I think the first person I met @ SEMA 2014 was Matthew Spinney from Ft. Lauderdale, FL. I was snapping shots of his Subaru WRX in the Flitz Polish booth and we started chatting about his ride. I really enjoy speaking with owners of cars that have built their cars themselves, I understand the passion and it is cool to see it in others. Matt and I connected again on Instagram (@wrxspinney) and got some details about him and his ride.
Matt grew up in south Florida and spent the majority of his life there until he joined the Army at age 20 (thank you for your service Matt!). Matt’s father has always been in the automotive industry and he credits him with passing along the gearhead bug. When Matt turned 16, he started working with his father at a tire shop and saved every cent till he had enough to purchase his first Subaru, a 2005 WRX in World Rally Blue. He and his father did a few light modifications (exhaust, intake, wheels and lowering springs) but didn’t have time for much more than that.
After Matt enlisted and was headed to Basic Training, he had to sell his first ride. As he was wrapping up in Basic, he saw the new 2011 Subaru body styles and fell in love. He dug the aggressive lines and wide stance and knew that he had to have one. He was able to purchase his current ride on his first military leave when he was back home in south Florida. He drove the car up to his first duty station located in Louisiana where he started doing some small exterior modifications. He attended some SCCA autocross events and got hooked on driving fast and taking hard turns.
When he was on his next leave he drove the car back down to south Florida and brought it to a shop called Velocity Factor located in Boca Raton. The owner (Felipe Ramirez) is a long-time friend of Matt’s and he helped him pick out a killer suspension setup, Forge Diverter Valve, Invidia Q300 Catback Exhaust, a Cobb Intake and Accessport. Felipe, began talking to other companies about possible sponsorships and Mackin Industries agreed to help them out with a set of red Volk TE37SL Racing wheels. From there Matt went back to Louisiana and continued his military career. About 2 years into his service, Matt was called to a 9 month Afghanistan deployment with his unit. While Matt was deployed, his father maintained his car, drove it here and there, and also attended a several shows including the Snap On National SFC show in Atlanta, GA.
Upon Matt’s return to the ‘States he realized that Cobb Tuning was located in Plano, TX (close to where he was stationed). He decided to pay them a visit and while there picked up a Process West top mount intercooler, downpipe, light weight crank pulley, Blouch 20G-XT turbo, 1000cc injectors, and a Walbro fuel pump. After the install and tune Matt knew that he nailed it and had finally reached the performance and handling he was looking for.
Matt found out that his father would be attending the 2014 SEMA show in Las Vegas and that a friend of his needed a display vehicle for their booth. They registered the vehicle and reserved a spot in the Flitz Polish booth located in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Ceter. With a SEMA spot secured, Matt reached out to additional companies and was able to lock in sponsorships with XS Power Batteries, Exedy Clutches, JL Audio, Rays/Volk, Wilwood Disc Brakes and Florida Car Wrap who worked with Matt to pick out the brand new color from 3M (Brushed Titanium) to finish it off and make it pop!
While Matt hasn’t been a fan of huge sound systems, one of his comrades-in-arms (Nate Moss) was. Nate passed away in a tragic car accident while stationed at Fort Polk with Matt and he dedicated the system to him and it serves as a nice reminder of his close friend who shared his automotive obsession.
As with most builds, the lion share of the work was done only 1-3 months before SEMA. While the build was underway, Matt Transitioned to the Florida National Guard but was able to get the vehicle completed the day that it was scheduled the ship out. The car was picked up and transported to SEMA where the final part was installed, the GT-Spec D-shaped steering wheel courtesy of Velocity Factor.
Matt’s ride definitely turned some heads, got to meet a lot of great people and had a blast at SEMA. He is hoping to return next year for SEMA 2015 with a new build (do I hear an STi?).
If you dig Matt’s build, add a comment below or throw him a line on Instagram @wrxspinney.
Cobb Accessport, Intake, Downpipe, Crank Pulley, 1000cc Injectors, and dyno tuned on 93 octane fuel. Invidia Q300 Catback. Forge Diverter valve. Process West Top Mount Intercooler. Walbro 255 Fuel Pump.
Tein Super Street Coilover w/Pillowball Mounts and EDFC. Whiteline Front and Rear Swaybars, Heavy Duty Tie Rods and Endlinks. Wilwood 6/4 Big Brake Kit. STi Short Throw Shifter. Alligator TPMS Sensors. Perrin Front Strut Bar. Motul RBF600 Brake Fluid.
GT-Spec D-shaped Steering Wheel. Cobb Shift Knob. Defi Boost/Vacuum Guage. Innovate Wide Band AFR Fauge. Black Wrapped Headliner. Black Dyed A/B/C Pillars and Lighting Bezels. Red LED Dome Light, White LED Map and Trunk Lighting.
JL Audio Door Speakers and Tweeters, Two 12″ TW1 Subwoofers, HD amp, and a Custom Made Enclosure Wrapped in Black Vinyl with Black Plexiglass Inserts. Trunk and Rear Deck Sound Deadening. Pioneer Double Din Headunit.
Entire Vehicle Wrapped in 3M Brushed Titanium with Black Brushed Accents, Embossed Hood Logo and Matte Smoked Taillights Thanks to Florida Car Wrap. APR GT3 Mirrors and Front Carbon Fiber Splitter. Rear Fenders Rolled and Pulled thanks to Velocity Factor. Blacked-out Headlight Housing courtesy of Future Headlights.
Engine Dress Up:
Perrin Engine Cover and Radiator Shroud. Cobb Oil Cap. Mishimoto Radiator Hoses.
Volk CE28RT Black Edition 18×9.5 +45. Bridgestone Potenza RE760 Tires
Racing seats, Racing Harness, Harness Bar, Racing Radiator, or just possibly a new STi 😉
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