Formula 1 Infiniti Red Bull Racing Garage Tour 2014

Text by : Shane Leong, Photos by : Shane Leong

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Big THANK YOU to Red Bull Singapore for the invitation to the awesome garage tour once again!  This time, not being bogged by tests and exams,  I finally get the opportunity to attend the tour with Neo. And yes, I was psyched.

The Meeting Point was a neat bar at the end of the Millenia Walk, Paulaner Bräuhaus. Before we pulled our cameras out, we were warmly received, seated down and offered all sorts of drinks from the bar by the Red Bull Team. Jäger Bombs for tea time? Who would mind?

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Heavy load means sweaty pits

After Idling and chatting with the friendly Red Bull people for awhile, we got escorted to the paddock area by lovely Sandra. I was trying hard not to go berserk like a kid first time being at an amusement park, although the weight of the equipment on my shoulders did help to strap back a bit of the excitement.

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We were issued V.I.P passes. (insert smug face)

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The team’s experts talking about their expert-ish things

It was pretty interesting to see that all is calm and collected backstage, where rival teams were no further than a few meters away and seemingly chirpy and friendly when they see each other. Undoubtedly though, there was an almost eerie atmosphere of competition. Even the rubbish bin had to be placed right in front of the door way in case they lose some time throwing thrash.

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Bin position is a crucial strategic plan.

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Walking through the entrance of the garage, it felt like walking into a Star Trek battleship. The split roads lead to each driver’s car and we headed right toward Ricciardo’s.

IMG_4927 copyA glorious, deconstructed RB10 parked on top of what seemed like floor from a Biochemistry laboratory. I was stoked. Almost as if the dream all boys had when they were 10, to be a racing driver, came alive again. I soaked in the sights, caressing every detail of the curves and edges of the car.

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After feasting my eyes on the car, the other senses started to kick in. The sounds and noises became clearer. The mumbling I hear from the technical crew, the clanking of spanners, rattling of toolboxes, firing of airpumps. Every sound came together with no mess, it was like a symphony of engineering, and I have front row seats to the concert.

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And yet another beast sits right next to Ricciardo’s car, the RB10 of 4 time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who still holds the lap record to the Singapore Grand Prix Circuit. While both cars and both drivers come from the same team, they are worked on by a different team of technicians and engineers. Even as team mates, they compete individually.

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The Singapore Grand Prix concluded with much drama with Nico Rosberg falling out of the race due to an electrical problem. Vettel who started 4th on grid overtook Ricciardo to clinch 2nd place with Ricciardo following behind a close 3rd. Both drivers from Infiniti Red Bull Racing finished the night race on the podium. An impressive achievement in a tough year of Grand Prix while trying to edge out team Mercedes who has the fastest car in the season.

Once again thank you to Red Bull Singapore for this once in a lifetime oppotunity!

Weld Techniques Factory

Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F

Weld Techniques Factory have come a long way from their big 4 door Toyota sedans that competed in Japanese D1 Grand Prix series and their latest creation has been making rounds on the internet. A Scion FR-S with an all metal wide body made by the guys at Hoshino Racing with the vision from Atsushi Ito who is the founder of Weld.

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Event : GTR Sunday

Its been over a year since I made the temporary move to Australia and in that time I got to know Steve, owner of a gorgeous R34 GTR and owner of Facebook page GTR Life. Since the R34 Gtr is an extremely rare car in Singapore, I thought it might be a good idea to show case one of the most popular cars in Australia to the Singaporeans who rarely get to see a single R34 GTR. So I sacrificed my Sunday hanging out with EIGHT R34 Gtrs just so I could grab some photos for you guys.

Its a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

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Picture a reasonably cloudy Sunday, the temperatures at a high of 22degrees and just spending the time with fellow car lovers. I knew it was going to be a fun day when I spotted a number of these cars on the road towards the meet location.

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2014 Tokyo Auto Salon : Essence (Part 2)

We are back with the second part of the Tokyo Auto Salon 2014 since the long awaited Part 1. The other brand that had a booth that was swapped with audience is none other than Trust with their R35X which grabbed best of show for 2014.  TAS2014_MG_8176web

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Event : S2000 weekend

Photos by : Neo

Weekends, the time most Singaporeans come out to party and fully embrace the vibrant nightlife Singapore has to offer. Alcohol, good music, hot girls in sexy dresses, a great recipe for a good night out. For a bunch of guys and girls, the recipe for a great night out involves a different kind of liquid and music. Burning some fuel, the sound of VTEC screams and hot cars in sexy rims and body kits.1D3_3793 1D3_3792 Continue reading

2014 Tokyo Auto Salon : Essence (Part 1)

Text by : Randy F, Photos by : Randy F

Time flies. It has been over a month since the conclusion of the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon. Owing to a mad work schedule, thrilling personal hobby and editing of a massive amount of photographs from this recent trip to Japan, this article came a wee bit later than expected. Nonetheless, I hope it still tickles your fancy!

After a short haul flight from Singapore, my plane touched down at Narita Airport. On a side note if any you decide to travel there, do book a flight that lands directly at Haneda Airport. It is unquestionably closer to the city center and you would not have to deal with the sheer horror of missing a connecting flight from Narita to Haneda! Fortunately for me, I flew in an entire day before the event opening. After sorting out my transit mishap, I still made it to the Tokyo Auto Salon Media Day in good time, attended the annual RWB New Year meet up at Roppongi Hills, and even went around to a handful of Japanese tuners.

For the first portion of this post, I have decided to showcase what the Japanese tuners have brought to the show and what may be fast catching on as the trends of 2014.

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