Member Profiles

Learn more about your WRXSA club members, their passion for Subies, club meets, motorsport, and their rides.

Introducing

The 2017 WRXSA Club President

Jason Bartsch

In December of 2015 our current president Jason featured in Rex Driver, here’s a little bit of Jason’s story

I am a genuine car enthusiast and I have always been a fan of Japanese cars. My first car was a Nissan Gazelle, then I owned a van, then an r33 Skyline.

I was hopeless at trying to drift my Skyline so I set it up to handle as best as I could. On my weeks off from work I would cruise through the hills, all my mates were working so there wasn’t much else to do. This all came to an end when, like most Skyline’s – mine was stolen.

From my new car I had my heart set on a R34 GTR, this had always been a dream car of mine. My impatience got the better of me and I started looking at other cars that would be good in the hills.

Evo and STI sprung straight to mind!

I didn’t even get a chance to look at an Evo, infact I only drove one STI. I didn’t waste any more time, I knew from that day that the white 2006 STI ‘Goose’ was coming home with me.

For years ‘Goose’ remained fairly stock, just and exhaust and tune. 210kw was all I needed to have a good time. I am a firm believer that you don’t need big power. I always say ‘if your not using absolutely everything you have, then you don’t need more’.

I think the most important aspect of your car should be the way it handles and the way it stops.

It wasn’t until I finished working up in the mines that I had the time and the opportunity to get involved in South Australia’s ‘car scene’. It started with attending a few cruises and then meeting some like minded people. It wasn’t long after that I joined WRXSA – my good mate Dylan Butler talked me into it.

Then…

Everything  changed!

Finally I had an opportunity to live out my dream of getting ‘Goose’ on the track and what a journey I have had since then.

If any fellow Subaru enthusiasts or WRXSA members have ever considered having a go at motorsport, I strongly encourage you to get involved.

You don’t need a fast car to have fun.

It’s a great sport with wonderful people.

Hopefully I’ll see you out on the track in 2018.

*photo credit goes to STS images

 

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Enjoy finding out a bit more about the people who make up our Subaru family at WRXSA? More member profiles like these in every issue of Rex Driver which you can enjoy on your mobile and tablet as part of your WRXSA membership

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