Due to Oulton Park being the local track for most members of the MCR-VTEC forum it was decided to hold a mini-meet in the track paddock on the day of the VTEC Challenge round. The turnout wasn’t massive due to the relatively high ticket price to get into the track for the day but nevertheless there were some sweet cars on display.
The VTEC Challenge is a new race series for 2011 that was setup to encourage Honda drivers into the forays of motorsport and track driving. I must admit, it was refreshing to see stripped out, roll caged Type Rs on semi-slicks hitting up the track as opposed to some of the stance queens that have been cropping up recently. I’ve not got a problem with the stance thing at all, I think it can look great, but every time I see a Type R with stretched tyres, mega camber and sump-scraping ride height I just feel that Honda’s hard work has gone to waste.
Nothing beats a bit of rear wheel drive hooliganism! As I’ve said before, burnouts in a front wheel drive car are a massive fail, but if a rear wheel drive car’s involved then it’s a completely different story…enjoy!
I had a bit of time to kill the other night so I popped over to the weekly Stockport meet to see what was going on. I haven’t really put a write-up together for this as I wasn’t able to stay very long so I’ll just leave you with a few pictures. There were a couple of Supras, Rx-7s and an R33 Skyline present which was more than enough to keep me entertained, along with a rather subtle looking Skoda Fabia VRS. I didn’t think there was much to it until I noticed the giant intercooler nestling behind the front bumper…and then the owner came over and told me it’s got 400bhp. Let’s just say I’m looking forward to seeing more of this car in the future…
You may remember my write-ups from the South Mimms Honda meet that was held last month (here and here). Looking back it really was one of the best (if not the best) meet I’ve ever been to, thanks to the friendly atmosphere and, more importantly, hundreds of clean Hondas! Vince Knight (whose video “Monster Unit 2” I posted a while back) has finally published his footage from the meet and it’s well worth a watch. He’s definitely managed to capture the amicable atmosphere and is making me look forward to the next South Mimms meet even more!
After some frantic last minute planning, late night phone calls and a 5am start I found myself at Japfest 2011, Europe’s biggest Japanese car show. I wasn’t originally planning on going as I’d presumed it’d be like every other car show…how wrong I was!