The other week I attended round 2 of the SA Stadium Drift series at Tailem Bend. Unlike other events I normally attend, this one I chose to shoot from the spectator area why I hung out with my mates. This is the best thing about this track in my opinion as you can get great shots no matter where you stand.
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!