June 4, 2013
Remembering the old days
April 28, 2012
When I was in Australia this February I caught up with Ian, a good mate of mine who just so happens to be a Datsun nerd like myself. Between him and his dad he has 3 Datsun 1000s and 3 Datsun 1200 coupes including a rally modified one. Much to my delight we went out to the ‘shed’, which may I add is amazing, and cut up the floor of the KB10 on the hoist to fit a fuel cell. It is being built with the engine which used to be in Ian’s street car, a modified A15 which he let me drive a few years ago around the hills in Wollongong.
We hung out, drunk beer, ate pizza and I became familiar with a car I have been lusting over for years, the Datsun 1000 coupe. I rang out the little A10 in the KB10 in the last photo around the block and fell in love. One day I will own one of these cars! I’d just like to note a practical point: Datsun 1000s don’t have chassis rails running down the floor pan, the rails over the rear axles are perfect for notching and slamming out the front transverse leaf suspension is easy as anything… just saying.
Cheers Ian, can’t wait to build Datsuns with you again one day!
April 16, 2012
With a friend off to Japan in the weekend and a few others soon to depart I have an urge to be back there myself (as if it ever really stops). Looking through the photos from the trip we did in 2010 made me realise I never posted close up photos of THE rust wagon, Nozomu’s battle machine. There was this one though, and I keep going back to the smooth tones my Rolleiflex makes but for the most part I haven’t shown a lot from this car.
In all it’s rusty…
… and holy glory, I must admit, I love this thing. The pure essence of drifting without a care in the world.
March 21, 2012
There’s an unusual amount of colour on here at the moment so I hope to rectify that with a film photo of Keisuke’s beater notch 86.
January 3, 2012
Why you so happy Keisuke? Is it because you’re drifting your notch after a dope 21st birthday drift session? Yeah I’d say that’s probably it. How about a big mac in your combo there too?
Keisuke, that penis, munches his bigmac in the dying minutes of the day and loves it
Keisuke’s father is over from Japan at the moment and came down for most of the day to get some seat time in. He’s probably over the moon to see the thing actually move after sitting on his property in Japan for 30,000 years
This will be the last meremere day for some time I think. Both Nicks NA6s need a tidy up and in all honesty I am pretty sick and tired of manjis.
December 21, 2011
Here’s some photos of Keisuke doing his thang. I can’t wait to get some time to make the video I have lined up! The 4age burrrrrr keeps repeating in my head after a whole day of it and people are starting to question my insanity when I walk around making 4AGE noises.
December 18, 2011
We went out to a private track day at Meremere yesterday with fingers crossed it wasn’t going to pour down all day. It got a bit wet at times but for the most part it was dry and super fun with only a handful of people on the track at once. Nicks NA6 has seen a tonne of track time lately and it’s starting to show on that front bumper. It’s well overdue for a clean up and for the 1800 to go in but with lots of track days coming up I’m unsure if it will get much attention, this car is for driving.
Keisuke came down with us and with an practically stock 16V it was an almost perfect match for some tandems, although the 4AGE is noticeably faster than the B6. I shot a load of video for Nick over the day so he could see what he looks like driving (no one’s really videoing much lately?) so I will put together a rough edit at some point.
I put down the camera for about 40 minutes in the middle of the day and took the NA6 out on the full track, working on someone else’s cars has its perks! I’m still amazed how fun it is for how little is done, although Keisuke’s 86 is much easier to drift (thanks dude). It took me a while to get used to limiting the speed to keep it sliding but once I did I got smoother fairly quickly and it felt much less forced. Nick’s getting a lot better with all the seat time and had full track manjis pretty locked by the end of the day. A little more power and it’ll be able to comfortably do the hairpin and link it with the rest of the track.
The drift area is actually the braking area of a drag strip and having only one corner can get kinda boring near the end of the day. To have a bit of fun I was pushing Keisuke and Nick to sit on full lock as they passed me for a few BILSPEER propaganda shots and they came out pretty cool.
Somehow I still managed to shoot way to much out there so there is still lots to come. I can’t wait to be driving instead so I don’t have to go through 18GB of media. Currently working as much as I can to afford the next stage of the build as well as a surf trip in February. Stay tuned.
December 13, 2011
Here’s some video that Kris’ dad took from the weekend that just passed, see his blog for more of the white notch. I couldn’t make it because of work but there is another drift day this Saturday… pity it’ll be raining.
December 8, 2011
Nick and Keisuke painted the cage in Nick’s NA6 a few weekends back now and I shot a few photos of it when I got home from work. It’s black with a red pearl tinted clear coat over it. 95% of the time it just looks black but the odd time it gets in the sun the red comes out. Nick doesn’t have a blog (clearly isn’t very cool) so I suppose his car can live through beeoneoneoh. There are a few track days coming up before the end of the year so as long as Nick keeps this in one piece I should have some more photos/video of it being used up soon.