Archive for October 13, 2009

My Star Drift Experience – Part 1: The Arrival

Posted in Star Drift on October 13, 2009 by Stanley Carter

I arrived KLIA last Friday at around 11am (there was an hour delay at Kuching International Airport), I took the KLIA Transit to Bandar Tasik Selatan, which costs me only RM26.50, once I got there, I paid another RM1.00 for a LRT ticket to Sri Petaling.

KLIA Transit

KLIA Transit

When I got there, Yoong (a.k.a MrNismo) was already waiting for me at the entrance, he then drove me to his home where he was still packing up for the trip later in the afternoon.

Datsun Pink Pickup

Datsun Pink Pickup

After we arrived, I spotted this very popular pink Datsun drift spec pickup parked in his house, Yoong said the owner was borrowing his place to park the car, just for a short time though.  Anyhow check out some pictures that I took of this pinky pickup:

Oil Cooler at the front, this car is rocking a 4AGZE!

Oil Cooler at the front, this car is rocking a 4AGZE!

Sexilicious Long Champs FTW!

Sexilicious Long Champs FTW!

Custom dash + Hydraulic Ebrake Level

Custom dash + Hydraulic Ebrake Level

While Yoong was busy doing his thing, I was there checking out his sweet garage and the monster rides.

Monster Garage?

'Monster' Garage?

HKS Hiper Silvia S13

HKS Hiper Silvia S13

If you noticed, the rear rim looks like Gramlights, but after a closer look, it’s actually a TE37 been painted to look like a Gramlight, haha!

Gramlight looking TE37

Gramlight looking TE37

S13s cockpit

S13's cockpit

Here is a short video showing how his HKS D1 spec S13 is started:


Pure SEX!

I’m not too sure about this, but I do believe Yoong designed his own garage, and it just looks like a comfortable place to be with the cars, I mean, c’mon, his garage even has 2 ceiling fans just to keep him and his rides cool, haha!

Ceiling fans

Ceiling fans

And here are a set of TE37 which was previously fitted on his black Caldina, which was recently sold and replaced by this super VIP, the Nissan Elgrand, I’ll cover this car later on.

Nice TE37 rims

Nice TE37 rims

Nissan Elgrand

Nissan Elgrand

While I was in the house seeing if there’s anything that I can help, Yoong passed me a helmet and a pair of racing gloves:

Racing Helmet and Gloves

Racing Helmet and Gloves

Yoong:”Here, try these on, see if they fit”

Me:”Eh? What for?”

Yoong:”Eh~You fly all the way from Sibu to here, I let you drive my R32 on tomorrow’s practice lah~”

Me:”Holy shit, for real!?”

Yoong:”Of course!”

I think you could’ve imagined how excited I was at that moment, haha.

Oh and I really gotta show this, this is Yoong’s little daughter’s baby seat, RECARO!

Recaro Baby Seat

Recaro Baby Seat

At around 1pm, Yoong asked me to go along with him on a short trip to his company so that he can drive his Dunlop R32 to Onwards, the R32 was in need of a service before he can start abusing it again at Star Drift.

Dunlop R32 GT-S

Dunlop R32 GT-S

Here are some of the nice cars I see at Onwards, spotted some nice cars at the workshop’s car park area.

Onwards Motorsport

Onwards Motorsport

Nice JDM cars

Nice JDM cars

Nice R34 GT-R

Nice R34 GT-R

Seans Silvia and an unknown Supra

Sean's Silvia and an unknown Supra

As you can see, Sean’s car was also there, rushing for some minor repairs before his and Yoong’s R32 will be loaded onto the trailer at 6pm.

At around 2pm, everything was packed in the huge Elgrand, and we’re off to Melaka.  We stopped by Seremban for a quick lunch of KFC, then after an hour and a half, we finally reached A’Famosa, the place which I’ve been eager to visit, and I can’t believe I’m finally here!

AFamosas Big Ass Car Park

A'Famosa's Big Ass Car Park

The car park is simply HUGE!  And to my surprise, the surface was filled with gravels, and I always thought this car park’s surface was smooth, but no, there were a few bumps here and there, few cracks, and gravels, lots of it.  Yoong told me despite of this minor problem, this place was still one of the best place to drift on, and I have to agree, the place was wide and long with absolutely no obstacles in between (except that 1 tree), you can basically come up with 99x layouts in such a big place!

StarGazer Mr. Ngan making sure the track is ready ASAP

StarGazer Mr. Ngan making sure the track is ready ASAP

Anyhow, soon after we got out of the car, I get to meet the main organizer of Star Drift, Mr. Ngan from StarGazer.  Meeting him was an honor, not only so, the fella was very down to earth, though he is very strict against his Indian workers, whom are busying laying out the tires for the track to be.

Yoong visualising the track layout

Yoong visualising the track layout

The truck filled with tires and the Indian workers

The truck filled with tires and the Indian workers

Yoong:Now how should I make this work?

Yoong:"Stan, you gonna help or what?"

Yoong directing the workers where to place the tires

Yoong directing the workers where to place the tires

Mr. Ngan and Yoong chatting

Mr. Ngan and Yoong chatting

Outer clipping point taking shape

Outer clipping point taking shape

When the sun starts to set, the track was also done, here’s a short video showcasing the layout, recorded in Yoong’s Elgrand:


On the first night here, we stayed at A’Famosa’s Tower 4 apartment, our room was on 23rd floor, quite a nice view up there too.

Tower 4 Apartment

Tower 4 Apartment

Ronald from DCM showed up later in the evening with 3 of his students, Ronald has been helping Mr. Ngan in many of his events throughout the years, and it was a pleasure meeting him, definitely a cool fella to hang out with!

Nice view from the room

Nice view from the room

We had dinner at the local market, after that, bought some snacks and beers and chatted a little before we all went to bed.

Dinner spot by the road side

Dinner spot by the road side

Beer and Snacks!

Beer and Snacks!

…Coming up on part 2, the practice session!

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