This past weekend was the annual No Fly Zone event hosted by Omega Motorsport that brought out some of Southern California’s most powerful street cars. The event was hosted at Minter Air Field which graciously closed off an airport runway for us to use. The event was incredible fun and allowed two high horsepower cars to race down the runway for half a mile while reaching speeds as high as 200 MPH. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or group of enthusiasts that came to have fun with no egos. We highly recommend checking out this event next year around the same time if you’re looking for a safe environment to stretch the legs of your car. Perhaps we’ll be back with a faster car too! Check out the pics to see some of the fast cars in attendance.
Back when we were on the hunt for a new daily driver, the BMW M3 Coupe (E92) was a strong contender for a spot in our garage. There’s no question that BMW knows how to make a performance car, but very few manufacturers can make one that doubles for both a daily driver and weekend/track car, as well as BMW can. From the high revving 414 HP V8, to the quick dual clutch transmission, to the stunning body lines, there was very little to dislike about the M3 aside from the popularity, which made it a dime a dozen. With the new F80 BMW M3 just released, prices have dropped a little more, making the E92/E90 BMW M3 a great buy. We decided to share our findings and experience with the iconic BMW M3.
When it comes to sports cars, one of the easiest modifications you can do is improve the exhaust for several reasons. The number one reason will always be for sound. While there are dozens of exhausts available for the same car, they all will have a distinctive sound that is subjective to the end user. The second reason is for performance because exhaust systems are typically lighter than stock thanks to lightweight material and also beneficial in gaining extra horsepower thanks to unique free flowing designs. However, all exhausts are not created equal so here are the best exhaust systems on the market.
In our recent buyers guide for the Audi R8, we felt like sharing our understanding of the market on this well balanced car. It only made sense since we appreciate the car to push its limits further by enhancing the few things we didn’t love about it. Believe it or not, the Audi R8 is the first car we have ever owned that looked perfect just as it is from the factory and needed literally nothing. But since we are crazy at Secret Entourage and can’t leave anything stock without adding our own touch to it, Project Lightning Blade project began.
Shortly after we sold our last project car, the Mercedes C63 AMG, we were immediately on the hunt for another fun car that could push all the right buttons. With over 13k miles in a year put on the C63, our ownership could not have been better, but by following our car buying strategy, we were able to get in and out of the car and practically break even on cost of ownership. Very few vehicles appealed to us for the right price but we kept our options open and looked at several Maserati Gran Turismo’s, BMW E92 M3’s, & a few others. In the end, we found a immaculate 2008 Mercedes Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series for a great deal and immediately scooped it up. If it was anything like our last C63 but on steroids, we are in for a treat!
For under $100,000, the Audi R8 offers exotic car ownership experience at a fraction of the cost. Although prices have not dropped too low that you see college kids driving them around, it is reasonable enough for many first time exotic car buyers and is certainly great value as we have found out personally. After having purchased a 2009 Audi R8 V8 R-Tronic and a 2014 R8 V10 S-Tronic, we have started to get to know the Audi R8 quite well. From its typical shortfalls to which models hold value best, we are about to break down for you all you need to know in our Audi R8 buyers guide. This will cover all model years (2008-2014) and both V8 and V10 models (excluding the V10 plus).
While Secret Entourage typically works with some of today’s best tuners like ADV1, Michelin, Brembo, Velocity AP, we sometimes choose to work with new promising companies. After all, everything big must start small at some point. Kline Innovation seemed like a great choice for so many reasons but primarily because of their passion for building state of the art custom exhaust systems. Their bespoke line of exhausts for the Ferrari 458 and Porsche 911 got them on our radar but their willingness to help on forums gave them a reputation hard to beat. When we decided to call them up, we actually didn’t realize that there were two very young entrepreneurs behind the brand. We recorded a mini Academy episode to not only get to know the brand, but also understand the people behind the name.