Every so often things in life work out to bite me in the arse. A few weeks ago I was covering the car build of a very good friend of mine, Aaron Squires and his Ae86 Build. Despite only starting from only a shell this car was looking very promising, and while it still is, Aaron no longer owns it. Luckily for myself and especially for you guys, the ae86 is now owned by another good friend of mine; Beau Best, who swapped his 20v ke70 for the Ae86 shell. The ke70 you see before you however barely resembled itself only weeks ago. Both Aaron and Beau have been very busy over the past week sanding and prepping this ke70 in order to cover the previously army-green panels in a fresh white.
In the short time that I have been going to Archerfield for drifting I’ve seen some pretty talented drivers getting around the tight track that was originally intended for go karts. Sarah “Sez” Rogers is one that stands out from the crowd with skills that exceed quite a few of her male peers. In her bright pink S13 Silvia, Sez is carving her way up the field and putting her foot down on the comments that women can’t drive. Maybe she has trouble parallel parking or getting it straight at a shopping center, but ones things for sure, she’ll whip you’re ass when it comes to taking corners. Sez took some time out from a session to have a chat to me about her aggressive style.
Early this week I dropped down to meet the guys at Workshop One to check out their new shop front as well as what they get up to. These guys typically work on Japanese cars but there were a few interesting things to find around the workshop as well.
Early this week several mates and myself who were very eager to test out our newly purchased huffy sliders decided to check out a spot we have been eying up for some time. This week has been fairly slider heavy on Excitement! Car Magazine, but they are just so damn fun. I thought it might be worth mentioning too that we are bringing the SK guys here for a test ride this afternoon, if all goes well we will be doing a joint Excitement! Car Magazine meet and Streetkarnage meet in coming weeks!
On the weekend I attended the Japanese Classic Car day at Banyo. There were still modern cars attending but the classics were the main focus. I arrived a bit late and many cars were starting to leave. As I first walked in, I was greeted with a Crown wagon and this Corona Mark II. Just a few of many beautiful cars.
There has always been something about the older Japanese cars. Like anything made before the 90′s, there is just that little extra in the quality of craftsmanship that went into the design of the cars. Sure some of them may not have been the most aerodynamic, but they just look cool. And we’re all OK with that. The Banyo Classic Japanese Meet is a yearly event that is growing with each pass. It’s free to bring your car in and it’s free to come and look. There’s a sausage sizzle available with cold drinks and all proceeds going to the Earnshaw College where the meet is staged.
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Once again the lads from Streetkarnage grouped together on a lazy Sunday afternoon for an awesome huffy slider session. Even though this session didn’t seem to last as long as the first one, the attendance was just as large!
Whether it has two wheels or four, maybe even only 3 sometimes, it will pretty much have my interest. So when I heard about the Gold Coasts largest motorcycle exhibition, I was off to get amongst it. Held at the Gold Coast Exhibition Center, patrons were able to stroll through the displays from all the large manufacturers as well as stalls by local build shops and other third party groups selling things from riding leathers to jet skis.
Well… It was bound to happen sooner or later with all the slider sessions that have been happening lately; I am now the proud owner of a very cool huffy slider! With many thanks to Aerron Gough from Streetkarnage! Today’s slider session was just as amazing as the previous event from several weeks ago.
This time armed with my trusty GoPro I managed to get some fairly awesome footage of all these guys powering down the hills as well as some in car (on slider) footage of me going down the hill. Hold tight for the full set of images from the day as well as all the footage in the next week or so!
This week, a bunch of mates and I have been busy hitting up the hills. Even though we love to do that on any occasion, we pushed to do a few more runs this week as we have been visited from our Tasmanian contributor; Sean Jarzynka.
The last event was awesome, I cannot wait for this one!
Last Friday night Queensland Raceway opened the track back to the public to its newly refurbished track. As eager as any drifter heading out for the night, I brought out the camera to snap the action.
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Scott Mitchell has come back from the February Hit and Run Drift Club day with some absolutely awesome footage. Check out the all the wild S13s, Ke70s, Chasers and the even more wild V8 S14.
I have to say that Foster The People Sounds rather awesome behind drifting noises too.
We can’t wait for the 2012 World Time Attack Challenge to come around, so here’s just a bit of a teaser from last year.
Not much has been going on this week, so to make it up to you guys here’s a photo of Jayrad’s rather sacked GS300 Lexus. Hopefully a photo to come some time soon if he ever has time for it.
It’s funny how those of us who toil with track specific cars still insist on owning fun daily drivers. It’s like a disease that we can’t seem to shake. Despite the many years of owning my Corolla it has always been a must for me to own a daily that can make me grin from ear to ear. Even my last daily; an automatic MX73 Cressida with, get this, working air con had its kicks. Sounds boring right? Wrong. That grin still came from the chassis rails almost kissing the ground at a mere 25mm.
I have just recently had a bunch of film rolls developed so I thought I would share some of the shots that didn’t make it to the CJSS post last year.
Of all the rare cars in the world that I have seen I would not say that a Lamborghini Gallardo is one that I typically leap over fences for. They are an impressive car, yes, but there is something about them that lacks when you compare it to the big brother Murcielago. With that said, they are still a sight to see. Especially when you happen to spot one floating on top of Arthurs Seat in Victoria like I did a few weeks back.
Downshift have done it again to bring Brisbane its largest JDM and Euro meet, attracting 500+ cars out to Queensland Raceway for an afternoon of mingling and ogling the multitude of Japanese and Euro cars on display. So as to not to be caught out with lack of space and light like last time, the event was held earlier, in the large QR car park and on the weekend, making it easier for a larger amount of people to attend.
The FORGED Audi was an absolute show stopper. I had to get a bit pushy and clear the area so that I could get a shot without some mug walking up to it and getting his head in the way.
Over the past couple of weeks we have seen some very impressive content coming from local Brisbane photographer, Chez Watts. With his moody style of photography, we have been seeing a side of car meets that we have not seen before. Chez will be bringing you lots of cool events as he gets to them; but for now look forward to his feature on the Downshift x JDM x Euro OPEN MEET & GYMKHANA in the next few days.
Here’s the collection of our final images from Streetkarnage Slider Session that was held on the Gold Coast.
Chez Watts has just sent me though these amazing photos of a Porsche track day that was recently held at a rather saturated Queensland Raceway. It’s not often I manage to get out to any sort of track day like this, so I was ecstatic to hear he had this content.