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Gymkhana 3.2 – Ken Block + Ford Fiesta

September 25th, 2010 1 comment

No words can describe what you’re about to see, its not your usual Gymkhana either (it never is), this has a slight tilt to it.

Pure skillz and lots of money/sponsors – see the priors on the road!?!

If you like those, you’ll like the other Ken Block videos 😀

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Ken Block: Subaru WRX Trax STi Snow Cat

December 7th, 2009 No comments

It combines a two of my favorite things in life: driving a rally car in the snow and snowboarding in the powder in the back country. It’s incredibly fun having the ability to push the high-power Subaru on the slopes and to back country spots that normal cars could never go!

That  my friends, is pure awesomeness. When you’re ready check out Ken going around a snowboard park. More videos on his site to compliment his Gymkhana practice video.

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Block.Drift: Ken Block Gymkhana II – The Informercial

June 8th, 2009 No comments

If you’re into cars and don’t know who Ken Block is then you’re just not into cars. If your not into cars, then you probably want to learn what drifting is because let me tell you, Ken can Drift. (what kind of an intro is that aye?)

I posted his ‘Gymkhana Practice’ video a little while ago and this is a followup to that.

If you thought the first was a blast, your in for a treat. Don’t want to ruin it. Just strap yourself in, turn up the volume and be ready for a wild ride.

(Highly recommended you checkout the HD version)

Makes me wish I had my WRX STi back again (the Liberty‘s great if you want drive from A->B), though the days of attempting drifts around Essendon DFO carpark are long gone now – with an old mid-80s Celica which was RWD, before that a friends ancient Datsun 200B Sedan, oh the memories!

See more on the DCShoes website.

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XKCD: New Car

April 18th, 2009 No comments

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Subaru to withdraw from WRC in 2009 :(

December 16th, 2008 1 comment

Sad and tragic news today, that Subaru will be withdrawing from the WRC.

Australian world rally championship driver Chris Atkinson will be forced to look for a new manufacturer in 2009 with Subaru pulling out of the sport because of the global financial crisis.

Japan’s Fuji Heavy Industries, the maker of Subaru cars, made the announcement on Tuesday.

“Our business environment has rapidly deteriorated. In order to protect the Subaru brand we were forced to make this decision,” Fuji Heavy president Ikuo Mori told a press conference.

Mori fought back tears as he announced the decision at a press conference, thanking Subaru fans.

Times are tough and we can  all understand why FHI had to do this, as they stated in the official press release:

This sudden decision was in response to the widespread economic downturn that is affecting the entire automotive industry, and follows Suzuki’s withdrawal announced yesterday.

After 20 years in the sport, during which time the Prodrive-run Subaru World Rally Team has won six World Rally Championship titles, this is not only sad news for Subaru and the team, but also for millions of rallying fans around the world. Thanks to its highly successful World Rally Championship programme, Subaru has developed into one of the world’s most widely recognised and evocative automotive brands.

Thanks for the memories and putting me on the path to buying a STi as my first “new car”. Whilst the new Suuby’s aren’t quite my type the WRC models are timeless. But it seems all is not lost:

Looking ahead, 2010 will see the introduction of new World Rally Championship technical regulations, which provide Prodrive with an opportunity to prepare for re-entering the championship with a new team and build on its 24 years of World Rally Championship experience and success.

Cant wait till then, in the meantime I hope they bring out their WRX STi sedans sometime soon as the Lancer is getting a major lead in the looks department in comparison 🙁 I’m still enjoying my MY06 Liberty which is up for its 55K service soon.

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Youtubing: Ken Block Gymkhana Practice (MY06 Subaru WRX STi)

November 18th, 2008 3 comments

Now thats what I call skills, Gymkhana encapusulates everything to show your true skills in handling a car – in this case a MY06 Subaru WRX STi. Damn I miss my MY03 STi 🙁 – not that I could pull _any_ of those styles of driving (except maybe a half-assed powerslide).

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You know things are tough in the US…

October 20th, 2008 1 comment

… when someone gets caught in the act with a car-wash vacuum

THOMAS TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Police say a Michigan man has been arrested after “receiving sexual favors from a vacuum” at a car wash.

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Police Sgt. Gary Breidinger says a resident called to report suspicious activity at the car wash about 6:45 a.m. An officer approached on foot and caught the man in the act.

How one goes about getting sexual favors from a car wash vacuum is beyond me – and not something I’d even want to think about. Though I’m sure Andreas may have contemplated it at one stage or another (purely for educational reasons I’m sure).

Man-Arrested: THIS FUCKING SUCKS MAN.

Reminds me of the strip from funkysmell.

If anything this has taught me to never look at a car-wash vacuum the same way.

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Autosalon 2008 – The Cars, The Ladies & The Nissan Skyline R35-GTR

October 5th, 2008 3 comments

A good mate from highschool and I decided to get to the AutoSalon today. The day started out – as we’d planned the night before – quite late, about 11am meetup at our old highschool (they’re website is still partying like its 1999), then take one car to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. But as chance would have it, neither of us turned up on time. Zi Kai didnt realise that Day Light Saving time comes into affect today and the friends house I was sleeping over at ended up turning the clock _back_ an hour instead of infront. So after a few SMS exchanges we rescheduled and got there an hour or so later.

One of the main highlights in this years show – atleast for us – was the Nissan Skyline R35-GTR which was going to be having a dyno run (already on youtube!). It was well worth it, just to get close to see the sexy beast the GTR is.

A selection of photos from the entire Autosalon 2008 Set on Flickr appear below, they were taken with the awesome Canon EOS 40D which I bought from Digital Camera Warehouse before my trip to Japan.

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HalTech Nissan Skyline R35-GTR on the Dyno at Autosalon 2008 in Melbourne.
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Sexy front shot of the HalTech Nissan Skyline R35-GTR
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Side shot, pwurtey…

Then ofcourse there was the other cars that are worth mentioning:

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Nissan Skyline R34-GTR
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Nissan Skyline R34-GTR, I’m Blue Daba De Daba Di edition.

And lets not forget the girls:

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JLAudio girl.
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I was so in love with the girl in the red pink dress, there’s a few more of photos of her and all the girls .
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Mmmmmmhmmmmm…

And finally in keeping with tradition, a shot with two hotties + me.

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I rarely go in photos, but who could say no?

The entire series of Photos taken by myself can be viewed on the Autosalon 2008 Flickr Gallery.

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