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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Monday, 23 May 2016 21:47

Following on from the post the other day, I’ve been giving my driving future a lot of thought. After all, I’ve owned the 180SX for seven months, and it’s been off the road for three of them. (However is back on the road at the time of writing - hooray!!) Not to mention I bought a ute that doesn’t run, and the Prelude that I’ve owned for approaching 12 years hasn’t moved since it ran out of rego last November (note to self – I should really do something about that) I planned on doing some work on it over the Christmas holidays, but I guess I was just too busy…

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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 22:21

So it has been a while since the last update here at TBA. I have my reasons, most of them being related to a lack of time or lack of motivation. It’s not because I have had a lack of opinion I tell you that much!

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Since the last post on here I've changed job and moved house; because those who know my history would well be aware that every time I've changed jobs in my professional life I've moved cities as well. At least this time I've stayed in the same state. The new living arrangement sees me having moved in with the ladyfriend which is great, though I no longer work full time in motorsport so cars and racing have moved back to a hobby/obsession level in my life rather than the cars all racing all the time regimen that I had going for the past couple of years. The thing of it was that a job offer was made and while I would have much rather stuck it out another six months or so and finished some of the things I was working on, the offer may not have been there in six month’s time if I needed to move on. Time will tell whether or not I've made the right decision but for now things are going ok.

 
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 16:13

I'll admit that since the 2013 Federal Election that delivered the Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party and Ricky Muir a seat in the Senate, I have been very critical of them. (Though admittadly not in these pages) The Party has demonstrated themselves to be devoid of original thought, lacking real policy insight and appear to be basing themselves on the ALP's business model of constant infighting in the belief it will make them a powerful party in the same way.

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However I must say that Senator Muir has said some things that have really impressed me in the last couple of months, and with this post on his website I must admit I liked it so much I am simply linking it.

http://www.senatormuir.org.au/news/the-real-business-of-burnouts

Here, Ricky discusses the differences between street racing and drag racing (something very close to my own heart) and even offers some potential rectification works. He stops short of a full policy discussing how to solve the problem, but the ideas and the beginning are there. Which is a big improvement from even six months ago.

Have a read, what do you think?

 

 

 
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 16:09

A mate of mine got busted speeding recently. The fine arrived in the post 18 days after he was detected travelling 63km/h in a 50 zone. But this isn’t what makes the story worth writing about. No, that was what he said next:

I don’t feel like this is a fine for behaving badly. I feel that this is merely additional taxation for using the road.

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It is at this point that I must note that the driver in question has not disputed the validity of the fine – it is for a road he travels on, at a time he could conceivably have been travelling along it, and is a road he believed was a 60 zone. I know the road too, and I wasn’t aware that it was a 50 zone either if I’m completely honest.

 
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Written by Colin Brassington (aka Brash)   
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 17:19

Most of you know I'm a bit of a fan of Hot Rod DragWeek, the competition where guys from Hot Rod Magazine run five drag racing events for street cars, at four different tracks, some 1000 miles apart. It's been going since 2005, and the theory is that if you can make a fast lap at each of these tracks, and drive the 1000 miles between them without putting the car on a trailer, changing the engine, or having any help outside of the small trailer you're allowed to tow with the (race) car, then you can call your car a street car.

While the first event was in 2005, it undoubtedly has it's genesis in this event, the 1992 Hot Rod Magazine Fastest Street Car Shootout.

It's not the whole video, but it's an awesome 10 minutes of highlights and totally worth watching if you like fast street cars.

Cheers to the guys at BangShift.com for posting so I could steal their link!

 
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