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The powdercoat-cleared steel frame is absolutely beautiful. I'd noticed the rear tub cover doesn't make an appearance in any of the pics, but its easy to see why - how could you cover anything up!?
Excellent build, and very tastefully done. I love it.
1 month ago on The Final Entry: Engineered to Slide Hilux
Brilliant work. Seriously good on him..
As usual, nice acticle and pictures too. Particularly love the two sunrise shots...!
3 months, 1 week ago on Sedan On The Salt: A Mercury Kustom
.. incredibly random here, but that would have to be the first time I've seen a trailer on a car in Japan. The lack of towbars on cars there is definitely noticable..
4 months ago on The Yearly Gathering: Hachiroku Day 2013
Properly nice car. Really great..
Glad he didn't chop it.. and that the blue/blue colour combination one him over in the end - it sure looks damn perfect on the car.
6 months ago on A Kustom Bomb - Adam Woodhams's 1951 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe 2-Door Sedan
I'm liking that navy blue 86 on the Hayashi's. At first glance its a bit off, but Its hard not to appreciate the retro throwback of it! :)
Also.. assuming the closeup is the front left wheel on the Black xA2x celica, it looks as though the tyre is back-to-front.. :P
7 months ago on Toyotafest 2013: A Family Affair
Great build, but seems to be handicapped by its weight?
As far as fast RB's go, it seems as though they've started with an odd chassis. I imagine this cars got more in it than an 8.51, but without even particularly following drag racing, I can think of many faster RB30-powered commodores - the RB30's real home.
A quick search showed 6 VL's doing sub 8.5's, with 5 of the 6 still being SOHC RB30ET setups (with one being a 26/30 like this one). The top-20 all do less than a 9s pass..!
Cool to do something different though I suppose, and Id guess a drag-GTR has a bit more appeal in the UK..
7 months, 1 week ago on Mgawot Ii: A 1500hp Gt-r Street Car That Runs 8s
Great stuff. :)
I'm here for the variety, and the quality. I love it.
Started reading this blog ~2009 sometime, and remember reading right back to the beginning. Would be a bit more of a task at this point!
Interestingly, I've found these blogs/sites (Speedhunters, autoblog, and many smaller others I read), have completely replaced my magazine purchases over the last 5 or so years.
Not only is the content just as good as I was reading the magazines for (car buillds, show coverage, etc); but its more the case for monthly car news and review magazines - they're now old-news when they're published. They cant compete when I check a handful of sites multiple times a day... from my phone.. absolutely anywhere.
Its something I wouldn't have guessed 5-10 years ago.
Anyway, here's to another 5 years..! :)
7 months, 1 week ago on Speedhunters Changed My Life: Five Years On
Regardless of how it looks; this car is a stunning piece of engineering.
Huge thumbs up to the owner too, for what looks like a great colour combination. It seems all too often these high-end cars get ordered in some fairly gaudy combinations. Money definitely doesn't buy taste!
On a random note..
You should have used a front-on picture of the car for the title pic, like the last three supercar posts!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Unobtainium Maximus: The Bugatti Veyron
Really great stuff. :)
Shame about the accident to finish things off though.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Seeing Red: Ferrari Racing Days Japan
Bagged. No doubt.
However you do it, you're doing it for appearance first (absolutely no shame in that - its why I'm here..). There is no other benefit; so why not do it properly? In a way the car is still usable? where the damage is more likely reversible for the next poor bugger?
At least when I see a air-bagged car sitting on the ground, there's a chance the underside isn't a total train-wreck.
People making static lowered cars a competition of whose more 'hardcore', at the expense of the poor car. They're doing it for how it makes them look.. not for the cars.
The only thing I can appreciate is the added challenge of having to get about that low all the time. Yep - in the same way steering with your elbows makes parallel parking more challenging...
8 months ago on An Open Discussion - Static Versus Bagged : Where's Your Allegiance?
I'd be silly not to..
8 months ago on THE NEW SPEEDHUNTERS BOOK - ON SALE TOMORROW
Excellent read. Great pics, informative and interesting...
Good work. :)
8 months, 1 week ago on A Night On The Town: Lapping The C1
absolutely awesome car, and top photography as usual.
..Now it just needs some matching orange window-film, and a large name down the side!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Factory Experimental On The Street: A/fx Falcon
Regardless of Lennon's ownership; cars like this are cool on their own as a time-capsule. Despite the harsh first few years, being mostly-parked since 1980 has left it in fantastic shape for its age. The patina is absolutely perfect..!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on John Lennon’s Car: A Wagon That Rocks ’n’ Rolls
I'm not sure how I feel about that Imperial caricature; but along with everything else here, its a ton of quality workmanship. Hot-rods and custom cars are detail overload...!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Hot Rod Homecoming: Spotlight-o-rama
damn, that's nice..!
loving the location of the first pic.
I cant help but feel it could have only looked better, had all the photos been taken at sunset/evening - not in the direct, harsh, sunlight. It just looks so classy in the servo and diner pictures...
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Necessary Evil: Cruisin’ In A Mild Kustom Cadi’
..that set of photos underneath the overpass - damn - brilliant work..!
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Porsche Perfection: Magnus Walker’s 911 “str”
fantastic car.. im loving the details.
Great photos too (and choice of pics for the article..).
9 months, 1 week ago on As Long As It's Black - Riley Stair's 1986 BMW E28 535i
Its funny how in pics of a Japanese car show, its that very pretty grey Porsche that excited me. maybe i wasn't expecting it?
Wish i was there.. (and would/should/could have been if i was better organized..! argh..)
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Vintage Sights: Nostalgic 2 Days
Title is a bit messy - should be EVO vs STi, or Lancer vs Impreza.
Otherwise it would be no argument whatsoever. an 'EVO' IS better than a base 'Impreza'!
re EVO vs STi though; i honestly really consider them the same car. They are just so so similar, that referring to them as 'Evo/Sti' when talking about them or comparing to something else, makes perfect sense.
They've always been small 4door sedans, with 4wheel drive, and 4cylinder turboed engines. they make the same sort of power, same performance, and have the same tricks that make them so damn good.
In theory, I've always liked the STi more.
both GC vs CP9A, and GD vs CT9A (i'll ignore the new ones for the moment).
- I like the fact the engine is north/south, with the correct drivetrain layout.
- I prefer the sound of the tuned boxer
- It had frameless glass, and the overall trim build quality seemed slightly nicer.
In the EVO's defense though; its always seemed more hardcore, and seems to take much more of a beating. They just seem so much stronger and over-built mechanically.
Over 2011/12 I owned an EVO 5 (along with the 6.5, my FAVOURITE EVO), and it was an absolutely brilliant car. Point-to-Point, in acceleration, grip, and braking.. It was so damn impressive. What they do with relatively minimal power is fantastic, and would absolutely blow similar-powered Silvia/Skyline/Supra/genericrwdsportscar away.
I only sold it as i was afraid I'd kill someone in it. Drive It anywhere near 10/10ths (/its full potential) on the street, and you're seriously moving along.. well past the point an accident would be anything minor...
Other than that; as much as I'd always be tempted to buy an STi (GC8 v5 or 6); after seeing first-hand how damn good the EVO's are, I'd probably never bother taking the punt.
..and I imagine that is the case for many others who are owning one side or the other..!
They're both awesome cars, but I'm going to have to vote EVO.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Poll: Evo Vs Impreza