Going to a good guy who’s a mate of a great guy. This car has been the longest daily driver I’ve owned. It’s the car that killed the modifying bug in me (as I was buying and modding a car a year before this car). Where I often wished I was in my GT-R when a nice ride would pull up next to me at the lights when I was in my daily drivers, I never felt that way in the Golf. It holds it’s own and nothing I’ve owned has ever sounded so good from the front and the back.
Yesterday I was invited by Bandai Namco Entertainment to the Developer Tour for Project Cars 2. Attending the event was Slightly Mad Studios (Speedhunters Founder) Rod Chong, together with British Touring Car Driver, Nicolas Hamilton (Lewis Hamilton’s younger brother who races with a specially-modified car due to his cerebral palsy).
We got to play the latest build of Project Cars 2 on two DBOX full motion simulators at the event (each retails for over $40,000) as well as full VR support with Oculus Rift and PS4 Pro enhanced versions of the game. We also had a full 12K tri-screen PC setup to play with. I’ll be sure to blog that all up on ZEN Blog soon, but this morning I got to spend quality time with Nicolas Hamilton out at my hood. Seeing him on the sim yesterday was pretty mind blowing stuff (ZEN feature to come!), but getting to know the legend and having him over at my place was pretty spesh!
Due to MDT (or at least, my paranoia of it) I’ve not driven much at all in the past year. I’ve mostly relied on friends to give me lifts and uber. The Golf is sitting out in the car port unloved. It’s bad enough I have the GT-R in hibernation, the Zoomer too, but the Golf as well?! I can’t fight logic anymore so I’ve made the call to finally let her go.
What’s with all the commotion about the skids at EOMM?
It’s nothing new?
I’ve been running EOMM’s since 2004 and sadly there have always been idiots doing skids leaving the event.
EOMM has been shut down MANY times. Early days we were shut down every 2nd meet. EOMM has been shut down for years at a time, yet it’s come back again and again when the time felt right.
EOMM feels like a previous lifetime ago to me, but when it resurfaces I’m OK with it.
Right now it’s a HUGE safety issue as EOMM is child friendly and I see a lot of kids walking about at the meets. I was with 2 kids all EOMM last week. One 14, one 8 and there were a few guys driving way past 60 in the car park…
Sydney Dragway takes all money off the door. We’ve tried more security, we’ve tried hiring police and nothing seems to be working to stop a handful of idiots from driving dangerously both to, inside and on the way out of the event.
I personally see this as an issue management has to sort out. Either way EOMM can’t go on the way it’s going and I’m OK with whatever decision management ends up making, whether it’s to try to continue to solve the issue or call it a day (for now?!).
PS: To all those offering help. I’ll speak to the team and see if I can come up with one point of contact for help/suggestions. Thanks for caring!
PPS: To all those who have been saying bad things about EOMM (or hearing people saying bad things about EOMM), thinking I might be upset by the noise; NO. I am AOK with it. YES I represent EOMM. I founded it, but it’s a whole different beast today to what it was when I started it (those who know know that EOMM is long dead). To the haters kicking me whilst I’m down (you know who you are), fine form guys, keep talking about me and following me, there’s much more to come!).
Hittin’ the ground rollin’. I’m vibe hunting tonight. Expecting a HUGE End Of Month Meet (EOMM). I’ll be there with the ZEN stand so please come down and hang. Community. Unity. Haters and Hoons don’t fuck this shit up for me.
Couldn’t help but check this little thing out. Not one part of this S660 was left untouched!
This BNR34 had a HKS Kansai cage in it, the cage featured a fair bit more bolstering than my Cusco cage which makes for a much stronger look. Definitely makes me wish I pulled the trigger on a HKS cage many years ago.
Clean EVO 6. Many cars were stored away due to the impending rain today, shame but hey, not complaining with the cool cars we did get to see!
This car was for sale.
I have this same genuine new old stock sticker that I still haven’t stuck on my car. Every time I do see an old BNR32 rocking this sticker (very rarely!!!) it makes me want to put mine on!
A couple of tough white GTR’s were parked closer to the showroom.
I really really wanted this dipstick but it doesn’t fir the RB26! Grrrr! I did end up getting a bunch of stickers and T’s though.
Mukai-san was so animated, so much energy. I can only hope I have the same amount of energy when I’m his age!
Meeting the President of HKS Kansai Service Mukai-san was a pretty special treat, especially with Naomi tanslating for me! He had all the time in the world for us. I got to show Mukai-san my R32 GT-R which he approves of! He liked my girly photography too LOL! He’s even tried to persuade me to come back to fit some new GT III turbos! Definitely a highlight of the trip!
Later that we had all the guys we’ve been hanging out with on separate locations, all in the one place for goodbyes. Got to love these young Japanese guys, they’re just such cool cats the lot of them!
Day 6 saw us get right into our final bit of shopping for Raijin Fujin in and around Denden Town.
I spotted this Voltes V robot I have in my lounge room (which I’ve owned since I was a kid) but selling brand new in a box. Wait till you see the price…
I own this Gatchaman toy too at home, check the price!!!!!
Transformer cars were more rare than we thought here in Japan.
1/6th Scale Akira?! Crazy!
Denden Town got stranger the further down we went.
Gattling BB gun anyone?
I then pretty much found die-cast heaven. No words necessary and enjoy the following photos. Let’s just say I wanted the lot, but couldn’t even afford to justify buying one!
Day 6 was another huge day of shopping with Raijin Fujin. The guys did well today and have bust weight capacity pretty much! With shopping done the guys treated me to a trip to HKS Kansai, just up the road from their home. More in the next post!