posted on April 29, 2010 17:28
Keep Racing Fun, a Fake Blog Road Trip Adventure
By Mike Kojima and Jeff Naeyaert
Warning! We are not hipsters, we don't wear cool clothes, girl pants, expensive cheap sneakers, fancy hats or carry vintage cameras around (read about real hipsters doing cool things here). We are kinda boring so this story might not be too interesting, but if you still want to read on, have fun! We have been working really hard at the palatial MotoIQ corporate headquarters. We have been out covering events and working on project cars nearly every day. Too much work and no play makes for even duller nerds so we decided to hit the road to enter Redline Time Attack's round 3 in Las Vegas. The trouble is that we didn't have a suitable time attack car. The only car that was currently suitable for track use in the MotoIQ garage was the Dog II, (read about it here) a NASA road race car that was built to run in Prepared Touring D or C.
We managed to get some more life out of our old tires by creative rotation of the wheels! Starting your race prep a few hours before you are supposed to leave is lame.
Hawk's DTC 60 brakes pads worked really well, we replaced the worn out Hawk Blue pads that were on the car. We noticed a badly worn rotor at this time but didn't have a new one. We also caught a bunch of loose bolts. Our neighbor's son had been driving the car at track days while doing no maintenance so we were paying for it now! I think Mike needs Rogain. Please send donations to get mike more hair to email@example.com
|Since LVMS's outside course is low speed with tight turns, we decided to set the car up loose. We stiffened the rear anti sway bar and fiddled with the shocks. These settings ended up being spot on, thank you very much. This silver thingy is the rear bar adjuster.
PT class is a limited preparation racing class and running in class D or C usually means a very moderately powered car. The Dog II packs a 200 whp naturally aspirated SR20VE engine, a rev happy but rather narrow powerbanded powerplant which is pretty good in small bore racing classes. When perusing the Redline Time Attack rules, we confirmed that we would have to run in FWD unlimited class due to the fact that the Dog II is a fully prepared racing car with lexan windows and a minimalistic interior with a carbon dash. This means we would be running up against some awesome cars such as Chris Rado's 1300 HP funny car Scion TC and Tri Point Engineering's World Challenge championship winning Mazda 6.
At MotoIQ we do not do blatant commercial endorsements like recommending this awesome Motul RBF 660 brake fluid. Wardrobe provided by Password JDM.
Nor do we suggest that Motul's highly effective Moto Wash is a superior cleaner. Shoes by DC.
|Here Mike uses Meguiar's Ultra Quick Wax to do some last minute shining. Glasses by Prada...
Then there was the problem of the car. The Dog II has not really run since 2006 and was in pretty sad shape. It sat on oxidized 4 year old Toyo RA-1 tires that were semi dry rotted and has only had minimal maintenance since 2007. Since we work 24-7 here at MotoIQ, we alloted only a few hours on a Friday afternoon to whip the Dog II into shape. This ended up taking more time than we alloted. Worse yet our new tires ended up being backordered and we were going to have to run the event on nearly bald heat cycled and hardened tires. Well that was just great! This was quickly turning from a competition to a fun run.
|The Dog II is ready to load, its 5pm, we are ready to roll right at rush hour and 4 hours late:(
Thanks to Motul for providing us with RBF 660 brake fluid and 300V racing oil and Hawk for providing us with DTC 60 pads to help our prep!
|We hook up to Project Tundra and away we go except we forgot to gas up:( The Tundra is the most awsome tow vehicle, super stable and plenty of power.
We are not hero's, not fast guys, not pro's, just out to have fun. Follow us if you want!
Thursday, April 29, 2010 11:59 PM
You know you guys could have waited 6 hours for the on track tire guy to mount you some new tires.
Friday, April 30, 2010 12:03 AM
They didnt have the right size
Friday, April 30, 2010 7:00 AM
Thanks guys, that was a fun read. I'm somewhat disappointed that Jeff doesn't look like the picture in his avatar :) Also enjoying the guy with a Kojima yam in place of his face in the background on page 2.
Friday, April 30, 2010 7:25 AM
I only look like that after a few bottles of sweet berry wine!
Friday, April 30, 2010 7:58 AM
Awesome article, I love these road-trip racing stories!
Friday, April 30, 2010 8:30 AM
This kind of stuff is what I'm looking forward too once college is over. Once I get another Integra, I'm planning to do a few National Solos, which will mean a lot of road tripping. I can't freaking wait. And DC Shoes rock! That's all I ever wear (well with the exception of the occaisional Chuck Taylor thrown in).
Friday, April 30, 2010 9:00 AM
Most entertaining article ever! Except for the blatant slandering of my last name. I am Italian, not a samurai or a close cousin of a miniature tree.
Friday, April 30, 2010 9:04 AM
Google your fake name.
Friday, April 30, 2010 2:55 PM
Great article, very entertaining.
Friday, April 30, 2010 3:01 PM
Jeff, seems to fill the hipster bill according to the BINGO chart. How appropriate the Parliament cigarettes make the O, the blogger with digital camera makes the G, N was free, the hoodie for I and the B is a bit of a stretch but Jeff’s fetish for Asian women is un-deniable. BINGO buddy Jeff is a hipster.
My path to BINGO is way less cool with the jagger haircut, hoodie, whiteboy afro, pornographers mustache and old-school vans. Kojima’s path is about the same but instead of the afro substitute the 70’s ski vest.
Friday, April 30, 2010 3:39 PM
The hipsters we know rock vintage cameras and wear girls sknny jeans. I think Jeff is a 90's era gay guy. His spiky frosted tip hairdoo is so 90's and his grungy blazers and stuff are like that too. He does have some sense of fashion unlike me. I simply don't care. I wear two types of pants, Levis and Dickies. I wear Password JDM shirts or whatever else I can get as swag.
I were DC shoes because I hung out with Ken Block before and he's cool so I support his company and the shoes are cheap!
Jeff is fussy about how he looks.
Friday, April 30, 2010 5:53 PM
Mike, I saw you guys on the way out to Vegas in the middle of the night! I was in my girlfriend's four door Sentra. I pointed out the Dog Car to her and told her that's what we could turn her car into if she wants. She looked over when we got next to you guys and gave a thumbs up, but she said you didn't look. Wish I coulda made it out to the track :(
Yeah skinny jeans on men are one of the stupidest "trendy" things today. I couldn't wear such constricting clothes.
Friday, April 30, 2010 5:57 PM
So when are we getting an in depth Motoiq article on Rado's Scion?
Friday, April 30, 2010 11:30 PM
I've gotta get out to the west coast more often.. :)
Saturday, May 01, 2010 3:57 AM
Ha ha ha!
What a great article. Thank you!
Saturday, May 01, 2010 10:10 PM
When's the last time you played BINGO Aaron? The matches have to be in a straight line or diagonal.. And I haven't smoked in years!!! I do have all the shoes on there though and I guess I could be "grandpa" too.
Mike B: don't feel too bad, I've known Kojomo for about 13 years and he still butchers my name--says its gay... in fact it's wrong in the byline of this article as well!
Mike K: YOU SUNUVA BITCH!
Wrecked: give us a couple months.. we've already talked to Rado about doing a article but we got a couple other Time Attack car features coming first (Ryan Gate's EVO X and Andre Hartando's S2000).
Monday, May 03, 2010 10:24 AM
@ Jeff: Are you talking about a feature of Rado's current FWD monster or his soon to be released in Australia AWD monster? Or both :)
I browsed an article at the newstand in Import Tuner but it seemed short on details about the car... more of a Q&A session really. I swear I read about the car on another site somewhere but I can't find it anymore.
Monday, May 03, 2010 1:11 PM
hahaha. Well done article! A good, fun read and a nice change up from the normal project articles. I liked the "sponsor" shots, they reminded me of that scene in Wayne's World where Garth is fully dressed up in Reebok gear and stuff. And I must say, Mike's neighbor's son (or whoever it was that normally tracks it) is a lucky guy if he can track a well built, ready and proven track car. Where were his wheels/tires for this trip? No way he used those old tires too?
Monday, May 03, 2010 1:46 PM
We were actualy trying to make it like Wayne's World. The title is a spoof of the upcoming "Keep Drifting Fun" video that is well known in the drift world.
We did have to run on those tires :(
Monday, May 03, 2010 2:35 PM
Any guy that wears cutoff camo shorts is okay in my book!
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 8:43 AM
A fun article indeed. And yeah, Rado's TC would be an awesome article!
Thursday, May 06, 2010 2:54 PM
Two Men and a Sentra
An American Journey into Love.
Thursday, May 06, 2010 3:59 PM
Thursday, May 06, 2010 4:40 PM
Freakin awesome. I laughed out loud here at work, best thing I looked at today!
Thursday, May 06, 2010 5:48 PM
Mike does spend more time with me than his wife and kid... maybe Sean's onto something!
Friday, May 07, 2010 1:22 AM
Hey Mike, any chance we can get the top pic on page 4 in high resolution desktop wallpaper?....lol
Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:26 AM
You guys are awesome!
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