Matt’s 25th Birthday Track Day – Taupo 2014

Matt Carter – in all his kindness – hired out the Taupo race track so him and his mates could come and fang around for free. I was lucky enough to be invited to the shenanigans that not only unfolded at the track on Monday, but also in town on Saturday night. Let’s just say Sean, Dan, Drongo and myself revolutionized Taupo with our sweet wolf shirts, sick (horsey) dance moves and Drongo teaching errrrrrbody how to ‘dougie’.

Luckily there is no photos of us from Saturday night – however there is a few photos from the shenanigans on track as follows.

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Our resident race car wizard, Nathan, also coaxed Richard to bring along his Radical SR3 race car. Powered by a Suzuki Hayabusa engine and weighing 4/5ths of fuck all this thing goes seriously hard.

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Birthday Boy Matt suits up ready for his passenger seat experience in the Radical. Not sure if he’s nervous here, or just needs to poo.

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All strapped in. Hold on tight brother!

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You could say the kid looks pretty stoked after that experience.

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Shaun’s B18C powered Civic was going haaaaaard for the morning before blowing a clutch to smithereeeeens! Luckily Shaun still managed to nana it the whole way back to Auckland. Top bloke!

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It’s a pity pictures don’t really emulate noise that well because the 1UZ powered FC RX7 below made the most incredible sound. More pics of this to come, so keep a tab on the blog.

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Most people made it out on the track to give it a go. Alex took his daily LPG powered Falcon wagon out on the track for some hoons and to test the body roll factor.

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It was pretty much a Falcon track day, with Dan also throwing his round a few turns and giving it heaps. Was like the Bathurst 1000, but not really.

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Jarred was pumped to go in the Eunos Roadster.

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He really started pushing the limits of his tyres and found some opposite lock

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Jarred got a bit greedy on the oppo and ended up in the paddock.

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Craig drove all the way from Upper Hutt on the day of the track day, did 10 laps, over heated, then drove all the way back to Upper Hutt in the same day.

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It wouldn’t be a track day without something breaking. Alex blew a coolant hose in the Falcon and had to coast the car down to Repco to get some new hose and fit it in the carpark.

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All in all – sick weekend. We need to do this more often, lads.

Oh – and if you’re ever out at the pub in Taupo, and someone tries to teach you how to dance like a horse – just go with it.

Chur