Now I think I’m talking for all Nissan enthusiasts when I say that this is every Skyline owners dream car! Lucky for me, I got to go for a ride in Ash Marks 1972 GT2000 Skyline!
Driving with Ash through the Adelaide Hills was an amazing experience and made me think of what it would have been like back in the 70′s when this car was made. Blasting through the hills of Japan along the famous “skyline” roads, with the sound of the L20 motor revving away. But in this case, Ash’s Hakosuka sports a L28 that has been bored and stroked to a 3L, with a “pretty lumpy cam’ as Ash says. Intake sees a set of 3 s5 Mikuni solex phh 44mm cabbies and the exhaust side of things is handled with a heat tapped header to a full stainless exhaust to the rear. The bottom end is expected to have some work done also but Ash has yet to pull the sump off to have a look. Ignition is taken care of a MSD 6A electric ignition system. Besides this the engine has been kept pretty stock for the fully restored look.
Something i was not aware of until seeing this car and speaking with Ash was that when the car was still in Japan, someone in the factory shaved the L28 off the engine and restamped the engine as a L20 for rego purposes.
The suspension has had a little bit of upgrading also to stiffen the old chassis and give the car the nice lowered look it has seen here. A pair of adjustable coil overs fitted up front that have been very cleverly disguised to get the car through regency, but some things have to be kept secret. It also has a strut brace to keep the front struts nice and stiff. Ash also has plans for more bracing like fender and chassis braces, and possibly a roll cage in the near future.
The interior has been kept pretty stock with the exception of a few novelties like the Japanese match box in the centre console which Ash picked up on a recent trip to the motherland. It no longer holds matches though as its now used to store spare fuses for the car. But if your going to have a classic JDM car, why not get the proper Japanese gangster look hahaha.
For wheels, the Hako sports a set of original Watannabe rims in 15×8 front and 16×9 rear (unknown offset sorry).
Many of you will say that I’m pretty lucky to get to ride in a nostalgic Japanese car like this, but plans are to go for another cruise in the future which down the coast of Goolwa. sorry to rub it in! Thanks go out to Aaron Pearson for hooking this photo shoot up for me, and a MASSIVE thanks to Ash Marks for taking me out for a ride and the many beers that were had at the pub when we stopped. Both guys I’m glad to call mates! Its was definitely an experience I can tick off my bucket list. Bring on the next cruise!!!
If you live in Adelaide….or even Australia for that matter, you probably know the name “D1″ Davey Clark and his crazy ke70 drift car. You probably would also know of JDMgirls.net Riki-lee Kazumi. What some of you might not know is that last month they got married! I was honored that i was invited to the wedding (and not you average wedding at that) to shoot photos for the day. You see, Davey and Riki-lee are both heavily into motor sport and drifting in particular so it was no surprise that the two had a drift wedding.
This here is Davey’s ke70 with its new v8 engine conversion in it. Yes its a beast! yes it bakes hard, but ill get into this latter.
The day started off with a morning open track drift session with many mixed Nissan’s but with a Toyota, BMW, and a Holden thrown in
For the day, Tailem-bend Motor sport park set up a special track in the reverse direction to normal and this made for a slow but interesting start to the day, but after a few runs from everybody it was time to shred which this BMW was doing very well
as well as this 180sx
and this street driven s15 owned by Adelaide drifter Tim Greaves.
By mid day, the track was cleared and everything was set up for the ceremony (which was held at the track mind you) and about the same time the nerves started setting in for Davey! Once the bride arrived and everyone was seated, she walked down the isle in true drifter fashion by driving to the isle way in her own s13 Silvia.
There ceremony than started in front of Davey’s ke70. Dont they look good in there matching race suits hahaha.
when it came time to read there vows to each other, Riki-lee read her vows from the heart…..Davey read his from his phone! hahahaha.
once the vows were said and the rings were given. the couple had there first kiss as man and wife………sorry………i didn’t manage to get a good photo of the kiss so you will have to imagine. The couple than went off to sign there certificate and enjoy hundreds of photos.
Once this was all done, the couple had the chance to do there first bridal waltz as husband and wife. But this was not to be a normal waltz. Now i told you i would get back to Davey’s ke70. The couple took Davey’s car for a thrash around the track and this was the first time anyone has seen it drift.
After the wedding ceremony, drivers were allowed back on track for an afternoon session which involved a lot of battles.
This was Stewey Bryants fathers red r32 that he was drifting for the day.
After getting majorly sun burnt and saying goodbye to some interstate friends, i congratulated the couple and left knowing that the was a special and unique wedding and probably the first drift wedding ever! For more photos and video footage from the day, check out Luke Hobbs Photography and the boys from Stylized Productions.
Congratulations again to the Clarkes!
A few weeks ago I attended the Nissan Datsun car club of South Australia’s private hill climb day. There were plenty of old school Datsuns there on the day including a rare 510 bluebird that was running a rover V8 and painted in the BRE paint scheme. There was also an orange painted SSS 1600 bluebird racing up the hill! Among the mixture of Datsun and Nissan’s were a bunch a Mazda mx5, a few old Europeans, a new Toyota 86, and a very quick F1 looking racecar! The day was organised very well and through out the day, drivers were allowed to take passengers for rides up the hill. If you have never been to Collingrove hill climb, I highly recommend it as it’s a great track for both drivers and spectators alike. Thank you to the NDCC of Sa for running a great event and letting me attend to shoot the whole day.
Enjoy the photos!
A few weeks back i attended a private drift day at Tailem Bend motor sport park for pro drifter, Kelly Wong’s birthday. If your not from SA or Australia for that matter, Kelly is a pro drifter that competes in the ADGP and Stadium drift series. She is also the owner of import parts shop Sleeka Spares (check them out for high quality aftermarket parts for your import). Anyways, here are some of the better photos from the day.