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That GP Sports TA S15 is just OMEGA GOOD, love the livery!! And the ZE40s fit perfect, I see Silver Queen's still dominating as usual, and it looks like the S15 is following in its footsteps, 57.184 for the first shakedown is AMAZING, I bet it'll break the 56s soon enough!

Meme Machine still lookin fresh and beat up at the same time, as usual :lol:

Aaaaand ah yes the EVO 5, pretty fkin solid, imo you just need to paint match the center caps just like on the S15 and you should be G O O D W O O D !
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RocketBunnyS13 wrote:
08 Mar 2020 15:09
That GP Sports TA S15 is just OMEGA GOOD, love the livery!! And the ZE40s fit perfect, I see Silver Queen's still dominating as usual, and it looks like the S15 is following in its footsteps, 57.184 for the first shakedown is AMAZING, I bet it'll break the 56s soon enough!

Meme Machine still lookin fresh and beat up at the same time, as usual :lol:

Aaaaand ah yes the EVO 5, pretty fkin solid, imo you just need to paint match the center caps just like on the S15 and you should be G O O D W O O D !
Yoooo I'm glad you love the S15 livery! I really hope it can enter the 56 sec territory soon :D Also will do that once the Evo V is complete, I'm sure it'll look good(wood!) that way
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Special Attack














It's time for the moment we've been waiting for so, so long!
All my effort for more than a year has been finally paid off at this moment!
It's time to join the ranks of the professionals and show what I can do in Attack Tsukuba!
What are you waiting for? Let's jump into the update right now! :D

















[22 Feb 2020]
Ever since the first day I arrived in Japan I've always been dreaming of racing professionally in the land of rising sun, whichever the racing discipline might be. If we're talking about Japanese motorsports in general however, I always adore their endurance and time attack racing scene. Admit it, you always fancy yourself a JGTC/Super GT car ever since you grabbed the wheel of one of these in Gran Turismo series. Super Taikyu series also opens the chance of joining endurance racing at cheaper price, since it's basically a Japanese VLN, which means you can bring up a souped-up road car to the battlegrounds.

TIme attack cars are also prominent in racing games, such as Genki Racing Project games franchises (TXR series, TXRD series, Racing Battle C1GP), GRID series and of course Gran Turismo. Various time attack cars has always been featured to the players to face against and to own, from the lightly tuned ones with minimum aero to the groundbreaking, aerodynamic, high-powered ones. The idea of turning a docile road car (though of course some aren't so docile to begin with) into a tarmac obliterator always had me interested, and I always wonder if I can do the same.

When I began my journey near the end of 2018 with the Silver Queen, I still have these dreams etched in my mind, but I always think that it's too far away from my grasp to become a reality. One and a quarter year later, with lots of cash to burn and friends to help and inspire me on building my car, I still can't believe one of my dreams has become true. I'm gonna join the pros at Attack Tsukuba!

But that morning, my dream was almost shattered by the powers of mother nature. Of all things that can happen in the world, I woke up to a cold, rainy dawn! Normally this won't mean much to me and my daily commuters, but given that this is a competitive day, this is a major shakeup not only for me, but also everyone else participating, since this means grip levels are extremely decreasing and the trackside become muddy. At least however the event goes on in spite of the ever-increasing risk of coronavirus outbreak. After having a breakfast of some onigiris and hot coffee, took a warm shower, and prepping my race suit, spare undies, and extra toolkits for working on the S15, I wheeled the S15 onto my trailer and set off in my thick, waterproof jacket with the Sprinter van towing the S15.

As I arrived in the circuit, it's still raining hard and the track was very, very wet. Nevertheless, some teams have arrived as well and set up their workshop, either inside the pit boxes or at the paddock yard as I usually did. I immediately set up my own workshop using the sprinter van, get the S15 off the trailer, and refuel it. Thankfully Tsukuba has their own public-use Eneos petrol pump, though rather obviously price is a bit more expensive than the one you usually find at roadside.
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After I wheeled back the S15 from the pump, I spotted the Summer Yume crew prepping their Mirage as well. And as I'm driving for myself this time, the driver seat will be filled by Yuuta as usual. Seeing as I've got nothing to do at the moment and there's still some time before driver's briefing, I decided to visit them for a while and dry myself for a while.

Ever since the last time I drove (and nearly crashed) the Mirage, they've put some significant upgrades to it. They did a visual downgrade by fitting a CJ0 bumper instead from the CJ1A they used to have, but it's quit ereasonable since the 4G inside the Mirage is now turbocharged and needs better cooling. They also designed a brand new bonnet, inspired from RalliArt UK's Mirage SR4X that also allows air to cool the engine better and dissipates heat quicker. Other than that they also modded the suspension a bit, taking notes from when I almost crashed the Mirage at RevSpeed Super Battle at January. They'll be racing in the Radial class here, with their car now equipped with Advan AD08R tyres.
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Some time later, finally my boys from KS garage arrived as well to the scene. Muza (@Niatross) brought his M4, currently undergoing an upgrade process from a daily car into a trackable daily car, just like my Silver Queen. He'll be racing in the Radial class as well, alongside the Summer Yume Mirage and also his favourite BMW, ASSIST M4. Actually they aren' the only BMWs in that class, as the Radial class also features the MK-Rennsporttechnik E92 and UTAC E46.
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As I expected, Marc (@topy) also came to the event with his pride and joy, his Evo X that has been prepped for almost 2 years (or maybe more!) prior to this. While Muza will fight in the Radial class and I will drive in the Second class, Marc decided to go straight to the top of the ladder and will race in the Turbo class, where almost all the big names duke it out. Quite fitting, actually, given the turbo class is also filled with AWD cars, particularly Evos fo all generations. Other than Marc's Evo X, there's the reigning champion, Escort Evo IX and another one that caught my attention deeply, Kagayaki Evo V.
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AJ (@RocketBunnyS13) is also with them, but he's not racing today, since time attack isn't his forte to begin with. Instead, he'll be in charge of repairing and setting up the cars and their workshop, using their new parts hauler, a Toyota Altezza Gita. Muza should cover about this one soon, so stay tuned!

After some time chatting with the Summer Yume Crew, Muza, AJ,and Marc, including the amusing sight of Yuuta, Mishima and even Ohira-sensei himself checking and fanboying over Marc's Evo X, it's time to go for driver's briefing. As I've explained in the previous update, Attack series has a unique feature in which the drivers can choose how to do their runs. You can do either a free run or a one-lap shooutout for each session, so you can pick to do a free run for the morning run and a shootout for the afternoon one and vice-versa, or do a free run for both sessions and vice versa.

From our group, I, Muza and the Summer Yume crew decided to do a free run at the first session and a shootout for the second run. Marc however chose to do shootouts for both sessions. Given the current condition of the track, there goes our chance to do fast laps on the first run, but at least I, Muza and Yuuta can do some acclimatisation and training before the afternoon session while keeping our engines warm without burning too much tyres.

Ah yes, I haven't talk in-depth about the classes. Attack series also has a quite unique class division system, in which it doesn't divide the cars based on capacity, which means if you're mad enough, you can bring a fully-modded kei car and duke it out against larger cars. Although as usual, slicks aren't allowed to be used, but racing semi-slicks are welcome.

On the top of the class there's the Turbo and NA class, which is......self-explanatory, really. The Turbo class cars has to have a personal best of 58.600 sec or faster at Tsukuba, whereas the NA class cars has to have a personal best of 1 minute 01.600 seconds or faster. There are no modification restrictions, and you can do whatever you want for the aero and engine. Outside Attack Tsukuba, usually these classes are the only class being opened, but in Attack Tsukuba, because of the competition intensity, both classes usually has an entry limit.

Stepping down below, there's the Radial and Real Tuning class, which are the classes with certain restrictions. The Radial class cars has to be equipped with streetlegal tyres and has a personal best of 1 minute 04.999 seconds or faster. Aero and engine-wise however they can do it freely, just like the upper classes. Real Tuning cars, meanwhile, can use racing semi-slicks and apply engine tuning, but aero-wise they're locked to wide body kits and OEM or street legal aero. Usage of GT wings, canards, flat floors and diffusers are not allowed, unless they came that way from OEM state, and the total length of the car can't be more than 3 cm longer than stock. Real Tuning cars has to have a predicted personal best of 1 minute 02.999 seconds for turbocharged cars, and 1 minute 04.999 seconds for NA cars.

And finally, at the bottom of the step there's the Second class. The Second class comprises of any cars that are either new to the circuit, slower than the personal best time limit of Turbo and NA classes, or does fullfill the criteria but didn't make it in time to register to either classes. They can do the aero and engine work as free as the Turbo and NA class cars, and the time limit is less strict at 1 minute 03.999 seconds or faster.

So to sum it up, we can describe it like this:
  • Turbo: Turbocharged cars with personal best of <=58.600 sec, unlimited aero and unlimited tyre choice
  • NA: Naturally aspirated cars with personal best of <=1 minute 01.600 seconds, unlimited aero and unlimited tyre choice
  • Radial: Any cars with personal best of 1 minute 04.999 seconds on street legal tyres, unlimited aero
  • Real Tuning: Any cars with personal best of 1 minute 02.999 seconds (turbo)/1 minute 04.999 seconds (NA) with restricted aero, unlimited tyre choice
  • Second: Any cars with personal best of <=1 minute 03.999 seconds, unlimited aero and unlimited tyre choice
After the driver's briefing was over, it's still raining at the circuit, but everybody carried on regardless. The only thing postponed for the day was the annual group photo session, which will be done after the event finished. I made my way to the locker room to have a call of nature and change into my racing suits before my turn to run. And before we run our first sessions, I, Muza and Marc decided to check out on the cars competing for today.

In the Turbo class, along with the reigning champion, Escort Evo IX, there are quite a lot of top names competing for the day as expected. There are the Car Shop Dream FD3S, which aims to be the fastest RX-7 on Tsukuba, and Auto Rescue Izu FD3S which is supported by two Mazda specialists, RE Amemiya and Scoot Sports. There are also two of my favourite S15 of all time, the Friends Racing S15 and Garage Mak S15. Other than these two, there are also some fan-favourites such as Autobahn Soarer, Rasty Supra and ADMIX R32

In the NA class, the fight for the fastest NA FWD car between ASLAN EG6, Yellow Factory EG6 and GNR EK9 continues from the previous years. Other than those, highlights of the class including the M's Machine Works Cayman GT3, which paid a handsome tribute to Porsche factory cars in IMSA and WEC races, Full Stage FD3S which tries to be the fastest NA RX-7 again, TS Factory Levin which seek to be the fastest AE86, and probably the oldest car in the entry list, the RWB 964. The NA class also welcomes new entries, with Canadian driver Kenneth Lau joining ASLAN and have his DC2 souped up significantly, and Fumiaki Sato joining Orange Ball Racing and changed the nickname of his S2K, from Tarmac Meister to Sugar Meister.

In the Radial class, along with aformentioned BMWs, ASLAN seek to prolong their domination in the NA Radial record with another of their EG6, with only Fujitec as their challenger with their DC2. Arvou also launched a brand new S2K of theirs, this time colored in blue and featuring light modifications. ATTKD also made a surprise by racing a near-unaltered R35 Nismo, apart from carbon bonnet and lighter wheels. Other highlights including Racing Garage RIES FD, Sho Kobayashi's bone-stock Cayman, Kazama Auto Supra and Stile Megane (cue Blend S intro jokes).

In the Real Tuning class, our mouths are absolutely agape as none of us can believe someone went their way just to field A MOTHERF***ING MCLAREN SENNA on the track! As you'd expect, everybody on the track swarmed around the car before and after the car's each run to have a look at this exotic hypercar. There's also someone who personally race a 991 GT3 as well. On the other scale of exotic, Ductrading went unorthodox by racing a Lancia Delta Integrale. Other highlights includes Reverse R34, ASM's brand new, soft-top S2K, and Garage Saurus R32. Deep down I'm soooo glad I don't run my Silver Queen in this class, because obviously the Senna and 991 will annihilate it over and over.

And finally, in the Second class, there's the Hiroo no Curry GT3RS, which was named after the owner's curry restaurant. The competition in the Second class is tight as always with recurring and new entries, such as the Cement FD which named due to its color, Arios Okuyama FD, Outer Plus Exige, Ad Hoc Works FD, Dragon Racing FD which mixes TCP Magic and RE Amemiya parts, and the other oldest entry this year, Promodet 993 which some say hails from Australia.

Finally, it's time for Yuuta, Muza and Marc to set their time, which also gives me a huge understanding between FWD, RWD and AWD cars in rainy condition. Yuuta, being a relatively new driver in a turbocharged Mirage, struggles a bit to reduce understeer and brake locking while entering the corner, to the point he almost went into the gravel several times. Thankfully, he still could keep the car in one piece, though as a result his lap was veeeeery slow.
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Muza, in a much modern car, doesn't seem a bit to be worried about the rain. However, because after all it's a BMW, the M4's tail is still noticeably active in the rain and Muza had to find some time to gain balance for the M4's steering. Running on virtually no aero didn't help much either, and as a result Muza eventually chose to play it safe for now.
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Quite obviously, Marc in the AWD Evo X doesn't suffer from car stability issue and just rip around freely. However, he still had to extend his braking point in fear of brake locking and aquaplaning. Soemtimes his car does slide and understeers around, but given it's an AWD car and Marc has found his way around the Evo for years, he could easily catch the slides and save the car from having a gravel bath.
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09.30 - First Run
As the day continues, it's my turn to make my run around the circuit, which at this point is still a soaky hell full of water puddles and muddy track sides. As I made my way into the pit exit, it looks like the announcers agreed with me as they play the most appropriate soundtrack from the circuit speakers.
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The S15's first (and hopefully only) wet weather outing is.......quite hellish and messy, to say the least. Being an RWD time attack car with a dry weather setup and high power output, the S15 felt like a fish out of water that somehow managed landed in a non-stick frying pan. It absolutely hates wet with its tail wiggling everywhere despite the extra weight above and the rear aero setup. Along my first laps I had to almost literally do a tap-dance by controlling the gas, brake and clutch in quite a rapid speed to keep the S15 in control. The tyres doesn't help much either, as it turns out the Advan A048 isn't as effective in wet conditions as the AD08R.
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Eventually though I've got the rhytm to control the S15 midway into my run. It quite helps that I selected the free run option for my first run, otherwise I won't learn a lot from my own car and the others about car control in wet conditions. I, however, also decided to play it safe for this run, since I know I won't have much chance to score a time anyways as the rain continues, though the rain intensity has lowered over time.
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As the first session is finally over, I and other drivers on the track pulled back into the pits and queued to return to the paddock. The rain has slowly start to dissipate, but the track in general is still quite wet. However, with some time to go before the afternoon session, there's a huge chance the track will dry properly before we're all running.
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With the first session over, we decided to relax for a while by continuing our car spotting activites and have some chatters with other drivers, which turned out are more than willing to introduce their cars and also give us some advices, particularly M's Machine Works crew who gave some soild advices to Muza about classic and modern Porsches, ASSIST who let us peek their aero parts designs on their M4, Wacky Mate Racing who shared their knowledge on Nissans and turbo Mazdas, and of course Escort Racing who lets us peek over their massive aero package.

I and the KS garage boys also had lunch together, and since the circuit cafetaria is full again, we decided to have lunch at the back of my Sprinter and the back of the crew's Altezza Gita. I didn't knew their udon noodles were sooooo good! Definitely would try again the next time I come here. Muza, AJ and Marc seemed to enjoy it a lot as well. Oh, if you're wondering, AJ was outside the Gita when we were all running. He brought an umbrella, though he forgot to bring a raincoat with him.

And finally, heaven came down for us as the track dried out and clouds gave their way to the sunlight. We decided to clean our cars before the second run, not only to look good on the camera but also to improve air intake quality, removing dust from the car and to remove water and dust from aero-affecting areas, such as the front bumper and rear spoiler.
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Later on, after we've all had lunch and the track has sufficiently dried, the second session of the day started. Given the rain earlier, this is our only chance to set a proper, fast lap time for today. And while the rain has gone and the track has dried, rain has caused the rubber on track to scatter everywhere, and the track sides hasn't properly dried yet. There are also still some remnants of water puddles, therefore making the track temperature varying quite wildly.

Yuuta finally can run faster and safer in the Mirage, after a fairly disastrous outing under the rain earlier. These front aero changes should cool the engine better as well, and therefore the engine can be bashed even further than before. While the tyres are still not helping the car gripping a lot, visually I can see the Mirage improving slightly, both speed and handling-wise.
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Muza also has regained confidence in his M4, and the M4 itself is also starting to regain it's handling quirks and stability as well. Once again they gelled very well to Tsukuba and looked like it's going to set a fast lap as well. Oh yah, I forgot to mention that Muza is one of the entries with unique tyre choice in the event. Whereas others uses Advan tyres, he retained the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres that stays on the car ever since he own the M4.
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And once again, just like the last time I saw him at the track, Marc was relentlessly flying in his Evo X. The on-track grip inconsistency was offset by the AWD system the Evo X has, and his new aero upgrades of Varis V3 bumper, Voltex (or was it something else?) rear bumper and RalliArt-commisioned flat floors can finally shine on this condition, making the Evo X much aerodynamic and faster than ever. I know I should equip my S15 with flat floors as well, but I can't figure how to build one yet or how to screw and unscrew the floor when I have to work underneath the car.
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14.10 - Second Run
After a while, it is my turn to make my second run of the day. As I've wasted my time on the first run and this is the only dry run of the day, I definitely can't screw this one up. I lined up at the pit exit one more time as the announcers played this. With condition improving slowly for the day, I hope my S15 would improve significantly as well. It is time to pump up it's potential properly. I live for this moment!
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The first impression of the S15 as I warm it up along is......both relieving and amazing. Finally both the tyres and aero pieces work as intended, and the power felt quite raw, probably given because I already gave it the beans while the tyres hasn't heated up properly. I had to do that though, since as I've said the track temp has varied wildly due to the rain. So in order to heat them up properly, I had to do it fast and quick without wasting too much tyres in the process.
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And finally, I'm going to start my lap. I took a deep breathe as usual, pray and hoping everything will be okay during the run. I'd like to see how my one and a quarter year would fruit for the first time. It's time to find out.
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START
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I immediately push the car to the edge, and storms into the first sector quickly. The car felt much more balanced now, and so I'm much more confident on extracting every single aspect of the S15. Well the car didn't gel as much as I expected due to the track temp and the A048, but point is it performs much better in dry indeed. If driving the Silver Queen felt like being punched backwards multiple times, driving the S15 felt like piloting a rather manic jet fighter. It's quite psychotic but still does the job astonishingly well.
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As half of my lap has passed, I can see slightly that the track has sufficiently driedand rather hot. The S15 flashes and danced through the rest of the track quite easily compared with what happened in the warming up lap. I can feel the ride better now and the A048 finally finds grip properly. Now if only all of this happened earlier at the start line, it should be very, very convenient to break 56 seconds. As for now, I slightly doubt it.
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FINISH
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Finally my only fast run of the day is over. I was sweating quite a lot from keeping the car in control and of course from driving it quickly. Having no AC doesn't help matters either, and it's abolutely hot inside the car. I think I should try cook eggs or bake bread inside the S15 on a hot day :lol: But nevertheless my work here is done, and I've lived through my biggest dream. And more importantly, both I and my car survived the run.
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With my run over, I headed back to the pits, return to the paddock, returned the timer beacons and cool myself down near the car and the Sprinter. I was drenched with my own sweat, Muza thought I immediately took shower after getting out from my S15, and only figured out I've just arrived to the paddock. After grabbing some mineral water to rehydrate myself, I went to the locker room to actually take shower and change into dry suits.
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Right after I changed into dry suits and returned to the paddock, everyone has finished their runs and it's only some time to go before the results announcement. I decided to stay back for a while with the KS garage crew and Summer Yume crew, and reflecting together on what has happened today upon us. It's been quite an event for all of us, and running along with professionals made it even better. I think Marc and Muza even secured a signature from Nob Taniguchi himself, who was driving for ASSIST today.

And finally, the results is here. Um, we'll regard the first run results as it was absolutely disastrous. Well at least we can still talk about the S15, which due to the wet condition can only score a best lap time of 1 minute 02.437 seconds at the first session. Yeah, the rain was that bad indeed. For the second session however, I'm glad to report that all of us scored honorable fast laps.

The Summer Yume Mirage has improved slightly further and scored a remarkable 1 minute 04.632 seconds. Muza and his M4 has scored a lap time of 1 minute 01.522 seconds, which is not bad either given his car's condition. Marc and his Evo X scored a staggering lap time of 56.976 seconds. As for my S15, I and it has scored a best time of 57.043 seconds, just several miliseconds away from both the 56 seconds mark and Marc's best lap.

As for our standings, every single of us was obliterated by the Escort Evo, the only car that went into the 50 seconds mark for the day at 50.716 seconds. For the class standings, Summer Yume Mirage is at the second to last place in Radial Class, while Muza landed at 9th in the same class. Marc landed himself at the 8th place in the Turbo class, which is amazing given the tight competition. As for me, appropriately enough I was 2nd in Second class! For this achievement I've received V$1000 for the class position, V$50 as consolation reward on the overall standings, and quite a lot of memorabilia from Attack and their sponsors as well to be brought back home.

After the group photo session and small podium celebration, both the KS garage and Summer Yume crew, as long as some drivers that I know decided to extend the celebration a little bit longer, by........showering me with various soft drinks and mineral water. God damnit, all my shower for nothing! :lol: I don't mind actually, as I also celebrated by spraying a bottle of coke from my Sprinter van, pretending it's a champagne.

It's been a wild, wild weekend at Attack Tsukuba this day. But hey, everything I do to fullfill my dreams has been paid handsomely. And you know what? I'll do it again at the next Attack event. 10/10 WOULD RACE AGAIN! :D


[27 Feb 2020]
With the coronavirus otbreak going rampant in and outside Japan these days, some events had to be cancelled in fear of the uncontrollable spread of the disease. Don't worry, there hasn't any recorded case in Tsukuba, so I still has the courage to go outside even without masks (though my helmet would also be very convenient to act as one). Even so, some events had to be cancelled due to it.

However, there is one event that is in my concern and has been officially cancelled as well. This year's Hyper Meeting has been officially cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. I'm quite gutted since this means I can't celebrate the anniversary of my competitive debut, which was at this very event last year with the Silver Queen. On the bright side though, this also means I can prepare and build the Evo V for much longer before its supposed debut at Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series's first round at 22 March.

But then my relief was shattered lightly by another announcement, though it's also a good one. Mobara Twin Circuit has opened the registration to their annual time attack event, Mobara Masters. Mobara Twin Circuit is roughly only two hours from Tsukuba, so this event is included in my competitive calendar this year. Sure, there's also the weekly semi-competitive NicoNico Shoukoukai (every Saturday) and Sunday Meeting (quite obvious) events at the circuit, but at least I'd like to run with the S15 competitively once at the circuit.

Mobara Masters will be held at 20 March this year, which means not a lot of time to preapre my Evo for the Tsukuba Series two days later, and definitely no time for getting an RB26 N1 block for the S15. As you might already know, the RB26 block in the S15 is a used one from an R32, so I had to change the fuel pump in order to cure the infamous engine lubrication problem. And the N1 block is famous for resolvng the lubrication problem as well as being stronger in general, which allows you to rev it slightly higher in racing conditions.

Back to the Mobara Masters topic, the event has two classes with several sub-classes:
Masters Class - Aimed for intermediate and experienced drivers
  • A class = <=1700cc cars
  • B class = >=1701cc NA 2WD cars
  • C class = >=1701cc turbo 2WD cars
  • D class = >=1701cc AWD cars
  • Compact class = <=1600cc compact cars
  • Kei class = 660cc kei cars
  • SP class = Unlimited, but runs on street legal tyres
  • Itasha class = Same as SP class, but has to have itasha livery
Challenge Class - Aimed for beginner and intermediate drivers
  • Super beginner class = Target time 1 minute
  • Beginner class = Target time 57 seconds
  • Intermediate class = Target time 54 seconds
Since the Advan A048 is a street legal tyre, I think I will enter the S15 in the SP class for their unlimited restrictions. Prizes are certificates, monetary prizes and souvenirs as usual, but for the Itasha class there's an adiitional prize of free ticket to the bi-annual Mobara Itasha Gathering. Additionally, if you're able to score a best lap in certain times for the first time, the circuit will be more than happy to give you a free sticker. Silver sticker is awarded to get into the 49 seconds zone, Gold for 48 seconds or faster, and the most prestigious of them all, black glitter stickers for 45 seconds or faster.


[02 Mar 2020]
With another V$1125 landing safely in the pocket, it is time to start modifying the Evo V on the engine side. If the Evo 3 has a manually modified homebrew ECU, this time I wanted a different formula for the Evo V. I decided to get an Apexi Power FC D-Jetro kit, the same ECU kit that I use for the S15. Not only it's proven to be quite effective for the S15, I can also fit a boost controller to it in order to retain engine health and durability for daily usage. I'll explain about this when I'm installing the ECU kit. The ECU kit and boost controller pack costed me V$1294, and I also ordered an additional boost controller for the S15 for an extra V$341.

I'm sure you've realized that I tend to use stroker kits for increasing engine capacity, which is......kinda cheating I should say, but these stroker kits are stronger than OEM as well, therefore perfect for daily usage. This time, I used HKS 2.3L stroker kit Step 2 for the Evo V, as opposed to Tomei 2.2.L stroker kit for the Evo 3. The reason of this will also be explained when I'm installing it. And to fit the ECU and engine internal mods, I also fitted SARD fuel rails just like the S15 for V$180. And to complete the internal mods I picked up NGK spark plugs for a grand total of V$112

Mmoving up to the cylinder heads, along with planned port and polish much later with the KS garage boys I also grabbed a set of Tomei ProCams and their cam pulleys, totalling V$544 and V$258 each. for the valves I'm replacing them with NAPREC big valves for V$404. I also purchased HKS metal head gasket for V$232and Tomei timing belt for V$158. At this point it only needs a decent intake manifold and turbo kit.......but once again I ran out of money, damnit.


















And finally, let's check how severe did the shopping spree affects my wallet:
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That's all my updates for now, thank you for stopping by and see you soon!
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YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MY BOI!
Congrats with the 57 second run and second place!
And for your Anniversary of your debut at Tsukuba!
A great year and more great stuff is about to come! Congrats!

(btw, daaaaaaaaang that u r broke rn lol, maybe i can help u with that evo hehe)
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Congrats for 57 sec on S15! Dangs you seen broke right now, don't worry. I'm refused to stop spending my wallet for Tango prep for first track so it likely be I would broke again. :lol:
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I reckon you can beat my lap time with your S15 despite of the new aero changes on the CZ4A (which btw it was a Jun Auto wing and custom cannards on the V3 bumper). I gotta keep up with the engine upgrades tho even if its not going to improve my lap times.

Since we're going to port your head I decided to throw in mine for porting too, that way the airflow isn't as restrictive and let the turbo work properly with a richer mixture without fears of having premature explosions.

If you want any custom stuff for evos, or discontinued but very effective parts just say so lmao.

And finally the big event itself, it was more enjoyable to drive the Lan Evo with mechanical LSD's rather than having S-AYC, it takes the raw feeling out rather than having it mitigated by the AYC, the ACD is still there tho. Summer Yume is fast for a 90's hatchback without aero, quite a respectable laptime, it was also fun to geek about triple diamonds with Yuuta-kun, Mishima-kun and Ohira-sensei.

And Muza could have gotten faster with some Bridgestone RE71's or AD08's but 1:01.XXX is still a fast lap for a light tuned M4! He should consider getting a track only set for events
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Woah you boys had one hell of a track day! The intense rain definitely made some interesting track conditions, and RWD cars are slowed down the most by that. You got a great time once it has dried up but i think it would be even better if it was dry to begin with! Anyway the S15 had a great beginning in the time attack competition, next time let's see what it can do in the top class. ;)
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FranklinAnderson wrote:
09 Mar 2020 20:40
YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MY BOI!
Congrats with the 57 second run and second place!
And for your Anniversary of your debut at Tsukuba!
A great year and more great stuff is about to come! Congrats!

(btw, daaaaaaaaang that u r broke rn lol, maybe i can help u with that evo hehe)
Thanks my man! Ah don't worry, I think I can solve this soon :lol:
SimplifyHerb wrote:
09 Mar 2020 21:03
Congrats for 57 sec on S15! Dangs you seen broke right now, don't worry. I'm refused to stop spending my wallet for Tango prep for first track so it likely be I would broke again. :lol:
Thanks! And yeah that's the spirit! :D
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09 Mar 2020 21:42
I reckon you can beat my lap time with your S15 despite of the new aero changes on the CZ4A (which btw it was a Jun Auto wing and custom cannards on the V3 bumper). I gotta keep up with the engine upgrades tho even if its not going to improve my lap times.

Since we're going to port your head I decided to throw in mine for porting too, that way the airflow isn't as restrictive and let the turbo work properly with a richer mixture without fears of having premature explosions.

If you want any custom stuff for evos, or discontinued but very effective parts just say so lmao.

And finally the big event itself, it was more enjoyable to drive the Lan Evo with mechanical LSD's rather than having S-AYC, it takes the raw feeling out rather than having it mitigated by the AYC, the ACD is still there tho. Summer Yume is fast for a 90's hatchback without aero, quite a respectable laptime, it was also fun to geek about triple diamonds with Yuuta-kun, Mishima-kun and Ohira-sensei.

And Muza could have gotten faster with some Bridgestone RE71's or AD08's but 1:01.XXX is still a fast lap for a light tuned M4! He should consider getting a track only set for events
Well it is possible indeed :D Yeah port and polish is one of the keys for that performance gains, so I'm quite glad you're going to do it on yours as well. As for the parts, I think I'm gonna need a list for that :lol: And I'm soooo glad you and Muza enjoyed our runs at Attack! And I agree, he needs a separate set for track needs.
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09 Mar 2020 23:22
Woah you boys had one hell of a track day! The intense rain definitely made some interesting track conditions, and RWD cars are slowed down the most by that. You got a great time once it has dried up but i think it would be even better if it was dry to begin with! Anyway the S15 had a great beginning in the time attack competition, next time let's see what it can do in the top class. ;)


Yeah, I wish it was a completely dry day, but eh, at least we still could go fast at the end of the day! :lol: I'm planning to go straight to the top class next year so there you go ;)
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What started as a bad track day,ended up as a pretty awesome track day.But at the end of the day I'm sure the wed-dry mix was a good thing for you and your car,to understand it better on the wet,and also on the dry.Congrats for this track day and thank you for your writing.It was a pleasure to read your post. :)
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dariws wrote:
10 Mar 2020 16:43
What started as a bad track day,ended up as a pretty awesome track day.But at the end of the day I'm sure the wed-dry mix was a good thing for you and your car,to understand it better on the wet,and also on the dry.Congrats for this track day and thank you for your writing.It was a pleasure to read your post. :)
Yeah, the wet weather taught me a lot of things over car control and setups. And of course, I'm so glad you like my posts, thank you very much :D
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OwO ayy damn time attack in your s15 in a rain?! That's wild and you kept it all in tact really gj! Also the m4 from niatross, topy's evo and the yume's mirage looked so dope on the track. Ooo you were 2nd too that's so amazing :D Can't wait for the advan a048 class in your 15 uwu
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12 Mar 2020 10:54
OwO ayy damn time attack in your s15 in a rain?! That's wild and you kept it all in tact really gj! Also the m4 from niatross, topy's evo and the yume's mirage looked so dope on the track. Ooo you were 2nd too that's so amazing :D Can't wait for the advan a048 class in your 15 uwu
Thanks my man! I'm looking forward to my next ventures as well :D
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It's been a long time I'm not writing anything due to life matters (yes, including Covid-19 and self-isolation related to it).
But hey, the self-isolation period also means more time to compose my updates, and at long last, here it is!
This time, we're going to do some upgrades to the Evo V as before, and attending a car meet between friends.
And of course there's also the second competitive event for the S15, and this time, not in Tsukuba!
Spend some time from your self-isolation by checking out the update below :D


















[10 Mar 2020]
After some time waiting for my parts for the Evo V, they all finally came! Well I was quite worried about the delivery time since I ordered it in the eve of Covid-19's outbreak in Japan, but eventually both the shops that I ordered the parts from and the delivery service companies chose to go through all of this and still did their work, albeit in a rather limited capacity than usual. After all, if they don't do their jobs, the national or even international economy would be in ruins after some mere weeks or even days. To those who still had to work outside their home, even if you're just a convenience store employee or a gas station attendant, I-no, we all salute you.

If you're wondering, don't you worry, I'm doing all fine here. I'm basically working from home all the time translating all those documents so it's just another day in work for me. The only difference would be I can't receive hard copy translations for the time being, since I prefer to return them by myself and meeting those who asks for my services. Truth to be told however, I miss hanging out with all of my friends again. So despite the ongoing outbreak, I decided to go to Tokyo, specifically at KS Garage, just to be able to hang out with KS boys (Muza (@Niatross), AJ (@RocketBunnyS13) and Marc (@topy)) as usual as well as having some helping hands on installing the upgrades for the Evo.

"Yo Muza, it's me Edo. How's the self-quarantine going for you?"
"I'm fine, don't worry my man. Though I do miss working at Nismo"
"Say, can we all meet up at the garage? Need some hands on installing upgrades for the Evo"
"They actually came? Thought the delivery companies would stop working as well"
"Man I can't imagine how the world would roll on if they do. Anyways what would it be?"
"Okay sure we can meet up. Marc should be able to come as well. But not AJ since he went back to Mie"
"Ah yes that'll require hours of driving. It's okay, two is better than nothing. I'll be there in 2 hours"
"Okay good, I'll tell Marc about this. See ya there"
"See ya"


Before I went off to KS garage, I realized that I haven't registered myself for Mobara Masters 2020, which takes place at Mobara Twin Circuit at 20th March. As I explained at the previous update, the Mobara Masters is an annual event open for any kinds of drivers and cars, with prizes of some sum of money as well as certificates, cups and souvenirs. The classes are separated as follows:
Masters Class - Aimed for intermediate and experienced drivers
  • A class = <=1700cc cars
  • B class = >=1701cc NA 2WD cars
  • C class = >=1701cc turbo 2WD cars
  • D class = >=1701cc AWD cars
  • Compact class = <=1600cc compact cars
  • Kei class = 660cc kei cars
  • SP class = Unlimited, but runs on street legal tyres
  • Itasha class = Same as SP class, but has to have itasha livery
Challenge Class - Aimed for beginner and intermediate drivers
  • Super beginner class = Target time 1 minute
  • Beginner class = Target time 57 seconds
  • Intermediate class = Target time 54 seconds
Since my S15 would be too powerful to compete in the C class as it's a purpose-bulit racer, as well as since the Advan A048 I used for it is street legal, I decided to enter the SP class. The registration costed me V$110. And oh, alongside all the prizes above, there's an additional prizes for the Itasha class winners, which is a free ticket to attend the bi-annual Mobara Itasha DE festival. Additionally, those who set a certain lap time will be awarded a free sticker from the circuit: Scoring between 48 and 49 seconds awards you a silver sticker, setting a lap between 48 and 45 seconds will award you a gold sticker, while going faster than 45 seconds will award you the limited black glitter sticker.

And beside the Mobara Masters Event, I also decided to register myself early to the first round of Tsukuba Circuit Trial Series at 22nd March. I guess eventually the Evo V can't be finished in time to attend a perfect, fully complete season, so I decided to enter the first round with the Silver Queen instead. This also possibly would be the final event it'll attend before officially replaced with the Evo V. Well it's going to be one emotional race, but then again I've prepared for this moment, and I can't wait to get into the Evo V once it's completed. The registration costed me V$220.

With the event registration issues solved, I proceeded to load the Evo V onto the trailer of the Sprinter van, load the new parts into the van itself, grab my laptop to do ECU programming afterwards, and tow it across Tokyo to the KS garage. Ah if you're wondering, of course along the way I had to wear my masker, though as opposed to N95 or medical masker, I wore one for hiking as it's much more thick and I already brought it from my homeland. The traffic is considerably much less crowded since everyone decided to stay at home.

After some time, I finally made it to the KS garage, with Muza and Marc already waiting. Without further ado, we got the Evo V down from the trailer and wheeled it to the garage's workspace, then picking up the new parts from the Sprinter van, and start working. If you're wondering what are the new parts are, well.......heads back to the previous update because there are a lot of them. But the highlights here is the ECU, since it's one of the few parts that I can tune it myself, and it's my favourite part to work on with, given my programming skills. And this time I've also got the bosst controller with the ECU (Apexi Power FC if you're wondering), so not only I've got a new toy to play with, I've got something new to learn over as well.
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As we all owned a 4G63-powered car at some time (I and Marc still do), we've become familiar with the engine, and installing the upgrades took only some hours to get done with. Most of the time was spent by installing the HKS 2.3L Step 2 stroker kit, port and polishing the cylinder heads, and programming the ECU. Compared to the Silver Queen which has Tomei 2.2L kit, this time I used the pricey-but-even-stronger HKS 2.3L kit because I want to achieve 600 BHP with the Evo V in competitive usage. And the prot and polishing took some time because we did this to not only my Evo V's 4G63, but also Marc's 4B11 from his Evo X. This way both our cars could have better airflow intake and thus results in better combustion process. This also allows us to run on higher turbo pressure without frying either the engine or the turbo.

As for the ECU, I took some time working on it because there are soooo much things to dig into and I love it! Definitely beats modifying OEM ECU everytime. And with the boost controller, now I can create three separate boost setup (the controller itself allows four but I think three is enough) for different usages for the Evo V. The first one is set so the engine would produce 350 BHP, which would be ideal for daily usage, as well as safe touge runs. The second one is set for 500 BHP, ideal for spirited touge drives, endurance and circuit races, and occasional highway runs without sacrificing too much engine reliability. And finally, obviously it's the full-on 600 BHP setup for time attack races and emergency runs.........and full-blooded highway runs. And thanks to the hand controller inside the car, all of this can be done quickly and easily.
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As I almost finished tinkering around with the ECU, I received a phone call from @Benny, who is currently back in USA after sorting out even more car purchases. I wonder how's he doing?

"Yo kid it's me Benny. How's it going over there?"
"Well I'm fine here, don't worry. How about you?"
"So uh, I can't go anywhere due to travel restrictions all around the world, but don't worry about me"
"Ouch, but hey, at least you're still alive. Though please stop smoking would you?"
"Nah, Covid can't stop me from smoking" *laughter* "Anyways, remember our plan with the Silverado?"
"Um, yeah yeah"
"Megure-san has greenlit the plan for it. You can bring the truck to his shop anytime before I arrive there"
"Oh okay good, I'll do it soon"
"Good, that's it for now. See ya and take care"
"Take care"


With everything on the list for the Evo done and dusted, I decided to hang out for a while before coming back home. We discussed about our self-isolation and how we're all separated apart from our friends because of it.

Mu:"It's been a while since I hang out for drinks and snacks with my friends due to this virus thingy"
Mr:"Same here, I miss drinking with my bros, and of course with Akane as well"
E:"I know you'd say that. Been a while since I hang out with Ryuji as well. Wait why don't you ask your bros and Akane here?"
Mr:"Not sure if they could or would. How about, um, Sera?"
E:"Okay that counts as well. We still chat of course, but it's been half a year since I saw her and her lil sis"
Mu:"Yeah, at least we still can play GTA and PUBG with my friends"
Mr:"Oh yeah, I'm still able to do virtual cruises with the boys in Assetto Corsa"
Mu:"Still, I wonder what did the entire human race did to deserve all of this"
Mr:"I'm not even sure, but look at the bright side. The air is actually colder and fresher than usual"
E:"True that, though I'm not sure if exactly everyone in the world wants to inhale it"
Mu:"Might as well breathe in helium then" *chuckles*
E:"Or breathe in Sulfur perhaps?" *proceeds to play this and did my best air guitar impression*
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Mu:"Oh yeah, the other day someone asked me and the boys to come visit him"
E:"Oh yeah? Who?"
Mu:"Name's Matei (@-stallion-), friend of Milo (@NotPerfect). I'm sure you know Milo"
E:"Oh of course, sold my R33 stockies to him. Who else are coming to the meet?"
Mu:"Me, AJ, Milo, Marcus (@marcus915), and our friend Domi (@Nightkid). You in?"
E:"Of course! Been a while since I met Marcus as well, actually. Hold on, Marc's not joining?"
Mr:"I can't, sadly. Gotta sort some stuff to my Mustang. Well, either that or Akane's AE86"
E:"Aaaaah yes both are still sitting here as well. It's okay though"
Mr:"And oh, I heard Matei purchased a CT9W. I really want to see it actually"
E:"Oh wew, interesting. I'd definitely join you chaps. When is it?"
Mu:"15th midday"
E:"It's definitely a good thing one of my races has been cancelled for that day. Yep, definitely in for the party"
Mu:"Nice!"

After a rather lengthy chat, I decided to went back to my crib. Before I went back to sleep, I decided to install another boost controller I bought separately to be fit int the S15. No pics sadly because it's been dark, but I can tell you I also set three boost setups for it. The first one is set for 500 BHP for circuit and endurance races, as well as slower and/or shorter tracks. The second one is set for 650 BHP for moderate performance, and the final one is set for the full-on 752 BHP for that maximum attack.




[14 Mar 2020]
I decided to deliver the Silverado to Megure-san's garage at this point, per the aformentioned phone call from Benny. His garage is located somewhere near Roppongi district.....or around that, which mostly explains why Megure-san and co. works on quite a lot of supercars: Roppongi is one of these elite business centres filled with rich businessmen and foreign expats. As you'd expect, this results in abundance of sports and supercars from around the world, though Roppongi isn't the only place where you can find them in downtown Tokyo.

After I got the garage address from Benny, loaded myself with a can of UCC coffee and fired up the extremely loud LS7 engine inside the Silverado, I set off to Tokyo once more. I still can't believe Benny thought swapping an LS7 in this truck would be a good idea. It's not that I don't like it (well, I like it!), but at this point it deserves more to be a Pro-2 trophy truck rather than a parts hauler. Sadly, the concept of desert racing and/or Stadium Super Trucks isn't really popular in Japan yet (but they do know cross country racing, which is one of the formats they can race in).
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Since I'm going to Tokyo with the Silverado, I finally could test out one thing with this truck. Just how fast this truck actually is after the swap? Well there are some opportunities back then when it's still in USA, but eventually I bought a Mustang, which I eventually sold to Ziga (@Lagano) when I got both cars to Japan. And by this point I just remembered that I still haven't bought bigger brakes for the Silverado. I might end up fighting a huge batteship here as I'm trying not to either crash it into an armco or hitting another car with it and turning the highway into a one-way 8-ball snooker pool. The fact that the Silverado is colored white doesn't help either.
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As I reached Tokyo, I couldn't believe the truck would easily reach speeds above 200 km/h, and eventually I got the hang of controlling it as well. Ii mean, yes, it has a Corvette engine, but the Silverado is never designed with speed in mind, let alone cruising the highways at high speed. I know that the engine, when actually installed in a Corvette or Camaro can push to 300 km/h and slightly beyond, but I don't think I'm brave enough to push the Silverado that far. I guess if I crash it, the impact would be comparable to a meteorite crashing upon the earth.
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After weaving around traffic (lane changing is a horror due to high level of body roll) and getting off the highway, finally I arrived at Megure-san's garage. The garage was partially closed, though given the number of the people there, I guess they're still working after all. After explaining that I'm a friend of Benny, one of the employees let me in into the garage. I guess they already know Benny as well after all.
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Inside, Megure-san welcomed me to his workshop and took me for a tour around the workshop as we talked about Benny and his plans.

"Oh hey, you're the one Benny brought for that birthday celebration, are you?"
"I see that you still remember that day, sensei. Ah, may I address you as sensei?"
"I'm quite flattered by that. Sure, go ahead. Anyways, I like how you drive the Ferrari and Pagani that day"
"Oh really? Thank you so much, I didn't expect to be able to drive them, let alone drive them in speed"
"You know what? You're actually slightly faster and smoother than Benny. Are you racing as well?"
"I actually am, sensei. Driven in time attack races since last year"
"Ah I see, what car are you driving?"
"Evo 3 and S15. I own both cars."
"Evo 3........wait, I think I've seen it several times. Is it gray?"
"Technically yes. It's silver"
"Ah! So that was you! I'm quite interested in your driving, I should say. Oh were you at Attack this year?"
"I do, with the S15. Were you there as well?"
"No, but my friend did. You know the McLaren Senna driver? That's my friend"
"Ooooh I see! It's quite surprising to see a hypercar at events like this I should say"
"Truth be told I used to do time attack racing as well, but I prefer top speed runs and supercar tuning"
"I see, so that's why high-powered supercars are your forte"
"I think I and Benny should see you drive the S15 one day, I'd like to see what you did to it"
"Hey you might not believe it, but Benny once asked me to teach him on proper circuit driving"
"Oh he did? To think that Benny is one of my fastest driver.........." *chuckles*
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"Oh god, I just remembered that my daughter brought the shop car with her. Um, how are going to go back home?"
"It's okay sensei, I could take the train or bus. I also got some friends nearby as well"
"Ah I see. I wish I could drive you back home, or probably have you drive to your home with me. But hey, I don't mind"
"Ah, good then. Either way, take care and see you soon"
"See you soon and thank you, sensei"

Welp, I just realized that the nearest station is a bit far away from the place, so I had to call someone to pick me up. I think I know who should it be..........

"Hey Rantaro, it's me Edo. Are you going somewhere right now?"
"Oh hey Edo-kun. Yeah kind of, I'm shopping right now"
"Oh nice. Um, can you pick me up? I'm in Tokyo with no vehicles right now"
"Wait, what happened to your Evo?"
"I'm not driving it. I drove something else to deliver it in a garage"
"And you had to leave it?"
"Exactly. I'll tell you later about it"
"Oh I see. Okay, I'll be there, just tell me where you are"
"Okay, sending you the location after this call. And hey, thank you"
"That's why I'm here for you, my man. Alright, see you there"
"See ya"


Almost an hour later, after waiting for Rantaro by strolling the area around the workshop while vibing to this song, he finally came, once again with his Merc II instead of his Mercedes W140. I always prefer to see this car however, and I've known this car for a long time, so this car always brought a lot of nostalgia for me. I still remember the first time Rantaro introduced the Merc II to me, and I still appreciate what he did to it to this day.
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As we blast our way back from Tokyo to Tsukuba, we were vibing on the car listening to various classic J-pop tracks and just enjoy our surroundings. Truth to be told, this period of outbreak didn't only took a toll on our physical health, but also our mental health. Can't sleep without thinking are we going to die or not, trying to keep track on our health more often, not even sure if we should go outside or not.......you name it. Nevertheless, along the way we just try to break ourselves from reality for a while and took the ride like a peaceful road trip.
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Some time later, we arrived at Tsukuba, and eventually, at my crib. I bid Rantaro goodbye and continued my self-isolation period. Well, I wish I could treat him for a quick tea time, but still, he need to rest as well. If only the world order is as normal as usual.........
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[15 Mar 2020]
It's time to go to Matei's car meet! I decided to bring the Silver Queen to the meet, since it's the car I'm associated with (well, mostly), and I feel like a bit of highway blast along the way is possible. But first, I decided to meet up with Muzahid at KS garage, since he knows the way better. AJ lives in Mie, which is close to Matei's place in Okazaki, so AJ already made his way first. Speaking of which, I had a bit of an envy to both, since both Matei and AJ technically live close to Suzuka Circuit. Which means they got to see a lot of Japanese and world premier motorpsort events firsthand :lol:
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First off, KS garage. Even after some time not driving it, the Silver Queen still felt quite energetic on high speeds. Though I'm not gonna lie, the car's age has definitely caught up with it. It felt slightly crustier compared to usual, though probably this is because I've just jumped from an even faster S15 and Silverado as well. Still, the feeling that I had to replace it really hits me home, and of course I can't simply ignore it.
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When I arrived at the KS Garage, Muza has already waiting for me in his red RX7 FD. It's his daily car, and it's his favourite from all the cars he has ever owned. It might be not as fast as his previous daily rides, but he has the most dedication on building it. Well there is also the M4, but whereas the M4 is a trackable daily, the FD is a full-on daily, though Muza won't hestitate to take it for a fast ride at touge routes either. And because AJ has arrived at the spot, we decided to make our way immediately to Okazaki.

Along the way to Okazaki, we decided to let ourselves loose on the highway. The amount of dedication Muza has put into his RX7 is extremely something you should appreciate, especially at the engine and exhaust tuning directory, since he made it to sound close enough to the legendary Mazda 787B, though with slightly lower pitch. For the untrained ears, this might sound like a noughties V8 F1 car, which is equally awesome as well.
Meanwhile, here I am in the Silver Queen, which sound is a bit droney, though most rally racing fans would appreciate it as well. To others, this might sound like a giant hornet swarm coming to their area.

Performance-wise, Muza's car has roughly around 400 BHP as far as I could remember, while the SIlver Queen has 450 of them. But Muza's car is much more sleek and aerodynamic, aided with no rear spoiler, so it still could dish a fair (but still friendly) fight against the Silver Queen.
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And finally, here we are in Matei's lovely crib. Matei has waited for us with his CT9W, with AJ and Marcus in their ER34, and Domi in her......E92, which is familiar to me. Turns out Muza has sold the E92 to Domi, though why he did this I don't really know, since the car has almost completed its modding phase. Nevertheless, I'm glad I could meet up with Matei, Domi and Milo for the first time, as well as meeting up with Marcus once more after a long time. Now excuse me while I put some images courtesy of Matei himself.
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Matei looks sooo happy when he saw me and Muza parking in front of his crib, and immediately approaches me and my Silver Queen as I get down from the car. Turns out Matei is a huge fan of both the Silver Queen and Marc's Evo X, and after he plans to turn his R33 into a time attack racer, he bought a CT9W Evo as a new daily car, as obviously his R33 can't roll on the streets yet, and while his S14 is still streetlegal, he would like to turn it to be a track-focused drift car. He was inspired a lot from what we all did here, and thus follows our path by prepping both grip and drift cars. As for the CT9W, turns out this is partly a suggestion from Muza and Marc, particularly since Muza had one way back then.

The CT9W itself is a unique note in the Lancer Evolution history. Whereas the regular Lancer has been sold in quite a lot of forms around the world, they're mostly sold as sedans, as we always know it. And as for the Evos, only the Evo IX has a wagon version, in limited numbers and to top it off, only sold in Japan (although of course you can import one if you got the money). The rest of the Evos are sold as, as you always know it, a sedan. Compared to its archenemy, the Impreza WRX, which has a popular estate/wagon variant and was once sold as a hatchback, not a lot of people knows about the existence of the CT9W due to its rarity.
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Despite it's bigger dimension, the CT9W barely lost any performance and skills compared to the regular CT9A. You can grab them in the same specs as CT9A as well, except if you pick up the automatic GT-A variant which uses the 4G63 from Evo VIII as opposed to IX and has smaller turbo. Other than that everything shares exactly the same thing with the CT9A, and if you want you can even race it, as these image shows:
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Moving to other cars, this time it's Marcus's ER34 and Domi's newly acquired E92 (not an M3, mind). The E92 originally belongs to Muza, and it was his birthday gift from Benny. After some additional mods, Muza envisioned this to be the replacement of his A70. Hence I was surprised when it's eventually sold to Domi. Marcus's ER34 meanwhile is a sweet and solid tribute to the BN Sports ER34, which suffered a tragic end of life when it was shipped to UK and converted to be an Ute, only to be abandoned and never finished, then went for sale. As you'd expect, that UK owner was absolutely viled and jeered by all the internet enthusiast.........I won't explain further since you can read this at pretty much anywhere.

Anyways back to the topic, Marcus paid a handsome tribute to the BN Sports ER34 by not just fitting the exact same bodykit, but also giving it a very period-correct styling with these tribal stickers, and......pretty much how he place all the stickers. But Marcus, being Marcus, adds his own signature twist by giving it his usual blend of purple as the car's color, as well as URAS drag wing and Ganador mirrors, something he would fit to almost every car he owned.
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AJ meanwhile brought his ER34, which has underwent various upgrades ever since the last time I saw it. The rear wing has now been removed, and he also fits a new bonnet, as well as Ganador mirrors just like Marcus did. And finally, there's Milo with his new RS4, taken straight from the albion lands of UK just like my Sprinter van. Milo said there are only two of these RS4s colored in green, and this is one of them.
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As we all hang around, grabbing some OJ and biscuits provided by Matei while talking about cars and life in general, when I was chilling inside Matei's CT9W blasting several chill songs, I found something that can be used as a summer project: You see, there's this Japanese classic cars club and forums called JCCA, and they held several races and track days along the year at Fuji Speedway and Tsukuba Circuit. At this point you should already guessed why I want to join the events. They've been racing since 2005, but only at 2016 they started to also open a public track days for everyone alongside their races. I don't want to risk a classic car being dented or wrecked in a race, but having a track day classic car should be a fun experience.

There's also the challenge of building the classic car itself, especially keeping the car period-correct. Per the rules of JCCA, the cars that can enter the track days are Oldtimer cars, which means 1979 or older cars. Ah speaking of which, there's this term of Oldtimer and Youngtimer amongst the classic car enthusiasts. The definition varies between communities, but it can be simplified that Oldtimers are cars that are 30-40 years old or older since their production, whereas Youngtimers are usually cars that are 10-30 years old since their production. These distinction usually denotes their value on sale amongst classic car enthusiats, as well as denotes their eliglibility to join communities and events, such as AvD Oldtimer GP. The VLN series and Nurburgring 24 Hours event allows Youngtimer cars to join the race in the historic class.

Back to the rules itself, the rules does not allow engine swaps of different type, with several exceptions for non-racing and higher-class racing applications, of which one of the exceptions are the engine has to come from the same engine family and has the same amount of cylinders (e.g. you can swap an L14 engine with L16 or L18 engine, but not L26 or SR20). Engine mods itself are relatively limited. They do however encourage handling and safety refurbishments and upgrades, for the sake of maintenance and car's durability and rigidity.

Visual-wise drivers are encouraged to either keep it stock or apply period-correct racing body kits and liveries to keep the classic vibes. Yeah, that means you can't fit tribal stickers or paint your car in Maziora colors, except if your car had such features at that era. Want to replicate Andy Warhol's paint scheme on your BMW M1? Go ahead, since it's existed on the correct era. Want to replicate Mad Mike's paint scheme on your RX-3? I guess that's a no.

The cars selection aside from the year are free, whether you're staying JDM, going EUDM or even picking the USDM route. For JDM cars however, it has to stay JDM. You can't use USDM or EUDM-exclusive variant of JDM cars, such as the US-only Datsun 260Z or the Aussie-only Datsun 240K GT. However, if the car has the exact same specifications as the JDM counterpart (such as the 240Z), you can use it. RHD conversion for these cars are also encouraged as well, but you can only use OEM parts to do so.

Based on the basic rules above, I, Matei and Muza had some discussions on what car should I pick for JCCA track days. After seeing local car prices and availability, the decision comes down to these cars:
Nissan Bluebird P510/H510
This is one of Nissan's spearhead of 60's and 70's motorsport aside from Skyline and Fairlady Z, specializing in rallying and touring cars. When Nissan needs something with small engine capacity to race with, Bluebirds are usually used, with the 510 being the most popular and tuneable of them, thus paving one of the earliest market succes for Nissan aroudn the world. Until today, there are a lot of Bluebirds around the world waiting to be bought or restored. Most of them in Japan are the P510 sedan, though I'd fancy the H510 coupe.

Nissan Sunny Truck/Datsun 1200
The Nissan Sunny is also one of Nissan's pathway to worldwide market success, being available in various forms around the world, including Ute pickups. While rather obviously the sedans are the most raced form, whiel browsing the JCCA website I saw several people hitting the track with the truck version instead. While I thought that's one crazy thing, I also thought that's genius at the same time, since the truck shares the same platform as the sedan and parts abundance means tuning the truck would be relatively easy. And oh, I can haul some things to the track at the same time as well. Definitely a genius madman's build material.

VW Beetle
Yep, nothing can be more simple than a classic Beetle for classic car meets. Widely beloved around the world (though I know some of you despises it. Even the The Grand Tour trio does), the Beetle turns out to be more than just a people's car, it can be......everything. From an endurance racing car to offroad racing hero, the possibility is endless. There are a lot of Beetle of Kombi communities in Japan as well, so parts availability shouldn't an issue. Hell, I even met a Beetle owner last summer, and his Beetle was equipped with the original engine! This Beetle owner, however, takes my award of bravery, since he did a trackday with a pristine stock Beetle of all things. Must be both hilarious and fun at the same time to drive it! ;)

Toyota Corolla KE20/KE30/TE50
Aaaaah yes, the Corolla, the automotive bread and butter legend. This generation of Corolla helped Toyota restoring the economy of Japan and paved their way to the worldwide market, but most auto journalists felt the suspension was roly-poly, and surprisingly rather bloaty. It's a great starter car for classic car enthusiast, but not really a premier choice for higher level events. Barely any records of racing as well, but hey, it's a Corolla. It can do anything......perhaps.

Toyota Corolla KE70/AE70/TE71
The one that replaces the E50, and the first one to be raced around the world. The E70 series has a quite following an enthusiasts even until today, and one of the first fast Corollas as well. They're first launched at summer of 1979, 6 months away from the JCCA's car registration limit. The TE71 features a rather unique, retro-styled hatchback design which would attract a lot of people. Meanwhile, if I buy the AE70, which uses 3A-U engine, they might allow me to swap it with, you might guessed it, 4A-GE!

Citroen 2CV
The plucky 2CV is France's answer to cheap urban mobilization way back then, basically the French Beetle. Both are air-cooled as well. The biggest difference is that the 2CV is an FWD car, riding on Citroen's success on its predecessor, the Traction Avant. While I haven't found a single 2CV being trackdayed in Japan, the 2CV has a huuuuge following in Europe's motorsport scene, having a 24 hours endurance series dedicated to it. And there was also the twin-engined 2CV Sahara as well, designed for rally raid racing. No, I won't fit two engines to it however.

VW Karmann Ghia
The Karmann Ghia is the Beetle's much more stylish and slightly faster cousin. The Karmann Ghia was one of the earliest and most popular touring car racer as well, paving the way to a lot of legendary racers at their days. The Karmann Ghia was also meant to be one of Volkswagen's first sports car as well, a bit long before Porsche 911 were born. For this reason, the cult following of the Karmann Ghia is just as big as the Beetle and Kombi does. And oh, the Karmann Ghia is a great example of straightforward brand naming. Who designed it? Carrozzeria Ghia. Who bulit it? Karmann GmbH. Another reason of why I want one is......this thing and that Karmann Ghia behind the aformentioned Beetle
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[20 Mar 2020]
Finally, it's time to race in the annual Mobara Masters. This time, it could be a very difficult race for me, since I never went to Mobara before, and all the practice I could gain is from racing simulators, which means everything would still turn different when I get in the S15. After a quick breakfast of onigiri and tea, packing up my racing suits, spare clothes and tools into the Sprinter van, I loaded the S15 to the trailer, then made my way to the Mobara Twin Circuit. The trip took around two hours from Tsukuba to Mobara.

Some time later, finally I arrived to the Mobara Twin Circuit. Just like my previous appearance at Tsukuba, I picked up no. 41 as my race start number, and after picking up the timer beacon and the race number sticker, I set up my workshop at the paddock with the Sprinter van, then installing the race number and timer beacon, and finally went to the locker room to heed my call of nature and change into my race suit.

Turns out that some of the attendees and enthusiasts coming at Mobara were also attended Attack Tsukuba as well, so rathr surprisingly some of them already know me. Oh yeah, despite the Covid outbreak, this doesn't stop people from coming to the race as well, so I'm kinda glad the race is really going on after all. Even fellow drivers wanted to have some banters with me before the driver's briefing.
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Some time later, the time for driver's briefing has come. Well, I've shared about the class segregation of this event at the start of this update, so I don't have to repeat it again. Due to the Covid outbreak, there are only 24 cars attending the event today, and in the SP class there are only 4 of us. The rest are 4 cars from class A, 3 from class B, 4 from class C, 5 from class D, 2 from Compact Class and 2 from Kei car class. Nobody filled the Itasha class, as well all the Challenge classes, which made me a bit dissappointed because I expected to see one or two itasha cars :lol: As usual, the format is 2x one-lap shootout, one before lunchtime and one after lunchtime. The circuit stewards also discussed about the track limits. We all agreed that if all wheels crossed the white line at the trackside, the car will be deemed out of bounds and the laptime will be nullified, even if it happens at installation lap or cooldown lap.

With the driver's briefing over, it's time to get into the car. I should tell you, Mobara is like a mix between Tsukuba and Nikko. It's complex and almost as long as Tsukuba, but it's as narrow and as slow as Nikko. I'm glad I've installed the boost controller beforehand, so I can detune the S15 from 752 BHP to 650 BHP for this occassion without having to open the bonnet.

After all the cars from A, B, C and D classes finisehd their runs, it's time for the SP class cars to run on the track. I got the honor to lead the pack, so I immediately took my position on the pit exit.
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Pit lights went green and I went out........rather slowly, to see how they car handles on this new territory. So it's quite twisty as I thought, and while the armco is quite close, there are some spots that could bait you to do some cuts, than can end up with either you cuting the entire track or you having a bad exit. This circuit also apparently dislikes high-powered cars, even after the detuning process the car barely hits 4th gear at every single lap. Well, being tuned for Tsukuba, it has became a fish out of water once more.
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Finally, with a rather definite imagery of how the circuit looks and feels like, I prepared myself for my first run.
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START
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........aaaaand I imediately ruined my laptime by having a huge lockup at the very first turn. At least I didnt went too far, but that's some of my tyres grated unceremoniously like cheddar cheese over there. I love the rest of the first section however, it's a slight downhill ride with a mix of moderately fast and very slow corners that tests your hands, reflex, and chassis poise. No wonder FWD cars are dominating grip races here, and the track itself is more popular for drifting purposes. The S15 felt a bit squirmy, but otherwise still controllable like a rollercoaster. It's actually less scary than when I drove it at Tsukuba as well.
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The secomd sector is much more twistier and slower, and contains slightly more blind spots, definitely prevents you from cut attempts. And sometimes I forgot that the S15 is an RWD car, the car squiggles at times in the exit. It's a good thing I still oculd catch it. But then again there's more of my tyres being burnt unintentionally. Nevertheless I actually already love this track already, perfect to train my reflexes. Driving around here felt like a very fast tapdancing.
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The third section is where finally I and the S15 can flex all the power as usual, being a much faster, uphill section with only a few corners. It's also the only section where I can achieve 4th gear in the circuit. This should be the perfect section to make up all the time lost around the second sector. And oh, I like this track soooo much already, perfect for training and driving around in less powerful cars.
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FINISH
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Holy s**t I didn't expect my arms already being hurt from driving already. Though perhaps that's because I didn't train a lot along the self-quarantine period. With my first run over, I went back to the pits. Lunch should be waiting already.
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The lunchtime was quite an experience, with bowls of ramen, glasses of coffee and tea, and a lot of banters between drivers, steawrds and spectators. We exchange notes over our runs, discuss about the track condition along the month, comments over each other's projects and of course we talk about life in general as well. Even though the event is less crowded than the ones at Tsukuba, this also allows us to enjoy a more relaxed but still competitive environtment. Really, guess I should come here more often.

After the lunchbreak and after one more call of nature, it's time to get back on the action once more for the day. Just like the morning session, we waited for the A, B, C and D classes cars to finish their runs first before the SP class cars can go for the second run of the day. And once again, I'll lead the pack, so I wheeled to the pit exit.
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Pit lights went green and I went off once more for the second run. This time I decided to smoothen my pedal inputs and in general being less greedy over speeds, prioritizing on keeping up the momentum for a faster lap. Though this has an effect of having to coast at most of the laps, at least I would minimize the amount of errors I could possibly make. Well, let's see if this works.
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I treaded over the first section much more carefully to keep the momentum going and to save tyres, and the car felt much better this way. The car also felt much less rowdy as well. This though also led to a bit of a heart attack moment, when I almost went off track at the third corner. The fact that the outer wheels barely crossed the white lines almost made me despaired since as aformentioned, if you completely crossed the white lines that means your lap time will be invalidated. But since apparently there's still some of my wheels that is outside the white lines, the stewards apparently let this one pass.
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After yet another mistake of getting on too early on the accelerator, sector 2 went relatively well, though my arms has once again getting slowly hurt by constantly moving the car basically everywhere. The good thing is, due to the narrow nature of the track, identifying the track width is much easier. As in, you can be sure how wide the track is, and you can use the track width much faster without having to correct your exit so much. Once you get it wrong though, you'll instantly ruin your lap time.
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And as for the final sector, once again I was able to flex all the power the S15 has. Definitely a relief after spending much of the time managing to avoid all the armcos here and there in slow motion. Well, I guess this would be easier to be done if I had brought an AWD car or even FWD car, but hey, I'm not sorry to bring a Tsukuba-spec overpowered racecar either.
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FINISH
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Finally, my first race at Mobara is done and dusted. And yes, my arms still hurts. I immediately went back to the pits and parked my car in the paddock. Well, I should race here more often, definitely would visit once more with the Evo V.
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After everyone finished their runs, I and the others returned to the timer beacons, then I went for one final call of nature to relieve myself. Afterwards I enjoyed some cool drinks with other drivers to calm ourselves down as we waited for the results announcment. As we waited, we continued the banters over our cars and projects, as well as what happened during the second run. Apparently, someone had the unfortunate experience of having slow puncture at the final sector, and another one neraly ran out of fuel at the finish line, barely made it to the paddock before the car completely barren from fuel.

Half an hour later, the final result is here. My first sloppy run scored me a decent time of 48.934 seconds, which is already fast enough in general but not fast enough to topple the top racers so far. Thankfully the second run successfully make it all up, with a time of 47.012 seconds. To my surprise, this was enough to secure 2nd place, both in class and overall! I was separated by half a second and a bit more and only some miliseconds from the 3rd place......which drives EG6 and EJ2 respectively, proving my theory that FWD cars are faster in smaller circuits. Now I'm not saying that I want an EG6 now, but I didn't expect them to give a fight this hard.

Nevertheless, I'm glad my debut here went quite smooth and yields a great results despite all odds that lies ahead. With this result, I won V$1,500 for placing 2nd overall, another V$800 for finishing 2nd in class, a trophy and certificate, a lot of memorabilias and souvenirs, and additionally, a gold sticker from the track for passing the 48-second barrier. Should I apply the sticker on the S15? I'd like to hear your opinion ;)

After the podium celebration over and the itasha festival ticket raffle (since nobody attended the Itasha class) has been done, I decided to stay on track for a bit more to enjoy the sunset and regain some breath for a while. Afterwards, I reverted the setup on the S15 so it can muster 752 BHP as usual, then went back home in peace.


















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ayeee, I hope you enjoyed coming to me, and I hope that it wasn't a harsh ride till here, if yes I apologize. BTW what do you think about the CT9W's sound system? lol
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You can't argue with Toyota Corolla KE70/AE70/TE71, you could slap 4A-GE since it was pretty good choices for aftermarket parts for 4AGE. Basically you could install ITB system for classically sound. :D
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Damn boi, 600HP on the Evo 5? It'll be much better than the 3 indeed then! Oh you got the Chevy to Megure's garage, trust me you'll love how it's gonna turn out. ;) I'm glad some of you guys had a small meetup despite all the stuff currently going on. Not only that, but also a track day later on! Mobara is an interesting track, haven't been there yet despite being around Tokyo a few times but i still kinda know what it's like to drive. S15 must've been epic to throw around there but it's definitely not the best car for those tight corners, how come you didn't take the Evo? Regardless you managed to get an impressive lap time, might as well throw that sticker on it as a seal of approval.
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ayeee, I hope you enjoyed coming to me, and I hope that it wasn't a harsh ride till here, if yes I apologize. BTW what do you think about the CT9W's sound system? lol
I enjoyed our time a lot, thanks for having these up! :D The CT9W, considering it's a used car, still got a robust sound system, don't worry. I'd like to play orchestra pieces inside it :lol:
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You can't argue with Toyota Corolla KE70/AE70/TE71, you could slap 4A-GE since it was pretty good choices for aftermarket parts for 4AGE. Basically you could install ITB system for classically sound. :D
I know you'll say that, the only problem would be (a)finding one that is actually sold at 1979 and (b)asking if it's really okay if I swap 4A engine inside it, since it's released at mid-80s. Nevertheless, thanks for the suggestion :D
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Damn boi, 600HP on the Evo 5? It'll be much better than the 3 indeed then! Oh you got the Chevy to Megure's garage, trust me you'll love how it's gonna turn out. ;) I'm glad some of you guys had a small meetup despite all the stuff currently going on. Not only that, but also a track day later on! Mobara is an interesting track, haven't been there yet despite being around Tokyo a few times but i still kinda know what it's like to drive. S15 must've been epic to throw around there but it's definitely not the best car for those tight corners, how come you didn't take the Evo? Regardless you managed to get an impressive lap time, might as well throw that sticker on it as a seal of approval.
I told you it'll surpass the Silver Queen! Oh yeah you should definitely go to Mobara at one time. Well I don't want the S15 to be an annually-used one-trick pony, so having it driven at other circuits is a great idea as well, as long as I could bring it there. I guess I gotta stick the stickers indeed ;)
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Damn! Love your updates man :D they are perfect to read on Saturday afternoon :D
Woow 600HP in Evo I want to see how it will accelerate with that power! Mobara looks super fun to drive, I don't know how many times I'll say it, but your S15 looks amazing
I can't wait to see more track action.
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Damn! Love your updates man :D they are perfect to read on Saturday afternoon :D
Woow 600HP in Evo I want to see how it will accelerate with that power! Mobara looks super fun to drive, I don't know how many times I'll say it, but your S15 looks amazing
I can't wait to see more track action.
I'm glad you liked the update, thank you! :D Can't wait to drive the Evo as well, and of course the S15 will be driven whenever I and it could ;)
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DAMN THAT I MISS THAT ER34, IT'S SO HOT.
At least is in great hands :cry:
Great upload as always, and the s15 looks sexy as always! Great machine!
And that EVO, DAMN 600'S in that small awd maniac toy! I'm shocked
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Incredible stuff as always.
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DAMN THAT I MISS THAT ER34, IT'S SO HOT.
At least is in great hands :cry:
Great upload as always, and the s15 looks sexy as always! Great machine!
And that EVO, DAMN 600'S in that small awd maniac toy! I'm shocked
Silvaru Queenu's son is ready to be the king of the track!

Incredible stuff as always.
Thanks! I'm soooo excited about the Evo V as well :D
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Congrats bro, you doing some big boy stuff! You've come a long way man keep it up. It's awesome to see you still have the Silver Queen, and the new V ain't no joke. Neither is the S15... sheesh.

I would love to come visit Japan some day and watch you race!
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OwO ayyy damn more evo goodies and ican't wait for it to be finished finished build :P Damn it's so dope to see a old chevrolet truck on japanese streets with japanese plates ngl. Ah and the merc ii got some vibes still. The meet was sicckk i just wish i could bring something better than a stock rs6. Also i would love to see one of the corollas but the karmann ghia sounds really intimidating if i'm honest. Daammnn you went wild on the Mobara and you got to be the first one to lead yay being 3rd wasn't that bad considering you were just learning the track and being overpowered lol :D
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u dont know how happy this pic makes me!
keep the good work!
Gotta thank my man @-stallion- for that :D I'm glad you like it!
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Congrats bro, you doing some big boy stuff! You've come a long way man keep it up. It's awesome to see you still have the Silver Queen, and the new V ain't no joke. Neither is the S15... sheesh.

I would love to come visit Japan some day and watch you race!
Back when I start all of this I didn't expect to going competitive at all, let alone turning (almost) pro. But in the end, here we are and I have no single regrets about it. I've come a long way indeed, and I'm grateful for that :D

Even though the Silver Queen is going to be replaced (well, that's why the Evo V is here), it'll stay for some time here, so don't miss it ;) And yeah, come visit us in Japan some time, we'll take you to various track days ;)
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02 Apr 2020 21:04
OwO ayyy damn more evo goodies and ican't wait for it to be finished finished build :P Damn it's so dope to see a old chevrolet truck on japanese streets with japanese plates ngl. Ah and the merc ii got some vibes still. The meet was sicckk i just wish i could bring something better than a stock rs6. Also i would love to see one of the corollas but the karmann ghia sounds really intimidating if i'm honest. Daammnn you went wild on the Mobara and you got to be the first one to lead yay being 3rd wasn't that bad considering you were just learning the track and being overpowered lol :D
I can't wait to finish it either :lol: I'm glad you like the update! :D
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