Macau: Guia Circuit

Guia Circuit, the home to the Macau Touring Car Race, GP & Moto GP. Background info found here.

Thoughts:

Whether you’re watching Kazuhiro (Osaka JDM), Joe (Car Make Across), Temple, the Sharks of NGR or members of Zero Fighter 555, you can see the kanjozoku spirit in their driving. With no street circuits in Japan, I can only imagine that street circuit racing like this is what the kanjozoku’s dreamed of back in the golden age of Japanese car culture. Of course they eventually made Loop 1 their street circuit.

Seeing that this circuit is in China, I feel that it was these type of races on street circuits that inspired HK movies like Off Track (1991).

When I watch races on Guia circuit, I find very similar mannerisms of a kanjozoku; the erratic and abrupt maneuvers to over take the opponent. Just watching the starting grid is like watching a bunch of fighter planes about to take off, and soon after take off is when the dog fights begin.

Disecting Guia:
The first turn on Guia

Leading onto the first straight away.

Turn 2, Mandarin Corner. Many take this turn at high speed so that they can over take at Lisboa.

The infamous Lisboa corner… Watch any race on this circuit. There will be either spinouts and/or pileups on this turn.

San Francisco Hill, an up hill stretch. I always liked the name because if you ever been to the city of San Francisco, CA, there are many steep hills such as this one (even more steeper actually).

A good exit speed and torque is your best friend here.

A down hill look of San Francisco

After San Francisco is a S-turn that leads to a 90 degree right hand turn

Then it’s a down hill stretch

Which leads to a series of turns that get narrow and as slithery as a snake.

Just wide enough for two cars… Leaving little to no room for mistakes.

Melco hairpin

Rules state, absolutely no passing at this hairpin… But I swore I seen people pass here before 🤔

Supposedly it’s only during Moto GP races that passing is allowed at this section.

Fisherman’s Bend, second to the last turn of the track which leads to a medium length straight away.

R- Bend, the last turn before the finish line.

Final Thoughts:

Even though many different divisions race here, I feel this is where Touring Car racing belong. When ever I think of this track I automatically picture cars of the touring races in the late 90′ to early 2000’s battling it out. I see the starting grid and I imagine the Kanjozoku’s lining up at the entrance of Loop 1.

It’s the swarm of noise, violent driving and the car pileups that echos nostalgia. It’s more exciting than the rat race of life and death we witness everyday in traffic and daily commutes.

You can find many videos of these older to current races online. When I watch them, I can almost picture myself there, maybe on of a high rise hotel suite watching from a birds eye view. Sipping on a martini or something haha, one day.

“There aren’t many places that make Monaco look easy, but Macau is one of them.”

[1:55 AM]

Zen approach

We live in a crazy world don’t we? People love to talk trash about others. They love to put down one another. They get caught up in hype, trying to one-up each other.

But look at this:

Beautiful isn’t it? What is the life span of human existence compared to the life span of the universe? It is as if our relevance to this universe is, well, irrelevant. With all the beauties and wonders it holds, it baffles me the way and how people treat each other. But as Bertrand Russell once said “The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.”

I been busy with life and work. I been doing ten hour+ shifts where I get off at 2am or later. That means there are times where I don’t talk to a homie for a good while, but when we connect again it’s just like where we left off. Some people don’t have a connection like that. They wanna act all brand new and shit. I am too sleep deprived to deal with bullshit. Even when I’m not sleep deprived I don’t have time for bullshit! Lol can you imagine that some people have connection issues with relatives?… Smh. When it comes to people’s true colors, you gotta realize in essence colors are pieces of light. Light travels regardless of any fact. A person can only try to hide and stop their true colors from shining for so long, before they get blinded by it. Enough is enough. It’s time for Zen. Don’t get distracted by bullshit y’all. Stay focus, work on yourself. And be humble. Always have good intentions.

Also, big shout out to folks who juggle family life and car life. Late night hours belongs to you. I call that the hours of solitude. Because when you have a passion for something, you make time for it.

What is Zen? When hungry, eat. When tired, sleep. Sounds simple right? People don’t do that at all. When they’re hungry, they think of all sort of things. When they’re tired they dream all types of dreams.

Peace.

[2:20AM]

BOOM BAP

Yoooo!!! Press play!

Ya hear that?! That’s that BOOM BAP! The shit that KRS-ONE was preaching about to the ignorant fucks back in the days.

You see the background?! Yo Matt, if you’re reading this, don’t that shit remind you of Sac PD? Rolling up on you on the waterfront and shit? Hahaha! If you live or been to Elk Grove with a modified car, you know all about that shit too! HAHA!
Anyway…

As I was saying yesterday, I installed my new bucket seat: A Buddy Club P1 Version 2 in wide. This has to be the best bucket seat I’ve ever sat in. Hands down, it’s super comfortable and the ergonomics is phenomenal. I purchased the wide because… well to be honest, I got tired of always crushing my junk getting into a seat that’s made for like a 32 waist (I’m a size H, for Husky.) With the wide seat, I have extra leg room which means room for my junk to chill and relax.

For reference, the wide version can fit up to a 36 waist. I sat in a standard Recaro SPG before and I fit fine. Super snug but if you plan on wearing thick clothes with a jacket, it might be a little too tight. With the Buddy Club wide seat, I can sit comfortably with layers and a jacket. The PCI seat rails accepted the wide seat perfectly as well.

I’ve always liked Buddy Club. I have their special edition shift knob and now their bucket seat. I plan to purchase more of their parts in the future. (Sponsorship please?) I remember hearing about their parts back in the early 2000’s but of course they’ve been around before that. I had to whip out the Hyper Rev Vol. 7 for these pics:

That issue was released back in 1998. When I heard of them in the early 2000’s, they already had their engine internal parts out, which is their performance line of camshafts. I know a lot of people in the US have reviewed their entry cams, Spec 3 and Spec 3+, as “ok” performance camshafts. However, IIRC I remember when I was learning how to dyno tune, I walked up to the shop where I would eventually start working at, and old boy was tuning a circuit car that was using Spec 3+ with 13:1 cr. I remember looking at the dyno graph at the end of the session and that shit read 230whp on a dynojet. I don’t remember what else it had internally but I do remember it was an EG hatch with a built B20V and probably on race gas.

I feel that if you have the “just right” combo, you can get some good gains from their “entry level” camshafts. If you look up their Type IV cams, those numbers are up and above the 220whp mark. Moreover, I came across this thread that kinda validates my view of having the right combo, which is key: https://honda-tech.com/forums/all-motor-naturally-aspirated-44/simple-b20-vtec-dyno-inside-3220625/

91 oct
84mm b20 honed
Ycp pistons from ebay with hasting piston rings
Stock rods with arp bolts
Arp head studs
Stock port itr head with supertech springs and retainers
Stock itr manifold ported matched to a 68 mm throttle body
Buddy club spec 3+ cams @ 0,0
No name 3 inch intake with blox velocity stack and filter
550cc Deatschwerks injectors at 44 psi
Deatschwerks 310 fuel pump
Toda Rep Header
2.5 Crush bent exhaust with magnaflow resonator and jones Muffler

You read that right. Cam gears are set at 0,0. I even chatted with the owner about his build and even he was shocked at the gains. Like I said, right combo and then add one hell of a tuner. It is possible. Sometimes you don’t need big cams to make great usable power. I plan to play with their camshafts in the near future. My experience with their Spec 3+ was years ago; dropped into a stock GSR with bolt ons. It had some good mid range and was plenty of fun. Here is a dyno graph from Katman, comparing his graph with Dylan’s EG from back in 2004.

But enough with their power adders. Buddy Club has good quality parts. Their light weight P1 wheels are the shit too! Ok, I don’t want this post to sound like an advertisement so I will end it here. Peace!

BOOM BAP!

[12:32AM]

Progress, Kinda

Last month I posted that I needed to change out my intake manifold gasket (hoping that is the problem…) because I noticed a coolant leak. Well, I have yet to dissemble that shit haha! In a matter of about 3 weeks this is how far I got:

GET TO WORK DAMN IT!
I was going to finish it but PVT Ian got tired of driving around without front lower motor mounts, so we installed them with ES inserts

😆

A hammer fixes anything hahahah

Anyway, here is a little bonus from my friend S. Hirokazu. He attended the Osaka Hunters car meet last weekend which got broken up by the police. If you follow some kanjozoku’s on social media, I am sure you can see better pics, but I love the raw un-edited pictures. S. Hirokazu, If you’re reading this, THANK YOU! I appreciate you always sending me pics of the events/meets you go to!

[2:04AM]

Follow The White Bunny Pt. 2

 

Pics via Super Street

“…under that factory bonnet you’ll find the stock B16A fitted with a Trust turbo. Later this month, the crew is expecting delivery of a Quaife 6-speed sequential transmission, but it won’t be mated to that 1.6L. Instead, a built 2.0L B-series is in the works with power goals in the 350 to 400hp range… ultimately they’d like to compete in a hill climb event in Germany this year, if the stars are kind enough to properly align.”

Now THAT is something I would like to see!

When ever I think of a B series with a sequential transmission, I think of this battle:

And this Civic:

[1:11AM]

What is sleep?

That’s what I’ve been asking myself lately. Got me feeling like a cat, looking like I’m “always tired” and shit. But in the end, it’s worth it, especially if you’re a hard worker.

Speaking of cats, I purchased these dope stickers from Triple Cat Deluxe:

This one reminds me of the cat from Sailor Moon. Mrs. Runner loves this one lol

😼

“Aye yo, waddup Run?! How you feeling?”

And that’s an understatement by the way. When you are working long hours, you gotta ask yourself “what is sleep?” Cat naps has been my best friends when it comes to getting my energy back. It’s also hard to fit anything into your schedule, like chores, grocery shopping, and WORKING ON YOUR CAR. I started up the ol’ Runner the other day and when he warmed up I smelled coolant… I popped the hood, did a thorough inspection and found this:

Looks like the intake manifold gasket… I thought the Hondata heat shield gaskets are supposed to last forever? Well, nothing lasts forever unfortunately! I won’t know for sure until I take the intake manifold off, but from the looks of it, there might be a crack on the gasket

Whatever the issue may be, it can and will be fixed. The real question is, how do I fit the repair into my schedule? 🤔

[12:28AM]