Friday, December 23, 2011

iheartstance miata video

As this will be my last post for 2011, I wanted to share something special with you guys. My friend Ben from Speedtech Motorsport and David Fan from DF Images put together this little video of my Miata and I getting ready for the NZPC Hardpark meet a couple of weeks ago. I love it, thank-you so much guys!

Wishing all my readers and friends a fantastic Christmas and New Years; please stay safe on our roads and whatever you do, stay low, stay flush and don't drink and get behind the wheel of your car! 2012 is going to be the best year EVER!!!!

T ❤

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

giveaway winner & 2012 inspiration

I am so overwhelmed by the amount of entries for the end of year giveaway! What blew me away the most though was the amount of constructive and positive feedback that you guys were willing to share with me, and for that I am so grateful. I've learnt a lot about what you enjoy about this blog, and for 2012 I will try my very best to bring some fresh and exciting new content to iheartstance!

Firstly I'd like to share on here a quick overview of the feedback I've received. In 2012 you would like to see more...

Photos of the Miatasaurus and some more in depth detail on my build - I hope you enjoyed my post from earlier in the week about this!

MX-5 and Miata related content

Coverage of New Zealand events and meets, and to provide more of an insight into New Zealand car culture


Perhaps some in depth features on kiwi builds and their owners

You also said you'd like to see more girl stance and features on female car enthusiasts

Lastly, a lot of people said they'd like to see me return to Japan to embark on more car-related adventures there. I have to tell you guys... there is absolutely NOTHING more I would like to do than this! Every night before I go to sleep, I close my eyes and imagine being back there... wandering the streets of Osaka drinking Asahi, watching in awe as cars zoom around the amazing Tsukuba circuit, gliding my hand across the riveted fender of Stella Artois at the RWB workshop...

But next year is going to be a big year of saving for me, and as well as that I'd like to focus on my car and improving my own skills behind the wheel. In the distant future however, a trip to America is on the cards and I have big dreams of travelling around California and meeting all of the incredible people that have inspired me from the scene there.

But that's enough about me! Thank-you to everyone that has entered the giveaway competition and for inspiring me with your thoughtful ideas and kind words. There can only be one winner though, and that person is...

Congratulations Josh Grant! Please send an email to with your address and I will send the sticker prize pack out to you asap!

christmas present for the miatasaurus!

My Christmas present from Pedey. Thank-you so much! ♥

Monday, December 19, 2011

the evolution of iheartstance

Continued from this post: The end of an era.

It’s funny to think that my automotive obsession began from a car shaped like a toaster, but it was in fact my Toyota bB that started all this. Just like any hobby it started out as a mild interest. But then it grew, and grew, and grew into something much larger! It grew so big that at the end of last year it saw me sell my beloved bB, in search of a lower, faster future.

And so at the beginning of 2011, I made the decision to embark on a new project. I knew it was going to be a big commitment for me, and I knew that it was going to involve a lot of time and patience. My project was to find and purchase a standard Mazda MX-5, and make it awesome! I remember back then I had dreams of enormous 10-inch wide steel wheels, insanely stretched tyres and mexi-poke offset. At the time, my definition of awesome was all was these things. Form over function was where it was at!

Photo from Stance:Nation

Almost a year later, it’s interesting to look back and view my progress, as well as the process I have been through to get the car where it is now. The part that I find the most interesting however, is that as my knowledge has grown, my tastes have changed and my requirements for my car have changed too. At the time, I had done some research and had a basic understanding of the MX-5: rear wheel-drive layout, compact in size, great weight distribution and most importantly, convertible. The oldest ‘NA’ generation was not only the cheapest, but my favourite shape too. My knowledge pretty much ended there.

As my MX-5 journey began, so did my love affair with the car. What I saw before as a convertible chassis with ‘stanced’ potential had become something so much more than that, and as I got used to driving it I found myself wanting more... it was no longer just about looks for me. I knew this the first time I took the car out on the open road in summer; driving with the top down was so much fun. I couldn’t wait to start modifying it!

I soon realised that steel wheels were just too heavy and I wanted to do something different, so when I saw these genuine Watanabes for sale I knew I had to have them. One of my favourite classic Japanese wheels; they appealed to me because I knew they were good quality and lightweight. They are not very common here in New Zealand, so I was really happy to get my hands on a set! The problem was – they were only 7.5 inches wide? At first I was a bit sceptical, but when I saw them on the car I knew it was meant to be. With such a low offset and a bit of camber, they looked so tough. My view on ‘wider wheels are cooler’ really changed at that point.

I also decided that I was going to need to stiffen the chassis and think about safety too, so I coughed up the money for a hard-top and had a bolt-in half cage put in. For the suspension I went with BC Gold coilovers – another pricey investment but a very worthwhile one! I’m so glad I spent the money on these things when I had it.

One thing that I bought just for the 'cool factor’ was my Bride seats; what I didn’t realise at the time was how awesome it was going to feel being strapped into a bucket seat while cornering at speed. Amazing!

It soon became very clear to me that the most important part of this project was that I wanted to incorporate my style into the car whilst maintaining its driveability. I had come along way with my opinions and knowledge and I knew exactly what I wanted now. I wanted to be able to drive this car! When I have my mind set on something, there is no stopping me make it happen!

With wheels, handling and safety all sorted, it was time for me to make the car legal to drive on New Zealand roads. This was very important to me as I want to be able to drive the car wherever and whenever I want, not just being limited to the racetrack. As well as that I certainly have no intentions of getting in trouble with the law. After a long and painful battle with my LV certifier, I came out on top!

In recent times I’ve finally been able to put some more personal touches into the car to complete its overall look. One of the most affordable fashion statements you can make at the moment is obviously stickers, though I’m a firm believer in that you should have the stance before you put them on. I opted for a simple selection of stickers from my favourite blogs and websites, in matching colours of course!

Photo from Fatlace

After seeing this photo I knew I had to have one of these hard-top spoilers, and after a little bit of digging around on the internet I was put into contact with Project-G. Within 7 days a box arrived at my door.

One thing I’d always liked was the look of the side skirts (with the additional front and rear lip) being painted in the same colour as the body of the car, and I decided that I wanted to go ahead with this.

I ended up going for a full respray in arctic white, including painting my Project-G wing which I really think completes this whole look. Here is the result...

I’m pretty stoked with the overall look of the car now. As well being on form, the car functions to my needs and to me is the ideal balance of the two.

One thing I just wanted to say is that to me, this car isn't just an object that I own. This year as I've grown as a person, this car has grown with me. It's even taught me a thing or two. This car reflects my own personal style, everything I’ve done has been my decision and it’s been done to my own personal tastes. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I always respect that. But with all the internet hype around automotive blogs, Facebook pages and people commenting on everything with their own opinions, it’s easy to get caught up and forget what’s truly important.

When I look at my car I’m not looking for imperfections or negative things to rant about. I look at my car and feel the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you’re about to on a date with somebody you have a major crush on. I truly love this car, with all my heart. It may not be perfect to other people - but to me, it’s the dream.

This blog is about sharing my passion; my love for cars is real, my opinions are real. Just because I post photos of myself with my car doesn’t mean I’m in the scene for the wrong reasons. I’m not be afraid of being myself, and I always try my best to keep it real on here. A blog shouldn't be about being something you're not, and this is truly who I am. Cars are my life, and this particular car makes me very happy. I honestly can't imagine things ever being not like how they are now!

As this car has evolved, iheartstance has along with it. It's brought out a whole new side to my passion - driving! I used to spend a lot of time only taking in the visual aesthetic, but now I have a much better understanding of the functional side of modifying a car too, rather than just thinking that certain things look good. Sometimes I think about how far I've come since before I started this blog, but sometimes I think about how much there is out there in the world that I'm still yet to learn about. At the end of the day, that thought keeps me going and motivates me to both learn more about cars, and become better at driving them. With the Miatasaurus, I know I’m definitely on the right track.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

NZPC hardpark 2011 video

Miatasaurus features at the end!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

iheartstance end of year giveaway!

As I mentioned yesterday, I have the following collection of iheartstance stickers to give away to one lucky reader...

None of these stickers are available for purchase at the moment, including both the special black edition and pink & gold JDM decals which are the very last stickers of their kind! To enter simply send an email to telling me what kind of content you would like to see more of on iheartstance in 2012! Please include "Sticker Giveaway Competition" in the subject line, and with your answer please include your full name. See further terms & conditions below.

*The winner will be announced on the iheartstance Facebook page on Wednesday 21st December and will then be contacted in return by email. All names from entries will be put in a draw to determine the winner.

Monday, December 12, 2011

what are you getting your car for xmas?

Look no further people, the answer is right here! These AMAZING special edition rainbow sparkle iheartstance stickers are now available for purchase* through the online store...

These die-cut decals are limited edition and there won't be any more getting printed, so please get in quick if you want some! Click here to go through to the store.

Also, tomorrow night I'll be announcing a special end of year giveaway, including the above selection of every iheartstance decal! None of the above are available through the store so stay tuned for details on how you can enter to win.

Thanks everyone and happy ordering!

*Orders are only accepted through the iheartstance online store via Paypal.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

genevieve does rotiform!

My friend Genevieve went over to America recently and got to visit Rotiform!

Grrr... I am so jealous of her! They make some of the best looking wheels in the world...

I also wanted to thank her for sharing some of my stickers with the guys at the shop - in return I got this super rad Rotiform tee...

Thank-you G & Ben, and Jason at Rotiform! So stoked :)

You can buy T-shirts and other Rotiform merchandise through their online store here, and you can check out G's full post on her blog here too! Not only is she a hot babe who is into cars and general rad shit, she's also an amazingly talented singer as well. Make sure to subscribe to her YouTube channel for her latest videos and song covers!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

outsiders japan trailer

WOW! This trailer is a must see... can't wait to check out the movie!

Outsiders Movie Facebook

Thursday, December 8, 2011

you know you've made it when...

...fake stickers pop up on Ebay! Oh yeah.

Monday, December 5, 2011

NZPC hardpark 2011 coverage

I opened my eyes and jumped out of bed, peering outside between the blinds to see what the weather was like. I glanced over at where my MX-5 was parked, the chassis rails almost resting on the ground on the angle it was parked on, proudly displaying its new glossy white coat.

I beamed an enormous smile... it was like a beautiful glowing angel! My heart skipped a beat as I visualised myself rolling down the motorway, millimetres off the ground, on my way over to Auckland's North Shore. I’d pretty much emptied my whole bank account over the past month and put it into getting my car ready for today. It was time to make every cent count! Click here to view a quick video.

A few other MX-5 owners and I convoyed over together, arriving early before all the madness started. It was really cool meeting up and discussing the next plans for our cars and cruising together!

Cole’s 1.6 turbo has some sweet extra touches put into it - a custom red paint-job and an RX-7 front lip just to name a couple. So nice!

By the early afternoon the whole parking lot was packed full - NZPC were stoked by the turn-out, which would have been over 400 cars at least.

Here are a few more of my favourite shots from the day...

Ben’s 85 – can’t get enough photos of this car.

This was probably my favourite Civic, Caleb Thorne’s EG. Nice stickers too!

CJC brought their A-game, as well as a BBQ & sausage sizzle and a gazebo! For a group of young car guys, they are always so organised. I’m really looking forward to featuring my car on their stand at the 4 & Rotary Nationals in January!

Phil’s S2K, so clean!

This R31 wagon was super rad.

It’s so cool seeing couples that are into the car scene together. Here is Andrew’s E30...

...and Laura’s EP3 Type R.

Sweet AE86, I hear this car may be going up for sale soon!

I remember seeing this Hachi out at Meremere a few months ago, but never got to have a really good look at it then. It truly is gorgeous!

Something about this EG’s stance I really like. The bright white steelies and purple wheel nuts really stood out to me.

I absolutely love everything about this red VW Kombi! It’s been restored to such beautiful condition, and the matching checkered curtains just make it. Awesome!

Aaron Keach’s bad-ass FC had to take best stance of the event in my opinion.

Last but not least, my MX-5 makes its debut with its new paint job, new ride height and new Project G-wing. The feedback I’ve had so far has been fantastic and I just wanted to thank everyone for your kind comments!

A massive thank-you to New Zealand Performance Car for hosting a well organised (and not to mention free!) event for the Auckland car community to enjoy. The day was a huge success and I’ve got a feeling that this is just a taste of bigger and even more awesome things to come in our scene in 2012!