Category: Posters whips

Still alive…

Hey everyone, still around, kinda.




Side project

While I’m still trying to get the Chaser on the road, I now have another side project!


Some updates to come soon!

The Chaser, one year on

Almost exactly one year after Sean bought the JZX100 I once again find myself 600km from home, in Wellington on another overcast and stupidly windy day, struggling to grab some photos of the aforementioned vehicle in a random carpark. (yeah, I’m from Auckland, so I have to complain about the wind every time I come down)


The feelings of deja vu end there I suppose, because the Chaser now looks rather different compared to when I first photographed it at the start of 2010. Can you spot the changes?

Hint one: Wheels!

This was also a good opportunity to give my Zuiko Digital 50-200 ED ‘pro-grade’ lens a proper outing, and suffice to say, it delivered great results (to the point where it may get a lot more use this year, but still a bit of a pig to lug around, being all huge and heavy and expensive!)

Hint two: Tail lamps.

You can find the rest of the Chaser photos here.

Finally, a bonus shot from the last day of my North Island roadtrip, parked up at a little-travelled surf beach in south Taranaki the day after leaving Wellington.

Summer roadtripping!

It fits!


So I have finally fitted the Goodline front lip after trimming everything. Awesome. Way better. Thanks Jono!
I have bought a few goodies and they’ll arrive next few days. Will update then!

Treading some “Familia” territory…

What do you do when you have an entire lockup’s worth of spare parts to get rid of, and not enough patience to list everything on trademe one item at a time?

You buy another project car and put all your spares into it, that’s what!

Finally, my very own BFMR

Presenting the new summer project – a 1985 Familia BFMR, DOHC turbo 4WD. it’s the Mazda counterpart to my Ford Laser TX3, so all of the surplus stuff I got lying around bolts straight in, and all of my expertise carries over, which should make this a fairly easy walk in the park. I can’t seem to stay away from the damn things – as anyone who reads my numerous blog posts about them can tell you – but surprisingly enough this is my very first proper BFMR, having owned a BFMP and BF5S in the past (and not taking into account the TX3s of course)

after an 18-hour tow mission the other weekend to the arse end of the North Island (Masterton) and back, and a slight mishap getting it into the garage which saw the bonnet and front bumper kiss the wall at 10km/h 😦 the BFMR is now parked up and ready for the royal treatment.

The overall plan is to undertake as close to a factory-standard restoration as I can manage without going too overboard a la TX3. With fewer and fewer BFMRs left in this country it makes sense from an enthusiast’s (and possibly investor’s) point of view. No doubt a lot of people can still remember when these were tearing up the streets back in the mid to late 90s and even into the early 2000s…

But stage one is purely to get the car running again. In the seller’s own words, “the engine shat a brick about two years ago, and it’s just been sitting in my garage doing jack since then.”

I know a challenge when I see one!

Time to take a grinder to that ugly arse towbar!