Monday, 29 August 2011

Manfeild: My first outing

For someone who writes a blog (at least tries to), one would think that they would at least be knowledgeable and understanding of what they are writing or talking about and have had at least enough experience in that hobby to be able to say "yep, I've done that". The weekend that has just passed, I have broken my track virginity, and set myself loose to have some fun and just get some seat time.

However, my efforts were cut short early, suffering from (at the time of writing this post) coil pack failure on one of the four. I sounded like a tractor/Subaru on boost as I was choking at 5000rpm. This forced me to retire mid day despite only having one full session (running a 1:35 for my second lap on the track as my best), then two limped sessions just to see if my problem was going to improve.

Full set of day's photos can be found here. A big thanks must go out to Lauren, my lovely girlfriend, for taking majority of the photos. Although watermarked as mine, I'll make sure she gets credit for the photos that she took, which were all very good!

Waiting for scruntineering - passed easy!

The sound of it coming on boost and with the external wastegate open, it was glorious.

V8 MX8 - who can say no? End of the day, he put on his slicks and blew past some serious cars.


Tony's f***ing quick EF Civic. He has been racing this track since a very young age, and knows it like the back of his hand.

Some of the local drifters hitting up a grip event with the closure of Slipway in Wellington still being an issue. Not to say no drifting occurred on track that day...

This car doesn't get to run more than one, not even finishing his lap. Blowing his gearbox to smithereens!

This was serious. The sound of it flying past you at 200kph+ is something you don't forget quickly.

Notice the midmount steering column. This was loud too, I've never seen such an incredible car, although, it does race in GTNZ.

The calm before the storm.

First proper run of the day.

By far the loudest car out there, this flying brick was not to be sneezed at. Running very good times (albeit very noisily) throughout the day.

Lining up!


View from the front. My friend Andrew in the Civic ran blistering times (1:25~); for someone who's been on Manfeild once prior, that is very, very impressive.


And away I go!

I am a fan of this S13, have seen it another photoshoot, it is a drift weapon but driver has skill and held his own out there.

Amazing cars with the Evo was very quick around the track

Another shot of the Porsche as it was rolling out of it's pit after being set up on the day.


This ran in the Rookie class with me as well, from what I heard, it was using the track time as teething time. I found his build on oldschool - Build thread


Would hate to think how cold that must be. Then again, the adrenaline rush that one would get from driving that! Even I was all smiles behind my helmet as I was blasting off around the track.

Andrew blasting ahead, blitzing a turbo R33 along the way during the day! Well done man.

Photo of Tony and his EF again. Nom.

Be sure to check out my friend Lawrence and his photos here, he covers lots of car related events, including Manfeild. Hopefully, I'll be back out there soon!


Thursday, 25 August 2011

Bwarp Meet August 24th 2011

Approximately every 4 weeks, some of the Wellington guys get together, have a yarn (chat for the foreign) and eat some sweet burgers. Thanks to Luke over at Bwarp, he organises this cool event and brings together the better of our scene. It is by no means a measure of how big the scene is as I can think of many prominent Wellington car scene guys who don't frequent this sorta event because it's just not their thing. However, the people who do turn up, are pretty well behaved and don't have any silly shenanigans that put us in bad light with the public.

Thanks must also go out to Burgerfuel, they feed the mass of hungry people that turn up.


Spot the mint GX71 Cressida - more details over at Luke's writeup

Cool shuttle

Slammed out Accord

One's on bags and one's static.

Cleanest EK9

Rest of the photos here, sorry I've been on a bit of a slump and haven't been taking photos.

Inaugural Green Sticker Society photoshoot 3rd September.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Dreams and Aspirations

No introduction is needed.

Apologies about the formatting - it's still in its early stages.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Winter wonderland

Here in Wellington, snow comes every 50 odd years. Or at least to the point where it's heavy enough to cause ice and some hairy moments driving around. I almost died last night driving home from the girlfriend's house. Had to semi-slide up my hill to turn. Teaches you car control for sure though..

Here's some pics

Them snows

Winter Wonderland


Friday, 12 August 2011

Pet Peeve #2

Amateur Photographers.

Don't get me wrong, I'm by no means any good myself. Just let me explain.

Amateur photographers who don't know what a good photo is. Someone who doesn't understand the first thing about taking photos. What pisses me off more than anything right now, is the fact that anyone can pick up a DSLR (great to see them becoming more affordable though) and then slap on a watermark "[Name] Photography" and start charging everyone $200 for a set of photos printed onto DVD. It's just so frustrating because I feel like I would never be consistent enough to shoot for money, plus, I don't want to take someone's money simply because I have an expensive camera and some gear to go with it. If anything, by blogging and keeping things free - I ensure that I stay true to what I love, cars and photography.

That is my rage for the night. I hope everyone is well. Here's my pledge - If I start charging, it'll be far, far cheaper and better than any of the "I picked up a DSLR yesterday and today I'ma pro" people.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Pet Peeves

Just a short one today, something I think I've developed an irrational hate for: passing off anything and everything as JDM style.

This is not JDM style

Just because it goes onto a Japanese car does not mean it is JDM. Nor does putting roof racks on cars that clearly will never see the racks being used (if anything it's a USDM thing) ever.

Oh yeah...

Type R stickers. GTFO.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

5 Minutes with Me

Name: Yemo Guo
Education: Flailing through Law




Some of the recent work I've done for others.


Schwass + Me

Rims colour




Catalogue photos

Time to shine

BLAZD Photoshoot


STM Rotor 2

Fly 6

EVL4 + Mugen

Sweeper 1

There you have it - From now on, all my photoshoots I'll blog about on here.

Peace. Time to sleep