Posts Tagged ‘Retro rides


Fast Car Magazine: Know your Shizzle…

Toyota Corolla E20 – 1974 -79…Oh, wait…..

Ha Ha! I’m not going to hate though.  I think it’s cool a mag like Fast Car has given the Retro Scene some coverage; nothing wrong with widening your horizons.  Plus the F6 MK4 and WRX are in there so, you know, it’s all good.


Clockwork Orange

My friend Tony just put up the first pics of his latest KP30. It’s an original 36k mile car and still wearing its OEM paint!

Despite it being whistle clean he has done the decent thing and modified it.

So far it has been dropped over the original 12″s which have been banded. Oh yeah, and a mk1 GTi splitter. Next up is more lower and a 4k lump (that is currently sat in my garage!)

Retro-Rides Build thread HERE


UK Builders doing it right!

Browsing my regular Forums over the last couple of weeks has turned up two builds that really blew me away with their awesomeness! It’s now really cold and wet and dark for 23 out of 24 hours so it’s good to see some fresh builds coming out of peoples garages.

The first was spotted on Driftworks and belongs to simo1. Build thread HERE

OK, I should mention this car is from the ROI – Edited for geographical correctness.

With a killer paint job, TRD suspension, front lip and a selection of wheels to die for this little KP already looks amazing and it’s not even finished!

The best part is, it’s still K-Series powered!

The second build I spotted was on Retro-Rides and belongs to hongkongphooey (I love forum nick-names!) Build thread HERE.

He has transformed his TA22, in what seems like a few days, into this show stopper which I can see every retro/ jap magazine in the business fighting to get a piece of, and rightly so.  Not only is this a stunning resto with some amazing modifications (more on that in a min) but the details are fantastic; Check out the BMW 7-Series light conversion and the digi-dash and gauges!

The icing on the cake is of course the lump filling the gap between the front struts; long gone is the T2 motor and in its place sits no less than an SR20 with enough trick bits on it to worry super-car owners!

I couldn’t make a UK builders thread without mentioning Stu’s Sapporo again. The car is now fresh out the paint shop and looking better than ever. Bags and Works, could there be any more win?

Build thread HERE

Time to get back in the garage I think!


Retro-Rides Gathering 08 17-08-08

This was the second show organised by David “HoTwire” Murphy and the boys over at and it was, once again, EPIC.

For me this is what cars and car shows are about; A few beers, camping, a BBQ and some mates hanging out with cool cars.

Here are a couple of shots I took. For probably the most comprehensive gallery check out THIS thread over on Retro-Rides and keep your eyes peeled for a write up on Retro Scene Magazine!

Datsun 1200 Wagon on Street Fins: So much awesome it hurts!


A Half Life in Japan

I have been waiting for this to appear in print/ on  a forum/ the back of an envelope/ anywhere since David (HoTWire) and Simon (rmad) of Retro-Rides fame got back from their epic adventure!

I remember sitting in the back of a camper at Retro Cars show with Simon sharing some of the massive shoe box of photos he had taken. Amazing stuff.

Here it is; the story of an 8000 mile trip to a car show………..

Keep your eye on the Retro Scene Mag and Blog for more awesome content!


My KP30

Some people have been asking to see more of my Toyota 1000. Well, as I’m a whore here you go;

It is currently off the road for a winter re-fresh and to add a few new touches. Oh yeah and because of this;

Check out my build thread on for more info.

Here are a few vids of me at Mallory park at the Retro-Rides show 07.

Vid 1

Vid 2

Vid 3

Roll on summer…………