed in Oslo, visited Bergen and the Fjords..

Personally I enjoy Norway.. the views are beautiful..

But how can anyone afford to live there.. and I have considered this..

Between Taxes on High HP cars, the cost of gas.. ouch.. I am surprised anyone can get into motorsports.. Man no that I think about it.. Solberg's family must have been loaded to push their two sons into racing..

Much respect to you..

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One word: Taxfree!

All cars and bikes that are used in motorsports are taxfree, and not legal to use on public roads. If you get caught driving a rallycar on public road you will have to pay all taxes, and a huge ticket as well.
All cars older than 30yrs are considered as vintage cars, and are taxfree. :agree:

Still the price for gasoline today is $1.69 for one litre.....

Let me know if you are coming back, and I`ll show you around, and I can show you some really nice cars!

BTW:_ Anyone interessted in buying a 1950 Porsche 356? One friend of mine has one for sale soon.
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Sure will..

I met Michael Ghia that way..

My wife works for DNV (Near OSLO).. the shipping company so she tends to go to the HQ once a year or so..

Keep you posted..
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