Off the beaten track…

Normal is boring, going against the grain in motorsport has produced some of the best stories, builds, and memories. I am lucky enough to come across some out of the box stuff and Andrew Stewart’s Datsun 1200 ticks that box and so many more.

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Hiroshima twins

A while back I received a phone call about a shoot for two classic red cars, but there was a catch. That catch was that they had to be shot together, I didn’t question the reasoning but sorted out a location and got in touch with the owners Clint and Tony. One was based in Hamilton, and another in Wellington. Logistically it was easiest to just meet in the middle.

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CARnival 2k19

Ol mate Guy Maxwell and the Choice Promotions team down here in Nuu Zulund throw some of the biggest car meets in the country. Last weekend was the three day long ‘CARnival’ at Bruce McLaren Motorsports Park which was crammed full of crusing, drifting, a burnout comp and drags.

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Godzilla of grip

Nissan has been very good to me over the years, access to the DNA Motorsports Museum has been basically on tap whenever I wanted it. While I am not a self-professed Nissan addict, this lair that houses the crème de la crème of all things Nissan will forever draw me back everytime I am in the neighborhood.

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When the memories hit you

For any car enthusiast, Japan is a concentrated automotive pressure cooker that infuses flavour, class, and creativity into some of the tastiest car culture you can wrap your chops around.

Upon embarking on my overseas experience, I found myself on a little single carriageway cruising through the middle of nowhere in Chiba. Initially the lack of civilisation concerned me, but soon after a grey workshop packed with RX7s distracted my attention. I found myself to be living a stone’s throw from the workshop of RE Amemiya. Early Saturday mornings with my ranch slider open, coffee in hand, the smell of cabbage fields, and the distinct sound of a rotary on the dyno next door was my new definition of heaven.

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Gold roller

At the end of 2018 I shot an old apple hauler that had been given a second lease on life for NZV8 magazine. This was my favourite shoot of 2018 and just screamed ‘badass’ on so many levels. So for that reason I asked the editor if I could throw some images into a blog and share them with you all.

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Martini in rallying

Martini and rallying is a partnership that evokes memories, passion, highs and lows, dust, suffering and joy.  It is a love affair that spanned decades, and will be forever remembered through the most romantic era that rallying has ever seen.  Rallylegend 2018 acknowledged this special bond between the two in San Marino recently.  This year marks forty years since Martini met the sport of rallying, and little did anyone know but it was to be the start of rallying’s most iconic love affair.

Photos by Martin Hansson of MH Rallybilder
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Superstock teams racing

Kiwis have always had a very close affinity with dirt track oval racing, and in particular the superstock class. A full-contact form of motorsport that is full of tactics, strategies, and action to keep the crowd on the edge of their seat.

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Five13 Fab x R’s Garage F20C AE

When I was down at Hardpark 2019 my attention was stolen by two cars, one of them I featured briefly in the last blog, and this is the second one. James Blance is no stranger to building cars, but this one has really ticked all my boxes!

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Frankenwagon

Last weekend I saddled up and headed down to Wellington to attend the annual Hardpark event, soak in some sun and catch up with his humbleness Reuben Bemrose. Those of you who are not familiar with Reuben damn well should be. Aside from being a total legend he has built possibly the world’s most insane Impreza wagon.

I am not much of a spec geek so can’t tell you much apart from it has a 2J up front, with one heck of a snail bolted to it. The chassis has been on an insane diet, and this monster is going to be pumping out insane power once she is full of fluids and a nice tune.

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