South Yorkshire, UK
Car nut, motorsports fan and hopelessly under-funded track day go-er.
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.
1 day, 12 hours ago on Warning: Maniac Drivers On The Loose
Looking forward to the next update already Andy.
1 day, 15 hours 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).
1 week, 5 days 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?
1 week, 5 days 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.
2 weeks 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.
2 weeks, 2 days 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.
3 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*
1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month 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?!
1 month, 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.
1 month, 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!
1 month, 1 week ago on BBI + CSF + Liberty Walk:<br /> The Road To SEMA
This event looks awesome. Glad there's a push to get back to some style in drifting. Although, Half the cars looked f**ked by the end of the vids haha. Also, drift Miatas are always full of win (I really need to get out in my Mx5 more often!)
1 month, 1 week ago on Final Bout Keeps Drifting Fun
@Nikhil_P ^^ this would be f*cking epic. Come on guys, the gauntlet has been thrown down. @Larry Chen, @linhbergh, @sean klingelhoefer
2 months, 1 week ago on Catching Up With Linhbergh
Welcome back Linhbergh! Can't wait to see more images from you on the site.
yet another reason I need to get my arse stateside again soon! Nice write up Mike!
2 months, 1 week ago on Deep Inside LA’s Hidden Car Vault
I've been really enjoying watching this. And the Eurosport coverage with Andrew Jordan (BTCC champ) commentating is really good, although I can still never get my head around the points. But sometimes that's half the fun haha! Also it's pretty cool seeing Speehunters logos flying around my TV!
The cars are mental though. I did a behind the scenes tour at Prodrive earlier in the year and they were building up some Mini Clubmans and telling stories of the car's they've built for Liam Doran (one of the mini's was his IIRC) so having a poke around the cars/engines was fascinating.
3 months ago on A World Rallycross Adventure
I doubt Ferrari will leave F1 any time soon, maybe in 5/6years time if they carry on with their current lack of success, but not right now. Firstly it's one of their biggest marketing schemes and secondly they get paid more than any other F1 team for competing. The money they get paid is based on their 'historic' status, if they left they would likely lose that forever so it doesn't really make much sense for them to throw their toys out of the pram over some rules. Besides which, they're complaining about the current rules around hybrids and fuel consumption in F1, yet all the P1 cars in WEC use hybrids, and they've also introduced large fuel saving rules this year.
I do hope they join the WEC grid though, watching Audi, Porsche, Toyota and Ferrari battle it out would be fantastic.
4 months ago on Ferrari: Goodbye F1, Hello Le Mans?
I really need to get my arse down to Goodwood for the next show. It always seems so far, but when the quality on display is THAT GOOD, I'm just gonna have to make the journey :)
4 months, 1 week ago on Picking And Mixing With The Players
I enjoyed the final battles, but I'm a huge Forsberg fan (I just love the way the guy drives) so I was gutted to see his engine failing in the later runs. It would have been much better had they been able to compete on a level field to decide the winner. Also the more I look at it, the less I like JR's car. It's just SO high! Look at those arch gaps!
Great shots and coverage as ever Larry, it never ceases to amaze how you seem to be EVERYWHERE lol. Car catches on fire - Larry's there, Driver runs back for "lucky hat" - Larry's there, even the neck and neck shot over the controversial final battle - Larry's there haha. Looking forward to the behind the scenes and driver blog now :).
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Monster Drifter Goes Two From Two
Love this article. Plenty of inspiration for my Racing Silver NB8 Mx5! So much stuff I love, and so much stuff I would do differently, but that's the whole point! I'm really liking that cage, not sure if you can get Blackbirds stuff in the UK though.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Carve The Canyons, Stir The Soul: <br />The Perfect Miata
That first image Larry....
... Now I'll go read the rest of the article.
5 months, 1 week ago on FD Atlanta: Through My (Wet) Lens
@PaddyMcGrath @Robo_No1 No problem at all mate. Don't worry I haven't forgotten about Jonathan and Bryn, but I like all three of your coverage for different reasons (and you all seem to cover different ends of the spectrum - which I appreciate). It would be nice to know where you're off to next, but I get if you can't publicise that on the site.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Smile. It’s April.
Paddy, noooooo! Who's going to provide us with our fix of luscious B&W shots and also handle the IAMTS and photgraphy guides? I loved Paddy's work, his photography was top notch, but more than that it was good to have some closer to home coverage (UK & IRE) and also that famous Irish humour haha.
Seriously though, best of luck to Paddy and Suzie in whatever they move on to; both undoubtedly talented people :).
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Smile. It’s April.
So that explains the horrendous pricing of the new FQ-440. They're hoping they'll sell at extortionate prices to collectors who will wrap them up and hope they keep their value.
Such a shame to see another Icon leaving the market, at least we might get the new Imprezza/WRX in the UK again.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Goodbye Evo, It’s Been Fun
Beautiful use of B&W in this workshop feature, it really suits the feel, top work Paddy. I love these features, keep them coming :)
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Where Warriors Come From
@muhammadilham This. It's one sure fire way to make SH's video content equally as high quality as their photography.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Stephen Brooks Does Ultimate Dubs
Sorry, it's a swing a a miss from Miura-San for me. Maybe its the pig ugly tC bodywork underneath it or maybe it's the lack of an awesome livery but for me it just doesn't look right... at all.
Also, I have to agree with some others in here, and after defending TRA kyoto in some of my previous posts, it's a shame I'm finding myself saying this. But it does look a little copy, paste, insert swage line here, put in correct fuel cap cutout there. And in this case it just doesn't work for me, in fact I'm so shocked at it, that it almost looks... well... Lazy. Which is a shame, as reading Freddies words and from what else I've read I know that is definitely not the measure of Mr.Miura.
Either way, I'll still be cheering you on this year! Best of luck in the new season :)
7 months ago on Suits Racing. Aasbø and Rocket Bunny Mean Business!
Sorry to hear about your trouble Suzy. Every petrol head has to overcome them though from time to time, and like you said, unless you're going to jump in to a brand new car, anything of similar age will only have the same issues you've already fixed on your own car - The grass isn't always greener.
On the + side though, there are very few cars that can make a black on black R34 GTR look tame, and your Evo manages that in every picture, from every angle. I really do love the VI, easily the best Evo.
7 months, 1 week ago on Project Evo: Can Cars Be Cursed?
@Ginkei Garage Yep, looks like a Chimaera to me too.
Great article though Dino. I love seeing all the british love going on in Japan, even I don't fully understand the modded Rover 75 though haha.
Also some Renaults on SH! Woo! If you're going to do a dream drive in any of the current model RS's then go for the 265 Megane, it's an astonishing car - there are several articles doing the rounds in magazines here in the UK blaming it for the death of the Imprezza Sti and Evo in the UK market. The 200t (edc) Clio is ok, but the gearbox really lets it down, it's not the car the old 197/200 was (although I am biased).
7 months, 1 week ago on Car Guys, In Cars, Getting Coffee, In Tokyo
@Speedhunters_Bryn @Robo_No1 So I can take it there's a Turbo 101 on the way? ;). I'm honestly really interested in seeing more stuff like this on SH.
You're right on the difference between a good and bad weld, we have an in-house fab shop welding food grade stainless, and the skill some of our guys have is insane, it's more like an art form than a job.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on The 101<br/> How To Weld Sheetmetal
Yes! Some technical workshops on SH! TBH, I doubt I'll ever bother doing much welding, basically... I suck at it. Still, it's really interesting to read and learn stuff, even if it's just so I can better appreciate the work and effort someone else is putting in to welding something for me haha!
The super tourer Mondeo is a beast. Anyone watching Touring Car Legends the other week will have seen David Richards claim it was the most technically advanced touring car built (at the time). They have Alain Menu's car back in the Prodrive factory, I fulfilled a childhood dream sitting in it last week, its SO LOW, it's like looking through a letter box.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Stop! Hammer Time</br>Dream Garage Shopping At Race Retro
That 308GTB is stunning. I'd seen and sat in Ari Vatanens Legacy the same day over in Prodrive. Infact Jackie (running the tour) had commented that they had a few cars missing as they were at Race Retro.
You really need to arrange a factory tour for SH at the Prodrive factory, it's brilliant and I'm sure the SH fans would love it!
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Raiders Of The Lost Park – The Best Rally Cars Ever?
At first I was thinking, yeah yeah they built an SLS race car in 8 weeks, that's impressive.... then I saw the interior shot... and then it dawned on me is that they had actually built a road and track car, and were using it to compete in!!
7 months, 4 weeks ago on How To Modify A Dream Car: The Speedconcepts SLS
@sean klingelhoefer @Robo_No1 Nice one, congratulations on the commercial stuff Sean! But SH misses you, get to shooting some tuner cars and posting them online hahaha.
8 months, 1 week ago on One Hot Rod, So Many Styles
Great article. This thing is pretty bad ass. Also, great to see some of Sean's shots on the site again, he seems to have been a bit quiet of late??
Wow Larry. I'm not an offroad fan, but those pictures. DAMN! I think they could be some of the best I've ever seen featured here on Speedhunters. And to say you had little/not control over lighting/vehicles etc and were shooting in a sandstorm.... wow.This pic... Larry_Chen_Speedhunters_king_of_the_hammers_koh_2014-49.jpg
8 months, 1 week ago on The Art Of Being Stuck Between A Rock And A Hard Place
Only just caught up with this post. Personally I really like the GMG F40. I know its sacrilege to do ANYTHING to an F40, but the way I look at it, for every F40 that gets modified in that way, there's 100 of them sat in some collectors garage going nowhere, doing nothing and not being enjoyed. Besides, the car was a write off anyway, and fixing it up and making it a lot more bad ass suits the guys at GMG perfectly. Great car, great marketing.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction
Love the Chevron, it's a dead looker for the Porsche 918 at the front and for some reason the rear looks a lot like a GT Ferrari 458 (don't ask me why?).
The Lotus for me is the epitome of a car that just doesn't photograph well. I'd seen the press shots and was unimpressed, but in the flesh I really like it. But I can't get that damn 'rolled up newspaper' thought out my head now! Thanks Suzy!
9 months, 1 week ago on 6 Prime Cuts Of British Beef
If Kia can produce that, with ~250bhp for sub £25k that could be a VERY interesting entry in to the market. They've managed to launch the fully optioned Pro_Ceed for £22k which is looking good, but isn't really the 'drivers' car you can get from a Megane265 or Focus ST. This could just be that drivers car.
9 months, 1 week ago on Detroit Auto Show</br>The 5 Cars To Take Home
@SuzyWallace @Robo_No1 They are....
9 months, 1 week ago on Where Style Is Born? Autosport International
Good article guys. There's a few cars there I didn't spot while I was there :(. That GTR-Qai is immense, I loved how they had even switched out the interior. The ultimate sleeper! It was all nicely laid out and disregarding the graphics was pretty subtle with the R35 front end swap. Shame you didn't put up any Autograss cars, those things are frigging insane! So funny watching them wheelie their way around the live action arena, then when you actually get up close there's a TON of grass roots engineering that goes in to them. Twin motorbike engines (one for each rear wheel)? Sure, why not..
@Speedhunters_Bryn Dare I say it.... They're very TRA kyoto - minus the rivets.
10 months, 1 week ago on Track-Ready: The BMW 235i Racing
This is going to be very interesting. If its a good thing or a bad thing I suppose will be decided after the events have taken place. I have to say (even as a non-US citizen) holding championship events outside of the states is a BIG jump, both in terms of organisation but also in terms of budget. I would be worried that FD could lose what links it still has with "grass roots" drifting. Surely it will limit entrance numbers?
For me I would have liked to have seen it grow a bit further in the US and maybe have a lower ranking/formula series run alongside it before they try to expand to this level and risk alienating a LOT of people.
Still, I wish them all the best of luck with it!
10 months, 1 week ago on Formula Drift Heads to Japan
@MilesHayler The new Type R does have pretty big arches :)http://s1.cdn.autoevolution.com/images/news/gallery/spyshots-2015-honda-civic-type-r-nurburgring-testing_7.jpg?1376408154
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Honda Previews 2014 WTCC Civic