South Yorkshire, UK
Car nut, motorsports fan and hopelessly under-funded track day go-er.
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.
1 week, 6 days 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.
1 month, 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 :)
1 month, 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 :).
1 month, 4 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.
2 months 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.
2 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 3 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 :).
3 months, 4 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.
3 months, 4 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 :)
4 months 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.
4 months 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 :)
4 months, 1 week 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.
4 months, 2 weeks 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).
4 months, 2 weeks 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.
5 months 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.
5 months 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!
5 months 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!!
5 months 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.
5 months, 2 weeks 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
5 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months 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!
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Detroit Auto Show</br>The 5 Cars To Take Home
@SuzyWallace @Robo_No1 They are....
6 months, 2 weeks 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.
7 months, 2 weeks 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!
7 months, 2 weeks 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
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Honda Previews 2014 WTCC Civic
The engine and gearbox are likely to be Nissan units. I would put my money on it being the 1.6t engine with a Dual Clutch gearbox like that found in the Nismo Juke or RenaultSport Clio 200t. This gives it a perfect BHP match for the GT86/BRZ/FRS, but a large torque advantage. TBH I would love if they also produced a manual gearbox, as the DCT box found in the Clio has not been received very well amongst the press and Renaultsport die hards. From a marketing point of view though it does make some sense, as it will make the IDx different from the GT86; with a Dual clutcher and a turbo unit it will make a much better cruiser/town vehicle, and may appeal to a less hardcore audience. (not everyone wants a RWD drift machine, I would imagine the majority of owners will be 30-40 year olds looking for some youthful performance, but not at the sacrifice of usability)
8 months, 1 week ago on Bringing Back The Seventies: IDx Freeflow
@RoK1981 I doubt they'll use a renualt derived chassis, for this. Especially not one coming from any kind of Alpine connection, as Renault are tied up with Caterham to produce the next gen Caterham and Apline sports cars (in Dieppe). I would imagine it would be a straight up Nissan chassis.
The engine and gearbox are also likely to be Nissan units too. I would put my money on it being the 1.6t engine with a Dual Clutch gearbox like that found in the Nismo Juke or RenaultSport Clio 200t. This gives it a perfect BHP match for the GT86/BRZ/FRS, but a large torque advantage.
Fantastic car. I love seeing a really well thought out and well executed build, but when you showed how he has to thread the car down the side of his house, that just sealed the deal for me.
8 months, 1 week ago on The Other Kind: A Lancer Turbo Cortina
I have to say I'm pretty disappointed with a lot of the new models (especially the Japanese ones). The WRX doesn't have any of the attitude the concept had, and what's with the HUGE box arches/swage lines they make the wheels look tiny! The Civic looks dreadful too, I like they've gone a bit mental, but in the pictures it just doesn't seem to work, the wheels look like the wrong offset, maybe in the flesh it'll look better? Lastly the IDx... hmmm... the base model is only partly redeemed by the four spoke retro wheels. The Nismo IDx looks like it has more potential, but strip away the cool graphics and colours and would it still look right?
The F-Type Coupe looks beautiful. But in fairness you could have let Stevie Wonder draw a roof on that thing and it would still ooze beauty. I'll still take mine with a soft top though thanks. :)
8 months, 1 week ago on The Latest From LA & Tokyo
Great post Jonathan. I've been missing your posts of late. :)
8 months, 1 week ago on Barn Storming At The Classic Motor Show
@backhouse78 Me too, looks brilliant. The 1M Coupe was WAY too short lived. Hopefully this signals a return to a wide ach, small coupe.
8 months, 1 week ago on BMW’s New Ring Racer
Awesome. I mean its complete blasphemy, but its still awesome. The guy has serious balls I'll give him that. I have to wonder what's going on with the finish on those wheels though? In the close up shot they look a bit ropey :/.
9 months ago on Not Afraid To Shock: Liberty Walk 458
Great write up Jonathan and some fantastic shots. You're a brave man for tackling the weather down at Brands over the weekend! I always love when SH covers any touring cars, but lets face it, you can't beat a bit of BTCC!
It really was a great final, and one hell of a nail biter. I'm glad Andy won, but Andy, Jason and Flash all had championship worthy drives over the course of the day. Also great to see Goff getting a podium, that kid drove out of his skin to get his car up there.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Flying High At The BTCC Finale
I always get instructors when going on track, especially when the track is unfamiliar. I like to try and learn what I can from the Pro's while I've got them and its made a HUGE difference to my driving over the last few years. I have a collection of bad habbits, but I'd have a lot more if not for the instruction I've had!
But this looks on another level all together! Though having a poke around on their site shows that it does come at a cost.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Project Evo: Driving Ambition
Great coverage Larry, your pictures look even more crisp than ever, some really great photography! The presentation mode really helps the images 'pop' as well and gives you a lot more detail. I just wish you guys would put the text in the footer with the arrows so it doesn't block any part of the picture and I didn't have to keep wiggling my cursor. It's taken me a while to get round to reading this article, as I like to save them until I've watched all the event on the LiveStream then come across to SH to get your take on things, if anything I'd like it if you were more opinionated on things, but I get that you guys like to stay impartial.
10 months ago on Through My Lens: Formula Drift Texas
Great pictures and nice event coverage Jarrod.
10 months, 1 week ago on Muscle Car Masters: Australian Historic Racing
Great shots Larry! I always love when SH does a touring car event. It looks like the WTCC cars are toned-down versions of the BTCC grid. When you say they're changing the rules and introducing new models that means the BMW 1 Series will make an appearance, as the BTCC version is insane looking (and spits flames in to EVERY corner).
I really like the idea of having a touring car event and a car show at the same time, it's something I've been hoping the BTCC would pick up on, and something I'm going to investigate for my car club next season.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on World Touring Car Championship: Sonoma
I like the idea of making the back catalogue more prominent, I'd really like a "if you like this article, why not try this..." something that will take me to a similar build/same model car/same event from the past.
It'll be like when you get lost in YouTube for hours jumping in to ever more random "recommended" videos. We've all been there watching a "best business practice for ..." video one minute, the next minute you're watching monkeys drinking their own piss.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on CHANGE IS AFOOT
Great idea, gutted I can't make it to Players. Damn honeymoon, making me miss Players and TRAX!
11 months, 2 weeks ago on #joyofmachine – A Quick Look At A Fast Exhibition
I just can't get my head around the fact that this is a WEEKLY meet?! It's almost like its a sick joke that its half a world away from where I live! If I ever get anywhere near SoCal this will be top of my list of things to do.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Good Morning From Cars & Coffee
@hashtagfatlaceillestlifestyleryO @Robo_No1 Yeah, I know. Hence the crap English accent. They could have just hired a Brit, there's plenty of good British actors around. I do like him as an actor, just not sure on his accent.
1 year ago on Rush: The Third Trailer
I honestly can't remember the last time I looked forward to a film as much as this one!? Every trailer has looked better and better. Chris Hemsworths' crap English accent still grates on me a little though.
looks great. In that colour combo it reminds me a lot of the last gen special edition TT though (the red one with black roof, bucket seats and 1.8T engine).
270BHP is pretty impressive TBH, when I first saw the article I expected something around the 220 mark with a slight tweak to the ECU or bigger turbo. I wasn't expecting forged internals. I still won't buy one though, for some reason I just don't see Peugeot as a brand for blokes. I'm not sure why but they always come across as a bit effeminate.
1 year ago on Hot Rod Peugeot: The Rcz R
Great event write up Jonathan, one of the best event coverages I've seen on here for a while (quite an achievement!). I can honestly say I didn't think I'd see AM's coming 5 abreast out of druids in this coverage!! I'm really liking the sound of this intermarque challenge. I might have a little look if AMOC hold any races a bit further north of Brands...
1 year ago on Running Amoc – Where Old Is Anything But Slow
I love Forest Wangs' car but had to go with the Lancia. That thing (for a garage build) is on a whole different level!
1 year ago on Poll: The Cars Of June