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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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ITS A VIP THING

16th March 2017 — by Dan Fegent

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Japan & the JDM craze is nothing new, its an influence on the lives of so many with their mindset and ways of life. Their car culture especially plays a huge part with so many automotive fans from around the globe. From every documentary we’ve seen on the subject they are totally trendsetters without even knowing it, what we deem to be cool is often just because it was the only way to do it to them and therefore it simply worked.

So it would seem that little thought is put into what others think… refreshing that 😉

In the western world this kind of attitude can bring on hate. The desire to be different is shot down and conforming to the masses is the standard by which you are judged. With all that being said, we wanted to bring you all a little slice of the Japanese mindset from way up North in Aberdeen. A Lexus GS300 Sport that would not look out of place cruising the streets of Tokyo. At its heart is a JDM 2JZGE, for people who don’t live their lives knowing engine codes, thats a straight 6 3.0 litre engine pushing out around 240bhp and bundles of useable torque, easily moving this VIP wagon through the streets.

Its owner, Fraser, has a solid spec list of modifications, not the all of which are the usual ones you’d expect, its an awesome mix of mostly driveway mods that work, again saluting that JDM culture of doing it yourself & doing whatever you want.

A fully fettled exhaust and intake allow it to be heard long before its seen. But its the presence in person that demands your attention. Its most striking party piece would have to be the D2 Air Suspension system, dropping it to a floor scraping height thanks to 2 air zenith OBD2 compressors hugging the Works Rezax 2’s perfectly and worthy of its street sweeper gang sticker.

To suit all these lows the outside is as purposefully unique as possible with a Vertex front bumper flowing nicely into matching side skirts and a half cut OEM rear bumper allowing a Top Secret style rear diffuser to poke through finishing it all off perfectly. Spoiler wise its got a choice, the Toms roof spoiler is a permanent addition but bonnet spoilers, well, they come and go. As of this shoot it had a 326 Power spoiler, however we’ve seen since that its gone full BGW, an awesome addition to the overall look.

The interior has two red Recaro seats perfectly suiting the driven styling of this build. Adorned with stickers of varying degrees of awesomeness collected from travels to J town, once inside you’d think you were there. In fact check you can check this out for yourself in all its glory thanks to the work of Alex McArthur who has produced this ace video on the car, we feel summing it up perfectly.

This build isn’t a ‘trying too hard’ JDM replica, this is built completely to their same standard. If it fits it works, if it doesn’t fit well you just make it fit, you don’t listen to what the masses say, you don’t adhere to their set rules & accepted mods, this right here is the perfect example of the Japanese car culture.