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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.

My 1/8th Taste Of LeMans... (By Imraan Gallo)

 Since the day I came to know about the greatest race on earth called "The 24 hours of Le Mans", hailed by many as the grand prix of endurance and efficiency, I have always dreamed of someday going to the Circuit de la Sarthe, but sometimes dreams remain just dreams and so a little taste of endurance racing came to Cape Town, however only 3 hours but the most enjoyable race atmosphere I've had in a long time. The pit crew, the cars in different classes, the pit lane and the build up was only but a tickle of taste compared to an actual Le Mans race. With that said, it's sad to say that we are a long way from the standard that needs to be met to compete on that level...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Part Hunting In A Dim Lit Room... (By Imraan Gallo)

For as long as I can remember, there has always been an intriguing aspect about the pieces to a puzzle we like to call cars, or racecars in this case. As a young boy flipping through the pages of HotRod magazine or finding myself trying to steal a peak from any one of the magazines or books that lined the shelves of book stores. You hear through the vine, that a certain manufacturer is bringing out a new product or part and not long after you stumble across a printed article relating to it. In today's time, the Internet has made this excitement slightly less exciting, but there are pro's and cons of it, if you are unable to visit the SEMA show in the states, you wait for media coverage which is the next best thing...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Drifted, Daily and A Fairlady... (By Imraan Gallo)

For most car enthusiast and petrol heads alike, the dream of owning a daily driver and a separate track car is a dream, but what if one could combine the pleasure of a daily driven with the joy of a track car and not just any track car, a drift ready daily. Sure there are consequences lending itself to the detriment of your well looked after car of which you throw around on track every so often. For Raymond Hearn and his 350Z, everyday driving and occasional drifting is just one of those function meets form type of scenarios and as we all know function prevails...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Road Trippin' To Go Drift-Rippin'... (by Imraan Gallo)

I often find myself travelling to events in a big metal bird like tube, and while it may be fast and effective in terms of the journey, it lacks adventure. Round 7 of our national drift series was slightly different, in that the journey included a short but good old fashioned road trip. Riding shotgun aboard  D1S BMW X5, which was a rather comfy ride I might add, we headed on our little journey of which was also somewhat adventurous. The D1S Supra loaded and we were on our way...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It Takes Two-To-Tandem... SD07 (By Imraan Gallo)

Round 7 of the 2014 SupaDrift Series, where to start?. I only got confirmation that of my presence there a few days before the event so naturally I didn't know what to expect or what I was going to bring back to share with everyone. Usually, I mentally prepare myself for what I think I want to do in terms of content coverage. It's difficult when you don't have an idea of what you want. You build relationships with the drivers on and off the track in order that you may be able to better describe a situation or bring in an emotion, maybe hint on a conversation that you may have had, and that's where it became difficult for me, because one of the drivers, and good friend of mine, left this world a bit too soon, But to my surprise, a fitting tribute to his passing on what displayed over the 2 day outing...

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.