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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.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Before, After and Everything in between...(By Imraan Gallo)

How often have you been to an event or track day and looked at everything but the cars going around, well of course the cars racing is the main focus but what about the moments that pass, the people that matter and the background music if I may describe it like that. During a recent regional calendar race day, I set out to do something a little bit differently to what I usually would do. Instead of just focusing on the cars and getting those crispy fresh panning shots and stills, why not try to emulate as best as you can, the emotion and atmosphere at our temple of speed, the weekend home, race HQ, Killarney Raceway. Being the only track we have here in Cape Town, you really have to dig deep in your creative bag for some tricks. Lets be honest, there are only so many angles you can take a shot from and get it right if you want to get the good stuff. If you plan on getting those rare one-off shots, I'm positive you can do that utilising the two heats for the day, however you also want to maximize your hunted bounty for the day...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Route 59 Racing presents Street Kings. The Biggest & The Best

The 15th of June holds one of the greatest events the South African drag community will ever witness...

A selection of the best cars from all cities will be invited for Street Kings show down that will take place at ODI Raceway. For the speed freaks and power hungry... this is an event you do not want to miss.

HoodRideSA will be attending and covering the event. Be sure to catch up soon for photos of the day.

15th June. ODI Raceway. Be there!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Shakedown Not Stirred... A weekend at MonsterMob Raceway (By Imraan Gallo)

We've all heard the phrase, Keep Drifting Fun, and it's been thrown around very loosely as of late, It's one thing to use a term but to understand it makes it so much more enjoyable. How often do you get to witness people of a considerable age just having fun with no rules or barriers but just pure fun, within the confines of safety still. Yes drifting should be kept fun but when you are in competition, fun doesn't secure you a spot in the top 16 hence you forget about the "fun factor" and you enter beast mode to compete for points. I have been to local practice sessions but none of that compares to what I witnessed over 3 days. My observation was, drivers having fun while practicing to get better in competition but at the same time just going out, burning some rubber and get so close in a tandem that you can change the radio station of the car next to you...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Re-Birth - Kerwin`s Mk1

My trip to Durban for two (2) days has really been an awesome one which resulted in shooting cars for HoodrideSA, four (4) hours non-stop shooting and no complaints. Inspired by Golf + and PVW, keeping the car to a Euro theme, Owner Kerwin had done just that.