The one thing that always gets me excited about running this website is the amount of surprise cars which pop up that I just have to see in person. Ireland is action packed full of surprise builds. Owners who really build cars for themselves are what get me excited the most. Similar to the KE70 we featured a few months back, this RX7 appeared on the internet out of nowhere and when it appeared in my news feed I had to find out its story. Throughout the boom Ireland purchased its fair share of these beauties but the common feeling amongst people towards these cars is fear, due to the Rotary engine set-ups which was a relatively new thing to Ireland… Most car enthusiasts would have a fear of these cars because of the high maintenance which would steer people most of them away from ever really touching such an incredible looking chassis.
In Ireland, a country heavily influenced by Rallying, many of the Impreza and Lancer evolutions which have been roaming the streets since the days of been brought in from Japan have had a very reserved following. Quite a lot of the owners usually theme the cars loosely on a rally style or keep the cars very subtle and almost stock exterior when it comes to exterior modifications.
So its a new year, and weve taken a little sort of break from the website, mainly because life got a little hectic. What better way to start the new year with a bit of drift action. We trucked down towards Watergrass hill for the driftfest which has been gaining some serious steam each time this event. It makes for an exciting watch as pretty much any type of rear wheel drive car can be seen tearing it up with a driver of any skill level.
Like we were saying in part 1 it really seemed like the standard has suddenly rose for the quality of cars in the country at shows. Looking around you had a good variety of super clean interesting builds like this IS bagged on SSR Vienna’s. What an amazing car, its nice to see people go down the VIP route, something that hasn’t been explored to much yet in Ireland.
Happy AE86 day! What better way to celebrate this day then with a car like this. The Levin you are looking at is probably one of the most impressive builds I have ever witnessed with an AE86. These days people seem to have the mentality of adding a set of wheels to a car and stance and a couple of stickers and suddenly there car is something special or different. What I love about this car is the fact that pretty much every inch of the car has been changed, replaced or refurbished. This car wasn’t built to be put on a stand at a car show or to be king of the internet. Many people didn’t even know this 2 door even existed, for the people that did it was like an urban myth hearing what was being done and how much was being spent. The biggest thing I love about this Levin is how it was built to be driven and personally enjoyed, the fact Jerry wasn’t bothered if it was exposed to the world or not is pretty awesome.
This year the weather was looking super dodgy, we didn’t get a chance to make it down on Saturday but on Sunday morning as we hit the road it was already looking to be a shit day. Somehow the rain staid in the clouds and it turned out to be another awesome day in Cork. The Drift Ireland guys basically had the entire “show and shine” type of area from last year to themselves apart from one accord. Nickys Trueno is out of this world sexy and was hidden in between Pete’s GS pimp wagon and that beautiful 180 we should do a feature on.
Welcome to innovation corner., where old trends combine with current to create something that the car gods themselves would drool over. Ever wondered where this whole car scene is going? Your looking at it right here.
This shot of the Blue 86 wearing Meisters at Ennis shot by Michal Metlicka is awesome. Such a nice car that I didn’t get to appreciate enough that weekend.
This has to be one of the craziest looking EVO IV’s in the world.
Everybody who has been in the car scene for a long time either has some sort of place to keep stuff they have hoarded over the years or work on their cars. The first time I got a chance to go out to this shed I was amazed at how much was going on. There was just such an interesting collection of random bits and bobs and that was before you even started to look at the cars.
With the weather being so crazy lately it was nice that on the day this meet was organized, there was a cold winter sun on a nice crisp day. This meet was held in Portlaoise. They had set up a Gymkhana course where you could have a little fun if you wanted. Its great to see that Ireland still has a strong following of the 86 and other early RWD chassis from Toyota and a decent amount of cars made an appearance.
Many people have an affection towards the kp60 series starlet, especially in Ireland. Mostly due to the fact they were one of a rare breed of rear wheel drive hatchbacks from the late 70′s and early 80′s. This made them extremely popular in rallying and hot rodding due to their FR layout. The cars themselves used to be everywhere on our roads and taken for granted up until a ten or so years ago, but since have become a scarce sight due to our good old Irish weather,hot rodding, rust, scrappage deal’s, hot rodding, rust, and wrecking them in forest’s. All these factors have all added up over time. When you see a KP these days its usually pretty stock looking with some Superlite wheel’s, a Janspeed exhaust and some Cibie spotlights on the front. Don’t get me wrong, to each his own. Its always nice to see people that have pride and love for the KP but its even better to see an example which feels like a breath of fresh air, one that has taken an original path and stepped to the side of the typical car trends in Ireland. This Starlet does just that.
Just came across some savage pics, and a blog which seems to shaping up well. Matt Pym and his mates from Galway seem to be doing it right with their S-chassis Nissan’s.
Oni ( 鬼 ) is the Japanese word for demon or ogre. When it comes to cars, it’s about running the absolute craziest amount of camber possible and in the pursuit of going over the top,
This has become quite popular these last few weeks when we were building the site. If you havent seen this already you have now hahaha.
Check it out at http://www.7tune.com/oni-camber/
I’m not the biggest 350z fan, but this one is definitely doing it for me.
Ive seen a lot of tasty looking mx5′s or miata’s coming out of the US lately and the UK. Ill stick more up over the coming weeks. Not too much floating around spec wise on this all i know is its turboed. Its mad to see that the whole stance and look of the car changes by getting it to sit right on some Work meister wheels. Good stuff.
Love the stance on Dayos Levin hach.