Nov 30

Toyota Corolla AE86 Levin, Formerly JDM Garage’s Hachi Roku

So it turns out, this was not the first time I’ve seen this little ae86! I thought something seemed very familiar about it when it arrived. Since I first saw it, it’s undergone several changes and owners, it’s also been photographed and gone around the internet a few times now aswell!.. a few more times can’t help! Just look at it!

Toyota Corolla ae86 Levin drift car

My first exposure to this car was way back when my friend had his Bee*R B324r skyline in 2008-2009, At the time JDM Garage owned it, I believe it was their drift/ demo car before they completed their blue B324r. When it was their drift car, it was yellow with lots of graphics all over it. It looked very reminiscent of UP Garage’s D1gp cars now. Before that it was imported from Japan. I don’t remember if it was a D1gp car or a D1 street legal car, however it’s origins were drift related.

Before they sold it, they did some light restoration on it changing the colour to white and sorting out some of the rough edges and uprating a few things. The car was pretty sorted overall.

JDM Garage Toyota Corolla Levin AE86

Next time I saw it was out drifting round Castlecombe, putting on a hell of a display! It was severely underpowered compared to the rest of the drift cars which were all competition ones, so it was playing catch up all the time, resulting in a lot of spins and full 360’s!

JDM Garage AE86I’m not sure what happened between then and now, but the next time I heard about it was when it caught fire! And it had been painted again, a metallic purple colour! Obviously being a popular car in the scene, word spread round fast. Fortunately the owner loved it enough to get it all back together!

It caught fire due to a short in the electrical system, so let that be a lesson to anyone currently experiencing electrical gremlins with their car!JDM Garage AE86 Drift Car

And this is the most current update on the car here

toyota corolla ae86 and silvia 200sx s13

The day we were getting the photos of the car it wasn’t mapped properly, so it was running slightly rich, it was quite cool to sit behind it and watch the odd flame come out the exhaust.. accompanied by a loud bang and pop!

It was amazing to see the amount of people double taking as it passed. Whether you’re in to cars or not it’s hard to ignore a metallic purple, loud ae86 with gold  wheels passing by.

Corolla AE86 and s14aTo add to that, the little hachi-roku sits on the road very purposefully. There’s no crazy camber on the wheels or massive amounts of low, but it hugs the road nicely. If you look closely you can see that the rear tyres have a slightly larger tyre wall and the rear wheels have a slightly deeper dish compared to the front aswell. It’s these subtle touches that make the big picture. A lot of people wouldn’t notice until you point them out, it just looks “right”

hachi roku twin cam

If the looks and heritage don’t move you.. well that would be shocking in the first place! But it’s the sound this makes that just tops it off nicely for me, being throttle bodied, it’s basically air straight in to the engine, no resistance, no filter for it to go through. Short of turning an engine inside out, it’s the quickest and best way for lots of air to get in to the engine, more air means a bigger bang! A bigger bang means more sound and power, you can hear this process. Thats what I love about it.

4AGE Independant Throttle Bodies

I have a forced induction kit on my car so I get a bigger bang and sound than just a filter, but the air still has to travel to get to the cylinders! Throttle bodies cut that out.

4age ITB

Topped off with a tubular manifold and straight through exhaust system, this 4age is about as efficient as an engine can get! Being a 1.6 twin cam aswell, it’s super revvy and responsive. This one has also had uprated Toda Camshafts. Basically these have bigger lobes which keep the valves open for a bit longer than normal Cams, again, more air, more power, a bigger bang.

toyota corolla ae86 and silvia 200sx s13

To get this power down to the ground, it goes through a lightened flywheel to a paddle clutch which then flys down the prop to a TRD 2 way differential. Paddle clutches have more bite on the flywheel than standard and fast road clutches, the flywheel is turned by the power the engine produces at the crankshaft. So any slip or power loss to the wheels usually occurs here. Hence why old and slipping clutches aren’t a good thing! That basically means less power going through the prop. If there’s less power going through the prop, then when it gets to the differential which drives the wheels.. it’s very noticeable!

toyota gt apex levingt86 and s13 silvia

A 2 way helps this process by distributing the power through the wheels evenly, a normal or open differential allows one wheel to spin more than the other wheel, another area to lose power! Suddenly your 2 wheel drive car can become a one wheel if more power is going through one wheel than the other.

corolla levin ae86 and sileighty 200sx

As you can see this car is all about efficiency and the better each individual part, even by the smallest degree, the better the overall package! That’s what this little 86 is. An awesome, super efficient all rounder! It may lack the power of bigger cars, but it’ll more than make up for it in the corners.. and it goes sideways.. really well!

Ae86 levin and s13 200sx

It’s definitely the whole package.

What a wonderful evening, wonderful day and wonderful collection of cars we got together, click the links below to see the other cars,  and all the pictures from the day that I couldn’t fit in these posts.

  1. Nissan S Bodies And 86 Feature
  2. Nissan 200sx Retro Drift Rat Look S13 Feature
  3. Nissan 200sx s14A Drift Road And Track Car Feature
  4. Nissan 200sx,180sx Sil-Eighty JDM Sil-80 Drift Car Feature
  5. JDM Garage Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 Drift and Track Car Feature

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Nov 12

Nissan 200sx Silvia SilEighty Sil-80 JDM

These Sil-eighties something a bit special due to there being a bit of a back story to them, Back in the early nineties when a lot of the early drifters and touge runners were drifting these 180sx’s around the mountain passes and at events, they invariably crashed a lot. At the time the 180sx’s with the pop up head lights were still a relatively new and expensive car to get body parts for.

200sx silvia onevia front endIt was a lot cheaper and easier to source a PS13 front end and fit that instead. As more and more people were doing it, it fast became a choice modification to do as the scene seemed to adopt and grow rather fond of it, it wasn’t unheard of for people to do it for the sake of it.

Even Nissan noticed the popularity, so they thought they’d respond by giving 500 s13’s with the pop up headlight to a small modification company at the time called “kids heart”. And they did the complete conversion and a few other things to generally improve the car like suspension, better LSD and upping the boost a bit on the engine for a touch more power.

180sx sileighty

This established the cars in history and helped in the early days to bring “kids heart” to the limelight. Today they are a very successful, and highly regarded tuning company in Japan and across the world and they still use S13’s for drift cars in the D1gp today.

They were recently featured in the Driftworks: Outsiders DVD aswell, there’s a video below.



The one you’re  looking at here, is built to an incredibly high standard with just about everything you’ll ever need for a weekends’fun on the track or on the back roads.

PS13 silvia Sileighty 180sx

Starting with the engine, it has most of the usual breathing mods to make it that bit more efficient, and a slightly bigger GT2871R Turbo than the standard SR20DET, but with the standard exhaust manifold instead of an aftermarket one, the standard manifold, while not the best for airflow has a better reputation for being stronger than most aftermarket parts. It also has a bigger Apexi Intercooler and airfilter to improve the airflow through to the turbo.

SR20det Nissan 180sx

But where this car really comes into its own though is in the chassis department, it’s almost a Driftworks Special! Featuring Driftworks HSD Coilovers, Driftworks Tension Rods and Driftworks front adjustable lower arms. It also has Tien Tie Rods and Ends as well as Apexi Rear Camber arms. To keep it all together it has a front and rear Cusco strut brace.

In case you missed it that means just about every aspect of the chassis is fully adjustable to get pretty much any kind of ride conceivable.kouki 200sx

HSD Coilovers are generally regarded to be amongst the best in the industry, they are used  by enthusiasts and professional competitors alike for casual and competitive use.

The Tien Tie Rods have a massive advantage over the standard parts as well, due to them generally being better engineered than standard parts, the adjustment allows for extra toe in and toe out on the wheels which with some fine tuning can give the car extra lock and make it more predictable when it’s sideways, this car definitely has plenty of lock!

JDM 180sx rear lightsNissan ps13 sil 80 180sx

Combine the tie rods with the Driftworks tension rods and you have a pretty complete steering package short of modifying the hubs for more lock, this car has more lock than you’ll ever need.

These S bodies can be rather snappy as well, so all of these mods can completely change the characteristics of the car.

Nissan Silvia 180sx sil eighty

When it comes to how this thing looks, the most distinguishable features are probably the PS13 Silvia front end and the 180sx rear.. hence the name, “Sileighty” but this has had a few extra things to give a lightly more aggressive stance and look than the standard car.. it all adds up to a rather handsome package!

Nissan silvia sil-eighty

The most notable thing straightaway is the wheels. They are Work Meister’s finest set of S1 wheels, with slightly more dish and tire wall on the back, giving it an aggressive look. The front’s are 9j with good dish as well. So these big dishy wheels with 50mm overfenders really give it a wide look on the road. Just standing parked up it looks magnificent as well.Sil80

This car is close to the perfect all rounder were all after, it polishes up a treat for shows and those times when you want a presentable, gorgeous car. But it also has the performance to match the looks for those times when you just want a bit of fun!

  1. Nissan S Bodies And 86 Feature
  2. Nissan 200sx Retro Drift Rat Look S13 Feature
  3. Nissan 200sx s14A Drift Road And Track Car Feature
  4. Nissan 200sx,180sx Sil-Eighty JDM Sil-80 Drift Car Feature
  5. JDM Garage Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 Drift and Track Car Feature


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Nov 12

Nissan 200sx S14a Silvia Drift Car

The s14 and s14a were quite a big step forward from the S13, and the third car in this range from Nissan. A lot of people didn’t realise that before the PS13 (onevia) i.e. the one with the block front lights, see Sil-Eighty Post and the s13 with the Flip lights there was an S12 silvia which also had the CA18DET engine.

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The S14 was essentially the second stage. The biggest change was the engine. This was now a 2.0l turbo instead of a 1.8 turbo in earlier models, while the engine design is similar the materials used are very different. The CA18DET is a Iron block, whereas the SR20DET is an Alloy block. Not only is it a bigger displacement and capable of handling more power standard than the CA18DET, parts are more readily available too. It’s also similar in weight.

Thats’s pretty impressive when you think it’s a bigger engine and it can handle a good bit of boost before stuff breaks. About 300bhp in a CA18 is near or past breaking point, Thats just a map and some subtle bolt on mods for a SR20. The one we have here is around 300bhp.

Nissan S14a Rota GTR

The other big difference is the appearance, it’s very different in physical design to the s13, it’s a much rounder more modern shape. While the suspension and chassis parts have similarities, they differ enough that you can’t use s13 parts on a s14 and vice versa without some mild fabrication.

The car were looking at here is another one with some very choice mods for durability and drifting in mind. It’s got a slightly bigger GT2871r Turbo and a K and N air filter and Japspeed straight through shotgun exhaust to help get that air in and out of the engine.

silvia s14a

Speaking of the exhaust, thats the key characteristic of this particular s14a, the sound. It’s obnoxiously, unashamedly loud! Even idling drowns out most other cars. I can’t here mine at all parked next to this one.

It really bellows it’s bowls out, doesn’t sound raspy or tinny. It just shouts at you! Even 3 or 4 car lengths in front you can hear it come on boost, it’s almost like the vtec crossover on Honda’s, you know when the Garret GT28 turbo is on boost.S bodies

It also has a lightened flywheel and paddle clutch to help free up the engine a bit more and get that extra power down to the ground.200sx s14a SR20DET

It’s when you get inside this car things start to feel different and a bit more serious, it has a full apex rollcage that goes round by the doors aswell. When you sit in it you feel very safe secure and like you’re in the cockpit of a race car with the cage going down the sides and the A pillar in front of you.

This is further enhanced by Cobeuro bucket seats and Willans Harness’s. It’s surprising how these things can really change the character and feeling of the car. The only thing stopping it from being full on competition spec on the interior is the door cards and dash.

s14a 200sx interior rollcage

Keeping these things keeps the car civil and a pleasant place to be. This is a GT sports car first and foremost, so it would be a shame to get rid of what makes it a nice place to be.

This is all topped off nicely with a set of bright white Rota Grid GTR Wheels on each side of the car. These have become very popular on the performance and drift scene in recent years, on a clean low slung, or “suitably stanced” car, it’s easy to see why!

  1. Nissan S Bodies And 86 Feature
  2. Nissan 200sx Retro Drift Rat Look S13 Feature
  3. Nissan 200sx s14A Drift Road And Track Car Feature
  4. Nissan 200sx,180sx Sil-Eighty JDM Sil-80 Drift Car Feature
  5. JDM Garage Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 Drift and Track Car Feature

Nissan s14a Team Japspeed Shotgun

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Oct 30

Nissan 200sx S13 Drift Car

The Nissan 200sx S13 seems to of become a timeless car now! Thanks in huge part to the drift and modified scene, before drift culture became big, it was popular as a modders car anyway.. but then it kind of got forgotten about since most of them had been crashed or rusted away.

Nissan 180sx s13

They may have been cheap to buy aswell, but to maintain and get parts for could end up costing an arm and a leg! Another thing that put them out of the limelight was insurance premiums.. I know, I tried to buy one as my first car, almost passed out at my first quote! It was something like £4600.. yea jog on!

However, I’m older and more mature now and that’s exactly what seems to of happened to these s13’s. Since drifting has came to the mass media in the uk, it’s been the car everyone’s after or has owned at some point in there “drifting career” some people have moved on, others have built them in to something special and unique, but a lot of people, me included really fancy them as a fast road, fun car to mess around with and experiment time to time with some drifting.

S13 And S14a Rota Wheels

Even standard, it’s a lot of car for the money, it’s a GT car from the factory with a sporting edge, comfortable seats, comfortable interior, air conditioning, ample power from the CA18DET for those motorway jaunts and a brilliant chassis for some B road fun.


I absolutely love the seating position and power delivery in these cars, your nice and low to the floor with a slight decline in the seats to accommodate the turbo coming on boost, you have fantastic vision all around from where your sat aswell. It’s also really nice to see the big long bonnet in front of you and the pop-up headlights.. something a bit different to the norm to remind you your in no normal 2 seater coupe.

Nissan 200sx s13 interior drift car

It’s not a high car standard so imagine what it’s like when your sitting in this one! It has to be one of the lowest S13’s I’ve seen and been in, you really feel like your hoovering across the ground in this car! Being so low gives that illusion of speed aswell..when your not really going fast!

Despite how low it is, it’s actually not at all uncomfortable, yes you feel the bumps and road but it doesn’t ever shock you. In comparison, my car is quite high, but my shocks are a lot stiffer so sometimes a small bump can almost wound you! This is the difference between a basic suspension setup and quality Coilovers. This car is running on D2 coilovers on all four corners and they’re fully adjustable. You can get pretty much any “stance” or look your after with these, while maintaining a respectable quality of ride.

Nissan s13 180sx pre facelift

Combine this low look with a nice set of ROTA RBX 17” wheels with added DISH and your on to a winner! This is topped off by a nod to Japans JDM culture with the “sleepy eyes” headlights half open, this has become a strong JDM characteristic over the last few years, and its still spreading the globe now.

The sleepy eyes add to that super low profile the owners’ after here, the matt black paintwork also gives it a presence. Low, stealthy and purposeful, At the rear it’s wearing a bomex wangan rear tailgate wing, adding to the road munching look of the car, This car is a tool.

Nissan s13 Rota RBX wheels

On the subject of the rear of the car is the answer to the drifty goodness it provides. The whole rear subframe is Polybushed, accompanied by a welded diff. This keeps everything strong, solid and sideways. The last thing you’d need to worry about is anything breaking in the heat of the moment.

The engine has had enough work to make it slightly more efficient than the standard block with a Stage 2 ECU and some improved breathing modifications. The stage 2 ECU basically fuels more on boost and retards ignition slightly making the car a bit leaner and richer.

s13 and s14a 200sx

To take advantage of this, this car has a slightly bigger turbo from a s14 200sx, a more powerful, walbro 255 fuel pump along with a bigger intercooler, aluminium radiator and a decent air filter. This is all topped off by a full 3” straight through Japspeed system from the turbo back, no excuse for anything to get caught up in the engine! And it sounds fantastic.

This is a pretty sorted S13.

  1. Nissan S Bodies And 86 Feature
  2. Nissan 200sx Retro Drift Rat Look S13 Feature
  3. Nissan 200sx s14A Drift Road And Track Car Feature
  4. Nissan 200sx,180sx Sil-Eighty JDM Sil-80 Drift Car Feature
  5. JDM Garage Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 Drift and Track Car Feature


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Oct 18

Nissan S bodies.. And a Cheeky AE86 Levin!

As evenings go this turned out to be a pretty good one! It’s not easy to organise getting a few cars together for a photo shoot. Especially the ones I’ve got here, a very rare sil-80, a little Toyota Corolla Levin AE86, a drift ready S13 and a fully caged drift ready s14a, this is going to be good!

Being the person actually doing the photos, it’s only fair I get there first! I admit, I have turned up late to my own shoots before! Definitely not cool. In my anticipation I thought I’d grab a few shots of my Ovlov, see how the lighting is and how the pictures will come out on the camera, and get in to the mood of things.

Volvo 340 drift carVolvo 340dl

The lads I arranged the shoot with promised me a surprise guest as well. I was expecting another 200sx or more likely a skyline, since they hinted at it being something similar, imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the little AE86!

JDM Garage AE86

With autumn on the horizon and some slightly dodgy weather the weekend before, it was a massive relief for it to be a nice evening as we bowled out to our first location.

What a sight and sound it was all of us going in convoy through the middle of town! All of these cars turn heads on their own as it is, so you put them all together and echoing through the streets, it’s quite something!

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You have the bassy undertones, accompanied by the distinct bark of the turbo’s coming on boost from the SR20’s and CA18 motors in the background. This bassy rumble is then disrupted by the piercing sound of the throttle bodies from the 86. It is pure engine noise coming out of that car, and what a sound it is, and then there’s the deep growl/ induction noise from my Valver Volvo. It was quite an experience for sure, if only everyone on the road had cars like these!

It was my little slice of heaven.

ae86 Levin and 200sx's

As we got to the first place, we very quickly realised the 86 and S13 were far too low to get in to the parking lot.. So back to the drawing board and a bit more driving! But who cares, that was the best group of cars in Swindon that day. As we got to the second place some of the light was fading.

But we managed to get all the cars arranged rather neatly and cracked on with some photos, I plan to be doing a small piece on each of these cars over the coming week or so, so stay sharp!

Toyota Corolla AE86 Levin

The Corolla Levin Ae86 definitely stood out amongst the S-bodies due to it’s lary purple paint and classic boxy lines, it’s almost a silhouette of the drift world! But I also felt the Sil-eighty next to it complimented it perfectly. For those of you that are fans of the Hot touge and old Japanese drift videos, these are about as JDM as you get. I think the square plates are a subtle hint towards their origin as well.

Sil eighty 180sx s13

Next to those is the matt black S13, this looks like something straight off of the stance nation pages. It sits super low on the road on a set of nice 17″x9j et -13 Rota RBX wheels, to top it off theres a good bit of dish and camber. With the slightly rough bodywork and the odd drift scar here and there.

Rota RBX Nissan 200sx s13

This car makes no excuses about what it is. You only need to glance at it to know it’s a drift weapon. With that aggressive stance and nice wheels, it definitely has a presence as well, there’s few things as nice as sitting in a super low, loud turbo powered rear-wheel drive car, It reminds me of the cars you see on the “Socal” drift scene. As the name suggests, it’s the Californian drift scene. Take a few minutes to pop over to youtube and see what it’s about, nice wheels, clean lines, good stance with a very purposeful appearance.

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And Finally we have the purple/black s14a.. the first thing that caught my attention about this car was the sound. It’s very, very loud! Courtesy of a Team Japspeed shotgun exhaust system, it actually bellows its heart out, especially on boost! It also encourages a fair bit of flame spitting action! The next thing that struck me, quite literally was the cage in this.
Nissan s14 silvia 200sx

When I first got in it, I didn’t see it! And bent my leg, it was dark, and the interior is dark.. and the roll cage is black.. anyone could of made the same mistake. This car has been built to a very high standard with very “choice” modifications, it’s built well above it’s means with durability and strength in mind, ideal for a spot of sideways fun!

Nissan S14a Rota GTR

I’m doing a little piece on each one of these cars over the next week or so, so stay tuned!


  1. Nissan S Bodies And 86 Feature
  2. Nissan 200sx Retro Drift Rat Look S13 Feature
  3. Nissan 200sx s14A Drift Road And Track Car Feature
  4. Nissan 200sx,180sx Sil-Eighty JDM Sil-80 Drift Car Feature
  5. JDM Garage Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 Drift and Track Car Feature


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Aug 28

Rust Box Mini Club in Swindon

Welcome ladies and gents to the Rust Box Mini Club.. I’ll give you two guesses as to the cars this group focuses on.. Still guessing? Well tough, The pictures will give you an idea!

This is a relatively new club, founded by a group of serious mini enthusiasts in Swindon. This club is a bit different to most as it arranges more activities and gatherings that involve driving more than most clubs. Let’s be honest, that’s what these cars are all about as well, it’s how they built their reputation as giant killers along with those classic looks. It’s impossible to go wrong with a mini really!

mini club uk

They organise as many meets and get togethers as possible, with the ultimate aim to get to events across the country each year. As the group grows, they’ll be looking to do some tours and drives out to events overseas in Europe.

One of my personal  favourite elements of the club is the “fish and chips” run where they pick a point at the coast or find somewhere nice and get together for a nice drive out.. to get some fish and chips!  And just maybe make a day out of it aswell.

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Everyone has an appreciation for the old minis one way or another, or they have stories and memories surrounding them from some point in their lifetime. They have a similar vain to the VW Beetles in that respect. Everyone knows someone who owns/has owned one at some point in their life.

The mini was a first car for a lot of people that are parents today, or one they aspired to own. It’s also a car that has infinite value to many people aswell. True enthusiasts, of which there are many, don’t have a price on their idea of a perfect mini, this is exactly why the culture is still alive and kicking today.

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While physically the new mini’s are considerably bigger, they still have the spirit and underlying values of the original minis. Even though they are missing a bit of the british pluck and charm, being german built and engineered isn’t a bad thing, they more than make up for it in performance and handling! This club welcomes those with open arms aswell.

So get on the bandwagon now, and head on over to their page on facebook. It’s a very welcoming group with a great people who are all up for a laugh and getting out to make this club as great as it can possibly be.

Official Facebook Page, Get Involved!: Rust Box Mini Club

For more extensive details, or further information on the clubs’  availability for shows etc, Contact Gary Millin on:

  1. Rust Box Mini Club Facebook Page
  2. Rust Box Mini Club Profile Page
  3. Rust Box Mini Club Gallery
  4. Rust Box Club Introduction

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Jul 28

Swindon Street Cruise Wroughton Car Meet

The Swindon Street Cruise Car meet at Swindon Karting in Wroughton.. What a great day it turned out to be! and what a great turnout of cars! Several clubs from the local area turned up and at one point the whole area was filled, right round to the back of the hangar. So quite a result! Be sure to check out the gallery below and find everyone elses cars :)

Swindon Clio Valvers.. and Volvo Valver

It was almost accidental my going, I didn’t go out Saturday night, and I came across some chatter on facebook about it, done a quick status update and found out a few people were going! That turned out to be a pretty good idea. There was a huge meeting of cars at the local football club, then they convoyed up to Wroughton. From this initial site of a great collection of cars, word had clearly got around!

Swindon street Cruise Car Meet

Since it officially started at 2 we got there for about 12:30 so had priority on spaces, and managed to get our cars on the entrance, which was great. It’s always nice to see lots of people checking out your car and discussing things (hopefully good stuff!)

First thing on the cards, have a little wonder round and see whats about. It’s surprising to see whats here! Swindon is quite a big town but the social circles are all very familiar and 1 or 2 people you know in one group of friends, usually knows someone you know, especially the car culture here. This is where you see the cars as an identity since people usually know of the car but not the person behind it. So it was a good opportunity to put faces to cars and meet new people.Wroughton Airfield Car meet

It was also great to catch up with people you don’t normally see, especially with it being a family event, I ran in to quite a few good friends I hadn’t seen for a while!

The atmosphere was very welcoming and open, everyone sharing a common interest and laughs, the weather couldn’t of been better either. It was hot and sunny all day.Ford Fiesta ST

Some of the highlights of the day for me then.

My friend Kyle Homes of Black Nova Designs had his Golf on display next to the DJ sets.. He also happened to be DJ-ing!

Mk IV VW Golf

I loved the airbrushed leaf look on this 200sx aswell, after speaking to the owner, it was very easily achieved aswell. He literally got a collection of ferns and leaves from his back garden and randomly placed them on the car then rattle canned over them. Very simple and effective.Nissan 200sx S13Nissan 200sx S13 Custom Paint

I’m loving the white turboed Honda Civic on the BBS wheels aswell. I always see it motoring around It sits on the road really nicely and always looks super clean.Honda Civic b18 turboHonda Civic turbo ek9Honda Civic EJ9 Turbo

Another Honda grabbing my attention is this DC5 Integra. It looks like something competeing in the TimeAttack series with the aggressive body kit and huge wing! I imagine it’s a dream out on track.Acura Integra DC5 Type RHonda Integra DC5 Track Car

Hows a Peugeot 205 Cabriolet? This looks like a serious sleeper. If the bonnet wasn’t open then only thing suggesting what lies beneath would be the fat semi slicks sitting on the wheels. I bet he’s surprised more than a few people at the lights!peugeot 205 gti cabriolet

These Vauxhall Astra turbos seem to be popping up everywhere recently! They are beginning to get that thing of whats under the bonnet of that astra sat next to you at the lights, Like the old Cosworths, you  never really know how quick they are going to be! I like the standard look a lot of them have maintained. I also saw a vectra with the VXR turbo treatment. It looked  standard apart from the engine bay!Vauxhall Astra Coupe TurboVauxhall astra hatchback turboVauxhall Vectra Turbo

Speaking of Cosworth, that brings me nicely on to this Cossie! A Ford Sierra RS Cosworth, This was a beautiful example of the car aswell. The pictures do the talking, There was also another Escort Cosworth aswell. They were the only two Cosworth’s there, This gives one an idea of how rare they are now.Ford Sierra Cosworth rs500Ford Sierra Cosworth YB turbo EngineFord Sierra Cosworth

There was one car in particular that I hoped would be my first car! The Volvo 340’s are rare, but these are even more rare. It would of been a great first car as I believe it’s a 2.0l turbo with rwd and a lsd.. standard. But crucially it was insurable at 18, Every other 2.0l turbo rwd car is a pipe dream at that age. The Car I’m talking about is the Mitsubishi starion.. One day ownership will be on the cards!Mitsubishi Starion turboStarion turbo

One more Civic! This appears to be a genuine JDM Mugen Civic Type R, but it’s hard to tell. The problem is there’s nothing visually anyway that realy sets it apart from the standard civic type R apart from the badge and rear wing! Afficianados, feel  free to correct me on my details of this particular carChampionship White Honda CivicMugen Civic type R

The last firm favourite of my day was anything with throttle bodies! This is especially common among the 106 GTI owners.. They sound brilliant though, there was a 205 GTI on dellorto carbs aswell which sounded pretty epic!106 GTI on throttle bodies205 gti dolereto  carbs

Fantastic way to spend a sunny Sunday, Roll on the next meet!, be sure to check out the gallery page below where all the pictures of the day are.

Swindon Street Cruise Wroughton F1 Car Meeting Gallery



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Jul 15

BMW 325ti Sport Compact for Sale *NOW SOLD*

This car is now sold! :) it was a lovely machine, my lifts to pickup beer from the local Tesco’s definitely aren’t as classy now :( I wish the new owner many a smile a mile in it!

Still feel free to read more into this motor though, full spec here, and a small feature here:

BMW 325ti Feature

Following on from my little feature on The BMW 325ti, this car is now officially for sale, its a fantastic car and engine combination, whats not to like about a 2.5l straight six powering a small body and a RWD layout.

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It has just over 75k miles on the clock, doesn’t burn any oil or water, 6 months Tax, 11 months MOT and a full BMW Service History, was serviced recently at the start of this year, being a “ti” this is the highest spec you can get, with all the toys and gadgets, including a compartment in the boot for your suit or good clothes for that party by the coast or your business meeting in the city!

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There’s no faults, gremlins or warning lights to report, Everything works as it should when it should. Just what you need, typical BMW standards of quality, it also has the full suite of executive toys!

Spec List:

  • Full Beige Leather Interior
  • All Electric Windows
  • Cruise Control
  • Climate Control
  • 6 CD Changer
  • Leather Bound “m” Steering Wheel
  • BMW  Sport Body Kit
  • BMW “M” alloy wheels
  • ABS, Traction and Electronic Stability Control
  • Reverse Parking Sensors
  • Remote Central Locking
  • Alarm And Immobiliser
  • Suit Carrier
  • Spare Wheel and First Aid Kit

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There is probably a few things I missed here, But any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch, The asking price is £2500 ONO

Contact Byron (owner) on: 07557512809               Email:

if you can’t get a hold of Byron, You can always get in touch with me and I’ll put you in touch with him.

Chris (me) : 07769177358               Email:


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Jul 11

Retro Show At Santa Pod Raceway 2013 Show Report

Retro Show at Santa pod Raceway.. What a day! Made Even better by the fact I wasn’t even sure I was going to make it with all the recent troubles I had with my car!

I probably wouldn’t of gone had I not got on the Volvo 300 Mania Stand, this was a blessing in disguise in many ways. It gave me that extra bit of motivation to get things done on my car which was exactly what I needed since I’ve lost a lot of interest recently.5 series turboBest Show and Shine Car Retro Show

That said it wasn’t all smooth sailing on the way down! Had to pull over shortly after I set off due to one of the injectors pissing out fuel! The cabin was just suddenly engulfed in the smell of petrol! I’ve recently had a lot of problems with seating the injectors properly and getting them to seal. But fortunately all it needed was a tighten up of one of the nuts. Problem solved!

Volvo 300 mania stand retro show

Yes. I came prepared. Welcome to life of someone with a unreliable car! Expecting every eventuality, I had my socket set, a bag full of spare nuts and bolts, a fresh 5L bottle of Oil, and 4L worth of water in milk cans.. Pretty much had everything covered. My gorgeous travelling companion was blissfully unaware of all this… good job! Because her phone was how we got home! And I think she would of bailed if she knew! YOU DO NOW!

Fortunately the weather was  good and the roads were empty, but this minor/serious  problem didn’t  stop  us from having a great drive down! Unsure of my sat nav’s accuracy, it was very reassuring to see the odd classic and modified car on the route down aswell.

Volvo 300 mania

The route from Swindon to santapod, couldn’t possibly have any more roundabouts! But we ended up on the tail of a lovely original 80’s 911 wide arch turbo. So I decided to follow him for a while through all the tricky bits.. since he seemed to be going the same way! Turned out to be a great idea! And it was a great sight 360

When we finally got there, it was all action from the outset, the run what ya brung down the strip was well under way and the practicing for the Retro Drift Challenge was on the go aswell. It was brilliant to be able to park on the stand in the middle of it all.Ford Escort Mk1

There was a great turnout of Volvo 300’s aswell, these cars have been getting rarer by the day, so to see so many in one place was quite a surprise. Despite the lack of cars and parts about, the enthusiasm is still as strong as ever. This will hopefully be what keeps the scene alive.

It was a long 2 hour drive down, so first thing I needed to do was stretch my legs! So coffee and drag strip was the best idea. There was 2 big turbo civics that sounded immense, and they were running between 8-10 sec quarter miles all day, these were the benchmark really for road cars on the day.Porsche 944 S2 (2)

There was also a fantastic little YB Cosworth powered black mini shocking everyone and making a scene, It absolutely flew off the line! It looked like it wanted to move quicker than the car was physically able to. It didn’t really standout as heavily modified either, until you looked under the bonnet.Mini Cosworth PoweredCosworth Powered YB Mini

The other big surprise of the day, personally for me was this little fiat panda 126, it looks so standard!  it just went.. and kept on going and going and going. My initial thought was it had something like an impreza engine in it, it wasn’t till we got up close, you could see what lies beneath. It’s a Toyota turbo power plant of some description, most likely a 3S-GTE I would of thought due to the midship layout, out of an MR2 or formerly the Celica panda 126Fiat 126 turbo

A lot of cars had crate motor V8’s as well, probably due to this being the most cost effective way to get decent and reliable power straight away. These were another source of fastest times of the day, but these were more purpose built vehicles with only a few of them being road legal, There was a couple of old skool dragsters out on track from the earlier days of the sport aswell. They sounded magnificent. Much louder than today’s modern V8 drag cars. They were a lot more visceral and raw. Modern V8’s sound smooth and not quite as lairy in comparison.old skool V8 Hot Rods

The Show and Shine area was the place to go though. This was the ideal arena to experience the variety of cars on show and see some really unusual creations. It’s a great insight into how unique everyone’s’  tastes are. It’s probably one of the few places where the most powerful, expensive or competitive car isn’t necessarily the winner.

Chevrolet Belair CoupeFiat 126Ford Escort RS200 Van

As usual one of the biggest crowd draws was the fireforce jet car though. It’s been over 4 years since I saw it last, it’s still as impressive a spectacle as ever! The sound, sight, smoke and everything is exhilarating. You can almost feel the tension and expectation in the air as it readys for the off. There was basically a cloud of smoke on the start line from where the driver was messing with the afterburner, it was spectacular. It’s first run was about 5 or 6 seconds at 277mph! As quick as it started it was gone. Later on in the day we were at the top end of the track so you could see it when it was actually doing nearly 300mph… it’s fast, like ridiculously fast! Its hard to imagine what 270+mph looks like till you really see it.FireForce Jet Car

The Retro drift challenge provided some excellent sights and sounds aswell with some stiff competition at all times. The route was pretty technical and challenging, but it could’ve done with a high speed entry point, however the tight nature of the track kept the competition between powerful cars and the not so powerful cars pretty even. It was great to see different cars to your usual range of S-bodies keeping it sideways. There was a couple of old escorts in there, My personal favourite was the SR20det Powered Volvo 360 saloon from Driftmoto, there was also my friends ford pop 100e, powered by a 2.0l pinto engine, this definitely looked like a good laugh. There was also a pretty awesome starlet which I think was Vtec powered.. correct me if I’m wrong but it sounded awesome on full throttle!Toyota Celica Supra

All in all it was a top day, great cars, great event,  great people, great weather, what more could you ask for on a day out!

For all the pictures from the day, head on over to the gallery here: Santa Pod Retro Show 2013 Pictures

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End of the day :(


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Jul 11

One Of Motorings Best Kept Secrets.. The BMW 325TI M Sport Compact Fastback

This Car is currently for sale:

Contact Byron (owner) on: 07557512809               Email:

if you can’t get a hold of Byron, You can always get in touch with me and I’ll put you in touch with him.

Chris (me) : 07769177358               Email:

Generally when you buy a BMW 325, you’d buy a normal coupe or four door version, which makes this one all the bit more special and rare. This is a BMW compact with the full bread and butter, lovely, sumptuous  325 straight six powering the rear wheels.

325ti sport

Straightaway it has several performance advantages over the normal one. It has a shorter wheel base which means snappier and much better handling, and its lighter than a normal 325 coupe or four door..  due to there being much less metal in general to lug around! Couple this with the full Sport package which includes revised, lowered sportier suspension, a subtle bodykit and nice wheels, and you have the ultimate 2 door coupe/hatchback/GT car.

It really is the complete package! This whole small and light thing really pays off, aswell, it’s very sharp off the lights and loves the high side of 70mph. The engine is incredibly torquey and pulls very strongly all the way through the gears and revs. It’s a very consistent acceleration aswell, it’ll surprise you initially, but will comfort you over time, knowing that nothing untoward will happen the more you ask of it.

It’s also accompanied by a gloriously smooth exhaust note that only comes from a straight/inline six. You get a slight rasp as it builds past 3k forming in to a meaty, but purposeful straight 6 purr, right through to the redline. People who really know there car engines could debate over this forever, but for me personally, a straight six sounds better than a v6. A V6 seems a more lazy engine in comparison, whereas straight sixes seem more revvy and willing.

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So it has power and performance.. most important bits covered! But this level of quality is carried over to the interior aswell. There’s few places as nice or as comfortable to sit, especially if your on a long journey. The seats have to be some of the most comfortable I’ve sat in. They have great lumbar support and they are ever so slightly bucketed. They tend to hold you in nice and snug. Every part of them is adjustable. Pretty much everyone and every body type would find a perfectly comfortable setting.

bmw 325 ti compact6 cd changer

Up there on the feature list is cruise control, a 6 CD changer and climate control ensuring you get out at the end of every journey feeling like you only just left your previous destination!

bmw 325ti sport,

This car is definitely an essential business tool or toy for those people that like reliability, power, performance and comfort in one car. It’s just as at home on the B-roads and A-roads as it is comfortable on the motorways.

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