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Stunt Festival & Streetfighter Show

22nd April 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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Whichever side of the coin you have chosen, whether you are a supported of bikes or cars has been a hotly debated path ever since man jumped off of his horse and was thrust into the world of motorised transport, and realised “Hey these things are fun!”.

The Ace Cafe Stunt Festival featuring the Streetfighter Show & the Fueltopia Barrel Sprint looked set on settling this debate once and for all. Both sides would get to show their worth in their own disciplines before facing off against each other in a perfect display of raw rider & driver talent with a car vs bike barrel sprint.

From the moment the gates opened for the crowd, Wembley echoed with the roar of bikes & cars. From demo runs on the Barrel sprint track from the four wheeled competitors to the various stunt bike competitions taking place, there was simply never a dull moment.

The crowd for each camp was continually amped up throughout the day with high levels of skill being displayed. It wasn’t all just tarmac shredding two & four wheel mayhem however as there was plenty to see off track.

Static displays of bikes and cars were varied & ample & allowed each patriot of two or four wheel a chance to get up close and personal with each others offerings. Ace Cafe put on a hearty food stand so those could sit and discuss their discoveries & settle their differences. Throughout the day the atmosphere was buzzing, with plenty to see off & on the track, everyones attention was torn in all directions.

However As the afternoon sun started to heat up, all focus turned to the track as 7 of the best stunt riders would face 7 of the best barrel sprint drivers. The showdown was an awesome spectacle of petrolhead mayhem with drivers and riders being pushed to the limit. Ultimately it would be the cars that would take the victory but I think I can safely speak for everyone there when I say both sides were the winner.

Riders and drivers both earned each others respect, and the crowd echoed the same sentiments. Everyone watching was treated to an ultimate showdown. As the sun set, the content crowd left, completely satisfied by what they had witnessed. After this level of showcase I am certain that many of them felt like myself, and that is that we can only hope that we get to see more of this in the future.

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Inside LD MOTORSPORT

16th April 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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As motorsport workshops go, a Rallycross garage is high up there in chasing world horsepower assisted destruction. With builds capable of enough power contained within its 4 storm trooper white walls to classify it as a Death Star replacement, perfectly capable of wiping out Alderaan sized planets at a moments notice. So when the invite came several years back to come check out LD Motorsport & take a peak behind the usually closed doors of this secretive team, we jumped at the chance!

Rallycross is a hugely competitive sport among all the teams involved so for all those spies out there, yeah thats right we’re on to you. This is 2013 garage shots from LD Motorsport, no trade secrets of the ongoing seasons are being revealed here. So if your just here to see how the cars are put together in absolute clinical detail then carry on scrolling.

The high level of organisation throughout the workshop means that the team know exactly where you can put your hand on that missing bolt, tool or any replacement parts, big or small. Each vehicle is regularly torn apart to a bare shell and rebuilt by assigned members of the full time staff there, each member knows exactly how they go together and how they work. With each car having at least two technicians assigned to it at time they don’t tread on each others toes, there is room to work & therefore productivity is high.



Looking around it was apparent that a few war wounds of the 2013 European Rallycross season are still on display, clearly this extra exhaust hole in the block of this DS3 was not part of the plan.
Proudly displaying sponsorship banners around the building, & with Forge parts visible on every build its clear they are grateful for all the support they receive to make it all possible.



For such a small precise layout the variety of work happening at once is staggering. On one side the prep had begun for the 2014 season as two DS3’s went through a full rebuild, with a mass of parts coming off & others going back on even during the few hours we were there. The focus is on lightweight precision parts, the pedal boxes, the suspension, everything matters & the one thing I kept hearing was the achievements they have made in house in making parts lighter & stronger for use in their cars. Even a 10% reduction in weight is something to boast about in this game.


Alongside these new machines were several classics, including two normally ultra rare RS200’s in a varying state of preparation. One being the Pikes Peak machine that was crashed & rebuilt by the team at the last event it was in. The other ultra rare beast being the legendary ‘Rosie’ of Pat Doran that sadly went up in flames at Lydden Hill when he was behind the wheel,where luckily he escaped from it with only slight burns.

The garage has its trophies proudly on display as soon as you enter, a driving factor for the team. Clear evidence that with their professional attitudes and hard work they all put in on a daily basis all concludes in LD Motorsports achieving winning results across the world in European Rallycross, Global Rallycross and Xgames. championship battleground.

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Restoring A Classic

12th April 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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With the team here bringing you steady coverage of awesome 4 & 2 wheel global motorsport events, its time to bring the pace down for a few minutes & take a closer look at a feature car.

So lets set the story, you’ve always fancied a classic, the right one comes up & you go for it. Its a car thats older or nearly as old as you, & not your usual JDM turbo driven monster. This classic of yours is usually owned by lets say ‘the older generations’, you have a mind full of ideas to mix it up, you want to breathe new life into it…

I reckon this sounds familiar to many of you & its no different for Gianni when he picked up this 1990 Porsche 944 S2. With its 3.0 naturally aspirated engine pushing 228bhp through the rear wheels, this car even by todays standards is no slouch. Squabbling for traction as it puts this power to the ground provides plenty of skiddu drift king moments, performance has not been an issue here. A quick terraclean put the escaped horses back in the stables &
944it was ready to rock.

However the colour… now this is where it could definitely upset a few Porsche purists, it came with a rare non production colour ‘Tuerkis Blau’, but it was looking dated & this is where the outcome of this project so far would be make or break for many. The stunning choice you see here of Riviera Blue was picked & applied, suddenly the car was thrown into this decade not looking out of place on the roads among modern vehicles.

944s today often suffer majorly from rust, especially around the sills. Thanks to the pre spraying prep work & repairs done by RM Bodywork the car is future proofed & with Automek providing servicing & specialist fitting help, the car has been well & truly modernised.

We think it looks fantastic, but with a plethora of changes still to come, like most projects we undertake, they are never truly finished. Something else I reckon many of us can understand & relate to…

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Boosted Rottweiler

8th April 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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The Mr2 Turbo, a 90s mid engined turbo powered 2 seater. On paper the Toyota MR2 was a winner but as always living among a successful family it often remained in the shadows of its bigger brother the Supra. It may not have had the same global success as its muscle bound bro but it holds its own as a credible sports car.


So with that back story done & out of the way, we think Mr2s rock! A few of us here have owned & loved them & we think the underdog spirit of the 3SGTE engine with its kick back in the seats violent performance is adorable, much like a cute Rottweiler puppy.  This one in particular has been around on the scene for a long time, back for a second wind after a sabbatical its not as it once was. Its swapped its fresh off the boat from Japan white paint for a WW2 US Army issue olive drab wrap by the Ruislip based guys at Prestige wraps.

Its heart is strong & unmolested with its near on standard 280bhp, slightly increased thanks to the usual bolt on modifications as well as uprated boost & all being kept cool by a JDModified fitted chargecooler. Yeah this car has not just laid down dead like many of its 90s brethren in the wake of high performance modern hot hatches, its now back for more on the streets. Owners form a bond with cars like this, it may not be the most powerful car & certainly not the most performance pushing MR2 but the relationship here is far stronger… now we’re not talking screwing your car here kind of relationship, we just mean you learn to love it in its own way & this one has been around since the dawn of time for its owner & its not saying sayonara yet.

Lets recap to the start of this feature shoot, the pre photo prep, think of it as the application of make up if you will. Being renowned for being a hair dressers car I think its alright to give the old 2 some time to beautify itself. Providing this beauty session and achieving the results seen here is largely thanks to a tonne of help from Shining Monkey. It wasn’t long before the car was soaking in a bath of their very own wash & wax monkey serum & ready to be blasted clean. Elbow grease fuelled applications of 360 detailing wax finished off the wrapped bodywork whilst safe in the knowledge that no damage was being done to the matte finish.

The wheels were in a sad state with several years of brake dust caked to them, AMDetails wheel cleaner came to the rescue & got in on the action alongside its Iron Fall Out Remover formula transforming the brake dust covered matte Lenso wheels back to their former glory. Dried down with towels that I would happily keep in the bathroom & it was ready for its photo to be taken.

While snapping it for this feature it was easy to see why Mr2s still have a following, the lines work & we feel its stronger now than its ever been. Like a rebellious punk rock fuelled teen its still punching above its weight as a solid performer & will most definitely not bow down & blend in among the blocky modern cars of today.

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JDM Royalty

5th April 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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Nissan Skylines are Royalty among the JDM scene, every single one throughout its thoroughbred history has always been instantly recognisable. A car that demands as much respect standing still as it does driving the streets or tyre slaying on tracks.


Anyone in to cars will have some level of respect for what Nissan built, especially those crafted during the horsepower races of the 90s. With the R32, R33 & R34 generations of this creation all helping to make the RB25Det & RB26Det engines renowned among the automotive scenes worldwide.

Something else that has helped its rise in popularity is that you can pretty much spot a Skyline from miles away, in particular thanks to the fact that day or night those rear lights stand out like two red hot cooking hobs. There is also no denying that the Fast & Furious film franchise  has boosted this particular cars fame, the result is that to many, out of the entire range none have more presence than the now iconic R34 that you see here.


The Skylines in the 1990s were most commonly released in two flavours, the monstrous beast that is the GTR & the RWD only RB25det powered GTT designated machine that you see here. Don’t be fooled though, the GTT is no slouch, with its Neo 2.5litre engine punching out near on 280bhp in standard form & pushing that solely through the rear wheels, its a plenty to play with out of the box.

However with engine tolerances allowing easy tuning & upgrading, its ideal for those seeking to build a street fighting weapon. The limit as we’ve seen from internet experience is really done to you on how far to take your build. So power isn’t an issue & looks wise well we think that even today this shape sits comfortably on the road, still just as imposing as it once was & it certainly doesn’t look out of place, its a true JDM legend that has aged well.

When a car looks this good, & has the whole package under the hood, we can totally understand why.