External Projects

Transformer 510

January 26, 2009

In an electric blue and with some serious work done, this Datsun 1600 (chassis code: 510) is most definitely “more than meets the eye.”

Kane Walmsleys Datsun 1600

Kane Walmsley's 1972 Datsun 1600

Whilst browsing through the Datsun Owner’s Club of New Zealand website recently I was greeted by this fantastic sight.  Although I must admit, initially I did think.. “Whip-de-Doo, another SR-powered 510″, it wasn’t until I read a bit more and had a proper squiz at it that I realised this wasn’t your average SR conversion…


Japanese Retro Drift

January 19, 2009

I’m not sure whether it’s the done thing to mention directly somoene elses particular blog entry on your own blog?  Regardless, I was stumbling about SpeedHunters.com this morning and found their entry with a downloadable and/or online viewable drift video from the Ebisu drift circuit(s) in Japan.  I waited the required several years for it to download on my ISPs excuse for “Broadband” and not soon enough but eventually, I was watching a spectacularly edited video with simple use of music and slow motion to add drama.  I think the large appeal of it was the majority of the cars are just street vehicles.

Those familiar with the Japanese drift scene will know of Ebisu as part of the D1GP, though I believe D1GP only uses the main circuit and Ebisu has several different circuits in it’s confines.  They are seemingly available to be used at whatever time, though I imagine it’s a matter of booking, etc. like it is at most NZ circuits.



January 9, 2009

This one word may well be what you would hear cascading out from many a classic lover’s mouth once they start to delve in behind the panels of a project car they’ve just bought.  As we all are well aware, old cars rust and they rust badly unless well taken care of.  In the UK, things are even more tragic, with salted roads and by comparison to NZ a mammoth population, it’s a wonder they have as many classic or retro cars as they do.  Despite this fact, the UK like everywhere else is by no means immune to spectacular finds of decidedly rare beasts.  One such car which has been unappreciated in almost all era’s it’s been witness to since it’s inception is the Austin A40 Somerset.  Having only been available from 1952 through to 1954 with production figures around 170,000 it’s safe to say it isn’t a particularly common motorvehicle at least in good shape.  Which this one in question, really wasn’t.

The beginning!  Appears fairly solid from 3 metres.

The beginning! Appears fairly solid from 3 metres.

Most, seeing this car as it stands and looks there in the picture, would think “Well… that’s not all bad… I’ll start stripping it down and replacing a few bits and bobs, she’ll be back on the road in no time.”  However ‘scaryoldcortina’ , famed member of the retro-rides forums and the new owner of this Somerset (thanks to a trade for a Panda (an Italian one, not a Chinese one)) is not most people, he’s a man with a plan, a plan that doesn’t involve the original shape of the car much at all.  So the strip down began…


A Tribute to a Great Forum

December 17, 2008

A few years back, whilst taking part in oldschool.co.nz forums, one of the member’s managed to stumble across a UK based forum, at that stage both forums were still in relative infancy, from then they have both grown massive amounts, retro-rides more so, likely due to the larger population base that the UK has to offer vs. NZ.



I think the main reason why RR is so popular and why it has done so well is that for the most part it (thanks entirely to it’s dedicated founder and current moderating staff) has managed to avoid being too into any particular scene and as such always has a diverse range of member’s cars to show, another key point is that it’s always about the cars.  There’s no off-topic, there’s no deviation, you’re there to talk and to read about cars.

I’ve quickly jumped onto their Project Sub-forum, to share with you, some of the cars, that contribute to making RR the fantastic place that it is…


Inspiration & Amusement

December 15, 2008


burntrubbers Turbo Gem

"burntrubber's" Turbo Gem

Every now and then you’ll stumble across a car or two that really makes you think, “Yeah.. that’s why I have cars as a hobby” or alternatively just something that makes you laugh and feel good about random automotive nonsense and the association with some of the people who share the hobby.