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!!!
A little late, but better late than never! Here are some of the photos i took at this years round 3 of the South Australian G1 drift series.
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!
So i finaly found time to do some photo editing on my G1 photos and here is the first lot. The day was a very good event and im looking forward to round 3.
Now for some battle pics!!!
Hopefully i will find some time to edit the rest of the photos i have from this event hahaha.
Stay Tunned for part 2!
Theres not much to say about this event except WOW! Great day, great cars, great people and drift! If you havent been to DSC before, make sure you get their next year. Thanks to Mallala Raceway for putting on a good event.
Congratulations to Jarred Klingberg for taking out first place!
Enjoy the photos.
The Vic crew! Make sure you check out the work from Joey at Jacked it, and Matty from Stylised Productions as both these guys do awesome work.
Your winner for the day, Jarred Klingberg killing it! Congratulations buddy.
Luke Broadbent had a few unfriendly encounters with the tyre stacks through the day, but managed to get the car back together thanks to his crew and continued on to win the drift snake challenge.
OK guys, here is the last batch of photos from Drift School 2012 at Mallala Raceway. I don’t have much to say of the subject this time except enjoy!
Stay tuned as ill be at Drift Super cup this weekend, so ill have plenty more photos to share!
Here is the second batch of photos from this years Drift School at Mallala Raceway.
On the 29th of May, Mallala Raceway put on this years Drift School. The Day was a great opportunity for upcoming drivers to learn new skills and meet some experienced guys at the same time! Some of the best and most experienced drivers SA has to offer were there to instruct the beginners such as Wayne Nunn, Phil Branson, Stuart Furze, Eddie Modra, Jarrad Klingberg, Davey Clarke, Ian Roddey, and Australia’s first D1GP driver Jake Jones! If you attended the day and were on track, you were in for a treat!
So the day started off with everyone being divided into different experience levels and then put into the appropriate groups. Then once everyone’s cars were up and running, the groups all headed out to different parts of the track where they started to learn their new skills. The beginners were on the skid pan learning how to do controlled donuts and figure eights, why the intermediate and experienced groups were on the main track hitting up the 2 hairpins and the “S”.
About midday there was a lunch break where drivers had the opportunity to check out other people’s rides, ask questions to instructors, or just hang out and check out all the new gear that was on offer at the “SLEEKA SPARES” garage. Once everyone finished eating, they were given the opportunity to move up to different groups if they felt up to it.
At the end of the day their was an open drift practise for all drivers to try there newly developed skills on most of the track. This was also an opportunity for the instructors to get out on track for a bit of fun after spending the entire day watching everyone else get to. There were some awesome tandems going on during the practise session and even some new guys getting some big angle on turn 1. One highlight of the day was seeing Stuart Furze get his Holden Maloo ute on track and melting some tyres!
After all tyres were melted and all clutches fried, everyone packed up and talked about the great day theat was just had. If you’re a new driver interested at getting into the drift world, I highly recommend attending next years drift school as it was a great day and a lot of fun to just shoot even!
Stay tuned for part 2! Enjoy the photos.
I attended the 2012 Easter historic this easter long weekend at Mallala Raceway, and why I was there, I stumbled upon this awesome looking track 1600.
I sure hope “Dougie” knows he has one sweet looking datto here!
Stay tuned for photos of all the racing action on the track.
Last weekend at Mallala Raceway I attended drift prac! Here are the pictures. They can do more talking than I can
So at the end of my day I like to take a walk around the pits and shoot the amazing cars that are out on the track all day. These were some of the best throughout the day.
So Saturday at Tailem Bend was round 1 of the South Australian Stadium Drift series. Although I arrived late, what I did end up seeing was some pretty wicked drifting. The track was fairly small and battles didn’t last very long, but the drivers still went hard until the last run of the day. A few sponsored drivers showed up, but most were fairly new guys so the battles were pretty even. Hopefully round 2 will be just as good.
It took about 5sec for this guy to slap a smashedlense sticker on his car. Cheers buddy!
Cars of Pit Lane of rd 1 comming up next!
So here are the remainder of my photos I have for you guys. The day was a great day and im looking forward to next years!
Stay tuned as I will be attending this weekends rd 1 stadium drift. If you see me, ask for a sticker!
Hopefully I will have a full feature on this car in the near future. Untill than, enjoy this preview!
Heres some more photos from All Japan Day.
Stay tuned for part 3.
So last weekend was the 2012 “All Japan Day” car meet. I have attended AJD for the last three years and every time it gets better and better. I’m not going to say much and let the photos do all the talking.
Stay tuned for part 2!
So I had a photo shoot with an old friend of mine, and his awesome Nissan sil80 drift car the other day. Chris’ car is currently still a “build in progress”, but when its finished it’s going to be a beast. Trust me! what makes this build so awesome is the new power plant. A 2JZ fitted to a shorten rb25 gearbox. Thats right. A 2jz!
In the engine bay we have a gt3582 turbo with a TIAL 38mm external wastegate, super now solid engine mounts, HKS oil cooler, sard radiator, k&n oil catch can, generic intercooler, as well as OEM parts sourced from other Nissan vehicles.
In the suspension department we have a wide variety of aftermarket parts such as JIC coilovers, ikeya formula rack ends, KTS tie rod ends, kazama caster rods, power by max solid sub frame bushes, and s14 lower control arms. Braking is being taken care of with project mu disks, s14 four pot front calipers, with all brakes being fitted with braided lines.
On the inside we have most of the interior still being ripped out with a single bride fixed back racing seat being fitted to hold Chris in place when he’s holding the car sideways through all those turns at Mallala. Accompanying this is a full Cusco 8 point roll cage, works bell steering wheel, blitz boost controller, relocated battery to the now missing back seat, as well as the much-needed apexi gauges to make sure nothing happens to the new power plant.
The body at this point is pretty standard except for a pair of Origin carbon fiber rear wings.
In the Tyre department, Chris has a variety of different rims which he will be using which are 17×9 +11, 17×9.5 +15 and 17×8 +8. All rims will be wrapped in 215/45r17 tyres.
Chris is looking to have the car finished in time to attend Drift school at Mallala in April, so if you go, make sure you say hi to him and check out his ride. Make sure you also watch for Chris at future drift practises and hopefully some drift events in the near future.
Chris would also like to thank metalwork for the help they have provided and all his mates for the advice, beers, and general help on the car.
Here is part two of the 10/10 summer matsuri at Mallala. The photos will also include engine bays and cars in the pit area. Have a look and let me know what you think.
This petrol flap says what a lot of us are probably thinking!
That basically wraps up the best of my matsuri photos. I will probably put up random stuff here or there so stick around and stay updated by subscribing to my blog.
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Just a few of the many amazing machines that were on display in Birdwood. the Day included a charity cruise from Westlakes down at the bay, all the way out into the hills of Adelaide to the town of Birdwood. There was displays and live music including an Elvis impersonator and rides for little kids. Hundreds of cars on display and it was all located on the surrounding paddocks of the National Motor Museum. It was a great day and a must for anyone interested in classic cars.