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DragWeek...Uncensored... PDF Print E-mail
Motorsport
Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 17:38

I know, I know. Another post where I simply point out something that I think is cool, and that I think you might also find kinda cool. I know that the updates have been a bit lax lately, but with work and travelling I haven't had the time to write anything meaningful. I'll have an epic story for you eventually, but I won't post it until it's finished, and that can't happen until the friggen Datsun is running again properly. At this point, I'm beginning to wonder if that thing will ever use ALL the boost ever again. In saying that though, there will be another From the Stands feature coming in a couple of weeks.

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Anyway, DragWeek. For those who don't know, Hot Rod DragWeek is the quest to find America's fastest street car. And the big news this year was that 5-time winner Larry Larson was returning. He took last year off in protest of the new wave of composite bodied, Pro Modified style cars that were beginning to filter into DragWeek's unlimited class. Larson strictly believes that the definition of a street car centres around a production body shell with a VIN number, so that's what he and partner in crime Chad Reynolds of (BangShift.com fame) built.

The stories on the car and of the event that was DragWeek 2014 are all over the web. What I'm pointing out is the story behind the story, told only as somebody who was there could tell it. Hit the below links for the back story behind what later became the world's fastest street car on a drag strip. If you've ever wondered what it is like to drive a 6-second drag car on the street, now's the time to find out. (oh, and by the way - the stories get better the further into DragWeek they get!)

DragWeek Uncensored Part 1

DragWeek Uncensored Part 2

DragWeek Uncensored Part 3

DragWeek Uncensored Part 4

DragWeek Uncensored Part 5

DragWeek Uncensored Part 6

DragWeek Uncensored Part 7

DragWeek Uncensored Part 8

DragWeek Uncensored - Finale

 

 

 

 
From the Stands - Jamboree 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 17:37

Jamboree is one of those events that I've been trying to make it to for well over a decade. I remember reading about it in Hot4s magazine as a teenager: the exploits of the PAC Performance crew and Joe Signorelli in the RotorMaster Mazdas, and the battle between those two workshops against the Mazfix and MazSport crews who battled for rotary supremacy; the Rigoli workshops from Sydney who battled for fastest WRX in the country (and sometimes the world) and even the battles between the Rajabs and Maatouks workshops for the fastest VL turbo in the land. It was shown to the country from the pages of magazines in those days to kids like me who were into what was then called "import drag racing" and the event was touted as part race, part show, part fun. The mix of racing, dyno competition, sound offs and a show and shine was unique enough before you added the bikini babe competitions. I remember being 16 and saying 'one day, I'm gonna go to one.'

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Well that day came this year. Continuing my post-divorce theme of racing cars, girls and alcohol I made the commitment early in the year that I was going to make it. And wow.

The day dawned a perfect, sunny, wind-less late August day in Queensland, and I headed to the motel car park and beeped open my ride for the weekend, the black, 6,000km old, Toyota 86 rental car. This trip in itself was cool enough, and the 86 was the perfect car for the job. More on that here.

 
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Saturday, 30 August 2014 22:43

Long time readers of this blog may well remember reading a story posted in November 2012, about a certain couple of small cars I test drove a few months earlier. The word obsession comes to mind when I think of that story, and my barely relenting desire to get back behind the wheel of a Toyobaru. A 45-minuite test drive in each car simply wasn’t enough. Remember that this was a car that I have been following the progress of since the first prototype appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2009. This is a car that I went and test drove as soon as it was released to the general public.

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The Salt Beds of Salduro *updated* PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 19:02

You may or may not be aware, but 2014 marks 100 years of setting land speed records on the salt flats of Bonneville. In celebration of this, BangShift have been running some pretty awesome stories on the early history of the place.

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These stories are well worth the read, so click on through and check them out.

First Speed Trials at Bonneville

Salt Beds of Salduro - Part 2

Salt Beds of Salduro - Part 3

Salt Beds of Salduro - Part 4

Salt Beds of Salduro - Part 5

Salt Beds of Salduro - Part 6

Salt Beds of Salduro - The Aftermath: What Became of the Major Players?

Very wordy, but very awesome.

 
Friends With The Enemy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 19:21

The other day was a sad day for me. Sort of. You see, I lost a friend. I hadn’t known him for long, yet his presence had been of utmost assistance in his short tenure in our yard. I am of course talking about el Negro.

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el Negro Civico (the Black Civic) arrived in our yard a couple of months ago, after Boy Wonder swapped his VS Calais for it. The VS Calais of course was purchased because he decided that le Rouge Civique (the Red Civic) was too extreme to drive on a daily basis. Then and now I called bullshit but either way, Boy Wonder had decided the risk of defect and the damage he was doing to his spinal column and hearing by driving this heavily modified (!) car was too much, and that he needed a daily drive car. And the VS Calais was the perfect choice, since he’d always wanted one.

I remember the conversation fairly well – it included the phrases ‘haven’t you always wanted to drive a lounge?’ and ‘I’ve wanted a two-tone VS Calais since I was a kid’. Both of which were rebutted cleverly, but the VS was bought and the expensive lesson was quickly learned. After a few months, the VS was put back up onto the Gumtree from whence it came, and later still somebody offered a straight swap for their car, a black EK Civic. Enter el Negro.

 
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