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Probe-ably not what you expected to find at Players

22nd June 2017 — by Dave Cox

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This was my first visit to the Players Classic show at the prestigious Goodwood Motor Circuit and I really had no idea what to expect. And I sure as sh*t wasn’t expecting to see a Ford Probe!

Yep, you read that right, a Ford Probe. If you saw it out of the corner of your eye you may be forgiven for thinking it was a Mitsubishi GTO, I know I did. Realising my faux pas I started circling the car in bewilderment, genuinely surprised that any still existed on UK roads, let alone in such good condition.

Sitting on ETA Beta 3-piece wheels at a lower than stock ride height this Ford was pulling off it’s new found attitude rather well. I really couldn’t make my mind up as to why someone would choose to modify a Probe or that the end result was pretty decent.

Looking through the windscreen there was a list of modifications, proudly boasting 226bhp from the 2.5l V6 (stock is 162). Clearly someone had put some love into this. The smoothed body panels, devoid of any branding, paired with the immaculate paint really did go a long way to updating it’s appearance.

I know this won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but at an event like Players, I really think it stood out and did well to separate itself from the crowd. I appreciate it for what it is, the owner tried something different and I think they pulled it off.

Words & Pictures: Dave Cox (Shooting Dave)

Event

Sunshine and Tyre Smoke

21st June 2017 — by Ben Gaut

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The day before Drift Cup Round 3 was an invite-only practice day at Rockingham Race Way. For me, this was my first time ascending on Rockingham but I had heard amazing things from fellow Fueltographer Shooting Dave. I was so hyped to get down and see what it was all about. Being the second practice day I had shot this year, I was ready to see some action!

Now it’s safe to say the weather was the polar opposite of when I had my first outing of the year, it looked like I had traded in the snow and freezing temperatures for some amazing sunshine and a full on heat wave! Perfect for some smoky door to door action!

The main man behind Drift Cup ‘Sweeps’ had laid out a seriously awesome track which was perfect for the drivers. He also threw in a few hard hitting walls for good measure. It’s safe to say I didn’t see a single car without a dent in their rear quarters by lunch time, everyone was gunning for them. Just gradually edging closer and closer, before well you know the story!

The driving was on a whole different level, some of the best drift trains I have seen in the UK for a while outside of a show demo or major event!

As the weather stayed on our side and just got hotter and hotter, so I thought I would take the time to get off track side and out of the oven and into some cars and see how the track felt from the drivers perspective. It certainly didn’t disappoint, everyone was hunting for doors and pushing their cars to the absolute limit!

I managed to jump out with Monkey London, now this was an experience in itself, if you haven’t already, then do head over & check out his youtube channel. However I am telling you now, jumping in the car was like I had just stepped into a drifting documentary with David Attenborough! I then looked to my left to see Phil Morrison from Driftworks, hunting down my door and the adrenaline kicked in. I had only one option, to do what I do best, grab the camera and start firing.

The Practice day also meant that some of the Drift Cup drivers could get a day on track before the big event the following day and you could see for some of them just having that extra seat time really pulled through on the Sunday!

Now for me, I am pretty much out of words for this one – but thank you Sweeps and the team for an awesome day. Below are some more snaps from the day.

Event

Coventry MotoFest

12th June 2017 — by Dave Cox

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Coventry MotoFest, an annual festival celebrating the region’s historic motoring heritage in the heart of Coventry on public roads! And this year it has been touted as being the biggest and best yet!

Let that sink in for a moment though, “public roads”?! Yep, think Monaco, take away the sea, double the size and slap on a West Midlands accent and you’re pretty much there. In some ways, you have surpassed that, if Formula 1 isn’t your bag then you can see cars ranging from student built racers to drift cars right the way through to rock crawlers or GT1 cars. The variety is simply staggering, you are in constant limbo of staying still as you don’t know what will come past next or moving on for fear of missing something going on elsewhere.

Add to the fact that we, as press, were walking down what was essentially a hot pit lane which is located on top of an elevated dual carriage-way, crowds were lining slip roads and cross overs using the landscape as some sort of amphitheatre. It was utterly bizarre and brilliant all the same, I for one had never experienced anything like it in my life. Under one of the fly overs was a converted car park which was home to our Formula G demonstrations as well as Drift Outlaws. Think Tokyo Drift but with less spinners and chrome, that’s what went down there.

The crowd for our demonstrations was immense, we had people lined up against the concrete guard rails, phones held high to get a snap of the action. The flyover not only held the smoke down but also provided a ceiling for the engine noises to bounce off of which only pumped the crowd even more. It is little unique touches like this that makes Coventry MotoFest so special.

Did I mention that this was a free event?

No entry fee to pay here, just rock up, watch some demonstrations, see some sprint racing, salivate over the display stands or chill out with some great food and live music. And that is the key, it is all very good attracting motoring enthusiasts to attend, we will drive hours and even fly to events just see the action. Attracting new fans is a difficult job, track tickets can be expensive, but here, passer-by’s could turn up and be present with a mixed bag of disciplines to experience.

To me, that reinforces what Coventry MotoFest is about, it is a celebration of the heritage and a way of showcasing it to those who would never considering handing well earned beer tokens for an entry to an event like this. The really isn’t a better way for the uninitiated to dip their toe in and see what they like.

The largest part of the event was the sprint section which followed the ring road for two junctions before turning back on itself and doing it all over again. The start line was a great place to stand with many drivers going for big rolling burnouts rewarding the baying crown with the smell of fuel and burnt rubber.

But nothing really beats the audio sensory overload as you wait near the exit of a tunnel being filled by the orchestra of a vintage Formula 1 car. That really is hair raising stuff.

Sure, this isn’t at the same sort of scale as Goliaths Goodwood Festival of Speed but it isn’t really claiming to be either. MotoFest has much more of a planted feel to it, rather than going to see it, it bring the action to your doorstep and has the audacity to do it in a City, a fact I still can’t get over. There is a beautiful juxtaposition here, purpose built track monsters driving on public roads, to me that is my favourite aspect of it. It feels so right but when you step back and look at it all, it seems so alien. They are racing in a city!

And the lofty ambitions don’t stop there, the organisers are in talks with the council to have a proper race inside the city next year! We haven’t seen anything like this since Birmingham SuperPrix or before that, if my history serves me well, the Crystal Palace GrandPrix. We need more of this and I can’t wait to see how this event continues to grow.

This was my first time attending and I had never heard of it before, it wasn’t even on my radar. That has now changed. It has been going for 4 years, 3 in this current format and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I feel there is an importance to writing this article, more people need to witness this event, not to support it, rather that it is simply too good to miss. More people need to know.

Words: Dave Cox (ShootingDave)
Pictures: Fueltopia Team: Phil, Mike, Craig, Dave, Kim & Ben.

Event

 Old Town

30th May 2017 — by Dave Cox

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Armed with a beer and a camera, the air thick with the smell of booze, fuel and barbecue I felt the wave of childish excitement washing over me.

I write this through the eyes of a beer-fuelled tourist shuffling excitedly around the streets and bars of Old Town in Kissimee, Florida. It had been around 20 years since I last visited and I wanted to see if recollection of this petrol head nirvana was accurate. Fair warning, this will be a somewhat chaotic blog post, I hadn’t intended on doing event coverage, I just turned up looking to relax and drink some beer. I had no agenda, no features lined up, I was just there to take it all in. It wasn’t till I got home that I realised just how many pictures I had taken.

Before the dulcet tones of burbling V8’s filled the air, the sound track of the evening was people having fun in the fairground and surrounding bars. Picking up my first beer, I started walking from the bottom of Trophy Row, the staging ground for the cruiser cars, to get a closer look at the evening’s offerings. The night I visited was the Saturday Nite Classic Car Cruise which is hosted every Saturday with the main cruise starting at 8:30pm.

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Scratching a PS13 Size Itch

19th May 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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We all have friends that are the perfect example of spontaneity, jumping at an opportunity & not thinking twice, simply just going for it. I’m envious of those people & I for sure wish I could live like that at times.

Gianni, the man behind the extremely popular clothing brand Status Error is one of those people & luckily a very close friend of mine which usually means I get brought a long for the ride on his adventures.

He’s not reckless by any means but where he just makes a move & thinks later is with his car purchases. I have no doubt that Gianni puts a tonne of thought into a car purchase but to everyone else the cars come & go, as if they are itches that need scratching, something that he needs to own to get it out of his system. Luckily though the man has good taste.

It is with this mindset that he ended up with this stunning Red Purple” 1993 Nissan Silvia (PS13). The car was imported in 2015 by EPRacing & has to be one of the cleanest S-Bodies in the UK.
Beating at its heart is a lightly tuned SR20DET pushing out around 320BHP (Full spec list below).

We actually filmed a vlog about the day we headed down to Newcastle to grab this car. You can check it out below or on the Status Error YouTube channel.

In the video we start off in his old DC5 Honda Integra Type R. His car history is phenomenal & before that Gianni had owned a plethora of JDM metal, MR2s, MX5s, Civic Type Rs, Porsche 944s, RX8s & even RX7s… the list is huge & I can’t fault him for any of them.

How does the Silvia compare to everything he’s had before? Well its a monster, but in a good way. Its power delivery is extremely aggressive, thrusting forward once on boost & constantly wanting to step out, an amazing car but an absolute animal.

In the time he’s owned it he has been able to quickly make it his own. The interior has definitely had some fantastic additions, adding bucket seats & a spread of vibrant colours throughout the interior, its very cool place to be.

For everything else he’s wanted done the car has been taken of by performance car specialist Automek. They have handled the harder tasks the PS13 needed done including the rust proofing & repairs.


However here comes the bad news, the PS13 is unfortunately up for sale & I was fortunate enough to be able to get the shots you see here, a parting shoot to remember this one by.
It is making way for something else & I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to seeing what is next…

Spec List

Engine – SR20DET (320BHP)

Produced 320BHP at the Fly on (15/05/17) Graph Included
Nismo 555cc Injectors
GReddy Front Mount
GReddy Boost Gauge
GReddy Light Weight Pulley’s
Garrett GT2561 Roller Bearing Turbo (Fresh Rebuild)
Apexi Air Filter
Z32 Maf
Tubular Mani
All Engine Gaskets Replaced
D1 Spec Oil Catch Can
Exedy Clutch
Innovate AFR / Wide Band Gauge
Blitz Boost Controller
Unbranded Turbo Timer (Wired To Handbrake)
Front Mounted Oil Cooler
HKS Oil Filter
Titan 10/50 Race Oil
NGK Cooper Plugs
Japspeed Alloy Radiator
Silicon Hoses
Owens Development Wastegate
Kakimoto Racing Exhaust (Track Friendly)
De-Cat
Engine Damper
Digital GPS Speedometer (MPH & KPH)
Battery Relocated To Boot
ALWAYS ran on Shell V-Power (You can’t run it on anything less)

Chassis / Brakes / Wheels

Top Fuel Coilovers
Ikeya Formula Adjustable Rose Joints Front & Rear
Front & Rear Strut Braces
Japspeed Castor Arms
Kaaz 1.5 Way Diff
Cusco Half Cage
Zero Rust Underneath With A Fresh Underseal
Full 4 Wheel Alignment Carried Out Recently

Rota Grids 18 x 10 ET30 (Front & Back)
Yokohama Neova AD08R Tyres
265 / 35 / 18 (Rear)
235 / 40 / 18 (Front)
D1 Spec Nuts

D1 Spec 355mm 2 Piece Discs With 6 Pot Calipers (Front)
Stock Rears With Red Stuff Pads
Drift Button Handbrake
Cusco Master Cylinder Stopper

Interior

2 x Motamec Racing GP1 Bucket Seats (FIA – 2022)
2 x Driftworks Super Low Sidemount Seat Rails
2 x Genuine 4 Point Hardnesses With Seatbelt Buckle
350mm Neo Chrome / Dished Suede Steering Wheel
NRG Short Hub Boss Kit
Fire Extinguisher Installed In Glove Box
Custom Door Cards, Glovebox & Gear Knob Gaiter. (I still have all of the original parts untouched which will be included if the floral interior isn’t your thing).
Purple Bubble Long Gear Stick
Broadway Mirror
JVC KW-V20BT Double Din Unit With Bluetooth / Phone
Stripped Back (I Still Have The Seats & Plastics)

Body / Exterior

Nissan L42 Red Purple Paint With Flake (Glitters In Sun)
Origin Lab Rear 55mm Fenders
Origin Lab Side Skirts / Front & Rear Bumper
EPRacing 30mm Front Fenders
DMax Carbon Bonnet
DMax Roof Spoiler
Rocket Bunny Rear Spoiler
Carbon Boot Lid
Aero Catches with keys
Brick Headlights
GTR Grill
Rhino Lip Front & Side Splitters
Electric Folding Mirrors
Single Wiper Conversion
Rear Neon Lights With Controller
Rear Half Tinted Lights

Cutting Room Floor