WTAC 2016: Day 1 and 2

I’m not quite sure why World Time Attack is held on a Friday and Saturday rather than a Saturday and Sunday, but it was good news for those of us who had taken the day off and made the trek up as we got to swan about with relatively few people to obstruct photos.

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Also great news for this guy who snapped a selfie with Tsuchiya who was very chilled out and casually walked around smoking a lot.

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Dan went on to win Club Sprint.

Daniel went on to win Club Sprint.

Tom and Kam were also out today.

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A new wager was set and again dinner was on the line to see who could run the fastest laptime out of these two.

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The following photos accurately depict the difference in personalities between the two.

Some say, he actually loves Starlets and that his sweat is used to clean all the Honed tie rod ends before shipping. All we know is he’s called The TJB.

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Kam “I live my life one comfortable quarter mile at a time” Aghtan.

Unfortunately, all was not so smooth running on the other side of the EXE garage, with Justin’s MR-S suffering from clutch issues.

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When he’s not doing a live feed, Vijay is doing a live fix.

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Adam was on signature duties for Trung collecting as many Japanese driver scribbles as he could.

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I camped for a good twenty minutes waiting for people to move so I could take these shots.

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I was pretty pleased with them.

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As day one drew to a close, we headed over to the other side of the circuit to watch the drifting.

My favourite car park spotting of the event was this Pajero Evo.

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So. Damn. Awesome.

Saito was out in the Lamborghini which was cool to see but I was destroyed from hayfever and opted to go home and have a nap instead of staying to watch the rest of the drifting.

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Day two bought the show and shine cars to WTAC.

Some nice cars from the TurboSmart display.

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Including an RB powered Z.

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There were 3 cars that I liked on the show and shine oval, one of which included this totally fucking rad 356.

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The other 2 cars were very tasteful and almost/if not stock Red TME 6.5 Evo and a black Starion both of which I didn’t take pictures of because it was hot and I don’t deal well with direct sunlight.

I didn’t even manage to get any useable photos of Adam and Charlie’s car as there were always too many people checking them out (#ineedstanceformyself).

The drift cars were also up near the show a shine.

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Another look at Daigo’s Lambo.

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Mad Mikes Rx7.

More TJB and Kam heckling, but ultimately the Honed K24 powered CRX put down a faster lap time.

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A new PB of 1:47.7 for Tom.

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And a default PB of 1:49.3 for Kam.

Justin didn’t manage to put down any proper laps but the Toyota still looked at home in the pit lane parade sporting a very cool Nugget Nationals sticker which you might be able to see if you squint and if I had taken this photo from a completely different angle.

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Non Honda hatchback Time Attack cars always catch my eye.

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Now here’s a Swift I can set my watch to.

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Thanks to the crew for another great WTAC!

 

WTAC 2016: Grape Kings x Sydney

Spurred on by the success and reliability of our 2 year anniversary cruise a week earlier, Adam and Charlie confidently drove their cars up to NSW to attend World Time Attack.

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The zed in it’s natural habitat…a petrol station.

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Fuel economy is not this cars strong suit.

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Because Charlie seems to know everyone that owns an X series in Australia, I was not at all surprised when Vo joined us for a leisurely drive to Old Pac.

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Not before a quick stop to take some photos.

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Vo is fitting in with the Grape Kings ethos very well.

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A bonnet up before the drive even begins. ūüėõ

Tony was passenger in my (very generously donated) loan car and managed to take some photos before feeling queasy.

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In spite of his gear box making very odd noises, Adam was convinced that the only way to diagnose it was to go on a twisty run.

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A lovely stop along the water for more photos and we were joined by a nice kid who wanted to have a chat about Adam and Charlies’ cars.

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JP’s eyebrow game is always on point.

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Vo then left to go to work and we headed back to the suburbs to head over to WTAC practice day.

In completely un-gearbox related news, Adam’s car didn’t enjoy starting after a detour to Super Cheap auto to buy some gear box fluid.

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Fortunately, it kicked over after the 4th attempt and we got to the track to an afternoon of practice sessions.

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We headed over to EXE garage, where I was immediately put on Honed sticker duty.

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Tom had competed in the CRX for the first time in 2015 after just putting the car back together and was feeling a lot more confident this year with a several more track days under his belt and a proven well running car.

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The big draw card of the event was the fact that Keiichi Tsuchiya was going to be in attendance.

I didn’t’ think I was¬†that excited about it until I saw him and then went into fan girl mode and forced Loc to take a photo of me with him¬†as he casually walked around the pits.

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Imagine how star struck I got when the green race suit came out!

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DK was getting in some practice runs in the Pagani Huayra BC.

Just between you and I, he seemed to enjoy driving Beau Yates 86 a helluva a lot more. ūüėČ

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Tsuchiya driving and 86 around a track in Australia. That’s pretty fucking cool.

To be continued…

Grape Kings: 2 year anniversary

With members of the Grape Kings hitting PB’s on the track, at work and in life, it had been a while since we had all been out in our OG Grape King vehicles for a leisurely drive.

Thanks to Facebook, we were reminded of our 2 year anniversary as a group and knew that we had to make it happen.

As we gathered in the early hours of the morning I asked Tony:

Me: Do you have oil?
Tony: Yes.
Me: Is it actually still in the engine?
Tony: Last time I checked it was!

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I can’t remember the last time I had seen Tony’s Celica out in the wild. I must admit, it was pretty cool to see the old TA22 in convoy again.

Now, in true Grape Kings fashion, I could regale you with tales of how we broke down…

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Thanks to Charlie for the pic.

And about that time we had to rally as the #onlytony support crew…

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Or when we had to call for help…

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I could even share many stories of all the times the bonnets have gone up…

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But you know what?

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Something weird happened on this day.

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We got in our cars…

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We picked a destination…

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And we drove…

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And…we all made it!

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After two years (and several break downs) we had finally managed to get all our cars to the top.

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As Adam said almost a year ago, “There’s always time for a drive.”

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We ride together, we break down together. Grape Kings for life.

Nugget Nationals 2016: Round 3 ‚Äď Winton Raceway

With some lovely Spring weather upon us, the top running Nugget competitors we’re hoping to improve their previous lap times in the 48’s and knock out some 47’s.

As I was without¬†a camera this track day, I’ve had to rely on others for the contents of this blog so big thanks to¬†A very clever title,¬†Steur Imagery¬† and Raamenzoku¬†for the pictures used in today’s post.

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Much to our surprise, the times tumbled and the track gods were smiling on us with Winton Raceway in prime condition.  This allowed our under powered cars to punch well above their weight and shock some of the non Nuggets running on the day.

In the most hotly contested battle of the series, Adam went out and showed the Echo drivers he meant business by setting a 1:46.7 early in the day.

With Henry and myself¬†trading spots as fastest Echo all day, it¬†was only in¬†the last proper session that I ripped a number of 46’s and¬†finally ended the day with a time that I wasn’t expecting¬†myself and one that annoyed the hell out of Henry and Adam.

1st Place: 1:46.0
Driver: Ying “Sandbagger” Bot
Nugget: 2002 Toyota Echo Sportivo

Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d be doing 46’s in our Nuggets but with three of us finishing in this bracket, it really just goes to show what you can do with not a whole lot of car.

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My Racechrono showed an optimal of 1:45.3, I know myself and the other boys are all gunning to be the first Nugget into the 45’s next time!

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My PB video here:

2nd Place: 1:46.3
Driver: Adam “Millsy” Mills
Nugget: 2001 Daihatsu Sirion Red

For those of you who have never sat or driven a Sirion, this is a truly awful car. It’s a testament to Millsy’s driving ability that he managed to keep the big block Echo’s honest and do this lap time with paltry 45kw.

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3rd Place: 1:46.6
Driver: Henry “I’m pretending I don’t own an Evo” Luong
Nugget: 2002 Toyota Echo Sandy

My arch nemesis Henry hasn’t competed this season as he’s been pretending to work on his other track car, but the track bug was too strong to ignore.

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He was back for Round 3 in Sandy the Sportivo. The best thing is there was no prep to do. Straight from daily driving duties and into the 46’s at Winton like it ain’t no thang.

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4th Place: 1:49.2
Driver: “Human” Perry Tien
Nugget: 2004 Mazda 2 Blue

Perry impressed us all in his Demio as he was able to crack into the 40’s at his first (long) track day at Winton. This is going to be a car “2” watch in the future.

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5th Place: 1:50.4910
Driver: Liam Murphy
Nugget: 2003 Mitsubishi Mirage Silver

Liam’s getting close to the forties club with his lap time. You’ll noticed I posted this time into the hundredths because not far behind him was…

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6th Place: 1:50.4950
Driver: Hayden Ryan
Nugget: 1998 Toyota Starlet Blue

After replacing several worn components of his 300km+ EP91, the fruits of his labour has paid off with Hayden smashing his old PB by several seconds. He also made his local footy finals so he was pretty chuffed all weekend!

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7th Place: 1:52.3
Driver: Harry Toumbos
Nugget: 2004 Holden Barina

The PB train kept rolling through with the only Holden at the track claiming a new PB for it’s owner, Harry.

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8th Place: 1:53.1
Driver: Douglas Eves
Nugget: 2001 Toyota Echo Blue

The triple entered small block Echo had a mammoth task ahead of it to survive being driven in 3 different sessions and delivered a new PB for Doug.

9th Place: 1:54.2
Driver: Matthew Doyle
Nugget: 1995 Mazda 121 Black/White

The most kawaii nugget on the day also delivered a new PB for Matt.

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10th Place: 1:54.8
Driver: David Donnoli
Nugget: 2001 Toyota Echo Blue

11th Place: 1:55.1
Driver: James Donnoli
Nugget: 2001 Toyota Echo Blue

More PB’s for a Nugget that was entered 3 times and picked up¬†for a initial purchase price of $150. Well done to the Donnoli brothers on their PB’s.

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12th Place: 1:55.7
Driver: Tommy Chan
Nugget: 1995 Toyota Paseo

A car I have long hoped to see at Nugget Nationals, Tommy has recently purchased very clean series 2 Paseo.

Unfortunately no photos of this green machine but it was completely stock and set a great base time for the 5efe powered car.

13th Place: 1:57.5
Driver: Paride Palmeri
Nugget: 2003 Toyota Echo Beige

Paride was back with even louder livery in his mum’s old car!

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14th Place: 1:58.7
Driver: Nathan Au
Nugget: 2004 Toyota Echo Blue

Easily the most immaculately presented Nugget on the day, Nathan was rocking some sweet Wedsports and completed his first track event ever!

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15th Place: 2:00.3
Driver: Thomas Loo
Nugget: 2004 Honda Jazz

16th Place: 2:00.9
Driver: Lawrence Ho
Nugget: 2004 Honda Jazz

Thomas and Lawrence also were out and popped their track cherry in our series first Honda Jazz.

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I couldn’t be more proud of this field, not only for the lap times that are being put down but simply for being out there and having fun in cars which aren’t typically associated with being tracked.

As always big thank you to EXE crew for everything this weekend.

Hope to see you all for Round 4 @ Wakefield Park!

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Project Rattlesnake: #17 The fastest Toyota at Honda Nationals

The team at H Nationals had oganised a track day at Winton and for the first time ever, were allowing an “other” class to compete. This class was to cater for the myriad of K swapped cars out there that might not have Honda chassis.

But much like the story of my entire misfit life, I was the only person not driving a Honda that had entered.

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Using the Kpro for RPM and Speedo.

I also managed to lose the body moulding off my rear guard on the drive up.

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As I walked back to my car after drivers briefing, I was pleased to find that Per-Win-kle smash repairs offered a drive in drive out service.

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This track day would be the first time I’d be driving Tart with VTEC and with full revs available (at this stage, the limiter is set at 7600 rpm).

With that in mind, I had two objectives:

1) To achieve my life long dream of getting Tart into the 30’s at Winton.
2) To win a wager I had set with Kam. This wager involved getting within one second of his street tyre time he had set in the TT RS (1:38.2) in my car on the same brand street tyres (AD08R’s).

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Muffin to see here.

Session 1: Untimed

Unfortunately, it had been raining the entire night before and the track was very cold and still wet when we started in the morning. This resulted in multiple yellow and red flags through out the day as cars became unstuck or bogged in mud.

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Session 2: 1:42.4810

As I was now able to rev the car out, I had to figure out which gear I needed to be in and wasn’t quite feeling comfortable in the car yet. The AD08’s were also having trouble getting up to temperature on the cold day.

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Session 3: 1:40.7220

After some discussion with Rhys and Tom , I realised that I was using a lower gear (3rd) than I should have been (4th) when going through some of the corners.

5 speed gearbox habits die hard!

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Team Honed representing in group D.

I also noticed that we hadn’t quite got the cold weather tune right yet as the motor was hitting lean cut coming out of some of the corners.

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Session 4: 1:38.9470 – NEW PB!

With the new gearing advice in mind I managed to PB!

As I saw the green sectors flash up, I knew I had PB’d but I also knew it was a sloppy lap. I figured I’d attempt a back to back PB and went into turn 4 a bit too hot.

My erratic lift off caused oversteer and moved into a slide that I knew I probably couldn’t correct. I decided it was a smarter idea to let it run off into the low side of the track with the only thought being that I had to save my precariously low hanging sump from destruction.

Unbeknowst to me, the rain had turned this part of the track into a full blown swamp and I spectacularly sprayed up a 3 metre wall of mud and grass which then proceeded to coat my entire car, engine bay and parts of my interior.

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I was pretty thankful I hadn’t flipped the car when it dug into the mud however, I then noticed smoke rising.

Wait. No way what is happening?! It’s not on fire is it?! Have I popped the motor?

After a few seconds, I realised that the smoke was actually steam and it was caused by the hot rotors and exhaust coming into contact with the cold swamp water.

Unfortunately, I had bogged the car so deep into the mud that it required a rescue which resulted in a red flag towards the end of group D’s session.

Sorry guys!

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Session 5: 1:38.9100 – NEWER PB!

Admittedly, after the off, I thought I should count my blessings and call it a day. I had got into the 1:38’s and my car was still straight and running.

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But my friends are always there to offer their unwavering support and said, “Don’t be a bitch, go out again.”

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Lucky I listened to them as I managed a slightly faster PB!

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Ying’s thoughts:

By now you’re probably thinking,

“Hey Ying, you must be pretty happy you got the car into the 30’s!”
On one hand, I really am happy about it. I didn’t think on it’s first proper outting I’d already able to tick of this achievement butttttttttt… that annoying PB monster that lives inside of me knows it wasn’t the best drive.

It’s time for a new target.

How about a 1:36 on street tyres? That sounds about right….right? ūüėõ

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Next steps:

– Claim my free dinner from Kam.
– TJB will have another look at the tune and it might be time to unlock the redzone!
– EXE track day in September at Winton Raceway.

Unfortunately I dropped my beautiful OMD camera on this day so didn’t manage to take photos of all my friends who were driving and also PB’d on this day. Well done guys!

Shoutouts:

– Team Rattlesnake/Honed Developments (DCW and TJB) for helping me build a car that ran flawlessly on this day.
– Andrew for all the non watermarked track photos and to Folk’s photography and PT works for the others.
– The team at H Nationals for putting on a fun day despite trying conditions
Autosphere for supply of fluids
– And last but by no means least, to all my friends who came along to support and watch me achieve my long time goal!

Older KP82 build posts:

Part 1, Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8, Part 9Part 10Part 11, Part 12, Part 13Part 14, Part 15, Part 16.

Nugget Nationals 2016 ‚Äď Round 2, Dyno Day Pt. I

Round 2 of Nugget Nationals saw a flock of tiny cars congregate around Weltmeister Eastside.

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As usual, we sent the invite out to our other friends to come join us for a BBQ on an unexpectedly pleasant winter day (I’ll cover this off in the Part II post).

To assist the power challenged Nuggets in the track rounds, we’ve awarded points a little differently and in reverse order.

This means that the Nuggets with the lowest kilowatts have been awarded the highest points for Round 2!

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Photo: Brett

Thanks to Brett for helping me with photo coverage on the day! His full coverage here on his flicker account averyclevertitle

Notes:
* For cars with two drivers, points will be awarded to each person.
* Results may change as I will be dynoing my Echo this weekend at Weltmesiter.

(Provisional) Results are as follows!

1st place: 34.6KW
Driver: Choonga
Nugget: 1981 Toyota Corolla KE70

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Choonga watermelon plushie used as a G meter.

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Hoshino’s on loan from the collection of JP.

Free cars are the best cars.

Free cars are the best cars.

2nd place: 44.1 KW
Driver: Hayden
Nugget: 1998 Toyota Starlet Life EP91

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Photo: Brett

3rd place: 45.4 KW
Driver: Millsy and Viv
Nugget: 2000 Daihatsu Sirion GTVI

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4th place: 48.1 KW
Driver: Thomas JB
Nugget: 1989 Honda Civic EF

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5th place: 48.3 KW
Driver: Liam and Zac
Nugget: 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage CE

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Photo: Brett

6th place: 50.1 KW
Driver: Jarrod and Gab
Nugget: Toyota Echo

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Also sporting wild new aero!

7th place: 50.9 KW
Driver: Harry
Nugget: 2002 Holden Barina

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8th place: 55.2 KW
Driver: Daniel
Nugget: 1993 Honda Civic EG

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9th place: 57.5 KW
Driver: Nathan
Nugget: 2005 Toyota Echo Sportivo

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Photo: Brett

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Nugget photo of the day by Brett!

10th place: 59.0 KW
Driver: Human Perry
Nugget: 2002 Mazda 2 DY

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Photo taken seconds after a bee flew off Perry's hair.

Not to be confused with car Perry.

11th place: 59.4 KW
Driver: Thomas L
Nugget: 2003 Honda Jazz VTI

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12th place: 60.0 KW
Driver: Ricky
Nugget: 1993 Honda Civic EG

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13th place: 60.8 KW
Driver: Jase
Nugget: 2002 Toyota Echo Sportivo

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See you at the next event!

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Nugget Nationals 2016 ‚Äď Round 2, Dyno Day Pt. II

For part 2 of the post, we’ll be checking out the less fortunate people who don’t own Nuggets but were kind enough to come along and join us at our dyno day.

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Big thanks to my co-organiser TJB who helped put this day together while I was OS.

First up, my car, because I can haha.

After suffering a minor coolant leak, Tart stepped up to the rollers with working VTEC and the ability to rev.

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Apologies to TJB who had to tighten the hose clamps while I was trying not to be sick (from non-Honda related reasons).

Tartlet set down a healthy 143.7KW with the K24.

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Photo: Brett

This was actually more than I was expecting so it was a pleasant surprise.

Alan seemed pretty pleased with the result too!

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This was 23 more kilowatts than the TD04 powered 4EFTE previously in this car but final power figures only tell half the tale. The torque and usable power curve makes the Starlet much more enjoyable to drive than the old motor.

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I don’t know anyone that likes Z32’s, but I do know that everyone loves Tony’s Fairlady (myself included)!

122kw for the non turbo zee.

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Bong’s DC2 dyno’d a very healthy 126.6KW.

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Trung made 99.8 at all four with some power being robbed by the auto trans.

Please don't blow it up, it's my family car!

“Please don’t blow it up, it’s my family car!”

#1 Nguyen made an appearance with the PB machine.  127.3 for Peter’s S2K.

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Gavin’s super cool Isuzu Bellet Rally/Race/Everything car made 44.3 KW.

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He was pretty happy with this figure.

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Andrew’s MKII is very easy on the eyes.

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It put down 174.9 KW.

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Ryan also bought down his JZX100.

Waiting on the sidelines like an anxious parent. Waiting on the sidelines like an anxious parent.

The Chaser made 162.5 KW.

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Brett and Alex came down to take some photos. Thanks guys!

Brett’s pics here: averyclevertitle

Alex’s pics here: Happiness by the Kilowatts

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Mugsee’s stock RX8 made 113.7 KW.

Not too bad, but the future will be bright for this particular little Mazda…

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Winnie’s car broke the dyno.

The car was too fancy and the ECU freaked out when the front wheels weren’t spinning and refused to make any power.

Lowest reading of the day prize goes to the hybrid Crown making 5.5 watts. ūüėõ

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Weltmeister specialise in European cars, but there were plenty of cool Japanese cars on the hoist too!

The other members of the grape kings showed up in the middle of the day to show some support.

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Everyone wanted to check out Charlie’s new RB conversion.

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Except for Tuyet, who wanted to go catch more Pokemon.

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Charlie wasn’t quite ready to leave yet.

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More white cars in the car park, as Johnny had also come down in his freshly painted NA.

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He wasn’t dynoing either but he did enjoy smashing that sausage down.

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Henry had purchased a car (or two) to try his hand at grip driving instead of drifting.

He was incredibly suprised when his B16 powered EK made 90.5 KW.

And then a wild Mines R34 GTR appeared…

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…and everyone got a boner.

Yes, THE Mine’s R34 is in Melbourne.

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All eyes on the screen.

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It made 322 KW.

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A big thanks to Alan and the crew at Weltmeister Eastside for hosting the event and running the dyno for us and thank you to my BFF Jally for taking care of BBQ duties.

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