Portrait – Pauline Nguyen

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Test Shot from today’s portrait/hero shot shoot with restaurant owner, author and international speaker Pauline Nguyen of Red Lantern Restaurants.

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Bondi Hangs

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Brunch on Glenayre Avenue.

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Luke went for bacon and maple syrup on french toast.

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And more toast (with Vegemite no less!).

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I went for the fritters.

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Spotted on the streets of Bondi – Item 1: Jeremy Meeks, the Mug Shot guy!

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Spotted on the streets of Bondi – Item 2: Yew!

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Post WTAC Hangs

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That Lebanese BBQ! After 3 long days at Eastern Creek, we just couldn’t make it in to watch Formula Drift live, so instead we hung out at Veds place and watched the live-stream on his massive TV instead (which was absolutely epic). Cheering on Jabbit and Schembri from Blaze Unit as well as Beau Yates was awesome.

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Matt from Camden GTI brought along his amazingly clean Scirocco.

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Which is powered by a MK4 GTI (turbo) engine.

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Later that night we hit Mary’s in Newtown and spotted this douche taking up 2 parking spaces at the Dendy Cinema Carpark.

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WTAC 2014 Saturday

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Zen Stand on the skid pan.

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Race Car Drivers talking Race Car Talk.

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Boso!

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Hey James! Hey Lei Na!

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Souvenirs!

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Sharpline Paints NA.

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House of Stance RPRSNT! Tony’s NB is looking amazing.

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Brent’s awesome two tone EF looks so good on my old BBS rims (which are now re-barrelled and so much hotter).

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Hey Joelski!

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Acquired Taste.

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Twins. Still have to do a shoot with this FC and RB26.

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Bodyform.

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Indy from IS Motor Racing strapping Trent into his WTAC EVO.

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Trent being strapped in to the Top Class Tyres WTAC WRX.

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Fairlady spotted out back.

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The live feed was one of the best new features of WTAC this year. So pro, so good.

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Smokey, David and Tarzan!

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Luke from Maiham Media interviewing Top Fuel Boss.

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And Nobuteru Taniguchi.

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John from Barrel Bros giving me a lift back to the carpark in their rad mini-van.

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Haha, David.

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RS-R jackets.

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Beau Yates.

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Daisuke Hasegawa.

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Daisuke Hasegawa x Acquired Taste. So trippy to think that just a few weeks back the same shot was taken but in Japan!

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Hey Gwyn!

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Onto the Drifts!

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Mazda 767B Le Mans with my Golf! Couldn’t resist!

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Owner of the 767B removing his front splitter in prep for transport.

WTAC Saturday kicked off with setting up the Zen Stand, which supplied awesome shade from the blazing sun. The crowd was huge and the action was relentless. After their first sessions, Indy’s EVO was out with a blown turbo and best time of 1:33.7810 (11th in Open Class), and JDMyard’s civic blew a box retiring with a respectable 1.33.03 lap time (8th place in Open Class). David Dalrymple did well with a 1:45.5750 finishing in 18th place in Clubsprint Class, Mazzy went on strong for Adam (1:44.2096 ) and Hayley (1:48.9386) in Open Class and Nathan Antunes finished strong with a 1:35.0470 in the Bilstein Racing S14 (14th in Open Class).

I spent some time introducing Zen sponsored Formula Ford driver Trent Grubel to some key figures in an attempt to get him a drive next year. Trent does hold the lap record for the fastest Formula Ford on Eastern Creek Raceway, and we think he would make the transition from Formula Fords to cars really well!

Time flew, fast, was an action packed day and my sunnies tan is mad.

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WTAC 2014 Friday

Big day today. 5.30AM alarm… I’m up! Luke got to his Media briefing on time and the day rolled on pretty hard after that with lots of dramas and some fantastic moments.

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First stop, the ARDC Garage for a toasted bacon and egg roll and a good chin wag with Photographer Matthew Everingham.

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Spotted from above. David’s R32, which is very much more a street car than a lot of the competition in his category.

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After the early sessions David’s radiator shroud cracked, ripping it off was the easy fix.

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The Heasman Steering S14 had some heat issues, the team were at it fast. Indy’s EVO had issues too, with the driver having to keep 4th pushed in (IE: otherwise it would pop out and thus driving one handed when in 4th gear!). The gearbox eventually blew.

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Shout outs to Nathan Antunes, pilot of the Heasman Steering S14.

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JDMyard Civic entering the circuit.

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Ross Churchill’s amazing Belair.

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Jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

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Haha!

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Loved this ratted up Combi (sounded amazing too).

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Found this underneath.

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Hey Mead!

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MADBULL.

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Driftcat’s in town.

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Sad the Speedhunters guys aren’t here this year, was looking forward to hanging out. They’re here in spirit though.

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Hey Danny! Great work on the aero on the Top Class Tyres STi.

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V-Sport‘s new 86 project set for WTAC next year!

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Hey Brad!

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Haha, Brad and Sarah, exaggerated height difference!

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Dave’s new splitter created enough downforce to rip the front lip off his car. Desperate measures to get him out for one more session.

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Under pressure.

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On pitt lane for the last session, finishing strong too.

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Steven Planinic ready to go out in his EVO.

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JDMyard EG (also with a few niggling issues) in pitt lane.

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Hey CeeCee!

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Hey Moo!

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Unfortunately Indy’s EVO didn’t make it back in time for the last session of the day, but all good, fresh box, all set for tomorrow!

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Blaze Unit. Scott Schembri, ready to rock. As the sun went down, the drifters came out to play.

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Ryan, working back late.

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It’s way past dinner time. House of Pie!!!

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WTAC 2014 Test Day Thursday

Luke Huxham of Maiham Media from Japan is staying over at my place again this year for World Time Attack Challenge. We thought we’d check out test day today; no crowds, just the cars, drivers, teams and a few friends. The vibe was electric, the sounds, the sights, this is going to be the greatest WTAC ever!

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Late start, breakfast at Coogee Bite.

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Kenny’s Benny, it’s been a while!

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Made a bee-line for the 767B. It looks amazing, seeing it rolling was trippy as, and hearing it… OMFG WOW!

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Dripping.

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Hey Mike!

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Mad Mike’s MADBUL is looking amazing.

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Hey Berty!

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David Dalrymple’s R32 GT-R at the ready.

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Andrew Hawkins, hitting WTAC this year with his revamped JET200.

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Ben Sopra 380SX.

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Japanese drifter Daisuke Hasegawa.

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Tarzan!

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Are we in Japan right now?!

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JDMyard EG Civic, we’ll be cheering these guys on!

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Geena!

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Adam Burgess and Luke. Adam was driving Geena today. With Hails in the FD.

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Hayley’s helmet in the FD.

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Find your Zen.

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Hayley lining up in pitt lane.

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Evolution Custom’s Porsche 944.

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HKS GTR.

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Top Fuel Garage.

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RE-Amemiya FD.

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Max Orido’s bike!

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The man himself talking to Mr. Amemiya

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Spotted at the Royal Purple garage.

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This guy! Hey Bryce!

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Hey Indy!

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IS Motor Racing EVO. We’ll be cheering all these guys on!

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Mr Kalis!

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BYP testing surface temperature.

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Inception! Race car driver Nathan Antunes being mobbed by Scotty, Ved and myself.

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Heasman Steering S14, cheer cheer!

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One hot Fezza.

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Mercury Motorsport’s NITTO II. What a beast!

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Mr. Crackles was a great way to end the day, and damn how is it that I’ve never had this coconut drink before? It’s amazeballs!

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Green Peppercorn Lao Restaurant

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At The Civic in Sydney CBD.

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Look for the intense wall painting by Artist James Patrick to lead you upstairs.

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On entry, a feast for the eyes and the nose.

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Outdoor kitchen.

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To the bar with some fresh and sweet cocktails.

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Chicken Satay, awesome as expected!

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We’re a fan of any DJ who spins some RÜFÜS tracks.

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From the grill, Ox-Tongue and that awesome Laos Sausage.

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Tuk-Tuk!

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Yes! Beef Jerky!

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My beer of choice!

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I was introduced to Asahi Black. Crispy going down like a normal Asahi, but a slightly malty aftertaste, and much darker in colour too. I like!

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Crunchy texture of this dish was fantastic.

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Warm sweet puffs for dessert.

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And ice-cream!

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Here’s cheers!

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Showbags on exit were a really nice touch!

Last night we dined at ​Green Peppercorn situated above the Civic Hotel, corner of Pitt and Goulburn Streets. A restaurant which takes it’s inspiration from the streets and markets of Laos and Thailand. We chilled in the outdoor garden, where you’re outside inside. It’s a beer garden that teleports you to the streets of Thailand! A chill place to be with good tunes, a tuk-tuk, a bar and outdoor kitchen. Highly recommend!

For more information, visit: Green Peppercorn Lao Restaurant

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My Supercharged MKV R32 Golf Video by tokyomada


That video shot by Daniel Motta last weekend is now live! Daniel’s done a great job considering he had such little time to shoot the car! Be sure to check out more of his videos here.

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Late Night KK’s Run

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Ohhhhhh.

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Been a looooong time, baby!

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Photoshoot with Tonie Bellizzi

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I’ve secretly been absolutely itching to shoot since I got back from Japan. It’s been a good thing, to realise that I actually am really quite into shooting, enough to feel withdrawals!

I had a date booked to shoot Tonie, who I met through Facebook. She often posts deep and meaningful quotes on her wall, which I’m a sucker for. Turns out she’s just as spiritual in real life. A Maltese girl who’s a real hippy at heart. We got along like 2 peas in a pod!

We did half the shoot at my place, and since Tonie brought a lot of gear (check the bag in the first pic, it’s like she’s moving in!), we shot more stuff at the beach house too.

I did have Pou’s new Sony A7 to play with, took a few shots with it, but it didn’t feel right so I ended up using my GF6. 25mm lens for most of it, 20mm for the bedroom shots (couldn’t fit enough into frame with the 25mm). Quite happy with the end results, really like the last ballet shot, and the pool shot too (and outdoor shot with the same outfit) which feels new to me, clean and simple.

Follow: @tonnniepeps

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