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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Equestrian Of A different Nature... (By Imraan Gallo)

While walking through the pit lane, any pit lane for that matter, my view of things happening around me is a lot different to what most people see. To most, the pit lane is just a place where you get to see the drivers and cars competing, up-close and are able to engage with them, for me it just cements the fact that humans were born with a competitive nature to battle. Think along the lines of ancient Rome. 6 horses chained to a chariot that carries the gladiator.  This is exactly what I see only that those 6 horses have now become 600, all neatly herded into a little thing we call an engine and the chariot, a metal box in which the gladiator, still continuing the age old tradition of wearing a helmet, is strapped in and ready to take on the enemy which we like to call the blacktop.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Running Up That Hill: A New King Is Crowned... (By Imraan Gallo)

Imagine for a moment, Lush green hills and greenery for as far as the eyes can see. The wind, swooping over the hills and whistling through the trees. Big blue sky, a sun kissed, leafy covered ground, the occasional bird spotting of the natural inhabitants and in the distance, the rumbling of a thousand horses. Forget the “go green” campaigns and the pollution activists for a moment as the horses we speak about are not of the mammal nature but rather mechanical form. Close your eyes and just picture all of the above in sequence, THAT is what I got to experience for the first time…

Monday, May 11, 2015

No KDF To See Here, Move Along... (By Imraan Gallo)

Although I stand corrected in my own views. Yes everybody loves drifting, its a real spectator sport, but this is competition, not a lifestyle or a culture, if its lifestyle you want, go to Paris or Monte Carlo, if its culture you seek dig into the grassroots and origins of the the activity. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Going To See A Man About A Car... (By Imraan Gallo)

With everything we do here at HoodRide, there are times I feel that we need to share our experiences with the readers. In some way it is our duty to share what we see with the general public. Many of, if not most, of the public are hidden from what happens behind the scenes if I may use that term. Every so often I feel the need to share a bit of what we experience and let the majority of readers and viewers witness and experience what we do and how things fall in place...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Through My Lens: SD02 at Monster Mob Raceway

The one thing that always seems to amaze me, is the ability of the human mind, to perceive what the eyes see and in return portray what is seen through a little device we call a camera. Even though the camera will never be able to fully describe what you have seen and pictured in your mind, it is probably the best way of putting what you've seen in physical form. Think of the camera as almost an extension to ones own visual tools, a photocopier for the eyes if you may. The link between what you see with your eyes and the moment you press the button is really where the magic happens. Things don't always go the way you want it to, but even a " bad image" can be something out of the ordinary with just a little imagination. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Basic Instinct... (By Imraan Gallo)

As quoted by Ayrton Senna: "And suddenly I realised that I was no longer driving the car consciously. I was driving it by a kind of instinct, only I was in a different dimension". Now you ask yourself, do you remember the first time you walked? No. If you were not conscious of it, then why did you walk? It's safe to say that everyone was born knowing how to walk, it's called instinct, and that's what people with a love for speed have, call it a desire for speed if you like.

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.