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@reallyknt @JDMized It isn't a "buy American" theme. No, the parts on my cars are from all over the world. Reputable companies that have been in business for a LONG time and focus solely on producing one particular product.
You gotta ask yourself, why enter a particular market where the competition is fierce and stiff. Why re-invent the wheel if it already works?
To stay afloat IS hard because other well-known companies are doing one heck of a job already, and bringing into the US market a product made overseas is NOT easy. Quality ofter times lacks.
Does it get boring to come to this site? No, I enjoy some articles on here, and dislike others.
My spoon are all biodegradable and made here, in the US :)
Blog? I have my own Flickr account, you should check it out:
I was left a bit appalled when I saw GMG Racing partnering with CSF rads. I am NOT saying CSF rads are garbage. I can't comment on that. But there are PLENTY of great American companies who do outstanding jobs in their little niche.
Contracting a company that does manufacture overseas to me = cost benefits. No different than Mishimoto or Megan Racing.
You are entitle to your opinion :)
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Racing Porsches And Raging Trucks:<br/>Keeping It Cool With CSF
@CSFrace The companies I mentioned above do it. "Impossible"? Cost? How do the companies I mentioned above stay in business?
I guess when you are going after quantity vs. quality some corners have to be cut (and employ cheaper labor, cause I'm sure as hell those Indian won't see the same wages the Americans would see).
I don't wanna stay here and argue, but there are quite a few companies (motorsports companies) here in the US that do an excellent job and keep the quality second to none.
Other ones that come to mind: Burns Stainless Steel, Adel Wiggins, HRE, Wiseco...the list is long.
Anyway, good luck with your endeavor.
So CSF rads are produced in India?I Uh!
What's wrong with good ol' Made in the USA radiators? (Griffin or C&R rads just to name a few). Too expensive to manufacture?
Hey, then people complain the unemployment rate here in the US is on the rise, and the economical crisis is worse than ever.
Keep buying Made in Foreign Land, so you can save up a penny or two.
Diversity is the name of the game.
Covering the same events every years gets old after a while....
5 months, 4 weeks ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER:</br>How To Be The Speedhunter
@Derelict @JDMized Thanks for the heads up. I used to read MotoIQ all the time.....then I kinda got bored. Those guys are truly amazing and definitely know their stuff (they're all engineers after all)....but all the project cars are ALWAYS assembled with the same shit. KW dampers, White Line sway-bars, Volk/ Enkei wheels....the list is ALWAYS the same.
Sure those parts perform incredibly well for the money, they are awesome parts, but there are MANY other outstanding aftermarket parts out there that do a great job. So I'd like to see a review on other stuff.
They can't definitely please everyone, but for people like me, after a white it gets boring....and I leave (I'm sure there are other folks that left because their fixation with a given brand).
@PaddyMcGrath I brought this up MANY times. You and your colleagues always brushed it off.
You guys take great pics, but, as for myself want to see technical, visceral content. Not just how cars are put together but WHY certain parts were chosen over others. What difficulties the owners found while building. I'd like to see the owner really showcase his/her inception.
I personally don't give a fuck whether a pink scheme works well with a given wheel set, that's just opinion....and unfortunately most of the articles I read on here are filled with opinion and a bunch of filler.
I don't mind reading, so long the articles are juicy. Get the owner's perspective, the in's and out's. Pro's and con's of parts. Do they work together? Do they clash? Tuning headaches? gas-choice, previous parts/cars that got ditched for something better/worse, future to-do list.
I can stay here and make a longer list, but you got the point.
This site COULD grow if the staff realizes that photography is just half the equation.
The writing part, most of the time lacks TREMENDOUSLY! Not because there are mediocre journalists on staff, but the content, the technical aspects of the stories should be taken as SERIOUS as photography.
You guys (SH) should look into someone that can snap away as well as write informative articles, not just personal-opinion articles.
If you are happy where you are, you will only gather to a very specific demographic. If you want to reach out to a bigger audience, you may want to consider what I mentioned above.
6 months ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER:</br>How To Be The Speedhunter
No seatbelts? Safety third!
6 months ago on Kato’s Kenmeri – The Kyusha King?
This kit car does NOT have SACHS dampers. They are Reiger.
6 months, 1 week ago on They Call It A Kit Car. We Call it Awesome
I lurk on the TAS feature and Dino is still on square one, blabbering non-sense facts.
Fact #1. Weds brought to TAS ALSO last year a new prototype dry carbon wheel. (Prototype #2 if you will).
Fact #2. Koenigseggs is not the only company producing full carbon wheels.
Fact #3. The carbon wheels on the white Bimmer are real!
You would think with your contacts and expertise, you would have access to certain informations, I guess not.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Europe Takes On Japan</br> TAS Invasion
@stylez nz Back in elementary school I used to take a look only at the picture too. I feel your pain.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Forget 4WD. Trust In Drift
LOL, the GT-R looks mighty fine, too bad someone it will end up on a wall somewhere.
Extremely well executed but too ugly!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Murcielago Mix-Up:<br />The Fiat That Ate A Lamborghini
That little CRX is mental!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Welcome To The Mouse House
@RodChong That's like saying BBS makes many other wheels than just Mesh!
6 months, 3 weeks ago on What Miura-San Did Next
@incloudsx @wheatgod @hypodermic Bwahahahahahahaha
When a website starts to monitor the comments with moderators to prevent keyboard fighting, you know the site is dealing with kids.
That's when you realize you CAN'T take the site seriously!
If the site doesn't see that (and keeps shoveling that beat horse down your throat, that's a sign you gotta move on).
I couldn't have said that better. Thanks for spreading some knowledge to those fanboys that were "so close" to Mr. Walker.
Pathetic to say the least!
7 months, 1 week ago on Should You Celebrate Paul Walker?<br />We Get Personal in Japan
@speedhunters_dino : The video of Suzuki shows 52.53 on his Racepack. You wrote 52.565, what gives?
7 months, 2 weeks ago on New Breath Of Life @ The Super Battle
It reminds me of www.kimini.com
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Cooper-von-Wankel, Moonshine’s Rotary Mini
Very nice looking Porsche!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on German Speed Metal:</br>A Time Attacking Porsche 944 Turbo
Sell both junks. Sell the GTI and get a Golf R.
8 months, 1 week ago on Project Crown Gets A Donor Car (Or Not?)
@tbtstt @JDMized @DaveOliver When you love something, you don't have to showcase it and slap it on everyone's face. You do it FOR YOURSELF. Advertising it, causes the audience (us) to see someone who's trying his hardest to "make it", to make a point, to prove something; and like I said, since Ken Block has already passed his prime, he has no place in the lime light, and never did. So why trying so hard?
You follow you passion FOR YOURSELF, or to please others? I thought so.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Gymkhana 6: Back To Basics
@DaveOliver @JDMized I do have the money he has!
"He knew he was never going to be fast"? Suuuuuure, lots of sponsor and endorsement backing him out for nothing in return, you sure understand how business is done!
@DaveOliver @Mfabs I wouldn't waste my money into WRC if I were 43. Too late to do well.
He did well at Higgins? LOL.....yeah in the US, where rally is pretty much non existent.
Instead of spending million of dollars on those gymkhana videos trying to impress the young crowd with Dickies and flat-bill caps, I would invest my money into DC where he excels.
Trying to impress the audience.....um....he still suck at WRC.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Gymkhana 6: Back To Basics
@Simply P @JDMized Keep believing the hype "son'!
Hey watch your language! Larry Chen is a good friend with Linbergh, and so is Antonio (and many other photographers in the industry). They all know each other for years. I'm pretty sure if you say something bad about those folks, you'll be automatically put onto the black list like me!
"Speedhunters is about cars and photography"? LOL, SH is about generating revenue thru video games and put up pretty pictures with DSLR's. Look around and see how the camera-hobby exploded in the past few years in the car-scene. IT'S RIDICULOUS!!!! I went to SpoCom few months back, there were MORE people with pretty DSLR than cars!!!!
Everyone is a photographer these days :)
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Defining The Niche: The Liberty Walk GT-R
@FunctionFirst @JDMized @Hotcakes @wheatgod I LOVE how they are arguing about the stuff I put up and Larry took it down because it offended him.....LOL
"JDMized, make sure to say only nice things to people, otherwise they'll get irritated and take it down!"
@Hotcakes @wheatgod That's because I gave up reading SH.
If you look back before SH was created most of the folks that worked at SH (and left SH there after) and some of them that are still around, haven't really done much for the industry
(I'm waiting to see who's the first one to say, "Hey JDMized, what have YOU done for the industry?" Me? Nothing.....but I don't put myself in the spot light, I don't go out of my way to create the buzz and hire photographers that use automotive-journalist).
Anyway, most of these folks are mild-enthusiast AT BEST. How so? Does ANY of you ever seen Rod Chong project cars? Me neither.
Same thing with Dino, posting a feature of the R34 and his new red TE37...WOW, that's ground breaking. Much like a Tomei turbo-kit..something that has never been done before....LOL
Linbergh, same shit......
The list goes on and on. The bottom line is, those folks came into the scene to create the buzz and generate traffic for the video game. Most of these folks don't wrench on their car......how on earth they gained credibility solely based on pretty pictures is beyond me.
So, I grew jaded of all the bullshit that I read on this site, and I hardly check it these days. Eventually people that WANT to learn something about fast cars and not slammed shit will look into other informative blogs and mags that provide hard-solid facts, not opinions.
@D1RGE That Camry will NEVER see a speck of dirt! Guaranteed.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Now Trending At SEMA: Six Cars To Watch
@Mechne a 2JZ.
@wheatgod @JDMized you do apparently :)
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Not Afraid To Shock: Liberty Walk 458
@Simply P @JDMized @big_chris1981 Do some search on the net and see who runs Motormavens.....LOL, and how close SH and canibeat are....LOL
Same folks, same mindset :)
@zz Dragsters use compression THAT high....and in many cases up and above 17.0:1
8 months, 3 weeks ago on The Bespoke Touch: Brill Steel Carbon S14
@speedhunters_dino @777 @Nick Contey "unshielded" as in "not protected". Most FIA sanctioned races prohibits the use of an exposed fuel cell IN the cabin and the teams have to build a "shield" to prevent any possible fuel spill.
(look at the FD3 R-Magic last year at WTAC).
I've been preaching this for years!!!! but they're still manipulating the young crowd in making them believe the hype.....time will come when this young crowd will finally bloom and move onto something concrete with ACTUAL facts.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Not Afraid To Shock: Liberty Walk 458
@speedhunters_dino @apex_DNA www.kimini.com
9 months ago on The Final Entry: Engineered to Slide Hilux
@mrBlonde They filed bankruptcy.
9 months ago on Time Travel By Turbo: The 9ff Vmax
@speedhunters_dino Like Andrew said, I am not asking him (or you) to reveal data that could compromise your/his job, but generalizing on the aero stuff for all the cars featured above is (in my opinion) pointless. Mainly because each shape of each car requires a very specific aero to work at its potential, and I don't think that asking the teams to share THEIR thoughts in regard their aero is inappropriate.
If you tell me you had no time, I am sorry and I apologize for coming off as a dick. On the other hand, if you had time it would have been sweet (IMO) to see each car's aero in detailed, and maybe have Andrew chime in as much as possible (w/o compromising his professionalism).
So, sorry again.
9 months, 1 week ago on Aero Hunting @ WTAC
Andrew I appreciate your comment and I wish (instead of having a bunch of cars featured and put into the same box, so to speak), broke it down one by one, and maybe having people like you chime in with hard data instead of speculating.
There's no innacuracy here. I only read opinions.
Instead of literally wasting band width, why not consult/let talk THE PEOPLE behind these concepts?
So we ALL learn something constructive!
@reno808 What technical insight? There's a bunch of pics with little to no actual hard facts; just personal opinions.
@speedhunters_dino I thought YOU would be able to "chime in" since you decided it was a good idea to feature such a article.
Dino's trying to be an aerodynamicist explaining its complexity. Folks, I've seen it all!
9 months, 1 week ago on All-Round Entertainment At WTAC
Here is what I drive daily (no knock off parts!):
And here is my long-time project:
Now, don't be all defensive because I pointed out that you support knock off shit. Buying some quality parts and weld on a few tabs is not the end of the world.
9 months, 1 week ago on Ole Orange Bang: All Star Bash Or Bust
@Larry Chen @EauRogue In the end of the day you can't take constructive criticism, and instead blatantly delete me posts.
Flaunt the wealth hasn't been more obvious.
Material selection often times clash. Leather and carbon? No!
Titanium and carbon? Yes!
9 months, 1 week ago on Huayra: To Love Or Not To Love
@ModGuy Simply broken.
9 months, 1 week ago on The Dust Settles At WTAC: </br> Tilton Reigns Supreme
@777 @JDMized These days? Not that I know. Yes there are shops that tests their stuff regularly, but not as much as Suzuki.
Tsukuba, just by looking at the layout, and the banked turns, does favor AWD cars. It's also much slower/technical with the main straight being at the end before the big sweeper before the finish line.
Sidney Motorsport Park has 5 fairly long straights. The circuit is much faster than Tsukuba.
The fact that Suzuki's S15 is RWD and gutted to shit also helps in the weight department. (if you look at the intricacy of the roll-cage of Tilton or Nemo, you can see where the weight comes from).
Mr. Suzuki has 1000 of hours under his belt at Tsukuba.
You can't compare the two circuits. He has little knowledge on this Australian track in comparison, which means car setting has to be adjusted.