South Yorkshire, UK
Car nut, motorsports fan and hopelessly under-funded track day go-er.
@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.
1 week, 1 day 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.
1 week, 5 days 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!
1 week, 5 days 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!!
2 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.
3 weeks, 1 day 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??
3 weeks, 4 days ago on One Hot Rod, So Many Styles
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
3 weeks, 5 days 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.
1 month, 1 week 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!
1 month, 3 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.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Detroit Auto Show</br>The 5 Cars To Take Home
@SuzyWallace @Robo_No1 They are....
1 month, 3 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.
2 months, 3 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!
2 months, 3 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
3 months, 1 week 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)
3 months, 2 weeks 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.
3 months, 2 weeks 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. :)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Latest From LA & Tokyo