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Miri Gymkhana Challenge Nov’16

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2017 by Stanley Carter

We got news Miri Lutong Drag guys were going to organize its first ever Gymkhana event in Miri with collaboration with SAS Kuching, after some talks with my gangs in Sibu and Bintulu, we’ve decided that we should drive over there and give our fullest support, my other agenda was to hopefully meet more of the Miri car enthusiasts, it was very exciting to say the least.

There were a total of 7 cars from Sibu and Bintulu, me and Yap (only 2 from Sibu) departed 1 day earlier prior to the event and stay overnight at Bintulu.

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Only 2 cars joining from Sibu, me included

The night before the actual event, 2 of us from Sibu hang out with the rest of the Bintulu drivers at Paragon for a little night time photoshoot, we were all in a very excited mood and were all happy to be able to hang out and just chill, we then went on for a little drink or two before we call it a night as we will be waking up before 4am the very next morning for a very very early convoy departure to Miri.

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Total lineup of 7 cars competing from Sibu and Bintulu

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another shot with the drivers

4AM D-Day, time for the 2.5 hour long drive from Bintulu to Miri…

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Woke up before 4am the next morning!

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Meet up at Bintulu Mcdonalds before departure

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Gas refill, group photo!

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Short break at Batu Nia, halfway to Miri

By 8AM++, all of us arrived safe and sound, road condition wasn’t that good with uneven surfaces which caused a very bumpy ride, sometimes you really have to be extra careful not to fly over the bumps or you’ll have to say bye bye to your suspension, good thing was that there was barely any potholes.

Once we arrived Miri, first thing we did was to have breakfast, then head straight to the nearest Petronas station to have all our gas refilled, its time for our very first Gymkhana at Miri!

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Gas refill at Miri before competition

The most popular motorsport-themed Sarawak Youtuber, Hee Wee Seng, is originally from Miri, so it’s no surprise he was there as well, he was very happy to see us all also, can’t miss the chance to have a great wefie together once more! I’d share his coverage QCCS video below…

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Hi again! Hee Wee Seng!

Anyways, let’s cut straight to the competition itself, surprisingly, the total number of participants for this event didn’t even reached 20 cars, to be honest I was pretty disappointed by the low turnout, among these participants, there were also those from Brunei, which also means the ones participating from Miri are considered very, very few.

SAS president himself, Obiwan and Secretaryt, Airphah were there to assist Lutong Drag in the overall organizing of the event and provide advises, most importantly, setting up the track layout for the Gymkhana course.

The venue was at Riam E-Mart, parking size wasn’t too big, but sufficient to have some basic Gymkhana fun, plus this was the very first Gymkhana for Miri so too big, too fast may not necessary be a good thing also.

Alright, the runs! Yes! While I had no problem memorizing the layout, my friends were having some difficulties such as wrong course, severe understeer and so forth, but in the end all of us managed to get at least 1 good run in.  Me, however, felt great and my Charmant ran great as well, the surface wasn’t too grippy as there’s tiny gravels so I was struggling for grip, but I did my best and was very happy with my time as it got faster and faster, I’ll let the videos do the talking (video taken by Elena):

Long story short, I was lucky to have great runs throughout the day and managed to snatch the first prize!

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Woot! MGC2016 Champion, what a day!

Not only did I won the first place, but overall our team from Sibu and Bintulu did very well, 2 of my friends from Bintulu also snatched 3rd and 4th place! Hong with his R33 Skyline and Jeff with his Fairlady Z33.  Here’s a clip of Hong’s run in his RB26DETT R33:

And here’s a couple more videos of the other participants and some drift demos after the competition ended:

Here’s a demo run by Obiwan himself in Michael’s R34 skyline, check out those drifts!!!

Some sideways fun after the competition ended:

And here’s the coverage by Hee Wee Seng himself, check it out:

After so many years, I also managed to meet the best drifter in Miri, Bobby, in person! Here’s a selfie, its good to have a short chat with the guy, friendly overall, now drives some serious M powered beemers and also had some sideways fun in the track, but sadly I don’t have any videos of it though.  Bobby used to drive a Silvia S15 and was super active many years back, he was also a competitor in some drift events in KK.  Hopefully we can get to have some drifting sessions together in the near future.

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Selfie with Miri DK, Bobby!

Lastly, do check out Ms. Elena’s coverage of the event from her point of view:

https://elenaaradia.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/miri-first-gymkhana-event/

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My Charmant’s latest transformation and acquiring Sponsorship Oct’16

Posted in Uncategorized on May 2, 2017 by Stanley Carter

… well more of a cosmetic transformation, nothing was done to the performance though…

It was October 2016 and me and my Drifting buddies from Sibu and Bintulu were planning for a convoy trip to Miri to participate in the first ever Gymkhana event there, named Miri Gymkhana Challenge, while there were few weeks of ample time for us to prepare, I’ve finally decided its time to add some flava to my rusty old Charmant’s outlook, and so I got on the web to look for inspirations… lo & behold, I caught an eye on this…

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Bride AE86 Corolla

To be honest, there’s really nothing much you can do to a boxy old schooler with 4 doors, I honestly do not want to have my car spent in the body shop for more than 2-3 months just to have it rebuilt with proper rust treatments and re-weld for strengthening, plus there’s not much experienced body restorers on old school cars here in Sibu, not that I know of, and lastly, I simply don’t have the budget as well.

Anyways, back to topic, the moment I glanced upon this Bride AE86 livery, I immediately knew that this livery style would suit my Charmant, I had a brief talk with a good friend of mine, Naem, whom was an active member in SRCC (Sibu Retro Car Club), he’s a very talented young fella who likes to paint cars and bikes with his very own unique design flavour, he agreed to work on my car on a limited time frame with the discussed livery design, and so the work began…

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Transformation started

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80% completed

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100% completed

Tadaaaa~! As you can see above, it took only less than 3 weeks to have everything done, and you may have also noticed I got some stickers on this time, they’re not just slapped there for no reason though, good news was that with a few good help from some close friends, I managed to get in talks with some sponsors and landed some pretty good deals, needless to say I get to have free lubricants and free tyre supplies for a limited volume in a certain period of time, heck yeahhhh! My main sponsors are: Tyresave and Hyperlube.

Just as I was getting uber excited to have my Charmant with the new look, my 4AGE started to act weird, well this was the culprit…

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There goes my gasket…

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Me worrying about my dear Charmant

I had my Charmant placed in my usual workshop (Sin Heak Hin, Sg. Antu) for couple of days before we depart to Miri for the Gymkhana challenge, had my gasket replaced and did a top overhaul, nothing major and the 4AGE roars the same as before, next is to visit my sponsors and time to claim my free tyres, hehe~

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Tyres re-stock from Sponsors (Tyresave & Hyperlube)

Big thanks to Tyresave and Hyperlube for sponsoring me the needed tyres and lubricants for me to perform and compete without much worries in the upcoming Miri Gymkhana Challenge, now that I’m all set, it’s time to look forward to the event and have some awesome fun at Miri!