Reflections: Run what you got

Back then (2012), living on an instant ramen noodle diet, I had to run what I got as is.

Ever heard of the tire brand Negotiator? No? Neither have I!

VX wheels are 13×5, I was running 185/70/13 tires on them. Talk about balloon tires. The tires were rated at 110 mph max, I took it past 120mph many times while on a run…

Waiting for the call…
Gas up our cars and minds.
The run
The cool down.
205+WHP + 185/70/13 tires = A setup only P. Runner could master.

It wasn’t an ideal tire set up, but again I had to run what I got. Those days of driving at that speed are over however, I don’t go over 85mph nowadays. It’s all about maintaining now. Living to tell your story.

VX wheels will always have a fond place in my heart.

“I had to pray before going into corners” said Shunei Kawasaki who drove the SS Works CRX on Best Motoring’s Roaring VTEC: Battle at 10,000 RPM. I felt the same way on my tire set up back then. LOL

P.S., I drove by this bar today, and there were people outside enjoying their drinks

It made me think of this

Peace. Stay safe y’all.

River City Run

When it comes to cyclic groups, they don’t continuously circle the Loop like the Running Man in Neo Tokyo. Many times they venture out. Just as us Runner’s didn’t just stick to our loop. As Kei Miura once said in an interview: “On weekend nights the touge, expressways, piers and downtown streets were like racing circuits.” Indeed they were.

Around this time of year I always end up watching throwback races on Guia Circuit. Rewatching them made me reminisce of a time when I was still living in Sacramento, and PVT Matt’s distributor blew while exiting Q street. I drove out to him while he waited for his tow. As we stood there I thought to myself how dope it would be if there was a road course like Guia Circuit out here.

Later that week I plotted the course out in my head. Here is the layout of the track.

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Start/Finish line will be on Q street and 3rd.

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The following photos will be of the turns (Follow the circuit on Google Maps if you like. IF you live in Sac, go drive it!):

Left onto 5th Street, and you’ll fly by Matt’s old apartments.

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Left onto Capital Mall and over the tower bridge.

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First left onto Riverfront.

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Sharp right onto Mill.

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Sharp left onto 5th/South River Road

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Right onto Business Loop 80

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Then back onto I5 North to exit Q Street to the finish line.

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I cruised this route before in the past. Without all the stops, it would be a dope course. It doesn’t have as many turns as Guia, but River City Run is all along the Sacramento River, just as Guia is along the coast. When driving this course, you will pass some monuments and great views. Give is a drive if you’re a local, you won’t be disappointed.

Oh and by the way, it’s also beside something else…

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[2:21AM]

Reflecting Back

Man, we used to do some crazy wild shit.

Me and @Tougel1 did a lot of Highway Loop runs in our home town of Sacramento. No one was doing that shit at that time. Though we would mock a kanjozoku highway course, we had to play it safe. Not only because we were doing something that was dangerous and illegal, but because our cultures and laws are different, as I mentioned before in a blog post years ago. To touch more on that post, I mentioned sometimes cars would follow us a few laps. Reminiscing about that made me think of this:

Exactly. Code of ethics is key when it comes to us looping the highways. At no point were any of us wreckless nor drove like a douchebag. The legendary Team Mid Night main code of ethics was not top speed and skill, it was the safety of other drivers. We followed that code as well. If anyone decided to participate in a run, we would to make sure to be smart about it. There were many times I paid no mind to someone trying to flex on me because of the way they were driving. It came off like they would just run me off the road. I had a few encounters like that and the funniest was when I would decide to run them. I would end up getting the jump on them and they couldn’t keep up, even if they had a more powerful engine.

But as you know, us Runners never cared about winning or losing. As a matter of fact we just cruised the highway majority of the time because we enjoyed how the city looked from that view. When mashing, we were wildin’; when cruising, we were free; when roaming the streets, we were ghosts.

Sacramento at Night

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Back then I would say “Live like you’re already dead. Haunt the streets.” but as of lately I have been saying “Live like you don’t exist. Bless the streets.” And indeed do so, especially if you left humble memories and a foundation there for others to remember. Peace.

[1:05AM]

FT. Bragg, CA

A few weeks ago I got to visit a place I’ve been meaning to see for a long time; Fort Bragg, CA.
With a population of 7,287 life is slow/easy living.
The best way to describe this city is to listen to DJ Shadow’s Album: Entroducing…

Especially this shot. For viewing pleasure, listen to the track: Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt on that album:

That little shack in the back is Sea Pal Cove. I swear they have the best fish and prawns I’ve ever tasted. It’s always the little hole in the wall joints that have the best food.

I am a fan of Petroliana/Automobillia. The way the morning sun shined through the trees gave it a real surreal and nostalgic feeling…
It’s really cool to see this place still active. If I lived here, I wouldn’t mind working for a place like this…

… And I wouldn’t mind owning a little shop like this lol

With HWY 1 running through Fort Bragg, it really has its breathe taking views.

I will see you again Fort Bragg.

Eco Zones

해적 만

공격이 있었다, 사이버 해적.

우리는 일어난 것을 막을 수 없었다.

그들은 주요 제어 시스템을 해킹,

전자 기기의 엄청난 금액은 바다에서 잃었습니다. 수 조 달러가 손실되고 있다.

많은 피해가 해양 생물에 이루어졌다.

변환이 일어났다, 우리의 꿈 너머

전자 몇 해양 야생 생활이 융합한

그들은 새로운 모양과 형태를 취했다

결과적으로

나는 내 인생을 끝낼 것을 선택했습니다

안녕 영원히

 

“Pirate Bay
There were attacks from cyber pirates.
We could not have prevented what happened.
They hacked into the main control system.
We lost a huge amount of electronic equipment,
Trillions of dollars.
There is so much damage was done to marine life.
Beyond our dreams, something has changed.
Electronics and marine wildlife that combines They took a new shape and form.
As a result, I chose to end my life.
Good Bye, Forever…”
– President and CEO of Doldrum corp.

FAM

“I don’t give a fuck what kind of brand you are, I’m concerned what type of man you are, what your principals and standards are. You understand me y’all? Be good to your family y’all. No matter where your families are. Cause everybody needs family y’all.” – Yasiin aka Mos Def

Trip Up North

It’s been awhile since Rude Gal and I visited my hometown. So we said “fuck it” and took a trip back up north.

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“I like the night. The street. The smells. The sense.. Of another world. Sometimes you come face to face with yourself…”

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My hometown on the horizon.

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My brother Hex moved to a bigger shop last year. I paid him a visit to see what he’s been up to…

He’s been busy.

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Below is his newest toy. Also seen here.

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It’s “under the knife” right now but it will be making a come back soon.

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We also caught up with PVT Runners, J. Reyes and K. Ducusin

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Before we knew it, we were back on the road.

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 The road is like a second home to us. The surrounding is mother nature at her most beautiful. If you travel I5, as much as we do, you should already know that there is road etiquette… If someone is hauling ass behind you, move over! We travel mostly in the night. So if you do the same, be aware of drivers falling asleep. Especially truck drivers. Also, make pit stops to stretch and fuel up.

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Driving clears my thoughts. I go over everything in my head when I am driving. Amidst in deep thought, it’s something as simple as a sunset that can be enlightening.

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 Before the sunset, we saw a very clean S13 driven by an old man. With all the pit stops we make, it’s hard to see the same car again, but it happened. On the Grapevine, we saw him again!

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 One of my favorite spots on I5 going through Santa Ana

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When we’re in our cars, we would blast through this section and shit would look something like this:

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Even though we were in our daily, we still “do it live!” lol That’s how PVT Runners do it! Peace y’all.

Oh… P.S.
I picked this up