Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ebisu 12 hours Super Endurance Race!!! (Video)

With Sunako-juku: (Sunako-san, Imoto-san, Fukai-san, Matsumoto-san, Kayama-sans, Mitsui-san, Bunta-san) and my buddies:
"No Money, No Race" Tom (http://tweety-roadster.blogspot.com/), Miguel, Dai, and all of our supporters - my wife, Miguel's wife, Miguel's brother Leo and his girlfriend Carla, Chef Paul, and a visitor from Switzerland, "Ike-men" Sven, and of course, my friend Russ http://gt-roadster.blogspot.com/ who took a few hundred photos and some video of the event.

I'm still going through the photos - so many good ones - but the video he created is pretty much spot on.

Here it is - enjoy!
Thank you so much Russ - I owe you more than a beer...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Photos of the bumper damage

While waiting for Nakayama-san at Mine's to check on what might be a crack in the block (turned out to be a leak in the turbine water line, whew! And they fixed for free - thanks guys!!), a delivery van backed into my car, resulting in the following damage:










The good news is that the van's insurance company paid for repairs and a rental (V36 Nissan Skyline sedan, which we used like a van to haul things around!) Repair-wise, I got a new bumper which was repainted, and a new left rear tail light cluster. They also went ahead and repainted the front bumper, so the car is actually looking pretty good, although I found a few flaws that they have promised to fix (they did not repair the tip of the rear wing).

Will post new pics soon of the repair, once everything is fixed!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Update - possible engine block crack?

Apparently not. All a false alarm. Mine's Nakayama-san found a turbo water line that was leaking coolant. It was underneath the rear turbocharger. He's replaced it with a new part, hopefully no further issues... and hopefully, he was right about no crack in the block!!!

Ok, so what needs replacing next? Brakes, transmission, tires/wheels, all in the foreseeable future...

There was also a minor incident while the car was parked at Mine's - a delivery van backed into the car, causing damage to the rear bumper. Luckily, his insurance company paid for a new rear bumper, and a paint job. And the paint shop went ahead and repainted the front bumper too, so the car looks pretty good... except that they forgot to repair the top of the rear wing, which is still scratched from the impact... will post pictures soon.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Another photo from the SSCT Track Day (July 21, 2008)

Found this on the SSCT Official website today:

http://www.ssct-web.jp/index.html



Having passed that R34, get on the R35's tail...

ALMOST had him!