I’ve added a new widget featuring long time acquaintances: Dan & Frank Sprongl from Four Star Motorsports. The Sprongl brothers were conquering the Canadian Rally Championship in their Audi when I was a teenager more than 25 years ago. I’ve never quite had “heroes” or role models growing up but I sure did root for them best nonetheless. Frank’s driving style and Dan’s navigating were bar none the best of their day. The Audi also very exciting to see and hear. They had a very successful rally career; multiple times Canadian & North American rally champions, also setting a record (that lasted for 13 years) on Mt. Washington’s Hill Climb. They operate their own rally shop “Four Star Motorsports” in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada since 1989.
They were the source for my first “real” rally parts all the way back in 2006; namely the WRC wing, Spec-C roof duct, and roof scoop. Originally, I had planned for them to perform the short wheelbase, WRC widebody, plus various legit rally modifications on Wabi~Sabi. Frank had spent many hours to make me a decent quote. However, many important things soon changed in my life and I would no longer be able to afford them doing the work. So, not wanting to quit on my dream, I took a huge gamble and started to try and make it happen on my own. Looking back, I think I made the right call, and more importantly I became a competent DIY’er. That gave me the confidence I lacked in other areas of my life.
So, after a good bit of a hiatus with the Sprongl brothers, I went back to them for advice when it came the time to choose the proper wheel and brake setup bases for rallying. I did cheap out on the brakes and tires, finding my own, but Dan’s research was invaluable to source those amazing WRC spec Speedline wheels and STi RA gravel rear rotors. Definitely the most expensive stuff I had bought in a long while.
More recently, I’ve dropped by their shop since I was in the area while trucking. They’ve lifted up my hopes that Wabi~Sabi most likely would pass tech for real rallying competition, while it is not something I’ll be able to afford any time soon. If I do get into some more money in the future, I know exactly were to go to source legit rally parts and expert advice. They also quite understand the very “unusual” mods I did to Wabi~Sabi and respect them in the true spirit of rallying.
This has brought me to the idea of giving their shop a “courtesy” link on my website. Let me give a bit of a disclaimer here by saying that they obviously do NOT endorse or sponsor my website nor me in any way but gave this idea the go. If it can help fellow rally enthusiasts from getting legit parts and expert advice, then all the better! By the way, they also often get their hands on used wheels, parts, and “WRC spares”. Give them a look see!
I even made that picture montage myself! Hehehe! Cheers guys!