Photos, cars, photos of cars.

  • I after a few rounds of drifting this was the result of a 30 second exposure.
  • Kevin Mitz regularly accompanies his customers to the track to act as track support. Unfortunately the driver had a collision with the wall after a safety car pulled out onto the track at an inconvenient time. The paint from the wall can be seen on the side of the tire. The lower control arm was completely bent out of shape.
  • Look at that immaculate condition front bumper.
  • Thid LSD is the size of a water bottle and it's $2500. Cool.
  • This is what full lock looks like from the side. Now all you have to do is never lift.
  • Despite its modest 115 hp and automatic transmission this car is pushed to its limits on a daily basis. Who cares about power when you can leave your opponent star struck with those awesomely bright rally lights.
  • The flock of red Miatas weren't alone, they were accompanied by a WRX and an EK9.

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Drift Yourself Clean

The full version of a track day at Thunderhill.

A Tesla, an 86 and 2 glow sticks

It’s all fun and games until you’re on your last set of tires and they’ve already started cording… at which point the tires must be destroyed for their crimes against driftmanity.  Had some fun drifting last week, this time with more than just some shredded tires to show for it.

I had some glow sticks floating around my back seats so I thought why not add them to my rear tires for added effects.

I had some glow sticks floating around my AE86 so I thought I’d strap them to my rear wheels for added visual awesomeness. The blue illumination from inside is from a LED light on my manual fan toggle switch. It was so bright that I eventually put a layer of electrical tape over the clear plastic cover.

My friend Darren recently acquired Tesla Model S.  I was very impressed with all of its neat features. White and black sits very well on this one.

My friend Darren recently acquired a Tesla Model S and decided to come check out the drifting. I was very impressed with all of its neat-o features. White and black sits very well on this one.

I after a few rounds of drifting this was the result of a 30 second exposure.

This was the result of a 30 second exposure. The glow stick can barely be seen due to all the other light and the low angle. This photo doesn’t really showcase the arc of the drift as much as I would like, but I do enjoy the ambiance from the rising tire smoke.

The Tesla is littered with white LEDs.  The electronically retractable  door handles provide illumination on and around the car.
The Tesla is littered with white LEDs. The electronically retractable door handles provide illumination on and around the car.

I re-positioned my tripod on a table and extended its legs as far as the could. I also new that turning all my lights off would be necessary to keep from overexposing the image.

I re-positioned my tripod on a table and extended the legs as far as the could. I also knew that turning off all my lights would be necessary to keep from overexposing the image.

I think a subtle rear spoiler looks good on any car.

I took Darren for a ride in the 86. It must have been sensory overload after driving this silent luxury beast around for a while.

And the final product.  I had to completely block off any light source on the inside of the car to let my eyes adjust to the dark.  Drifting in the dark is easier than it looks.  It's similar to drifting during the day because you don't get as much tunnel vision from your headlights. As you can see the tires were sparking a lot, I continued to drift until I heard a loud pop.

And here’s the final product. I had to completely block off any light source on the inside of the car to let my eyes adjust to the dark. Drifting without lights is easier than it looks. It’s similar to drifting during the day because you don’t get as much tunnel vision from your headlights. As you can see, the tires were sparking a lot. I continued to drift until I heard an explosion.

The Paddock of Infineon RaceWay

Two weeks ago, I did some video coverage at a track day  for Kevin Mitz Motosports and a few of his clients.  While my main focus was getting video of DSR cars, I found some free time to explore around the paddock.  During this particular event the track would be shared by cars ranging from Spec Miatas to GT1, DSR, Formula Mazdas and many other classes that I’m still new to.  I snapped away at anything I found interesting.

A very clean Datsun Wagon rocking a  the iconic BRE Datsun Decal lines with tasteful color alteration.

A very clean Datsun Wagon rocking the iconic BRE Datsun Decal lines with a unique color alteration.

Just managed to capture this Opel Manta driving past. After watching countless old rally videos I've  developed a bit of a passion for these cars. This video showcased Ari Vatanen driving a later model of this car. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R7ws741KpE

Just managed to capture this Opel Manta driving past. After watching countless old rally videos I’ve developed an admiration for these cars. This video in particular showcased Ari Vatanen driving a later model of this car: http://youtu.be/O3tand1ausg

A clean Morgan was parked next to us. What could that man possibly find so interesting about that engine compartment?

A clean Morgan was parked next to us. A man contemplated the existence of God while staring into the engine compartment.

Well what do you know. It's my trusty 4AGE.  I guess it's a popular swap for old Morgans. One thing that puzzled me is the orientation of the air intake.   The engine must have been sourced from an MR2.

Well what do you know. It’s my old friend, the 4AGE. I guess it’s a popular swap for old Morgans. One thing that puzzled me is the orientation of the air intake. The engine must have been sourced from an MR2.

My fingers already ache at the thought of how close that steering wheel is to the dash.

My fingers ache at the thought of how close that steering wheel is to the dash.

The buzz of Spec Miatas could be heard as I snapped away in the paddock.

The buzz of Spec Miatas could be heard as I snapped away in the paddock.

I've always been a fan of this color scheme on BMW Art Cars. This Mustang wears it well.

I’ve always been a fan of this color scheme on BMW Art Cars. This Mustang wears it well.

I had to do a double take on this ford v8 as its engine cover looks strikingly similar to the corvette v8.

I had to do a double take on this Ford V8. Its engine cover looks strikingly similar to the Corvette V8.

This is probably the most extreme corvettes I have ever seen.

This is probably the most extreme corvettes I have ever seen. Notice those clips on the rear left fender?

The body panels can be removed in seconds.
The body panels can be removed in seconds.

It has enough bars on the inside to accommodate a small prison. Seriously how can the driver even see the road.

It has enough bars on the inside to build a small prison. How can the driver even see the road?

I'm not even talking about the rear view.

I’m not even talking about the rear view.

Vents = race car
So. Many. Vents.

This car is so pointy and low.  It's like a caricature of a regular Corvette which already looks like a caricature of a sports car.

This car is so pointy and low. It’s like a caricature of a regular Corvette which already looks like a caricature of a sports car.

Somewhere behind this featureless front end is the chassis of  a EG6 Honda Civic.

Somewhere behind this featureless front end is the chassis of a EG6 Honda Civic.

I see you back there wheel. You cannot hide behind those massive fenders.

I see you back there wheel. You cannot hide behind those massive fenders.

The rear end was the only way I could identify the car. I'm sure it will infuriate many hardcore RWD fanatics losing space  behind it. (me included)

The rear end was the only way I could identify the EG6. Oh and look its the Si edition. I’m sure this car will infuriate many hardcore RWD fanatics as it disappears around a corner, myself included.

Believe it was the only FWD car in the GT1 class.
I believe it was the only FWD car in the GT1 class.

Seems like you can't go wrong with the 914 platform.

Seems like you can’t go wrong with the 914 platform.

With a massive wing like that it's know wonder this 914 was sporting the Kremer Racing sticker.  This  was the same team that created K3 and K4 935 Porsches. Which in my opinion are the most beautifully extreme Porsches ever made. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_935

With a massive wing like that it’s no wonder this 914 was sporting the Kremer Racing sticker. This was the same team that created K3 and K4 935 Porsches. Which in my opinion are the most beautifully extreme aero for Porsches ever made. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porsche_935

The engine is definitely not stock.  Looks like a flat four of some sort. Probably from a newer Porsche.

The engine is definitely not stock. Looks like a flat four of some sort. Likely from a newer Porsche.

M'ERICA!
M’ERICA!

Is it just me or does that rear spoiler give off a batman vibe? One can only imagine if it whole car were flat black.

Is it just me or does that rear spoiler give off a Batman vibe? Imagine if the whole car were flat black.

This GT1 car had a cute frog like appearance.

This car had a cute frog like appearance.

This one didn't.

This one didn’t.

Found this pretty alpha waiting to be let out on the track.

Found this pretty alpha waiting to be let out on the track.

Something about the look in its dead hollow eye. This car has seen things, horrible things.

Something about the look in its dead hollow eye. This car has seen things, horrible things.

This Pontiac Fiero was the last of the GT1 class to be let out on the track.

This Pontiac Fiero was the last of the GT1 class to be let out on the track. The driver was obviously giving me a thumbs up because of my badassnesss.

I don't think Mrs. Miata will be pleased when she questions her husband about his new secretary. By the looks of it he has more than one.

I don’t think Mrs. Miata will be pleased when she questions her husband about his new secretary. By the looks of it he has more than one.

The rest of the Miatas came in after there heat.

The rest of the Miatas came in after their heat.

Could it be the Black Road off Skyline? I'll be keeping an eye out for your sir.

Could this refer to the Black Road off of  Highway 35? I’ll be keeping an eye out.

This is the rear pushrod suspension on the DSR cars that I'm making a short video on.
This is the rear pushrod suspension on the DSR cars that I’m making a short video on.

Fabian is the owner of this orange DSR.  His car is the focus of my video.  He invited a few friends to cheer him on and  act as umbrellas girls. They had t-shirts with "Fabian Nation" printed on them. #livingthedream

Fabian is the owner of this orange DSR. His car is the focus of my video. He invited a few friends to cheer him on and act as umbrellas girls. Their t-shirts had “Fabian Nation” printed on them. #livingthedream

Here braking uphill into  turn 2. An infamous for many accidents.

Here he is braking uphill into Turn 2. A corner infamous for its many accidents.

Across from Fabian's car was Mike's.  Unlike Fabians car Mikes DSR has front and rear push-rod suspension.

Across from Fabian’s car was Mike’s. Unlike Fabian’s, Mike’s DSR has front and rear push-rod suspension.

Mike's team is always adjusting the suspension to find the perfect setup for each track.

Mike’s team is always adjusting the suspension to find the perfect setup for each track.

Here it is in action.

Here it is in action.

Kevin Mitz regularly accompanies his customers to the track to act as track support. Unfortunately the driver had a collision with the wall after a safety car pulled out onto the track at an inconvenient time. The paint from the wall can be seen on the side of the tire. The lower control arm was completely bent out of shape.
Kevin Mitz regularly accompanies his customers to the track to act as track support. Unfortunately the driver had a collision with the wall after a safety car pulled out onto the track.  While the safety car always pulls onto the track at a visible location, when there are enough cars on track traffic can get backed up to the exit of a blind corner. Cars without radios get little to no warning for slow traffic ahead. Accidents are bound to happen. The paint from the wall can be seen on the side of the tire. The lower control arm was completely bent out of shape.

I leave you with the MG Midget on slot mags. Yellow and Pink with cold, dead eyes.

I leave you with the MG Midget on slot mags. Yellow and pink with cold, dead eyes. Perfect.

Max’s Black 86

My first 86 was a black coupe.  It wasn’t anywhere near as nice as this one.

Look at that immaculate condition front bumper.

Look at that immaculate condition front bumper.

The hood is made of carbon fiber.
The hood is made of carbon fiber.

This black coupe has inspired me to look back at my old 86 coupe.  I think I'll write a short article about it.

This black coupe has inspired me to look back at my old 86 coupe. I think I’ll write a short article about it.

 

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ElectreDrift ReMastered

I released ElectreDrift almost 1 year ago. YouTube’s compression didn’t really do it justice not to mention some sound clipping that was blowing out eardrums.  With all that fixed I felt I still wanted to freshen up ElectreDrift but still keep the action and style consistent. I added in some newer timelapses, remastered the audio, and did some additional color correction. This version should be crisper,  faster paced, more on beat and overall a bit smoother.

ElectreDrift ReMastered from Alexey Orlov on Vimeo.

The Leaky Life

The smell of  exhaust fumes and my 86 go together like flies and shit on a hot summer day. Every memory of driving my car was clouded by a slight suffocation headache due to the toxic fumes leaking into the cabin. My 86 exhaust has been plagued with pipe holes, blown gaskets, bent flanges and most recently a crack in the headers. It seemed that I had used every quick patch kit imaginable to avoid spending a large chunk of  cash on a new exhaust.  I eventually gave up on fixing the pipes and bought an almost brand new stock exhaust with new gaskets for every seal. The stock exhaust was a far cry from the 2.5″ diameter race exhaust that came with the car.  It was then that i noticed a familiar sputtering noise of exhaust leak echoing off the freeway walls.  After removing the heat shield above the headers a crack was revealed to have formed down the center of the cast iron molded headers.  Was this a calling to buy $600 Formula Atlantic headers? Unfortunately not.

I was told that cast iron is difficult to weld so I decided to stop by an old friend’s shop to get some much needed help.

I was told that cast iron is difficult to weld so I decided to stop by an old friend’s shop to get some much needed help.
Kevin Mitz is a custom fabricator, mechanic and race car driver.  He owns his own shop in Campbell. If i wanted a job done right I new Kevin was the guy that would get it done right the first time.

Kevin Mitz is a custom fabricator, mechanic, race car driver and instructor. He owns his own shop in Campbell. If I want a job done right the first time, Kevin is the guy I go to. This was also a good opportunity to check out all the cool projects he has been working on.

I decided to document the processes it takes to fix a crack of that size. The first step was to clean up the crack to the extent of the damadge.

First we had to clean the surface around the crack to see the extend of the damage.  No pics of damage but trust me it was pretty bad.

Sand blasting would be neccessary to clean off carbon build up that could contaminate the weld causing leaks in the future.

Sand blasting would be necessary to clean off carbon build up that could contaminate the weld causing leaks in the future.

I did some snooping around while Kevin was hard at work. The type of cars that Kevin works on are a bit more extreme than my corolla…

I did some snooping around while Kevin was hard at work. The type of cars that Kevin works on are a bit more extreme than my corolla, like this Caterham Superlight. Kevin is fixing it up for a customer that bought it wrecked for $6000.

This is the same engine that comes in the Ford Fiesta. Except this one has individual throttle bodies.

This is a modified engine that came out of a Ford Fiesta now in the Superlight. It has individual throttle bodies.

The rear end was smashed to pieces last time I saw it. Looks like it's almost ready to hit the track.

The rear end was smashed to pieces last time I saw it. Looks like it’s almost ready to hit the track.

It even has a dash.  Same can't be said for my car.

It even has a dash. Same can’t be said for my car.

The welding had begun.

After cleaning up the crack the first layer of welding began.

Kevin primarily builds DSR race cars. They use the Suzuki GSXR motorcycle engine to propell the spaceframe, pushrod suspension, ROCKETSHIP! Here it is without carbon fiber body panels.

Kevin primarily builds DSR race cars. They use the Suzuki GSXR motorcycle engine to propel the 1000 plbs of spaceframe chassis, pushrod suspension, and sidewinder missles around the tracks. Here it is without carbon fiber body panels.

Can you guess what engine swap is sitting in this volvo?

When he’s not building full on track cars he’s working on custom daily drivers like this Volvo. Can you guess what engine they swapped into it?

2.4L EcoTech with a Supercharger? Stop it engine, your drunk.

2.4L EcoTech with a Supercharger? Go home engine, you’re drunk.

Polish, grind, weld some more.

Polish, grind, weld some more.

Lots of goodies to examine around the shop.

Lots of goodies to examine around the shop.

Kevin rebuilt this LSD for one of his DSR customers. It’s about the size of a water bottle and it’s $2500 new. Cool.

After many layers and some polishing the weld was finally ready.

After many layers and some polishing the weld was finally ready. It’s too bad I have put a heat sheild over it to keep my distributor from melting.

All that was left to do was admire it as the metal cooled.

All that was left to do was admire it as the metal cooled. No more asphyxiating at stop lights for me. :)

 

 

 

 

My AE86 in the Wet

AE86 with 110hp + wet pavement + bald rear tires = AE86 with 200hp

SilverHatchNoahs

Last night was probably the most sideways action this car has seen since I started driving it. After a successful drift session I decided to snap some shots while relaxing at my friend’s property.

Definitely the most fun I've ever had in a car.

Definitely the most fun I’ve ever had in a car.

This is what full lock looks like from the side. Now all you have to do is never lift.
This is what full lock looks like from the side. Now all you have to do is never lift.

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