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I cannot believe the ungodly amount of hours and work that would go into these cars. They are for sure works of art and whilst I wouldn't want one, I can certainly appreciate them for their beauty and attention to detail. It seems absurd that they are excluded from ANY show.
1 day, 5 hours ago on Style For Days: <br />Lowriding At The GNRS
This is awesome. I dont know why people are disappointed in any of it, motor, box, suspension, etc. It is a DESIGN exercise. I'm surprised it is as complete as it is. Most of these design studies are just empty shells. Unbelievable for 45 days, did they even sleep?!!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Dropped Out Of A Wormhole: </br>The Sbarro Grand Prix
@loslogo Yeah that is just wrong. Hard to believe a top company like HKS would let this anomoly slip through? Unless it's got something to do with intake pressure "surge" from the throttle body closing and evening out the intake delivery to the cylinders?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Picking Variety At The Nismo Festival
Just remember folks, if it's your own project and you can fabricate, you can spend all the hours you want. If you can't it costs a lot for every hour to make even a simple bracket. Forewarned is forearmed. Been fabricating 25yrs plus the last 7 on cars. It's fun but most people don't appreciate that it takes time and time costs money.
2 months, 1 week ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER: Built Not Bought
Very cool!! 3675 psi fuel pressure! That's one mean firework!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Triple Boost: Volvo’s 450hp 2.0L Four
@JeffJackery Looks like a Mazda Rx3 to me.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on The Raging Heavyweight: <br/>A Pro-Touring Camaro
@Chris 'Haffy' Hafner I'm not sure if the Coupes sold here in NZ as Holdens or not but we did get them under the Isuzu name. At least it wasn't under the Daewoo Maepsy name!!
5 months, 1 week ago on Ascend To The Green Heaven In St. Ursanne
Nice article. Any chance of a quick run down on the Series? Bergrennen still to come or already been? List of classes would be nice too.
So keen to find an Isuzu Gemini coupe and build it to look like one of those Opel Kadett racers...
Fly the flag Kiwis!
@RacingPast @Casper IV Yep it WAS good too bad they chose to change... Chris Harris should have his own show. I did enjoy Muscle as something different.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The Big Red Corvette
@Brian Mikami @Oompa I found the TEQ Shifter knobs but not in White /Red combo which looks really nice. For my Celica St165!! Thanks for replying and totally sweet ride too. You need to build the "Mini Mustang" Ra 28 to go with your "Mini Camaro" Ra21!
6 months, 4 weeks ago on Perseverance First: The Daruma Celica
Where did you get that gear knob??
7 months ago on Perseverance First: The Daruma Celica
@Taryn Croucher @Oompa It's on the bucket list!! May as well do Bergrennen as well eh? Go see the world and enjoy the ride so jelly...
7 months, 1 week ago on Drive Your Dream
St Ursanne!!! YES
Saw a good one the other day Synergy v8 in a toyota 86. Yay NZ!!
7 months, 1 week ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER:</br> We Want Your V8 Swaps
I am totally behind you on the 3 pedals. I love the feeling of being able to get a heel and toe just right, (Admittedly NOT every time). Most drivers will have never been exposed to heel and toe, let alone learnt the techniques. I just dont feel comfortable in a 2 pedal car. I guess I will have to stick to older cars,not that I will ever be able to afford anything new anyway!!
8 months, 1 week ago on They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To…</br> Or Do They?
As a fabricator, always admired the build, including the whole pull it to bits idea. After that video, much more respect for your build because you have captured the soul of a build it yourself idea Nigel.
It is said of many projects, "A lot of blood sweat and tears went into this." , without the struggle there is no accomplishment. Stoked for you Nigel and I hope you continue your struggle for therein lies the victory.
9 months ago on Dream. Build. Drive.
There were at least 2 different versions of this car. One was a transverse mounted four with a MASSIVE turbo, (think 600+hp big!), and rear wheel drive. The other was an inline four with an Xtrac four wheel drive system. Motors were either 503E or 4T-GTE. Rumoured was a V6 version but never seen in public
9 months ago on The One That Got Away
Including around 70 or so Cappuccino based Kei Frasers. Yep just like the "new" Caterham 160. Last one was done about two years ago.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Car Guys, In Cars, Getting Coffee, In Tokyo
@Lachys114 I believe it was a Z1
11 months, 1 week ago on Stop! Hammer Time</br>Dream Garage Shopping At Race Retro
This thing is awesome, as soon as I saw it I was reminded of the Engineer/Space jockey/pilot from Alien.
Those forward facing exhausts and the shape of the roof line. Similar to the Space jockeys arms and head?
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Double The Turbos, Half The Sheetmetal<br/>A 1200hp Street-Driven Demon
Brad wasn't the 250 GTO done in Glenfield?
It was a fine collection of Ferraris with F50, two F40s, an Enzo and a 288 GTO. Highlight was a hearing F40 locking brakes on slowing down for turn one. The kind of commitment we all love to hear on a car that was built to be driven!!
1 year ago on Ferrari Frenzy And NZ’s Badass Race Cars
I want some credit for this story! Look at the last comment on the Civic Wtcc car. Link provided.
Just kidding!! Looking forward to 2014. Personally I want more builds they give me ideas......but then so do shows and events. Especially Ber Grennen HILL CLIMB
1 year, 1 month ago on Wagons Are For Winners
@Chris 'Haffy' Hafner @Oompa More? Check the in car from the 1 minute mark on this one. The sound alone makes it worthwhile,
1 year, 1 month ago on Mud, Sweat, No Tears:<br/>Speedhunting 2013
GET TO BERGRENNEN!!! Need proof that is Speedhunters worthy?
All this talk about doors etc.. This is their 2014 BTCC car!
1 year, 1 month ago on Honda Previews 2014 WTCC Civic
@Popcorn1 Good point, but isn't the function of the ceramic coating to keep the heat in the turbine side to prevent it from radiating to the inlet side and/or engine bay? Helping response by keeping the inlet charge cold. So maybe Hans's approach is to try and keep the heat down by whatever means he can?
1 year, 5 months ago on Step-by-step: Inside A Time Attacking 650hp Silvia
@speedhunters_dino @Brandon Motteram Yeah in WHITE too! So clean looking...
1 year, 5 months ago on Bold Statements: Liberty Walk M3
Well done Nigel, truly awesome build!! As a fellow fabricator I can appreciate the HOURS AND HOURS of work that went into your car. A great deal of which must of been planning, trial and error and aw shit moments!!! World class easily, congrats.
1 year, 5 months ago on Engineeredtoslide Drift Hilux Build Pt.6
It is such a shame that Hirvonens' career has been overshadowed by the dominate Loeb. He has continued to improve year after year and whilst he has come close to the title he unfortunately had the misfortune to come up against a truly one in a billion driver.
1 year, 6 months ago on Enter Planet Dust: The Fos Rally Stage
I think it's Curt Whittaker in Nz Drift series that has the same setup 2JZ in a R34?
1 year, 7 months ago on Skyline Meets Supra: A 2jz-powered R34
Lancia Build for those that cant wait...
1 year, 7 months ago on Gatebil Mantorp Final Thoughts
@AceAndrew2 Yep we have 91, 95 and 98 Octane all available at the pump in NZ
1 year, 8 months ago on Project Z: L28s And Heartbreak
Oh and dont forget to check the line bore at the same time you get your cylinders bored!!
I reckon you are on the right track with the L28 it will be cheaper than a decent turbo set up and feel nicer to drive AND sound good. It is important to set the goal of what YOU want to do with/from the car. Dont get caught up in chasing "numbers" as it is an awesome way to empty your bank account and who knows the car could be the best for YOU at the HP you are currently aiming at?
Check this out might help?
1 year, 9 months ago on Project 86: You Gotta Start Somewhere… Again
So the pro wears a helmet and the amateurs dont wonder why? Maybe cause the pro knows how easy it is to hit your head when your truck tips?
1 year, 11 months ago on King Of The Hammers: Night Crawlers
Little bit of raw footage, I'm not sure if every one can access it but Kiwis can!
2 years, 1 month ago on Red Bull Drift Shifters: Sideways On The Street
Dont forget the all time best name for a Van.....
2 years, 1 month ago on Vanning Is Back
I went to this event and it was awesome!! Frankly I think it caught everyone by surprise how quick the cars got up to 80mph. AaronVenable you have a valid point. The public was very close to the action. Too close will always be debatable. If your up the front and something does go wrong you wont be able to step back cause the crowd was 4 deep. As much as these guys have unbelievable skill and control there is always a case for the "what ifs". Look at the bollard that the winner took out in practice, sometimes we ALL cock up and no driver would want that to cost anyone any harm. I think the organizers did a great job but I think they weren't quite expecting the quantity of people they got!! Easy fix though, put up bleachers. You'd get a better view, and could be a little further back, and having to watch out for a little kid or an idiot trying to jump on course would be much easier to police. Grumble over.
It was a great day and a ground breaking event. I think that this is more like what Ken Block envisaged for gymkhana and I hope that we could end up with a 4 wheel drive drift show run along side the rear wheel drive cars. Separate classes of course. The proximity sensors and points system were excellent ideas and getting rid of the judges works for everyone. Digital don't lie. This is definitely a step in the right direction for drifting as far as I am concerned.
The drivers have more fun by showing their skills.
There is no stress about judged results.
The crowd can relate easily to who is doing better and why.
It looks and SOUNDS , (Sams' Dodge), awe inspiring.
Well done Mike Whiddett, for not letting the nay sayers win, persevering and getting it done!!
Now let's see it go global.....
@1013mm No worries, credit where credit is due. Every photo is a worthy poster.
2 years, 1 month ago on #iamthespeedhunter: Meet John Zhang
I think the most impressive thing about this collection of photos is the use of light and colour. Obvious? Perhaps, but it defines the great from the good. Every image shouts off the page, "Look and let your mind soak it up". Excellent work John.
2 years, 1 month ago on Art On Wheels: Mooneyes Hot Rod & Custom Show
Noice!! The Lotus Cortina is a Mark 2 not the venerable legendary Mark 1. Still cool though!
2 years, 2 months ago on Rust Never Dies: Retro Brit Classics At Cms
Go get 'em Jono! Don't let Mitch get all the glory. Kiwi kids are weetbix kids! Your singing it now aren't you?
2 years, 2 months ago on Super Taikyu Series: Gull-winged Gt Cars
@TylerS13 You'll love or loathe this, http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/CategoryAttributeSearchResults.aspx?search=1&cid=268&sidebar=1&rptpath=0001-0268-&5=Station+Wagon&14=Mitsubishi&15=legnum+vr4&18=0&18=0&24=0&24=0&searchRegion=100&sidebarSearch_keypresses=1&sidebarSearch_suggested=10
2 years, 2 months ago on #featurethis: Car Lovers United
WTF Maxima??? Careful standards are dropping! Nova and Genesis look interesting...
2 years, 3 months ago on #featurethis: They Keep On Coming
@gtospoons @Oompa Having another look I see your car was on a 1966 chassis. I am not sure but the NZ car was on a ferrari chassis but I dont think it was that old. I would be interested in your opinion if you ever get to see the NZ car!
2 years, 3 months ago on Taking It To The Top At Brooklands
Is the GTO replica the one built in New Zealand?
I think this guy has the right idea. It's his car done by him FOR him. It is done well with a lot of creativity. Love the skateboard wheels, so obvious and yet not done before. I think it is very easy to get a bit too precious about our cars. I know we love them but eventually they will be gone or we will. Sorry but it is the truth. All the more reason to enjoy them while you can!!!
2 years, 3 months ago on A Civic Misfit, The Rust Bucket Wagovan
Not the only Saudi in NZ either.......
2 years, 4 months ago on The Kiwi Built Quattro S1