Garage Days

Words and pics by PVT Ian.

Sometimes, you just need to get shit done.

Been making some plans with Private Runner Mel(Baaambol) to bust out a clutch job on the EK. Since I was about to do all this work, I decided now is the time to switch out the LS trans for something with shorter gears. I struck a deal with Mel (homie hookup fasho) to take the trans off the B16A swap he recently picked up. He’s working on something for his EF and plans to use the funds on a cable trans while I make use out of the hydro one.

The time finally came to get down and do the work. I came up to Mel’s pad, he had cleared some space in his garage so we had some work room. This meant that his immaculate and freshly painted EF hatch had to come out and see the light of day. I brought all my tools that I thought we’d need and laid them all out. Mel’s homie Ozzy came by to join us. He’s rocking Mel’s old white EF on some Mugens. Pretty cool car, I remember admiring it the first time I saw it without even knowing who it belonged to.

The surgery finally begins on the EK. Immediately out the gate we run into issues with the axle nuts. Ended up making a tool run and buying an Impact gun. This impact gun proved to be very helpful through the rest of the process.

We worked til late, or til we were frozen over since it was a cold night. At one point, we lost all power! Circuit breaker decided to call it a night. No light, no heat, we decided to call it a night as well.

Ozzy left not long after everything went AWOL in the garage. He probably didn’t realize what he was in for when he came over. Mel told him to cruise by so he can hear his exhaust lol. One thing led to another and he was under the car hammering out the bitch pin, among other things. Guess you never know how a night can go when you kick it with some runners.

Oh and for the record, after 3 long nights of work, a few homies coming through to lend a hand and one really shitty tow situation, we got that shit done!

Side note, by PVT Runner:

I too put in some work today, which I feel very accomplished. Did an oil change on the PVT Support Vehicle and changed the suspension on the daily Yaris. No pics, I felt like that isn’t exciting nor interesting as Ian and Mel’s experience. But we share the same aftermath of feeling accomplished at the end. As PVT Ian said, sometimes you just need to get shit done.

Location change

After 15+ years at it’s original location:

Zero Fighter is moving to a bigger location:

It’s always nice to see a company move to a bigger place, it shows that they’re doing good at what they do best. Always a good way to start the new year. I hope you guys Enjoy It! Sending you guys good fortune and new humble beginnings 🙏📿

No 2nd chance in Macau

“At this Guia circuit Experience and skills are very important. It’s different from other tracks, Which are artificial race tracks.
You can still come back after you made a mistake, No second chance in Macau. Winning proves your ability. No fluke.
Some ask ‘why was I not fast on the last few laps?’ or ‘I was being chased down on the uphill sector?’ I say To win the race best lap is not important, no point being fast, but don’t see the checker flag. Harder you push, more risk and make mistakes. Simply said,
I was confident As long as I pass the first corner with no incident I was sure to control the race rhythm. That was my attitude. Lower pace on the uphill, no one can pass me, so I won’t risk it on the uphill. Everyone aims for Macau Grand Prix. This circuit is very difficult and filled with excitement. It’s the second most difficult circuit in the world. To me you have yet to prove yourself, if you have not won at Macau. Winning at this circuit, is a prove you’re a real winner” – Chou Keng Kuan, from Macau Fu Lei Loi Racing Team

Absolutely. That is the technique a lot of racers use on this course. It’s the same technique that Kazuo Shimizu used to win the 34th Macau GP in 1987.

The Cabin Civic and Trampio Civic make appearances in this videos:

Unlike other race courses, mistakes can not be made up at Macau. That’s what attracts me to this circuit, it’s the same race condition as street racing. Definitely a course I would like to drive on.

A more in car view of Macau seen here: