Photos & words by Dan Fegent
Burbling away as its being moved into position for these shots. I’m reminded at this time that you can’t deny that the boxer flat four sounds just as fantastic idling as it does all the way up its rev range.
This isn’t the usual Subaru build though, no McRae tribute stickers here or blue paint with the seemingly obligatory gold wheels, nope this one is certainly not like any other. It’s unique, in fact it is the only Gravel Express Subaru STi built by Prodrive!
Making this one extra special & it’s also a well used veteran of a machine, scoring it even more points on the board of ultimate radness. A long term project of Ruislip Tyres owner Rich Maguire. A build that has had setbacks like any other other over the years but one that he’s always come back to. It’s as near complete as a project can be right now & all of us here think that it looks rad.
‘The Wagon of doom’ is its nick name & its not one of those projects Rich has left sat on a drive way or in a lockup, this one has been used. It even made its way to Gatebil Rudskogen, Norway in 2014, taking on that several thousand kilometre mad road trip with ease.
Back here in the UK its daily run, happily sitting at home behind the Ruislip Tyres workshop. Its an ideal blend of performance & practicality. Ok so it’s not pushing big numbers power wise, however draped in its stickers & memorabilia picked up over the years, not to mention sitting pretty on its carbon dipped fifteen52s its a total looker & stands out in a crowd.
Not going in to too much detail here on this car as we just want to show this creation off, appreciate what it is for what it is, a non conformist & breaker of the usual styling mold. We fully approve this build.