Rotterdam, The Netherlands
I think in the "western" world, most people see cars as methods of transportation rather than as a hobby. Most of my friends got into car culture because of Need for Speed and movies like Fast&Furious, the latter of which is obviously marketed towards guys. Shallow plot, lots of dramatic action etc.
I've been trying to get my female friends into cars but they either don't have a drivers licence(which is quite an investment over here in Europe compared to the US where you get it with a 6-pack of Coke, or so it seems) or they simply don't give a fuck and call it a stupid hobby...
In our local scene there is one girl but she is of the kind that expects special treatment because she is a girl so yeah, I agree with you Taryn that there should be more girls into cars but fact of the matter is that a lot don't want to jump into "our" world.
On a side note, if you look at professional male drifters (mostly in Japan) there is quite a few of them that have a wife/girlfriend that they met through drifting. For example; Arisa Ueno(co-owner of Vertex) has met her husband through drifting. She and some friends used to have a female-only driftteam back in the late 90's ^_^
2 days, 9 hours ago on Banishing The Female Car Enthusiast
Liked it then, like it now and will always like it. Sure, it might be over the top for most. And yes, it is unlike anything we had and have ever seen before, but as a one-off prototype I believe it has done anything it was ever designed for. Like the owner said; it is a vehicular piece of art and one that is probably more drivable than the 8C it was supposed to be based on too.
Well done Speedhunters for giving us and insight in this machine. NYC seems to be the city where unicorns live :)
3 weeks, 4 days ago on The Bertone Mantide: Five Years On
I was at Driftworks when the ASCAR had just arrived, and surely when I heard about the plans the first thing I said was WTF?!
Amazing machine and amazing article Bryn!
1 month ago on V8 Hachirockin’: The Angriest 86 Ever
@Chris H I have a Renesis swapped NA on carbs, it fits the character of the Miata waaaayyy better than a V8. There is just too much fun is screaming past people at 8000rpm :)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on The All-New Mazda MX-5 Breaks Cover
@kphillips9936 @MadMike Whiddett Haha yes Johns build is insane! I'll be paying him a visit soon :)
2 months ago on When 3 Rotors & 1 Turbo Aren’t Enough:</br> RADBUL Gets 26B-TT Power
@zz @Gianluca FairladyZ yeah I thinkt it will be bridgeport too, helps keep some torque(pp style is more suited for peak power) and keep it drivable. Adding rotors does effect the power curve; the added cc's will give some more torque next to obviously lifting the powercurve by some amount.
@JakWhite @NYporkdept Yes, the electric motor in a Tesla is quite expensive because it is developed and produced in-house. The cost of the motor is nowhere near the price of the batteries though, trust me. The day a cheap and environmental-friendly way of producing batteries comes is the day that electric cars will truly enter the market of cheap everyday commuter cars.
2 months ago on Unplugged Tesla Model S:</br> The Future Of Car Tuning?
YES, welcome back!
2 months, 1 week ago on Catching Up With Linhbergh
3 months, 1 week ago on Reign Of Peace: Offset Kings Japan
3 months, 2 weeks ago on The Cars of June
OMG... Weta Workshop!!! #Nerdmodusengaged #sorrynotsorry
4 months ago on Dream It. Build It. The Kiwi Kuda
@MadMike Whiddett Is that intake manifold Stainless steel or Alu? Looks SS, interesting choice and might be a good alternative for Alu in my 13B Miata(I suck at welding aluminium :p )
Car is RAD
4 months ago on MADBUL Meets Rocket Bunny
So.. Next year you take on the Gumball?
4 months, 1 week ago on Rallying An R35 From DC To NYC
@TarmacTerrorist I feel your pain, car is currently on axlestands waiting for the motor to be pulled in order to fix an oil leak... also I'm graduating uni at the same time so busy times indeed.
Good luck with your project and see you next year :D
4 months, 1 week ago on Roll Up, Roll Up, Get Your Fresh Gatebil!
@speedhunters_dino @meal stub The guys in the US are really lucky when it comes to car prices. I don't know about Asia but even here in Europe cars are MUCH more expensive. The ZN6 is nearly twice as expensive here in The Netherlands than it would be in the US to purchase and that is before you talk about road tax, insurance(which is even more expensive in the UK) etc. and we're not even the most expensive country in Europe. For example, a 1990 Mazda Miata/Eunos Roadster would cost close to 20.000 USD to buy in Denmark :o
BTW how are the fuel prices in Malaysia? We are currently at $2,20 per LITRE for regular unleaded fuel, 2,50 for Hi-Oku.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Malaysia: A Modifying Melting Pot
Rod, thank you so much for this article. It connects to me deeply and you are probably partially responsible for my love of cars.
When I was 4 years old I got my first technical Lego and one of the first things I built was a vehicle. By the age of 6 I got te electric motor and now these vehicles could move. I even built a working differential.
When I was 10 my dad bought his first PC and the first two games we got was Red Alert 2 and, and this is why I made my earlier statement, Need for Speed: Porsche 2000. From that point onwards all I drew was Porsches. The Moby Dick was my favourite and I would spend hours upon hours trying to control the 911RS with its all-or-nothing handling!
Fast forward 12 years and I'm now graduating university with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I have a 13B-swapped Mazda Miata and over time I have made many friends in the Automotive world. I've been a Speedhunters reader since 2010 and I'd hereby like to thank you for starting this blog and opening my eyes to the many facets within our community. Linhberghs KINOD Roadster post was the final piece of motivation I needed to buy myself a Miata and the worldwide content on this blog have been an inspiration for my own build.
Now let's see if Porsche still got it and hope they can perform well this year at Le Mans :)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Dream An Automotive Dream With Me
Thanks for answering my tall-guy question :)
4 months, 3 weeks ago on TAKATA Answers Your Questions
4 months, 3 weeks ago on The Cars Of May
Thanks for the reply Marek! Awesome Q&A guys!
5 months ago on You Ask, Aston Martin Answer: <br/>Marek Reichman On Your Questions
@Lachys114 Engine is big enough! 5-banger for heritage's sake and an ass to die for. I'm not to fond of the front though, let's see where they come up with for the production model :)
5 months, 1 week ago on Audi Builds A Monster For Wörthersee
So many good toyota's!
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: The Cars Of April
When is the #IATS video dropping?
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Is This Real Life?
If only Panser would be aired internationally, that would be awesome!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s Your Perfect TV Show?
@D1RGE The quality of those is unparalleled, I still have one laying around for when I find a nice spot where it can stay for a long time. Like a rollbar :)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on I Love The Smell Of Maximum Attack In The Morning
@Speedhunters_Bryn @westhave Please keep your projects, easy to relate to and you have a style that pleases my eye ;)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Project 991: Enduring Excellence
Wut, went from reading about project car hairy Volvo to projectcar brand-spankers 911. Quite the change in pricerange :p
That said, nice car, nice exhaust, nice intake plenum. One day...
Back to having fun behind the wheel again is see, nice one Mattycakes!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on The Drifting Surfer: <br />Matt Powers Does A 360
@speedhunters_dino @Brad_S I'm just shy of 2m tall and I drive a Miata... XD
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Size Does Matter: N-Style’s Z20 Soarer
@AGR + its easier to bend/flare as well which is a bonus #europeanproblems
6 months ago on The Craziest Car Show In Europe
@Alex Kamsteeg Which was me :)
6 months ago on Motorsports Photography: The Way It Was
I shot the Nürburgring Drift Cup on film last weekend, now I have to wait and see what the end result will be :)
One thing bugs me slightly though; with all the talk of nimble lightweight Japanese cars that can be tracked and dailied at the same time, where is my Roadster/Miata love at?
6 months, 1 week ago on An AE86 Is For Life
O how I love Porsches. Thank you Bryn for bringing this phenomenal car to our computer screens!
6 months, 2 weeks ago on A Brooklyn Sunday:<br/> Happy Birthday Porsche 911
@wheatgod Problem with Stangs and Camaro's is that drift cars need to be agile, need to corner, and more often than not need suspension mods that surpass chopping leaf springs ;)
6 months, 2 weeks ago on One Lap Around Long Beach
Question: How do they come up with new colours? I find it most intriguing how car designers can keep coming up with new hues and patterns/fabrics for the interior of cars, and it determines how a vehicle comes across(flashy/agressive/understated etc.)
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Question Time For The Century Man:<br/> Ask Mr Aston Martin
@speedhunters_dino @AndreasXenos T&E/Vertex are actually quite big in the RC scène, much international promotion and such.
7 months ago on Realism Gets You The Win
@speedhunters_dino @TomSorayume @westhave Your home country has some very good RC drifters as well Dino-san ;)
Perhaps I put some pics from European events in the #IATS pool on Flickr, maybe Paddy will notice them there!
This is honestly one of your best stories so far Dino, well done! Excellent writing and beautiful pictures(now we need a picture of your driving-and-taking-pictures pose), this car looks like an awful lot of fun :)
7 months ago on The Best Lotus In A Decade
Dino, is there any chance for an RC post outside of Japan at some point in the future? I know a lot is happening in Japan when it comes to RC-dori and the level of detail is absurd, but there is also a lot going on in Europe for example ;)
So awesome, nice article guys!
7 months ago on Sea To Snow. A Roofless Adventure
@Speedhunters_Bryn mr. Brynstein I meant scheduling wise ofcourse, my bad. I'm quite aware of the fact that you guys work all weekend to bring us stories for which we are grateful!
7 months, 1 week ago on Garage Envy. You Won’t Believe What’s Inside
Awesome article Larry!
Also, funny to see that even the Speedhunters have a normal workweek. No posts during the weekends :p
This is still true :(
7 months, 1 week ago on Car Feature >> Matt Powers’ Nissan 240sx
Sweet baby jesus, this car is sexy. I find the P1 to be slightly over the top aesthetically so this 650S ticks all the right boxes in my book.
Now if I could just win the lottery :p
8 months, 1 week ago on McLaren 650S: The Weaponised 12C
I'm quite a tall guy(like mr Aasbo around 196cm) but I drive a Miata/Roadster which is a small/narrow car. Do you have any seats, prefarrably hardback, that will fit the car without having the holes for the shoulderstraps dangerously low?
Thanks in advance!
8 months, 1 week ago on Want To Harness The Takata Knowledge?
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8 months, 3 weeks ago on What’s That In The Garage? It’s February!
@neurite @Jason0110 @speedhunters_dino Most of the stuff engineers do in windtunnels is confirmation tests to see if the stuff they calculated and envisioned to be aerodynamic are actually that. It helps a lot with the final tweaking but most of the work is done inside the heads(and computers nowadays) of the engineer.
I helped build a prototype EcoMarathon(fuelefficiency race) car that was designed to be aerodynamic using flow simulations and rough calculations by hand in excel before it was tested in a windtunnel. The cost to start up a windtunnel is already 10k euro's and another 5k per 30min. And this is a small one, not large enough to fit a whole car ;)
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Introducing The Baby LFA.</br>Bulletproof Nail It
@speedhunters_dino @BrockHarvison @fairlady432 Same here, page comes up blank.
Had the same with your R34 story just after the site maintenance, maybe the story was moved to a different location and the website can't find the story that belongs to the URL?
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Your Heart Will Cry
Nice to see how passionate Vaughn is about his cars! I'm not too fond of the modern Mustangs but I've got to say that this one looks pretty sweet :)
9 months ago on Hammered Down: How Much For An RTR?