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New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« on: December 22, 2021, 12:25:38 PM »
My name is Mike and I recently bought a significant 2006 Solstice.

A few of the veteran members may remember me from the early days of development at DDMWorks as there is a good chance we chatted on the phone or met at the shop.

The car is way more relevant to the story. My Solstice belonged to my best friend, Randy Carter, who is no longer with us. He bought the car the same day my son was born and drove it to hospital to show it off. I got to see his new edition and he welcomed my new edition into the world.

Randy originally took it to DDM in search of new suspension. Once Dave drove the Solstice, other plans formed. This Kappa was the initial R&D vehicle for all of the super fun goodies produced by DDMWorks.

It is with great joy that I can honor my best friend by curating his favorite ride. There were many greats memories made and many more to come. The Solstice has arrived at it's forever home and will be passed to my son when the time comes.

Feel free to post up any pics or memories of Randy in this thread. Glad to be here and look forward to contributing.

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2021, 04:34:25 PM »
Welcome to the forum, I never got to meet Randy but having been on these forums pretty much from the beginning I knew of him and his work with DDM.  I have seen many pictures of that car over the years.  Good to see it will be looked after by someone that will take care of it.
 
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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2021, 05:57:22 PM »
SA, you didn't meet Randy at one of Joe's Mod Meets?  I know he was at (at least) one in 2010 - he installed my probeam and backbone there.
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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2021, 08:34:04 PM »
Here are some picture of Randy:

GONE: (but not forgotten) 2006 Cool named BIXABEL (BISH-AH-BEL) Mayan for "Good Roads"

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StageIII intercooled Supercharger, Wisco ceramic coated pistons, Carrillo rods, superTech valves and Springs
Ported and polished head
Exedy Stage II Clutch
big brake kit, slotted/drilled Rotors w/Porterfield pads & blue juice
Backbone, Probeam, Cross Strut Brace
Underhood, trunk, & door Lights
ZOK suspension

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Center console, door inserts, & dash
Seat bolster & lumbar support

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2021, 08:42:42 PM »
The first mod meet I attended was when Elff got the new turbo and then got a speeding ticket.  I seem to recall Dave had a "Rookie" with him that year.  Was that also the year we brought Kelu over?
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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2021, 10:43:54 AM »
I honestly don't remember. 
GONE: (but not forgotten) 2006 Cool named BIXABEL (BISH-AH-BEL) Mayan for "Good Roads"

DDM
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Ported and polished head
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big brake kit, slotted/drilled Rotors w/Porterfield pads & blue juice
Backbone, Probeam, Cross Strut Brace
Underhood, trunk, & door Lights
ZOK suspension

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Center console, door inserts, & dash
Seat bolster & lumbar support

Focuztech Tri-Y Header & hi-flow cat
Solo Performance SQR-2
Norm's Rear facia
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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2021, 12:03:55 PM »
I looked back at the posts, it was in 2011 and it was the same one that Kelu first attended.
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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2021, 01:12:03 PM »
2009, Randy installing tune on my car, Meunster TX

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2021, 02:50:56 PM »
I honestly don't remember. 

It's a terrible thing when the mind starts to go...   :D

Welcome to the forum Mike, it's great to have you here. Those were good times!
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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2021, 09:28:56 PM »
Found some more pics, Randy is definitely missed, those were good times. Welcome to the insanity Mike

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2021, 09:20:40 PM »
Thanks for the pics of Randy and the warm welcome. They are both greatly appreciated.



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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #11 on: December 27, 2021, 03:43:09 PM »
What I can say is, no picture exists showing Randy and I in the same place at the same time?. So, take that for what it?s worth?

Glad the car will be loved and cherished!  I?m pretty sure I?ve seen the car, and maybe even been in it. Glad it found home.

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2021, 03:36:35 PM »
What I can say is, no picture exists showing Randy and I in the same place at the same time?. So, take that for what it?s worth?

After that challenge, I went through my old Mod Meet photos.  Sure enough - I couldn't find any of Randy with GJ.  BUT!  Then I found this pic, and GJ isn't there either, yet we all know these two did have contact!

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But here's one, that GJ was in...

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2021, 04:35:59 PM »
Did you notice GJ really likes to use question marks all over his posts?

Ihawk is in that pic too, just to the right of Kenny.
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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2021, 08:35:37 PM »
Dee is next to Joe,

Who is to the left of GJ?

Randy fixed my trunk at nationals.  Great guy.  Enjoy the car and thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2021, 01:07:22 PM »
Who is to the left of GJ?

That was some strange furren guy.  I think he gate-crashed the party...

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2021, 02:09:55 PM »
You mean Elff's big brother.
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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2021, 09:43:17 PM »
T.S.  Your Other Left.

Kelu was to the right of GJ.  I am asking about the person in the red shirt who was to the left of GJ,  The right of Wartie and above iHawk

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #18 on: December 29, 2021, 09:59:07 PM »
Ohhh, I thought you meant to GJ's left.

No idea.  Looks like some guy taking a pee :D

Only pic I have of his face:

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2021, 09:09:40 AM »
That's my son Tim

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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #20 on: December 30, 2021, 10:46:22 AM »
Now we are ALL embarrassed  :cloud:
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Re: New (ish) Owner of an Important Kappa
« Reply #21 on: December 30, 2021, 12:02:29 PM »
You should be, why are you taking a picture of Joe's son take a leak?  You working for CNN now?
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