Decisions, Decisions If you don’t count the dreaded boat ride from Okinawa to the seaside city of Kagoshima on the southernmost tip of Japan’s Kyushu island, the journey was a little over 2,000kms, taking nothing but backroads to Tokyo, to really explore Japan and get a feel of my somewhat spontaneous purchase. In a few of my previous posts, you may have noticed a silver four-door R34 Skyline 25GT-T floating around in the background. After having it in my possession for a little over one year now, I guess it’s time to formally introduce everyone to the newest car in the SH Garage. The hunt for a car started roughly two years ago. At that time I was renting cars two to four times a week just for work purposes, and it was starting to get quite expensive. Just a simple trip down from Tokyo to Fuji Speedway would run around ¥13,000, (approximately US$115), so I began calculating whether it would make better sense to own a car and … [Read more...] about The 3,000+km Journey Getting The Newest Speedhunters Project Car Home
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Brazilian gamer Igor Fraga wins the McLaren Shadow Project series, earning a spot with the McLaren Shadow Esports team. Fraga clinched the series by beating the six remaining finalists over the final two days. The Brazilian managed to win against Nuno Pinto and Miguel Ballester in the Grand Final of the series, taking place at the McLaren Technology Centre. The finalists took part in the final testing their gaming skills through multiple platforms such as Forza Motorsport 7, Real Racing 3, Project Cars 2, iRacing and rFactor 2. Before the two days of racing, the seven finalists conducted several human and performance tests with McLaren, including fitness, simulator driving and driving a real McLaren 570S GT4 car. Fraga has beaten over half a million gamers who entered the series, in a bid to join the McLaren Esports team. McLaren Shadow’s Esports programme works in collaboration with the McLaren F1 Team. The Brazilian says winning the series and now getting to work with … [Read more...] about Igor Fraga Wins McLaren Shadow Project Esports Series
When news first broke of the BMW Z4 M40i, it wasn’t really thought to be a competitor to the Porsche 718 twins (Boxster and Cayman). Those two Stuttgart sports cars are mid-engine scalpels and BMW’s Z4 M40i was shaping up to be a straight-line cruiser, thanks to its front-mounted inline-six and drop-top roof. However, once journalists started to drive the new Z4, it proved that it’s no bruiser. It can dance with the best of them. So how does it stack up to the benchmark of the segment, the aforementioned Porsche? Car Mag recently found out. Car Mag was on the launch of the BMW Z4 M40i in Portugal, just like we were. The only difference is that they brought a Porsche 718 Cayman along with them. Which says a lot about how confident BMW was about its newest convertible sports car, as the Bavarians allowed Car Mag to bring the Porsche to the test and do back-to-back comparisons. That confidence from BMW had a lot to do with the fact that Z4 engineers benchmarked the 718 … [Read more...] about BMW Z4 M40i vs Porsche 718 Cayman — Car Mag Test
The prolonged journey of TTAC’s Ford Sierra is partly because of my prolonged recovery from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. While other projects never help matters, the excuses end now. Because, even during the depths of my recovery, my vision never faltered; thanks to prednisone’s side effects during treatment, said vision became a C4 Corvette-like laser-infused slalom but with Young the Giant screeching in the background. So it’s about time I drove to my friend Brian’s shop and made it happen. Let’s do it, but remember the mission: to improve performance via Ford donor cars of the era, honoring the time when boneheaded computers made radical aerodynamic shapes that altered our automotive landscape. The 1989 Merkur XR4ti’s superior suspension, brakes and larger differential bolted up easily, but our donor had a bashed engine crossmember. Mercifully, the Sierra’s unit accepted everything up front — being … [Read more...] about TTAC Project Car: It’s About Time!
For most classic car enthusiasts, a trip to the upholstery shop is about as welcome as a trip to the dentist. Yet with a little planning and preparation, the experience can certainly run smoothly, and can actually be rewarding. “It’s going to cost how much?” “You can’t take my car in for how long?” Those are probably the two most commonly asked questions the first time any enthusiast visits an upholstery shop. The simple fact is, custom upholstery can be expensive, and if the upholsterer is worth his salt be prepared to wait for it, in some cases up to two years before they even have room in their schedule for your car. Proper planning is the key. Select an upholsterer you feel comfortable with and that can perform the style of work you’re looking for, inspect the quality of their work from fit to finish, and then make an appointment. This will get you on the list. Some shops require a non-refundable deposit just to secure your spot, so be … [Read more...] about Preparing Your Classic Car for Upholstery