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Archive for July, 2009



12
Jul
09

The Media Bandwagon: Retro Cars August Issue

Yes, more wagons rolling! The Chevette is featured in this months RC mag. OK, so I guess it is a bit of a cheat as I shot the pics and wrote the feature, but any sort of media coverage for something you have built is awesome. I still get super stoked when I see a little 3x5cm pics of one of my cars in a mag, so a feature is a pretty big deal. Add to that the fact I got to write and shoot it then you can imagine how pleased I was when I opened it up!

I also got a mention in the Old Skool Mania show report and some of my pics are used in the Bromley Pageant report.

Did I mention how stoked I was?

In other news, if you have found your way to my blog from the link in the mag then hello! If you have any comments or suggestions hit me up at Racer_86@hotmail.com; It would be good to hear from you!

As always, check out Retro Cars mag online and even better than that, go buy a copy!

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12
Jul
09

The All New XJ

Now, unless you have been living in a cave, you could not have avoided the media hype surrounding the launch of the new Jaguar XJ. Having been involved with this car over the last couple of years it was particularly exciting for me to see it launched.

And believe me when I say the hype is justified; Not only does it complete the trilogy (in line with the XK and XF) cementing the new design direction, but it also showcases just how technically advanced the company is.

Check out Jay Leno unveiling the car HERE

For more information and to have a play with the “configure your XJ” feature head over to Jaguar.co.uk.

To catch up on some of the media hype point your browser at Piston Heads

I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people who have just put a deposits down on a 7-Series with their heads in their hands…BM-double-who?

This is the New Jaguar!

02
Jul
09

Project KP30: Seal the deal; Twin 40 Dellorto Carb Rebuild

Since I bought these carbs nearly 3 years ago they have been brilliant. All the talk you hear of them going out of tune, being horrible to drive and uneconomical hasn’t come true for me; It might be luck, but I’m putting it down to quality Dellorto engineering.

Time had started to take it’s toll and I noticed a small amount of petrol leaking from the pump jets . Idecided a clean and re-fresh was the best course of action so ordered a kit and pulled them off the car.

Rebuild Kit and instructions…

That’s a lot of gaskets and seals!

I never fail to be amazed how intricate these things are; Just look at all the parts!

Before Shot

First job was to give them a bath in solvent to clean all the petrol and dirt off. I didn’t want any grit getting inside them!

Without showing 350 pics of dirty old gaskets this should give you an idea of Old Vs. New!

The filters on the fuel intakes were pretty bad too:

New gaskets installed:

Cleaned and bolted back together:

Hopefully that will keep them running sweet for another 3 years, or, at least stop me burning the car to the ground for a little while!

02
Jul
09

Hot Version: AE86 Vs. Seeker EG6 Vs. RS Aizawa NA6

Touge Battle…GO!

You already know who wins…

02
Jul
09

S-Magic NA6: Tsukuba – 1,05.107

Yup, now I’m looking at ITB set ups for the Roadster….