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Third Strike Ae86

This is going to be a short and sweet article to give a bloke some much needed motivation. Many of you will know Ben Walker and his Ae86, but for those who don’t Ben has been busy building up what was already quite a wild Corolla for over a year now and it’s well overdue to be finished. The first time I caught up with Ben was back in 2014 when a few of us headed down to Coffs Harbour for Ae86 Driving Club’s Drift Fest Zero 3. Since then the car has been seeing far less track time in favor of copping a shit load of fabrication. In October 2015 while I was in Sydney for World Time Attack Challenge I caught up with Ben to check his progress.

I’m going to let the rest of the pictures do the talking. Enjoy! Oh, and hurry up Ben!

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The best of 2015

As this year comes to an end I thought it would be great to look back at all the awesome events we have had this year and bring out a couple of my favorite images – The best of 2015. The year prior, 2014, was a comparably slower year for Excitement! Car Magazine so this year I really tried to keep up the frequency of interesting content. There’s plenty to show. I’m keeping the intro to this short and sweet, but will put a small paragraph under each photo about the event each one is from. Each image links through to the original post it is from, so be sure to click those images!

I hope you have all had an amazing 2015, and that your 2016 is looking to be even better. If you’re enjoying what you’re seeing here please give us a comment below. Tell us what you have enjoyed the most this year and I’ll do my best to bring more of it in 2016!

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Matsuri 2015

What do you think it is that appeals to us about drifting? Is it the sounds, the smells and the smoke that pours out of these mechanical beasts? Is it the thrill of pushing a vehicle past what some might say are the limits? Or maybe it’s something a little bit deeper? Sure, a lot of that may be part of the reason we enjoy it but I think that the reason many of us love drifting so much is due to the collective passion of everyone we share this community with. We’re a show off kind of bunch. We thrive off being seen and heard, but most importantly we thrive off having a good time with mates.

All year round I see friends work on their cars tirelessly to be ready for this one event that we call the Queensland Raceway 24 Hour Drift Matsuri, many of whom live more than 10 hours away. The satisfaction alone of burning through a few pairs over a weekend surely isn’t enough to justify traveling such distance. While we may be in a shortage of venues to have our fun, I can guarantee you there is something closer if you’re only interested in torching tyres.

With more and more people traveling greater distances each year to enter Matsuri I think it is the perfect example that drifting is more than just a motorsport to us. See for yourself and click through to see exactly what makes Matsuri the best.

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We’re going to print!

So here it is, we want to print an issue of Excitement! Car Magazine and we want your input! We’re looking to schedule a release of either a printed magazine or photo book in November 2016 as a wrap up for the entire year (and a little bit more).

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MCA Hammerhead V2

Over the past few years of covering World Time Attack Challenge we have usually brought you pretty general coverage from the weekend, however this year I thought it would be worth while taking a more in depth look at one of the top competing cars at WTAC – the MCA Suspension Hammerhead Version 2. Piloted by the seasoned Shane Van Gisbergan of V8 Supercar fame the MCA team was an unstoppable force over the entire 2015 weekend.

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Matsuri 2015 Taste

Here’s a quick look at of some of the footage we took during the big trains at the 2015 Queensland Raceway Matsuri. Looking forward to putting a larger vid together soon!

Matsuri 2015 Taste from Excitement! Car Magazine on Vimeo.

So Matsuri was pretty awesome

Easily one of my favorite events of the year, Matsuri did not disappoint. I was driving all weekend with a relentlessly reliable SR20DET which I didn’t want to get away from, but I got some key photo throughout the weekend. I’ll be making a post of all the awesome things I spotted in the coming weeks!

Matsuri 2014

Here’s our in car footage from Matsuri 2014. We’ve released this just in time to get you super pumped for Matsuri 2015!

Matsuri 2014 from Excitement! Car Magazine on Vimeo.

YZ Circuit – The unseen photos

So here they are – the photos you haven’t seen from our trip to meet MotorFIX at their YZ circuit Sokokai in 2011. I never published any of these photos so this is completely fresh content. At the time they were the unwanted shots, the duplicates, the off cuts, the not in-focus enoughs. For whatever reason it seemed like a better idea to leave these shots out. Now looking back at the photos from four years ago I’m happy I didn’t post these as it’s given me a reason to go through them all again. I’ve taken particular care to not post any photos too similar to the original post, so I’m hoping you’ll see a different perspective of this event that hasn’t been shown until now.

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2015 Shannons Nationals

Of all the events I attend Shannons Nationals is one of the very few non-drifting events that I can’t wait to come around every year. I have a huge love for circuit racing but it depends greatly on the category for me to be really excited about it. This is the reason I love Shannons Nationals so much – there is a huge variety of exciting categories including Porsche GT3 cup cars, Formula 3, Formula Ford and Kerrick Sports Sedans, just to name a few. The entire series is run over 8 rounds, one of which happens to be at our local track Queensland Raceway where I spent the day shooting on the 8th of August. Read on and check out all my photos from the day!

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