It's been a long time in-between drinks, I know and I can explain.
Greaser update: The shop is no more.
So what happened? LIFE. The thing is, we are on different paths, sometimes those paths cross one another and beautiful things happen. But, ultimately life calls, decisions have to be made and when it came to renewing our building lease, two of the guys couldn't invest any more time into Greaser, we had to let the lease go. So, everything got put on pause and I took time off to re-evaluate.
So are you guys cool? Yep, we still hang, we're still bros and we're still wrenching like aways.
And how about Greaser? The dream is still alive and I'm on a mission. My work space has been reduce from a workshop back to the home garage. I'm on the floor instead of under a hoist and everything takes three times longer. On the plus side, not having to pay rent means I get to funnel the money into developing Greaser 2.0, so it's not the end, just a bump on the road.
Onto mushroom hunting...
Trak-Life and Greaser have teamed up and are proud to present our first joint Wakefield track day on, Wednesday 3rd of May 2017.
To celebrate our (Greaser) first of many official track days, we are giving away one (x1) free spot for a keen racer. Race for free. No experience required, bring your car, go racing- this round is on us!
LIKE (our Facebook page) and SHARE or TAG (someone you think might be interested) in our track day via FB and your mates and yourself automatically go into the draw to win a car spot at the track day.
FB Link to share here:
WINNER TO BE ANNOUNCED ON THE 1ST OF APRIL.
To ensure the winner has an awesome time, Greaser will be providing a free under-car spanner check prior to the track day and a full support at the track.
Sponsors Garmin, Intima Brakes Australia and Streetcover have come on board ( more info to come!)
Track day Registrant & Participant Information:
- Open Pit Lane (No sessions, arrive and drive)
- Free Passengers all day (They will need to sign up on the day)
- 10 cars maximum on the track at one time
- No break for lunch, more track time for everyone!
- Driver training and tips from veteran drivers
- Sponsor prize giveaways and special deals (more to come)
- We encourage a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Cost per entry (32 spot available only, first come, first served):
- $250 per car, $25 second driver, 32 spots available.
To register your spot, complete the online form:
Click me: https://docs.google.com/…/1SHxscJp_qGOSrsn1HgMRyLMzFCxwFtRG…
We will then subsequently email out payment details.
Once we have received your payment, we will confirm your spot!
Important notice: Wakefield impose a noise limit of 85dB max - NO STRAIGHT PIPES!
- Current CAMS or AASA licence ($25 day licence available through the Wakefield office on the day)
- Long sleeve shirt and pants and closed shoes
There is no Natsoft timing on the day so bring along your timer or phone. We recommend Racechrono for Andriod and TrackAddict for iPhone.
Got a question? Want more info? Find us on Facebook
or drop us a quick email here: http://www.greaserco.com/contact.html
The latest mod on Minh’s Trak-life 180SX is a fully functional front splitter made in house. Built on a budget to Clubsprint World Time Attack Class rules, there are no fancy materials here, just Marine Plywood and a frame made from angle pieces mounted on the chassis to work.
At the Yez-Racing trackday, Minh reported an increase in front bite. Recorded front tyre temperatures backed the claim showing even tyre temp across the FL, FR tyres. Minh went home with a new PB at 1:07.6170, a loss in boost pressure due to an exhaust leak forced him to retire late in the afternoon. He was ecstatic with how the car drove and commented that there was still more in it.
Trak-180 also saw a set of corner weights and she’s a heavy girl. No surprises really as all the panels are still OEM metal pieces, it still has A/C, gained a bigger turbo, an upgraded steam pipe manifold, a front mount intercooler, a Z32 box, roll-cage, bigger brakes, reclinable bucket seats, 3 inch exhaust etc, including driver and 20kg of fuel, grossed a wet weight of 1330kg. Before the next track day, we’ll be putting her on a diet and working on increasing stability, improving its rotation and brake feel.
John: after spending the whole day running around taking tyre temps, car spotting and working with Minh and the Trak-180 to improve his time. By the end of it, I was spent much like the car; broken and too hot to work on. But Minh and Du were happy. Sitting in the back passenger seat of the tow rig on our way home, falling in and out of sleep with the sun setting, Minh said to me that he had seen more improvements in the car and PB-ed more often than he had ever seen in the time he had been doing it solo. Now I’m not sure if I replied back to him, or if it was a thought reply, but it went something along the lines of: we’re here to help, it's what we do, your PB is our PB.
One mod we’re all guilty (not limited to car people) of is painting brake calipers. It’s a universally accepted rice mod, that’s easy, cheap and can give any boring car instant swag. Ask anyone what’s one thing that makes a sporty car and red brake calipers among a spoilers, wings, wheels and bucket seats are likely answers. Why red calipers? Because Racecar, Brembo and Red Ferraris.
In 1998, when Mitsubishi released the CP9A chassis ( EVO 5 - 6 ) it blew people’s mind for its performance and outrageous functional rally styling. However with its low production volume to meet homologation rules for Group A Rally. Only a select handful were lucky enough to park one in the garage, most had to settle for a Mitsubishi Lancer with an Evolution styled body kit.
Being in our early teens in the late 90s, we weren’t lucky enough to be in either group. We were catching the bus to school and riding our push bikes on the weekend. The EVO 5-6 was a rare beast among the body-kitted Lancers- thanks to the beginning of the Autosalon era. But you could always spot the legit ones from the posers, thanks to the massive red 4-pot calipers and white Brembo stickers. When you saw those bad boys you knew you had seen something special.
Simon’s car is a great example of clean, unmolested EVO 6 with basic mods. He came to us wanting to see if we could help him with the EVO's 20-year old brakes. How hard could it be to rebuild and repaint? They had thick layer of brake dust on them but were in generally good shape… so we thought.
Australia day, a day for Australians to celebrates all the good things Australian- ignoring all the redneck racists crap that has been happening in the media lately. Also worth mentioning is the 26th of January being the day the British fleet arrived back in 1788 to an unknown land, marking the day the native aboriginal people had their people, homes, and culture taken away from them. There are people who feel strongly towards the day and on the other end of the spectrum, it’s an excuse to get on the drinks. A messy, full of mixed emotions kind of day.
Public holidays are far and few in between, for car people it’s a day to hang out with car mates. It’s a chance to rally up the troops to go on a drive, have a bbq and fundraise for charity. Thanks to the politician, lazy desperate evening TV new shows looking for cheap ratings and misinformed loud angry parents. The law has come down hard on the car enthusiasts and those days are almost gone. Now a public holiday means either keep the car in the garage or face being an easy target for the police. Who wants to deal with that kind of crap on their day off? Nope, not us!
But they’re a few of us, who just don’t give a damn regardless of weather condition, time and police warnings and it’s those ride or die kind of peeps that we tip our hats too. Without them, the scene would be dead.
Yesterdays EOMM was smaller than past meets, but it didn’t take away the energy or vibe floating around WSID parking lot. Massive shout out to the guys who continually support the end of month meets. You guys are the real MVP.
It was an overcast day which made for crummy photos but was a nice change from the 30+ degrees summer days we’ve been having of late. Below are photos of cars that got our attention.