• Dec 14th 2006 at 10:29AM
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Dave Senders of Boulder, CO is one lucky dude. Through a joint promotion run by Hot Import Nights and DC Shoes, Dave has been crowned the winner of the blue-and-orange DC Shoes Subaru Impreza WRX STi that was driven in the Gumball 3000 rally by pro skater Rob Dyrdek.

The custom Impreza is valued at $65,000 and is outfitted with (among other things) a JDM Impreza STi Spec C body kit and the camo wrap and graphics from the Gumball. Inside, a full suite of A/V upgrades is ready to entertain driver and passengers alike, while a 425-horsepower boxer that 's good for 180 miles per hour resides underhood. The full list of mods can be found after the jump, but the highlights of the engine work are the Crawford Performance S2 motor and CP32 turbo kit.

In addition to the car, Dave gets VIP status for every Hot Import Nights event. As if rolling up to one in a 425-horse Impreza wouldn't have gotten him the swank treatment already. Color us blue (and orange) with envy.

(Press release, car specs after the jump)

[Source: Hot Import Nights]

Rally Car Enthusiast Wins Pro Subaru Rally Car from DC Shoes and Hot Import Nights

Dave Senders of Boulder, Colorado wins pro-skateboarder Rob Dyrdek's Gumball 3000 Subaru WRX STi from DC Shoes, in addition to VIP package from Hot Import Nights
IRVINE, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Dec. 13, 2006 DC Shoes and Action Pursuit Group, producers of Hot Import Nights (HIN) and HINCity, gave one car enthusiast the ultimate "drive all day party all night" prize package. Dave Senders won DC Shoes' custom Gumball 3000 Subaru WRX STi, which was driven by pro-skateboarder Rob Dyrdek in the infamous European race. In addition, Senders won VIP treatment for the ultimate party scene at all 2007 HIN shows.

Senders is now the proud owner of the $65,000 DC Shoes Subaru STi, a street/daily-driver version of their competition rally cars that features unique camouflage graphics wrapped with custom DC Shoes logos, an on-board GPS, TV screens, DVD players, custom iPod cradles and built-in coolers in the dash. A stock Subaru WRX STi puts out 300hp; Senders' new DC Shoes Subaru now puts out 425 hp and has reached speeds of 180 mph.

In addition to the vehicle, Senders won free admission for himself and a guest to every HIN event and pre and after-party, backstage passes and VIP access to every HIN concert, plus the opportunity to be a guest judge in the Queen of the Scene search for Miss HIN 2008 as part of his VIP package from HIN.

"It was an excellent opportunity for us to partner with HIN in this STi giveaway," said Ken Block, DC Shoes, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder. "This car has such a unique history with its modifications and participation in the Gumball rally, that we were happy when the car was won by someone who truly appreciates it."

The DC Shoes Gumball 3000 Subaru WRX STi was featured at seven different HIN shows and on HINCity at http://www.hincity.com.

Car: 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Type: Race

Interior Additions

• First Aid Kit
• Window Tint
• Electrical Power: 750-watt power inverter with three 110V outlets, three additional 12V outlets
• Fire Extinguisher: one in passenger footwell and one in the trunk
• Maplight: for co-driver


• STi Spec C Body Kit: Japanese market front and rear bumpers
• Radiator Screen
• STi Rear Differential Guard
• Full Size Spare Tire Mount: trunk
• Tow strap
• Camouflage Wrap graphics


• 2.5 liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder
• Crawford Performance: S2 Motor and CP32 Turbo Kit
• Engine Tuning/ECU Programming: I-Speed USA
• Power Output:
o 426 HP at 5700 RPMS (stock STi = 300HP)
o 421 TQ at 4600 RPMS (stock STi = 300 ft lb tq)
o (100% 91 Octane @ 18psi)
• STi shortblock with forged pistons and STi crankshaft
• APS Cold Air Intake
• APS Exhaust: 3-inch turbo back exhaust
• Samco Intake Hose
• APS Front Mount Intercooler
• Walbro high volume Fuel Pump


• Six-speed with DCCD (driver-controlled center differential)
• STi Engine and Gearbox Mounts
• STi Short Throw Shifter
• STi Clutch


• STi Bushing Kit
• STi Trailing Link Kit
• STi Lateral Link Kit
• STi Strut Bar Kit
• STi Strut Top Mounts
• SYMS Dampers - adjustable coilovers
• Cusco Sway Bar Kit - 22mm

Wheels / Tires

• Speedline 2120 Wheels: 8 X 18 Tarmac Rally Wheel
• Michelin Pilot Sport 2 Tires: 225/40 ZR18


• SYMS Brake Line Kit
• Ferodo DS3000 Brake Pads
In Car Electronics:
Audio / Video / Sat Nav

• Navigation System: Alpine NVE N099P Processor with IVA-300R/RB Interactive Touch Panel Monitor
• IPOD Docking Station: DLO Transpod docks and charges iPod, Monster Audio Xfer Cables
• Radio for Inter-Car communication: Kenwood
• Speakers: MB Quart 5 ¼ Components, 8 inch subwoofer
• Amp: Alpine 5-channel

Interior Additions

• First Aid Kit
• Window Tint
• Electrical Power: 750-watt power inverter with three 110V outlets, three additional 12V outlets
• Fire Extinguisher: one in passenger footwell and one in the trunk
• Maplight: for co-driver

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      • 8 Years Ago
      dude are you kidding me,this car is by no means ugly, and if you think it is wtf are u driving...ur mommys station wagon, and as far as taxes and insurance goes, sell your house if your a real enthusiast all you need is a car....so i give mad props to the dude who has this car because id take it anyday over your moms station wagon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      $65k value? He'll be paying almost the price of a brand new unmolested STi in taxes.
      • 8 Years Ago
      lol, you're funny :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wanna know how Big was able to fit into that car.

      415lb man + STi = cramped interior
      • 8 Years Ago
      mmm... I'd take the free car and you can laugh at me. I'd still have a free car and you have nothing.

      On the flip side, that'll kick your into a higher tax bracket, and if you plan to drive it, those don't come cheap with ownership (insurance, gas, tires ...)
      127 hp civic haha
      • 8 Years Ago
      to think that you guys get on this crap to " unload " on someone for winning a free car is horrific. i bet half of you are taking the bus or driving something not worth half as much as this 65k car and to that dumbass who said " $65k value? He'll be paying almost the price of a brand new unmolested STi in taxes. ", did you not read what his friend said? " Anyone would enjoy that car, new paint or not for the (( minimal fee )) of taxes and licensing and a simple ballot box insertion. ".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ugly at any speed

      Cheapskate Subaru should be given the Honorary Ford Edsel (or Pontiac Aztec for you GM lovers) award.

      How much would it have cost them to pay a few bucks per car extra to have them designed BEAUTIFULLY for a change by some big-ass italian design studio?

      Very little.

      But maybe they spend EXTRA $ to make these POS look far uglier than they are!

      • 8 Years Ago
      SRT-8 - So what you are saying is that rather than speeding tickets, as you first asserted, this guy will end up in the trees sooner rather than later. Am I right?

      I'm jealous of the car, not jealous of the taxes, insurance and other costs he'll have to cover. My Impreza has 72hp at the wheels and is good for about 90mph (downhill with a tailwind!), so ugly or no, I'm jealous! Peeling off that much vynil would be a royal PIA!
      • 8 Years Ago
      "But maybe they spend EXTRA $ to make these POS look far uglier than they are! "

      Oh come on! You post a comment and not even tell us more about your James Bond BMW 7 series?? Did you crash it or something?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nothing a paint job and powdercoat of the rims wouldn't fix at pretty low cost for a sweet ride.

      And, I fail to see how driving experience equates to less tickets. If you speed by police trap, you get ticket. Now, I do see where it could help keep the car on the road and not smashing into embankments, other cars, pedestrians, etc.

      Add to the paint job a performance/rally driving school entry fee, to maximize enjoyment and safety.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it's great that some one won this STi. I know that I would be doing backflips if I had won. I drive an 04 STi(slightly modded). I give him congrats on the win. And for the nay sayers of the STi, ugly or what-have you...you don't have to like it, but you better respect it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would assume that "Camouflage Wrap graphics" indicates that it is not actually a paint job, but a vinyl sticker job. He's probably already peeled it off by now. I know I would!
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