Hideo brought me a present from Japan – the latest issues of Option and Option 2 Magazine.
It’s amazing that after 10 years, he still remembers my favorite magazines!
Arigato gozaimasu, Hide-kun.
It seems that lately I have a problem when driving my car …
I can’t seem to drive in a straight line!
See what I mean?
Hehehe … I think one of the biggest surprises for most of the spectators (and even some of the drivers) at the 2011 Conemasters x Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge was that none of of them had ever seen an Impreza go sideways in real life.
I knew it would be exciting for people to watch (and super fun for me too) so I made sure I went as sideways as I could whenever possible.
The other thing I did was lower my car as low as it could go. With this setting I couldn’t go over any speed bumps (or even go up the driveway of my own house) but it was super stable for gymkhana.
The main thing that allows me to go sideways like this the Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) on my car. It’s a technology unique to Subaru and it allows the driver to send more of the torque to the rear wheels.
Full time all-wheel drive has the torque split at 50% front and 50% back but I can flick a switch and make it 35% front and 65% back!
Though this doesn’t make my car behave 100% like a rear-wheel drive car, I can still do really fun things like power oversteer.
I love drifting my car very muchieeeeeeeeeeee … hahaha
These photos are taken from the 2011 Conemasters x Mean Machines Official Photo Album on Facebook.
Click the link to check out many more awesome photos from the event or click on any of the above pics to see a larger version!
To all the party people, there’s gonna be a HUGE outdoor pool party at the Sunway Lost World of Tambun on Saturday 26th November, 2011.
I’ll be DJing there along with a whole bunch of other DJs BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART:
HIDEO KOBAYASHI IS COMING!
Hideo is a good buddy of mine (we’ve known each other for around 10 years) so I’m super psyched that I managed to bring him down for this party.
For those of you who don’t know, Hideo Kobayashi is a super dope house music producer and is signed to New World Records from Japan.
He is THE DJ that OTHER DJs wanna hear play and this is his first in Malaysia for more than 8 years so you definitely don’t wanna miss out!
OMG I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE HIDEO!!!
Hideo is bringing a super hot Japanese vocalist – Tomomi Ukumori with him so for they sure they will blow the shit out of Ipoh!
I of course will be playing my signature dirty dirty music.
Tickets are only RM60 and include a whole load of vouchers (worth way more than the ticket price) so if you’re sick and tired of the boring-ass events that have been happening around Malaysia, come party with us in the WAVE POOL @ Sunway Lost World of Tambun this Saturday.
Yes that’s right, the DJ booth will be built IN THE MIDDLE of the wave pool. It’s going to fucking rock so hard!
Yo yo yo see you there!
Without a doubt, the 2011 Conemasters x Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge was the biggest and best gymkhana event ever held in Penang so far and hopefully our upcoming video will show those of you who missed the event just how awesome it was.
The footage that Anthony and the boys from Image Foundation shot was amazing but I wanted something extra to make the video even more special so I came up with an idea to shoot an opening sequence at the Ixora Hotel.
I gave Edmund Foo from the Ixora a call and asked if we could use the hotel to shoot and he said no problem.
I then called some of the boys to arrange a date when everyone was free.
I was actually quite nervous about the shoot as I had a very specific idea in my head but I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to translate it onto the screen.
Check out Victor’s awesome sticker on the side of his car.
Jackson built a new car especially for the shoot.
The “car” also doubled as a dolly for some of our tracking shots. Improvisation to the max!
My concept had a beautiful woman in it so who else could I call except Ming Ming?
Ming Ming has her own helmet … 🙂
Allen Cheah and Lee Cooper, two of the drivers who competed in Conemasters.
Both are great drivers – Lee actually came 2nd in the Front-Wheel Drive category at the event.
Anthony from Image Foundation.
Jimmy from Image Foundation showing me the playback on one of the shots.
Everything was shot on Canon EOS 5D MKIIs – hi-def yo!
Me directing one of the shots.
It’s actually the first time I’ve fully directed a scripted shoot and I have to say I really enjoyed the experience.
It helped that I was working with some incredibly talented individuals!
Anthony took this shot from on top of a 10-foot tall ladder.
He’ll go to any lengths to get a good shot!
We managed to get delivery of our Conemasters x Mean Machines t-shirts in time for the shoot so everyone kitted out.
We were actually supposed to have the Ts at the event but due to some technical problems on the manufacturing side we only got them on the day of the shoot.
This is a limited edition T that only drivers and crew will get.
I stayed at the Ixora the night before the shoot (cause I was worried that I couldn’t wake up in time) … I took this shot as I felt my Impreza looked so calm and peaceful just sitting there.
The shoot turned out to be awesome and we got some really good footage. I’ve finished editing everything of the video and I’m rendering a final version as I type this.
The video will be released on 15.11.11 so stay tuned!
Thanks to everyone at for being so helpful, blocking off the entire grand entrance and making our shoot so smooth.
Thanks to Anthony, Jimmy and Louis from Image Foundation for being such dope Directors of Photography and cameramen.
Thanks to Jackson, Victor, Justin, Allen and Lee Cooper for being such great talents!
And lastly of course thanks to the beautiful Ms. Chee Hui Ming for lighting up every shot she was in.
My apologies for the lack of updates but I have literally locked myself away to edit the official video for the 2011 Conemasters x Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge.
A lot of work has gone into this video because I really wanted to show people who weren’t there just how fucking awesome the event was.
Props must go to Anthony Tan and the boys from Image Foundation for shooting such amazing footage. They worked tirelessly for 2 days, capturing every moment of the event – I have never seen any photographers working so hard before! The end result was more than 100GB of photos and videos. More than 4000 photographs and more than 400 video clips.
It took me more than 9 hours just to look at the video footage. I actually haven’t even started looking at the photos yet.
I’m happy to say that the video is almost done and hopefully we can release it before the end of next week so stay tuned!