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Winter Stronghold















Finally, it's time for the final competitive events of the year for me and the Silver Queen!
And since there are quite a lot of events happening in this update, I'm gonna make it as compact as possible.
But that's not all, I also acted up as an escort for a friend, guarding a very, very special deal! ;)
And I also attend a very special occassion......technically without my Evo! :lol:
Welp, let's see how did everything unfold by checking the update below! :D














[10 Dec 2019]
As you've read at the top of this update and at the previous update, December hosts two final time attack events that I could attend this year: RevSpeed Super Battle and the final round of Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Championship. First off, let's talk about the RevSpeed Super Battle. This annual event, held by the legendary RevSpeed magazine (and yes, therefore they're a rival to Option magazine) has been a huge staple of Japanese time attack scene for a very long time, and possibly the oldest as well. This year will see it's 30th anniversary of the event, and the 31st running will be hold right off at January next year. RevSpeed Super Battle shares the same reputation as the premier Time Attack event in Japan, the same spot that is filled with Attack Series, Battle Evome, Hyper Meeting and the invitation-only Option Super Lap Battle. With my entry in Hyper Meeting and RevSpeed Super Battle this year, that's already two events ticked off the list :lol:

The RevSpeed Super Battle is open for quite a lot of entries around Japan, and this year there would be 78 cars attending, including myself with my Silver Queen. I heard a lot of elite names will be joining the competition as well, but who are they remains to be seen. These entries are divided into multiple classes as usual. This classification is a bit complex to be explained, so sit back and grab some snack and a cup of coffee or tea as I'll try to make it easy for you to understand.

The classifications starts by determining if your car is street legal or not. If it is, it enters the Street Class, while if it isn't it'll enter the Open class instead, where the champions are duking it out with unlimited amount of aero. And then both classes are segregated again depending on the drivetrain of your car, which means there are six main classes: Street FWD, Street RWD, Street 4WD, Open FWD, Open RWD and Open 4WD.

The FWD and RWD classes segregates the class further depending on the engine displacement. For the FWD classes, there are three sub-classes: FWD 1 consists of turbocharged and supercharged cars with engine displacement of 1600cc upwards, FWD 2 consists of naturally aspirated cars with engine displacement of 1600cc upwards, and FWD 3 consists of anything with engine displacement of 1500cc or less. For the RWD classes there are only two of them: RWD 1 consists of turbocharged and supercharged RWD cars with no displacement limit, as well as naturally aspirated cars with engine displacement of 2500cc upwards. RWD 2 consists of naturally aspirated cars with engine displacement less than 2500cc.

In the end, the classification should look like this:
Open Class - Non street legal, purpose-built racecars with unlimited aero.
[*]Open 4WD: AWD cars, no engine size limit
[*]Open RWD 1: >=2500cc naturally aspirated RWD cars + turbo/supercharged RWD cars with no engine size limit
[*]Open RWD 2: <2500cc naturally aspirated RWD cars
[*]Open FWD 1: >=1600cc Turbo/supercharged FWD cars
[*]Open FWD 2: >=1600cc naturally aspirated FWD cars
[*]Open FWD 3: <=1500cc FWD cars

Street Class - Street legal cars with OEM or sha-ken allowed aero
[*]Street 4WD: AWD cars, no engine size limit
[*]Street RWD 1: >=2500cc naturally aspirated RWD cars + turbo/supercharged RWD cars with no engine size limit
[*]Street RWD 2: <2500cc naturally aspirated RWD cars
[*]Street FWD 1: >=1600cc Turbo/supercharged FWD cars
[*]Street FWD 2: >=1600cc naturally aspirated FWD cars
[*]Street FWD 3: <=1500cc FWD cars
If you still have a hard time understanding all of this, my Silver Queen will quite obviously enter the Street 4WD class, since after all it's still street legal. With no engine size restrictions though, that means I have to face quite a lot of heavy competitions, from fellow Evos and Imprezas to a sea of Skyline GT-Rs plus GT-R R35s. Theoritically I could as well go against the likes of Carrera 4S and a huge selection of Audi RS cars but I'm not sure if anyone would enter one. Still, could be worse: Imagine entering a rather unorthodox car like, oh I don't know, a Legacy, 3000GT, or a Galant. Or even something completely unsuitable for the job like a Caldina GT or even Vivio RX-R :lol:

As I finished my lunch and going to iron my race suit and race undies, Muza (@Niatross) called me on the phone. It's a good thing I haven't fired up the iron yet, I don't want it to burn my race suit and undies (not as in burning it and making a hole, more like leaving a burn mark). As I sit down in the ironing desk and toy with the perfumier bottle, I answered the phone.

"Hey Edo, it's Muza, you there?"
"Yooooo Muza, having a lunchbreak there man?"
"Oh yes I am, that's why I call you"
"Tell me man, how good is Omori Factory's lunch meal?"
"Well, it's......like your regular high school cafetaria, really. Not that good but not that bad either"
"Eh....I still want one anyways. Anyways sup man, anything I can help?"
"Yeah, so um, let's cut to the chase. I need you to accompany me for a deal"
"What kind of deal? I don't do shady deals man"
"Naaaaah don't worry, it's just a car trade. I'm gonna trade one of my cars"
"The Supra?"
"That thing's already gone man. It's the Merc"
"The Mer-oh, the C63?"
"Yup"
"That's a shame man, but then again you've got yourself an M4"
"Exactly. No point to keep it at this point"
"Yeah, I can see that.......so what are you going to trade it with?"
"Well that one's a secret obviously!"
"Okay okay, so when I should drop by to the garage? I've got races to do man"
"Whoo, our racer making moves again I see! When's the race?"
"Tomorrow and 14th"
"I presume Marc (@topy) will be busy at 11 and 12, so I guess we could make it by 13"
"Cool enough. How about AJ (@RocketBunnyS13) ?"
"He's busy obviously. Don't worry, I've got Ziga (@Lagano) on our side"
"Nice! Okay so it's 13th midday then?"
"13th midday, yes. Aight my lunchtime is almost over, see ya my man, and thanks"
"See ya"


Hmmmm this is interesting. I know Muza almost never touched the C63 ever since he bought it for.........reasons, but what is he gonna trade it with? Considering the Merc is a powerful luxury sedan for most of the Asian market (even the non-AMG ones, I know it's a bread and butter mobilia for Europeans and Americans), I'm absolutely sure it'll rack a skyscraper-beating value in the used car market, even with the mods he has done for it. Speaking of which, we'll talk about it later.

After the aformentioned call from Muza, I continued my preparations by ironing and warming the racing suit and undies, and cleaning my helmet and the Silver Queen, before spending the rest of the day packing up for the race, calming and relaxing myself down and getting an early sleep. It's quite a special occassion, so I have to say, making yourself calm and comfy before and during the race is also an important matter this time :lol: And since I'm going to face even heavier competition, all I want and have to do is simply have some fun.



[11 Dec 2019]
IT'S RACEDAY! I woke up at 5 am, and it's quite dark outside. Having a cold shower in early morning quite uncomfortable enough, but imagine doing that in winter. Might as well having a shower in Alaska or Siberia and accidentally put myself in a cryostasis......I guess it's really the time I invest on a shower or even bath with hot water settings. But eh, this way I could woke up faster. After another quick brekkie of toast and hot tea (finally, a proper brekkie!), I set off to Tsukuba Circuit with thumping heart, eager to see other racers in the progress.

As I arrived to the track and I went to the paddock, almost every pro teams has taken the pit boxes and several paddock slots. As expected from pro teams, they're armed with a sizeable amount of mechanics and a ton of spare parts for the car. Most of the racers has worn their racing suits. Nevertheless they're quite polite and open for others, mostly allowing others to take pics of their car and open for chit-chats and discussions. They're once also a bunch of amateurs like me, after all. After having some chatters with other drivers while fitting the timer beacons and race numbers, I went off to the locker room to change into my racing suit. Some of them are my fellow rivals from the Tsukuba Circuit Trials championship, and they were glad I'm joining the foray as well.
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There were quite a hell lot of famous time attack cars attending the race, but the one I managed to take a snap and talked with the team that owns it is the Rush Factory R34. If you read the last update, you'll remember I mentioned that R34 as a good example of a streetlegal time attack car, being the current champion of Attack Tsukuba's Real Tuning class and constantly scoring 58 second lap times. They sought to improve the figures here, therefore making the event a warm-up before next year's Attack Tsukuba. And as you can see here the car is full of OEM Nismo parts, sporting R-Tune bodykit plus Z-Tune front fenders, as well as Top Secret bonnet. And it's also caged and only has driver seat inside. I really want to cage the Evo V as well, but I guess I still need that rear seats.
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And as I walk around the paddock I also spotted a familiar sight: It's the Summer Yume crew and their Mirage! Given that they don't gave me a phone call to drive for them, I thought they weren't joining the event this year. But here they are, and they're running with the entire crew, including Ohira-sensei himself! Since I'm not driving for them, Yuuta takes the wheel as their main driver.
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"Ah, Sensei! You're here as well!"
"Edo-kun! You're racing as well?"
"Yeah, I was wondering if you and the crew will come to be honest"
"Well, here we are"
"But I thought you'll call me for stuff like this?"
"No......not yet. We gotta give the first blood to Yuuta, to give him the idea of the competition"
"Aaaaah......yeah I agree with that, he gotta know the scene first"

I shifted my attention to Yuuta, who weren't in the garage. The Mirage was receiving final setup and preps by Goro, Kei, Mishima and Nato, Ohira-sensei's crew for quite a long time. I walked to the group and jumped into the conversation. They seemed happy to see me on the paddock, I'm glad I could cheer them a bit.
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E: "Morning chaps, y'all being busy?"
G: *finished wrenching* "Ah no no, we're good, sit here with us!"
N: *puts tools down* "Say, you're racing too?"
E: "Yeah, it's becoming my routine these days"
G: "Hey that's cool. Tell us young man, how's competition like this feels like?"
E: "Hmmm......a bit hard to day. It's like a trackday, but you're asked to go faster and there's a prize for it"
N: "Well, it's easier said than done obviously" *notices Yuuta* "Ah, there he is"
Y: "Oh hey aniki! Are you racing too?"
E: "Yes I am. Don't worry, we'll be in the different classes"
Y: "I tell you what, he can't hold back his excitement and it shows" *laughter*
K: "Edo-kun, pass me that screw"
E: "Sure" *passes screwdriver*
K: "Thanks. So how was your first race back then? Please tell us and Yuuta"
E: "It was, um, relatively worse. I was all alone, prepping my car by myself"
K: "You don't ask others for help?"
E: "That's the good thing. You could, and just about everyone would help you out there"
Y: "Phew, I'm glad to hear that"
E: "Say Yuuta, are you nervous?"
Y: "Um, yes I am"
E: "Don't worry, I was also in your shoes earlier this year. Just be nice and polite to others off-track, would you?"
Y: "Okay, I'll try aniki"
E: "Oh, and of course be clean and ready to give space on the track. This isn't touring car racing so don't worry about contacts"
Y: "Sure thing!"
E: "After your first run, try to look at the other drivers. They'll give you an idea of what should you do"

After some time it's time to attend driver's briefing, so I and Yuuta went to the conference room to attend it. Along the way I introduced him to other drivers that I know, and I'm quite glad they welcomed him warmly. And oh yes, speaking of which, the Summer Yume Mirage will enter the Street FWD 2 class, since it's been swapped with a naturally aspirated 4G63 engine. Aside from a bunch of Civics, Demios and Swifts and probably Mini Coopers, I can't think any possible challengers that hurdles ahead of the Summer Yume crew.
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As I've mentioned earlier, there are a staggering 78 cars attending the event. So the numbers are as follows: 10 from Street 4WD including myself and the Rush Factory R34, 10 from Street RWD 1, 6 from Street RWD 2, 4 from Street FWD 1, 8 from Street FWD 2 including the Summer Yume Mirage, 2 from Street FWD 3, 8 from Open 4WD, 8 from Open RWD 1, 7 from Open RWD 2, 6 from Open FWD 1, 8 from Open FWD 2 and only 1 from Open FWD 3. Quite an outstanding entry list, don't you think? But this also bring a new problem: It's gonna be a long day with everyone in a long queue to set their lap times. The format for the day is 2 one-lap shootouts, one before lunchtime and one after lunchtime. And in case of long delays caused by heavy snowfalls or a long period of red flag, there will be only one shootout, which means any mistakes in your lap scoring session spells game over for the rest of the day.

Most of us went into our cars or pit boxes and started the first session as the race control tower played this from the speakers.. Thankfully it's still bright and sunny outside, and so far no possibilities of snowfall so far. Since the Summer Yume Mirage runs before me, I took a bit of my time to watch Yuuta drive the car around the Tsukuba Circuit for the first time. Yuuta hasn't got what it takes to push it yet, but at least he could bring the Mirage back safely. And some time later, it's my turn as I lined up the Silver Queen at the pitlane exit.
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Run 1 - 09.45 am
The breeze of winter are providing quite a lot of healthy cold air for the Silver Queen's engine and brakes, though this also makes heating the tyres a little bit difficult. That's actually rather okay as well since this means the tyres won't be toasted quickly and therefore it'll last slightly longer. Still, that means the car struggled a bit as I warmed up for my turn.
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With this, I took a more cautious approach around the track and focusing on having a stable, controlled flow for the lap. After all, with the possibility of this run being the only run for the day, and I still need to drive the SIlver Queen back home, it's slightly better to go safely rather than going all-out in a rather low grip conditions and ended up crashing the car.
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With the first run over, I went back to the pits quickly to allow others score their time safely......and also because I want to see the pros doing it as well! Some time after I went off from my own car, Rush Factory R34 was going to set its first lap time, so I quickly rushed to the trackside once more to see it run and echoing that sweet stroked RB26 sound.
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Finally, as everyone finished their first run, lunch time came. I decided to spend my lunchtime together with other drivers in the track's canteen. And before we went on for the second run, there was a small talk show with a surprise guest: Tsukuba's current lap record holder, Tomohiko Suzuki, or better known as Under Suzuki! Sadly though, he didn't do any run for the day since his S15 was still badly wounded and undergoing a major rebuild ever since it received an unfortunate accident in this year's WTAC, where all in a sudden the rear tyre popped and Suzuki with his S15 was launched into the pit wall. Suzuki was okay, but his S15 was totaled. Worse still, that car was brand new and barely tested before shipped to Australia for WTAC, and now he had to spend all his savings to fix and rebuild it. As a result, he ran out of money to be able to attend next year's WTAC running, administration and logistics wise. You can read more about his crash and donate for his cause here.

Speaking about Under Suzuki, I really have to say, he's the one who inspired me to this day, and I truly aspire to be just like him, not just in the time attack scene, but also in motorsport world in general. Under started just like all of us, a common office employee who spent his weekend tuning his beloved S15. A decade and a bit more ago when he started his time attack odyssey, his S15 suffered from heavy understeer everytime he fielded it at Tsukuba, earning him the 'Under' nickname from his colleagues and comrades. And ever since then Under tried to find the cure to his S15's problems and studied about aerodynamics as he developed the car, at most times either with a small band of friends or completely alone.

To give you an idea of just how long has Under Suzuki's S15 evolved through more than a decade, here are four pics of his S15 chronologically. The first one is from his early runs in 2008, the second one is from 2011 after he founded Scorch Racing, the third one is from 2013, some months after he became the new Tsukuba dominator, and the final one is from 2017 when he attended WTAC, some months after he renewed his record and solidify himself on Tsukuba's TA throne. You might not believe it, but yes, they are the SAME CAR!
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With lunchtime and the talkshow over, we prepared for the second run as control tower switched to this song. Just like at the first run, I spent my time spotting Yuuta and the Summer Yume Mirage running circles around Tsukuba. Now that he knows the circuit, he has pushed a bit and gained a better confidence. I wonder what's his lap time for both sessions? As I thought about it, I returned to my Evo, went off the paddock and linep up at the pit lane.
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Run 2 - 13.15 pm
The air and track temperature has raised a bit, though the air is still chilly in general, and with a lot of rubber peeling off after the first run, I could go faster in this run with more confidence and better grip levels. And thanks to the chilly air, for probably the first time ever I felt much more comfortable in my race suit. Not becuase it's cooler inside, but it's warmer without getting too hot inside the suit and the car, so I could keep my concentration and intuition better compared to summer and early autumn races.
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I honestly don't expect much for the result due to I'm facing the pros for the first time, but nevertheless, this was one of my most enjoyable run I've ever had. Not only I can finally see how far and fit I am compared to the pros, the conditions were ideal and spectacular for me to run on. Total defeat never felt this sweet in my life.
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With my second run over, it's finally went back to the pits and watch the pro duke it out with ease. At times I also have some more chatter and exchange notes with other drivers. I also had Yuuta on my side to have him accustomised to the world of pro racing, and also so he can improve better by listening to us exchanging notes and discussing our lap times.
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Finally, with all drivers setting their lap times and all timer beacons has been returned to the control tower, as mild snowfall showered us in the paddock, the result is announced. But unlike my usual routine, I decided to go to the bathroom first to heed my call of nature first, as well as to wait for the crowd to disperse a bit and preventing me to hold so much load as I queue behind the crowd.

With the crowd finally dispersed, finally I could read the result better. So first off, my own result. I finished at 7th in Street 4WD class with the best lap of 59.602 seconds at the second run. Honestly I was thinking I would be finishing dead last, but tturns out I almost made it to the midpack! :D Rush Factory R34 won the Street 4WD class by a breadth's hair with a lap time of 58.437 seconds, only separated 0.103 seconds with second place. Meanwhile the Summer Yume Mirage finished 6th in Street FWD 2 class with a best of 1 minute 05.783 seconds. Not bad for their first outing! As for our overall placement.......well, don't even think about it, we're all absolutely buried by the Open class cars :lol:

For participating on the Super Battle, I received quite a lot of memorabilias, including a bunch of stickers, mugs, keychain, 2020 calendar and......a special copy of this month's RevSpeed Magazine, signed by Under Suzuki himself! That alone already made me sooooo happy. And for the monetary prizes, I received V$400 for finishing 7th in class and V$50 as overall standing's consolation prize, all to be transferred along with my weekly paycheck. After the podium ceremony was over, I went back home with a happy, satisfied heart.......and still wearing my race suit. It's absolutely cold as the sun sets that day.



[13 Dec 2019]
I woke up a bit late due to the tiredness I suffer from after the RevSpeed Super Battle event, combined with the soothing cold winter air flowing from my ventilation and electric fan. I guess it's a common thing for us from tropical countries to sleep with any kind of air conditioning, be it an electric fan or an AC. We were closer to the equator after all, so it's bright and hot almost every day, and rain season is quite a blessing to allow us to cool down for a while. For those who live in the hills and mountain areas, it's not really a big deal since the air is still cool enough even at midday, but for those who live in the coastal area........you can try frying egg and chips at midday and they should cook very well.

As I took my shower, I remembered my appointment with Muza to accompany him for his special deal. I immediately sped up my shower, quickly change into my hoodie and denim, wear my racing gloves, get into my sneakers, grab the RevSpeed magazine I received from the Super Battle, skip brunch and set off to the new KS HQ in Tokyo with this song blaring in the Silver Queen's speakers. Two hours later, I arrived at the HQ. Muza was there, but Marc were nowhere to be seen and Ziga apparently was just moving off from Inawashiro.

"Yo Muza, where's everyone?"
"I'm not even sure, it's been empty when I come here. But it looks like someone has used our tools"
"Someone? AJ? Marc? Someone else?"
"Marc, and his friends I guess. I mean look at this AE86"
"Eh? An AE86? I don't remember any of us owning an AE86-"
"That's my point. It must be one of his friend's"
"Hmmmm good point"
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As we wait for Marc and Ziga, we walked upstairs and chill at the lounge.

"Anyways Edo, how's your race yesterday?"
"IT'S AMAZING! Well, I didn't win, but what an event it was!"
"It seems like you enjoyed it. Tell me more"
"I enjoyed it A LOT! Quite a lot of pros at the event, and turns out a lot of my friends joined as well!"
"Wew, it's already the time you share blankets with the pros, eh?" *chuckle*
"Eh, ideally I'm still far from that, but seeing them run in front of my eyes is just.....majestic man"
"I know that feel, after years of seeing them on your phone finally you can watch the real deal"
"Yeah! And oh, I've got a free magazine as well! Let me pick it up in my car" *runs downstairs*

So, as we waiting for Ziga and wonder where's Marc, we read the RevSpeed Magazine that I got. An hour later though, we heard an engine sound, then someone, maybe two, stepping into the garage. I wonder who is it?

"Hey, you know who that is?"
"I don't think so, none of our cars has that engine sound. Wait here, observe from above"
"Roger that"

And so, Muza went downstairs and talked to a copule standing in front of the garage. Turns out the man is Hanteo, one of Marc's close friends and also his colleague. The woman behind him is Kumi, Hanteo's daughter. After Muza had a bit of chatter with Hanteo and telling him to park his car at the garage's storage room, finally Marc arrived to the HQ with even more of his friends in his recently bought Evo IX MR.

And the next thing we know, hilarity ensues as Marc bickered with Muza and Hanteo upon his sudden disappearance. Turns out Marc had a lunch with his friends, but (a)He forgot to leave any messages to anyone, and (b)They were outside for longer than they should. Marc almost forgot our appointment over Muza's special deal as well, so it's no wonder that Muza spilled his thoughts to Marc's face for a while. After they done bickering and Marc's friends continued their work on the AE86, I went downstairs to greet Marc and flex the RevSpeed magazine copy :lol:
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"Yo! Marc my man! Look what I got from yesterday's race! Yeaaaaaa!" *waves the magazine in excitement*
"Ooh nice. What's that?"
"A free copy of RevSpeed magazine, baby! Man you should've been there!"
"Ah, I wish I could, but right now this AE86 is one of my top priorities right now"
"Well yeah, your Evo is already alive now, but what about the Mustang?"
"That's my premier job as well, but I'd like to save a bit for other parts"
"Mmmm I can see that. Gotta keep that American authenticity. Ah by the way are these your friends?"
"Exactly. And yeah they're my crew, most are my colleagues as well"
"I want to talk with them but I don't want to disturb them. That young woman over there is yours as well?"
"Yep, not my colleague but a close relative to one of them"
"Well she looked like a high-schooler.......is that really your taste in woman, mate?"
*lightly pushes me* "AY, NO! I'm not THAT kind of pervert or a creep-"
*parries in panic* "OI! I meant those who are younger than you, not outright high school girls man!"
"Ah, ummm......possibly, it could be, but it could be not as well"
"Oh come oooooon just tell me. Though not gonna lie, she's cute and attractive......."
*lightly slaps me* "Ha! You're the pervert one! And don't you ever try to cheat on Sera! REEEEEE-"
"Ey what? It's just natural that I'm attracted to girls man! I'm still as straight as Monza's main straight!"
"Well you're right, but ain't you already got Sera for your own?"
"Eh? Oh, I don't even started a relationship with her, we're just close friends that is all"
"After everything that happened in this summer?" *in mocking tone* "Oh you poor poor thing........."
"Eh, poor I am indeed. At least she indirectly saved my life once......."

At this point, finally Ziga arrived in the KS HQ with his Evo 6. Muza separated us and stopped us from our bickering.

Mu: "Oi STOP FIGHTING! Ziga's here!"
Ma: "Oh, already?"
E: "Phew, finally!"
Mu: "We're almost late for the deal mate, let's bounce now!"
E: "Aight, let's bounce"
Ma: "Hold up, let me giv my crew some pointers"
Mu: "Okay, I'll go ahead"
E: "I'll go ahead as well. And I wish she didn't listen to us earlier, dang........"
Ma: "Well, yeah I wish as well. It's quite embarassing" *laughter*

After Marc giving his pointers to the crew and handed them his keys to the garage, we set off to the deal location somewhere near Tokyo. To make our trip quicker and to make our lost time waiting for Marc and Ziga, we stormed the C1 loop once again. We were all on high spirits as I blasted this song on my Evo's sound system.
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As I've mentioned earlier, Muza will trade his C63 for something else, presumably something even more expensive. Seeing as performance European cars would rack up a high value in Japanese used car market, I still wonder what he will trade the C63 with. At this point I'm quite confident enough that he'll trade it with any sportscar of his choice, be it an Asian, Euro or American one. They simply spells exclusivity, don't you think? Added with the fact that it's left hand drive import, the selling price for this car would rocketed even further. I still had a lot of questions in my mind as we carved our way through the expressway.
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Let's talk about the cars we're running with right now, aside from my own. First off, Ziga's Evo VI TME. Yes, I swear that is a TME model. You see, the legendary TME was offered not only in red, but also in various colors. The colour catalog is exactly the same as the one Mitsubishi offered for the regular VI, which as far as I could remember, doesn't include the now-memetic yellow from the Evo V catalogue. And the side decals was a standard feature, but there's an option to delete them. The bits that you had to have are that front bumper, special Recaro front seats and possibly the engine bits lifted from the Group A WRC racer. It just happened that the red ones with that side decals become Mitsubishi's poster boy and therefore the most sought after, since it resembles closer to Tommi Makkinen's all-terrain weapon of choice.
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[align=justifyNow onto Marc's Evo IX MR. The MR edition of the VIII and IX iterations are the fastest of all the Evos offered by Mitsubishi back in the day, and the IX MR boasted a healthy 287 BHP by standard. Marc owns the 6-speed MR GSR version of the car, which is quite well-equipped comfort and performance wise, plus special suspension kit provided by Bilstein and lightweight BBS wheels. Marc plans to modify this car lightly so it can match the performance of the UK-only Evo FQ-300, which, you guessed it, has circa 300 BHP. That's basically what I planned for the Silver Queen back then......except that I unintentionally surpassed that target up to 450 BHP.[/align]
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And finally, we got Muza's subject of the trade, the W204 C63 AMG. This C63 was originally owned by @Benny back in the USA, aided by @Soju who found the advertisement for it. It had a light damage when bought, and with Benny being a massive Mercedes fan, he decided to buy it outright and restore it to roadworthy conditions. Later though it was used for several hundred or probably thousand miles before it was sold to Muza to clear some space in the StS's Ardmore garage (though there's more than that, I can't remember what is it). After landing in Japan soil, Muza gave it a brand new suspension kit and wheels, lowered it, and.......only drove it several times before once again sat parked in the KS HQ. With Muza securing a new daily in the form of an M4, Muza felt it's the perfect time to let this thing go.
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After some hours driving and weaving around traffic, we arrived at the deal spot, a luxury and import car dealership. I'm glad the deal isn't a shady one indeed! And after I assisted Muza to sort the deal and papers for both cars, we all waited for the new car to roll out. After some time of banters and meme exchange with Muza, Marc and Ziga, finally the awaited car rolls out from their storage garage.

It's a pristine, pure white Porsche 930! According to the papers Muza handed to me for a while it's not the Turbo version though. Nevertheless a 930 is a 930, and that means an instant passport to a pure sportscar driving experience. And presumably a safer one, since the Turbo version were infamous for an extreme amount of turbo lag, causing the drivers to went out of control once the turbo boost finally kicks in properly and leading to a sizeable amount of wrecked 930 Turbos and dead drivers. These series of accidents earned the 930 Turbo a grim nickname of 'Widowmaker'.
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With the deal sealed, the Merc let go and the new 930 secured in Muza's hands, we decided to go back to our cribs. But realizing that I haven't eaten all day, and both Ziga and Muza could have something to bring back home with, we agreed to have a late lunch stop at a Burger King joint. And over there, we have a brilliant idea......

You see, by today's meet, we accidentally had a huge inter-generation meeting between the Evos. From the first gen, there's my Evo III. From the second one, Ziga brought his Evo VI TME. And finally, from the third gen, Marc has his Evo IX MR. And by coincidence as well, all the Evos that are here were (a)The final Evo for each of their platforms and (b)The fastest Evo Mitsubishi offered when they were on sale. So, before we had our lunch, we decided to have an impromptu photo session of the cars. Ain't it beautiful to see a wide band of generation reunited? Though I have to admit, a burger joint isn't really an ideal place to unite them :lol:
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As we eat our lunch and I continue to flex the RevSpeed Magazine in my hands, someone called into my phone. After I gulped a piece of my BBQ beef rasher and took a sip of iced tea, I answered the phone.

"Hello, Yuan Edo here"
"Ah hello Edo-kun. Kitagara here"
"Kitagara.....ah, Kitagara-sensei, is that you?"
"Yes, it's me. How's the progress of your translation?"
"Mostly done, will finish the rest of it today"
"Good to hear! Ah listen, are you busy at 15th?"
"No, I don't think I will. Do you need my help for the day?"
"I have an idea. Come to Tsukuba circuit with the documents, I'll be there as well."
"Good idea, but what will be on for the day there? A drift day?"
"Even better. It's the AE86 festival"
"Wowee! But I don't have an AE86-"
"Ah don't you worry, we'll drive together in mine"
"That's quite kind of you sensei, I appreciate that. Okay I'll go there"
"Great, see you at the track then. Have a nice afternoon"
"See you sensei, good afternoon"


I don't even have an AE86 so that's actually not on my bucket list, but there you go, I was invited to the AE86 festival. This time though, I will only be riding shotgun. And that means I will go to Tsukuba Circuit thrice a week.....how cool is that? :lol: And later on when I checked the even't information page, turns out aside from free runs for AE86 and ZN6 owners they also had a drift competition, as well as time attack competition. And they will also have a guest as well.

To allow myself preparing for the Eastern Kanto circuit trials the next day, I decided to leave the boys earlier than I should. I wish I could see Marc's crew again and talk with them.........they looked like a good bunch to talk and drive with. And of course I would like to visit the KS HQ for another time, it's quite comfy enough to be called a second home for pretty much everyone. I guess I could sleep there as well :lol:



[14 Dec 2019]
It's the final raceday of the year! The race is held after lunchtime so I could wake up a bit late this time, and suffer less from having a cold shower in the winter. Plus I can also have another proper breakfast! The only problem would be......I forgot to wash my own race suits, but at least I already did wash my race undies, so I don't have to race under my own undried sweat from days ago :lol: After having a proper brekkie and packing up my race suit and helmet, I went off to the circuit again.

As I arrived at the circuit, I do my usual routines: Install the timer beacons, set the race number stickers, go to the locker room to change into my race suit as well as to heed my call of nature, get back on the paddock and have some banters with fellow racers while waiting for the drivers briefing. At this point it has become a normal routine for me, but way back then, I didn't expect myself to be able to do this all the time :lol: Eh, we never could guess the twists and turns of fate itself, though there are some that admittably can be bent. Had if I never considered to enter RAYS Challenge in Hyper Meeting earlier this year, I'll never get the taste of competitions until now.
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And then it was time for drivers briefing. To remind you again of the classifications (though at this point I expect you to know well about it) in the Eastern Kanto Circuit Trials championship, let me give you another short overview of it. Thankfully, it's much shorter and simpler compared to the complex classifications of RevSpeed Super Battle:
[*]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

Turbocharged, supercharged and rotary engined cars has their engine capacity multiplied by 1.5
Since my Evo has a Tomei 2.2L stroker, that landed me in the NT3 class intead of NT2. I'm currently sitting in 8th in class and 10th in overall standings after skipping the 5th round at Sodegaura Forest Raceway. All I had to do is do my best to improve my position in the final standings. The format of the day is 1x5 lap shootout, which seems a bit more forgiving compared to the usual 2x one-lap shooutout, but for me it's even more strict and punishing. Basically you only got three lap to socre your lap, with the rest of them used for getting out from and back to pitlane. If you make a small mistake at one of the laps, you can still immediately try to recover at the next one. But if you crashed your car early, it's quite an obvious game over. And there are 30 cars today, which are 10 cars from NT3 class, 12 from NT2 class, 7 from the NT1 class and only one from the AT class.

With the drivers briefing over, we all went back to our cars and prepare for the final competitive run of the year, and the race control tower blasted this song to spice up our preparations. Moments later, it's time for me to get into the track and use the three chances that I have to set my laptime.
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Although there's relatively enough grip at the start, I decided to take it a bit easy on Lap 1 and then start to open the taps in Lap 2 to give myself a better idea over the track conditions. Once again, the winter breeze became a godsend for everyone's engines but not so for the tyres. Nevertheless, we all went absolutely flat out for one more time in this year before having our winter breaks. Some will be running again in January, some will run at February, and a few more would come back at March.
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As Lap 3 started for me, I gave it all that I could with my Evo. AT this moment I almost can't feel my own body, as if my own body and vision has been glued and fused with my Silver Queen. It just felt so direct and united, every movement of my eyes and hands quickly translates into on-track movements. It might not be the best run I ever had, but it certainly what I feel like a dream. I was........ascended. Yeah probably that's the best word to describe the feelings that I had.
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And finally, I crossed the line for one last time this year. I can't wait to see the final result! I immediately return to the pits and once I did, I quickly get off the Silver Queen and had another call of nature. As we waited for the final results to be announced, we all return to the timer beacon and have a late lunch in the track's canteen. It was all jolly and relaxed in the canteen, and everybody talked their plans for winter and next year. I do want to have a snowboarding session with some of them, but not only I don't have any single snowboarding equipments, I never had the chance to do any snowboarding in my life since I came from a tropical country :lol:

An hour later, the resuts are in! I scored a best lap of 59.468 seconds, unexpectedly placing me 4th in NT3 class and 6th overall! And with that result, I landed in 6th place in the class's final classification and 9th in the final classification. I could've snagged 8th overall since I tied with the 8th place, but since he attended more rounds than me, he had the right to be placed 8th. But hey, at least I actually improved my position in the classifications! :D

And with that, I won quite a lot of memorabilias and a 2020 calendar from TMAC as the event's host (and that means I've got quite alot of mugs and keychains at the end of the year :lol: ). As for the monetary rewards, I got quite a lot from them:
- 4th place in NT3 class, Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Championship final round = V$ 600
- 6th place overall, Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Championship final round = V$ 800
- 6th place in NT3 class final standings, Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Championship final round = V$ 1000
- 9th place overall final standings, Eastern Kanto Circuit Trial Championship final round = V$ 400

After the podium ceremony has finished and everybody had their final chatter and banters, I went back home in a freezy, dark sunset. But no, that wasn't my final visit to Tsukuba for this year, because I still got one more thing to do..........



[15 Dec 2019]
........and that is the AE86 festival! Well, I myself don't have an AE86 and I don't want to cause a ruckus by parking my Evo in the paddock, so this time, after Ii arrived at the circuit, I went to the public parking spot instead of the paddock, and walk on foot for a while to the paddock. As I arrived there, there were a sea of AE86s and ZN6s, and probably also several AE85s welcoming all the visitors that day. But one question remains: Where's Kitagara-sensei's AE86?

I walked to the other end of the paddock to find this lovely, period-correct example, sitting on SSR MK III wheels and completed with Cibie bumper lights. I do remember Kitagara-sensei's AE86 having Cibie front lights as well, but the wheels were totally different. Is this his car or somebody else's? Nevertheless I spent my time for a while by admiring the AE86 and taking pics of it.
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Suddenly, a voice was heard from my left back.

"Enjoying the cars here? Do you like my car's new upgrades?"
"EH WHA-Oh, Kitagara-sensei! I-I'm sorry for being a bit rude"
"No no, no problem at all"
"Ah yes, did you change the wheels sensei? I don't think it looked like that the last time I saw this car"
"Yes, it's now sitting on SSR MK III wheels. I was getting bored by the previous wheels"
"Aaaaah I see, wise choice on the new ones sensei. Period-correct, I should say"
"That's excatly what I was for, a period-correct look"
"Anything else that is new?"
"Switched to new valves and cams. Was considering billet heads or even supercharger but nope"
"Well, supercharger would be an overkill, but billet head is a good idea"
"Yeah, probably someday"

With the drivers briefing coming up, we went off to the conference room. Today's event are split into two sessions: Free run session, where everyone are free to drive however they like until lunch time, and the competition session where the drift and time attack competitions will be held. The drift competition are split into clubman class and pro class. Whereas the pro class has the usual single and tandem runs, the clubman class only employs the single run format. As for the time attack, they're split into the AE86 and ZN6 classes. Kitagara-sensei originally wanted to enter the clubman drift competition, but eventually he doesn't think he would cut it with fresh, unproven parts.

And later on the special guest was revealed: It's Kunihiko Bandoh and his AutoBahn Soarer! Kunihiko came from the same crop with Under Suzuki, being an office employee who likes to tune his car. Just like Under, he has developed the Z30 Soarer for roughly a decade, and this year finally he made his international debut by entering the Soarer in WTAC, aided by Under in the process.

With the driver's briefing over, we jumped into our cars and get ready for the free run session. I am riding shotgun inside Kitagara-sensei's AE86 to see him fling the AE86 sideways for the first half of the day. After decades of owning and driving the car, I wanna know just how far Kitagara-sensei still got it. And I should admit, this is the first time I'm inside an AE86. Of course, I'm quite excited to be driven in one because it's that car from Initial D (though it's not the exact car that either Takumi, Wataru or Shinji drives), but I'm also excited because I've got to get inside one of the motorsport icons in general.
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You see, as described in Takumi vs Shinji battle, AE86s were popular in both rallying and touring car racing before it does in drifting scene, particularly in Japan and British Isles. Due to it's relatively cheap price back then, AE86s are quite sought after in England for touring car racing and Ireland for rallying, resulting in quite a lot of AE86 lurking in various conditions around Ireland. Just ask the guys at Juicebox. Meanwhile, in touring car racing, the AE86 did so well and was raced by a lot of drivers, that it took home 1986 and 1987 BTCC driver and manufacturer titles, as well 1986 European Touring Car Championship manufacturer title with barely any sweat, facing faster cars such as M3 E30, Sierra R500 and Rover Vitesse 3500.

Finally we were able able to line up at the pitlane after queueing for a while to get into the track. In just over 5 minutes the track has turned into a huge band of 4A-GE powered orchestra, covered in thin tyre smokes from everyone that drifts here and there. And because it's AE86 festival, race control tower pumped for us a lot of Super Eurobeat collections along the day. Initial D, AE86 and Eurobeat songs has been associated with each other these days, and it actually shows :lol:
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As we're exiting the pits, Kitagara-sensei was really on it. He quickly swing the car and held on it as he created a calm but speedy flow and transitions. I was holding myself in the velour stock seats, but I can't help but admire Kitagara-sensei's skills on the run. He might be a senior man right now who has barely any time to enjoy his car, but once he do, he let out all of his passion and remaining skills into the track. And as you can see, he still has a lot under his sleeves. It's true what they say, once you've got the passion, you can do anything you like.
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He was quite fast and tidy around the track, he could clear the final corner sideways with ease and at speed, something that I should admit I can't do properly until now, since as you already know it, I rarely drifts. And once I do, it's usually at Nikko or Ebisu instead of Tsukuba. In fact I've visited the track multiple times now and I only drifted once here. Kitagara-sensei also easily connects the drift from the last corner into a sleek sanpatsu/triple flick down the main straight and the first corner. Understandably though, he opted out from doing a wall tap.
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After mutiple laps of drifting, we went back to the pits. There are quite some time left to drive on the track, so I was confused as why we were stopping in such an early time. Did we toast the tyres already?

"Um, sensei, is that all for the day?"
"Well no, there's still more"
"Eh? Why we're back into the pits then?"
"Take the wheel"
"Um, excuse me sensei?"
"Take the wheel, I want to see you drive"
"Ah, but um, it's your car, I'm not sure if I could-"
"Yes you can. You're a racing driver, you should know the car's limits already"
"Ah, I kinda do, okay then. Well, here goes"

And so, we stopped the car and switched places, with me behind the wheel now. With some time left to drive the AE86, I drove to the pit exit.
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At first, I tried to keep the car going grippy and safe, but as the rear of the car kept on swinging all the time, eventually I had enough and just have the car going sideways as well. At first it felt like the rear tyres are running on ice, but eventually catching and holding the car sideways felt quite easy. Is this what AE86 drivers like from the car? EIther way I can feel the AE86's lightweight body makes it very, very controllable in my hands.
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And once again, my sights and mind has been opened by a brand new experience behind the wheel. Another flavour to savor in my hands, eyes and minds. It's a totally different experience from any cars that I've ever driven. Yes, I could have driven it with my usual grip driving creed, but this time going sideways is the way to go. I still hold back from going sideways at the last corner though, since I don't want to bin Kitagara-sensei's car into a gravel bath or even the armco. And no, this doesn't make me want to own an AE86 since I've got no money to buy one and there are too many cars in my stable currently, but hey, that's another car ticked off the must-drive-in-a-lifetime list ;)
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And finally, our time in the track is over. As we went back to the pits, I remarked on how well the AE86 is prepped for going sideways. After all, it's been owned and prepped for years. In both mine and Kitagara-sensei's eyes, the AE86 finally has gained that ideal setup. After we went back to the paddock, we went for lunch in the track canteen with other drivers and enthusiasts.
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After lunchtime, it's time for the drift and time attack competitions. My mind was fixated to the time attack ones, particularly since turns out two of the Japan's fastest AE86s also joined the fray, which are the Carbon Junkie AE86 and TS Factory AE86. Fun fact: Both cars didn't even touch the 300 BHP power figure! But where the cars lacked in power, they cover it up brilliantly in weight reduction and aero works, weighing less than 800 kg and sporting a mega-sized aero kit. And of course there's also the AutoBahn Soarer as well. It's quite an unforgettable day, and I thanked Kitagara-sensei for the invitation as well at the end of the day.
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Our little Evo gathering was wonderful! And as always, great job running on Tsukuba man. Too bad for Suzuki and his S15 though, that guy is one of the all-time greatest TA racers! And it's great that you managed to catch the AE86 festival too - of course Sensei gave you a try with his 86, knowing your racing experience for so long. I enjoy driving mine so much too, by far not as powerful as the other cars but you can still drift it and go fast with ease!
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BOI WHAT A GREAT UPDATE!
Congrats on the races, Silvaru Queenu is always behaving like a champ!
Also, Muza, you are a mf maniac, a FUCKING 930!
Btw, that evo meet and ae86 day were epic! I'm thinking of getting an evo anytime soon, idk hehe
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Our little Evo gathering was wonderful! And as always, great job running on Tsukuba man. Too bad for Suzuki and his S15 though, that guy is one of the all-time greatest TA racers! And it's great that you managed to catch the AE86 festival too - of course Sensei gave you a try with his 86, knowing your racing experience for so long. I enjoy driving mine so much too, by far not as powerful as the other cars but you can still drift it and go fast with ease!
Weeee I know you'll like it! Yeah, I really hope Under's car will be fixed for next year's Attack and WTAC.
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BOI WHAT A GREAT UPDATE!
Congrats on the races, Silvaru Queenu is always behaving like a champ!
Also, Muza, you are a mf maniac, a FUCKING 930!
Btw, that evo meet and ae86 day were epic! I'm thinking of getting an evo anytime soon, idk hehe
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Muza and co.'s rolling like a rich man right now :lol: Well I'd say GRAB AN EVO MAN you should try it! Any Evos would be a great starting point.
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I will someday, i will, but you know that i grabbed some even more exciting! But i need that track car, i owe me that project! Someday soon, someday...
I know I know, but the point is........
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Wew, that was one mouthful read i must say :lol:
Silver Queen shredding Tsukuba has become a casual sight now. Probably half its miles is on that circuit xDDDDD
Either way, the good ol' Evo 3 really does go hard!

And ayeee y'all thanks for accompanying me for the rather ambitious exchange deal that i just pulled off!
seeing the "generations" style parking area was rather pleasant too!

Also another thing i must say, Kitagara-Sensei's Levin really does look fresh doe :o
Kinda makes me want one ngl
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Wew, that was one mouthful read i must say :lol:
Silver Queen shredding Tsukuba has become a casual sight now. Probably half its miles is on that circuit xDDDDD
Either way, the good ol' Evo 3 really does go hard!

And ayeee y'all thanks for accompanying me for the rather ambitious exchange deal that i just pulled off!
seeing the "generations" style parking area was rather pleasant too!

Also another thing i must say, Kitagara-Sensei's Levin really does look fresh doe :o
Kinda makes me want one ngl
Welp, sorry for basically draining your bandwidth :lol: Yeah Ii still didn't expect me driving competitively around Tsukuba at least once a month to be a routine, but here we are and not even once I regret about it ;) The Evo III barely unfazed by just about everything, it's a strong runner indeed! But I need something even stronger.......and that's why the Evo V is here

Enjoy the new Porsche my man! I'm glad to see you finally going to the big steps of the auto world :D And I know you'll love Kitagara-sensei's AE86 and its period-correct look, it's just so.........right :lol:
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OwO ayy more time attack with the queen damn you ended up 7th not bad considering there was time attack 34 :D Damn a full evo squad and a beautiful merc mmm. Also a very nice 930 looks soo nice wish i can own an old porsch one day. UwU a levin ae86 my favourite one especially on some good ssr's :D
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OwO ayy more time attack with the queen damn you ended up 7th not bad considering there was time attack 34 :D Damn a full evo squad and a beautiful merc mmm. Also a very nice 930 looks soo nice wish i can own an old porsch one day. UwU a levin ae86 my favourite one especially on some good ssr's :D
It's quite a fun way to end the year innit? Not only I got to jump into the arena with the pros, a lot of them are my favourites as well! :D
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Way to go man! Another track day in the bag for the Silver Queen and the BIGGIE SMONK, seeing Kitagara-sensei's AE86 was absolute EYE-CANDY THOUGH, see you on the track soon, yeah? ;)
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Way to go man! Another track day in the bag for the Silver Queen and the BIGGIE SMONK, seeing Kitagara-sensei's AE86 was absolute EYE-CANDY THOUGH, see you on the track soon, yeah? ;)
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That looks pretty fun! I should make some track sessions some day!
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It look fun at track, I should having track day project one day...
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That looks pretty fun! I should make some track sessions some day!
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It look fun at track, I should having track day project one day...
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Winter Brhapsody














Yeah I know, I don't have any rotary-engined car yet but hey, that doesn't hold me back to have fun :D
Time to spent the rest of the year in the jolly, freezy snow-covered streets of Japan!
Finally I got time to modify my cars again, and also it's time to hit the track one more time!
As usual, let's delve into the update to see how it all unfolds shall we? :D












[17 Dec 2019]
With snow coming more intensely these days, there's nothing much that I can do these days, since I prefer to stay in my warm crib rather than freezing myself outside. But then again I don't want to have a repeat of my summer holiday, where I ended up heavily bored (and there wasn't much races at summer)......at least until a good friend asked me to drive for her, and of course the Ebisu Summer Matsuri taking away my boredom as well. And now, with quite a lot of free time before the next time attack event (which is obviously at next year) and a lot of cash in my hands, I guess I can grab my tools once more and pimp some of my rides. And of course there's my S15, which I have abandoned for quite some time. Since I need it to run at February, it's the paramount project at the moment.

And then there's also Kaede the vert, which is now pretty much done, but I guess I could do some refreshing visual touch on it. I want to make it a little more, um, baller. As I've said on the very first page, Kaede started as a lowrider style project, but thanks to the Weds Albino wheels (they're rare and doesn't need a 5-lug conversion, hence I bought them), the project shifted to a new direction of half-kyusha, half-lowrider. If you're wondering, yeah, it's not just the Americans that loves the lowrider culture, the Japanese does as well! Obviously American land yachts are still used as the mod base, but it can be done on Japanese cars as well. But if I did make Kaede a lowrider, I might skip the hydraulics part and just focus on the 'low' aspect. "Sounds nice Smoke, but why an S13?" Well, it's simple: Mine is a USDM model, in fact I bought it from USA and shipped it to Japan.

And there's also the idea to make the headlights of my S13 to wink. I do like sleepy headlights as well but they might not be sha-ken or even cop-friendly, as it requires you to close it manually by hands if you want to fully close it on daylight, and the quickest way to do this requires you to cut one of the headlights wire. I don't think cops and MOT/sha-ken inspectors are gonna like it, so I say winking is the way to go as you can still fully close the lights. Problem is, it's rather hard to be done, as the lights are naturally manufactured to open and close together.

But then I found this guide, where the writer uses an Arduino kit to make his Miata NA headlights wink. Here's how it works: A single click of the headlight switch will pop the driver's side lights. A double click will pop or close both headlights. Which headlights you want to pop can be changed by holding the switch a little while. Sounds neat, innit? And it's relatively not so pricey as well. Although my programming skills is a bit rusty at this point, thankfully the writer kindly hosted a source code for it, so all I have to do is to play around with the code a bit to my liking.

Sadly though, it's snowy outside and I'm not in the mood to go outside, so I spent the rest of the day looking for some more inspirations. First off, crystal taillights, since it's widely used for luxury car mods, and it kinda resembling American car taillights as well. And then I have another idea: Beige interiors! You see, a lot of luxury cars every now and then offered cream, brown or beige interior packge instead of the usual black leathers. The S13 and S14 (not sure about S15) was also offered with beige interior package besides the grey velour and black alcantara ones. Problem is, they aren't quite popular with your common S13 and S14 consumer segment, which results them in barely any of them being sold, let alone ended up in the used parts market, even in Japan! The soft top is even rarer, and the dash is.....garish I'd say, so I'll keep them black. This leaves the seats and carpets to be beige.

A short text chat with S-Chassis guru Adrianne (@RocketBunnyS13) opens a new way to accomplish it: Dyeing the seats! Or for even faster and effective result, rattle canning them works as well. But as I think the paint might not spread properly, I decided to go dye instead. At most times they can be found in auto shops as well so I don't have to order them online. As for the carpet, there are quite a lot of universal carpets, so I'm gonna look for those in the shop as well, hopefully available at the nearest UpGarage or Super Autobacs.

With Kaede's visual upgrades sorted, I moved on to the S15. The S15 technically only needs handling works to deem it ready to roll, but then again the engine (except ECU and intake) and transmission (except driveshaft) are still relatively stock, so I need to revamp them as well before going to the caging process and finally wrap it in a proper livery. With all the cash I own right now, I didn't hold back at all to splash them for car parts, although I decided to save some for engine upgrades since I know it'll be impossible to finish them all in an instant. And then there's also the Evo V as well, which still need to undergo transmission and engine mods as well.

So what I bought for the S15? After some text chats with Adrianne, @Soju and Marc (@topy), get ready for a very, very long list (Also take note that my S15 has Z33 6MT transmission):
That's quite a long list isn't it? When you're this dedicated to your car and the motorsport world, the petrolhead bug bits hard and you can't stop pouring those money like a pancake batter mix :lol: Sadly though (but absolutely reasonable), due to the christmas and new year holidays, they would come in around 1-2 weeks. I'm not really in a rush so I don't mind at all, actually. With the S15 shopping list sorted, I took a nap and hope it'll be a sunny day to go shopping for Kaede tomorrow.



[18 Dec 2019]
Despite the rather gloomy clouds, my wishes came true as there's no snow falling from above as I prepare myself to go shopping for (and with) Kaede. After donning my jackets, glasses, and beanie, I roll out to the chilly Tsukuba suburbs with Kaede. It is amazing that it's actually quite sprightly in the snow, despite being very low and the KA24DE not having much power to begin (and I don't really want to add much more). The rear end were slightly being more shaky as well, probably due to all the snow and ice on the road, despite it riding on open diff and thick Dunlop Sport SPs.

First off, I'm going to an electronic equipments store to grab the Arduino kit and every cables that I need for it. Thankfully, they got some of them and of course they got a hell lot of cables, for a grand total of V$30. Ah, if you're wondering, you know those scrolling LED texts seenon various stores and roadsides? You can make and program them with an Arduino kit. You can even make a speedometer out of it for your sim racing rig in case you can't read the in-game ones, although nowadays you can use your phone instead. And nearby the store there's a takoyaki vendor, so to warm myself up I drove there for a while after shopping the electronic bits and bought some. Man I love Japanese snacks! :P
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Next up, to my local UpGarage to search for the rest of the bits I need, which are tail lights, carpets and leather dye. Thankfully they got them in store. I picked up the quite popular D-Max crystal tail lights for V$227, a universal carpet for V$21, and a complete leather dye kit for V$88. With everything from my shopping list completed, I went back home.
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Aaah yes I think I should mention about a bit of changes in my garage. Specifically, I've adorned it with new posters. The first one here is the promo poster for 2019 24 Hours of Spa, one fo the biggest endurance event in GT racing (that doesn't involve prototype cars), the other two being 24 Hours of Nurburgring and Bathurst 12 Hours. This year's Spa 24H.....or should I say 19H, since 5-6 hours of it were red flagged due to heavy rain, went absolutely amazing, with a lot of cars falling apart like flies before the rain and hours of intense fight for the lead near the end. Here's the highlights of the event:

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The second one here is the 2016 British GT round at Spa (the 2019 ones was meh), the only race in the calendar held outside the British Isles. Speaking of national series, it is constituted that a national/regional series may have two round outside the country/region the series is held. Add more than that though and it'll be upgraded to be a continental series. A good example of this aside from British GT is Germany's ADAC GT Masters, which visits Zandvoort (Netherlands) and Autodrom Most (Czech Republic), and Japan's Super GT, which also races in Sepang (Malaysia) and Buriram (Thailand). This year's British GT Spa round was absolutely fantastic at the final 5 minutes, topped with three-wide battles and a chaotic finish. Here's the full race vid, but I've fast forwarded it to the final 4 minutes:

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And finally, the official poster for BTCC's Diamond Jubilee (or 60 years if you don't get it) celebration from the 2018 season. This absolute door-to-door racing series was celebrating its 60th birthday at two venues, Goodwood and Snetterton, with multiple cars shown across different generations, including the monstrous Group A cars and the very popular Super Touring cars. The current generation cars doesn't miss the action either with special liveries. Can you recognize all the cars in the poster?
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Okay we've veered too far, let's get back to Kaede. After adjusting the codes for the popup headlights and bringing my laptop to the garage (I'll explain later), first off I installed the crystal tail lights. Suits the car better don't you think? Say goodbye to the bleak OEM lights and hello to the timeless crystal lights.
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Next up, fiddling with the headlights. I brought my laptop to the car to upload the code to the Arduino kit.......and so I can read the instructions while working on. After some time remembering which cable is which and installing them into the car, I check to see if I did it correctly. And happily, I actually did! :D
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And finally, dying the seats. Removing the seats was quite hard as I tried not to rip off the canvas roof or trip into the windshield as I lift those heavy seats. And then there's the dyeing process, which was rather difficult, the dye was barley enough for everything, and it took some hours for it to dry off properly so the dye won't wash away when you wash the seats. After the seats has removed, I removed the carpet, which was much, much easier.
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After some hours passed as I wait for the dye to dry off with a sim racing sesh and cooking sesh, I went back to the garage to pick them up, install the carpets and then the seats. What do you think, they match the car's laid-back personality don't you think? :D And I think I can improve it a bit with wooden steering wheel. Do you think I should get them as well? If yes, should I get wooden Nardi Torino or Momo Heritage Indy?
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Later that night, I received another text message. Turns out it's from Daffa (@Annyeong-bruh-saeyo), a teacher at kindergarten and a barista in a cafe around Tokyo. He's also my comrade, though initially he lived some years in Essex, UK, before moving to Japan. From the text he sent to me he wanted to meet up with me, and then accompany him to the new KS garage. He has known the KS guys (Adrianne, Marc, Muza (@Niatross)) for a while, but he only know their now-abandoned garage and recently heard they moved to the new one.

I told him to meet me up at Tsukuba University's parking lot at Dec 20th. With the location agreed and waypoint sent, I went off to sleep.




[20 Dec 2019]
It's time to meet up with Daffa and get him to the new KS garage. It's quite cold and snowy outside, but still bright nonetheless and not so much snow was on the road. After another cold shower (and cursing on why I didn't install hot water taps) and a quick brekkie of yet another onigiri, Ii went off to Tsukuba University. The uni's currently closed for winter holiday, but I'm sure the parking lot are still available to use. This also means I can't get a meal on the canteen though.

After some time of waiting as it got rather frosty outside and the sky turns a bit darker, finally Daffa came with his VW Polo GTI. Back in UK he used to have an 2JZ-swapped Skyline V36 imported from Japan, but he had to sell it since it didn't turn out comfortable enough as a daily driver. As a replacement, he bought the Polo, which then he brought along to Japan as a daily driver. Compact cars are abundant in Japan as you know it, but they're rarely an European one, so it's quite a refreshing sight.
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Performance-wise the Polo is standard, aside from the pea-shooter Remus center exhaust to fit the Polo Cup rear bumper, but visual wise it has some sweet additions. Aside from the aformentioned Polo Cup rear bumper there's also a replica of Polo R400 front bumper and bonnet and those Kosei K1 wheels (also known as BuddyClub P1). Fun fact: The R400 bonnet design influenced the Polo WRC's bonnet design. And as we all (or maybe you don't know), the Polo went on to be a dominator in WRC and World RX for years.
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With the snowfall getting more intense and the wind slowly became stronger, I and Daffa decided to get going and went off to the KS Garage to warm ourselves inside the garage. I'm kinda sure Adrianne, Marc and Muza already had their winter holiday going, so they should be in the garage at the moment. As we tread through the busy Tokyo highways and sometimes duck behind the snowplow trucks, we enjoyed a little bit of winter cruising.

After a long time running in traffic (it's a good thing we avoided the highways, there was an accident there), we arrived at the KS garage. Aaaand we immediately brush the snow off our cars to make it better in the pics :lol: It's quite warm inside, so it's a good thing we came here after all.
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In the garage, Muza was busy detailing his brand new 930 he got in the previous update, AJ was chilling upstairs at the lounge, while Marc reads a copy of Option Magazine while planning what should he do to the Mustang and Evo MR, since the Evo X has been finished. I didn't see the AE86 his friends worked at the previous update, presumably it's been moved inside. Meanwhile as Muza gave Daffa a tour of the garage, I can't hold myself back from admiring the 930. After all it's a popular racecar way back then, and also as you know it, one of the star cars of Wangan Midnight, which in turn is a nod to the real life Yoshida Specials 930. Fun fact: Due to Porsche's exclusive licensing rights to EA, Namco as Wangan Midnight games publisher had to work around to include Blackbird in their games. In the early games they used a Gemballa Avalance, an extremely bonkers (both performance and visual) 964 (or was it 982?). Then in the mid-00s they switched to a Nissan Z33 (really!). It took them almost two decades when finally they include RUF to the car list, and finally in 2019 they got the long-awaited Porsche license.
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As I, Daffa and Marc joined Adrianne on the lounge and start to make a ruckus by blasting various anime music, and eventually recreating the Torture Dance and the famous Carnival Phantasm intro, Muza told us to turn off the speakers and proposed for a trackday at Tsukuba Circuit. The circuit was still open until 22 Dec before christmas break, opens again at 26 to 28 Dec befor closing again for new year and track cleanup break, so we agreed to go there at 22 Dec and get the others to go as well. In the end, other than five of us, we got Franklin (@FranklinAnderson), Ziga (@Lagano) and @Benny to join us.



[22 Dec 2019]
Trackday time! It's quite a sunny day, and thankfully the snow and ice was considerably thawed, so track conditions should be similar and great to go for a trackday at the track. Apparently almost everyone had went off to the track, but no one has actually arrived there, so I took a quick shower, took a bite of yet another onigiri, don my hoodie and denim, grab my racing helmet, gloves and shoes, and set off to the track. Speaking of onigiris, fun fact: While the westerns nicknamed rotary engines as Doritos, the Japanese nicknamed them Onigiris, keeping up with the food theme :D

Spectacularly, I arrived first to the track. I guess my time attack addiction has creeped to my daily life as well :lol: I parked the Silver Queen at the paddock and warm myself up to keep myself, um, warm, as I wait for everyone to arrive. There's nothing competitive going on today, so for now I'll take it easy with the Silver Queen. I don't know yet how much rubber was left in the AD08Rs but I guess there has been a lot of them peeled out throughout the year.
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After a while, everyone has arrived with their cars. First off, Benny as usual rides his signature R33.......with a striking change. Apparently Benny had grown bored with the maroon red colour on his R33, and rather than spending days to fully repaint it, he simply wraps the R33 in the famous Bayside Blue from the R34 catalogue. I have to say, it looked tasty! It kinda reminds me of the good ol' Calsonic R33 and Nissan's R33 LM racer, which one of them has blue shades.
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Then there's Ziga with his rareboi Evo VI TME. Considering I'm preparing an Evo V for time attack purpose, it's a great chance to see it running and to take necessary notes from the TME. Probably Ziga also wanted to experience what I did way back then, driving a stock Evo around Tsukuba.
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Muza also show up with his recently lightly modded M4. It has been receiving KW suspensions and Advan RZ-DF wheels, sitting on Michelin Pilot Sport 4s. Ah man I wish Ryuji is here, I know he'll love this thing! The M4 is a brand new replacement to the C63 previously featured in the previosu update, which ended up traded with the 930. So far Muza has enjoyed the M4 for daily usage, but he hasn't give it the full beans. This is the M4's time to shine.
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Then there's Adrianne with his......Audi A5? Well, since it's particularly tuned for style rather than speed, I'm a bit unsure whether if it'll run well at Tsukuba, and I winder why he didn't bring either his S15 or S14 instead. Even I had to warn him over this: "You might be lowered man, but you can't be slow for today! Low and slow is not the keywords!"
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Marc finally brought his main weapon, the Evo X! Marc said he has driven the Evo X several times in Tsukuba to test it, but I never seen it in action. For the first time ever, I'm able to see it in its complete guise, and this time, he will also do a timed run. It's quite important, since he targeted the car to be able to race on Attack series next year, and inAttack, along with aspiration and tyre types (as well as aero kit for Real Tuning class), the car's best lap time will determine the car's classification. The car is streetlegal as well, much like ASSIST M4 or Tarmac Meister S2K.
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On different ends of the spectrum we got Daffa's Polo GTI, the least powerful car of our bunch, and then there's Franklin with his 1400+ BHP Supra A80. The Polo is a popular choice for starting a rallying or touring car racing career, but Daffa might not be really looking forward to hurl his Polo to that extremes. Meanwhile, seeing a car reaching or even surpassing 1000+ BHP isn't really a new or impossible sight, as proven by Sami Sivonen and his Audi R8 1:1, and a time attack Supra isn't a new sight either as proven by Rasty's double-winged Supra and Esprit's Supra effort, but the problem is, this Supra is tuned for expressway racing instead of circuit racing, hence these near-OEM aero, other than a rear diffuser. Combined with long gearing, this can be a challenge to drive.
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Later that day, we all run on the track. As I'm the local who sometimes literally goes around the track for breakfast and lunch, I gave them all some pointers by having myself leading the out lap, then I let everyone go up to speed in the next one. Track conditions were dry and nice, though decreased track use and snowfall from previous days means the track provides next to no grip, and heating the tyres took some time. And going off-track is a big no-no as well, as everything has turned into a mudbowl off the tarmac.
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As I've predicted, only Benny and Marc could get up close and overtake me at some points, with I catching up to Benny in retaliation at some times. Unsurprisingly, Muza, Adrianne, Ziga and Daffa can't keep up due to their car's performance, though Muza isn't that far off my tail at the beginning, but surprisingly, neither did Franklin. I guess the chassis and engine can't keep up on changing directions quickly while holding all these mighty powers. Af for Daffa......he ended up simulating traffic for all of us :lol: nevertheless, everyone seemed to enjoy the track sesion.
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I decided to end my run early, since y'know, I've been running on the track monthly after all, and I want to see how everyone else keeping up on the track by my own eyes, which should be easier if I'm not driving. But then Muza went into the pits as well and approached me after he went off his M4.

"Wew Muza that was fast. Did anything went wrong?"
"Eh, no, nothing. I stop to look for you"
"Errr......what? Anything I can help?"
"How about if you drive my M4? I'd like to see how you drive"
"Oh, sure, good idea"
"And um, I'd like to hear your opinion about the car as well"
"I'm not Jeremy Clarkson or Chris Harris, but I think I can do that"

And so, Muza handed me the keys to the M4 and we switched sides, with Muza now in the passenger seat. We roll off the pits and start our hotlap.

The M4 is one of the modern fan-favourite BMWs, having that spot-on chassis and power balance despite being shrouded in modern tech. On paper it's the least powerful between its rivals, the C63 AMG and Audi RS5, but it's also the one that might be the ideal driver's car for some, as opposed to the rowdy and wild C63 or the ballistic but heavy RS5. It's up to the driver's preference of course, as Benny might argue, being a Merc fanboy and a former C63 owner, or Adrianne, who is an Audi fan and owns an A5. But for me, though it's not really the Ultimate Driving Machine like BMW markets it, this is a proper modern track day hero, just like the M3s of the yore. Then again as I mentioned, it lacked.......a bit of beans for a modern car, though this can be solved easily.
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The M4 is also one of BMW's current motorsport spearhead, alongside the M8 GTE, M6 GT3 and the M235i Cup. The M4 fills the gap in the GT4 category, where it received additional 50 BHP, rollcage and simple aero, which conforms GT4 category philosophy of 'improved track day cars' for amateurs and junior racers. In 2018, the M4 took home the Bathurst 12 Hours, British GT and Blancpain GT Asia class titles, and this year it added Dubai 24 Hours, European GT4 Championship and another Blancpain GT Asia titles to BMW's cabinet. In Blancpain GT Asia, Team Studie's M4 constantly dominating almost all rounds it entered. If that doesn't spell 'potential' and 'performance' to you, I don't know what will.
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What I admire from the techs are the capabilities to indulge slides when driven hard, yet also providing comforting ride when not used intensely. It also brilliantly reduce body roll, so it stays flat and fast when you went sideways. Well, I can't hold myself back from flinging it, and judging from Muza's cheerful reaction he doesn't seem to mind. Now that's what I call tech advancements! :D
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With the M4 drive and reviewing over, we returned to the pits, and found Benny chilling in the paddock already outside his R33.

"Wew Benny, already finished? What's your time?"
"57.9 secs"
"Wait let me check the timer" *rushes to the car* "I gotta see it by myself"

Turns out he actually did, scoring 57.904 seconds as best lap, around two seconds faster than my usual lap times. Granted it has much more power than my Silver Queen, and R-cars are one of the most sought-after car for time attack racing, but for Benny's first visit to Tsukuba, that's quite amazing!

In other news, Benny has bought yet another car. It's been less than a month yet Benny and Ziga has fullfilled their garage. Yare yare daze.....

"Hey hey check this out kiddo, I bought a new car" *shows an R32 being on sale*
"Again? God damnit Benny, you haven't finished the S14 yet man!"
"Ah nah nah, that can be put aside for now. I have a plan for the R32"
"Oh wait, what is it? RB20? RB25? I'm sure that's not a GT-R though"
"Nah it's not. Manual GTS-t, so RWD RB20DET"
"That's not bad, I think I used to drive it in Gran Turismo 4. And by the looks of it it's been used well"
"It sure is, 137k on the odo"

Some time later, we spotted Marc attempting a hotlap. I immediately grab my phone and start the stopwatch as we're all watching from the pit wall.
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Judging by how Marc's Evo zipping around in that hotlap, Marc has found the perfect setup formula for the Evo. It ran around effortlessly, and Marc didn't skip a beat while the Evo flows around the track as it's been glued into it. I guess the aero kit and Advan A048 combo worked well, and I'm proud I once laid my hands on it.
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As Marc crossed the line I stopped the stopwatch. The result is........57.416 seconds! My measurement might not be accurate, but the correct one shouldn't be far off it, and given that the ASSIST M4 also scores somewhere around that time, that's quite amazing! My measurement turned out to be close enough, as later that day Marc's VBox showed a time of 57.382 seconds, which became his new personal best. One and a half year of car building has paid off handsomely! And this also means a new target time to beat for my S15..........
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Some time later, Franklin stopped at the pits and came to me as well.

"Biggie! Biggie! There you are!"
"Oh hey Franklin, what's cracking?"
"Hey, can you drive my Supra?"
"Eh? Why? Something's wrong with it?"
"Nah, I just want you to drive it"
"Ah okay cool, pass me the keys"

After we changed positions, we rolled off the pitlane once again.

As I expected, Franklin's Supra is rather nose-heavy, and somehow so does the steering, though it also feels quite direct. Perfect for expressway blasts that demands small but precise steering movements, but absolutely would tear your arm muscles in short circuit like this. I guess it's more fit to drive around, oh I don't know, Twin Ring Motegi (and probably not Suzuka since it's still twisty). But here, it's rather out of place handling-wise. The expressway-focused gearing doesn't help matters either, being distant like the earth and the skies, but hilariously that also means less footwork and gearchanges. 2nd and 3rd gear are enough to navigate most of the track, and we haven't even topped the 4th gear at the end of the back straight! :lol: Still, I had to continously blip the throttle mid-corner in order to keep the engine running.
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But that wasn't the end of my driving stint. Apparently when we came back to the pits, Ziga has waited for me in his Evo VI.

"Hey Smoke, don't you want to try the TME? I know you would"
"Oh sure sure, why not"
"Good, take the key then"

At this point I don't really have to introduce the TME, but it's a nice thing to drive as well. Since the Evo V shares the same platform as the TME, I could take some notes from the car. The TME is a nice daily car, but it also demands you to drive it hard to fully enjoy it. The WRC-grade engineering really shows once you throw it around corners and try to break the grip, pretending you're Tommi Makkinen or Kenneth Eriksson. The exclusive suspension and quicker steering ratio also helps you dictate the car's direction correctly. This is truly a car that let you live your rallying fantasies.
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Finally, after a long, hard track day and driving four different cars, the sun sets and we all decided to go back home. I guess this is how you should spend your winter holiday........when it's not snowing that is :D




[26 Dec 2019]
I was spending a lone, snowy evening in my crib, sipping warm tea, eat some biscuits and watching evening news on TV as I heard a knock on the door. Then I heard a familiar voice.

"Open up mate, it's me Ziga"

So I did.

"Oh hey man, come in come in, woah it's cold outside. Wait, you're alone?"
"Yeah, it's just me"
"Where's Benny?"
"Aah y'know, working on his cars as usual. I need a rest, there's too many of them I got a headache"
"Eh, I feel ya. There are quite a lot of ongoing projects that you guys had to do"
"And almost all of them are outright bonkers!"
"I know, right? Still, could be worse. Look at mine man! I have Evo V, S15, and Tico"
"That's not bad-"
"The S15 has to be finished by February, and the Evo V by March"
"Even in your own crib you're racing against time"
"Life itself is racing for me now I guess"







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Tsukuba with the squad was just as fun as i thought it would be! :D
Im sure the others will agree too
Such a vast spectrum of build styles all in one track gunning it xd

Regarding the M4, you're definitely right about it lacking beans
Since ive dealt with suspension for the most part the 425hp number starts to feel low compared to the cars weight
Finna fix it soon ;)
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
That was a nice weekend, and the last event of the Sup!
I'm glad that you drove it and liked it!
About kaede, daaaaaaaamn that's a sexy ps13!
Your cars are always hot asf!

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Niatross wrote:
28 Dec 2019 21:11
Tsukuba with the squad was just as fun as i thought it would be! :D
Im sure the others will agree too
Such a vast spectrum of build styles all in one track gunning it xd

Regarding the M4, you're definitely right about it lacking beans
Since ive dealt with suspension for the most part the 425hp number starts to feel low compared to the cars weight
Finna fix it soon ;)
I'm glad you enjoyed our run together! Wew can't wait to see what you gonna do to the M4 ;)
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28 Dec 2019 22:57
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
That was a nice weekend, and the last event of the Sup!
I'm glad that you drove it and liked it!
About kaede, daaaaaaaamn that's a sexy ps13!
Your cars are always hot asf!

I'm waiting for the next update
Glad you enjoyed the run as well! I know you'll like Kaede as well :D
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Man, Tsukuba is looking really fun track day, you made me want to buy track project after new year. :lol:
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The lower tyre profile and grippier compound made wonders to the car, specially noticeable on hairpins! Quite a fun time around Tsukuba
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The lower tyre profile and grippier compound made wonders to the car, specially noticeable on hairpins! Quite a fun time around Tsukuba
I'm glad you enjoyed our run together, and congrats on a new personal best! I have a feeling you're ready to tackle the pros already :D
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Oh you managed to make the vert wink? ;) Nice little touch, it must be so fun playing around with that haha. And like you said, it's no problem if you get pulled over, compared to sleepy eyes!
And we made our last track day of the decade so awesome, so many cool rides from the boys! I'm glad that we tried each other's Evos too :D
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Lagano wrote:
29 Dec 2019 18:23
Oh you managed to make the vert wink? ;) Nice little touch, it must be so fun playing around with that haha. And like you said, it's no problem if you get pulled over, compared to sleepy eyes!
And we made our last track day of the decade so awesome, so many cool rides from the boys! I'm glad that we tried each other's Evos too :D
It's quite amusing clicking the switches to make it wink quickly :lol: I'm glad you enjoyed our time together, and yeah the Evo exchange was a huge success :D
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