Archive for February, 2011

Getting Acquainted with an Altezza

Posted in Sibu Drifting on February 26, 2011 by Stanley Carter

2 years ago, I made a new friend with a guy that drives an Altezza that so happens to be a big fan of drifting as well.  Needless to say, we met up a couple times and exchanged some usual chit chats on the topic of drift.

His Altezza comes totally bone stock with automatic transmission, I’ve drifted his Altezza before, it was easy to control but hard to maintain a drift due to the automatic transmission.  We had fun back then, after a while, he started travelling a lot and spent most of his time at West Malaysia due to his business requirement.  The Altezza is still in Sibu though, only to be driven by his wife.

So last week, he took a week off from his work and came back to Sibu, called me up and next thing we know, we’re already at the usual drift playground, getting ready for some action.

Toyota Altezza

Our first session started at a rainy afternoon on Saturday, after I unloaded all my gears and tires, I made a few warm up runs, after that, it was his time to show off.

Friend getting ready to drift!

My friend started out performing donuts, but he was struggling to maintain the drift, he would either spin out or understeered after half or at most 1 full cycle.  I gave him a few tips and even drove his car to demonstrate how it should be done, and then it was back to him driving again.  Here’s a video of some of his attempts:

The weather was great, the rain was stopping soon with small drizzles, it was cool and refreshing, coupling up with the sound of my 4AGE and the 3SGE engine roars, what a great way to start the weekend!

After some non stop donut training, my friend decided to take a break, and it was time for me to crank up my Charmant and have some fun as well!

Grass Cutter?

As you can see from the picture above, I got a bit too close with the grass along side the runway, since this is my only playground in Sibu, I tend to push more nowadays, after all, there’s no wall to hit, no pressure!

Another view of the 'incident'... LOL!

Before we arrive the place, I did called up some old friends, while most of them were no show, one familiar face did show up…

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo II with Evo III kit

This is the same guy that let me drift his Lancer quite a while back, which I did featured it in an old post.  Unfortunately, this same car was crashed after lending it to a friend of his who was drunk driving, not only was the front part of the car totalled, both the driver and the passenger were also injured, lucky for them it was nothing serious as there’s only few cuts and bruises.  The culprit obviously had to pay for everything, so the owner decided to have everything fixed, bodywork re-done, new black paint and also a new 4G63T engine as well.

However, after the car was rebuilt, the owner had lost interest in drift, I can’t really blame him since 4WD was never an ideal platform for drifting anyways.  After the usual get along conversation, the Evo friend left early as he had some personal business to attend to.  Our session soon ended as well, and it’s time to head back home and continue the fun the next day!

My gear and tires

On the following Sunday, it was another drizzly afternoon and I arrived early.  As usual, I unloaded all my stuff and got myself warmed up first.  Soon after my friend arrived, its back to the usual plan again.

Altezza ready to go out for another round

The Altezza owner did better on this day, managing to hold some pretty smooth donuts but still wasn’t that much consistent, I’ve recorded a short video though:

From the video it’s obvious that the driver needs more work on throttle control, but it’s definitely tougher for him since the car is in wacky auto, if only the car comes in manual transmission and a clutch pedal, things would be a whole lot better, or probably easier too!

The sun re-appeared sooner on this day and the road got dry a lot sooner than we expected, and that means the Altezza would be struggling hard to maintain wheelspin.  From that time on, it was all on me and my Charmant.  Here’s a video that my friend took while he was in my car, check out the messy steering work:

Managed to rip some Avanza tires

Rubber tied onto the wheel hub

I killed all 4 of the Avanza tires that Sia gave me for free, and also made quite a mess to my engine bay again as I forgot to check my oil catch bottle… it was full!  I had to cut off the cable ties and pour all the oil back into my 4AGE, re-tie the bottle back to the location with more cable ties… After that, it was time to go home.  One thing for sure though, I’ll need to service my 4AGE very, very soon!

Happy Belated Valentines!

Posted in Car stuff, Cool Stuffs, Personal on February 15, 2011 by Stanley Carter

I know I’m a day late, but that’s not really the point as I’ve already celebrated my Valentines last week.  Like I’ve mentioned before, me and my wife are not a fan of the ridiculously priced dinner sets, and so we went to Cafe Cafe (as usual, it’s my wife’s favorite restaurant) and had a great meal for less than RM50!

Now while everyone were brainstorming on what to do for their special Valentine, I was busy doing some pretty interesting stuffs during the weekend.  First off, I finally got myself a temporary Oil Catch bottle to counter the Engine oil spill issue, I bought some new fuel hoses, cable ties and a few clips, plus a free drinking bottle that I received from my company’s Christmas Party last year, it’s done:

DIY oil catch bottle (temporary solution)
DIY oil catch bottle (temporary solution)

You can see there’s no return hose going back into my intake, hence I’m only using cable tie, if there was to be more oil spilled after my hard driving sessions, I can simply cut them loose and pour the oil back into my 4AGE again.  At least I don’t have to worry about messing up my Engine bay again (it’s already a mess now anyways…).

After I got my DIY oil catch problem settled, I visited the Sibu Gateway on a hot Sunday afternoon to check out some local R/C drifting action…

Sibu R/C Drift Cars Lineup
Group photo of the organizers and drivers (small crowd)

And here’s a video that I shot during the practice session:

Also made a couple new friends of the R/C drifter group, I asked some of them if they ever thought about venturing into the real car drifting scene, unfortunately only one showed interest and he’s already in a look out for a clean KE70 for his first drift car build, for the rest though, they are there to play R/C drifting for a reason, real car drifting needs a heck lot more commitment and money in order to achieve the actual level of fun they are having right now.  Still, I am very envy of them, simply on the fact that they had a gang of their own, setup a club for the Sibu R/C drift scene, and even held 1-2 events monthly!  Now when can the real car drifting do the same in Sibu?