Tag: 80s

After limping to Japfest, will we have a clear run to the Retro Rides Gathering?

Japfest was 3 weeks away and the engine still wouldn’t start. We knew we had our work cut-out to get the Silvia on the road for Japfest Silverstone, but the relentless rain was really starting to slow progress. A few late nights in the dark wiring the battery, fuel pump,

Twin Cam Win Cam

Having chosen our project car we thought the difficult choices were done for the moment. Then we started looking into what engine to fit. Rather than waffle through the entire thought process I’ll pull out the highlights. Nissan Skyline RB26- Massive kudos, 6 cylinder turbo noise; what’s not to like? Nissan

Every cloud has a Silvia lining

Having taken a break from rally driving for the sake of our bank balance, we hatched a plan to build something interesting and a bit different that we could also enter in some cheaper forms of motorsport. Candidates for our project included; VW caddy pickup, 4wd Lupo turbo, Mk2 Golf,

Pug Life (Update)

It’s been almost a year since we did any work on the old 205 so we thought we would drag it out again and try and make some progress. Other than being used as a parcel storage unit by the postman not much has changed since we got it running

Retro Rides Gathering 2017

Enticed out of bed by the prospect of wheelspins, patina and the smell of uncatylised fuel on a sunny, August, Sunday morning we headed on down to Shelsley Walsh, home of the hill climb. We had met up with friends the evening before for the infamous “Tat Auction” ahead of

The E30 Years

Rally entrant lists are full of Mk1 and Mk2 Ford Escorts but unless you’re very friendly with your bank manager a fast escort isn’t affordable. Is there another option? A few years ago I tried to find out, when I bought my second rally car, a 1987 BMW 325i coupe. This

Super Supras

The Toyota Supra It was big, heavy, faded red and in desperate need of a good service, but on the upside it had a 3 litre straight 6 and a manual gearbox. Yes, we went out and bought a 1991 Toyota Supra Mk3. Not a car I really knew much

A pig of a Pug

  My brother and I have owned more Peugeot 205s than is healthy to do so; from 1 litre engines right through to the GTi and have quite a soft spot for the original and true French hot hatch. A 1.4 litre 205 XS was my first car after passing

2500 mile adventure in a Mk2 Golf

In my early teens my Dad had a white MK2 Golf GTi. We worked on the car together maintaining and upgrading various parts. It was a great little car, many a family trip out thrashing round the country roads of Kent. Since that car I always wanted my own.  Eventually

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