King of Kaitoke 2015

Wellington Anniversary Weekend brought us many shenanigans. A section of this shenanigans was held at Kartsport Wellington in Kaitoke at the base of the Rimutaka ranges in the form of Bucket racing!

If you’re not familiar with bucket racing, it’s basically a loose form of motorsport on two wheels. Smash together an old motor in whatever frame you can find, fit some plastic crash knobs, chuck on some protective gear and go racing!

Anyway – i snapped some pics of these a few of these old bikes making noise round the track. check them out.

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I was pining for this two-smokin’-strokin’ Honda NS50F all day. Such a rad little machine. Sounds like three angry wasps in a Milo tin.

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Motard/Pitbike getting chased

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that ‘spansion chamber is getting mighty close to scrape-city

King of Kaitoke 2015
Convoy ahoy

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

Anything goes! Even old converted trail bikes.

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

dirtbikes out of their home, battling it out.

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

King of Kaitoke 2015

An excellent afternoon out. sipping some beverages in the very well priced cafe attached to the track. This is a hidden jem for motorsport fans. I highly recommend you keep an ear to the ground for when these events run and get along for a look. Highly worth it!

Riders – if there’s a pic of you that you want a nice high-res version of, feel free to contact me on the facebook page and i’ll be more than happy to send one your way.

PEACE,

Luke

A high octane weekend – Part 1: Drift Shifters

A special guest writer, Yemo, appears!

Last weekend, myself and the bro Jono, headed up to Auckland to witness the spectacle that was Red Bull Drift Shifters. Back for its second iteration in 2014, I made sure not to miss out on the fun. I was also very grateful for media accreditation that day which allowed me to get a bit closer to the action.
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If you don’t feel like a long-winded spiel about nothing – click here for the albums –
Drift Shifters:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/c0nc0n/sets/72157649297229160/

The weather ominously hovered between summery showers and bursts of clear skies but thankfully weather in Auckland (unlike Wellington) turned for the better and the rain stayed away. I was just grateful that it wasn’t full-tit sunny where I was going to be standing in the sweltering heat getting sunburnt.

I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the action of the day, really. Located in downtown Quay Street, the road was transformed quite literally overnight from a busy arterial road of Auckland into a glorified pinball arena. The media were limited to one end of the course, which allowed general spectators to stand virtually all over the course. However, watching Mad Mike screaming down in his 4-rotor 20B RX7 with his right foot hard on the loud pedal was electrifying and hard to take my eyes off.
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Mike throwing it in

I won’t detail every run that happened that day, as you will inevitably find that plastered all over the internet (here’s a YouTube link from the day in case you missed out on the livestream – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPOa4D3aTYA). Notably, I must comment on how well run the event was and everything being pretty much bang on time. The logistical teams behind it (I believe it was Azhar Bhamji from 4 and Rotary) were amazing.

Anyway back to the photos –
Matt Powers back in his old vehicle looked very comfortable and at home on course to defend his title. He scored very well in the qualifying and knockout rounds only to lose at the last hurdle for top 4.

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Classy showstopper

My favourite car of the day, Tyler McQuarrie’s Chevrolet Camaro, looked damn good and sounded even better. Consider me an American LS-engine convert if that’s how they sound. Sorry, I can’t convey sound through pictures – just listen to it via the livestream link above.

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Daynom Templeman’s 2JZ RX7 looked so badass – out of all the NZ cars, this car was reminded me the most of JDM build style.

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My drifting hero, Daigo Saito, sliding an amazing looking Lexus IS coupe, which had a removable hard top. So boss. Unfortunately, like the other Japanese drivers, they failed to find flow during their runs in the tight conditions.

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Local drifter, Darren Kelly, in his R34 sedan looked very menacing coming down the track. I got the inkling that NZ drivers found the tighter course to be better suited to what they are used to.

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Nomuken Nomura, a Japanese drifting legend and funny-man, in his R34 Skyline kitted out in URAS bodywork looked good but struggled to rack up the points. Off the field, he was the funniest man out.

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Local drifter, Fanga Dan (Dan Woolhouse), in his beefy Holden looked and sounded the part.

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Ryan Tuerck, many of which may know him from his online series “Tuerck’d”, came in true American style. A beautifully presented Scion FR-S (Toyota GT-86 or Subaru BR-Z) sitting on some trick suspension and cool wheels. One of my favourite cars for the day. Unfortunately, halted by something breaking on his car (I remember someone saying it was his wheels). Note the “zero-fucks given” approach to the water-filled barriers.

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Tuerck'ing

Mike’s RX7 unfortunately took a nasty hit to the front suspension arms and was forced to use his back up RX8. I don’t think anyone was complaining though, as they’re both competitive cars which conveniently looked damn good.

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Andrew Redward, NZ based American drifter, in his FC RX7 looked cool all day tapping barriers with his rear quarters.

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Chris Forsberg driving his VK56DE powered 370Z probably survived the best in terms of not losing parts off the car. Every other driver and their cars all wore some serious damage by the end of the day. This photo was taken at the end of the day after his final run for 2nd place. Later that night, I had a lovely chat with him too. A very well-spoken and down to earth guy who just likes to drive.

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Can’t forget about the Aussie battler, Jake “Drift Squid” (or Calamari…) Jones, and his Sonvia. His car seemed to be a magnet to those barriers. I remember very vividly the barriers rumbling and shaking from his car dragging against them

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The day was filled with smoke, sound and smiles. Whether it was crew, drivers or spectators. It was one of the most fun things I’ve been part of in a long time in terms of cars. Hell, even the after-party was so much fun (sorry no pics from that).

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Taking the win
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Stay tuned for part 2 – the day after, where you get to read about how hungover and disorientated I was from the night before plus seeing so many Euro cars.

Yemo

Joe’s Honda EG Civic

Last Sunday it was a ripper of a day in Wellington City, so after getting burnt all day, we decided to go for a bit of a tiki tour and catch the golden hour of light and take some pics of Joe’s recently reassembled Civic.

From the following pictures you will note a few things:
– It’s pretty low. Low enough that the mudflaps scrape along the road like a bit of colby on a cheese grater
– It retains it’s tow bar – not usually a mod bestowed on a weekend track car, but Joe also uses this as a car to tow his jetski around on occasion.
– the paints a little shabby – yep, it’s a track hack….

A casual Honda D-series motor resides under the lid. In Joe’s eyes this makes it the perfect track hack to learn the ropes in. He can push it to the absolute limit on the circuit, without worrying how much it’s going to cost to replace the motor if he happens to run it a little low on oil round a left hander – they may not be as fast as your sweet 400kw SR20 in your Silvia, but they’re just as fun, and a fraction of the cost to replace when you send a rod through the side of the block. There’s as many D-series blocks out there as there is genital warts in Hamilton – FUCKEN HEAPS MATE.

Anyway, enough shit talk about the wonderful metropolis that is Hamilton here’s the pics of a very functional (unless there’s a judderbar or awkward driveway) Honda EG Civic.

Joe's EG Civic

Joe's EG Civic

Joe's EG Civic

Joe's EG Civic

Joe's EG Civic

Joe's EG Civic

Joe's EG Civic

Joe's EG Civic

Joe's EG Civic

Joe's EG Civic

 

The End