Tuesday, January 31, 2012

online store restock - NEW stickers!

Head on over to the Online Store and check out the new die-cut stickers on sale now!

Firstly the iheartstance hot pink edition stickers are back in stock, these are my favourite ones and the style that I have on my Miata!

Secondly I have a new colour available and for a limited time only - iheartstance tiffany blue heart decals! I love these ones so much... if you want one please get in quick as once these are gone, I won't be getting any more done.

Click here to go through the iheartstance store now!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

goodbye pink wats... part 1

It was both a sad and exciting day for me on Sunday. I have to admit that putting that sandpaper to my wheels made me cringe a wee bit at first...

...but as much as I loved my Watanabes in hot pink, I knew it was time to change it up!

Michelle and I prepping the wheels in the garage of Marcus. Thank-you Marcus for letting us use your very manly garage!

Would you trust this guy?

A huge thank-you to Ben who took the time away from getting his dope 323 ready for Nats to paint my wheels and source the paint for me!

In the photo above he is about to put the first coat on. I am really stoked with the finished product and can't wait to show you guys! Come down to the ASB Showgrounds on Saturday and check them out for yourselves. I will give one hint - they definitely aren't blue OR green! Stay tuned for Part 2 to find out more.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

welcome to the JERKSHOP

Last Friday night we did a spontaneous roadtrip down to Hamilton to meet up with the Circle Jerk Crew. After an amazing meal at Wong's Kitchen (best fried chicken ever IMO) we cruised over to the 'secret jerk homebase' known as the Jerkshop. This place is like a haven for any car nut! You'll see what I mean...

Skids anyone?

The Jerkshop is home to several car builds on the go...

Some not quite as far along as others.

Ever seen a Shuttle drift? Neither had I, until now!

Royce was going hard in his R32!

Paul's RX-7 is undergoing further changes before Nationals at the end of the month. I'm looking forward to doing a full Hellaflush feature on this car very soon!

Dope kicks.

Big props to Anae, our dedicated sober D for taking us in the trusty ILLE5T mobile! It was nice to catch up with the crew before Nats, which we are now racing around like crazy for in time for the CJC show 'n' shine display. I can't wait for you guys to see the new changes to my car - if all goes to plan.

Thanks Jerks for having us!

Monday, January 16, 2012

upcoming new zealand automotive events

We spend hours, days, years, modifying our cars to the point where we can finally look at them and say 'Phwoar... I'm living the dream now!' But there's no point in doing so if that car is going to stay confined to the four walls of your garage for the rest of eternity. This summer I'm planning on getting out as often as I can with my Miata and getting amongst as many events as possible, despite the car being ridiculously difficult to navigate on our roads with it's new ride height.. ooops. Whether you're a stance, drift or classic car enthusiast, make sure to get out and get involved in the New Zealand car scene as much as you can in 2012! Here are some events I'm looking forward to over the next few months that will definitely be worth checking out...

Kumeu Classic Car show - Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd January

The 18th Annual Classic Car & Hot Rod show hits Kumeu this weekend. I love seeing all the beautiful classics on display and the show is always well worth checking out! Click here to go to the website.

4 and Rotary Nationals - Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th January

The countdown is on - only 11 days left before the 2012 Nationals! I'm so excited to see what new cars are going to pop up this year, as well as featuring my own car in the show. Make sure to be there at the ASB Showgrounds on Saturday and the drags at Meremere on Sunday too. Click here for more info on the 4 & R website.

D1NZ Round 4 Mt Smart - Friday 10th - Saturday 11th February

The last few D1NZ rounds - pretty much self explanatory why these are all must-see events! I'm especially looking forward to the Whangarei round as I missed out last time they held a D1NZ round there in the 2010 season. Also note the other dates below:

D1NZ Round 5 Whangarei - Friday 9th - Saturday 10th March
D1NZ Round 6 Hampton Downs - Friday 6th - Saturday 7th April

Stance Off - Sunday 26th February

Stance Off 2012 is a new event following up on the success of the VASK Stance Off meet held last year. This year the team behind Stance Off are stepping away from the VASK umbrella and opening up the event to the public, with all makes and models welcome. Click here to like the Facebook page and subscribe to updates regarding the meet!

Leadfoot Festival - Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th March

Images from Leadfoot Festival website

I am particularly excited about this event - the Leadfoot Festival is nearly here! The website tells us: 'The Leadfoot Festival is a unique weekend bringing together a mix of classic cars, vintage motorcycles and motorsport legends. Limited tickets will be offered to the general public with an invitation to Rod Millen’s private grounds at Leadfoot Ranch. The 140 acre, ocean-front estate features a long driveway that winds through the property designed to be the perfect hill climb. Guests will be given one of a kind experiences featuring unparalleled access to the drivers, pits and racecars. The event is a true celebration of motorsports and all things automotive.'

There is no way I am missing out on this! Click here to read more.

Beach Hop - Wednesday 28th March - Sunday 1st April

One of my favourite events of the year and New Zealand's biggest classic car & rock 'n' roll festival, Beach Hop 2012 is rapidly approaching! Let's all cross fingers for better weather than last year. I'm looking forward to more good times in the Impala down in beautiful Whangamata.

Click here to go to the website.

Whatever your plans might be this summer, make sure to get out and support our scene by checking out some of the above. I can't wait!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

illest of them all

I've just been catching up on what's been happening on some of my favourite sites over the past few weeks - I feel so out of touch! Here is some life inspiration for all of us...

Photo from Speedhunters

Photo from Mayday Garage

Photo from MazdaFitment

Photo from Canibeat

Photo from Canibeat

Photo from StanceWorks

Photo from Stance:Nation

Photo from Stance:Nation

Holy shit, no words to describe how awesome this render by Jon Sibal is! Photo via Hellaflush

Liberty Walk : The JDM Purist from Luke Huxham on Vimeo.

Last but not least, this has to be the sickest thing I've seen in a while. I'm such a big fan of Luke Huxhams's work! And THAT Z! I think I'm going to faint...

Monday, January 9, 2012

back in action! errr... kind of

I am so excited to be back on here after enjoying the most amazing summer break over the past couple of weeks. 2012 is going to be a big year for me and I can't wait to get into it! Firstly here are a few quick photos from my holiday...

Last but not least, just to finish my holiday off with a bang I had a bit of an 'epic fail' moment on the weekend and completely munted my foot...

Shit got extreme after a Shapeshifter gig on Friday night, and sometime afterwards I tripped over a fence whilst attempting to gatecrash the neighbour's teenage house party - true story. I now wear the boot of shame which, to be honest... I feel I like I kind of deserve! This is what I get for trying to relive my youth. Gutted!

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be preparing my car for the V 4 and Rotary Nationals so stay tuned for some Miatasaurus-related updates very soon! My main focus is going to be sprucing up the engine bay and putting in the new parts I've got sitting waiting patiently for it... my strut brace, new rocker cover and intake manifold etc. I'm also looking forward to getting new tyres and putting on a sweet decal made by AWFILMS that is sitting here waiting to go on my windshield!

Finally as some of you may have read I'm going to start blogging for the new Hellaflush website very soon, check out the post here! I don't care if I have to shoot cars from sitting in a wheelchair, I'm that excited! Bring on 2012!