Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Datsun roadtrip photo diary

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Southward Car Museum

Before we began our long journey up to Auckland from Wellington last weekend we stopped in at the Southward Car Museum on the Kapiti Coast, about an hour north of the capital. I'd never heard of Southwards before and was a bit skeptical at first; little did I realise I was about to visit the largest private car collection in the southern hemisphere.

I was so blown away when we walked in to find over 400 cars; as well as a huge display of automotive related memorabilia. Here are a few photos I managed to snap while we were there, though sadly I ran out of memory from all the images I'd taken the previous day at the NZPC Hardpark!

This 1950 Cadillac Fleetwood is the real definition of gangster! Bomb proof floor, bullet proof windows and a hinged windshield for inside firing - holy crap!

The whole thing was covered in bullet marks.

An absolutely beautiful 'gull-wing' Mercedes-Benz 300SL.

Completely original De Lorean.

Check out this baller old school Bentley emblem.

Talk about a hidden gem - if you ever head down (or up!) that way it's definitely worth checking out. Everything about it is so '70s, it almost feels like you go back in time yourself. Overall it was a really fun experience!

Friday, March 23, 2012

NZPC Hardpark Wellington 2012

Last Friday night I flew down to Wellington for the weekend to check out the NZPC Hardpark event put on by the team at Performance Car magazine. By 5pm there was already a massive show of people and it only grew from there. A drastic jump in numbers compared to the meet last year so that was really cool to see. Firstly I thought I'd start the coverage by sharing some of my favourite cars from the day...

I appreciated the cleanliness of this E46 sitting nice and low on BBS LM wheels. It was simple and very tidy.

I'm going to presume it was on bags but someone correct me if I'm wrong?

This showstopping RX-3 was just too immaculate for words. This photo doesn't even do the paint-job justice!

I'm going to go ahead and say that Rupz Parbhu's Cressida was my pick for best fitment of the day. I love the overall staunchness of this car and how it's still a bit rough around the edges. This look definitely suits the car and if anything just makes it more aggressive in appearance. It was also nice to see that it was looking different since last year, with different wheels, different exhaust etc.  

And if that doesn't make it cool, it also boasts a 1JZ under hood. Nice!

You guys know how I love my old American cars and this Impala was no exception. Big, bright and low as hell, gotta love it! Here are few other cars I snapped that stood out from the bunch...

Another Cressida which was really nice, I've noticed that old school cars like this are really popular in the Wellington scene.

I was checking out this R31 R30 before I noticed one of my stickers on the window. Shout out to the owner!

It was nice to have a chat to Michael, the owner of this ZX bB on Work Meisters. We talked about... you guessed it, our love for bBs!!

Another reader I bumped into, Dan from BWARP and his Honda Shuttle!

Proudly wearing the sticker I'd sent him recently after winning a competition on the iheartstance FB page. Nice to meet you Dan and thanks for repping iheartstance!

I was actually really surprised to see so many people wearing my stickers. It was a really cool feeling!

Brian Cox with his recently painted green Enkei wheels was holding it down for Circle Jerk Crew!

I couldn't help but take a photo of these two drongos trying to fight each other in the middle of the car park. Instead of being mean about it, I think you guys should have a caption contest over what the heck they would be fighting about at an all ages car meet in broad daylight.

So much potential in this 300ZX on BBS RS!

Another example of the level of old school cool on display. Love the wheels.


It was really sad to see that some people thought it would be a good idea to attempt to drift in the car park and speed around after the meet started dying down, while there were still people walking around and other cars trying to exit the car park.Not only were these people taking advantage of the opportunity given to them by Performance Car Magazine, the Wellington Council and not to mention the Police who generously left us to our own for the duration of the event, but they well and truly made absolute tools of themselves. Why would you do it, seriously? There isn't any excuse whatsoever for this kind of behaviour.

I want to make it very clear to everyone that reads this blog that my personal opinion is that these type of people are an embarrassment to our scene and are not at all associated with REAL automotive enthusiasts. This behaviour is what kills our scene, what makes the public and the law lose trust in us. On top of that, NO - it didn't make people think perhaps you could could be the next D1 drifter, it just made you look like you were making up for having a tiny, baby, eeny-weeny cock.

Thanks to those small penis losers, it's quite likely that this may have been the last Wellington Hardpark that takes place. A real shame for the 99% of genuine good people that showed up on Saturday to have a great time, enjoy the company of some great cars and soak up the evening sun. Apart from this poor display at the end of the night, I had a great time and it was exciting for us to take the S30 280Z to an event for the first time, even if we haven't started modifying it yet.

Photo from Performance Car Magazine

Thanks to everyone that made the NZPC Hardpark in Wellington as good as it was and I sincerely hope it can take place next year!