Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Speedhunters EDTN Madbul T-shirt!

I'm super stoked to have got my hands on one of the rad tees that SPEEDHUNTERS has recently released!

The design pays homage to Speedhunters' Car of Year for 2011, New Zealand's own Madbul RX-7 owned by kiwi drifter Mad Mike. So cool!


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Weekend in photos

On the weekend my friend Ben took some photos of my MX-5 - I'll share them on here soon! Also some good progress was made on the Z, I've included a few pics of the roll cage and interior getting ready for paint, and the CR01s being test-fitted on the body. Can't wait to see the flares go on!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

4 & Rotary Supershow 2012

The first 4 & Rotary event of the season kicked off over the weekend, and I decided to take my car along and park it up in the show and shine which was held on the playing field at Mt. Smart Stadium!

There wasn't a huge amount of cars there but it was still enough to make it a fun day, especially on Saturday when the weather was mint!

If you went along you might have seen the Miatasaurus parked up with the LOWLIFE crew! I lowered the car a bit last week, evening the ride height out (it was higher in the back last weekend) but still leaving the springs captive. I like it at this height... but I'd like it more if it was lower... ;)

Repping PROJECT-G!

My partner Pedey parked his '67 Impala up next to my car and it was cool seeing them being displayed together. They are pretty much polar opposites of each other!

Pedey was excited to bring the car along as this was its first outing of the season! It may sound silly but it's been in storage for a while and I think I'd almost forgot how good it looks. I'll never get sick of this car!

Performance Car's Assistant Ed Marcus and his partner Michelle have literally just got their hands on this  bagged C10 GMC pick-up which arrived last week from America! The truck still needs a bit of work to get it up to scratch, but as we don't get these sort of mini-trucks here in NZ it's pretty cool to see something like this on our shores. Can't wait to see what they have in store for it!

Mark Strawbridge's Mazda Capella has been built specifically to handle well at its low ride height.

Those wide Simmons in 15x10&11 look so tough wrapped in NT01 semi-slicks!

Ben Phillips' bad-ass sounding SR500 was parked up alongside the cars too...

The detail on the gas tank with the metal flake paint sparkles like crazy in the sunlight!

Adrian Andrew's S14 Silvia was looking a bit more aggressive than last time I saw it....

...this was due to the fact that the car is even lower than normal (serious wheel porn going on with those Work VS-XX wheels)... well as the addition of some big blast pipes. Adrian said he just put them on for the show but that they are starting to grow on him!

There were several nice looking E46s on display...

Luxury Sports owner Ryan Sun's GS300 was sitting on a clean set of Work Schwert SC1s...

... I love these wheels! Nice.

Flush fitment was definitely an outstanding trend, and it was cool to see quite a few cars wearing good quality wheels too... Debbie Wisneski's S15 on Enkei RPF1s.

The wheels aren't even the best feature of the car either, as under the hood sits a clean RB25 swap. Such a nice all round build!

I've seen this R34 GT-R before yet it never ceases to impress. I really appreciate how the owner can't seem to stop modifying it either!

The NAC 86 was on display looking awesome.


Check out the super wide Work Equips on the back of this tubbed old school Mazda.

I loved this old '78 Martini-themed Porsche! I'm such a sucker for older model 911s...

I didn't take any photos of the drifting or skids but I did catch this snap of Charlie giving the thumbs up after popping a tyre and by the looks of it nearly his 13B too!

Despite the rain I still had a great day on Saturday and had fun parking up with the LOWLIFE crew! It really made me look forward to the 4 & R Nationals next year too, it'll be SO awesome seeing our 280z finally finished and looking pretty. Can't wait!

Monday, October 15, 2012

CJC Jerkfest 2012

Firstly I can't believe that it's been a whole year since last year's Jerkfest track day! I have such fond memories of that weekend last year, although I remember I was SO nervous to drive on a track for the first time. I remember my heart felt like it was going to crawl out of my throat at one stage, but it pleased me that this year I didn't feel like that at all. I was a bit nervous but more excited to get back out there.

We arrived at the track at 8am and it was covered in fog which looked quite eerie.

I owe a big thanks to hot girl racer babe Kat Benson for letting me borrow her awesome racesuit! I'll admit... I totally felt cool wearing it (haha).

I'd improved a lot since last year which felt great! I definitely had one of the slower cars there but that didn't mean I didn't have heaps of fun. Even though I had more grip than last year I still found myself losing traction coming out of most of the corners, and last year this scared me a bit but this time it felt more natural and I didn't panic when I started going sideways. It was easy to control the car out of the slide and back into a straight line!

The car looked cooler this year too thanks to the lips and the sides of the car being painted white. This makes such a big difference in my opinion.

My flatmate Patrick finally got to UNLEASH the fury of his turbocharged Cyborg Mirage on the track! Check out this video - it actually sounds like a fighter jet right? You may have seen the car in the November issue of Performance Car magazine!

Warren from MGN brought along his Evo III YRACEU along for a blat and was pleased when he didn't manage to break anything!

Damian's almighty B18C Shuttle on Work Meisters was going strong!

James was kind to take me for a few hotlaps in his gorgeous Lotus Exige S! Check out the video HERE. I wish I knew they were recording so I didn't do my crazy loud laugh that makes me sound like my mum.

Wayne's S14 was looking sharp with its new Rocket Bunny spoiler - I'm a big fan!

There was a big Honda presence on the day too...

Ants Wong's Civic was looking clean on Enkei RPF1s.

Gung's FD2R is so clean...

...and check out those massive Endless brakes!

Michael's bB on Meisters. I owe him a huge thank-you for taking me to get my wheels rebalanced at lunch, thank-you Michael!

Shannon's SR20DET powered Datsun is such a clean example, I love the Work VS-xx wheels.

It was pretty damn fast too!

It really makes me happy thinking back to how far I've come with driving my car, and I feel 100 times more confident than I did at the beginning of last year!

Thank-you so much to all of the organisers and members of CJC, I had such a great day! x