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:

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

ALMOST had him!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Photos from SSCT Track Day at Fuji Speedway July 21 2008

will provide commentary later. But first, the pictures, all courtesy of Paul "Hyrev" C.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Video made by Hyrev

look for me at 2:46, 3:00, 3:12, 3:50, and 4:20.

Thanks Paul!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Photos from Sunako-juku LAST LESSON at SportsLand Yamanashi

Belated, yes. But these photos (taken by our new friend Ville) are absolutely worth it.


Click, then click again on this photo to enjoy in full size - my new PC desktop background!

Backside - nice angle!

Blue painter's tape. Thanks Paul! (but it looks like a Cylon) Yokohama A050 S-tire.

Check out how the front splitter is ALMOST touching the tarmac. Well, Sunako-san DID say we should brake into the corners...I need new springs, S-Tune is too soft!

How I took the last corner:

How Sunako-san took it:

Coming up the straight:

This photograph is awesome in my opinion. Shows the speed!

Thanks Ville! All Photos Copyright 2008, Ville V.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunako-juku LAST LESSON @ SportsLand Yamanashi

Will update later with more information and videos, but fundamentally a great day - many thanks to everyone for coming and to Sunako-san and his staff for making it a great day!

Here is my friend Paul (aka "Hyrev") learning what it's like to be driven around by a pro at this small track. Wise man, didn't think his own car could take the abuse...

Was that screaming I hear??