Adventurer Spotlight #9, Summer Events, Referral Program

Subie Adventures Newsletter - May 2023

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We just went over 400 subscribers for the newsletter! Thank you!

When I started this a year ago, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get 50, and I’m blown away by your support. As promised on IG, I’ll be giving away five sticker sets to celebrate. I’ll select winners randomly and reach out in a separate message so be looking out for that.

Here’s what is just ahead:

  • Sponsor: Apple Talk

  • Adventurer Spotlight #9

  • Subiefest 2023 Dates Announced

  • Subie & YOU! Podcast Monthly Rewind

  • Refer Friends, Get Stickers

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Adventurer Spotlight #9 with @j_ross__foz

Adventurer Spotlight #9 - @j_ross__foz

Welcome to the Adventurer Spotlight, an interview series with members of our newsletter community about their life with their Subaru. Here, we find out more about the person behind the wheel and get inspired to embark on new adventures.

Before we get to this month’s feature, I’d like to thank Bethany / @bethanymeyers.adventure again for being in last month’s Spotlight. Now, let’s jump into our 9th edition!


My name is John, my wife’s name is Rossy, and our Instagram account for our ‘19 Forester Sport is “@j_ross__foz”.

Which Subaru do you own? What do you like most about it?

A 2019 Forester Sport.

Why did you choose a Subaru? How many have you owned?

This is our 1st Subaru. We chose to go with the Subaru Forester because Subaru makes some damn good, family friendly…adventure commercials hahaha. We decided we wanted to have a “daily” that we could still build in a way that would take us pretty much anywhere we wanted.

Have you made any modifications?

Ummmm… just a few haha!👇🏼

- low profile modular roof rack
- exterior side molle panels
- shovel

- Metrix MX 17”

- Wildpeak AT3W 245/65/R17

- SP9100 8 switch panel

- LP4 Pro amber bumper lights
- Squadron wide corner amber ditch lights
- S2 wide corner amber side lights
- S1 wide corner amber chase lights

- gear plate w/access panels

- Rally bumper/light bar

- Trailswing swing-out tire carrier

- 2” strut/overload spring ext. travel lift kit

- hidden Ecohitch 2” receiver

- 180 awning

- scan/temp gauge

- throttle controller

- 42” single row combo light bar

- 42” V730 cargo case
- 17” storage case

- traction boards

- ditch light brackets

- mud flaps

- emblem overlays

- fog light protective overlays
- headlight protective overlays
- reverse light protective overlays
- light bar protective overlays

- reflector overlays

- hatch ladder

- d-ring shackle adapter

- air intake filter

- Two gal. fuel container
- Two gal. H2O container

- Carbon Fiber custom wraps(self)

Be sure to check out my profile and use my discount codes I have posted for everyone to get a little deal on some of my favorite products/companies.

What would you like to add to your setup?

I would probably just want to finish off upgrading the surrounding suspension components, some sliders would be cool, and OH YEA maybe some skid plates hahah ✊🏼🪵. I’ve been to a lot of places and have picked good lines so far so…haha ✊🏼🪵.

Favorite road trip? Or favorite thing to do in your Subaru?

I like to go out camping with family and/or friends. We’ve done some overnight trips on our own as a family and we’ve also done multiple trips in small groups of really cool people. Every trip we’ve gone on has been awesome in their own ways.

The connections that we’ve made with people, that we otherwise probably wouldn’t have come across if not for this community, is also what “makes” the adventure.

Wrap Up

Thank you, John, for being in the Spotlight and sharing your Subie story with us! It’s impressive how many mods you’ve done to your Forester and how well it’s all come together. It looks amazing. Speaking of photos, be sure to check out the huge image gallery on my site, and be sure to follow John on Instagram (@j_ross__foz)!

Tap to view the complete gallery at

I’m lining up Spotlights for the fall, so if you’d like to be featured, send me a note.

📅 Subiefest 2023 Dates Announced

Summer is fast approaching, and SubieEvents has announced the dates for their popular gatherings of Subaru lovers across the US. There’s even a new event in the lineup this year!

June 11: Wicked Big Meet - Stafford Motor Speedway, Stafford Springs, CT

July 23: Subiefest California - Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA

July 30: Big NW Subaru Meet - Portland International Raceway

August 20: Boxerfest - York Fairgrounds, York, PA

September 10: Subiefest Texas (NEW!) - Lone Star Park, Dallas, TX

September 24: Subiefest Midwest - Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL

October 7: Subiefest Florida - Daytona International Speedway

Details on each event can be found on the Subiefest site. Hope you can make it out to one!

🎧 Subie & YOU! Podcast Monthly Rewind

Rafael had Patrick from @orbis.overlanding on again for his 2-year anniversary of Orbis Overlanding to talk about being in business for two years, where the business is headed, some new partnerships, and how the business has grown over time.

Steven joins the show to talk about his passion for stage rally, building his own rally car, some other racing he has competed in, and his love of the rally community.

Jim joins on the mic to talk about his Subaru journey with his Outback, talk about his mods, and his many adventures like getting stuck in a puddle for hours!

Skye AKA @blancoracingwrx_05 joined Rafael to talk about the organization she started @rallycra California Rallycross Association to help the Rallycross community. Skye also tells about the start of her journey with and F3 racing. Tune in to hear all about it, and be sure to listen to the end for a special announcement.

You can subscribe to the show in your favorite podcast app, or listen online here. My thanks to Rafael for his ongoing support of the newsletter!

📣 Refer Friends, Get Stickers

Outside of promoting it on my Instagram page, word-of-mouth referrals are the primary way people learn about the newsletter. If you'd like to help and share with your friends, I'd really appreciate it. As a small token of thanks, when you get three friends to subscribe, I'll send you a free Subie Adventures sticker!

Be sure to have your friends use your custom link below so you get credit!

That’s all for now!

Tom Anderson
Subie Adventures

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