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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Home Ground Is Not Always An Advantage... (By Imraan Gallo)

For the second year in a row now, SD01 seems to be elusive and round 2 is the starting point of what I hope will be more attendance for the future rounds of 2015. Picking up from where 2014 left us, missing out on both the last round of 2014 and the first of 2015, we had a lot of catching up to do. Somethings have changed, cars, new setups, new builds and the general engine swap or tune-up if I may call it that. With regards to this round, there was no way I could miss out as It's been a while since I saw Otto Graven compete and being in his hometown, I'm pretty sure some of the drivers wanted to test the theory of just how good a homeground advantage was or does it all come down to competitive nature, experience and skill level...

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Just A Neat S-Chassis Sitting Pretty... (By Imraan Gallo)

We live in a time where cars aren't just called neat build anymore. We hear the terms JDM, USDM, OEM, OEM+ and every other term that somehow came about through various locales around the globe. In the past you either had a show car or a race car, but today we have the show car look or a car that has a racy feel to it and you can't really distinguish what's going on, simply because the car that you see in front of you is just unique or you look at the car and think to yourself, "now that's a nice car".

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Little Shop of Horrors... (By Imraan Gallo)

Ever find yourself canvassing through magazines or online blogs and websites and being mind blown by its content?. I think it's safe to say that anyone involved with something that has to do with cars, be it modification, restoration, fabrication or just about any kind of custom, has an idea of a car they would like to own someday. The options stem from period correct restoration to modern day adaptations of various car cultures around the world. Obviously there will always be 2 main categories, old school vs. new school, but how does one really define this given the fact that within these two categories are sub categories for which the options are endless to the point of somehow combining the two.

Friday, February 20, 2015

VDub Fest 2015. Part 2 (Picture Heavy)

On Part 2 of our coverage, we showcase more of what went down at VDub Camp Fest 2015. As you’ve most probably read, in the previous post, it the biggest aftermarket auto show in South Africa, yielding tens of thousands of spectators and car enthusiasts from all corners of South Africa.

We hope that 2016 will top what this year had, and we hope to see even more builds being done on such international standards. Slowly but surely, the South African auto scene is getting there, with a lot of emphasis on air set-ups, ear correct wheels, original wheels, and other oem modifications. VDub Camp Fest 2016, we’re waiting.

Friday, February 13, 2015

VDub Fest 2015. Part 1

VDub Camp Fest was created from necessity for South Africa to have a home-grown show, towards the likes of Worthersee, Edition 38, and so on. It has now established itself as the number one aftermarket car festival within the tuning realms of South Africa. VDub Camp Fest 2015 had had to be the biggest, and best so far, with team, Cumlaude Crew driving the event from start to finish, they have created a show that all South African car enthusiasts can be proud of. What started out as just a one day get together, has transformed into a fully fledged festival that spans over 3 days. VDub Camp Fest is fast becoming a staple in every South African car enthusiast’s diary.

This year proved to be the biggest, with crews, teams, and individuals coming from every corner of South Africa. Convoys from as far as the Western Cape, Kwazulu Natal and Port Elizabeth have made the holy track to spend time with like-minded people. Lets face it, without the people there wouldn’t be a scene worthy of what has been accomplished the past few years.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

If Only For A Day: BTS with DriftMob... (By Imraan Gallo)

Every so often, you find yourself waking up from a dream and questioning if the thought that lingers in your mind actually happened of was it just a dream. In life, desiring something alone cannot make you have it, and such desires are what we call dreams. Being able to use all five sense and your brain telling you that what you are experiencing is "real". Sometimes dreams do come true, if only for a day. Usually being booked in advance and weeks of planning go into thoughts and ideas being processed, but that's in an ideal world, some peoples realities are however different to others.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

G R D, The Dorifto-Zoku of Cape Town... (By Imraan Gallo)

Living in a country that has only adopted forms of automotive joy and not really contributed to it on a global scale, I often find that people are confused between the two terms, culture and lifestyle. If you were to take culture for example, it is almost a carbon copy of its origin if it were being done in a place remote from where it began. Lifestyle on the other hand, for example, is basically utilising what you have at your disposal and performing the actions of that which a culture would portray. If I were to use drifting as an example. Since we take Japan as the origin of drifting, obviously Japanese cars were used, if you were to use a non Japanese cars for the same purpose it would not be cultural but more along the lines of lifestyle

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shakotan Down South... (By Imraan Gallo)

As a kid, growing up, and becoming aware of these four wheeled machines we call cars, going to the local drag strip or classic car show was about the only exposure I had into the modified or restored industry of automotives. Going out to a mall was the perfect excuse to spend some time hugging the magazine lined walls of a book store. Soon you are able to distinguish manufactures and types of mods that are being done the world over. When I became aware of this term, JDM, it was very new to me as the cars I read about and saw in print did not look anything like what I've seen on the streets of our country. Fast forward a few years and Japanese manga became all the more interesting and my curiosity of these Japanese street monsters became more enticing.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

#perfectexposure: When The Ape Became A Drift Monkey (By Avesh Chhoteylal)

This was the first SuperDrift series event that I attended and it definitely did not disappoint. My first few steps into the event had was absolute madness, all I heard and saw were engines screaming; tires squealing and smoke bellowing from the track. That pretty much summed up my day at the track…

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hunting At A Speed Of 0km/h: OTF14... (By Imraan Gallo)

I once asked the question, "what is stance?", the most thought provoking answer I got was "It's a subjective ideology". Now, you can ponder all you want about that, but fact remains it's still not a definite answer or proper description, however, it opens up the mind to go out and explore for yourself the culture that is "stance" or "the low life" as some may refer to it. It's been almost 2 years since I attended one of these type events and the reason I've stayed away was simply because, it's a waste of my time and the quality cars were outnumbered by those that were trying their best. I've seen other media labels feature cars and in some respect many people create a hype about a specific car, so as a student of automotive culture I was now curious to see just how far this so called "stance" genre has grown.