I say it time and time again, but there is something magical about a Queensland Raceway morning session. Without a doubt it is my favorite drifting event in Australia. From the minute I arrive, the perfect mix of crisp winter morning air, with the smell of burnt tire gets my heart racing.
Just a quick teaser for you guys of what Josh and I captured at yesterdays Queensland Raceway Morning Session. We will be bringing you full coverage from the day in the coming week or so.
Being the start of a long weekend last Friday night was boring, and I was looking for things to do. Much to my joy I found out that the old school night was on at Harry’s diner so I headed out. The turnout was huge with the mention of Street Machine photographers being there and it was definitely a great night. The lighting wasn’t the best in some areas however, and with the limited parking spaces, many cars were forced to leave or went and parked on the other side of the street.
Downshift and huge JDM meets have become synonymous around Brisbane, and now that they have secured a nice location to hold the events, they’ve really nailed it down as being “the” meet to attend each month. This is reflected in the quality of the cars that we are starting to see at these get-togethers. Don’t get me wrong, I think that every true JDM fan loves a beater, but we also want to see rides that people have put a lot heart and soul (not to mention bucket loads of cash) making sure that their once ordinary car stands out in a crowd.
This past weekend Turbosmart held a dyno day at Mercury Motorsport featuring plenty of amazing cars and two girls who were kind enough to clean the cars in their Bikinis! Earlier I had been asked by Adam of 7tune to shoot the event so I borrowed a D3100 to have better low light performance, as opposed to my SX30, and then took my best shot at taking photos. There was plenty of rain during the day, but that didn’t stop the determination of drivers with quite a few cars making it into the higher ranges of power. The highlight for me had to be the 3SGE Cortina with ITBs, had an amazing sound which also left a funny feeling in your ears but also a huge smile across your face. It was the first time I had visited Mercury Motorsport and what a day it was! I met plenty of new faces that I had only previously talked to through Facebook.
Today I’m bringing you four new wallpapers that I’ve whipped up from Round 1 of the Queensland Raceway Short Track Series.
The Queensland Raceway Short Track Series took off last night, and one of the outstanding drivers of the night had to be Mereki keeping it real in his GZE ke70.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’ve just had four rolls of film developed today, so I have a few film shots to show you guys that I will spread over the next few weeks. Some from the CJSS meet back in 2011 and a few build shots of some cars that I have seen. But for now, enjoy this photo of Zak’s SR20 Volvo, Nathans 1200 ute and my ae71.
Last week I caught up with Josh Dobrik to check out the RC drift cars he has been playing with. There has been plenty of talk about these things lately which I think is great. Yes, they are money down the drain that could be better spent on our cars, but we all need something to occupy ourselves for those times when our cars are not working. If you silently thought in your head while reading this “my car doesn’t break”, you aren’t pushing it hard enough. That or you own a Toyota.
First of all, thank you to everyone that turned up for our first Excitement! Car Magazine Street Meet! I was very happy with the turn out, and despite the events on the day I hope you guys are looking forward to the next one. As I’m sure most of you know, or can gather, the weather was less than perfect on the day. Terrible in fact. Not to mention a certain Woolworths manager that put in their best efforts to ensure we felt most unwelcome. All things aside, I was very proud with how the meet went and am now scheming how we can do things better next time.
Thank you to everyone that came out to the first Excitement! Car Magazine Street Meet! Considering the amount of people that turned up I am very happy to call it a great success. Unfortunately the weather was more than average and a manager of woolworths was less than accommodating but it was great to meet up with all you guys. I will be sure to put a lot more thought into the next venue so we have a hassle free meet and hopefully some much more interesting stuff to do.
I have a bunch of photos from the afternoon that I will put up in the next day or two, but for now here is a teaser.
Thanks to everyone that bought stickers too!
Hey guys, the Excitement! Car Magazine | 2012 Street is on TOMORROW (Sunday the 15th of January).
We will be meeting on Lakeside Drive in Carrara, right near Emerald Lakes, at 2.30pm! There is no plan for the afternoon guys, come along and hang out, chat, bring the footy, some drinks and come buy some stickers for $1 each!
Check out the poster below for directions. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Guys, a reminder too; no skids will be tolerated. It’ll only take one dickhead to ruin it for everyone, thanks in advance!
In the past week I have taken my TT-01D s15 out to 2 new tracks to have a play on some better surfaces than the WOW sight n sound car park I regularly to go to.
I have to admit I had my questions when I first heard this month’s JDMST meet was going to be held at Queensland Raceway. The more you think about it, however the more sense it makes; a Private property in an area that won’t be affected by the noise, as well as being a place that 90% of people in the car scene know how to get to. Which was a good thing too; because the meet had to the largest JDMST meet I have ever seen!
Having only been in operation for half of the year, 2011 has been an incredible year for all of us at Excitement! Car Magazine!
In a very short time we have gained some very significant contributors who have been invaluable towards the success of the magazine. However, one of the greatest things that has helped us to point the magazine in the correct direction has been the feedback from you guys; the readers. We love to hear constructive criticism about the site so be sure to keep letting us know what you like and especially what you don’t like!
Yes it’s Christmas time and everyone is meeting up for their end of year meets. Lovers of cars add no exception; we love hanging out with each other so why not! Just this Sunday past, Streetkarnage held their end of year meet for all of their beloved friends.
For this particular meet however I almost had no chance of being able to make it due to being at work. “Working on a Sunday, what an outrage!” you say? Well I would say that too, but thankfully I was able to leave just a little early in order to get some photos.
Scott Mitchell has come back with yet another awesome drifting video this time from the WSID. Have a look through the video to check out the excessive smoke, loud noises and awesome wall taps!
As per usual Excitement! went down to support the local cars at our monthly JDMST meet.