In the automotive world it’s always amazing to see a car that has been a proven performer time and time again. The Japanese Parts & Performance 180sx is simply that. With its striking blood red paint, chrome JPP stickers and the super aggressive stance to match this car has one hell of an aura.
When it comes to drift days the ultimate bang for your buck has to be a private track day. Held quite regularly at Queensland Raceway these days will either be half or full days of non-stop fun where the only concern is how many tires you can bring. Last year in September I took the trip to get some shots of most of the boys from www.secretdrift.com.au having some fun and trading some paint.
Daily drivers are a necessary part of any drifter’s life. There seems to be three ways you can go about it; one way is to go practical and cheap so that maximum funding can go towards the track car. Another option is to purchase a larger car such as a 4wd that can tow the track car. Failing that you can do exactly what my good friend and fellow Midnight Mechanic, Cass has done; buy something that will be fun on the road as well as hopefully get you in less trouble than the track car would… Maybe.
I am very happy to announce we now have a contributor for the Sydney area; Kory Leung. Kory has been snapping away at some of the most amazing machines across Australia from a variety of different Genres.
There is something very amazing about owning an old car over something brand new. Old cars have history; they have tales to tell that often are 30-40 years long. Old cars clunk, squeal and knock to the point of driving you insane but at the end of the day you walk away loving the feeling that is gained from them. When I first laid eyes on Hayden Crowe’s ke55 I was immediately in awe to the point that I wanted to buy one.
How good is the feeling that you get from a fresh project. To be able to completely wipe the slate clean and start from scratch with the knowledge that the end product is entirely up to you. You may remember several months ago I featured Nathan McKenna’s oh so sparkly 1200 ute. Since then, both Nathan and his dad have been very busy with the new project; A circa 1970 Sunny which has been appropriately named Shelly.
Jason has been very hard at work on his Ae86 in order to bring it back sporting his new 4agte setup. The car has had some very serious modifications since it was last on the track. The motor aside, Jason has been busy sorting out a w55 gearbox conversion as well as an F series rear end with 4.6 crown gears to make the car fourth gear friendly. The car has recently come back from a workshop where a large amount of fabrication work has been completed.
I have received an awesome contribution from Round 3 of the Australian Drifting GP at Barbagallo by Jonathon Barnes. He has managed to get some stellar shots and has also written in with his overview of the action, so I will pass it over to him!
Jonathon Barnes: With the final event of the Australian Drifting GP held in Western Australia, it was by far the longest leg for many of the top drivers to attend from interstate. The local boys were indeed red hot favorites with the big names making a big impact during practice and qualifying.
Most of the cars throughout the event were very impressive to look at both on and off the track. But when it came to the competition side there was some close door to door action which is what every spectator likes to see, along with people pushing the limits and trying to do what is well known from Luke, getting close to the other competitor; Mitchell Bunney.
After so many years of being away Drift Battle is back and it’s looking pretty damn good! A post like this may seem very unorthodox for someone in my position, but I am very happy to be seeing this magazine back on the shelves of my local newsagent. The thing that I always remembered fondly about Drift Battle was the consistency of quality in each Issue. I still remember drooling over all the cars at the BM drift event at Nakayama Circuit which was published in the fifth issue.
I’d like to introduce you to our long lost Midnight Mechanics; Cassian Finnerty. Cass first started skidding with us around 2005 in his Blacktop 20v Ae86. As you will have seen from our coverage of the Queensland Raceway 24 hour drift Matsuri he’s back on board and up to usual tricks.
One of the things that I love so much about the 4agze motor is the noise that comes from them. It is like nothing else. There is that unmistakable 4age note coming from the exhaust, but the high pitched whine that the supercharger emits just leaves you speechless. Listening to Mereki Dawson power his baby blue 4agze powered ke70 through the Queensland Raceway Short Track left me in this exact state.
It was a bloody hot day, but that didn’t slow down the talent in SA!
Tailem Bend blew me away as a race track, and it would be amazing to see some coin put in to develop the track more.
Ian from Raceline kept the day at perfect pace, no issues, no crashes!
Big thanks to both Simon and Jenny Michelmore for organising my flights, accommodation, travel.. pretty much everything
Another thanks to Protog for providing such quality camera equipment!
Top 4 placings on the day:
1st – Simon Michelmore
2nd – Hayden Buckham
3rd – Michalis Karalis
4th – Declan Walsh
Top Championship placing for the year:
1st – Hayden Buckham
2nd – Simon Michelmore
3rd – Declan Walsh
4th – Michalis Karalis
Shot on 7d + 70-200mm f/4 + 50mm f/1.8 + 10-22 f/3.5 + Slidetrack + CobraCrane + Fancier 670 Heavy Duty Tripod
Song – Itunes – The naked and Famous / Young blood
November 5th saw Baskerville Raceway host the last round of the Tasmanian drift series and what a turn out it was! We had plenty of people turn up and amazing number of entrants with plenty of drivers making the trip from the mainland for the event. This was one of those days you couldn’t afford to miss especially with a 23+ degree day.
Just this Sunday past Josh and I took the trip up check out the private track day held by Lachlan Gassman. Until recently the only option for laying down your rubber was the main track which is quite a large, open track. The latest exciting addition to Queensland Raceway has been the short track which is essentially a very long skid pan. With the ability to have a number of different track configurations it makes for one awesome little track!
When I first started playing around with cars my biggest aspiration was to build something worthy of being in a magazine. I would flick through publications like High Performance Imports, Zoom and yes, sometimes even Hot4′s and wish that I had the skill and dedication to achieve what these car owners had. I would look up to these people, but never did I think I would eventually find myself in the same position.
Last year my dream came true. I was given this validation that I so desired in the form of a photo shoot for Performance Imports. As I’m sure some of you reading this will have seen the feature in PI as well as in Retro Auto I thought it would be nice to share some of my behind the scenes shots from the photo shoot.
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On the drive back from Locky’s Short Track event at Queensland Raceway on Sunday Nathan and I spotted quite a few worked Porsche 911′s cruising down the highway. This one had to be hands down the most wild and I was even more impressed that it was driving on the road!
If I could ever afford to, something like this would be one of the few things I would happily sell up the Corolla for. If anyone is involved in the Porsche tuning scene please let me know as I would love to feature something like this as well as attend some track days!
It always excites me to head out to a JDM Style Tuning meet and scout the coolest cars in South-East Queensland. This particular JDMST meet was quite special as it was also crossed with Downshift Australia, which definitely drew some extra special cars to the event. My favourite of the night had to be this glorious JZS161 Aristo that I had also shot at the Queensland Raceway 24 hour Matsuri.
Sundays action at the 21st Anniversary of Jamboree kicked off with the street compact cars.
Just a bit of a teaser for you guys from the private short track event at Queensland Raceway today. There were some awesome cars to watch during the day including Elder Bob’s onevia which was constantly romancing the walls. Check out the full post in the next few days!
When it comes to car builds in the drifting scene, you could easily place owners into two categories; those who like to build a new car every season, and those who stick with the car they started with until the end. I think it would be safe to place Glenny in the latter category. For however many years I have known Glenny, he has always been building and upgrading this 180sx that you see before you. In 2009, Glenny and I headed out for an afternoon to shoot his 180 in its former glory.
Hey guys! Sean here, I’ve got a little teaser for you of my mate Michael’s (aka Smiley) RT81 Toyota Corona.
None of our contributors got the chance to head out to the Gold Coast 600 this year but we were very lucky to get a contribution from Photojournalist student; Wendy Law. Wendy managed to get some great access to the event and came back with these amazing shots from around the pits.
Just a quick teaser for you guys. Josh and I met up at the JDM Style Tuning Carseldine meet on Tuesday night and we have come back photos of the best of the best. We also did a few individual photo shoots of some cars on the night so be sure to keep your eye out for that!