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@Mike @econti @bakayaru Hahah this old thread just popped into my email. Yes Mike. EXACTLY that.
Welding a cage into a corolla gives you about a year of racing before the chassis is JUNK. Then you'll have to start over. If you ever cut your rear fenders for flares, separating the 2 metal layers, you'll be shocked to find you can bend the entire chassis by hand. Just get 2 strong guys to push on the B-Pillars, and watch the roof crease. A welded cage will punch right through that flimsy floor, unless it's boxed/plated properly.
I've been paid quite well for a few years for design (mostly composites), and I always have to laugh when some ignorant kid says "welding is always better". Military aircraft (no expense spared) choose mechanical fastening for hard-points - for a reason.
Any force strong enough to destroy a properly boxed and mounted bolted-cage made of decent material, would kill you anyway. Corollas are made of tin-foil.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Operative Word, Custom: N-Style Levin
BTCC and JTCC were the main reason I grew to love cars. Images simply can't convey the experience of watching it on TV as a kid. It had all the excitement of Nascar, but with REAL drivers and real driving (turning both left AND right, trail braking, rev-matching, etc.).
Many years later, I'm still dreaming of building a Primera to take to the track.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Putting The Super Back Into Touring Cars
Are you a "driver", or a "winner"? For those who like to drive, and enjoy the sensation, the choice is obviously the older car. For those who wear their Porsche as a penis extension (most), to make them feel powerful and successful - their choice is just as obvious. Most newer Porsches have speed and power to win races, but they will never be driven above 6/10's their ability. Their only taste of rev limiter will happen from a stoplight in 1st gear, when cutting in front of SUV's on the way to Starbucks. New Porsches are simply too powerful and refined to be of use on the street, and their owners too cowardly to track them properly. So yeah. The classic one.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on The Purest Decision. RS or RS?
Perfect car, and perfect build. Nothing is more mental than steering a fwd around a track by sliding the rear, and I've never had more fun than I had at Laguna Seca, passing many expensive rwd sports cars in a little $5k Honda hatchback.
11 months, 1 week ago on The ‘I Heart Honda’ Charade
I don't know you, and therefore my words can't possibly be personal to you. I hope you will understand the damage that comes from doing good work for free?
Companies will just outsource work when they get the chance, and "downsize" or "rightsize" their teams - meaning good people get fired so you can build a rep. You get ripped off. Experts go broke. Companies look for more stupid spec monkeys to rip off.
happens every day.
1 year ago on It’s January! Who Wants To Be A Speedhunter?
Good Job Matt & Ivan! Glad to see the real builders get credit on this one, even if Bieber still gets the headlines.
1 year ago on Biggest, Baddest, Lowest: </br> Mad Mike’s BRODZR
Future generations will die of boredom, as cleverness slowly erodes any sense of adventure.
1 year ago on The Self-Drifting BMW:</br>Has Technology Gone Too Far?
"no need for fancy aero on the street" - Don't you even realize your conformist fascism? Do you really want everybody to drive a Prius?
There's NO need for ANY sports car on the street either. Most truck owners don't need a truck. A Prius would get better gas mileage, would be more quiet - why not take your fool logic one step further, and just say "everybody in the whole world should drive X" ?.
In Nazi Germany, you would've goose-stepped right along with all the other robots, and whoever you are, I truly despise your tiny mind.
I love seeing wacky cars with giant wings, bright graphics and funny doors! WHY NOT!? What does it hurt??? Fast&Furious? OK!!! Do you think you're somehow better? Keep telling yourself that.
So called 'rice-bashing' is just a group of cowards and bullies pretending to be car enthusiasts, and hoping their vain attempts at diminishing others will somehow raise their status.
Anyone dressing up their car with aero on the street has more balls than you.
If you want to put someone else down, use your fists, and leave cars out of it.
1 year ago on Return of the Mak:</br>The Perfect All-Round S15?
Almost every successful paid person, feels that anybody who offers to work for free (for someone else) simply isn't any good. If you'll work for free anyway, and think you're good, then start your own blog! If your blog gets noticed - well then you are good!
How would YOU feel as a paid photog, if some kid said "I want your job so bad, I'll work for no money"? You'd be like "man, eff this mo+h3rfuck€r!"
I work in design, and lots of kids try to get in with promises of 'free work', but there's no bigger turn off, than someone who's willing to devalue my hard earned position by whoring themselves out without pay!
Face the fact that if your work was truly great, you would've been called by someone.
I won't even look at a resume from anybody willing to work for free, and my first job as a paid intern, was to throw away the 3000 resumes that weren't me.
Stop giving out your loser advice, and work for whatever you want until you're too good to be missed.
Fantastic kit. Brilliant wheels. Every BR-Z/86 should come with these flares and the turbo motor. Spray the taillights red, put in copper head gaskets, equal length manifold and cat delete, fmic, and you've got the perfect track daily.
1 year ago on What Miura-San Did Next
Still a couple more years til we can import Cossies into the U.S.... Truly despise Mercedes Benz for buying off legislators on the gray import ban fascism.
Hipster kids just want to sound smart, and look for something to pick on. Lots of very strong structures are held together with bolts. The bolt-in in my Miata was strong enough to pick up the entire car with it. I've seen a bolt-in cage save a guy's life at Laguna seca too.
1 year, 1 month ago on Operative Word, Custom: N-Style Levin
@reginald_reginald "That car is messed up, because it's not as good as it could be!!". blah blah blah. "Even though my car isn't on SH, I'm the super-ultimate excellence-guru, and the car in my head is better than that car!" blah blah. there. I feel more clever now, that I told that guy who built a car, how much better the car is in my head - that I never built.
1 year, 1 month ago on Wait, That’s A Miata? Pit Crew Style
Subaru & Mitsubishi tried very hard to give ACTUAL rally cars to enthusiasts. Unfortunately, Ford, Peugeot & Citroen forced rules changes, turning WRC into NASCAR, with fake kit cars built by small racing firms. True rally fans have Subaru and/or DSM in their driveway, even those cheering for Loeb.
1 year, 2 months ago on Road To Rally:</br>High Five To The Maxi
The Audi is an amazing car, but if the voters ever heard & felt a Lancia Rally 037 rumble by, they'd know it's something different. A Kevlar hand grenade - Dangerous beyond measure. The Lancia was the demon of Gruppe B, that needed to be killed.
1 year, 2 months ago on The Greatest Group B Car?
You honestly think poor people don't work hard!? I dare you to pick lettuce for a week. I bet you couldn't. You couldn't do construction either. The poor lady working nights at Jack in the Box? Poor people work MUCH harder than wealthy people. Your world would come to a screeching halt if all the nice folks you call "losers" actually stopped working. Janitors, food workers, factory workers. 99% of poor people work damn hard. You focusing on the 1% who are actually lazy, shows just how naive, ignorant, and immature you are. And yes, a punk like you has NO right telling anybody to 'get a job'.
1 year, 2 months ago on Meet Street Shark, The Ultimate Ricer
What we can certainly 'comprende', from your egomaniacal rant, is profound elitism, and self aggrandizement at the expense of others. Also proof of the terribly narcissistic view of many online trolls, exemplifying the shameful nature of the term 'ricer'. Thinking you are somehow helping the world become more tasteful by trying to shame others is delusional, and a fascist notion. Poor people are neither dysfunctional nor stupid, and you have no place trying to shame anyone. If you were honest about it, you'd admit that you just like feeling "right".
"ricer" is just poor-shaming using cars. Every kid buying wings and mufflers just wanted a cool car, but Americans hate poor people. Poor white guy with a truck = inbred hillbilly goat f#ck3r. Poor while black = n!gg3r. Poor with race car = ricer. Shameful phrases that show the true face of capitalism.
People try to challenge the logic of "dumping" $10k on an old car, but don't bat an eyelash at squandering $50k on a new car. Personally, I don't understand spending lots of money on a new, stock auto.
1 year, 2 months ago on Neo-Classic: A Turbo-Swapped ’71 Celica
Your vain attempts at wealth work against the beautiful feeling of earning it. No purchased glory comes close to the sensation of a machine you can't afford - dumping your last dollar into an unattainable goal, and getting away with it. Kurumania belongs to the poor. To the true wanters and believers. Like buying sex, rich kids will always wonder if they would be fast without money. Speedhunters, like every other beautiful thing, has become 'property' of the rich. But... You'll never know the beauty of having spent your last dollar to make the track. The rush that only honest love for speed can produce when at your last. The feeling of scrubbing a wheel when you can't afford another. Limits provide their own exuberance. Fakery runs out. Someday, there's gonna be reconciliation.
1 year, 2 months ago on Discussion: The Great Over Fender Revival
Bakayorou ! Thinking that car-love only applies to the wealthy, is the bane of true kurumania. I hope you die of a painful cancer.
People love cars, or they don't. Anybody who loves a car enough to bolt on over fenders, widen the tires, and race it around a track is good by me. Anybody who gives flack to those true enthusiasts is my sworn enemy.
Drifting was best back in 1998 or so, when it was illegal street action after midnight. High risk, full commitment. Any rich kid can now drift tracks in daddy's car, and if they wreck it, it's no loss. No jail time. Drifting became stupid when they started judging it like ice skating. Now it's just a way to kill cars.
1 year, 3 months ago on Discussion: Let’s Talk About Drifting
What's this!!?? After all that CR-Z and Insight nonsense, there's somebody at Honda with oil in their veins? This looks very good.
1 year, 3 months ago on Honda Lightweight Sports: The S660 Concept
The need for a new Silvia was almost as obvious as the need for a diesel Wrangler pickup... Auto execs are such bleeding idiots.
1 year, 3 months ago on Is Nissan Bringing A New Silvia To Tokyo?
Ford of America never treated their people right. Removing bolts from radiators to save money, avoiding lawsuits by playing loopholes, and producing poorly built cars - while Europe, Australia, and the rest of the world got amazing vehicles. As an American, I can't hate Ford enough. Last brand I'd ever buy.
1 year, 3 months ago on More Than Nostalgia: An Escort With A Hint Of Porsche
Honda City Turbo. end of line.
1 year, 3 months ago on Discussion: Which Car Should Be Brought Back?
Should show the barricades stopping these cars from running. Most Japanese are so very law-abiding, that this kind of misbehaving is really over the top. These cars were designed SPECIFICALLY to break the rules - To tempt cops to pull them over, so they can "run like wind". Videos on YouTube show the shenanigans.
1 year, 3 months ago on Kaido Racers Invade Auto Legends
All cars have an expiration date. When lots of people choose to keep a particular car alive far past its date - that makes it a 'classic'
1 year, 4 months ago on Discussion: What Makes a Classic Car?
When you dislike something, will you scorn it? Outlaw it? If you were in charge, would you make everyone follow your way? Why? What's the point?
1 year, 4 months ago on Original Gangster: A Dmpd W115 Benz
Really nice writing. I enjoyed reading that.
1 year, 4 months ago on 9ff Gt9 Clubsport: The Brain Melter
I've always found it confusing, that people would rather see these old rust in scrapyards, than be modified. I believe it's a deep-rooted hatred for chaos, and a love for order, that in actuality is the basis for fascism. It's why people hate graffiti. Personal expression defeating a system of order. Sooner or later, chaos always wins.
A fascist named "Olaf". How fitting.
And for the record, I also called out Mike Jones, when he acted like he built the BadBull by himself. Shops make money by reputation. When shops build cars and go un-named in media, it should be considered THEFT. All the "old magazines" understood this.
If you think this is about gender, you're reading it wrong. It's about MONEY.
1 year, 5 months ago on Project Z: The Quest For Perfection
@ladiesman While you're correct that I'm an asshole, you're incorrect to assume assholes don't get laid. You're also incorrect that I've made assumptions. I don't see a SINGLE pic of her turning a wrench - yet I see her name. I see professional, hard-working, un-named people doing all the work. I LOVE women who work on cars. I hate anybody, male or female, who doesn't give credit where it's due. Hard working people are generally assholes.
Beautiful car, and beautiful kit. Much harder to get flares bolted on clean like that, than to blend them in.
1 year, 5 months ago on Bold Statements: Liberty Walk M3
@Taryn Croucher As long as the shops get credit and get known, It's all good. All too often, great shops do all the work, and get NO mention at all.
I see lots of guys doing work, while a chick stands around and says "we did this/that/etc." It's awesome you love cars. Truly is. But I'm learning from SH that Kiwi's take credit for things they didn't do... You cleaned some bolts. Turned a wrench or two. Please don't try to come across as the builder of this car, when it's done.
@hashtagfatlaceillestlifestyleryOYes exactly. You can sign up for a drift meet now - sanctioned events. They charge less than a single tire to get in, in most places. You and your buddies scratchin a T.K. Noodle parking lot at night, is so far from what it used to be... hashtagplayedoutHaiBoiLOL
1 year, 5 months ago on Highway To The Danger Zone: The Tomcat S13
what a drift car should be. drifting used to be an illegal activity, that involved tribes, street corners @ 1am, the "cop scramble", arrests - life on the edge.
Now it's filled with posers and mx dropouts, getting fat sponsorships to wreck cars they don't buy. This reminds me of the old days
1 year, 6 months ago on Highway To The Danger Zone: The Tomcat S13
950hp with almost no downforce... That beautiful car will end up in a wall.
1 year, 6 months ago on Attack Mode Enabled: The Mi Performance E34
@pstar it's apparent that you invented all the cool cars, and you own it all. Everybody follows your decisions, because of all the great stuff you've done. No. Wait. Flip that. Reverse it. Nobody knows you, we couldn't care less about your fake self-importance, and you've never done anything worthy of recognition. If I'm wrong, post the links.
1 year, 6 months ago on Poll: Keeping It In The Family?
Man... I miss my coupe... Can't believe a Crystal Body Yokohama style 20v itb is now considered a subtle build...
1 year, 6 months ago on Less Is More: A Norwegian Style Ae86
"it's ok when Japanese modify Japanese cars, but not Italian cars. That's sacrilege". Interesting. I always found it fascinating how subtle racist ideologies affect design exploration. Japanese are not inferior to Italians, and if you visit Italy, you'll see LOTS of bondo and fiberglass.
1 year, 6 months ago on An Afternoon At Daikoku: 7’s Day 2013
@DCS Enjoying your self-righteous correct-ness? It's pointless. People will continue to modify their cars as they see fit. "Taste" changes over time, as do all fads.
old 911's look great, but they rattle and smell like fuel and oil, as much as others on this list. Awesome as a track tool though. It's amazing what people forgive for pedigree. I chose big American iron for my commute. No racing b.s. on the road, and every clown in a prius pulls out of your way if they look in a mirror.
1 year, 7 months ago on Players_Show_North_Weald_2013-018
Ugly cars are the best. The Lancia Delta Integrale is beastly in looks and sound, and is FAR more interesting than prettier cars.
1 year, 7 months ago on SPECIAL KIND OF LOVE: LAMBORGHINI ESPADA
@KevinVetters I've been to thunderhill, mazda raceway and sears point. I run with NCRC, and bought pics from gotbluemilk's truck. I've gotten the wave-by from many porsches, a real F40, etc. Like I said - Only 3 had unrepaired track damage. Would I be caught driving a bagged slowmobile? No. Would I try to force my opinion on everybody else? Not likely. I love contrast, and despise conformism. See you at the track.
1 year, 8 months ago on Wekfest LA: Showin’ Off In The LBC
@KevinVetters @Mike There is a place in the world where people all do things "one right way". It's called North Korea. You guys are just fascists, and want everybody to share your values. Everybody who owns a fast car "MUST!" care more about driving than fashion!!! Lol. Fascism makes me snicker, and it's my obligation as a free American to laugh at you both.
@Mike Garrett It seems the haters can't see the forest, because all the trees are in the way. Most owners of Porsches, Lambo's, Etc. NEVER track them or race them. Most EVO and STi owners don't either. If the cars will never be driven in a red mist of purposeful anger - there's zero point in setting them up for track duty. There's nothing more beautiful than a 911 with track scars, but I've only seen 3 of those in my life.