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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Last Slide... A Tribute To Riaz "SpinMaster" Alibhai. (By Imraan Gallo)


This is by far the most difficult piece of work I have ever had to do for the HoodRide label. On Saturday 9 August 2014 I received a message from another Supadrift Driver that Riaz Alibhai had passed away in a car accident. Upon hearing the news the first person I phoned was Bobby Brewis, responsible for the drift car of Riaz, known to many by as "The Punisher". As a friend, it will always be difficult to put the personality of Riaz into words as to the value of a friend. As a driver, it will most probably be a little easier to share a few words. One person that was always nearby to give Riaz that focus and mental stability, builder and mechanic to the punisher, Bobby Brewis. The following words are all pertaining to the events of SupaDrift Round 6 of 2014.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Like Pieces To A Puzzle...(By Imraan Gallo)


How many times have you taken a step back and just blocked yourself off from the surroundings to focus on that which not everyone takes note of. On a more personal note, I'm not a fan of people putting on a smile when a camera is pointed in there direction, I prefer the so called ninja approach, getting off snaps of people in there raw, natural state. Going beyond that, who are the people in question, the drivers, the organisers, the media, the fans, the supporters and probably also the pit crew that form part of the big puzzle that is a race weekend.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

When German love calls on Japanese Technology... (By Imraan Gallo)


As much as we'd like to, it's very seldom we get to do something like this, almost like a driver profile of some sort. Prior to SD06 there was a lot of funny posts going around the social media regarding the Supadrift series and mostly one driver in Particular, Jean Mare. The 1st time I met Jean was in Cape Town during an event called Revlife in 2012, since then Jean has become a good friend of both myself and HoodRide and also one of our avid supporters. Such support deserves appreciation, so during SD06, I took some time out of my usual hunting of horsepower and set the tone to a more chilled out vibe if I may say so. One can never know how to exactly express yourself when writing about a friend and the whole world is going to see it, but I'm going to give it a try and also give you some insight to the driver that is Jean Mare...

Ready To Rock, Almost Not... (By Imraan Gallo)


Fortunate, lucky, blessed...I could use any word closely related to gratitude to show my utmost thanks to the many people involved in being able to show my presence at Supadrift round 6, which was held during the last weekend of July in conjunction with the Gauteng Motor Show. Yes we love drifting, yes we love anything that involves a little danger and insane amounts of horsepower and oh hell yes we crave tire smoking hoonage here at HoodRide. Having only been to The Rock Raceway once before for a drag event, I was slightly nervous as to how do I go about covering this here event. For everybody is was a surprise to see me at this round of The Supadrift series, for me it was a heart warming reception that everybody, from the officials to the drivers were glad that myself and HoodRide could attend. That right there was proof that the work we do here at HoodRide does not go unnoticed.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Jealous Down. Sbu's MK2 Jetta


All good stories start with good memories, and that’s the case with Sbu, and his MK2 VW Jetta. Having told me about his passion for the brand, and how he got into it, its certain that him and his Jetta will be in the game for a long time coming. Sbu had mentioned that his obsession for a car with a boot started out when his father owned a similar MK2 Jetta. It helps to say that the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree… Car builds these days tend to take a tedious amount of time. Choosing the correct parts are essential to building a strong show contender. Paint work is on the top of the list and expensive wheels are what makes or breaks the recipe. But for some reason, I don't think Sbu was aiming for scene points, infact, I think he doesn't even care for approval. What makes this car stand out are the small touches, the rough edges, and the lack of paint. But that doesn't mean the lack of creativity was left out of the equation. Creative thought can go a long way, even when funding is low.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Why You NO Sweat?... #becauseracecar (By Imraan Gallo)


How often do you go online, visit blog sites and web pages to feed your craving of high powered street machines and track monsters. When you see a post from speedhunters, wrecked magazine, bulletproof automotive and even stanceworks just to name but a few, your face lights up, your eyes begin to to water and you break out with a cry of OMG that's beautiful. In the years gone by, I've been told by alot of people that it is very difficult and almost impossible to gain access to this holy grail of horsepower heaven, now me being as stubborn and content hungry as I am, was not going to just let this need for eye candy pass by. The choice had to be made. Do I sacrifice Supadrift content and give the HoodRide fans something different or do I just listen to the masses and take it as law, that Steve Clarke is very strict about who he lets into his workplace. Deep down I just want to be a speedhunter in my own right, and that right comes with if it's awesome, share it with the people....

Taurus gets a new twinkle... (By Imraan Gallo) Part 2


Picking up where we left off a good few weeks ago. Just a recap, from the soft launch at the Subaru dealership to my second home, Killarney Raceway, where the rest of the subaru fans could get their fix of the new WRX in action. Arriving at the track, it was rather cold, slightly windy and with light showers causing a bit of irritation for me. With that in mind, a warm cup of coffee was really appreciated. One thing you got to hand to the people at Subaru is, they know how to look after there current and maybe potential customers also. Standing in a crowd of which I probably only knew about 5 people personally, it felt weird as I'm used to a different type of car enthusiast, the Racer type...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sideways In Cyberspace With TTSA... ( By Imraan Gallo )


Automotive Culture...A term that is used by many, understood by less and carry out by a select few, but there are also varying degrees of how one can express yourself in the vast automotive scene of todays petrolheads. You have those involved on the frontlines of your so called "car scenes", be it a form of racing or just a neatly modified show car...then you also get the hybrids if I may call them that, the ones involved in both competition and support of a certain genre related to automotive culture. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Crabwalking At The Sea Side... Supadrift Round 4 (By Imraan Gallo)


I never imagined that i would be returning to Dezzi Racewway in such a relatively short space of time if you look at it from my point. Its easy to say that we went to watch a drift event, but we at HoodRide, Want our readers to have a more in depth experience, and that's basically why I spend alot of time reading literature focused on automotive culture and its origins. When you break it down, an unsuspecting creature just became the root of this post. When we were younger, it was fascinating and difficult, at the same time, to understand why a crab walks sideways, adding to an open mind, the use of it here. Just as planes can be compared to birds in the sky, in the lovely south coast of Durban, cars do the crab walk, they go sideways... just the way we like it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Taurus gets a new twinkle... (By Imraan Gallo) Part1


It's often that we find people having an affinity to one brand more than another. So when we got word that Subaru was launching their new WRX model, I felt it would be a good idea to actually jump into the world of this rally born gladiator. For those familiar with the Subaru brand, the fanatics, enthusiast, purist and those alike, I would suppose that the symbolism and heritage of the Subaru logo would have some meaning. Being a student of automotive culture myself, I did some digging a few years back on the logo and its origin being the Taurus constellation of stars, hence the title. This experience was however, for me, very weird. I am usually more compelled to align myself with older cars and classics. When the mention of Subaru is heard, I think of the famous Impreza 22B, and I know that the scooby fans out there will have a smile one face by the mere whisper of 22B. I am in know way a critic, this experience was more about the drivers, owners and fans of the Subaru brand.