(Not so) Pokie STi

The Story

Back in 2013, Hayden picked up a 2007 STi, it was everything he had hoped for, stock, low kilometers; as the previous owner rarely drove it, and it had never seen a winter.

Subaru STi

Soon after getting the car mods found their way from Hayden’s previous WRX, an AEM intake and Invidia cat back exhaust, and with the help of a friend Hayden picked up a Cobb Accessport to take advantage of those mods.

Subaru STi

Within the first year of owning the car Hayden enjoyed what he had, constant control, regardless of the situation.  He knew he had found the car for himself.

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Early into 2014 Hayden got himself the nickname of Pokie at work, and though he wasn’t a big fan, it stuck.  Shortly after getting his nickname, life happened, and Hayden went through some personal troubles, all the while the STi never let him down.  With that it was time to reward the car for it’s service, so an Invidia downpipe, HSD coilovers and Fast Hayaku wheels in 17 x 9 +35 were ordered.

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When the parts arrived and the wheels returned from receiving a coat of Southwest Blue powder it was time to install everything.  As any enthusiast will tell you, install days don’t always go smoothly.  So, after a day of stripped and seized bolts, broken tools, and bloodied hands, Hayden was fed up with the car.  Until he took it to his friend Justin’s place to show the work off.  Justin was impressed with the looks of everything, and after a quick drive to show the performance changes it was clear that the car wasn’t so Pokie.

Subaru STi

Over the summer of 2014 not much changed on the car, the suspension was adjusted and a Perrin turbo inlet was purchased, but primarily the car went to as many shows as Hayden could get to.  It brought home Best Sport Compact at Garden City.

Within a few weeks of the show at Garden City, it was decided that it was time to take Pokie further. Justin and Hayden took on the challenge of a build on the car, including a wire tuck and painted engine bay, among other changes.  After 4 days the bay was painted, and it was time to do some shopping.

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After a month of research Hayden had found what he felt was the perfect combination of parts and pulled the trigger.  Once everything had been delivered it was time to get to work on the car.

Unfortunately, it was now late November, and to work in a uninsulated garage with only a few electrical heaters to keep warm was a true test of dedication. Winnipeg’s winters are enough to break nearly anyone’s dedication, but thanks to a propane heater loaned to Hayden by friend, Paul Smyrski, work continued on Pokie through December.

Subaru STi

Come March, and Pokie was nearly ready to go, thankfully so, as Hayden’s winter vehicle suffered an accident he was forced to rush and get Pokie back on the road.

Trouble struck again when after only 3 days, the hood latch broke and sent Pokies hood up and into the windshield.  Thankfully the signature Subaru hood scoop took the brunt of the impact, saving the window and the roof, but the hood was bent.

After a few months of looking for the right shop to take care of Pokie, Hayden decided on Urban Autobody after a recommendation from Option Plus.  Urban took great care of the car and had it done quickly.  While Pokie was in the shop Hayden decided it was time for new wheels and went with a set of Enkei RPF1’s in 17 x 9.5 +38.

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The car came out of the shop in time for Driven, where it showed in the Option Plus booth.

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For now, Hayden isn’t sure what’s next for Pokie, he’s happy with the car as it sits, and thankful for all the support from friends along the way.

He hopes for 450hp at the wheels when Robert from AMR Performance is finished tuning it.  Making the car not as pokie as it’s name might suggest.

Subaru STi

The List

Exterior

  • HSD Coilovers
  • Enkei RPF1 – 17 x 9.5 +38 w/ Bridgestone Potenza RE11
  • “POKIE” Plates

Engine

  • 1000cc DW Injectors
  • 255lph DW Fuel Pump
  • Perrin MAF Intake w/ cold extension
  • Perrin Turbo Inlet
  • AMR Cast Up-Pipe
  • AMR Unequal length headers
  • AMR CXR550 – 10cm housing turbo
  • Mishimoto oil cooler
  • Mishimoto Aluminum radiator
  • Invidia N1 turbo back exhaust

Driven 2015 – Winnipeg, MB

Driven is, by far, the biggest and best import show to come to Winnipeg.  Once the date is announced clubs immediately start  finding cars to show, owners start ordering parts, and the hype for the show begins.  The amount of time and dedication put into this show by both the organizers and the participants is second to none, it really is the event for import enthusiasts.

There was something for everyone, Euro to JDM, bikes, cars and a handful of trucks, all of which had their own personal style based on the owner’s preferences. With Driven being the show it is, there was a big debut in the Speed Factor booth.  Al’s immaculately built 350Z came out of hiding after years of work.

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Complete with a Stardast widebody kit, air, and a shaved and tucked engine bay it was definitely a show stopper.

Another project that made its first proper debut was Seaver’s R32 Skyline, over the winter it received a new motor, larger turbo, paint under the hood, and tucked wiring. We were proud to have the Skyline parked with us, it certainly grabbed a lot of attention from the crowd with its bright green engine bay.

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Of course there were strong entries all around the venue at the Red River Exhibition grounds with displays put on by Garage 106, JDM Winnipeg, Vicious Alliance, Option Plus, Speed Factor Racing, and of course Top Tier Imports.

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Along with the show, Formula Drift Canada was making use of the ample open spaces outside of the venue putting on a drift demo and offering ride alongs to fans. Drivers included Mats Baribeau, Brad Carlton, Matt Murphy, and Winnipeg’s very own Chris Gonzalez.

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For the time being there aren’t any really big drift events around Winnipeg, so to have Formula Drift Canada make their way here was great. Hopefully the drift scene in Winnipeg can continue to grow.

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All in all, it was a great day to look at some beautiful cars, hang out with friends and make new ones. Despite differences between individuals or groups, this show is really what it’s all about, coming together and celebrating the hard work that’s gone into these cars. It really is an honor to be a part of Driven and we can’t wait for the next time the show comes to Winnipeg; here’s hoping for next year. Until then, take some time and check out our coverage of the show, there’s a lot to see.