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Monday Morning Rant: I sold the GT-R


So many people seem to be so upset that I sold my R32 GT-R.

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I sold my GT-R

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Yesterday I sold my R32 GT-R.

As usual I’m broke, and rego was up on both my cars (overdue actually as I’m terrible with opening mail as most if not all of it is bills!). I paid off rego and insurance on the Jazz and rather than once again paying rego for the GT-R I made a call to finally sell it. I made a post on my personal facebook profile and also on the ZEN Garage facebook page asking for $50K as is outlining the fact that the car has not been started for many years, it’s been sitting in a very dark damp garage by the beach and has a lot of rust and mould. I left my phone number and holy shit my phone absolutely blew the fuck up!

I literally got hundreds of SMS messages, and over 250+ messages on facebook. A whole majority of the messages were from people asking how much I’d be willing to let the car go for, or if the car was available, for current photos, for parts off the car or swaps with cars + cash. I ignored all of these messages and focused on the 10 or so people who truly knew what a bargain this deal was and were willing to drop absolutely everything to buy the car sight unseen. Out of this group of people I replied to people who I knew first and within an hour I had sold the car to a couple of really good dudes who dropped everything and were on their way straight to my place to secure the deal.

Then one of my best mates called first dibs.

As sorry as I was to call the 2 guys who were on their way over to tell them I’d sold the car I had to do it. They expressed how upset they were, and whilst pulled over on the side of the road they tried to offer me more money to secure the deal, but the deal was made.

I’m glad the car is going to a really good home, someone who’s had a lot to do with the build from the very start (I’ll not mention who he is for now, maybe later on as I’d hate for him to get bombarded with messages from people offering more money to flip the car). Who knows, once restored I’ll have the opportunity to drive it again. Even if so it’s not something I’m banking on, nor excited about.

I always thought I’d bring the GT-R to my grave, or even be buried in it, but life’s long and the longer I left it rotting there, the worse I was feeling. End of an era, for sure, but now that it’s sold I feel a HUGE weight lifted from my shoulders. I feel even more free.

Photo above by Mark Pakula. Find more photos on this Speedhunters Feature: http://www.speedhunters.com/2011/03/car_feature_gt_gt_justin_fox_s_r32_gt_r/

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RB26 & TME

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Massive thanks and praise to Christopher Sentosa who’s lovingly recreated 2 of the fastest (and favourite!) cars I’ve ever owned. My RB26 and my old TME.

Follow him: https://www.instagram.com/christophersentosa/

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All Torque Car Podcast

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I had an awesome time on the All Torque Car Podcast with Peter, Halil and Ross. Find it on iTunes and also on Spotify in the links below:

iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/117-zen-garage-with-guest-justin-fox/id1438466005?i=1000531683022
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6J6QaH9h8jae5byZSRRc6S?si=W5Dh9tceSuuanW2yeiA5-Q&dl_branch=1&nd=1

Episode Description

Joining the show today is car lover, photographer, graphic designer, skater, and podcaster Justin Fox from Zen Garage fame. We look at the current car culture and how Justin was influenced by his father’s passion into Hondas.

We discuss the influence of the Nissan Godzilla GT-R on the Australian Touring Car Championship.

We hear about Justin’s car collection and visit the current attitude ofthe car scene compared to the 1990’s and turn to the future where Tesla and other electric car makers are taking car culture.

The last debate raged – automatic vs manual.

Ross is going to build a Miata Kart – an MX5 offroad buggy.

Find more All Torque Car Podcast episodes on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/all-torque-car-podcast/id1438466005

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MY R32 GT-R HAS A LOT OF RUST!!!

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Living by the beach has been awesome, but not so awesome for the GT-R.

By not taking my GT-R out at all over the past 5 years it’s truly rusted out as it’s been sitting in a dark and damp garage under my house, out of sight, out of mind.

The past 5 years have been a huge struggle for me in life. I hit rock bottom, contemplated suicide, got on medication, got therapy, got better, got off the medication, got off the weed and only recently have I felt that I’ve finally found my feet again.

Upon inspection it looks like there’s a fair amount of surface rust that has developed on the GT-R since it’s been sitting there for the past 5 years undriven. I can see bubbling in the paint in a lot of places; on the roof edges, door sills, window sills and guards. The wheels have oxidised, there’s mold spots (which wipe away easy but still…) in the interior, the whole car is damp and looks like a barn find…

My car has cancer. I feel both embarrassed and depressed, it’s almost like announcing that I myself have cancer!

How truly bad the rust is I’m not sure but I’ve spoken to Indy at IS Motor Racing, the first step is to get it towed to his workshop and get the car going again.

I’ve done a bit of research on rust and R32 GT-R’s and it seems like a LOT of people all over the world have similar issues. Many have put a LOT of money into rust repair and I totally understand why you would as it’s a GT-R after all, but that would be money I do not have, so I’ve checked R32 GT-R prices on carsales too and GOD DAMN I had NO IDEA how much R32 GT-R’s are worth these days, so doing the unthinkable and selling the car might be on the cards too.

But I’m jumping the gun.

Right now I’m more upset about the rust (and all the things I could have done to prevent it) than the idea of selling the car. But if it does come to selling RB26, cutting my losses isn’t something I’m afraid of, or new to as I’ve been there so many times in my life already.

One step at a time. Indy’s first, then we’ll see.

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Monday Morning Rant – Buy a new guitar or get the GT-R back on the road?


MMR for Monday the 1st of March 2021.

So I’ve got a bit of money saved up. Last week I bought myself a new practise amp, leads and strings for my guitars and I’ve been toying with the idea of buying myself a new guitar, but after yesterday’s cruise I’m super inspired to get my GT-R back on the road. I’ve not got enough money to do both, so what do I do?!

PS: My old band – The Jury (I’m on vocals and guitar, Shannon Taylor on drums and Aaron Fletcher on Bass) Recorded at Troy Horse Studios 1993: https://soundcloud.com/justin-fox-27/sets/the-jury
Cars. Compassion. Action. Donation link: https://www.teamblackdog.org.au/fundraisers/rachelmclellan

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Cars. Compassion. Action.

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Great vibe today! We had 9 cars in total and now I’m SO geed up to get my GT-R back on the road!!!

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Cars. Compassion. Action.

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A charity cruise I’m helping to organise! More news soon!!! Invite only for our first run, but the first of many to come I’m sure! If you’re into the cause, please feel free to donate: https://www.teamblackdog.org.au/fundraisers/rachelmclellan

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ZEN PODCAST 37 – Gripshiftslide


Awesome podcast with Gwyn Morgan and Grant Salter of Gripshiftslide. I’m a HUGE fan of their automotive photography!

These guys started Gripshiftslide at the same time as I started ZEN Garage (2011) so we take a trip down memory lane and I find out what drives the guys to keep on doing what they’ve always done best; take amazing dynamic and artistic photos on the circuit.

Be sure to follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gripshiftslide.gss

PS: You can also listen to all the ZEN Podcasts on Spotify/Apple Podcasts and more: https://zengarage.buzzsprout.com

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Dalrymple Racing

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Laser etching by PRP on David Dalrymple’s ZEN Sponsored Time Attack R32 GT-R. Logo design by yours truly!

Visit:
PRP: http://platinumracingproducts.com
David Dalrymple: https://www.instagram.com/fatgtr
Justin Fox logo design: https://www.instagram.com/justinfoxlogo

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