[03 Oct 2019]
Finally it's time for another update! Hot damn everybody's updating quickly these days
This time, let's see if my car can be a learning tool....to drive of course. And also, a comparison between Euro and Japanese sedans!
And finally I also got to visit someone I haven't seen for so long as well!
Let's see how all of them unfolds by jumping into the update!
NOTE: It's highly suggested to read my older updates, as there are a lot of character here coming from there
The winds of autumn has hit quite hard these days, requiring people to wear their jackets more frequently, though not as often as winter does. What about me? It's not really a problem, I wear my hoodie almost everytime, except at summer when it's blazing hot. I don't want to accidentally bake or even roast myself under the glaring sun
Anyways, between the time of my re-intro and this update, I continued working on various documents to be translated as I continue to save money to continue upgrading the S15 as well as to grab myself an Evo V. "Hang on Smoke you already got an Evo III, what's the Evo V for?"
If you haven't followed me at the last moments of the old forum, I should say it's been a fun and amazing times with the Evo III as I explored this world and made a lot of amazing friends thanks to it, but sadly, I think the time's running out soon for the SIlver Queen. Yes, I plan to buy the Evo V as refreshment. But that's not all, the Evo V will be raced as well just like the Evo III, don't worry. I feel like the Evo V has more potential to be developed and deployed over Evo III, which at least in my opinion has reached it's maximum potential and possibly has been tired from all the power it contained. It can only receive so much, after all. And no, despite the emerging memes surrounding it, I'm not going to buy a yellow Evo V
Technically speaking, The Evo V shares the same platform with the Evo IV and VI, which was significant update from the first platform used by Evo I, II and III. This means most of the parts for Evo IV to VI are interchangeable. The Evo IV itself was a vast improvement over the Evo III, and the Evo V was a huge upgrade over Evo IV. The Evo VI? It's simply an Evo V being perfected a bit more. The improvements the Evo V has over Evo III and Evo IV includes but not limited to wider track width, bigger brakes, better and stronger engine internals and, for the first time in Evo history, adjsutable aero. These two last bits are what particularly made me interesed. And oh, since the Evo IV to Evo IX shares the same engine and transmission assembly, this means almost everything from Evo IV to Evo IX are interchangeable.
From the economical side, used Evo V price are ridiculously cheap. Evo IV prices are even cheaper, but that's kinda explainable since Evo IV is arguably the second least-favourite Evo among all Evos, only being slightly better than Evo VII. I'm not really sure why, but I guess I'll just let our resident Human Lan Evo @topy
explains about it some time. He's not here yet i the RP forums at the moment, but when he does, he'll show you his mad, on-progress Evo X build as well as his current daily whips, an S15 and a Mustang 302. Meanwhile, Evo VI prices has been skyrocketed thanks to the fame of the TME model. A lot of car collectors resorted to buy the non-TME Evo VI when they failed to grab themselves the TME ones.
Historically speaking, the Evo III, IV, V and VI are the cars that yielded Mitsubishi WRC driver titles four times in a row from 1996 to 1999, in the hands of the legendary Tommi Makkinen. Between all these driver titles, only at 1998 Mitsubishi secured both the driver and manufacturer titles. If you're wondering, Subaru won the 1996 and 1997 manufacturers title, and Toyota won the 1999 title. The 1998 title fight was one of the fan-favourites as it was ended in a spectacular fashion. The title almost never happened to Tommi and Mitsubishi after Tommi crashed at the opening day of the final rally of the year, Wales Rally GB. Tommi's rival, Carlos Sainz Sr. was almost certain to become the world champion that weekend, but at the final day, disaster struck upon Sainz: His car broke down at the final stage, 300 meters
from the finish line. Tommi, who was going to catch a plane home, was called by Mitsubishi crew and informed about that mishap. Here are some pics of the rally, where Tommi broke his Evo and Sainz stranded near the finish line.
[04 Oct 2019]
Right, enough talking about Evos for now. I finished working on all translations later that day as the sun was going to set. Whilst having a quick rest I received a call from Ryuji. It's been a while since he called me last time, I wonder what's going on?
"Hello Edo-kun, Ryuji here"
"Ah hey Ryuji-san, good evening. It's been a while, anything I can help?"
"Been a while since I called you indeed. Ah I wonder if you have anything to do this weekend?"
"Virtually none, only have to send my works to Tsukuba uni as usual and that's it"
"Oh perfect timing! Um, other than the Evo, do you got any RHD cars?"
"Well yes I do, but why not the Evo?"
"Let's get straight to the point shall we?"
"Okay go on"
"I want to teach my sister to drive but uhh, I'm afraid she'll be confused if I use my E36 Compact"
"Aaaah I see, classic non-petrolhead problem. Okay okay I'll help Ryoko-chan as well"
"Oh yah one more thing, what car is it?"
"HR34, circa 200 BHP. Should be slow enough to learn in"
"I think she'll be okay with that. So, tomorrow at the usual spot?"
"Tomorrow at the usual spot, yup. I'll be there after lunch"
"Great, see you tomorrow then"
"See you tomorrow Ryuji-san"
Welp, about time I should say! It's time for Ryoko, Ryuji's little sister to experience the freedom of driving indeed. Speaking of which, the decline in car sales amongst youth markets upsets just about everyone, including obviously the auto industry themselves. Sure, the public transportation in Japan are brilliant, but the youths these days are missing quite a lot. The freedom of driving, in my opinion is what everyone should experience. Yes, city driving is plain mundane for most but that's because there isn't much to do. But countryside driving, backcountry exploration, touge runs, highway runs, track days.......now that's how you enjoy driving properly.
Once you're going behind the wheels, you thoughts starts to flow quickly, and stimulated better than usual. You'll think about.....just about everything, from your current condition and predicament up to the meaning and purpose of the universe itself. It's a joyous feeling that we can't express properly, because it's just like love. We can't describe love perfectly in words, we have to experience it by ourselves in order to understand it.
At this point I have to stop being poetic and sentimental because I received yet another call, this time from Rantaro. We haven't met since summer and recently he imported a Merc W140.....I wonder if it's finished?
"Yooooo Edo-kun, it's ya boi Rantaro"
"Ah hey Rantaro, been a while man! Summer must've been fun to you, yeah?"
"Absolutely! Remember the Merc I bought some time ago?"
"Oh yeah yeah, I do. How's it going with that Merc?"
"It's finished and ready to roll! Man I'm eager to show it to you"
"Niiiice! Hey tell me, you got anything to do tomorrow?"
"I don't think so, only a quick meeting at morning"
"Perfect! Let's meet up at the usual spot shall we? I wanna see the Merc! Ryuji will be there as well"
"Great idea! And you're right.....gotta flex this to Ryuji as well" *laughter*
"Eh speaking of Ryuji, he got a new car as well"
"What is it?"
"Not really what I expected but still, this I have to see. Anyways, see ya tomorrow boi"
Well, Rantaro has gone quite a long way, from someone driving a Mark II disguised as a classic Merc
, to finally importing and driving a proper Merc. And to top that, it's a W140 S-Class as well! He's ready to live the 90's luxury life
And oh, this Merc is also famous in the Initial D fandom for all the wrong
I wonder if he can attract high schoolers just like when he did with the Mark II?
Later that day, I packed up everything I'm going to carry to Tsukuba University and went to sleep. Oh yah, the usual spot I talked about with Ryuji and Rantaro is the souther parking lot of the uni. It's not so crowded there usually and actually quite cool, so perfect for small to large car meets. The last time I had a car meet there
, it was huge and amazing.
I woke up rather late that day, so I decided to have lunch at the uni's cafetaria instead of cooking one for myself at home. Thankfully though I wasn't severely late I still have time to get a shower and wear proper dress to meet one of my customers for the day, Kitagara-sensei. Kitagara-sensei is a history lecturer in the uni, and also an avid petrolhead, having an AE86 Levin Nothcback as a daily. He's quite a wise man and I really love to talk with him whilst working. And he's also a touge runner back in his youth, and also regularly attends the AE86 Festival in Tsukuba as well.
Later that day I arrived at the uni parking lot, and I spotted Kitagara-sensei's AE86................
.......and I also spotted a Crown S170 I've never seen before. I wonder who owns it? Perhaps Kitagara-sensei knows?
I decided to park my HR34 a bit close to the Crown so I could check it for a while, as well as took some photos of it and the AE86. From what I can see so far it rides on Work Emitz wheels, has a cutom leather front seats, and it's either riding on airbags or very low coilovers. Engine-wise I'm not really sure, it's probably a 1JZ with some mods. After taking these pics I went to Kitagara-sensei's office room.
Inside the office, we have some talks as he inspect my works.
"Incredible job as usual, well done. Here's the documents for next month, you can start anytime" *hands me a bundle of documents*
"receives document* "Thank you very much sensei, is there anything else? Soft copies perhaps?"
"Ah yes, soft copies will be delivered via email"
"Alright sensei, I'll start after I receive the email. Um, excuse me sensei, a question"
"Go ahead, what is it?"
"Are you going to the AE86 Festival at Nikko?" *shows the event page
"Hmmm, I'm not really sure, are you going there?"
"I don't think I will, sensei. After all I don't have an AE86 yet"
"Ah, it's okay. I think I'll have you along at the AE86 Festival at Tsukuba Circuit"
"Oh, really? That's so kind of you sensei, thank you so much. And oh, another question"
"I saw a red Crown at the parking lot today......I wonder if you know who drives it?"
"A red Crown......ah, should be Miyuki-san from law faculty. A lecturer as well."
"Ah, I see. Any chances I can meet him? I'd like to know more about his car."
"Let's go to the cafetaria shall we? I'd like some coffee and I think we can meet him there"
"Sure sensei, I haven't actually had a meal yet"
And so, we walked to the cafetaria. Later at the cafetaria we met with Ryoko and, to my luck, Miyuki-sensei. After Kitagara-sensei introduced me to Miyuki-sensei, we sat together as we enjoyed various snacks and drinks. I myself had a plate of chicken curry and a can of UCC coffee. Miyuki-sensei is in his mid-40s, and is a huge fan of VIP modification style, hence he bought a Crown and lowered it. Aside from being a lecturer, he's also an attorney, serving various clients around Tokyo and Tsukuba. Which law firm he worked on though isn't so clear, probably not the same as either Sera or Adrianne(@RocketBunnyS13
). And oh, because he studied and researched over international law systems, his English is actually very good, and he also understands German, French and Dutch.
Later that day we went back to the parking lot. Kitagara-sensei had a matter to be done, so sadly he can't stay with us for the remainder of the day.
To spend the time while waiting for Rantaro and Ryuji, I decided to have some talk with Miyuki-sensei.
"Ah, sensei, can I ask something or two about your Crown?"
"Ah, sure, go ahead. It looks like you took a liking on it, and I appreciate that"
"Ah sure sensei, thank you. Is it riding on airbags or on coilovers."
"Coilovers. It's running on 326Power Chakurikis to be exact."
"Awesome! I thought the Crown runs on airbag seeing it sits so low. How about the engine? Is it still 1JZ?"
"Close enough, I've changed it to 2JZ."
"GE or GTE sensei?"
"GE plus turbo. Guess how much power it produces."
"Quite close, it's 600. Sometimes I do highway runs as well, also useful for emergency runs as well!"
"That's amazing! Lots of my friends are highway runners but I've never seen something unusual as this"
"Ah yes Edo-kun, Kitagara-san said you have an Evo, so why did you brought this R34 sedan today?"
"Ah, Ryoko-san's brother told me to bring it here, sensei. He wants to teach her how to drive"
"Right here, right now?"
"Uh, yes sensei, that was our agreement"
"Ah, I see. I'd like to see things unfold later"
"Ah, one more question sensei, what else has been done to the car?"
"Brakes, they're now a set of Project Mu brakes, and I also modded the audio system. You want to check them?"
"Oh sure sensei, that's quite kind of you"
I, Miyuki-sensei and Ryoko enters the Crown and Miyuki-sensei proceeds to showcase his audio system, as well as his music collection. Turns out he has similar music taste to mine! He kicked off the showcase by playing Bach's Air on G String
composition. Next up he played Meiko Nakahara's 'Fantasy'
, which coincidentally also my recent favourite. Then Miyuki-sensei capped it off with Kraftwerk's new rendition of 'Dentaku'
. The audio system feels amazing, it's just as if I attended a concert directly at a theatre.
Sometime later, finally Rantaro arrived in his brand new Merc. It looks like a classic yacht arriving to a boat pier, so amazing! I had to get off Miyuki-sensei's Crown and screamed "WOOOOOOOOOOH!" upon seeing the Merc. "Ah senpai look, that car's huge!" remarked Ryoko in surprised voice. Then Rantaro lowered his window as he throws a smug face towards us
Rantaro then decided to park between my HR34 and Miyuki-sensei's Crown. After introducing Miyuki-sensei to him, Rantaro seemed eager to flex his Merc upon me
"What do you think, eh boi?"
"This is amazing! Pure luxury vibes! You can roll along Tokyo at night with style with this!"
"Ha I know you'll like it! It's quite comfy as well and look, wooden trim!"
"Yeeees now this is 90s Euro car at it's best! As for the wheels.....what are those?"
"SSR Vienna Kreiss. And yup, they're lowered."
Rantaro then continued, saying that this one is the 300SE model, which means it's equipped with 3 liter inline 6 petrol engine. Rantaro was actually split between keeping the original engine on or swapping it for something else. Miyuki-sensei opposed against it though, since there are so many electrical assembly and sensors inside the Merc.
The influence of the Merc's styling, interestingly, can be felt on the Crown.....or is it just me? They're looking smilar and as far as I know, competed in the same market segment in several countries where both are sold. Well yes, the Merc looks tidier and if you opted for the V12 engine, much more luxurious with the additional of rear central console and TV. I guess you can opt for champagne holder as well! But here, the comparison can be done in fairer terms. Nevertheless, back then people always wanted a Merc, but some opted for the Crown or something else since they're slightly cheaper. The experience though, are different surely.
The Crown, W140 and HR34 looks like a set of yacht docking at a boat pier I should say.......cue up the 'What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor'
(otherwise better known as 1700s Sea Shanties) composition shall we?
"It's quite huge to me, is it difficult to drive, senpai?" Ryoko asked to Rantaro in curiosity. "It's not so hard if you could drive it. All you had to do is remember the width and length of your car." Rantaro answered in confidence, half-unaware that Ryoko can't drive properly yet. Obviously Ryoko answered, "How do I do that?"
At this point finally Ryuji arrived with his E36 Compact. I and Ryoko sighed a breathe of relief, while Rantaro remarked "Hey that's actually nice!". Ryuji parked his E36 Compact on the opposite side of the parking lot.
As we shared brofists with Ryuji and introduced Ryuji to Miyuki-sensei, another vehicle arrived. This time, a Suzuki GSX-1000R with its rider on full leather suit, rucksack and full face helmet. At first I was trying to figure out who is this rider, but eventually I figured out as he parked beside Ryuji's E36: It's another of my friends, Kenichi! But why is he riding a Suzuki instead of his usual Honda Grom?
"Oi Kenichi! Great to see you man, but where's your Grom?"
"Yoooo everybody's here!" *fistbumps and brohugs ensues* "You see, the Grom is under maintenance, so I have to borrow this"
"But dang man, what a ride you're bringing today! Much faster than usual!" *chuckle*
"Admittably, yeah. I miss that sense of speed, you know"
"Ain't your back got tired with that rucksack though?"
"Not really, I didn't bring much"
"Oh yah, now that everyone's here, I remembered something........"
Then I explained my plans to enter the K-1 Sports Tsukuba 50 Minute endurance race at October 14th
, as well as my need for a small crew for the day. Thankfully, turns out everyone can make it at the race day. Ryuji is particularly eager to help, since it's been a while since we're on the Tsukuba Circuit together. Even Ryoko want to join the fun as well! Sadly though we might not be able to go with Ryuji's friend, Genzo, since he's a bit busy lately due to his father fell ill some time ago. But it's okay though, I think I've got enough people on my side.
With the endurance crew problem sorted, and Kenichi heading to the uni to deliver his translations, we moved on to the second schedule of the day: Teaching Ryoko how to drive. I handed the HR34 keys to Ryuji, guided Ryuji to exit the parking lot and decided to have some banters with Rantaro and Miyuki-sensei as we watch Ryoko swap seats with Ryuji and keeping up with Ryuji's method of tutoring.
Eventually after multiple times stalling my HR34, Ryoko got it going slowly. Now I'm not really worried about the clutch, since it's relatively fresh since I don't use it so often compared to my Silver Queen. What I worry a bit is simply Ryoko not getting used to it since I set the clutch pedal a bit hard. Nevertheless, watching Ryuji and Ryoko tiptoeing around the parking lot reminds me of myself back when I learn how to drive my family's car back home.
The good mood was slightly offset when Ryoko stalled the car again when Ryoko stalled the car again as she tried to do a full stop. Rantaro and Miyuki-sensei laughed quite loud, while I can only shake my head in light dissappointment, and shouted "Come on, try again! Don't worry about the car!" to raise her confidence. Eventually she did it!
And I guess Ryoko had a shared penchant of going into speed just like her brother. Sometimes I can see the HR34 lurching into speed as Ryoko drives it in 2nd gear, sometimes she forgot to balance the accelerator and clutch in the middle of corners.......I wonder if Ryuji teached her heel and toe already?
There's also this when Ryoko tried to do a U-turn. It looks like she failed to balance the pedals while turning again, causing her to accidentally floor the accelerator, and release it to yet another stall. I can only imagine Ryoko panicking inside........
Finally, after a while, it looks like Ryoko got the hang of driving, though understandably, she had a bit of difficulty while parking. At least she didin't mow the pavement with my HR34......
I applauded her as she gets off the car.
Ryoko's training though didn't stop there. This time, after a bit of resting, it's my turn to get inside my HR34 with her. My job is simple: Be a backseat driver (and yup, I have to actually sit on the back row) and monitor her as she recall all the tutorials taught by Ryuji, while occassionally jog her mind over all the the tutorials. In Ryuji's opinion the one who can deduce if a driver drives well in general are their passengers, particularly those who sits behind them. I actually agree with this, since a lot of road sickness are caused by drivers who aren't driving smoothly.
And so, Ryoko slowly gets off the lot again and started going around as she recalls all the tutorials given to her. To ease her mind and make her relax a bit, as well to motivate her and sway her mind
a bit off concentration (Because come on, who didn't choose to have a banter with the driver when they drive together?), I decided to talk about my times back then when I still learn how to drive. Ryoko actually responds enthusiastically ("So it only took you a week to learn senpai? That's brilliant!"), to the point she almost crashed my HR34 as we have a great banter ("Watch the road next time!"-"I-I'm sorry senpai!"-"It's okay, let's continue shall we?")
Eventually she could drive it smoothly, I could enjoy the ride while laying my back all over the rear seat.
As the day passes and the sun starts to set, finally Ryoko parked the HR34 again and ended the training session. I praised Ryoko's pace of learning to Ryuji ("She's a quick learner I should say, I didn't expect that"), who clearly was quite happy with the result. Rantaro and Miyuki-sensei looks pleased as well, seeing Ryoko learn as well as having a very long banter with Rantaro. And secretly they have another cans of coffee without me
thankfully Rantaro still got a can left, which he tosses upon me. I really need one after a very loooong day. Before Rantaro and Miyuki-sensei left, I took some more pics of their rides.
Before I, Ryuji and Ryoko left, I proposed a final test for Ryoko: Drive me home as I guided her through traffic. Ryuji seems amused with this idea and Ryoko reluctantly agrees this. Well, at this point I felt a bit bad to her
but the again, all the tutorials she received for the day will vanish quickly if she didn't practice it in the streets.
Other than some stalls at traffic lights (cue Ryoko panicking again over starting the car: "SENPAI IT'S DYING!"-"Calm down calm down!") and we accidentally holding back some traffic, the trip back home actually went very smooth and well. And as the sun sets, we finally arrived at my crib. After some time of resting while sipping warm earl grey tea and Ryoko adoring my model kit, figure and medal collections, finally Ryuji and Ryoko thanked me for assisting them with the driving tutorials and went back to their home in Tsukubamirai. I guess it's only a matter of time before Ryoko got her own personal car......I guess she can't really stand being inside either Ryuji's E46 M3 or E36 Compact anymore
[06 Oct 2019]
[07 Oct 2019]
At this point the S15 stock parts I've listed in the old forums has been sold for a grand total of V$2000. Here's the rundown:
- S15 stock front bumper, V$300
- S15 stock rear bumper, V$300
- S15 stock front fenders set, V$150
- S15 stock bonnet, V$200
- S15 stock side skirts set, V$150
- S15 stock side mirrors, V$100
- S15 stock steering wheel, V$100
- MS13 stock brakes and handbrake drum set, V$ 500
- MS13 stock springs set, V$200
Since I've earned some cash for my wallet, I think it's the right time to register for the endurance race. The race registration costed me V$380 after I completed all the papers and data needed to register into the race. And oh, speaking of the race itself, the format for the day would be 2x10 minute of qualifying, followed by, obviously, 50 minutes of racing. The event will split entrants into five classes
- GT1: >=2000cc cars with slick/competition tyres
- GT2: 1400-1999cc cars with slick/competition tyres, or >=2000cc cars with radial/semi-slick tyres
- GT3: <1400cc cars with slick/competition tyres, or 661-1999cc Asian cars with radial/semi-slick tyres
- GT3 Euro: <=1999cc Euro cars with radial/semi-slick tyres
- GTK: 660cc Kei cars
Turbo and supercharged cars capacity are multiplied by 1.5 and rotaries are multiplied by 2 to make them easier to be classified and segregated.
As I've expected before, my Silver Queen will enter the GT2 class since it has stroker kits. Well, I don't have money to get some fresh slicks to bump myself into GT1 class
As I've mentioned back then, you can enter this race either with 2 cars with 2 separate drivers, a car with 2 drivers driving on turns, or a single car with a single driver as I did.
[09 Oct 2019]
Paycheck time! Yet another V$940 lands into my pocket safely. This week I gotta put some focus on improving my physical conditions so I don't drop myself down in the middle of or after the endurance race. I mean, that's the reason a lot of race drivers train themselves so much. Okay, there are actually a lot of fat bois who race as well (just ask Tony Stewart or Enzo Ide. Bonus points for Ide since he's an endurance racing driver), but the focus here isn't over growing muscles, but rather than that it's all about increasing your stamina.
A bit of fun fact: Race drivers lost around 2-5 kg everytime they're in the car. That loss comes from not only the loss of fat but also the loss of body fluids (water, not blood, mind you). Obviously, this would affect their physical and mental conditions, particularly over concentration and physical power. At races under humid and hot conditions, such as races in South and Central America, as well as Southeast Asia and Australia, the loss can be even more severe.
That's why in several race series such as Formula 1, WEC, Super GT and DTM, drivers are supplied with a small tank (around the size of regular drinking bottle) of water or electrolyte drinks such as Gatorade, Lucozade or Pocari Sweat to keep drivers well-nutritioned during race sessions. You can try racing without them, but it's very dangerous and not recommended at all. Suffering from dehydration could make racers lost their concentration or severely exhausted after being drained of lots of energy. At worst case, they could suffer from dizziness or even fell unconscious
while racing, which obviously you don't want to experience. Well, I don't, so thats why I should train myself just ike the pro racers does. I guess it's time to reduce the amount of number nines as well
Another fun fact: At one Australian Grand Prix round (can't remember what year it was), the temperature was quite hot even though the race was held near sunset. It was so hot it was enough to boil the water carried by racers. Mark Webber, the local hero and the 3rd place finisher that time complained that he got his tongue burnt from the water during the race, and later on he said he should've brewed a tea inside the water tank instead of carrying only water so he can enjoy the race better
[11 Oct 2019]
Day 3 of the endurance training regime and continuing my translation work. After finishing the work for the day and went through my training session, where I almost ran out of breathe, I received a phone call from Ohira-sensei.....who has never called me before, usually it's the other way around. Ohira-sensei is the owner of the Summer Yume garage, where I finished the first half of the Silver Queen's mod list, as well as learning on how to work on my car and successfully transformed me from someone who has never held a spanner in their whole lifetime to someone who can work on their car pretty quickly. Though in my case, I still prone to injure myself while working. Ohira-sensei isn't a teacher as I've pointed out, but I still call him sensei anyways since he taught me a lot of things.
You can read my first meeting with Ohira-sensei here and discover his background story here,
but the short story is he's a Mitsubishi specialist, in particular classic Mitsubishis, though he doesn't mind working on other brands of cars. Ohira-sensei and his wife built and found the garage shop to honor the dreams of their friend, Eikiji-san, who died in a highway run accident before he found the garage shop. He explained his dreams of owning his own garage shop to Ohira-sensei at one fine day in the summer back then, hence the garage is called Summer Yume. Ohira-sensei himself used to be a touge racer himself, unexpectedly winning races inside his Galant VR-4 which he still drives until today.
At the moment his crew consist of himself, Nato, Goro, Mishima, Kei and Yuuta. They also had another crew member, Gary, but he later on graduated from university and moved on to work on a local rally team based near Gunma. Sometimes Ohira-sensei's wife, Minami-san can be seen in the garage as well whenever she's not busy teaching at a local kindergarten.
"Hello Edo-kun, I hope I don't disturb you in this peaceful evening"
"Oh Ohira-sensei, good evening! It's a bit unusual for you to call me"
"I know I know, it's usually the other way around" *chuckles*
"Exactly sensei. Anyways, anything I can help for you?"
"Ah, just a small thing really. Do you have any free time this week?"
"Um, I'm pretty much free all the time I think. Though at Monday I'll attend an endurance race-"
"So it's actually true, you're racing regularly now"
"Correct, sensei, how did you know that?"
"Well you and your Evo has been discussed regularly by the Mitsubishi community here. They were praising your performance"
"I'm quite elated to hear that sensei"
"Also, Goro, Kei and Yuuta has spotted you racing at times"
"Really? I've never seen them though!"
*laughter* anyways, come to my place whenever you got free time, could you? I have some things I'd like to talk over with you"
"I think I could come there at Friday noon, is that okay sensei?"
"It's all okay I say"
"Oh, I think I've got some things to talk about as well, sensei, I'll save that for Friday"
"Oh nice. Anyways, I'll go back to work. See you at Friday, young man"
"See you, sensei"
I wonder what's in the mind of Ohira-sensei at the moment? Well, I can only find it out in the next two days.
After having my usual modest lunch of instant ramen, I went off to Summer Yume garage in my Silver Queen. The sky was blanketed with thick, dark coulds, in the brink of a possibility of storm or even Typhoon coming into Japan shores for the week. Everybody has started to anticipate this moment, since the severity of the storm can't be predicted yet at this point. Well, I gotta start mine soon I should say.
Later that day I arrived at Summer Yume garage. As usual, Goro directed me to go inside the garage properly, and he decided to direct me to park my Silver Queen near two things: Ohira-sensei's Galant........and a Mirage I've never seen before, lurking at one of their working bays. Judging from the sponsor stickers, as well the garage's insignia, I could tell this is their new toy, but what for?
After I stepped off my Silver Queen, Ohira-sensei welcomed me while handing me a warm cup of green tea. And then, rain starts pouring outside the garage.
"How's it going young man?" *hands the green tea, as thunder growls over the skies*
*receives the green tea* "I've never feel this much better after everything I've went through all this year"
"You've turned into a race driver, we know that"
"Yes, but that's not only it. I've made a lot of friends as well! And oh, one of them has a TME as well"
"TME you say?"
"Yeah, here. It's in America, owned by my friends." *shows him a pic of @Benny and @Lagano's TME*
"That looks great! And not in red as well!"
"Ah sensei, your Galant looks sprightly as ever," *sips green tea* "But what's that Mirage doing over there?"
"Ah, I see you've seen the Mirage. We've just bought it some time ago, sadly it's not the Cyborg model but no matter. We hadve a solution for this"
"And what is that solution, sensei?"
*sips his green tea* "This thing is the 4G92 variant. At this point you should know what we replaced it with"
"......is that what I think it is? 4G63?"
"I know you'll like it. This one though, is naturally aspirated and FWD. We'd like to retain the character like the original ones"
"I can understand that. Anyways, what are you going to use it for?"
"Time attack racing, just like what you do usually."
"Ah, I see, but who's going to be the driver?"
"You, of course! And Yuuta-kun"
"Yuuta?" *Yuuta responded with "Oh yeah that's right aniki!"*
"So here's the plan: You'll drive for us where it's possible for a driver to be employed in different class"
"So....like, Attack series and the likes?"
"Exactly! Your duty depends on that mostly. Whenever you can't, Yuuta will fill your position instead"
"Ah, seems plausible, good idea for me."
"You and Yuuta will also responsible to test the car when we can call you. All you had to do is come if you could"
"Okay, quite reasonable. Speaking of which, which class are you going to enter with the Mirage?"
"Somewhere in the lines of Radial or Second Class. In Attack Ebisu Nishi that would be NA class"
"My Evo might enter either Second or Real Tuning class, so I could enter Radial or NA class"
"Nice! We'll pay you on per race and test basis. Don't worry, you'll start racing competitively next year, there's a lot of things to do at the moment"
Speaking of which, Ohira-sensei's plans makes sense actually. Often some drivers are employed by the same or even different team to run in different classes of a time attack event. A good example is Nobuteru Taniguchi (yes, that Nob Taniguchi). For Attack Tsukuba events, he usually contracted with Garage G-Force to run with their absolutely bewinged Evo IX (though it's still nothing compared to Escort Racing's Evo IX) in the Turbo class, as well as contracted with ASSIST to run their BMW M4 in the Second class. Pretty sweet deal, don't you think? Double the payment, double the track time, and double the experience as well!
After having some banters with Ohira-sensei for a while, I moved on to talk some stuff with Yuuta.
"Since when you've got the skills to drive, eh boi?"
"I've completed my racing license tutorial at summer! Look!" *shows me his racing license*
"Now that's how you spend summer!" *pats his back* "Looking forward to see you drive it!"
"Thank you so much aniki!"
"Ah, how much power this thing has?"
"Um, around 200 BHP aniki. That's how far we can push it so far"
"Quite makes sense since this isn't turbocharged. Amazing figures I should say"
"I think I could say so as well"
"With a lot of weight reduction so far as I can see, I'd like to have my hands on the Mirage soon"
As you can see, they got sponsorship from SSR and Toda to back them up. The rain becomes even more intense, so I decided to stay in the garage for a while.
Goro said originally they want to start with an Evo IV or an Evo IX estate (because there's a team who fielded an Impreza GF8 estate in Attack Tsukuba) to start their effort. But because they want to learn for a while before fielding AWD cars and because they wanted to cut costs even further, they decided to start from the bottom of the ladder by getting a Mirage instead and experimenting with it. "The Evo IV could wait for another 6 to 12 months, and come to think of it, the IX estate might be too boxy to run after all," Goro added. As for the test plans, they plan to test the Mirage at Tsukuba, Nikko, Ebisu Nishi and.....Tsukuba Fruits Line touge. Yup, fortunately this thing is still street legal.
Later on, I talked about my plans to switch from Evo III to Evo V. Despite the initial shock from Kei, Yuuta and Ohira-sensei, eventually Ohira-sensei and Kei approved of the plan, seeing as originally the were going to run an Evo IV as Goro said, and after all it's an upgrade over Evo III. This way they can do an early research for their future contender.
As the rain starts to dissipates and eventually we ran out of green tea, I decided to go back home before anything worse happens that day. Thankfully Ohira-sensei could understand this. His main purpose to summon me to his garage has been fullfilled after all. And more importantly, I've got his and his crew's insights over the switch plans. For now, though, here's hoping the weather would be friendly for Sunday.
With the update over, let's check how much I've got in my wallet at the moment:
That's all my updates for now, thank you for stopping by and see you soon!