Kenneth Blanck is a good friend of mine and not your ordinary R34 GT-R owner. Since picking up this pristine, low kilometer Bayside Blue example from renowned resellers Global Auto and now the second of two owners of this highly prized 2000 model GT-R V-Spec II Nur, Kenneth has literally thrown the book (and his wallet) at the car, ending up with a monster truly worthy of the greatest Pokemon trainers… Read more
The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show is back this year in full force, with an extensive 10 day showcase of cars from the past, the present and the future held from the 15th of November to the 24th of November. It has been a long while since my last motor show visit and this is certainly a refreshing experience to see such an eclectic mix of cars on display, with a stronger emphasis on hybrid and electric technology cars, even having 2 popular hybrids available as lucky draw prizes. The reason for this influx of environmentally friendly vehicles is relevant to the theme set for this year’s show, which is “efficiency in motion”. Read more
Thursday night, 11pm. I arrive in Sydney and my reserved hired Hyundai Getz is unavailable due to the depot being closed at the hour. I resort to ditching hitting Gangnam Style at 3000rpm for a more Japanese Nissan Micra. But I’m not in Sydney for the sole purpose of driving a soft fuel sipper. I’m here for the World Time Attack Challenge of 2013. It’s Friday morning, and I’m bolting down the Great Western Highway for the event. Upon arriving I’m greeted by a healthy selection of modified Japanese cars in the parking lot. From Evos to 86s, even classic examples like this Datsun coupe. Through the underground tunnel to the main area which was brimming with eye candy. The pit lanes were full with hero cars and high level builds. Dedicated to getting sweet shots for you guys, I was told off by staff a few times for lying down in places I shouldn’t be. ;P Crews were hard at work to bring out their cars optimum setup, which made me feel a bit intrusive at first. But the crew members could not be any friendlier, such as the team behind the Jones Brother Racing Supra; extending warm welcomes to myself and others which strengthens my faith in the bonds we car enthusiasts have as a community. Away from the pits were the show stands and a show and shine. Local industries and personal builds take charge here and welcomed the audience to the strong Australian scene. There were various stores showing off their gear… …and delicious demo cars. The kind chap behind this Impreza being kind enough to hand out free hats to attendees, and saved my face from a Jersey Shore fate. E-famous rides were about at the Lowdown.com booth with rides such as the Zomaya Evo and 34 Lai GT-R… …and elsewhere, beastly builds such as Mercury Motorsport’s Nitto GT-R and PPRE’s 6 rotor RX4. Mmmm… hexa-doritos.. To put it short, the grounds were a jar full of JDM candies. Further out back, there was some more action. Ranging from functional rides… To something more fond of gravity. Interesting aesthetic options were found with this Civic sporting a peanut STi bumper. Hopefully our police won’t defect this. Car gear was also present, with stickers and accessories available. On to the racing. With a full 2 days of racing against the clock ahead, there was nothing but blistering performances from all categories. There was no doubt, however, that the main attractions were the Pro and Pro-Am classes with their outlandish aero… …and celebrity drivers,such as Tsukuba record holder Under Suzuki and the Scorch Racing S15. Tarzan Yamada, piloting the Espirit NSX. As well as Nobuteru Taniguchi, being the pilot of not one, but three different vehicles. Suprisingly, last years record was smashed early by Tilton Interior’s Evo. Rewriting the Nemo Racing’s Evo’s record of 1:25.0200 by a fractional margin with a time of 1:24.8550. The Nemo Evo still baring its fangs on the track by laying down times 2-3 seconds behind the lead, despite running into mechanical issues. Between sessions were demonstrations by the Motul Turbo Legends, which sees some precious racing history bolt down the track. An F40 blessed the track with its presence shortly after. This year saw the birth of a new event, the Flying 500; a 500m dash to record top speed at the goal as opposed to a clocked time like a 1/4 mile drag. Ultimately, the Mick’s Motorsport Evo took the crown with a speed of 252km/h. The time attack has been going smooth for the most part, but has seen incidents on the track with a number of crashes and mechanical faults. One of the big incidents was the Employment Medicine R32 spilling its juices on the last few corners. The spill was cleaned without too much delay. Despite that, a visible trail was left from the absorbent. Luckily, it did not present itself as an obstacle to the competitors no matter the platform. The challenge wrapped up at Saturday afternoon at the podium, with awards being handed out to the fastest drive platform in each class and the overall fastest 3 of the class. The fastest in each class were: JUST CAR CLUBSPRINT CLASS 1. Process West WRX STi | Jason Wright – 1:39.2470 2. BYP Motorsport S2000 | Benny Tran – 1:41.0360 3. Superpro EVO 9 | Jason Naidoo – 1:41.2560 V-SPORT OPEN CLASS 1. BC Automotive R32 GTR |Dean Lillie – 1:31.7980 2. V Sport/Go-Pro Evo X | Rick Bates – 1:32.4260 3. BYP Racing Integra |Benny Tran – 1:32.6800 GARRETT PRO AM CLASS 1. Precision Maintenance EVO | Mick Sigsworth – 1:30.9570 2. Sutton Bros S15 | Andrew Sutton – 1:31.8320 3. Autotech Engineering WRX STi | Jason Wright – 1:32.4040 ROYAL PURPLE PRO CLASS 1. Tilton Evo | Garth Walden – 1:24.8550 2. MCA Suspension S13 | Earl Bamber – 1:27.3670 3. Nemo/Auger Torque Evo | Warren Luff – 1:27.7080 This year’s World Time Attack Challenge will definitely be an event to remember. Props to all the teams for their hard work and performance; to the organisers for bringing such a large scale event to my homeland, Australia; and to the attendees and media, whose burning automotive passion brought vibrancy and life to the weekend. *slips on leather jacket and black sunnies* I’ll be back. Words – Shahid Mohamed Islam Photos – Shahid Mohamed Islam
Every once in a while I get a reality check. I’m reminded of the true depth of the Japanese automotive culture and am forced to look at things a different way. Even at the age of 35, the secrets of the deepest oceans of Japanese tuning history continue to unlock, forcing me to re-evaluate, re-consider and re-assess the way I previously saw things… Read more
Formula Drift returned to Speed City Kuala Lumpur this year with an extremely diverse line-up of drivers from all over the world. Names like Ken Gushi from the US, Daigo “the Ninja” Saito from Japan of which has remained undefeated since the beginning of the Formula Drift Series, Local Malaysian drifting royalty Tengku Djan Ley of which owns the venue turned Battle grounds for this event, Japan D1 drifter Masao Suenaga and Frederic Aasbø
of whom is piloting the beastly V8 powered RS*R Toyota 86 were just some of the star studded entourage of superstars in the Drifting game that participated. Read more
We’ve worked extremely hard to build our social media network on Facebook over the past 2 years and have provided a ton of first class all original content, heaps of laughs and a dash of controversy here and there besides but we are pleased to say that, thanks to our loyal and vocal community, we have hit 150,000 organic fans which is a huge achievement for any independent automotive page. To celebrate the milestone, we are offering limited time only specials on a select range of products in our store! Read more
No sooner had Subaru updated their STi website yesterday about the imminent release of a car wearing STi badges that the internet went berserk, with several major outlets claiming that an STi BRZ was imminent. The usual turbocharged rumours followed but I’m here with some facts from a source close to Subaru in order to clean the mess up… Read more
As the sun rose from the east down here in Malaysia, The boys from Back wheel Bitches & Twinbladez Stickers finally gathered their nostalgic rides after months of planning to embark on an uphill climb to Genting Highlands Malaysia. The estimated distance from the rendezvous point till the top of Genting Highlands was about a 47.7KM long drive, with a challenging 15KM steep uphill climb which will prove to be a gruelling test of endurance for the classic cars.
Watanabes never fail to make any car look the part.
Classic Pick ups are the growing trend down here in Malaysia.
Bosozoku styled Mercedes Benz, Nicknamed “Cosa Nostra”.
Media partners who were involved on ground to witness the heart pumping and adrenaline moments, were RTM Malaysia, Atara Racing Datsuns, Malaysia CCCM and lastly Retro Garage in conjunction with 7tune. There were 30 cars that participated consisting of Datsuns, Toyotas, Volkswagens and a Mercedes, We here at Retro Garage and 7tune was amazed with the high spirited aura radiating from the drivers as man and machine form a special bond to push forward to the peak and their goal was simple; to reach to the top and nothing could stand in their way.
As the drive progresses, The convoy of classics were 25KM closer to the chequered flag but unfortunately there were a few problems that had come up; few cars were left behind as their machine experienced technical problems while pushing the limits of their rides and for some, they stopped for an hour or so to let their cars cool down before they resume another half of torturing drive up fairly steep corners. Eventually the convoy arrived at the peak of Genting Highlands Malaysia with an ecstatic atmosphere and an overwhelming amount of happiness can be seen on each participant’s face. Nothing can explain the sheer excitement more than seeing those drives who made it up like a bunch of kids that just got huge amounts of candy.
Lastly, Respect was given to all the drivers who spare their time to conquer the treacherous situation climbing up onto Genting Highlands. And not forgetting a special thank you to Retro Garage, RTM Malaysia for your patience and willingness to cover this historical moment.
That’s all for now, Signing out from Malaysia. Terima Kasih!
Terima Kasih – Means thank you in Bahasa Melayu
EVENT MAIN SPONSOR – TWINBLADEZ STICKERS
Words – Praveent Chelvam
Photography Kean Yap/Praveent Chelvam
After a good night’s rest we got up nice and early to head on over to Sepang again on Sunday to bring you the final coverage of our 2 part coverage of the Super GT here in Malaysia and coming early was certainly the right choice to make as Sunday is always more lively at Sepang for Super GT. We stored away our things at the media centre and grabbed our vests and headed out again for coverage and we decided to get a regular spectator’s perspective and see what they see. Read more
From the largest super bikes gathering that had a recorded grand total of an estimated 1300 Sports and luxury motorcycles gathering on the main straight of Sepang to the Saturday night rave party and two whole days of intense high octane racing from the ultimate JDM race cars on the Sepang International Circuit that has hosted a staggering 100,000 fans; a whopping 20,000 more from 2012, Super GT round 3 in Malaysia has been an absolute dream. Read more
Its that time of year again and we at 7Tune are certainly an excited bunch! Super GT Round 3 returns to Sunny Malaysia after intense battles right in the source of Super GT itself, JAPAN. Read more
I’ve shot a LOT of R35′s in my time as a professional auto-journo and I’ve come to realize that having one “tuned” does not necessarily mean it has been tuned correctly. This applies to any car, by the way. Recently, an American friend lamented to me, his sad story about a certain 2013 model, VR38DETT, GT-R engine that was created by a supposedly reputable Stateside tuner. The apparent ease with which their builds could reach 9 second quarter mile times were something this particular company prided themselves on… Read more
Mizota san of Revolfe fame and Kitabayashi san of Pentroof fame have been holding these monthly gatherings for quite some time now so when good friend Masaki san introduced me to the group a while back, it was destined to take its place on my calendar as a must see gathering each second Friday of the month. Here’s the lowdown on the latest meeting at Umihotaru Parking Area… Read more
It was back down to Nagoya for me for the second time in a month to shoot one of the biggest supercar meetings in the country; an event organized by Wataru Kato and his team from Liberty Walk Japan. Once again, rain threatened to really put a dampener on proceedings but mercifully held off for the day and what I’m going to show you now is one of the coolest collections of hard rolling Super Cars you’ll see anywhere… Read more
Right now, I’m down in Nagoya with Kato san and the crew from Liberty Walk Japan. If you haven’t heard of them I would be very surprised since they have exploded onto the international stage with some of the wildest custom supercars the world has seen. After a long haul south from Tokyo to Nagoya in the new 3 series Active Hybrid, I got some down time with new friends at a great Yakiniku restaurant where the stories and beer flowed freely… Read more