Category Archives: Cars

Motorbikes or Cars?

Being a 90’s kid, I’ve always been a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a humorous and candid show with Jerry taking his friends out for a ride: simply talking and having coffee.

If you haven’t already noticed in the sitcom, Jerry is a major car guy (specifically Porsches). In an episode with Sarah Jessica Park, “A Little Hyer-Aware“, Jerry talks about his youth where he was worried about whether he would be a ‘motorcycle guy’ or ‘car guy’,  believing that there was no way to be both: “I’ve got to decide what I am and who I am and that will determine how I get around”

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Recounting a story in his father’s shop, one of the mechanics rode a motorcycle to work every day. During a rainstorm, Jerry asked the mechanic if he wished he had a car, but only to be bewildered by the response: “No, I just wish it wasn’t raining.”

Do you think you can be only a ‘motorcycle guy’ or only ‘car guy’?

I ask this because I’m seriously starting to question my “allegiance” to the car world. Having a small roadster is the closest thing I drive to a motorcycle. The low side-walls and open top makes you feel free and open. The little 1.6 trumpeting from the back mimics the fluttering of a two-stroke. It’s the closest thing, but it’s not the same thing.

 

Start your engines

We thought that it was time to start properly writing. This is a blog about cars, and cars are much more than mechanical transportational objects! There is a whole culture and emotional level to cars which is not often explored, so this blog section will be dedicated to our musings on the non-mechanical side of things. It would be great for people to leave comments and have a healthy discussion as well, so feel free to do exactly that.To kick things off:

Why do people like cars so much? Specifically, why do people care so much? Conversely, why do some people care so little?

Sukairine: Here’s a bit of my background + my take on it. As a kid, I didn’t particularly like cars. I wasn’t really a fan. Sure, I had toy cars, and would race them around my rectangular shaped carpet – but superheroes were more my thing! I loved Power Rangers. Funnily enough, my uncle (in his 20s at the time of my childhood) had a nice EG Civic – not slammed, not stanced, but definitely not standard (riced up, at the least! And later on, he got a Prelude – VTEC!). My dad, also, had an Integra for a short time. Not a Type R, but still, he loved that car. I didn’t really pay attention to either of those cars. Fast forward to my early high school years, and I still did not care about cars. Friends would talk about staying up to watch the F1, and I would think ‘What a waste of time and effort!’. But, for some reason, I now had a ‘favourite car’. It was the WRX STI. Not the Bugeye! I loved its looks. It was TOUGH, but looked slick at the same time. Still, I never considered getting one, it was purely admiration.

Then, out of uni, friends started buying their own cars. One thing I’ve forgotten to mention is that a LOT of my friends are car enthusiasts – some more than others, but enthusiasts nonetheless. An MX5 here, a Prelude there, a S15,  then another MX5, then a Chaser, then an R33…

And, as I’ve mentioned before, it was after that one fateful ride in the R33 which pushed me into the decision to save up for an R34. Months later, BAM. So here I am, now a ‘car enthusiast’ living the enthusiast life.

World Time Attack Challenge 2013

Its been a while since the last post. I’ve been busy working but I also managed to take a weekend off for myself to catch up with some old friends in Sydney.  It’s easy to get caught up and forget to update the blog . In all honesty, there hasn’t been much to post about. I did however manage to drive to Sydney for WTAC 2013. The 600km round trip wasn’t very noteworthy. I did pass through some of the areas where the Sydney bushfires were, but otherwise, no AC and cruising at 4000RPM, the 3-4hr drive seemed longer than it was.

As for the event, it was well worth it. Time-Attack cars, drift events, show cars. It was a great weekend. Not to mention the parking lot 😀  Oh, and Nob Taniguchi was there. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to take a photo with him 😦 Anyway, here are some of the photos I took.

For more photos, click here on our new flickr account!

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SAU Tech Night at Heasman’s Steering

Being part of one of the most well-run car clubs in NSW, if not Australia, has its benefits. Our great members often have contacts with some interesting shops, and they often agree to run some tech nights (or information nights) for us! At these nights we get to ask questions, see the guts of the workshop, and hear some interesting stories + inside information of the industry.

Recently SAU NSW was invited to Heasman’s Steering for a suspension tech night. It was a great night, in which the Heasman’s crew threw us a BBQ  before the night began, and then a tour + talks throughout the workshop. There were 3 groups, and we rotated through 3 ‘stations’ throughout the night. They were: corner weighting, shocks workshop, and wheel alignment. Here’s some pics.

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Quick chat before we split into groups
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Wheel alignment. His knowledge showed through and I’d be very happy to get an alignment here when I next need it.
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The Heasman S14!
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The fuel system of the Heasman R34 GTR. Boomboom.
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Them stovetop tail lights.
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This may be familiar to some of you.
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This may also be familiar. Demo car for the wheel alignment.
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This was hands down my favourite car of the night. Normally I don’t give a sh*t for Euro cars but I have a very soft spot for Lamborghinis.
The pit.
The pit.