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Ill In Ways You Cant Vision

After a solid amount of time we are finally releasing “Ill In Ways You Can’t Vision” on April 25th. This is just the beginning of something we have endeavored towards since Wreck ‘Ems inception some 4 and a bit years ago. We still have miles to go but its nice knowing the boogie is strong.

If you’re pumped on it, feel free to share it around!
Much love from the Wreck ‘Em team!

P.S Dont forget. Ill In Ways You Cant Vision Premiere THIS Saturday at Irish Murphys Brisbane. $10 Entry be there!

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Calder With The Homies – Loose Stones

I was fortunate enough to commentate Round 1 of the RoadKing Chassis Drift Series. Victorias local drift comp! Sunday marked the competition with Saturday being a practice day for all!

Brothers of Wreck ‘Em, Loose Stones were set to run a muck so i thought I would at least try capture some of the madness before i gave in to the 10km hike that is Calders layout.
I will have some flicks up from the day but for now, heres this quick video!

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W.E.R.D – VicDrift Matsuri Edition

I got invited down to VicDrift’s Matsuri the other weekend to come talk some solid shit on the Mic. I don’t quite think commentary is needed at a Matsuri type event, but i was thankful for the opportunity none the less as it allowed me to come hang with some of the Wreck ‘Em crew and have a blast!
We haven’t done a Wreck ‘Em Run Down (W.E.R.D) in quite some time, so with Jack from the Hit & Run Drift club hooking us up with some Sony Action Cams (which in turn was hooked up by Tony at Sony) we thought we better get them cranking again! Thanks once again Jack and Tony, we love the versatility of these cams!

W.E.R.D Matsuri Edition from Mez on Vimeo.

Catch you guys at Calder March 30th where i will be commentating once again at VicDrifts Drift Attack! We will also be filming the practice day Saturday so hopefully we have something gnarly for you guys!

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Halfway Hangs for the Mangs

We ventured down to Raleigh on the weekend to take part in what we can only describe as one of the funnest events we have been to in a while. Situated in between Brisbane and Sydney, Raleigh was the perfect spot for both Queenslanders and New South Welshmen to meet up for a day of hardparking (which we had no interest in) and for a day of drifting at Raleigh Go Kart Track. The Streetkarnage posse (organisers responsible for this non stop good time) exceeded expectations with a very low cressida making its way rolling 4 deep from South Australia, and even a couple of Mexicans from Victoria.
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Matt “F**K your write ups” Russell and the New Stickers

So I said it last time and I guess ill say it again now, it’s been a while since you’ve graced your eyes with my thought words. Last time it was laziness, taking the time to sit down and write something after every event was out weighed by working on the car or simply doing nothing, however this time it’s simply because there hasn’t been that much going on for me in the world of drift. Continue reading Matt “F**K your write ups” Russell and the New Stickers

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Glory Days all the way to Wakefield Pt.1

A couple weeks back NSW drift posse Hit & Run held their usual bi-monthly/when ever we can get the track practice day. I love these days because they remind me of the Morning Sessions back home at QR. Super chilled drifting with a great bunch of mangs!

This time how ever the day got quite domestic! Queenslanders answered the call and managed to put up quite the contingent of drivers. Danny T, Todd Waldon, Locky Gasman, Steven Lewis, Kyle Sheather, Daniel Buchner, Charlie H and Glenny all made the 14 hour trek down! The party didn’t stop there but, Victoria finally responded to the email and managed to whip together 3 of the best looking lads to come up and party, Chris Anderson, Jam Jam and our very own Ryan G-ub-Illin. Ryan how ever stepped it up a notch and actually drove his drift car all 7 hours from Melbourne up for the event.

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Drifter Abroad: Simon Michelmore hits Ireland

 

You just got back from a European holiday where you managed to fit in some drifting, people can read your little blog run down here how did you manage to score a drive?
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Driver Down Low: Jake Jones “The DriftSquid”

Whats been happening Jake, we saw you hit G1 the other weekend how did that go?
Yeah not too bad, i have basically brought everything back to old school days just running a clean car with no backing, just going out having fun with my mates, i don’t know it just seems a hell of a lot easier these days doing that
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Biters, Bandwagons and the Car Complex

Going on from my KDR article, Misinterpretation keeps things interesting, the clashing force of two different perspectives meeting at an airport lounge the trip doesn’t end only the journey continues.

Misinterpretation happens in everyday life even in a setting where ones 5 senses are in full effect (outside of your computer). So is it surprising misinterpretation happens on the internet? It shouldn’t be but amazingly in 2013 it is or at least it would be surprising if the user was even aware of this occurring. Two sides to every story; Every one knows the saying but how many practice the concept? In my experience not many… if any (lolscribe) You see the world we live in today is so ingrained with materialistic needs that people dont even try to appear human.

“What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things”- Zelda Fitzgerald

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Grapevine Groove

J-waz of Hit & Run fame parted out his well e-famed sil80 with the shell finally moving on the past weekend, J-waz is now living the good life… Coke, bitches, money


World Time Attack have announced another driver to the Tectaloy International Drift Challenge, Go to good guy in Japan Andy Gray from powervehicles will be joining the line up! I dare say he will be using his chaser that is based here that we saw at Rad Times!


OG Beau Yates not only unveiled his new facey page during the week, he also let Top Gear have a peek at the new v8 86 that is in the build. This thing is gonna be a weapon and hopefully we will see it at WTAC.


If you live in South East Qld, all the local crew meet up and get hammered, you should come join in too! If you cant decipher the poster its at Irish Murphys July 20th


Grant Scott did this video on his team mate Jason (“Midnight Mechanics”) whilst i feel its close to the KDF tip i talked about in the KDR article, Grant has achieved the result a little bit differently and for that i appreciate this piece.

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Grapevine Groove

Last grapevine we announced your boy Tj was back, well here it is his back.


Victorian local James Mackie finally unveiled his Australian Muscle drift car in the form of “XYNOT” Heres a video of one of Mackie’s runs getting in a bit of a Jam with Jam Jam at the end


Staying with the Mexican connection VicDrift held their Drift Attack comp on the weekend (First round I believe?) Our man Matt Russell didn’t make any moves but the regulars closed out the top with
Agges taking First, the Prosenik taking 2nd and our homie Moe El Houli (Khudars younger brother for players at home) rounding up the top 3. Here is the standings after the first round


Gram of the week goes to this punter “I dont care how sucks im drifting, and you’re dont” Yep we’ve stooped to picking on poor english 😛

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Grapevine Groove

Bit of shameless self promotion, my friend Casey came a long for a ride a few morning sesh’s back we did some laps 😉


This week Andrew Hawkins announced plans to run a 3 round “fun” competition on Sydney Motorsports ‘Peanut Track’. SMP (Sydney Motorsport Park’s) tried running 2 comps on the legit track to no avail after it was deemed there wasn’t enough interest (which i feel falls on their lack of promotion because NSW was screaming). It will be interesting to see how this turns out, the set up of the crowd right next to the track will produce some atmosphere similar to that of Short Track but I am interested to see what Andrew’s friends at Motive do with it ha ha ha *Ba Doom Tish*


The Japan connection grows stronger this week, known Ebisu heads Christian Pickering, Daniel Siddle & Nic Wilson are back over again getting amongst it. The boys seem to be picking up some gangster moves (as Siddle Displays here) This weekend the trio set off to compete in a D1 Divisional round with the help of Andy & Emily at Power Vehicles. Christian picked up the 2nd with Nic & Daniel scoring 4th/5th respectively. Awesome to see the boys sticking it to them repping Australia hard!


Ladies hold on to your pants, dudes get your blogs ready, TJ Waldon is making moves on his new car


Kumar took over facebook, no idea why but it was funny. Lucas didn’t know either by the looks of it

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Grapevine Groove


Spewing Dai Yoshihara.


World Time attack announced another Japanese driver added to their International drift comp. Looking forward to Daigo rocking out but who is this guy?


Old man rivers Josh Young made this suave (you can tell by the elevator tunes) montage of him and a couple other Aussies throwing down at the most recent Ebisu Matsuri. Scope Siddsy getting gangster in his Black JZX at the start of the “g1 comp”


11 days till SecretDrifts “Rad Times” . Its gonna be a blast we will be there capturing some footy!


A few H’n’R bros went to Japan to do the ebisu gig but came a week after matsuri…. Smuggest dudes but we’re looking forward to the vids from their antics.


Yaer dudes dropped their edit of the FD Asia – Melbourne/Calder round. Crazy shots & editing but for me it left something to be desired and it needed more Australians :P. Scope it!


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Where the B’s at!

Fuck we left the time between drinks large enough to start our own brewery! There’s no real answer to the lack of content but that we’re smashed crabs that would rather have a good time and be lazy reminiscing on fond memories rather than hyping some nonsense that didnt go down. We’re dogs hey? Times they are a changing but and we’re gonna be upping the crescendo! Wreck ‘Em is finally getting to a stage where we can start to execute the grand plan, but more on that at a later date. We just stopped by back home to let you brothers know shits going down so maybe increase your anuual check to something a little less between sips.

A few token questions:
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Matt “Mattress” Russell – ADGP Edition

What do you get when you put a SR86, twelve Hoshino’s, four Southernways Mesh, two toolboxes, a jack and a slab of beer on a tandem trailer and put it behind a 2.7 litre Hilux then add three people? A damn slow trip to Adelaide, that’s what. Don’t forget a slab of water too, as we all know Adelaide water tastes like the sole of a shoe. Still, we made the trip over to ADGP round 3 at Adelaide’s Mallala raceway in good time and with no hiccups. Continue reading Matt “Mattress” Russell – ADGP Edition

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Matt “Do these WreckEm guys even do anything” Russell

Well, you haven’t heard from me in a while, I can only assume you’ve been enjoying your time away from me? Good to hear. Anyway, round 3 of the Tasmanian state drifting series was on a couple of weekends ago, I know I have been slack, but as my girlfriend always says, better late or never.

The usual beginning of the story, a Thursday afternoon, not long knocked off work and I begin my endeavour to the dock’s using every available back road in my abnormally loud 1983 model corolla. Once arriving at my destination I boarded the great vessel, now lets get one thing straight, the “Spirit of Tasmania” is blatant false advertising, that boat has no spirit at all, you want to have an long, restless night out, go and jump on that boat on your own and see just how many spirits you need to drink before anything gets spiritual.
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Hit & Run Just For Fun!

Yes that is a Bar-Kays reference but it was the perfect label for this trip down south!

My journey began on Wednesday when i flew into Sydney to meet up with the Hit & Run crew to go film one of their private days at Wakefield. Kansai Giant aka Jono Okada played chauffeur and picked me up from the Airport. After a quick grab of food we stopped by Jonos house so he could pack his bags. I took this chance to grab some photos of his fresh looking 180sx. Continue reading Hit & Run Just For Fun!

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Short Track

I haven’t been to an event in Australia that has had the same awesome atmosphere as Queensland Raceways Short Track series. Close drifting, lack of down time, non stop giveaways all whilst being so close to the action you come home covered in rubber! Crowd numbers only on the rise after the first event is a sure sign that the Short Track series is here to stay!

Deeks came up to film as I was MCing the night. Unfortunately we had battery issues but which saw Deeks lose a bit of film time. This clip isn’t as jam packed with action as one would expect but I really wanted to try convey how rad these events are.

It feels good to know we’re finally getting somewhere but we still have a long way to go!!!

Short Track from Mez on Vimeo.

Song:
Otto Feat. Bebel Gilberto – Bob (Edu K Remix)

Feature image provided by Cooper Macmillan!

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Short Track Competition

Well some exciting news.

Queensland Raceway in conjunction with JDM Garage and our friend at Etnies are running a 3 round Drift Competition at the Short Track.

With a new 16 entrant format and the spectators being close to the action it is going to be a rad event to spectate at! I myself will be on the Mic commentating the night. If you are in South East Queensland I hope to see you there!

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Madness at Mt Smart

Recently Round 4 of the D1NZ Drift series was held at Aucklands Mt. Smart Stadium. The event kicked off during the week with a Charity cruise through the streets of Auckland organised by the guys at D1NZ for cancer patient Daniel Baxter and his family.

After the fun filled day it was back down to business as drivers battled it out for the top honors.

Songs:
Calculate by Del Tha Funky Homosapien delthefunkyhomosapien.hifidev.com
Fig Leaf Bi Carbonate by MF Doom metalfacedoom.com

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Thanks to my man Dom Miles for the additional footage supplied!

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JDM Garage Invitational

Hey everyone,

I recently attended the JDM Garage Invitational which was held on the “Short Track” at Queensland Raceways. Whilst the events classy name the day was a relaxed private day for Erin from JDM Garages friends and customers.

Seen here Ziptying something, Erin was having trouble pulling off entries in his still being built sparkly red R34. The problem was diagnosed as the wheels hitting the castor arms and acting as brakes preventing him from having a clean run.

 

The day was filled with awesome driving in rad cars!


 

 

Tom was tearing it up all day…

 

Until upon a massive entry his rear tyre popped, sending him straight towards the wall.

 
The crash..

http://vimeo.com/35447811

-Mez

P.S Photos done by Kristopher Harrison (JustNug)

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Supreme Caravans Drift Attack : VIDEO

Hey gang,

The guys from Vicdrift asked for us to do them an Official video from their drift competition “Drift Attack”. Drift Attack was held 2 weeks ago at the former Victorian drift stomping ground “Calder Park” For those not in the know Calder Park hadn’t held a drift competition for over 4 years until recent times. I want to say a big congrats to the VicDrift crew for running an awesome day!

I was also happy to see South Australian drifter Jake Jones get back on the podium after numerous accounts of bad luck! Here is the official result list from the day.

Street Class
1st Chris Johnson
2nd Adam Mobarek
3rd Richrad Ryan

Pro Class
1st Jake Jones
2nd Andreas Paraskevas
3rd Nigel Petrie

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Queensland Raceways Drift Matsuri!!

Well after not being able to attend myself I have scored these photos off Facebook to show you guys some of the action that happened over the 2 day event!

As you will begin to see through the various photos, Q.R had 3 tracks on offer to drift lovers! The “Short track” (a.k.a Steves Sunday Sesh Special) The Main track as well as the skidpan!


This is how Nick Russell gets down (No relation to Matt Takumi Tears Russell.)


Have to give love to my boy Nelson Ward. Who after building this beast up is finally back up in the mix!


Robert Tilbury coming up on Dan Rasell


Danny T blazing his 1JZ powered s13 around turn 6, it also appears he did some damage?


Matt Stopel putting his practice from his local tennis court to good use! haha 😛


Reports are that driver of this 350z was driving hard all weekend!


Glenny making moves


Lachlan Gassman whaddup, Kris Klutke joining in on the fun.


Mereki Dawson using the track to its fullest


Tom Miller doing biz


Nick Gee running alongside the wall on the Short Track


Mitchell Geerdink leading the pack


Q.R express


How can one sleep when theres so many repairs going on


Another build to finally see the track is Ryan Beals 3s KE70

 

Thanks to these guys who i racked the photos from Cooper Macmillan, Mitchell Mansfield and Chris England.

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Matt “What Takumi Tax” Russell

It has been a while between drinks but here it is, another story from our main man Matt Russell. This time with tales from ADGP Round 1 at Calder.

 

 

What’s that taste? Tastes sour, oh, it’s the taste of my own words as I chew on them. I’m sure many others could taste the same tears as all of the pre-event internet whinging about an event that had not even happened yet very quickly became apparent that it was far from everyone’s expectations. I am, of course, talking about Australia’s newest drifting series the “Just Car insurance-Australian drifting grand prix”.

A long week made for a tiring morning, the track appeared bland and the line for scrutineering looked even more uninviting but the best thing about this morning, was that my “list of rage” ended there. The weeks of anticipation became reality as we hit the track for the first time, unfortunately for myself, that’s exactly what I did, hit the track. A maze of concrete walls and water barriers made for some very interesting entry’s and a lot of broken fiberglass. Second lap in, I managed to tag the entry wall and said good bye to my drivers tail light, rear bumper and some of my rear quarter panel. However, even though I knew takumi tax would prevail and end up costing me an arm and a leg, I think it was a god send as it made me feel much better about scraping the same corner of the car on one, if not three walls on every lap for the remainder of the weekend.

Qualifying and practice were an all in deal, with no specific given qualifying time, the judges eyes could have been on you during any given practice lap which made for a very balls to the wall approach for many drivers. Which in turn allowed me to capture the world record long distance jump for an AE86. What do you get when you have a water barrier lying on its side on the inside of a corner as you try and push up the inside of another car? You get freestyle motocross with out the flat brim hats and Southern Cross stickers. I jumped three whole water barriers clear and landed on the fourth, piercing it with my tow hook and ultimately becoming beached (as bro) on this white plastic hump of love in the infield. Honestly, if you think you can beat that I invite you to politely come at me.

After signing a few polaroid pictures of my jump that those lucky few had snapped I was informed that the judges had qualified me for the top 32, if I hadn’t had made the leap of barriers I probably would have been sent packing. So with that being said, my trusty pit crew (mainly Claw, who was by far the drunkest of my pit crew) went to work on my bent tie rod as I prepared myself for the top 32 solo qualifying runs. Would I go for 5 barriers this time? I needed not, as Claw, the magical man of many missing fingers attacked my eye-linement with some toe out, and the car felt much better than before and for once, I threw together two neat and tidy qualifying runs with no need for a jump. Having the track to myself meant everybody could bask in the sounds of my heavenly dose as I made my way up the list to 14th in the qualifying race.

As Saturday turned into saturnight, the mighty Leigh Pidwell, who’s hopes and dreams of driving round one of the 2011 ADGP had been shattered at the gate due to his ford laser not having the correct stickers to allow him into the pits, causing him to miss the last qualifying session (yes, Leigh has never shown up to a competition before the final five minutes). Having gone to the effort of coming to the track to sign in and attend drivers briefing, to then go back to the workshop to try and finish his car, to then come back to the track to borrow my car to try and qualify in, to not being let in the gate it was a big kick in the balls for Leigh. I think we all know that the ADGP staff were just worried that he would infact attempt qualifying in the 300FWKW laser and take pole position. Unfortunately the run of constant all nighters had taken its toll on Leigh who not only nearly fell asleep on his way home, but only made it 10 minutes down the road before the laser ran out of 91 octane nitrous and I received the usual help call. Luckily for Leigh I had packed some straps back in the tow truck and we found him asleep just off a highway somewhere in the Blazer.

Dawn broke on Sunday, we arrived at the track to find everything still there. (This is Melbourne remember, it’s not often you find things where you left them). The day started with a nice practice session, allowing the drivers to sober up… sorry, warm up for competition day. I decided to sit the second practice session out as its unusual for my car to last one full day of driving let alone two, so I didn’t want to risk it. Then, business time. Top 32 battles were up and I was against 19th qualifier, Mitchell Jeffery. Two clean runs from both of us left us both guessing in the pits afterwards for nearly half an hour, we both seemed to be under the impression of a re-run but in the end the judges awarded the advancement to Jeffery and I bitterly went back to my car.

Top 32, became the top 16 and I still hadn’t seen a battle that really caught my eye, I saw some very questionable decisions from the judges but who am I to cause an argument over drifting politics? Although without a doubt the most interesting battles of the day came down to Pickering and Agges. Honestly, I think Christian Pickering would have to be one of, if not THE most exciting drifter in Australia to watch and drive behind. Wild angles, while holding speed and keeping only millimeters between bumper bars being able to impregnate each other. The guys got it all down pat, and his battles against Agges were no different, it wasn’t long before Agges caught onto this style, aggression and flow which ultimately lead to the 47 re-runs they had together.

In the end, it came down to Agges over Declan Walsh, giving Agges third place. Second ended up going to Tarquin Van Rooyen and a Big Bloke in a banana suit driving the pineapple express took the win. It was a shame to see a few other drivers such as Nigel Petrie and Anthony Cece get knocked out early as they were some of my highlights of the weekend. Nigel seems to just keep stepping it up lately, more speed, just as much angle and good lines. Cece was probably my favourite driver of the whole weekend, never have I seen someone nearly scrape their WHOLE rear bumper along a wall repeatedly lap after lap.

After the formalities of the weekend, I stripped off my race suit pyjamas and we were let loose in a final demolition derby. Long story short, things got way out of hand, I tail slapped the walls more then my girlfriend, then, just like my girlfriend, the wall hit back and I came off second best. I decided to call it a day and limped my car which now had matching front end damage back to the truck and we headed home.

ADGP had certainly exceeded our expectations, the event turned out to be a bunch of fun and there was plenty of great driving, im sure if the spectators could see they would say the same thing. I caught Ginga and DK in the toilets at one stage with the “Wreck-em” camera’s and their pants down so im sure there will be some awesome footage pop up in this years Wreck-em DVD. A big shout out goes to Karl and Luke from Unique Automotive, JDI fabrications and Nathan from Ascend automotive. Also my pit crew for the weekend (Nicole, Karl, Claw and Cam).

Now that you have finished reading my rubbish, go out into your parent’s driveways and drop a skid.

-Matt Russell

 

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Photos provided by Matt’s Girlfriend/family as well as Luke Hobbs!

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W.E.R.D # 3

Hey everyone,

So this weekend i was left on my lonesome in the big smoke of Sydney. The guys at Hit N Run kept me occupied by inviting me around for beers Friday night and showing me skids on Sunday.
I have to say theres been talk that the N.S.W drift scene is dead but from what I saw Sunday, Ferds and the Project D crew run a tight ship which made for an awesome chilled out practice session!

Cheers Mez

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Kenny from the Block

So a couple weekends back, Ginga went out to the Ken Block/ Monster energy drinks Corporate day. This day was meant to be a private day for kenny to show those men in suits a thing or two about motorsports, luckily enough Ken allowed tickets to be sold and the general public to get a glimpse of the entertainment that is Ken Block. Thanks to Aek from Spy-Optics Ginga was able to get up close to the action and film the various demos/burnout displays and most of importantly the Monster babs.

Check out Gingas edit from the day!

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Photos from Phone – Part 2

Well we are back with the randomness.

This first picture was taken at a random service station on one of my trips to Tassie. I thought their sales pitch was ingenious!
“We guarantee to service and repair your vehicle right the first time or its free until We do.”

Bruce keeping an eye on the rains
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Beaumans damaged aero at last years Hit N Run shoot for Oh One Oh
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The view from my first track day.
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Solar Eclipse reflection
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Back at work with Kyle
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Gingas 86 cant handle my gangster lean
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My mates dog “Alfie” fast asleep
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