South Yorkshire, UK
Car nut, motorsports fan and hopelessly under-funded track day go-er.
Looks good Mike and no doubt it will only get better with a little drop. Personally I would have gone for a higher offset, something like a +40 would have been perfect, but I'm really just splitting hairs. I also love a good tread pattern and those look pretty awesome, shame we don't get Nitto here in the UK.
2 days, 22 hours ago on Project EcoBoost: TE37 Everything
I've seen one of these doing the rounds in the UK. I was at a local country park last summer and some guy and (what looked like) his dad were cruising around in it with a massive grin on their face. They gave zero f**ks too, I was grimacing getting over the speed bumps in my track height MX5, they were happily bobbling over them without a care in the world haha.
3 days, 5 hours ago on The Thing
Nice article Matt, makes a refreshing change from the rest of the content (not that there's anything at all wrong with it), but you know what they say about variety...
I kinda liked the 80's themed pics, wouldn't want them in every article, but made for a nice editorial. Any more info on the miata, looks decent but I can't make out the URL on the windshield.
Please tell me that the 'tiger hunting' was to shoot with your camera and lens, and nothing else!
3 days, 22 hours ago on The Dark Side Of The Moon
Being from the UK, I never really knew all that much about Jay (other than the obvious). But I've been following his youtube channel recently and read a few articles on here and I have to say he's becoming a bit of a car hero of mine. He isn't some rich guy who buys them as ornaments, he buys them to enjoy them properly whilst still respecting their history and maintenance. Bravo Mr.Leno, you've made the hero list.
4 days, 4 hours ago on Jay Leno’s Garage:</br> A Personal Speedhunters Tour
@D1RGE EXE @Robo_No1 Haha fair point, it can sometimes seem a little clinical and forced. But FD have an exiting, fresh, rapidly developing motorsport, and some kick ass consumer relate-able cars so I'm sure they could put together a really good package.
4 days, 6 hours ago on The Beginning Of A New Era
I enjoyed the season opener. I think the sport (technically) has come a long way, and FD have done a great job in embracing that. I also think that the coverage has come a LONG way, and FD are starting to appreciate that most of their audience isn't actually in the grand stands, but back at home. The additional "trackside" reporting and coverage this year was great and you can really tell they've worked on it. The only thing I would say, is that if FD really wants to make the viewer entertained they need to put together a really well polished highlights package. Watching all the battles from top 32 onwards (as I like to do) takes ages, when you take in to account the necessary stops. I'd love to see a neat highlights package, showing the best few runs from t32, then the entire 16,8,4,final battles. Maybe with some technical sections where they talk about each car, what it's running, who built it, and maybe some facts or history on the sport - basically like a Speedhunters Spotlight but in video format. Something like the F1 pre-race coverage.
4 days, 23 hours ago on The Beginning Of A New Era
@IshMel @Robo_No1 Fair point IshMel, and I agree with your logic and you're right that they have to test the water, also lets face it VW don't exactly have a whole bunch of cool saloon options to choose from. But I stand by my point that it could have been done in a way that was more appropriate and considered for the target audience of the sport. Drifting is still a young sport, and one that's still very much driven by passion and 'spirit', each time a constructor jumps in with an off-brand vehicle they chopped apart, threw a V8 in and turned in to a silhouette racer just seems to completely miss the point and feels very clinical.
Also VW have been threatening to build a small RWD roadster for years, maybe they are using FD as a gauge to see what the scenes like, as much as I'd like that to be true, somehow I doubt it.
1 week, 3 days ago on Welcome Back Tanner: <br />How To Make A VW Passat Drift
I'm a Tanner fan (and Aasbo, and Papadakis) but I just can't get on with this build. I respect the work and engineering. But each time another car backed entirely by a particular marketing departments demands makes it on to the FD grid, it damages the series as a whole IMO. Especially when those cars are ugly, FWD and don't appeal to the fan base. I mean really how many die hard FD fans will go out and buy a Passat? It makes no sense, and to me it wreaks of the marketing team either not understanding, or not caring about the sport and its fans. For example I completely understand the choice of using the Passat CC in the BTCC, in fact I think the BMR cars this year look awesome, but they have a level of credibility as they'll actually appeal to a large section of the fan base, a 'regular' Passat in FD just doesn't work IMO.
YES! Fresh off the back of reading the P1-GTR article (and giving Mclaren a slating for not doing things properly) I click on this and my faith in the super-rich petrol head breed is restored. These cars, no matter how prohibitively expensive they become, are there to be raced and enjoyed not locked in a collection as an investment. Jim, you've got my support.
1 month, 1 week ago on Carbon With A Side Order Of Carbon:<br/> The Glickenhaus SCG003
Such a shame to not see this car racing. I get that they make money from this, and the super rich want to buy their way in to some sort of exclusive racing club where engineers turn up, wipe their arse and teach them how to drive. But for me it detracts from the efforts companies like Mclaren have put in over the years to become the racing team that they are. I want them to be racers at heart, companies who enjoy the competition regardless of the cost or who wins or loses, it's the fight that counts. Its watching companies like Mclaren or Ferrari or Porsche compete and fight with each other out in the public eye that endears people to the brand in the first place, it's the reason there's a million kids out there right now that want to grow up, get rich and buy race cars; race cars like this one. Not letting it compete ruins the whole process IMO.
1 month, 1 week ago on Harder, Faster, Lower:</br> The McLaren P1 GTR
Interesting how most of the cars over there are running legit Enkei or Volk wheels. Over here (UK) you get a ton of knock offs, but also I'd expect a lot more OZ racing wheels too. Wheels like the Ultraleggera/superleggera and Allegerita would be pretty popular.
1 month, 1 week ago on Track Day Wheels: Who’s Running What?
@AnthonyJohnson3 But if everyone did that, new companies would never appear, and the market stagnates. I see what you're saying, but a bit of variety never hurt anyone :)
1 month, 1 week ago on Project EcoBoost:</br> More Power & More Noise
@dlaurence01 There is a road going replica of this somewhere in the UK I've seen it driving around. There's also a replica Wix Racing A-Class pounding the Motoroways.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The Greatest Wagons Of All Time
Some of those pictures Jarrod, DAMN.
2 months ago on The Bentley Boys Do Bathurst
@Chris 'Haffy' Hafner I like it. Someone has to push the boundaries. Drifting has never been about keeping everyone happy or being 'PC' about things. It's about having fun, pushing the limits and finding out what you can get away with. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't want these exotic builds to become the 'norm', but I'll definitely get a kick out of seeing a GTR/LFA/Lambo going door to door with an S-body or FRS.
2 months, 1 week ago on Step Inside Daigo’s Man Cave
My thoughts exactly. The purists would hate it, but to me it seems logical. It's a great way to show case the tech and talent, would increase viewer figures and sponsorship.
2 months, 1 week ago on Front Drive At Le Mans? <br />Nissan’s New LMP1
WEC is really doing a great job of bringing some interest, engineering and fun to top level motorsports the last few years. F1, WRC, WTCC and other tin top series should take note. Shame I find it really hard to follow as a fan, I love 24h LM, but other than that I find it tricky to follow an entire series of full length endurance racing, which is a shame as it's not often you get to watch Audi, Porsche, Toyota and Nissan duke it out in the same grid.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Front Drive At Le Mans? <br />Nissan’s New LMP1
@speedhunters_dino @Robo_No1 Thanks Dino. I didn't know that, I checked out the Prodrive.jp site and it's very different to what I expected from Prodrive UK. Still a cool hook up. It's just I found it a funny to think of the very business like clean cut Prodrive UK going and getting dirty at some drift events on the weekend haha!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Daigo Saito’s New Formula Drift</br> GT-R In Detail
So, are Prodrive an official sponsor for this build then? It would be awesome so see those guys get their hands mucky in the drifting world.
@Revtil9k What he said ^^. plus with three electric motors on board they'll be able to torque-fill the gaps between gears so you'll have a more constant stream of power. Great for a road car. My only concern would be how practical it is on a track with the driver wanting to control gears.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The New NSX: Concept No More
This looks amazing. It's got all the retro references if needs, but has a massive helping of modern supercar. It's very Ferrari with the rear styling and with the separated C pillar design. Absolutely can't wait to see these out and about, I hope they make a RHD version so there's more of a chance of seeing them out on the roads in the UK. Also, there's always something nice about a 'blue collar' manufacturer sticking the finger up at the exotic elite.
3 months ago on The Ford GT Is Back
Love this car. Oddly the bits I like the best are the rough edges, the chipped paint and just the general patina, it makes it more hot rod than any v8 or staggered stance ever could.
3 months ago on Hot Rod From Space:<br />The Sbarro Eight Concept
One of my favourite articles in a while, nice work Larry. That fuel rail shop, it's so chaotic it's almost beautiful lol
3 months, 1 week ago on Parts Hunting In China
Great build. This thing has 'designer' written all over it. It's the kind of detail-oriented build that someone in that line of work can pull off. I wish I had the time and skills to do something to this level, at the moment I have to resort to calling in favours for fabrication work :(. Very inspirational, I hope the owner is rightly-proud of this build.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Super Starion:</br> The Car That Does Everything
Love Tuerk's vids, always seem to just be a guy having a blast with some friends and some cool cars. I still struggle with the front track of the FRS though, kind of ruins the build for me. (yes, yes I get that it's for function...blah blah).
4 months ago on Uphill With The Tires Roasting: <br />Tuerck’s New Toy
@RJRB @theyarenotreallyintocars Seems like a shame because the first cage looked much better (visually). These things happen in car building all too often though, so it's to be expected.
4 months, 1 week ago on RADBUL: Building 26B Twin Turbo Power
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Robo_No1 Good Stuff. I would imagine the students will get a real kick out of being nominated for awards in a festival that's featuring full budget OEM films (even if they are different categories).
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The London Motor Film Festival:</br> Who’s In?
Great idea! I just watched the reel and there's a ton of vids in there I've never seen. Hopefully this will give people a bit more recognition of their achievement, but also more exposure, it's a win-win. Glad SH are on board :).
What's the latest on Radbull, haven't seen any posts in a while?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Red Bull Drift Shifters: Watch It Live
Still liking this. Not sure how keen I am on the rear being wider than the front on a FWD car though, seems an odd choice when designing the kit - was there any reasoning for this other than the aesthetic? As for the diffuser mostly because so many golfs run with a shaved rear, maybe have the exhaust exiting out through the middle of it with a slash/flush cut tip?
4 months, 4 weeks ago on The Golf Mash-Up Build: Part 2
Well, that looked like a sh*t load of fun!
5 months ago on How To Win The</br> Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational
Hmmm. I'm not convinced. I'm glad it's not another over-fender car. I like the though, but the execution looses me. I'm not sure if it's something about the kit, or that chrome wrap that just doesn't suit it, but I'm not a fan. Maybe a flat white or red would work, also the front end doesn't do much for me. Not that I'm hating, just offering an opinion :). Also I feel for you having to try and shoot a car with reflective bodywork Dino!
5 months ago on The Blue Bunny
I was doing a sprint event recently (my first one) and the thing that surprised me the most (more than the abnormal amount of TVR's) was that the most committed driver of the day was a very respectable looking chap giving his classic Morgan a serious hammering haha!
5 months, 1 week ago on How To Sharpen A Wooden Sword:<br /> Morgan’s Mean GT3 Machine
Trying to be unbiased and I still think you guys got this. Without seeing the cars in the flesh it's hard to compare the finish of the cars, however I'm sure Keith doesn't seem like one to cut corners. However what you can see from a mile away in the video is the way you guys have picked a theme and then NAILED IT, rather than the scatter gun attempts of the other teams (not meant in a bad way). I love that kind of dedication to a running theme and I think you guys absolutely deserve the title for pulling it off.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Scion Tuner Challenge: The Reveal
Great coverage Jonathan. I love when you cover some BTCC racing, it's my favourite motorsport! It was a fantastic wrap up to the season, it was incredible the way that so many teams of cars seemed to be getting taken out, but you can't expect much less from a bunch of BTCC racers with an entire off-season to rebuild and some inclement weather to blame for giving the guy in front a nudge haha.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Warning: Maniac Drivers On The Loose
Looking forward to the next update already Andy.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Building A Speedhunters Camera Car: </br>Introducing The KM4SH Golf
@Dritt Fiske They release one kit, which at this point in time is only fitted to two cars worldwide, and you're already complaining?!?! Lol.
Dammit, you post up this theme on the same day that I've pulled apart all my interior to measure up for customer seat brackets and new dash and door trim :(. Looking forwards to the inspiration though. I'm pushing for a Porsche GT3 inspired interior (albeit in a Mk2 MX5 haha).
6 months, 1 week ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER:</br> We Want Your Interiors!
@Brewbert ^^^ This.
Although that Aventador they've been prep'ing for SEMA is nucking futs! And that's how a Lambo is supposed to be, right?
6 months, 1 week ago on On The Rollers:<br /> The BBI + CSF + Liberty Walk 997
They swapped in a V6 then gave us almost no engine noise :(. Love the car, and the build. It's got to be the coolest way to daily an (almost) 30 year old car.
6 months, 1 week ago on The Low Lotus Returns
Great Job SH. Loved the responses from Daniel, he's fast becoming one of my favourite drivers. Very genuine, really honest and a nice guy. The kind of guy you wouldn't mind going for a beer with and just talking shit and having a good time. He kicks ass on track but is super normal once the helmets off.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Daniel Ricciardo Answers Your Questions
@Vittorio Jano @speedhunters_dino @EmmaMacki In UK English 'Japs' is really just an abbreviation of 'Japanese' and isn't really considered a derogatory term. Although it can depend slightly on the context.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on One Pissed Off Bat:</br> The LB Works Murciélago
LOL at all the people bitching about 'bolt on over fenders' and your comment about it being not being a bolt on build. I mean, seriously. It's a figure of speech not a literal representation of the work. I'm pretty sure you 'bolt on' suspension, but is that also cheating? Must SH now WELD the suspension in place so as to keep to their 'no bolt on' promise?.... some people... *face palm*
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Scion Tuner Challenge: Let’s Get It Started
I love this build. I've followed it from the start and at every stage you know its been a labour of love rather than some, 'throw in a big engine and a bright colour and TaDa you've got a marketing vehicle'. They built it to be driven, to win and to make them happy, and I've got nothing but respect for that. I wish the DW guys all the best with what they do, as it's pretty clear they're very passionate about it and that's what makes the car scene awesome.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on V8 Hachirockin': The Angriest 86 Ever
@marvis 1200kg wet weight.... Heavy?!? lol.
@teeson I don't see Dino "defending" the standard Juke. He points out the differences between the 'regular' juke and the Juke-R to emphasize the amount of work taken to achieve the build.
7 months ago on The Supercar-Slaying Crossover
@JasonWhatley Haha yeah I actually remember seeing that around!
"It’s Sean’s daily driver..."
I'm sorry, WHAT?!
7 months, 1 week ago on Running Up That Hill:</br> Getting High On Retro Rides
Looks awesome in every way!!!! I'd buy the F-Type. lol.
7 months, 1 week ago on One Hot V8:</br> The New Mercedes-AMG GT
Can't wait for this. The raw performance aspect is something I always think is missing from Liberty Walk builds. Which is why the 458 Challenge car was my favourite LB car, and it's the reason I like RWB so much is because the cars look awesome, but they're beat on all the time (how it should be), although admittedly I'd like to see more tuning on the RWB cars too. Knowing that BBI (and CSF) are working together with the aero company and looking at the renders I'm REALLY excited how this could turn out. Crazy looks, but with awesome performance!
7 months, 1 week ago on BBI + CSF + Liberty Walk:<br /> The Road To SEMA