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.

Reflections: Downtown Sacramento

In a monks perspective, night time in downtown Sacramento was our version of the Himalayas to me and Matt. Imagine being alone in the Himalayas meditating and practicing mantras; that’s how it felt to us when we roamed the streets of DT Sacramento when we were younger.Here is a song of simpler times and one of the many songs in the soundtrack of our lives:



Sharkfest

Around this time of the year I always looked forward to shark week. Back in the days it acted as an aquatic mine of info on one of my favorite animals on the planet.

Since shark week is different now, I look forward to National Geographic’s Sharkfest. I am sure it’ll be more informative than watching Rhonda Rousey dive with sharks (no disrespect to her at all). The name Sharkfest is also shared with a car meet that focuses on a specific BMW model which my pops used to own; the BMW 635 CSi. These are the only pictures I can find before it was lost for good. The feature that never happened.

For those who don’t know, they get the nickname for this specific body style because the front end is shaped similar to a shark (along with many other BMW’s).

Some little shark facts:

The NGR red shark was transformed into the orange and black red bull NGR EG6 years ago. From my understanding the boss of NGR doesn’t own it anymore.

The NGR teal shark transformed into the “highway maintenance” themed EG6 which debuted at the 2020 Osaka Auto Messe (Wrecked back on April).

The NGR blue shark got into a bad accident a few years ago, but made a full recovery and still hauling ass on the track and street.

The white, yellow and pink NGR EG6 Civic’s still exist. They’re rarely seen at track events but when they appear they let it rip, even on the streets.

The shark sticker on my car also serves as a homage to the NGR shark Civic’s. The short fin mako is the fastest shark on the planet. It uses speed rather than brute force to catch it’s prey. Sharkfest continues tomorrow for 3 weeks, peep it out. Have a good week y’all.

Rewind

Rewind.

“Learn the language, stick to the code.This will be forever it’s an open road.You’re in control for the very first time.Bit by bit you will totally… Unwind.Are you proud of your new name?Do you love the rules of the game?Do you feel happy or sad inside?Do you miss the things that you did?What about the things that you were?Are you having the time of your life today?”

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

Sacramento at Night

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.

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