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Nightkid
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23 Oct 2019 18:32

God damn , one year already ?! I still remember the day you´ve appeared on the forums just like it was yesterday !( am i that old ?! ) Also hmmm another EBO?! :ˇ))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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23 Oct 2019 15:39
365 Days and Beyond






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October 18th 2018 marked my first foray into the roleplay world at VS forums (the old one that is), where I begin as a humble man with a high-miler Evo III which costed me half of my starter budget. And from there, things just went........escalated. From a trackday enthusiast with a low weekly salary and a sole daily and track toy into a semi-pro time attack driver with weekly salary more than twice from what I started with and a staggering collection of nine cars. Oh how time flies so quickly...............and yet, it's actually just 365 days and a bit more.

If you still haven't got the idea of what's going on, it's been officially one year (and some days) since I started this bizzare, adventurous and colorful roleplay thread. If you want to see how I started back then, head over here! Or if you can't be bothered of doing a simple click on your mouse or phone screen, let's see how Silver Queen looked like when I bought it.
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Although it's the GSR model, the previous owner fitted it with steelies to resemble the RS model for some reason. It was like, a third-hand or even fourth-hander car. It has run some distances along its lifetime before it landed on my hands, and obviously the transmission and engine internals are rather tired. Even so, some mods installed on the car like the Fujitsubo Muffler and radiator expansion tank remained until today.

Back then I don't even have a vision or plan on how long I'm going to keep this thread running. A month? 2 months? Half a year? A year or two? It was just far from my grasp, added with the fact that there are a lot of people who started way earlier than I did, and not a bit of them stopped after just one to four weeks.

But in the end, here I am, still going on strong after 365 days and a bit more. Writing those updates actually kept my right brain on fire, fuelling my thoughts and inspirations, keeping and training me to be a creative human being. Having a roleplay thread opens a new way for me to express my vision and opinions about everything that is happening in this world, and also giving me new insights and knowledges about motorsport and car ownership in general. Yeah, now I know just how hard it is to own and modify your car in real life. It's like playing Motorsport Manager, but instead of owning a motorsport team with some assistants at the start, you're literally on your own........

Except when you have friends on your side! I've met a lot of friends ever since I started this thread and kept on creating connections ever since. Friend of mine introduced me to his friend, then to another of his friend, and another........it's like a swarm of viral internet content. Not only I get to befriend people around the world, I get to see their ideals and visions as well! The world is a huge place, but sometimes, distance is just an illusion when we have a strong sense of friendship and brotherhood, even if it's just a virtual one. Even they gave me new hobbies like checking out used car prices, which I never did before! :lol:

I hereby thank you for all of you who has followed my journey, whether if you've followed my chronicles form the start, or if you've just joined into the fray of storyline. People come and go as I kept on running and telling my stories, and there are a lot of people who I once seen often that is now inactive, mostly since reality ensues and they have to kept on living in real life. But it's okay, since after all I still have one as well. I appreciate and salute those who come, stay and went away as I'm keep going. There are a lot of people I'd like to thank, some of them aren't active anymore, and it'll be a hell lot of time to list them, so I'll just say thanks to everybody! :lol:

If you've just started your roleplay or still continuing yours, I say don't give up, keep on developing yourself, explore new things, make connections, and most of all, be creative. There are some times in my updates where I didn't get a lot of responds, or just downright none at all. But that doesn't made me stop. As I figure what did I do wrong, I try new things and topics to keep people interested while trying to give them some new insights as well. I mean, I know not all people likes trackdays or going fast, so I balanced things out with working on my cars, or going sideways, or viewing other's rides. Well you don't have to go all-out and create long narratives like I did, but hey, there are reasons why novel stories like Sherlock Holmes series, Harry Potter series, Tom Clancy series or even Twillight series are some of the most sought-after literatures in the world, y'know.

And oh, my thread at the old forums stopped at post #425. It is only some more posts to go until the next milestone of 500 posts! :D And yes, that means another paycheck raise. So I'll try to keep myself active on the forums to see this become reality. Normal service will resume at either this or next week. But before that, a little bit of teaser.............
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That's all my updates for now, thank you for stopping by and see you soon!
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23 Oct 2019 19:20

Wait what? You are on 2 page, now I'm very happy boy being no more lonely as 2nd page user. :lol:
Previous username; Buzzsaw.
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23 Oct 2019 19:52

UwU a whole year passed? Damn although the car didn't see that many visual changes uwu rpf1's
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Roleplay cars :

Mitsubishi Colt 1.6 - One day
BMW 3 series E36 316i - Seat time drift car
Nissan 180sx #1 - No engine YET, pro drift car
Nissan 180sx #2 - ???
Nissan S13 - D1GP spec drift car
Mercedes-Benz W204 C63 AMG - 1.5k auction car, daily

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24 Oct 2019 04:10

Nightkid wrote:
23 Oct 2019 18:32
God damn , one year already ?! I still remember the day you´ve appeared on the forums just like it was yesterday !( am i that old ?! ) Also hmmm another EBO?! :ˇ))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Been a long time indeed, yea? Also yapin another Evo! :D
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23 Oct 2019 19:20
Wait what? You are on 2 page, now I'm very happy boy being no more lonely as 2nd page user. :lol:
Page 2 gang page 2 gang! :lol:
NotPerfect wrote:
23 Oct 2019 19:52
UwU a whole year passed? Damn although the car didn't see that many visual changes uwu rpf1's
Yeah, it's been a while and it doesn't have any visual chages apart from the seats and wheels :lol: It's already looking cool stock for me
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24 Oct 2019 15:51

I like your ER34. One day I'd like to see it up close. :D
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25 Oct 2019 05:11

Japonic wrote:
24 Oct 2019 15:51
I like your ER34. One day I'd like to see it up close. :D
Oh sure sure, feel free to do so :D
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27 Oct 2019 18:15

Training Regime















Well, the time has come for the Evo V to show up, so say hi to the next heir of my garage!
And even though there's no time attack events for the rest of the month, I still get to taste some track actions!
And oh, finally I hit a touge route again with the Silver Queen after a looong time!
Time to jump into the update and see how it all unfolds! :D














[19 Oct 2019]
With the end of the year getting even closer, this means I've got even lesser time to do any developments on my next time attack challenger, so an action has to be done. But first, obviously I haven't obtained the car I want to develop.....silly me :lol: If you guys have followed my thread lately, you'd know that I'm looking for Evo V. So it is time to hit the classifieds and get cracking! I'm expecting for the prices to stay stagnant ever since the last time I delved for Evos.........

As I've explained some time ago, I'm specifically looking for an Evo V, rather than VI or newer. The Evo IV is even cheaper, but for some reason it's one of the least favorite among the Evo generations. Meanwhile, Evo VI upwards still has a sky-high prices, since they're all fan-favorites. The fact that Evo has been phased out from Mitubishi's line-up recently doesn't help matters either. Minus points for Evo VI since they tend to be an alternative for those who failed to get the TME version, therefore cranking the price even further.

Technically sepaking, the Evo IV itself was a huge upgrade over the Evo III that I have, but the Evo V was several steps even further. Evo VI simply refines the formula set by Evo V into an even better car. Since Evo IV-VI uses the same platform, akin to Evo I-III and Evo VII-IX, visual and possibly running gear parts are interchangeable. And even better, this extends to the engine and transmission department, since Evo IV-IX has the same structures for them. That's a lot of parts to play with! :D

Later on I found the perfect candidate for my project. This Evo V got manual transmission and, to my delight, low miles, with only 90,835 kms on the odometer. That's not even a third or even a quarter of the distance my Silver Queen has covered along its lifetime! Why did it spent its life as a garage queen I'm not really sure, but all in all it looks quite great. Everything is bone stock apart from the Momo Tuner steering wheel and Enkei RPF1 wheels. And better still, it's located in Yokohama, which means delivery costs is cheap. I know I know, I have a tow van to pick it up or even I could pick it up and drive it away......I'm just a bit lazy to pick it up myself :lol: Overall the Evo V costed me a nice V$5760, with an additional V$100 to tow it to my crib. Delivery should took two days.
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With the development subject obtained, it is time to plan my first upgrades. Back when I started developing Silver Queen, I started on the wheel and comforts first, since uhhh......the radio was broken (replaced with DAB receiver since) and I don't really like steelies. And I don't think people still produced body kits for Evo III......it already looked cool in stock form after all. But this time, since the Evo IV-VI generations are still used and competed for various purposes worldwide, obviously aftermarket parts are still produced for them. The Evo V actually looks cool in stock form as well....but this time, I could use some weight reduction. Let the diet begin!

First off, the bonnet. Rallytech has full carbon fiber bonnet for Evo V and VI stocked for V$624, though they suggest to get a hood pin set to complement it. Whether I actually need one remains to be seen, but so far it looks promising, so I bought one. And then moving to the back side, I bought a carbon fiber trunk for Evo VI (yes, as opposed to V) from hillclimb masters Monster Sport. I always thought they only specialized in Suzuki cars......after all, they're famous for their SX4, which was one of the modern king of Pikes Peak. Turns out they're doing performance parts for Mitsubishi as well! Man I really want to have a chatter with Nobuhiro Tajima himself......ah anyways, the trunk costed me V$838. I picked the Evo VI ones as opposed to Evo V, since the Evo V has an extra set of lights on its trunk, which the Evo VI doesn't have. While this might lead to me frantically looking for a solution to disable the extra lights wiring, count that as another weight reduction.

Moving up a bit, I also ordered a carbon fiber wing blade from EvoBits for V$200. "Hang on, why not the entire wing?" I still need a sturdy wing base, and so far I didn't find one that is made of carbon fiber. In the meantime the wing blade itself may only cut a smidgen of the overall weight, but I'm sure it would give a bit of aero benefit as well. And finally, the doors. Sadly there are no carbon fiber doors available for Evo IV, V or VI, so I had to do with FRP doors. Thankfully RevZone has them for 2900 AUD, which is around V$1450. The one they made would suit the stock door panels and windows, so perfect for daily usage. With the exception of the wing blade (cause they look cool unpainted), I plan to either repaint or rewrap the Evo after applying these parts. But now, time to wait..........


[21 Oct 2019]
There are two huge things that come to my crib at the moment: My weekly paycheck of V$940, and.......the Evo V! At last, it's arrived at the doorsteps (well not literally :lol: ) of my crib. I was so excited I ran off my crib when I saw the tow truck coming with the Evo. After I received the keys to the Evo V and the tow truck went away from my crib, I inspected the Evo V in better detail.

Exterior wise it's all great and magnificent, just a little bit dusty and dirty. Underneath the car there are some light surface rust, but that can be solved by either sanding it or......just replace it right away. No worries, then! :D Oh and as I've mentioned before, the Evo V has adjustable rear wing blades, a first among the Evos at that time. I ended up toying with the adjustment for some time :lol:
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Interior wise, it's all good as well, AC works just fine and, to my delight, the radio works! Seats are slightly comfier and softer than I expected......the only problem is they're quite dusty. A huge cloud of dust puffs up as I sit on the seats, prompting me to let out a huge cough as I tried to catch my breath back. (And yes I know, wrong steering wheel in the pics. Forgot to change them before taking screenies).
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All in all, everything's fine like a Gucci bag! Just a small amount of TLC required for it, mainly cleaning the car and changing the fluids for the car. I can't wait to work on the car, and hopefully the works will be done quickly so I can shift my focus back to the S15 as soon as possible. Oh, speaking of the engine and transmission, try to guess how the interchangeability of Evo IV-IX engine and transmission components has to do with my plans ;)

And oh, I guess I've told you that the Evo V featured an adjustable rear spoiler blade, the first amongst the Evo generations. I was sooo fascinated with that feature, I spent some time learning and toying with the Evo V's spoiler blade like a toddler with a new toy :lol:

Later that day, I received a call from Ohira-sensei. I wonder how did he and his garage survived the recent typhoon attack? And also, is it time already to sample their Mirage time attack project?

"Edo-kun, are you there son?"
"I'm here sensei, anything I can help?"
"Do you got any plans this weekend?"
"Ummmm bsically I haven't got any, since there's no races held for the rest of the month"
"I see.....that's great. Listen, it's time"
"For wha-OH.......the Mirage? It's raceday already?"
"Well of course not" *giggle* "But yeah, it's ready to be tested"
"Oh great! So where and when?"
"Friday, midday at Nikko. I believe it's grip trackday there"
"Eh? Not at Tsukuba?"
"No, not yet. We gonna test the handling first"
"Ah I see, still great though. I've been there-"
"Oh good then. I'll see you right on the track then"
"See you at Friday sensei"


Oh it is time then! And quite a great track selection I should say. I can't wait to get my hands on the Mirage! :D


[25 Oct 2019]
It's time for test day! I giddily went off to Nikko with my Silver Queen, since I think the Summer Yume crew has arrived there first. It's quite a sunny day with mild breeze, perfect for toasting rubbers under the sun quickly. I didn't bring my race suit, as usually long sleeves or hoodies are enough for trackdays, but I did brought my racing helmet and gloves with me, as well as donning my race boots. Safe to say, they're some of my favourite items in my life :lol:

Some time later, I arrived at Nikko Circuit right as lunch time comes in. I saw their Mirage, but not the crew themselves. I'm hungry anyways, so in an instant I went off to park the SIlver Queen near the pitlane. The track itself was vivid and alive, with lots of cars either going for grip or drift runs. From cars like Cappuccino and Alto Works, to common time attack cars like the EG6, EK9, S15, ZN6, various Imprezas and Subies as well as a couple of R32 and R33 GTS-ts were present at the track. A couple S13, S14 and JZX100s were also there to go sideways later that day. Even I saw two Toyota Proboxes duking it out at one time!
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As I expected, everybody was slurping bowls of ramen at the track's canteen. The crew present for the day were Ohira-sensei, Yuuta, Kei and Mishima. Goro and Nato were left at the shop to keep the shop safe and the business to run for the day. As I greeted them and had a rather long chatter as we enjoy our lunch, I had a seafood ramen with bottled tea on the side. It's quite delicious, you should try them sometime :D

Speaking of Proboxes, it's quite an unexpected rise in the JDM world, but recently, tuning and racing Toyota Probox vans, or its passenger car counterpart, Toyota Succeed, has been a trend amongst Japanese tuners and enthusiasts. The Probox and Succeed uses the 1NZ-FE engine, which usually you can find in the likes of Toyota Yaris, so ideal for long-term use. Usually they're utilized for track day and grip racing purposes, or alternatively, as a lowered stance boi (and you don't even have to slam it!), or simply a modded daily runner.

For trackday and grip purposes you might already see them similar to the Dajiban culture, which uses imported Dodge vans to grip and tear around various circuits, including Ebisu. But unlike those Dodge vans that needs to be imported in order to obtain it, Proboxes and Succeeds are (a) everywhere and (b) cheap to obtain, therefore making this segment of tuning world rises quickly. Even Probox racing has got their own league, in the form of All-Japan Probox-Succeed Championship, or JPSC.

To give you an idea on how serious this culture segment has become, Even Trust/GReddy and Blitz has their own Probox, obviously featuring their expertise on various aspects on the car. Both of these acted as their shop car and also racecar, and bonus points for Blitz's Probox since it's still streetlegal. You can read about Trust's Probox here and Blitz's Probox here. And oh, there's also already tuning shop that is dedicated to tune Proboxes and Succeeds, such as MJ Japan. You can read about their demo/racer car here.

Right, enough talking about Proboxes, we're way off the thread. After fullfilling our bowels with ramen broth, we set off to work. As this is the Mirage (and Summer Yume)'s very first outing, we were surrounded by several enthusiasts. They were quite interested with the NA 4G63 setup we used, though whether this is actually effective remains to be seen. Seeing that I've got almost nothing to do, Mishima told me to rent the VBox from the main office and have myself warmed up. And what a better way to warm up than to score lap times with my Silver Queen? So I decided to pick two VBoxes.
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And oh, I could hear some of you saying, "But Smoke, is it really possible to do a grip day at Nikko? I thought it's a drift circuit?" Well I'm glad to tell you, yes, grip days at Nikko does exists! But indeed it's more famous as drift circuit, as well as motorcycle circuit. Despite that, Nikko sometimes does grip trackdays as well. And just like Tsukuba which has their own time attack championship series, Nikko has their own 3-hour endurance series, with proper driver change and pit rules. Cool stuff innit? You can read more about it here.

Speaking about time attack, the current track record is held by Yellow Factory EG6, with the time of 35.962 seconds. Well Nikko is short after all, but with a lot of RWD machines running around Nikko everyday, you might be surprised that the current record holder is an FWD car (with a proper aero kit, mind you). The RWD record is currently held by the famous Sakamoto FD, with a time of 36.743 seconds. The AWD record meanwhile is held by BFM X Marusho Evo with the time of 37.417 seconds. And there's one more record that I'd like to brought up, which is the backwards track record. Yup that's right, someone set a lap record while running in the opposite direction. Said record is held by Koichi Kono in his FD3S, scoring a time of 41.468 seconds. You can see the lap record list here.

After installing the VBox in my Silver Queen and the crew's Mirage, I went off to my Silver Queen and drove it to the pit exit as I wait for the pit lights to turn green. And oh, speaking of which, the last time I ran here, I set a best lap of 40.364 seconds. I'm not looking forward to improve it, but it'll be a great news if I did.
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Light turns green and I set off to do some hot laps. Initially I went.....just normal, not too slow but absolutely not pushing as usual. Weather is nice, asphalt temperature is hot enough to cook an egg, and wind is calm. Why autumn has to be this hot I have no idea.
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But eventually my usual competitve self woke up again and I was running like hell again, gunning the Silver Queen in every corner. It's true what they say, speed and thrills are addictive :lol: And with a car as fast as this, it's even more enjoyable.
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After some laps I ended my warm-up (which is now should be relabeled as piping hot) laps, with the best time of........funnily enough, 39.696 seconds, almost a second better at my previous attempt. That's what you get when spirit, passion and adrenaline took your consciousness over at the same time :lol: I went back to the pits to check out how's the crew doing on the Mirage.
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Turns out they've almost done, and as I stepped off the Silver Queen, Kei notified me to come over their spot and get ready. I did some more stretches, drink a bottle of water and get a bit of massage from Yuuta before entering the Mirage. Ah yes, the plan for the day is to have me get in the car first to guide Yuuta around the track, as well as assess the setup for Yuuta. Sounds like a good plan, I should say.

Later on, I was back on the track with the Mirage, trying to tame both the understeer that naturally comes with FWD cars, as well as lift-off oversteer. This required much more dexterity than I thought. On the Silver Queen, which is AWD, I can go aggressive as the torque distribution was mainly set rearwards. Here in the Mirage you'd really have to feather it, but you can't be sure if you're going fast enough this way.
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And later on I found the major problem: The brake bias were set too far forward, as I found out when I suffered a major lock-up at the final sector. At least I still could save it, but this also means lots of rubber wasted away plus uneven tyre heating. A good thing I didn't rip the whole thing off.......
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With the assesment done and a best lap of 47.326 seconds, I went back to the pits. Back to the crew, I suggested to them to change the brake bias a bit rearwards, get the front diff to lock less and lower front tyre pressure. With a brand new front tyres, later on Yuuta went off to the track to test the new setup and to see how fast he can be. Meanwhile I, Ohira-sensei, Kei and Mishima went off to the back of the pit wall to see him running up close.

In between he observations, I talked to Ohira-sensei about the evacuation activities and endurance race I've done, which you can see at the previous update. Turns out Ohira-sensei and crew was lucky enough to be inside the garage while the storm happened. All Ohira-sensei did was drive his Galant up into the working bay, close the garage doors and camp with the others inside the garage. Well it still got hit by a minor flood in the end, but all in all everything was safe, but as Mishima said to me, "the garage reeks of mud and oil waste. Absolutely spectacular"

Yuuta's run in the Mirage was clean and smooth. I reckon the setup worked well........
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Until eventually he had a giant lockup at the same spot as I did. This time though, Yuuta failed to recover and he had to veer the Mirage into a gravel bath. After said lockup he went back to the pits to check the damages done to the car, whch fortunately there were next to none. His best time before the lockup was 48.735 seconds.
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As the crew fixed the Mirage a bit, I, Yuuta and Ohira-sensei discussed about our driving so far. I reckon that Yuuta could be faster if (a)The brake bias moved rearwards even more and (b)Yuuta could be a bit braver. After motivating Yuuta a bit over his driving ("You gotta run faster and more precise my man. That's how top level racers and chefs around the world does it!"), I let him drive the Mirage again since I'm a bit tired. I went back to the pit wall with the crew with some more bottles of water in my side.

Even though at first Yuuta still had to adapt to the new setting (to the point he made a huge lift-off oversteer at the first corner), eventually he got the hang of it! His driving style is much more smoother and flowing as time passes by, and the locking issue has been minimized. Though there are still some of it, it doesn't violently sway the rear of the Mirage as I and Yuuta experienced earlier. Even he managed to beat my time, with the final best of 46.832 seconds. I shouted "We did it!" as I jumped cheerfully and shared high fives with the entire crew.
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Finally, Yuuta went back to the pits. I, the Summer Yume crew and some other enthusiasts welcomed him back with a standing ovation and a lot of cheering. I can see the potential inside him very well....I wonder how fast he can be if we put him straight into an Evo IV :lol: But for now he still has a lot to learn, point that is capitalized by Ohira-sensei later.
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As Ohira-sensei handed me V$500 as the payment for my test driver duty for the day, he gathered everyone for one last discussion before the crew went back to the garage, and I went back to my crib.

"It's been a great test day today, thank you all for your hard work. Edo-kun, Yuuta-kun, I have a plan for you two"
"What is it sensei?"
"Come to the garage tomorrow morning, let's have another drive"
"Another test, sensei? I could do-"
"No, this isn't a test day. Just a casual fast drive"
"Um, a trackday?"
"Well......not really. Just come to the garage tomorrow, I'll explain it when the time comes"
".....sounds not so convincing sensei, but I'll come, don't worry. Got nothing to do anyways"

Still puzzled over Ohira-sensei's plans, I bid goodbye to the crew and went back to Tsukuba. I wonder what is he actually planning to do?
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[26 Oct 2019]
Still trying to guess what is Ohira-sensei planning, I went off to the Summer Yume garage anyways. As I arrived at the garage, I saw Ohira-sensei's Galant in clean, pristine condition, as well as the Mirage being almost fully restored. As Ohira-sensei handed me and Yuuta a bottle of tea, he gathered us for some talks. Finally, time to discover what is he planning.........

"My boys, it is time"
"Okay sensei, what are you suggesting to us yesterday?"
"We're going for a drive. A touge drive, that is"
"Hey that's great, I'm definitely in. But what about Yuu-"
"The Mirage is still road legal, don't you remember?"
"Ah yes yes you're right. Which touge by the way?"
"Have you ever visited the Tsukuba Fruits Line?"
"OOOOOH yes yes yes! I've been there several times, and you've told me you were once raced there"
"I'm glad you still remember my stories. Anyways, I want to drive my Galant there once more"
"Oh really sensei? I always want to see you drive around actually-"
"And I want to see you drive around the route as well"
"Wew, so we got to see each other" *laughter*
"And I also want to train Yuuta a bit further. Skills, dexterity, reactions, everything"
"I think this is actually a great idea"
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As we prepared ourselves for the ride to the touge spot, I shifted my attention to Yuuta.

"Yuuta, have you ever seen bossman driving?"
"Not yet, aniki, I can't wait as well!"
"I know right? This should be an interesting drive. Ah tell me, how did the car felt yesterday?"
"A bit rough and tight at the first run, but after the second run I think I've got it"
"I'm glad the setup worked well. Hopefully it'll work as well for today's drive"
"Hopefully so. Ah, aniki, have you driven around a mountain pass before?"
"Oh yeah yeah, though it's been a long time since. How about you?"
"Ah, I never done this before. Is there anything I should be aware of?"
"Hmmm, a lot. Yourself in particular"
"Eh? What do you mean?"
"Um, keep yourself alerted of your surroundings, don't push too hard, and let the car flow with the road"
"Aaaah I see I see"
"Simply don't get sleepy and too fast that is all"

Later that day, we arrived at the start of the Tsukuba Fruits Line Touge. The route spans from the off-limits of the Tsuchiura city to the outskirts areas of Ishioka city, where we are at the moment. If you're a huge fan of Initial D, you'll know that this touge is the home turf of the Purple Shadow team, which consisted of two blazingly fast seniors: Dr. Toshiya Joshima, or better known as God Hand who drives an S2K AP1, and Kozo Hoshino, or better known as God Foot who drives a Millenium Jade R34 GT-R. Fun fact: Kozo is a nod and reference to Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Nissan's works driver back in the day, who later found and owns the Impul aftermarket corporation. His son, Kazuki, still actively racing today for his dad's racing team in Super GT.

Before we get into the action, we decided to have a bit of rest at the top of the route. The traffic was almost nonexistent, the weather was nice and sunny, with cold breeze running down the road and our skins. The air is clean and fresh, truly a treat for our lungs and engines. Man I wish I could simply camp on the parking lot for the weekend...... :lol: But really, a drive around the mountain passes is the best for some, and it doesn't need to be fast. Simply admiring the view while driving slowly will evoke your senses and stimulate your mind, perhaps would also bring your mind to something or someone that you love, makes you think "Ah, I wish you're here right now"
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Aaaanyways, after some time enjoying the fresh air, it's time to roll. First off, we go downhill, which I usually does. I so want to chase Ohira-sensei down the mountain, but since overtaing is quite difficult here, he told me to lead anyway, with Yuuta chasing him instead as a test. Well I do't mind really, open roads ahead is always welcome.
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As I started to go downhill, I blasted this song from my speakers. I tell you what, that songs is the perfect choice to blast at a touge route. Tempo's not so fast, but intense, flowing and cheerful enough to accompany your ride along the mountain. Ohira-sensei and Yuuta soon joined the pack on my back.
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We approached my favourite corners of this pass. This one has gutter inside, but the there's also the rock faces after it. And there's no railguards on the outside. You either play safe while passing it, or try to hug the gutter with the risk of either hitting the rock, lauching your car off the hill, or even both.
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The winding route continues downwards, with sometimes the road splits up into a two lane blacktop, and sometimes rejoins into a single lane again. You really have to be careful to pick your way around here. Thanfully though I didn't see any traffic so far, otherwise it'll be difficult to navigate around with their presence.
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Surprisingly enough, despite the power and wheelbase difference that my Silver Queen and Ohira-sensei's Galant has, Ohira-sensei was still able to catch up with my Evo. He's really still got it, it turns out! I guess had if I was facing his younger self, it's actually possible for me to get passed by him. It just amazing to see him keeping up with my Silver Queen. In the meantime, Yuuta had to fight against understeer again as he tried to avoid plunging the Mirage and himself down the hills.
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Another of my favourite corners came near the end of the route. After another road openings, you'll be faced with a chicane spread on a two-lane road, with no armcos protecting the apex of the latter part of it. You can try and dip your front wheel at the apex.....at the risk of the entire car could clip the entire corner, eventually you can't return it back on the road.
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Some time later, we arrived to the finish line of the route, which is a small temple with a parking lot nearby. Continuing the route will bring you to Tsuchiura city. First to arrive was me and my Silver Queen, then Ohira-sensei and his Galant, and finally after a bit while Yuuta and the Mirage.
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We decided to stop for a while to assess our driving while have a rest. I can only get away from Ohira-sensei at the first and final sections of the route, while Yuuta pretty much struggling to keep up as he fights his own fear and understeer. Somehow he didn't really want to do some more lift-off oversteer, but eh, that's understandable. It the first time he's doing this after all.
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Some time later, it's time for us to go back home to Tsukuba. Ohira-sensei though opted to have some personal chatter firt with Yuuta, so he allowed me to go back first. And since I never run this route as a hillclimb route, might as well try it right now. I'm sure the Silver Queen has the power to go up the road again. I fired up the Silver Queen and went back to the road as this song blasts through my speakers.
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Going up the mountain pass really has it's own challenge. Yes, the grip levels are much better than going downhill as your car presses the road much better thanks to the gravity, and you can trust the tyres much better, but the corners themselves.......if you're not sure where you're going, get ready to crash. In downhill route at least you can see a bit or even half of the apex of the next corner. Here you're almost completely blinded.
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But soon I've went back into the groove. The fact that I've ran the route downhill several times helped me memorizing the corners rather well. So in order to go uphill quickly you only need to reverse your memory......though some of my thoughts are aided with a bit of guesswork as well. Still, this made me confident to give it the beans.
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And in the uphill run, attacking my favourite corner is much easier, since you can spot the gutter quicker than if you're running it downhill, so you can quickly drive into it. Hugging the gutter helps with the grip as well in this case! Truly a great experience.....I already felt like a pro hillclimber :lol:
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It's been a while since the last time I hit this touge route with the SIlver Queen, and upon going it in the opposite direction I really wanted to try to do it again. It's even more fun than I thought!
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And finally before going back to Tsukuba I decided to stop once again in the parking lot where I, Ohira-sensei and Yuuta stopped earlier to enjoy the cold breeze and great views. I'd say I really wanted to do this again with some friends, if I could. Or......how about camping with friends near or even at the parking lot? :lol:
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And oh, later that day I found out that bossman @Benny has gifted me a set of Volk ZE40s in 18 inch size. This turned out to be my reward for helping him sourcing one of the S13s he bought recently around the Japan soil. This should go well with the Evo V, I can tell you :D What would he do with the S13 though remains to be seen, so you should follow the progress here!













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27 Oct 2019 18:53

DUDEEEEEEE! FINALLY YOU DID IT!
Congrats for the new Evo V! And for the successful test of the Mirage!
I'm excited to see what you will do with this thing!
Keep it up!
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27 Oct 2019 19:54

I'm sure Evo V bit of loves, and you will be proud it. :)

I hears the rumours about Evo V front CV shaft bit shorter, so just careful when you was planned to lower Evo V. I could be wrong.
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27 Oct 2019 22:08

Ayyy owo new evo? Niiccee the more evo's the better, and uwu time attack mirage at nikko? That's gonna be future me at one point maybe. A touge run ???? Very big yes yes
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28 Oct 2019 01:35

Nice EVO! And I agree with Buzzsaw about CV shaft. Someone also told me about this when I wanted to buy myself the same EVO!

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28 Oct 2019 04:19

The new Evo looks pretty nice! And all of the MMC gang looking so cool! :)
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FranklinAnderson wrote:
27 Oct 2019 18:53
DUDEEEEEEE! FINALLY YOU DID IT!
Congrats for the new Evo V! And for the successful test of the Mirage!
I'm excited to see what you will do with this thing!
Keep it up!
Thanks man! Ah I guess you should've known what am I going to do with it ;)
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I'm sure Evo V bit of loves, and you will be proud it. :)

I hears the rumours about Evo V front CV shaft bit shorter, so just careful when you was planned to lower Evo V. I could be wrong.
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Nice EVO! And I agree with Buzzsaw about CV shaft. Someone also told me about this when I wanted to buy myself the same EVO!
Thanks boys! I don't think I'm going to lower the Evo that much, but nevertheless thanks for the top tip! Might going to change it with either one from Evo VI or an aftermarket one :D
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27 Oct 2019 22:08
Ayyy owo new evo? Niiccee the more evo's the better, and uwu time attack mirage at nikko? That's gonna be future me at one point maybe. A touge run ???? Very big yes yes
Thanks man! Yeah, I'd like to see you run yours some time ;)
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The new Evo looks pretty nice! And all of the MMC gang looking so cool! :)
Thanks my man! We truly relive the 90s at that moment :lol:
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28 Oct 2019 22:11

That Mirage seems like a fun little track weapon! Not as fast as your Evo by any means but it's more fun to drive sometimes. :) They're both great for a touge run too, and it's good to see the old man with the Galant still running with you guys! Hard to believe the Evo 3 has been around for one year, it was epic but i guess it's time for an upgrade now. And as soon as you got the Evo 5 you already replaced so many parts with carbon fiber, i like it haha.

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That Mirage seems like a fun little track weapon! Not as fast as your Evo by any means but it's more fun to drive sometimes. :) They're both great for a touge run too, and it's good to see the old man with the Galant still running with you guys! Hard to believe the Evo 3 has been around for one year, it was epic but i guess it's time for an upgrade now. And as soon as you got the Evo 5 you already replaced so many parts with carbon fiber, i like it haha.
It's quite fun to drive I should say, felt like a touring car racer :lol: I guess I gotta work on the Tico soon so I can have some FWD fun as well :D

Also ikr? Almost hard to believe he's still got it, but after all it's his home turf, but indeed he's quite fast for a veteran.

When I worked on the Evo 3 there aren't many weight reduction options available. Now that I already got an Evo V, it's time to do a better job of it :lol:
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Love the evo's, especially the Evo V, what a beast ! :D

The mirage/colt is looking good aswell, you should turn it to a track car !

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Love the evo's, especially the Evo V, what a beast ! :D

The mirage/colt is looking good aswell, you should turn it to a track car !
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Love the evo's, especially the Evo V, what a beast ! :D

The mirage/colt is looking good aswell, you should turn it to a track car !
The Evo V is still far far away from finished but hey, thanks! :D
As for the Mirage..........
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Yup, Mirage isn't mine, I just got to drive it along with my Evo 3 :D
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It's time to start the development of the Evo V! First thing on the menu will be some good dose of weight reduction!
And for the first time since..........probably summer, I broke my wallet again and had to live the low budget life again.
And oh, time attack action continues as usual, this time I have to attend two events in the same day!
Let's see how it all unfold in this update, shall we? :D














[28 Oct 2019]
After receiving my paycheck (which I've taken in the last update), I almost forgot to register for the next time attack event. The event is the final round of Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series and the fourth round of the Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Series. There's an immediate prblem with these two events: Both events are held at the same day, wich is at November 2nd. Fortunately though, both are held at Tsukuba Circuit and both are hosted by the same organizer, which is TMAC. But to get better details since I want to attend both, I had to call TMAC to see how I can participate properly.

Turns out that these two events are held together intentionally, to increase number of participants. And coincidentally there are some racers who will atted both events as well. All I had to do is to pay for both events. As for the race structure itself, everybody will be running together as well and the lap time set for they day will be counted for both events, so I don't need to run three-four times along the day. Quite a satisfying solution isn't it? And oh, I paid V$205 for the Tsukuba Circuit Trial, and V$170 for the Eastern Kanto Trials, yielding a total of V$375 to be paid.

Oh yeah, by the way, these should be the only time attack events I attend for this month. There's another one in the end of the month actually, but that'll be at Sodegaura Forest Raceway for the fifth round of the Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Series. I'll skip that to give time to develop the Evo V and S15. I'm technically already fullfill the requirement to be included in the final classifications of the latter championship anyways.


[30 Oct 2019]
The parts that I've ordered for the Evo V has arrived, yay! As I've stated in the previous upgrade, this order focuses on weight reduction, so there will be lots of carbon and FRP parts that'll be installed today. And oh, there's another thing to be installed as well, which is a set of Volk ZE40 gifted from my bossman @Benny. These will go for the Evo V as well.

The only problem at the moment is (a)I forgot to order one more thing for the Evo V and (b)There's no tyre in my garage to wrap the ZE40s in. So to solve this, I had to go to my local Up Garage with my Silver Queen to buy these things. We'll get to these later on. Speaking of which, it's been a while since the last time I visited this shop........
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So the things I picked up for the Evo V are Craft Square mirrors, the same as the one on my S15, for V$456. This should act as yet another weight saving and aero device........next up there's Top Secret Bonnet Pins for, well, the bonnet for V$159 to tie and secure the new carbon bonnet. And then I don't really like the amber front fender lights on the Evo, so I bought a white ones for V$30. Finally, to wrap the ZE40s in, I bought a set of my favourite tyres that I run on the Silver Queen, Advan AD08R for $520.

Back to my crib with a very loaded Silver Queen, I giddily started the weight reduction ops on the Evo V as this song blares from my phone (NOTE: If you know what song is this, screaming "JIBUN WO!" is allowed). First off, removing the additional carpets from the floor and the trunk. The latter one reveals an extra space for spare tyres, which is handy for extra luggages as well. It's going to be a daily after all, which is the same reason why I didn't remove the back seats. And since this car has Momo Tuner steering wheel when I bought it, which I've used on some other cars I owned, I swapped the Momo Tuner with the Momo Model 69 steering wheels I installed in my Silver Queen, since I like it better. Then I installed the Craft Square mirrors, as well as the front fender lights.
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Next up, the heavy artillery-ah sorry, I mean the heavy parts: The bonnet, wing blade, trunk and doors, as well as the wheels. The stock trunk was heavier than I expected, I almost lost control of my balance when I lifted it. Had if it slipped off my hands, it could either flatten my foot of belly and cause damages to both itself and myself :lol: Thankfully the replacement carbon trunk was much, much lighter. Assembling the wing stand and wing blade over it was actually quite easy as well. The doors are rather heavy as well but they're much easier to remove and carry around. The harder bit was reassembling the window glasses and door panel. No, I don't want lexan windows as it'll be overkill and I still want to enjoy that wind breeze sometimes. At least I didn't use Jeremy Clarkson's door removal technique, which you can see below :lol:
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As you can see, I haven't painted the doors and mirrors yet. That's because I saved painting (or wrapping?) for the last bit, where I'm going to repaint the car. The doors, mirrors and trunk will be repainted as well, while the wing blade will stay bare carbon. Now though, I'm split between keeping the bonnet bare as well or repainting it as well. Leaving it bare will add that 'track day, bro' visual vibe pretty well, but then it'll be more prone to tears and scuffs. Covering it with paint/wrap will make it less outstanding and much calmer and mature, but also would add another layer of protection to it. Tell me, what should I do over the bonnet?

In the meantime, later that day I listed eveything I uninstalled the car for sale. I listed the stock hood for V$400, the stock trunk for V$750, the fender lights for V$30, stock wing blade for V$120, all the carpeting for V$20 and the stock mirror for V$100. And oh, since I used an Evo VI trunk rather than the Evo V ones, I sold the extra tail lights from the Evo V trunk separately for V$60.



[01 Nov 2019]
Finally I received my first monthly shop salary! As you've read in my intro, I've worked at Side to Side auto parts store since the opening of the new forums, and that means another source of income for me indeed! Along October there were some customer coming to the shop, and boi we've been flooded with a lot of parts requests. This results in very, very healthy shop income and of course a huge amount of salary. From the October sales I received V$2235 as my salary.

Ah by the way, feel free to come to our shop, we have a wide array of wheels, tyres, fluids and many more from various famous brands such as BBS, Volk, Work, Advan, Toyo and many others. We can also help you to source various parts for your beloved cars, especially Nismo parts if you're a Nissan owner! We can also help you sell parts you want to sell, or even cars as well if you want to trim your garage! ;)

Right, enough advertisement for now :lol: with the fresh splash of cash I received, I started my next orders of the Evo V. This time I'll be focusing on chassis strengthening and handling improvement. And these things, I should tell you, successfully broke my wallet. Are you ready to see another long-ass shopping list?

First-off, the chassis strengthening part: Next up, handling upgrades: And finally, some other things: Speaking of the thermostat killer, Evo IV upwards has a thermostat which regulates the engine oil flow during usage. They will open the oil circulation more often when the oil temperature reaches 85 degree Celcius, or in simpler terms when you're doing a hard driving, e.g. circuit usage. The problem is, they'll restrict oil flow when the temperature is beyond that, causing oil tenperature to raise during normal daily usage. As you all know from my updates, I used my Silver Queen for both daily and racing usage, and so will the Evo V as well. The Thermostat Killer does what it exactly says: It disables the thermostat so the oil flow will be uninterrupted and flows wide open everytime you use the engine to ensure better engine cooling at daily and racing usage.

Later that day, as I sipping a cup of jasmine tea while listening to this song, Benny called me on the phone. Other than my (and everyone else's) first payday, what does he have in mind at the moment?

"Hey Edo, enjoying your first cash?" *chuckle*
*laughter* "Oh yeah bossman! More money is always good!"
"Enjoy your first salary, kid. Ah anyways SEMA is coming and I need you to be stateside"
"Oh, another US trip?"
"Kind of. It's not that long, I just need you and some of the gang for our stand there"
"Oh we're opening our stand at SEMA? Holy! That's quite a move!"
"We're also going to meet our sponsors and customers there"
"Oh wow, I don't even think I would going to be in this deep end of business......."
"You know the drill. Just be a decent and polite man as you do, and everybody will be happy"
"Well that's easy. Ah anyways when I should be there?"
"We'll start at 5th so I expect you and everyone else to be here by at least 4th"
"I think I could manage that, thanks bossman"
"See you stateside my boi"


I always see those over-the-top, state-of-the-art build of SEMA on the internet but going to see them firsthand isn't really what I have in mind, let alone bringing some of ours there! And for the third time of the year I'll be running on the land of the free as well.......I mean, being there once in my lifetime already made me happy for life, now I have to be there for the third time! :lol: This year's truly a huge year for me.



[02 Nov 2019]
IT'S YET ANOTHER RACEDAY! Both events are held after lunch so I still got time for brunch. After brunch, I packed my racing suit and helmet, as well as spare undies and dry t-shirts and went off to the track. The weather was nice: Open roads, blue skies, not being too hot and not too dusty either.....track conditions should be similar, a good day for setting lap times Ii should say :D

As I arrived at the track and received my race numbers and timer beacons, I installed the beacons and stick the number up. Then I went off to the locker room to change into my race suit and then went back again to meet the other drivers. There are around 40-42 drivers today, and some of them are doing double duty for both championships as I did. Every single of us were thankful for TMAC's wise decision of (a)we only have to run with a single format and (b)our laps will be counted for both events. As we wait for the time to pass on, we had lunch while watching other non-competing cars have a trackday.
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12.30
With lunchtime over and driver's briefing coming up, we left the canteen to go to the conference room for the driver's briefing. In the driver's briefing, we agreed to run the 2x15 minutes one-lap shootout format that is usually ran by Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series, rather than Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial's 1x5 lap format. It is also agreed that those competing in the Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series will run first, with I and my Silver Queen running 8th overall. The rest of the driver's briefing discusses about flag rules and track limits as usual.

Ah yes, I haven't told you about the classes. Both events still uses different class segmentation. The Tsukuba Circuit Trial uses this classification:
  • B1: <=1600cc road-legal cars, e.g. EK9, EF, EG6, MX-5 NA and NB, Cappucino, Caterham Seven 160, Honda Beat, old Alto Works
  • B2: <=1600cc road-legal cars that can be FIA/JAF-certified for racing use, e.g. base MX-5 ND, base Swift, S660, N-ONE, March Nismo, current Alto Works
  • B3: 1600-2400cc FF road-legal cars that can be FIA/JAF-certified for racing use, e.g. top-range Swift, current Corolla
  • B4: 1600-2400cc FR road-legal cars that can be FIA/JAF-certified for racing use, e.g. 86, BRZ, top-range MX-5 ND
  • B5: 1600-3500cc 2WD road-legal cars, e.g. Civic Type-R EP3 upwards, Silvias, Skyline non-GTR, RX-7, RX-8, Z33, Mini JCW, 208 GTi, non-turbo 911, Cayman, non-supercharged Lotus
  • B6: Any road-legal cars that doesn't satisfy B1-B5, e.g. WRX STi, Lan Evo, Skyline GT-R, Ferraris, McLarens, Lambos, Golf R, turbo 911.....basically AWDs and supercars
  • PN1: <=1600cc FIA/JAF-certified racers, see B2
  • PN2: 1600cc-2000cc FIA/JAF-certified racers, see B3 and B4
  • AE: Fully electric cars with power output under 40 kWh, e.g. Leaf, e-Golf, i3 without range extender. No Teslas, sadly.
Turbo and supercharged cars capacity are multiplied by 1.7 and rotaries are multiplied by 1.5 to make them easier to be classified and segregated.
Anything not satisfying any of those (e.g. prototypes and open wheel racers) will be classified in Closed class and is not eliglible for championship points.
While the Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial uses a different and simpler classification:
  • NT1: <=1600cc Road cars, including MX-5s of all generation, but no VTEC/MIVEC/Similar sytsem allowed
  • NT2: <=2000cc 2WD and 4WD Road cars
  • NT3: >2000cc 2WD and 4WD Road cars, as well as rotary-engined cars
  • AT: Anything from above-well, pretty much anything with automatic transmission
If you can't figure it out, I'll be racing in the B6 and NT3 classes aside from the overall contention. In the Tsukuba Circuit Trials I'm sitting in 7th overall, tied with 6th place which leads the B5 class championship, and in 5th overall in the B6 class. For the Eastern Kanto Series, I'm sitting at 6th in class and 8th overall. Since this is the final round of Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series and I'm going to skip the next round of Easter Kanto series, I'm looking forward to improve my position in the standings. And oh, for the first time ever there's a competitor in the AE (a Nissan Leaf) and AT (an Evo VII GT-A) classes! :D

13.00
With the drivers briefing over, we went back to our cars to get ready for the first session. After a bit of waiting, it's my turn to set mine. I drove my Silver Queen to the pitlane and wait for the pit lights to go green. Track is dry, and temperature is pretty much lukewarm.
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Lights went green and I'm off for my installation lap. There wasn't much grip to be found so far, either because there hasn't enough rubber on the track despite the track day activity......or because I forgot to grab new tyres for the Silver Queen. Yeah, that's what you got for neglecting your car's basic needs I guess. Nevertheless track is just a bit dusty and the car felt energetic.
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As I approached the final sector, I regulate my breathing, took a deep breath and prepare myself for the hot lap.
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START!
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The first half of my hot lap went smooth, but also a bit slower than usual. Probably because of the lack of grip. Hopefully this can be solved later when track temperture gets lower.....or would it be? Nevertheless surfing around in the Silver Queen feels great as I want it to be.
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The run on the backstraight went normal as well, but I guess I can really feel the tyres burning over the straight as well. Oof.
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FINISH!
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With the first hotlap session over, I relaxed myself a bit as I went back into the pits.
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13.30
With everyone finished their first hotlap, we had some time to rest. I went off to the toilet to fullfill my call of nature, then went back to the paddock to exchange notes and discuss our lap times with other drivers. As I've said multiple times already, having nature calling for you mid-race is the worst thing that can happen during races. If you're pretty unlucky and got no choice, well you can relieve yourself mid-race......and yes that means wetting your pants :lol: But of course pro race drivers won't let this happen to them.

The paddock atmosphere was friendly, cheerful and relaxed. I know that the pro leagues of motorsport tend to have a bit cold and strict paddock life, and I know exactly why, but here I really love it. After all we're all enthusiasts united in a huge place :D Even some of us took our time to check the other driver's cars! I took my time to check the Leaf for a while, since I've seen electric race cars for some time in my laptop screens, but I've never seen one right before my eyes. And it's based on something you might not expect! (Well okay Nissan themselves has a Leaf-based racecar, but it serves as nothing more than a demo silhouette car rather than a full-fledged racer) The owner, as you'd expect, is a motorsport and alternative energy enthusiast, and he decided to make a racecar based on a Leaf after seeing some rallying around the world, including Japan where the national rally championship has its own alternative energy class as well. Now tell me......should I try to race a Prius here? :lol:

14.10
It's time for the second run of the day, and everybody has went back to their own cars. Once again I enter my Silver Queen and roll into the pit lane to get ready for my next run, and also the final run for the day. Oh, and also the final run of this year's Tsukuba Circuit Trial season. It's the decider, ladies and gentlemen!
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Lights went green and I went off for my final installation lap. The track conditions has been improved, with more rubber on the tarmac and lower wind and tarmac temperature. An ideal and heavenly conditions for those who seek that optimum time.
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As I reached the back straight again, I regulated my breathe again and took another deep breathe as I'm going to set my final hotlap for the day.
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START!
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The run went a bit faster, but overall still smooth. For the sake of my tyres I didn't push as hard as usual when I enter the first corner and the hairpin. I still need my tyres for at least two races.....and of course to go back home :lol: Nevertheless at least the tyres are degrading much slower than before. Quite a blessing for everyone I should say.
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The run to the backstraight was even faster than I expected, and it's helped a lot by the cool afternoon wind. I'm expecting a much better time.
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FINISH!
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With the second hotlap session of the day and the fnal hotlap of Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series done, finally I'm returning to the pits for one more time. And hereby Ii've finished my first racing championship in my lifetime......I can't wait to see the final results!
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14.40
Finally, everyone has finished their runs for the last time. I took the time left as we wait for the provisional results to be announced by going one more time to the toilet and then grab a bottle of mineral water to replenish myself before I uninstall the timer beacons and return them to the stewards. Whatever the results are, I'm glad and grateful to finally be able to enter and participate in a racing championship on my own for the first time in my life, and I'm almost able to complete the enitre calendar as well! I'll definitely come back for more next season......with a different whip ;)

15.30
And finally, the results for the day!
For the first session I scored 1 minute 00.236 seconds, much slower than I expected and for the first time in my competitive career, being outside the usual 59 seconds mark. That's a bit worrying to be honest, but thankfully I was back on form on teh second run, magically scoring 59.682 seconds. That's (barely) enough to secure 5th place in the B6 class and NT3 class, as well as 6th overall for Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series overall and 7th overall for the Eastern Kanto Series overall.

For the championship standings, the results are enough to seal 5th place in B6 class and winning the 6th place overall in the Circuit Trial Series, winning just one point from 7th place who won the B5 class championship. As for the Eastern Kanto series, I'm still in 6th in NT3 class and 8th overall. The bad news is, I'm now tied with both 7th and 9th placers, and there ae still two more round to go, with me skipping one of them.

Alongside memorabilias from TMAC and JASC, I also received quite a lot of monetary rewards. These will be paid at Monday next week, with the details as follows:
  • 5th place in B6 class, Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series Rd. 5 = V$500
  • 6th place overall, Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series Rd. 5 = V$600
  • 5th place in NT3 class, Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Championship Rd. 4= V$500
  • 7th place overall, Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Championship Rd. 4 = V$400
  • 5th place in B6 class, Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series final classification = V$2000
  • 6th place overall, Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series final classification = V$4000
That's a lot of cash splash innit? :lol: After attending the podium ceremony later on, finally I went back home and had a long rest before going back to the American soil next week. Along the trip back home, I blasted this song again inside the Silver Queen (Screaming "JIBUN WO!" again is allowed, even if you actually did at the beginning of this update). That song's lyrics does describe my feelings at the moment: There are some moments in our life which will change and shape ourselves later as we go. I should say this is one of them :)













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03 Nov 2019 20:25

Damn! Love your story man :D
The more I read your thread more I want track car, but first i want to finish HR hehe
Keep up the great work! Can't wait for more updates form track events :D

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03 Nov 2019 20:54

OwO damn you don't even wait for anything with the track days do you? And finally some evo v goodies looks like evo iii will have time attack sibling (not sure if you said what you're gonna do with evo or not, probably did but i'm just -5iq). This time it didn't go so good but hey 5th place isn't bad either i would probably not even finish the race lmao :P For the wallet oof V$200, how you're gonna pay bills xD?
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03 Nov 2019 21:00

over in Tokyo we have @topy with an Evo 8 and a 10, while you have a 3 and a 5
Y'all should meetup at tsukuba soon, would make for some EPIC evo shenanigans (and quite some battling may i say)

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Sieklo wrote:
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Damn! Love your story man :D
The more I read your thread more I want track car, but first i want to finish HR hehe
Keep up the great work! Can't wait for more updates form track events :D
Thank you very much :D
There are two more time attack events this year so don't worry :lol:
Can't wait to see your HR34 rolling on the road as well! ;)
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OwO damn you don't even wait for anything with the track days do you? And finally some evo v goodies looks like evo iii will have time attack sibling (not sure if you said what you're gonna do with evo or not, probably did but i'm just -5iq). This time it didn't go so good but hey 5th place isn't bad either i would probably not even finish the race lmao :P For the wallet oof V$200, how you're gonna pay bills xD?
I'm gonna do the good ol' classic trick of living off instant ramen and onigiri :lol:
The time attack events I attended this year are quite intense and basically raining cats and dogs of them, I didn't realize I almost did the same amount of routine as F1 drivers back then :lol:
And oh the Evo V will replace the III so yes, it's gonna be both TA and daily car
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over in Tokyo we have @topy with an Evo 8 and a 10, while you have a 3 and a 5
Y'all should meetup at tsukuba soon, would make for some EPIC evo shenanigans (and quite some battling may i say)
Yeaaaa let the generation games part 2 commence! :D And do it fast since the Silver Queen will be gone after the Evo V has finished
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05 Nov 2019 14:40

Nice bro, keep it up man....
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05 Nov 2019 16:41

I'm betting Evo 5 would improved your lap best time compared Evo III due weight and more support aftermarket. Ouch, your wallet need loves. :lol:
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Nice bro, keep it up man....
Also stop by the garage in december, we can do some work on your V when we relax from my project :D
Thanks bossman!
Hmmmmm I'd consider that offer, that's quite nice of you :D
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I'm betting Evo 5 would improved your lap best time compared Evo III due weight and more support aftermarket. Ouch, your wallet need loves. :lol:
Hopefully the V can shave 1-2 seconds from the III! And I guess it's not only my wallet that needs some love......my bowels and intestines might need some as well due to instant ramen overload :lol:




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Yeaaaa let the generation games part 2 commence! :D And do it fast since the Silver Queen will be gone after the Evo V has finished
Imma show y'all why the last gen shouldn't be understimated

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We are Reaching
500 POSTS MILESTONE!!!
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自分を 世界さえも 変えて しまえそう な | There are moments that can change me and the world itself
瞬間は いつも 直ぐ傍 に | Even if the world itself is always running beside me


These things above are the very first bars (and also the chorus bar) of this milestone's theme song. I modified half of the bars a bit at the end of the latest update, which becomes 'There are some moments in our life which will change and shape ourselves later as we go'. I have to say, creating this (well, the original) roleplay thread one year and around half a month ago is one of them. Along my adventures and life both inside the roleplay and in real life, there are a lot of things that has changed me, both my roleplay self and real life self.

"Wait up Smoke, there are only 70-ish posts here, how can you claim there are 500 of them?" Well, if you're brand new here, I'm sure at this point you'll know that this forum is brand new as well, and there's an old version of it, which is thankfully being archived by The Godfathers so we can access them anytime. The archived forums contains not only the downloads that hasn't been migrated here (it's a long and tiring process y'know, just like......our real life itself. Rome wasn't built in a night, let alone migrating and restructuring downloads), but also the archived remains of most of our roleplays back then.

Back then there are a lot who literally stopped after just one post for various reasons, but there are also those who successfully kept on going to several hundred posts. Even we have someone who broke the 1000 posts mark......we'll get to that later. After we all migrated here, most of the active roleplayers chose to continue our stories and adventures, while some decided to start from scratch, which I don't mind and I actually approve since that's a sign of improvement and willingness to try :D I'm also waiting for those who had their own roleplay threads and haven't continued theirs at the moment to keep on going and join the roleplay family once more :D

As for myself, my thread at the old forum stopped at the #425 post mark, which you can view right over here if you want a solid proof of it. Or if you're new and you want to follow my journey from the very start, head over here to experience my life and journey as the time goes. As you might find over here, my posts are extremely long, and um, so does the one over there, so take your time :lol:



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As I've said back then, when I started this roleplay, I don't have any single vision or thoughts on how long I could keep my roleplay thread running.....was it just a week? A month? Two months perhaps? Half a year? A year of two? But now the answer is clear: As long as I have time, ideas, ability to think clear and imaginative, and patience, as well as those who love and care for you, both here and real life, I can always keep going like a rock or metal band personnels (or even electronic music like Kraftwerk or Daft Punk, which are my favourites), who still kept on rocking energetically even on their elderly years. I'd like to keep myself rocking on through the years as well! :D

With this roleplay thread, I have a lot of fuel and resources to inspire my own self, and to keep on training myself on writing and creating ideas for my stories. And not only that, as I've stated in the 1 year milestone update, I acquired the new hobby of searching used cars websites, as well as various car parts websites and race track websites. Often my days are passed with me sitting on my laptop, checking prices for cars or components.....or simply checking prices of obscure/less-known JDM, EUDM and USDM cars, whether there's a mod for it or not :lol: I tell you what, Japan and UK are used car heavens :D

Fun fact: Finally I can utilize my Japanese skills again thanks to this roleplay! I used to learn Japanese properly back in my real life high school days, but ever since I failed my proficiency skills test, I haven't utilize my skills quite often. To add salt in the wound, I failed at the basic level, which roughly equals to a native Japanese elementary and middle high schoolers. To be fair, I can read hiragana and katakana, as well as understanding their grammar, but it's kanji writings that hurdled along my way. The fact that (a)Kanji hieroglyphs requires a lot of writing strokes, order and direction to memorize (you may not mess them up, or else it could change the meaning) and (b)They could have more than one meaning doesn't help at all. A good example of this are 火 ('ka'), which can either refer to 'fire' or 'Tuesday, or 月, which can be read as 'tsuki' (moon) or 'getsu' (Monday), and of course the good ol' 何, which can be read as 'nani' or 'nan', both of which means 'what'. A reversal of this for example are mountain ('yama'), which can be written as either 山 or 岾, or 'ikari', which can be written as 慍 ('anger') or 碇 ('anchor). Nowadays I learn Japanese indirectly from music, anime (what else do you expect?) and various streams, namely D1GP, Super GT, Super Formula and Super Taikyu streams (although D1GP, Super GT and Super Formula now has English streams as well. Here's hoping for Super Taikyu to get one as well next year!).

Thanks to these things, now I also had the idea of how hard it is to buy and maintain cars in real life, as well as having more knowledge of car culture, motorsport activities and automobile economy activities. In return, I can also incorporate any of them to compose my roleplay updates, an effort you've definitely have seen so many times here and also in the old forums, e.g. basically every single time attack event updates ever, and also the Ebisu Summer Matsuri Update, as well as the recent Hagibis Typhoon update.

Roleplaying also gets me to connect with more and more people, earning new friends in the process. As I've said before, the world is a huge place, but sometimes, distance is just an illusion when we have a strong sense of friendship and brotherhood, even if it's just a virtual one. This way I can also appreciate any kinds of cars, as well any kinds of builds and car culture's subcultures. Back then I don't really like low and slow-focused cars like stanced cars or VIP cars (despite the forum's name), and not so well-versed in both drift and drag racing. Thanks to my friends I gathered along the way, I come to appreciate them and even tried to emulate those kind of builds.......of which the result can be seen in the form of Kaede the vert. In return I also tried to introduce the world of grip racing as you'll usually find here, usually in form of time attack racing, rallycross, touring car racing and sportscar racing (the one I like the most), both sprint and endurance. Coincidentally almost all of us usually found our common grounds in trackday and rallying. We all love them oh so much! :D

I hereby would like to thank you once more for all of you who has followed my journey so far, whether you've followed me all this time or if you've recently joined my bizzare life, or also if you've just came back from a hiatus. People come and go as I kept on running and telling my stories, and there are a lot of people who I once seen often that is now inactive, mostly since reality ensues and they have to kept on living in real life. But it's okay, since after all I still have one as well. I appreciate and salute those who come, stay and went away as I'm keep going, since after all these things happen in real life as well, to the point we might not remember who used to be our neighbour or who was our high school or college friends. Anyways there are a lot of people I'd like to thank, some of them aren't active anymore, and it'll be a hell lot of time to list them.

As for my message for those who have just started.....I'll just repeat my previous one and adding it a bit: If you've just started your roleplay or still continuing yours, I say don't give up, keep on developing yourself, explore new things, make connections, and most of all, be creative. And don't stop just because people rarely seen your thread. There are some times in my updates where I didn't get a lot of responds, or just downright none at all. But that doesn't made me stop. As I figure what did I do wrong, I try new things and topics to keep people interested while trying to give them some new insights as well. I mean, I know not all people likes trackdays or going fast, so I balanced things out with working on my cars, or going sideways, or viewing other's rides.

Well you don't have to go all-out and create long narratives like I did, but hey, there are reasons why novel stories like Sherlock Holmes series, Harry Potter series, Tom Clancy series or even Twillight series are some of the most sought-after literatures in the world, y'know. Also some famous people and groups definitely have their hard times: It took Colonel Sanders almost the entire of his elderly days to formulate that famous KFC secret marinade recipe while trying to keep on living by selling those fried chickens door-to-door. Rovio (those who make Angry Birds video game series) and Square Enix (those who make Final Fantasy video game series) won't exist today if they stop cranking new ideas as they're almost going bankrupt. Fun fact: The Final Fantasy series are named like that since......it was literally Square Enix (Squaresoft back then)'s last idea at that time, a do-or-die RPG game project. Had been the project didn't yield much profit, they were about to be disbanded. But you know what happened next? The game sold like hot cakes, and to this day there are no less than 15 main games from the series, as well as various spinoffs (including one racing game!) and several movie adaptations. Well what am I saying is keep on improving and create new ideas, be creative, and find a way to attract people :D

As per the RP rules, there are one more milestone that I can achieve, which is the 1000 posts milestone. So far there are only one person that has achieved it, which is @Soju who sealed it some time before we are moving to the new forums. The next closest person to the 1000 post mark is @marcus915, which as of now has 959 posts combined. If you're interested over the old forum's roleplay statistics, I've assorted it for you right over here.

Normal service will resume soon, but for now that's all that I can say. Here's to the next 500+ posts, keep following that damn train (and you don't have to use a 2-stroke dirtbike this time), enjoy this chill closing track and see y'all soon :D And oh, I'm also adding some tracks right at page 1 as the thread's theme song, check it out if it suits me and you well ;)



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06 Nov 2019 19:38

BigSmoke wrote:
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Imma show y'all why the last gen shouldn't be understimated
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06 Nov 2019 21:19

Ayyyy big smoke <3 congrats on 500 posts damn that's a lot. Ah i don't even know what to say keep it going we need more updates !!!!
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06 Nov 2019 22:55

500 posts already aye ? Congratulations m8 , i can´t wait to see moar stuff in the future :) :shock:
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NotPerfect wrote:
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Ayyyy big smoke <3 congrats on 500 posts damn that's a lot. Ah i don't even know what to say keep it going we need more updates !!!!
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500 posts already aye ? Congratulations m8 , i can´t wait to see moar stuff in the future :) :shock:
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07 Nov 2019 07:42

And we have one more with 500 posts :D Keep it up my man, and i hope for many more fun times with you and the boys!

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And we have one more with 500 posts :D Keep it up my man, and i hope for many more fun times with you and the boys!
Thanks bossman! Looking forward for more adventures in the future with everyone! :D
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08 Nov 2019 21:09

WEW lad 500 posts already, Congrats my man!
Keep the Tsukuba domination coming. Lets get to that 1K!! :D

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WEW lad 500 posts already, Congrats my man!
Keep the Tsukuba domination coming. Lets get to that 1K!! :D
Thanks my man, it's time to break more lap records, more money ( :lol: ), but no windows and absolutely no hearts as we start our journey to 1K! ;)
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11 Nov 2019 14:03

Evo is performing well,good job
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Evo is performing well,good job
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Sheer Fun at Sin City

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Welp, finally got time to write another update! Life got in the way and it's almost a month without updates :lol:
The next updates will be split into two parts since it'll be too long to be poured into one update.
First off, a recap of my adventures at the annual SEMA Show at Las Vegas with my friends!
So what did I spot and do at the famous Sin City? Let's delve into the update, shall we? ;)















[03 Nov 2019]
With all the monetary prizes from the last update (scroll upwards!) and one week of paycheck, as well as all the Evo V stock parts sale profits (scroll upwards as well!) claimed into my wallet, I prepared myself for the next trip to the land of the free. This time, it's just a week and a bit more of staying stateside, compared to the previous trips where I spent a month and usually plus some days of staying in the Side to Side crew's garage while experiencing pure American motoring (or cheap American motoring as happened in the latest trip). But this time it's not as laid-back as usual though, as we've got a huge job ahead. And I should say, I was quite lucky to be involved.

You see, the Side to Side crew has been busy preparing quite a lot of cars this year, particularly since my second visit at this summer. Ever since they were formed, the Side to Side crew aims to enjoy the American motoring scene while making their name inside it. After years of hustling, tuning cars, racing and burning rubber, the American dream has come true. But of course this hasn't yet completed: They haven't yet to attend SEMA as participant.......and this year, finally they got the chance to do so. Seeing as SEMA is usually filled with unique, unusual or outright bonkers car builds, of course they had to do one as well. They've been cooking a special project throughout this year, which is an Infiniti G35. the last time I went into their garage, it looked like this. We'll get to it in a bit later to see the final product.

Some hours before my flight to Ardmore (as opposed to go straight to LV, since we're all going there together), first off, bossman @Benny phoned me to check up on my preps, and.......to give a small task before going.

"How's your day going, kid?"
"Ah! Bossman! I'm all good and ready for the show! Should be arriving at tomorrow noon"
*chuckle* "That's the spirit. Anyways, after SEMA, I and Ziga(@Lagano) would like to visit y'all in Japan"
"Oh really? That's great! Finally, after a full year of you inviting us stateside, you're going to our home turf! *laughter*
"Yeaaa, it's unfair if I kept telling y'all to come visit us here all the time isn't it?"
"Um, admittably yeah indeed. Come on bossman we gotta go to a hot springs bath sometime!"
"That sounds interesting. We haven't had our annual Japan trip anyways sooo perfect timing"
"Ah yeah......you missed the Ebisu Summer Matsuri, and on the verge of missing the Autumn Matsuri as well"
"But Ebisu is open everyday isn't it?"
"Ah yes you're right bossman. We could have a day there anyways"
"But before that, I got a small errand for you"
"What is it?"
"Fill up the S2K. Obviously I want tit ready to roll after we land there. At the moment it's somewhere near the docks"
"Wait the S2K is here? Okay okay"
"Right, we should start our preps as well. We'll pick you up right away at the airport. See you stateside"
"See you bossman"


After that call, I turned my attention to AJ (@RocketBunnyS13), and called him to check over his preps and told him to go together to the airport later.

"Yo AJ, it's your man Smoke"
"Hey Edo, how's your preps?"
"All good, almost ready. How about you and the others?"
"Um, sadly it's only me for this time. Muza(@Niatross)'s still preoccupied with Nismo and BMW stuff, and Marc(@topy)......"
"Eh, he must be hunting for Evo parts again"
"Yup, and guess what, he bought another Evo"
*laughter* "Well that's our Human Lan Evo for you!"
"He said it'll be a daily, but I bet half of my lawyer salary that he's going to tune it all-out as usual"
"Yahey all-you-can-eat feast time!" *even more laughter*
"Oi don't jinx it!" *laughter*
"Anyways, what time you're going to the airport?"
"3am. How about you?"
"Welp, right, I'll be there at that time as well. I guess I gotta sleep early"
"Right, see ya at dawn then"
"See ya"


With the call over, it's time to go pick and refuel the cars! And to simplify things so I don't have to go twice and thus exerting double the work and expenses, I had to call a Grab to go to the docks instead of taking my Silver Queen or my HR34.

Some hours later, I arrived in the docks. The last time I saw the S2K, it's still recovering from a wreck it's in. Benny bought it as a salvage car, suffering from a big hit at the rear end.....can't remember which side. It was done by a teenager who's supposed to do a regular service on it in a shop, taking it for an unauthorized joyride. The owner was middle-aged man who took care of it very well, and obviously, the man who sold the S2K was quite devastated to see what happened and what caused it. Since he bought it, Benny has promised to him to update the build progress of the car and to build it back to it's fomer glory so they can have one last joyride together. Safe to say......the old man can smile again now :)
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I worked on the car together with Benny and co. for a while on my latest visit to the land of the free. Since I left it the car now sports a fresh F20C engine, homemade strut brace, additional chassis strengthening since there are some rust spot at the front end, as well as some body parts that I've got for him, namely Varis side skirt assembly, Top Secret rear diffuser and that front lip. And look, now it's coming home to it's birthplace! :D
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Since there are a smidgen of fuel left inside the S2K and there's a petrol station near the docks, I didn't have to drive far off the ocks to get them. I filled the S2K to the brim, and set off to the highway for a quick test. It's actually quite cold at the moment since it's the peak of autumn here, so although I want to feel the breeze of crisp autumn wind slapping my face, ultimately I decided to keep the roof up to keep myself warm and focused along the way.

The raspy F20C screams like an entire farm of angry bees in front of me, ready to sting my senses and ears as I blaze through the Tokyo Expressway. The chassis poise is great as well, felt quite solid at the front thanks to all the chassis strengthening. Rear is nicely planted as well thanks to the diffuser. Fun fact: The S2K (specifically the F20C engine) once held the record for the biggest power-to-engine displacement ratio figure at around 124 HP/litre. it took some years for that record to be broken by-are you ready for this?-Ferrari 458. Just imagine it: It took a Ferrari to beat a Honda. Now where do we see this these days? :lol:
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Later that day finally I returned the S2K to the storage yard, still with the roof up, and went back to my crib. With the refuelling and sorted, I went back for final preparations and went off to sleep.......which turns out I can't do as I'm quite excited for SEMA :lol:


[04 Nov 2019]
It's both paycheck time and showtime! Speaking about paycheck, I'm quite glad finally I've got another raise! Now I could receive V$1125 a week to keep on living and building my cars.....which is a very good news since I have to build two cars in relatively a narrow time window. Sure, I could keep on racing, but there are only two events left that I could attend, and both came at December.

Anyways, after enduring the night aided with some gaming session, cup noodles and some tea, finally AJ phoned in. I think he's ready as well.

"Wake up Smoke it's party time!"
"Bro I didn't even sleep for this! I can't sleep!"
"Damnit man don't fall asleep again! I'd say get going cos I already did!" *laughter
"Crap that was fast. Okay okay I'm going as well, see ya at Narita"
"See ya you sleepy prince"

After a bit of rushing, finally I'm ready to go and called another Grab. I skipped shower since um, it's 3am in the morning.

Some hours later, I arrived at Narita International Airport's international departure terminal. AJ's been waiting for me with a cup of black coffee and a bun of bread.

"AAAAAAYY JAAAAAAAYYY!"
"Edo! Come here man, took you a long time eh?"
"Kind of. Traffic was all clear but I had to keep my eyes open all the way around. The AC was arctic cold even for a Prius"
*laughter* "Oh yah I see you haven't took a minute of sleep. Your eyes are a bit red"
"Yeah, I plan to have my naptime in the plane. It's a long trip innit?"
"Well you're right actually, 12-13 hours I think"
"Exactly. Quite a lot of time to sleep for me"
"Anyways you gotta try this bread man, probably could keep you up a bit"
"Oh may I? I could buy this myself. I haven't had a proper brekkie anyways"
"Sure, I'll show you where to buy this, but only after you take a bite of this" *hands bread*
"Oh okay then" *takes a bit of bread*
"How's it?"
"I love butter-filled breads! I want a warm one though"
"I know you'll love it! Walk south for a while over there"
"Do they got tea or milk as well?"
"No milk sadly, but if I remember correctly they got tea"
"Nice! I'll be going, tell me if our plane has landed"
"Okay"

After a while waiting for our plane as we had a nice bread brekkie, our plane has landed and ready to be boarded. We finish our bread and drinks, then went aboard the plane. As we took off and the seatbelt warning has lifted off, I took my nap and tell AJ to fasten my seatbelt should I fell asleep at landing hours later.

Half a day passed with, well, sleeping inside the plane, dreaming about......just about everything. It felt like playing GTA all over again where your character and cars can sustain some extent of incredibly damage and injuries, except that the character is yourself. I can even feel like I could command myself and I know that I'm moving around. Some say this is called lucid dreaming, where you're aware that you're dreaming and you can control yourself inside it with your consciousness. I might be wrong though.

I was deep in my dreams when suddenly I felt a hard slap landed into my head and shoulder, followed by someone shouting "WAKE UP YOU SLEEPYHEAD!". I opened my eyes slowly to find AJ beside me, looking a bit annoyed while informing me that we've actually landed safely at the land of the free, specifically at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, or simply known as DFW. With some of my initial strengths, I rose from my seat and walked off the plane with AJ into the arrival terminal.

As we've passed the emigrations check and picked up our luggages (almost missed mine due to myself still being half-awake), AJ phoned Benny to inform our arrival while I ordered him and myself some cups of coffee and muffin. And of course, we still have to wait the other two of our friends.........

"Hey sorry man, I felt a bit like a nuisance for you back there"
"Nah it's okay, could've been worse. At least you're properly awake now"
"Thanks man. Yeah we could've stuck somewhere else and stranded in London, or Paris, or even back to Tokyo......."
"Eh, just brush it off. Anyways ZIga's already at LV, Benny should be here in a moment, and....." *sees arrival info board*
"And what?"
"Our Korean friends will be here shortly as well. They've just landed it seems"
"Oh nice! We're back as a team after all"

After some time, Soju (well, @Soju) and 11K (@11000rpm) pops up from the baggage claim and walked up across the arrival terminal to catch up on us. They're visibly looking excited as always, despite the long flight just like what I and AJ experienced.

E:"Annyeong, gentlemen!" *fistbumps and bro-hugs ensues*
S:"Yoooo glad to see y'all again! Wait where's Muza and Marc?"
A:"Ah, they can't be with us this time sadly. Quite busy times for both of them"
S:"Aaaaaah I see. Anyways have you guys contacted Ziga?"
A:"Yup, he's on the way with Benny"
S:"Good, we'll get some cups of coffee"
E:"Ah I think I'd like some more muffins as well, AJ hold my jacket for a while please"

With all of us stacking on coffee and muffins, we waited for some time with chatter about the flight and our latest life updates. Nothing much has happened to 11K and AJ.....though AJ won last month's Ride of The Month award, congrats! :D Soju revamped his legendary Supra inside out and continued building his R33 missile unit along the way, and as for me, um.......scroll up to see what I've been into :lol: And of course the ROTM award wasn't lost from our attention as we kept on demanding AJ to pay for our coffees :lol:

Turns out Benny already waited for us in their Raptor pick-up truck near the terminal. We scrambled inside the Raptor as we carry the last of our coffees and muffins. Another chain of fistbumps ensues as we enter the truck. It's a crew cab, so there's a second row seats for us and at least there's a bit of legroom.

B:"Whose muffins are those?"
E:"Mostly mine bossman, you want so-"
B:"Yeah you never change, you fat man!" *massive laughter from everyone*
E:"Says the man whose weight is a 1/8 of a Lotus Elise!" *even more laughter*

And so, we set off for yet another long trip, this time from DFW airport to the heart of gambling world, where greedy and lust blends beneath the bright neon ads and the smell of fresh dollars and gold: Las Vegas. Of course, as I've elaborated earlier, we ain't go there for gambling, but to join the American tuner celebration that is SEMA. Along the way we filled ourselves with banters, quizzes, riddles, meme sharing, impromptu lunch and dinner, and talks about our projects. When you're together with all your friends, even time travelling and achieving warp speed feels like a possible thing to do.

Speaking about SEMA, it actually refers to the organization that hosted it, similar to how NASCAR refers to the organization that hold those oval races and these oval racing championship itself. SEMA is an acronym for Speciality Equipment Market Association, basically an association of aftermarket parts specialists and vendors around United States. As you'd expect, SEMA is formed by several aftermarket company owners, some are quite famous like Bell Helmets and Cragar Wheels which is owned by the same person, then theres B&M, Edelbrock, Weiand, Hedman Headers and so on.

Almost a day later, we finally spotted the famous welcoming landmark of Las Vegas........we finally made it and (relatively) ready to rock!
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[05-08 Nov 2019]
With only a few hours before the auto show starts, we rushed our preps as we built our fairly modest stand, consisting of the G35, some of the homemade parts from StS Auto Parts's partners, a nice table and several stools, and.......some pics and videos of us and our cars. Even I and my Silver Queen was showcased as well, ripping around Tsukuba and Nikko with some occassional two-wheeling! :lol: Turns out ZIga and Benny spent some days looking for any media appearances of us, whether it's professionally made or amateur ones. I'm quite elated obviously, I didn't expect my Silver Queen going to made it this far! :lol:

Ah anyways, it's time for the moment you've been waiting for! Presenting......the Side to Side and co. Infiniti G35!
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At first you might think, "Ah, it's just a slammed G35 on rotiform and widebodies". As everyone would say, don't judge the book by its cover. Beneath this G35 beneath something that you might not expect. Time to pop the hood so we can see the real deal.............
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Yup, your eyes didn't deceive you, that's an actual, functioning BMW 5 liter V10 lifted straight from a BMW M5 E60, known as one of the fastest supersedan of it's time (and possibly of all time as well). In the early days of the supersedans the M5 ruled the kingdom of speed and power with that engine, derived from the result of multi-year research and development of V10 engines back when they're still actively fighting their way up in Formula 1 in the early noughties. Along with McLaren, with Mercedes engine, and Ferrari, obviously with their own engine, they formed the trilogy of Formula 1 domination in the early noughties. If you're an avid fan of Formula 1 like me, you'll know that Renault would dethrone Williams later on at the final year of the V10 era and the start of the V8 era. If you're not really into Formula 1, you'll at least know that this trilogy is currently ocupied by Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
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Fun fact: The BMW V10 Formula 1 engine is the fastest of its era, producing around 980-990 BHP despite being naturally aspirated and existing when the concept of hybrid cars is relatively stillborn. And yes, that figure stands for both qualifying and race specification. Sadly though this doesn't automatically translated into victories as they were still struggling to fend off Ferrari and McLaren. And that period, as you know it, is that period where Michael Schumacher steamrolled pretty much everyone with his Ferrari from 2000 to 2004, and only had to work hard for his title at 2000 and 2003. After losing Juan Pablo Montoya to McLaren and Ralf Schumacher to, surprisingly, Toyota, at 2005, Williams began their period of downfall. BMW were back as title contenders at 2007 and 2008 together with Sauber, but ultimately pulled off at the end of 2009 due to global financial crisis.
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Back to our G35, as you can see, it's been fiteed with cusom-made Liberty Walk-style bodykit, Rotiform wheels, GT-R R35 exhaust, Rotiform wheels, and several carbon parts. And of course Benny and Ziga got that exhaust system to sound like the aformentioned V10 Formula 1 engine. The result clearly envisioned Benny's motoring vision: A car that is swaggy and savage enough to use as daily, with supercar-matching performance and can be easily thrown sideways. Early visitors everyday were quite lucky as Benny would turn the car up for around half an hour idling and sometimes revving it up a bit to showcase the exhaust system :lol: Sure, there were some ire and jeer from those who wanted quieter experience, but nevertheless the G35 turned to be a eye-catcher everyone wanted it to be, with a lot of people coming to our stand to have a long chatter and taking pics of our G35. Even in a day our G35 appeared in lots of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds! :D
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Of course, we're all here not only to participate in SEMA but also enjoy the spectacles in general. Ziga has selected some of his personal choices here, so it's my turn to pick mine......which would consists of proper racecars :lol: Sit down, grab a snack and prepare for some lectures and opinions on motorsports.

First off, we know the Corvette C8 has been officially here and even Benny can't stop takling about it, but I'm waiting more for this one. This is the racing version, the Corvette C8R. Set to replacing the aging and battered C7R that competed in IMSA SportsCar Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans every year (plus FIA WEC Shanghai 6 Hours last year) in the GTE class (both Pro and Am), the C8R will employ every single drop of that new mid engine design into racetracks in sporstcar endurance racing. With the C7R being a strong force at American endurance racing and has a LM24 win in its belt in 2015 (and almost another one at 2017, had it could survive side-by-side action against Aston Martin Vantage AMR at the final minutes), the C8R has a lot of legacy it burdened with. Corvette Racing themselves also had a huge job as well since one of their pillars, Jan Magnussen (Kevin Magnussen's dad) left the team, and their GTE-Am program isn't quite successful as their Pro ones (only Larbre Competition bought their used Corvettes. Speaking of which, GTE-Am rules states that the car had to be at least 1 y.o., i.e. you can't buy brand new).
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This here is NASCAR and IMSA stand. I don't really pay much attention to NASCAR these days but I'm always looking forward to IMSA races. Their season finale at Petit Le Mans (which is basically 10 Hours of Road Atlanta) was awesome, with drivers dueling until night falls and fireworks blew above the skies, to the point that the GTD class leader ran out of fuel at the final lap. You can watch the highlights here. They also enjoyed a huge success this year, particularly at the Sebring extravaganza where they host both Sebring 12 Hours for their own championship and Sebring 1000 Miles for FIA WEC at the same weekend. If you aren't familiar with this championship, there are four classes: DPi, which employs manufacturer-built LMP2-style cars, LMP, which has actual LMP2 cars, GTLM, which employs of GTE cars and unrestricted GT3 cars, and GTD, which has balanced GT3 cars. The one you see here is the Ferrari 488 GT3, running in GTD class, adorned with WeatherTech sponsorship which is IMSA SportsCars Championship's sponsor title.
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Okay, this one is a concept car rather than a full-fledged racer, but you can drive this Supra at GT Sport as the Supra Gr. 3 race car. And speaking about Supra race cars, you can soon have an actual one, though in two different forms. If you're looking for the amateur-friendly but still cheap and manly enough to drive around, you can have the GT4 version at the second pic, which has minimum amount of aero, standard race safety equipments, can be raced everywhere and packs up to 450 BHP. Or if you want that cutting-edge total racing experience or if you're a fan of Super GT series, they already announced the GT500 challenger as well at the bottom pic, with 600 BHP extracted from 2 liter inline 4 engine and mad level of aeros as the result of their recent tie-in with DTM. You can only race them at Japan though.
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Hyundai over the years has become one of the surprise dark horse in motorsport world, from a mere buttjoke of motor racing (and motoring world in general) into a serious motorsport contender. We've seen what Hyundais can do in the hands of Rhys Millen at the beginning of the 2010s, but for me Hyundai's emerging in modern motorsport world happened in 2015-2016 when they re-enter the rallying world at WRC and announced the Hyundai N performance division, as well as securing rising stars like Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon, as well as recruiting ex-BMW M leaders to lead the N division. They went even further at 2017-2018 when they entered the foray of touring car racing and secured a hell lot of star drivers such as Dani Sordo, Luca Engstler, Norbert Mischelisz and Thed Bjork. Thed and Norbi were the WTCC 2017 winner and runner up. Even they managed to secure seasoned veterans like touring car legend Gianni Morbidelli and WRC titan Sebastien Loeb. The result? Hyundai becomes a total dominator in WTCR and TCR Europe, as well as becoming an even serious title contender at WRC. This one here is the Veloster N TCR, the American-Korean sibling of the ever-dominating i30N TCR, which is only available at Europe.
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Honda/Acura really took my heart away when they connected the past and present at their stand. At one side, they have one of the earliest spearhead Honda/Acura had in their motorsport efforts. This here is the Acura NSX ran by RealTime Racing, one of their earliest and most successful Acura customer team for SCCA World Challenge in the nineties. Although that white-orange warpaint has been used by Acura where they ran in IMSA GTP with Spice chassis, said livery became more associated with both Acura and RealTime as they won various races around the states. The SCCA World Challenge has changed into Blancpain GT World Challenge America today, which coincidentally they also contested with the modern version of the NSX. Speaking of which, the NSX brought home the Blancpain Sports Club 2019 title at the hands of veteran racer Jens Reno Moller.
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But for me, the winner from all of them should be Yokohama, which didn't only have one but FOUR race cars on their display! Only the Supra that isn't a racecar. Here's the first four of them plus the Supra, in all of their glory
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I'm sure that you've been fixated with the BMW M3 GTR up there, so let's delve into that one first. I'm sure that you've been well-versed that this is the star car from NFS Most Wanted, but hilariously enough only a few people knew that it's an actual race car that isn't road legal at all! The engine itself was also pretty much an unobtainium gem. The engine itself was an interesting case: Following their domination at American Le Mans Series which this BMW and other factory BMWs runs in, rival teams was very, very mad and claimed BMW cheated by running a car that doesn't have the same engine as their road-going car (remember, the racer has a V8 engine, whilst the road car has inline 6), therefore classifying it as a prototype rather than a proper GT racer. BMW though claimed that they already have created a road-going version of it. Problem is, there are only 10 of them. The following season, ALMS changed the rules that demanded manufacturers produce at least 100 of the cars and 1000 of the engines to be eliglible to run. BMW retaliated by.....quitting ALMS altogether, forcing their customers to shove back the original inline 6 inside. The M3 GTR though continued to win races by winning 24H of Nurburgring back-to-back. This one is owned by Team PTG, running the v8 engine and ran by Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand, who are now Ford GT GTE drivers.

Team PTG also ran another car, which is the Panoz Esperante GT2 on the upper left. If you ever played the first GRID game, the 2007 ones, you'll know this car and might even prefer it as the only other car in the class, Spyker C8 GT2, is quite rowdy to handle. This Esperante was also ran in ALMS even longer than the BMW, which was up to 2009. Panoz themselves are quite active back then as Le Mans 24 Hours challenger in quite a lot of classes with a lot of teams, including Team LNT which now becomes Ginetta factory team. Panoz still active and running today, running the Avezzno GT4 racer and selling the road car version as well, even after the death of their founder, Don Panoz.

On the bottom you can see two Porsches. Tthe one on the left is the Cayman GT4, which was driven by Travis Pastrana (yes, that motocross racer) to victory in his class at Pikes Peak Hhillclimb. Yokohama is also the single tyre supplier for Porsche Carrera Cup USA and Canada, which is why a 911 GT3 Cup adorned the bottom right side of the trailer.

i could keep on talking about racecars but I guess it's been a lot of it, so right now that is it that I could deliver. I don't want you guys to spend half a day listening to me blabbering about racecars :lol: In the meantime we also met our good ol' friend Mack (@MACKAY), who turned up preparing an E36 M3 for one of the stands here in SEMA. The last time I met him, he bought a freaking Ferrari! But sadly I heard it's been sold ever since. BMWs are Mack's forte anyways, particularly E36s, so I could understand the direction he's going. Still, he's used to be the king of the streets, at the same grade as Soju or Marcus (@marcus915). He's also a great fabricator, he's been welding and creating a lot of chassis braces and rollcages. And of course this E36 is no exception :D
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After several days of sleeping in sleeping bags, having a lot of minimum amount of lunch, some occassional city tours, checking out rad modded cars and proper racecars, and basking in the American automotive heaven, finally the SEMA curtains closed as the day changes from November 8th to November 9th. We were all exhausted and felt like our flesh has melted all the way to the floor, but nevertheless we are all happy and grateful to be able to experience the huge atmosphere of SEMA. With everything packed back and sorted, we went back for another long trip back home to Ardmore.


[10 Nov 2019]
It is time for me and AJ to go back to Japan, and for Soju and 11K to go back home to South Korea. But this time, Ziga and Benny will be together with me and AJ to Japan! Apparently they've planned to expand their operations to Japan, as well as moving some of their collections there, to the point that they've moved everything from their Los Angeles garage to Japan (with the rest stored at Ardmore). What will happen to that garage is up to theirs, but I can't wait to finally run with them in my home turf! Stay tuned to see how all of this unfolds ;)








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22 Nov 2019 19:50

OwO damn big smoke with another quality update like always, that's one sick event. Ah you really can find a lot of goodies, and yea i would think you're gonna go for the time attack mainly :P Really liking the new corvette btw, it looks good, will have nice handling and it's gonna be more unique kind of
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22 Nov 2019 19:57

Nice line up of cars you get there! Like the names that you gave your cars, especially "Silver Queen." Keep up the good work bro!
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23 Nov 2019 06:01

NotPerfect wrote:
22 Nov 2019 19:50
OwO damn big smoke with another quality update like always, that's one sick event. Ah you really can find a lot of goodies, and yea i would think you're gonna go for the time attack mainly :P Really liking the new corvette btw, it looks good, will have nice handling and it's gonna be more unique kind of
Thanks my man, I know you'll enjoy them! :D
These aren't time attack cars btw, these are GT cars (except the Veloster which is a touring car), but nevertheless yes, some are eliglible for time attack racing as well :lol: Time Attack UK series has a dedicated class for GT3 cars, and recently someone brought a Z4 GT3 to WTAC......only to finish dead last in his class :( Looking forward to see the Corvette running at Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans (and hopefully a couple round of other WEC events as well) as this is a brand new formula they're applying to their cars which has been used for years by their rivals (Excluding Aston Martin, which stays with FR design)
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Nice line up of cars you get there! Like the names that you gave your cars, especially "Silver Queen." Keep up the good work bro!
Hey thanks! Stick up some more for even bigger adventures will ya? ;)
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23 Nov 2019 11:52

God damn that E36 looks rad!!
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23 Nov 2019 12:39

Woah Smokey, what and update and coverage of the SEMA event! It feels like I have been away for an eternity or some shit cause I missed so much, haven't been active for very long time as I properly update ten months ago, but despite those things I still lurk around the forums from time to time when I have time and try to catch a glimpse of what you all doing, even though I missed so much from majority of events and your personal builds I am sure you are doing just fine man, also I was there at the last event you did at Tsukuba, (you should remember me offering to participate as a team back in September when I appeared in forums for a while again) but I was without a car and attending it low-key as spectator with majority of the crowd just to cool off.. And what can I say, awesome driving as always man, big big respect, sorry that I didn't greeted you afterwards.

Also big thanks for putting my E36' out there, I didn't expected or even thought about it man! Was nice meeting you even if it was for couple of minutes across the world. Till sometime later man. ;)

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23 Nov 2019 18:41

That was one hell of a good time bro! Again thanks for the nice coverage and coming with us in the first place. ;) There were so many sick racecars but i let you tell some more about them, you're the expert there haha. Those were actually the cars that i liked the most cause you know, i like a ride to be built for a purpose and then to be used for exactly that!

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insolivion wrote:
23 Nov 2019 11:52
God damn that E36 looks rad!!
I know right, it looks savage and ready to rock. You can thank @MACKAY for that :D
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Woah Smokey, what and update and coverage of the SEMA event! It feels like I have been away for an eternity or some shit cause I missed so much, haven't been active for very long time as I properly update ten months ago, but despite those things I still lurk around the forums from time to time when I have time and try to catch a glimpse of what you all doing, even though I missed so much from majority of events and your personal builds I am sure you are doing just fine man, also I was there at the last event you did at Tsukuba, (you should remember me offering to participate as a team back in September when I appeared in forums for a while again) but I was without a car and attending it low-key as spectator with majority of the crowd just to cool off.. And what can I say, awesome driving as always man, big big respect, sorry that I didn't greeted you afterwards.

Also big thanks for putting my E36' out there, I didn't expected or even thought about it man! Was nice meeting you even if it was for couple of minutes across the world. Till sometime later man. ;)
As usual, that special E36 wizardry of yours results in something admirable to behold :D
And yes, finally you're back here again! :D Ah yes, I'm sorry I ended up not taking your offer and had to drive alone, and to make matters worse there's that typhoon at Tokyo complicating things up. I still can't believe I had (and ended up able to) race mere hours after recovering from a disaster, which you might already have read about. It's okay though, after that endurance race event I simply had to clean my crib (the smell brought by the flood was.....spectacular) and have a proper rest. Looking forward to see you again sometime, somewhere ;)
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23 Nov 2019 18:41
That was one hell of a good time bro! Again thanks for the nice coverage and coming with us in the first place. ;) There were so many sick racecars but i let you tell some more about them, you're the expert there haha. Those were actually the cars that i liked the most cause you know, i like a ride to be built for a purpose and then to be used for exactly that!
Thanks for the offer as well! :D Glad that you also agreed on the 'form follows function' creed :lol: Anyways looking forward to our drives in Japan! ;)
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Soju
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24 Nov 2019 03:28

I enjoyed the trip to the LV and the SEMA show! Glad to see all of you guys again :)
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24 Nov 2019 06:04

Soju wrote:
24 Nov 2019 03:28
I enjoyed the trip to the LV and the SEMA show! Glad to see all of you guys again :)
Glad to see y'all again as well man, looking forward to our next meeting! :D
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25 Nov 2019 00:25

Damn man! I love your stories!
G35 looks hot! That V10 am speechless, you guys did a awesome work! :D
Mackay E36 also looks grate!
Can't wait for next update :D

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