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#TR86 2017 Season Launch at SMSP

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Old school cool (forever a Celica fan).

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Sign a fair few of these a year!

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Matt Hart from The Escape Road, and Adam from Downshift.

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Crompton!

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And Skaifey had a few words too, legend!

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The drivers.

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Aussie Speedhunter Matt Everingham.

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BIG MAN NICK!

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Zen Racer Trent Grubel.

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ZEN RPRSNT!

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My ride.

I got to do 3 hot laps in a #TR86 race car today on the full GP circuit (my fave!) at Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek, we were given access to Mark Skaife, and Neil Crompton too. Was a great day, great vibes!

The car I got this time around was meant for a much taller driver. I could barely reach the pedals, and couldn’t see over the dashboard!!! I even hung a couple of wheels off the dirt because I just didn’t feel comfortable pushing the car. I had Pro Race Car Driver Ben Porter in the car with me so that was kinda nerve wrecking as well, though I’m sure he was WAY more scared than I was with me behind the wheel haha! Still, ANY excuse to get onto the full circuit for hot laps (such a privilege to get to drive at EC).

You can find out more about Toyota 86 Racing Series here: http://www.toyota.com.au/86/racing-series and to check out my full feature on Zen Blog, clock here: http://www.zengarage.com.au/2017/03/2017-t86rs-official-season-launch/

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HIN – Hot Import Nights Australia

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Any excuse to wear a suit, right?!

Remember that scene in F&F Tokyo Drift where it’s a nightclub, but in a carpark? Well that’s been Dennis from Night Shift’s dream ever since, and it’s awesome that the guy has teamed up with HIN, to represent the franchise in Australia.

Star and I were invited to the VIP launch night at Establishment (swanky as!). Super excited for the guys, and I’ll be more than happy to support the HIN Australia crew.

Visit: https://www.facebook.com/hotimportnightsau

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Australia Day EOMM

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Photo by Full Flutter.

Didn’t make it to my own meet last night (was drunk by lunch time!), but some pics are making their way online.

Pic above of the S15 that we (ZEN) built for Need For Speed, which has now changed hands once more. Great to see it’s looking just as clean as when I sold it!

Kudos to all who went, and thanks to all who took photos for those who didn’t. More photos from other photographers here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1777400605856951/?active_tab=discussion

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Import Bible Old & New

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Original photo.

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David’s artwork.

David from Import Bible sent me a message the other night to ask if I could try and take a front on shot of the Old & New 997 Slant Nose at SEMA for him. I did, and this is what he’s come up with (so good!).

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Vegas Trip: Day #8 – LA – Petersen Automotive Museum

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#history

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FD concept!!!

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Yup even concept cars rock Toyo R888’s in the US!

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Old.

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New.

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Still the dream (with RB26 heart of-course!).

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Tuner section (again, 86 was on Toyo’s!).

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And yeah, this stopped me in my tracks, and hit me like a 2 tonne heavy thing.

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Go Adam! Their Forza set-up definitely needed some work (not inked and some dummy mode where the cars were auto braking).

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The Jewel of the show.

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Deus RPRSNT!

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John and Simon scored this S14 for their LA stay. I was quick to grab a ride just for the experience!

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Yeah roads are pretty damn fucked up in LA!!!

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And back to Shake Shack to try their normal ShackBurger and awwwww yeah, super dirty, tasty, the complete opposite to In-N-Out’s much cleaner burger, but I love it!

Last day in the US, we checked out the Petersen Automotive Museum, just 20 minutes drive from our hotel. On show was ‘The Art of Bugatti’, but we went straight for the vault tour!

No photos allowed in the Vault Tour, such a shame as there were some pretty amazing cars underground, the one-of-one 1925/34 ‘Round Door’ Rolls, a Mercedes used by Sadam Hussein and much more.

Well worth checking out if you have a few hours to burn. I couldn’t get my eyes off the McLaren F1, even going back to level 2 to check it out twice.

For more info, visit: http://petersen.org

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TOYO TIRES OWNS SEMA

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Toyo have published a feature with some of my shots from SEMA, so rad! Check it out: http://toyotires.com.au/toyo-blog/673-toyo-tires-owns-sema

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Vegas Trip: Day #5 – SEMA

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This was shot INDOORS!

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We headed next door to the Palazzo for breakfast this morning, they’ve re-created Venice, complete with wet look tiles, a gorgeous painted sky on the ceiling and real Gondolas!

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Then we headed in to SEMA again.

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I spent this day socialising mostly. This is Ravi from V2LAB who I’ve been in contact with over the net for years now. So great to finally meet him, and his girl Nalanie, who are such an amazing power couple! Was awesome to watch them work, capturing both video and stills throughout the day.

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Had to revisit this FD.

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And I had to get better shots of the Old & New Japan at Toyo stand.

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Pretty awesome (yes I’m partial to slant nosed Porsches!).

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Greaser RPRSNT! John Lor and Simon, also from Sydney!

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Art. The gold chrome engraved Nissan GT-R created by Kuhl Racing.

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Widebody everything. S2K at the Konig stand.

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Enjuku 350Z at the Konig stand, driven by Savanna Little.

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LB everywhere.

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FK2R, which we’re not going to get in Aus.

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I then finally caught up with Antonio Logan, who’s been our USA Zen Garage contributor since early 2015. The guy is just SO Zen. I love his vibe. He’s motivated and super positive (despite missing his flight, and having his luggage go missing too!!!). Really looking forward to working with Antonio going forwards.

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My man! I then caught up with another Antonio (!). Antonio Alvendia from MotorMavens, who I first met in Sweden for Need for Speed last year. We’ve not seen each other since but it feels like yesterday. LOVE THIS GUY!

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As we were leaving SEMA a bunch of promoters on the street were handing out strip club flyers. Antonio was quick to grab some, turns out a little trick he likes to do when he hands out business cards to prospective clients is to “accidentally” spill out titty flyers as he’s grabbing a card out of his wallet!

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Luke’s Lobster Las Vegas!

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Lobster Roll FTMFW!

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Crew!

We woke up a little earlier this morning and ate brekkie at the Palazzo next door, which has a fantastic, and quite trippy painted ceiling. SEMA was different for me today too. MUCH more social as I spent the day catching up with friends I’ve met over the net.

Being done with the big nights, we’ve booked a car to head to the Hoover Dam tomorrow, then on to The Grand Canyon. Should be a refreshing break from all the booze!

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Vegas Trip: Day #4 – SEMA

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Toyo Treadpass is killer. I ran into Dino from Speedhunters just as I got here, and he suggested it was the best part of the whole show (I agree!). No need for words, enjoy the diversity and quality of cars in my Toyo Tires Treadpass coverage below.

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A 1970 Ford Mustang Fastback mounted on a Nissan R35 GT-R chassis!

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Hoonicorn unveiled. The guys had a pretty tight fence around it so excuse the tight shots!

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Toyo has SO much representation at SEMA. I’m shocked, in awe, just absolutely loving it.

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Enkei stand. The following shots are of cars on Toyo tyres, but not at official Toyo stands.

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Fatlace RPRSNT!

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Speedhunters x RWB.

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Boss.

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CATUNED 2002.

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So rad!

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JDMyard crew x Jeremy Lookofsky of Drag Cartel.

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Really loved this 2017 Honda Civic shell at the Honda stand; it was covered in Honda Racing mods, all nicely labelled. Massive focus on track stuff in general at SEMA.

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2017 86 at the Toyota stand.

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Beautiful.

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Greddy stand.

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Haltech! At the end of the day I finally got around to the main hall, spotted fellow Aussies hard at work (good one guys your stand was busy as!). Will return tomorrow for much much more!

Yup. SEMA is awesome! It’s HUGE, and there’s so much to see, even more to miss if you don’t take your time. Good¬†thing then that I have a few days left to go!

I’ve been in absolute awe at how many cars on show are on Toyo tyres. It’s mind boggling, especially since Toyo are a Japanese tyre, and SO many American muscle cars are on them, complete with Toyo tyre stickers too! Everyone’s busy at the show but I got a little chat in with Stan Chen, the senior manager of Toyo Tires USA, as well as Dionne Mascunana, who creates a lot of awesome imagery for Toyo USA (check his Instagram here).

I’ve also noted a real track focus at the show. PLENTY of stripped out race cars (which I love!). I’ll be returning tomorrow for more so sit tight for more photos then!

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WTAC 2016 Video by DopeKoto

No need for words, this video by DopeKoto captures the vibe of WTAC so well, familia; love… SO much love! Subscribe to DopeKoto.

PS: Spot me at 3:14 in!

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Vegas Trip: Day #3 – SEMA REGISTRATION

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Walker in the house.

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SO many awesome cars on Toyo here in the US, what the fuck is up with Toyo representation in Aus? It’s got to change.

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Boss.

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993 FTMFW.

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Idlers x Toyo R888 RPRSNT!

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Everything’s bigger in the States!

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Yeah I’m done! Fave car I saw today.

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Block in the house.

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Spotted on the street en-route to the cop shop.

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The cop shop!

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I was there to file a report about the other night (so I can claim my phone on insurance!). Cops were so tops!!!!!

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Walking back to our hotel.

Man we’re doing SO much walking around Vegas, our legs are dead already! Today started super slow as some of the crew went out raging again last night, we had brekkie at lunch, and then headed over to SEMA to get our passes. The Media room is awesome, Kiet happens to have 2 phones on him so I got a sim card for one of them and now I have a phone! Some of the crew managed to talk their way into a sold out Diplo show at our hotel, I decided to skip that to hang with the Speedhunters crew for a few drinks.

Big day tomorrow! Expect a lot of photos! SEMA has got to be the largest car show in the world. It looks absolutely HUGE!

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