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Well i hate to be that guy who started a project just to gid rid of it before it really started….. but looks like im him today!
what was the plan with this car?
when trawling through random build threads im always drawn to the ones desplaying super technical fabrication and ideas. This was my attempt at building a mid mount JAPanese car to keep up with big horsepower, tube frame chassis, EX speedways cars, flat out around a dirt track. “The idea” of mid mounting a engine and the benefits it would bring really excited me. building a flat out race cage and changing the seat postion to allow the the newely positioned engine. These are all challenges i wanted to accept and have a crack at….
so why has it all been sold off leaving me saying good buy to the idea that accupied my thoughts for so long?
Entre peer presure… or in this case i like to call it Peer ENCOURAGMENT!
This is not the first time i have made this mistake, at the age of 16 i was playing with muscle cars, a valiant charger with ye olde 265. I loved that car and i learnt so much from it, but i found my self talking about holly carbureters while my friends were talking EFI, i wanted to drag every one off the lights and “smoke” all the rice burners, while my friends were flying around corners. and worst off all i found my self hanging around old fellas over 60 who bought the Chrysler brand new back before i was even born, while my mates were out driving together.
This silvia has landed me in the same position, iv got a great group of mates hear at Ghetto garage. we all love working/playing with our cars. driving them, skidding them, and just generally having a laugh. But i fell like i was kinda missing the moment by not being envolved. I was being the young 16 year old sitting in the back of the crysler car club meeting again instead of being smack bang in the middle of the action with my friends
Please dont get me wrong the crowd out at dirt circuit are amazing and so is the motor sport they all put so much effort into running, and one day id love to build a full tube frame chassi monster to smash around dirt surfaced tracks of insanity!
its just at this time of my life i have a great group of lads that i dont want to look back on and say “man i wish i was more involved with what my mates were doing back then”!
So yes the project has gone, dirt circuit is not for me right now. But im fairly sure id rather miss out on the silvia dirt racer than all the stupid and fun memories ill have hanging out with these crazy cats!
side note: the shell was removed from the garage to be picked up… hear at ghetto garage we get side tracked and carried away very quickly…. hence the photos! he he
In typical ghetto garage fashion its either quieter than a condom vending machine in the Vatican or Flat Out posting!
Long story short i was around my cousins place the last friday to check out some of his crazy new projects (stay tuned in coming months). Casually he asked if i would like to race his gts4 r33 on Sunday? “UM…… Yes yes i do” was my answer. The next few days was fairly hektic,the car was not 100% safe so my cousin pulled an all nighter Saturday getting the seat position lower, and more head clearance on the cage. I had a massive 4 hours sleep and rocked up in the morning and drove over 2 hours up to Port Piri.
before i knew it my body was full of adrenalin, hands shaking, praying hard, and at the start line of my first dirt circuit race!
I had planned on taking it easy and learn how the car drives, I let every one go at the start (i started up the back in 8th). After a lap or 2 i found i was uncomfortable behind the other cars… so i started over taking a few, after 6 laps i found my self in 3rd position.
My next 2 races in B grade i started closer to the front and had very good takeoffs thanks to the 4WD system. Due to me not focusing and messing around with to much sliding into
(and out off a bit to much) corners i lost my 1st position with only 2 corners to go and placed 2nd. Last race i focused kept my driving clean, and won.
then at the end of the day i entered an all comers race where i started with a 10 second handicap (which is worked out by lap times during the day). It was 10 laps and the guys in front could drive! i had to really put my head down focus on my braking points, apexes, and not over driving the car. Racing away and slowly each corner i chipped away till i found my self rounding canteen corner with good exit speed and had a drag race down the straight to get in front at the last moment. I had 4 laps to go and they seemed to last forever! i backed off my current pace as the brakes were starting to smell abit to much. finnaly i crossed the finish line and scored myself a trophy!
by the way if you dident pick it up, the title of this post is very sarcastic! at least now i have something to put into my 15 ft long floor to ceiling custom trophy cabinet….
well thanks for reading the longest post iv made to date, i really enjoyed racing and cant thank my cousin Sharpie enough for the effort he put in to get the car ready and then help me out on the day with tips and encouragement Cheers Mate
stay tuned as i will do a feature on the R33 in the coming weeks…. after i finish working on Ashers 86!
If your interested in checking out some dirt circuit action Truro will be racing this sunday check out
have a great one