Fourth annual Scottsdale car show celebrates vehicles made after 1975
A modified Subaru WRX STi was awarded best of show at the fourth annual Future Classic Car Show on Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona, hosted by ClassicCars.com.
The WRX STi is a common choice for modifiers, but owner John Darling put together a special example that is wrapped in a silver exterior, and his well-documented STi was chosen by the team of judges as the top vehicle at the show.
Darling said he came up with his build 10 years ago after noticing one small detail: Subaru offered a blue Alcantara leather interior for the WRX, which seemed to highlight three color options — Aspen White, Obsidian Black Peal and World Rally Blue — but left the Platinum Silver Metallic aside.
When Subaru released a Special Edition with black Alcantara in 2006, he began to wonder what a WRX designed around the darker leather would look like.
The result was award-winning. Darling worked with Ceballos Customs in Tempe, Arizona, to create a custom interior with red suede Status Racing bucket seats and rear seats made from black suede. The black Alcantara theme is continued on the headliner, rear seat deck, steering wheel and other spots.
Under the hood, Darling has a Cosworth-built flat-4 engine. Equipped with Brian Crowers 280 camshafts, Carillo rods and other modifications — not to mention a hybrid Garrett GTX3582 turbo — the engine is capable of sending 600 horsepower to the wheels, Darling said.