South Yorkshire, UK
Car nut, motorsports fan and hopelessly under-funded track day go-er.
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.
2 weeks, 3 days 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.
2 weeks, 3 days 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.
2 weeks, 3 days 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 :)
2 weeks, 3 days 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.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on The Greatest Wagons Of All Time
Some of those pictures Jarrod, DAMN.
1 month, 1 week 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 2 weeks 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.
1 month, 3 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 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 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.
2 months, 1 week 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.
2 months, 1 week 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
2 months, 2 weeks 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 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).
3 months, 1 week 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.
3 months, 2 weeks 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).
3 months, 3 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?
3 months, 3 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 ago on The Golf Mash-Up Build: Part 2
Well, that looked like a sh*t load of fun!
4 months, 1 week 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!
4 months, 1 week 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!
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
4 months, 3 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 ago on Warning: Maniac Drivers On The Loose
Looking forward to the next update already Andy.
5 months 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).
5 months, 2 weeks 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?
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months, 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.
5 months, 3 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.
5 months, 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*
6 months 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 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.
6 months, 1 week 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?!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Running Up That Hill:</br> Getting High On Retro Rides
Looks awesome in every way!!!! I'd buy the F-Type. lol.
6 months, 2 weeks 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!
6 months, 2 weeks 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!)
6 months, 2 weeks 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
7 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!
7 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.
8 months, 1 week 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.
9 months, 1 week 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 :)
9 months, 2 weeks 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 :).
9 months, 3 weeks ago on The Monster Drifter Goes Two From Two