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Zen Graff Snapback – BLK Edition.

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I’m pretty excited about this hat. Yup. This hat gets me excited! I’ve been wanting to make an all black on black version of our Zen Graff Snapback for years now (along side our hoodie, it’s our best selling item), just haven’t had the funds (hey we’re grass roots and keeping up with stock demands on our staple Zen range is hard enough as it is!).

LESS IS MORE. Going all black was perhaps the easiest way to further refine a product that up until now, sells so well (and continues to do so). The Zen Graff Snapback has largely been unaltered since 2011 (the first 100 ever made didn’t feature the teal under-brim the snapback has today). I wanted this hat for me, but we’ve had to make a few to make it a reality, so they’re most likely going to make their way to the Zen SHOP soon (we added a new trucker hat design earlier today!).

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Hotel for SEMA booked!

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VEGAS, BABY!

Hotel booked (lol, look at it!), and even better, MEDIA pass approved!

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Forza Horizon 3 experience – Day 2

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WHAT A DAY!!!!! Check out the full feature on Zen Blog. Visit: http://www.zengarage.com.au/2016/09/forza-horizon-3-experience/

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Forza Horizon 3 experience – Day 1

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Sydney journos arriving at Peppers The Sands Resort in Torquay.

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Our Sydney to Melbourne Jetstar flight was delayed by half an hour so we unfortunately missed out on dinner (we got to the hotel at around 9.30PM). The team scrambled quickly and ordered us some Pizza and Beer, perfecto!

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My room. Lovely.

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6am. Old man is up! Turns out my room looks out onto the golf course!

I’m in Melbourne again this weekend for the Forza Horizon 3 experience, where 10 journalists have been flown in to Peppers The Sands Resort in Torquay to drive 10 exotic cars featured in the game on The Great Ocean Road all day today. The Forza/Microsoft/XBOX team here are being super tight lipped about which 10 cars we’ll be driving today. Either way I’m excited!

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Fitting Toyo Tyres at Gordon Leven Motorsport – ZEN Rocket Bunny 180SX

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M5 > M7 > M4 > Emu Plains.

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Cordy’s R32. Click here for a feature we did!

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Thickness. You can always bet on seeing something porn at a motorsport shop!

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Oh hai! It took 5 months for these custom order MS1’s to come in from WORK Japan.

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Boy was the wait worth it! They’re drop dead gorgeous wheels. Much thanks to Leo from JDM Concept for helping us gain sponsorship from WORK Japan.

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Spotted! Our bad boys on the shelf.

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Heat treating R888R’s!

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We were chuffed to have Motorsport veterans Gordon Leven and Bill Pearson fit the tyres to our wheels today. Legends have legendary stories so we went fishing and came up with some pearlers! One story involved a customer John Gale who brought in his Surtees TS9B F1 race car (driven by James Hunt). He needed the rear tyres on his magnesium rims replaced, but the rear rims were so wide the guys had to modify their tyre machines on the fly to make it happen.

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Out came the big guns!

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The guys commended these WORK wheels on having a good safety contour (outer bead seat area) which made for easy tyre fitting and should prevent the bead from slipping and air escaping, even in motorsport conditions

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Specs: We’ve gone for a staggered set of TOYO PROXES R888R’s. 245/40/18 in the front and 255/35/18 in the rear.

The custom WORK Meister M1’s we ordered for our ZEN Rocket Bunny 180SX 5 months ago have finally landed from Japan and Cordy and I headed straight out to Emu Plains to visit Gordon Leven Motorsport Tyres to get a set of staggered Toyo Tyres Proxes R888R semi-slicks fitted!

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Forza Horizon 3

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I just got in the door and my mobile went off. A number I don’t know… usually I’d just let it ring out, but this time I picked it up and it was Ogilvy, who let me know that one of my Zen contributors Lewis couldn’t make the Forza gig. I’m now taking his place! So Melbourne, see you again next week!

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ZEN WTAC T-Shirt

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Zen Garage x World Time Attack Challenge T-Shirts are at the printers! I’ve created these for our Zen Media Team and Zen Babes to wear during the event, but we’ve ordered 50 units, so we’ll have a few left over to sell at the Zen Stand during the event!

Massive thanks to Maza for helping me trace the logo into vector!

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Nike x ZEN

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I got an email from Nike Australia the other day, almost fell off my chair! They needed some help to find some hot cars to display at an event, this is what went down: http://www.zengarage.com.au/2016/08/zen-x-nike

Foot in the door, hopefully! Would love to work with Nike some more in future.

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It’s the me! Toyota T86RS Video

Man! I had no idea they had so many cameras going on the day! SUCH A GREAT LITTLE VIDEO! Props to Toyota, big time! Full Feature on Zen: http://www.zengarage.com.au/2016/04/toyota-86-racing-series-t86rs-track-day/

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Festival of 86

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R888’s FTW.

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Zen RPRSNT!

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Always a soft spot. My first car was a Celica.

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Tetsuya Tada and I.

Ved and I covered the Festival of 86 in Canberra last weekend for Toyo Tyres Australia. I got to meet the Toyota 86’s Chief Engineer Tetsuya Tada who Toyota flew in from Japan. Was a great day out in general, no traffic, perfect weather, great food and I especially dug just being in the Caddy with Ved on a road trip!

More photos on Zen! Visit: http://www.zengarage.com.au/2016/05/2016-festival-of-86/

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