I HAVE TROUBLE (DRIVING) IN A STRAIGHT LINE

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge Official Photos

It seems that lately I have a problem when driving my car …

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge Official Photos

I can’t seem to drive in a straight line!

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge Official Photos

See what I mean?

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge Official Photos

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.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge Official Photos

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.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge Official Photos

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.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge Official Photos

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

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge Official Photos

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!

2011 CONEMASTERS X MEAN MACHINES GYMKHANA CHALLENGE – THANK YOU ALL!

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

The first thing I have to say before anything else is THANK YOU:

THANK YOU TO THE FANS.

THANK YOU TO THE SPECTATORS.

THANK YOU TO THE DRIVERS.

THANK YOU TO AUTO CITY.

THANK YOU TO INTRENASIONALE.

THANK YOU TO ALL MY CREW/HOMIES.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SPONSORS.

Thank you all for making the 2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge the BIGGEST EVER GYMKHANA EVENT EVER HELD IN NORTHERN MALAYSIA.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

I was really stressed in the weeks leading up to the event, mainly because it was such a huge one – we were expecting a crowd of 100,000 people to descend upon Auto City for the weekend. How do you handle a crowd of 100,000 people? (For your reference, the most number of people attending a Formula 1 race in all the years it has been held at Sepang is 90,000)

I was so busy with every aspect of the event I didn’t even have time to get my car ready.

I didn’t  have time to change my clutch, change my brake pads or even change my transmission/LSD oil! The only thing I managed to have time to do was get my alignment done one day before practice.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

For the first time, I tried -3° camber on my front wheels. This was the most negative camber I have ever run on my car and I also lowered it to the lowest it has ever been.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

On Friday night, Jackson, the boys and  turned up at Auto City to set up but Auto City hadn’t barricaded off our area yet and there were still cars parked all over so there wasn’t much we could do except burn some rubber by doing donuts around the Kia sign you see in the background.

I thought -3° was a lot of negative camber to be running, but look at Jackson’s KE70!

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

For the weekend of the event, we were staying at the Ixora, a brand new hotel on mainland Penang, just 10 minutes away from Auto City.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

The hotel is very contemporary, modern and classy. I can safely say that it is the most beautiful hotel on the mainland right now and I am really happy that we stayed here!

All of us who stayed here had nothing but compliments about the Ixora, and I highly recommend this hotel if you are ever looking for a place to stay on the mainland.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

The hotel arranged parking for us outside the main entrance, so we parked all our cars here after a hard day’s racing.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

My good buddy Remus, owner of Motorsport Playground, drove his AWESOME R33 GTR all the way up from Kuala Lumpur to compete in the All-Wheel Drive Category with me. He came up with French urban artist Mega, who designed the kick-ass graphics on Remus’ GTR.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

Here’s a shot I took outside the hotel at about 2am on Friday night/Saturday morning.

Do you like my orange rims?

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

Here’s Remus and I at breakfast before heading off to Auto City on race day.

The Ixora has a really dope buffet breakfast yo!

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

I don’t think many people had seen an R33 competing in a gymkhana prior to Conemasters and it was certainly the first time that Remus had driven his beast like this.

To say that it was an unbelievably awesome sight would be a gross understatement and the wall-to-wall spectators who were there will attest to that.

Don’t worry, we’ve captured ALL the action on video so you’ll be able to see it soon!

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

What’s Good? blogger Sean Tierney flew all the way from Hong Kong to attend the event and check out all the cars. We gave him a ride in all our cars and by the end of 2 days, he was walking like this.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

I asked Sean to stay on a few days so I could take him to try as much dope Penang cuisine as possible and every meal was basically a perennial feast of as much good shit as we could cram onto the table

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

In return for all the food, Sean kept up entertained by wearing an endless number of awesome t-shirts.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

Alvin Lee (Dzeus VIP, Crap) came and hung out with us too. I’ve known Alvin for a few years and we’ve talked online, but this was the first time that we actually spent some time together and it was all good.

Alvin’s new nickname is BB so if you ever see him, please call him that.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

One of the “Faces of Mean Machines” this year was US Import Model Amy Fay and we hung out for a bit after the event.

Amy is a CRAZY GIRL and FREAKS THE FUCK OUT OF ME.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

But she has some dope ink!

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

Check out this back piece by Tokidoki!

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

Sean kept inviting people to taste his rainbow, and guess who obliged? Hahaha

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

Here’s Amy enjoying an illustration of Malaysian-style hot dog.

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

I took Sean to as many of my favorite food spots as possible and he really seemed to enjoy the food. I was glad to be able to let him try all the awesome food we have here in Penang!

2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge

All in all, it was an incredible week that none of us will forget soon.

I don’t know how to describe the adrenalin and rush of the event, the amazing level of driving that we saw or the insane enthusiasm of the spectators.

All I can say is THANK YOU again to every one involved and we are ALREADY working on the NEXT CONEMASTERS EVENT.

Jackson and I would like to thank our sponsors Epic Sound & Light, Image Foundation, DC Shoes, Ixora Hotel and Tom’s Stickers for supporting us and helping to make the 2011 Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge such an unforgettable event!

MISS MEAN MACHINES 2011

Miss Mean Machines 2011

It’s Sunday but I had a meeting with Andrew, the organizer for Mean Machines, at Auto City.

As our event is just over a month away both of our teams have been incredibly busy and we haven’t really had a chance to sit down to give each other updates.

Andrew has been running all around the country to promote Mean Machines and talk to exotic car owners to get them to display their cars at the show, and I’ve been busy trying to put all the logistics for Conemasters x Mean Machines together.

Miss Mean Machines 2011

We met at Naza World, where Andrew was also supervising the photoshoot for the 2011 Miss Mean Machines finalists.

Miss Mean Machines 2011

I can safely say that the girls this year are 100x hotter, cuter and friendlier than the ones last year.

All you perv-oops I mean “Guys With Cameras” are going to be in for a treat.

Miss Mean Machines 2011

Largest performance motorsport and motoring event in the Northern Region?

I think WHOLE of Malaysia is more likely – remember, last year Mean Machines had 100,000 visitors!

I’m SUPER SUPER PYSCHED for the event, and hope that everyone will come and check out the show!!!

Conemasters X Mean Machines Gymkhana Challenge
15 & 16 October 2011
Juru Auto City
Penang Malaysia

P.S. For those who are interested in entering the gymkhana, please send an email to conemasters@gmail.com so we can provide you with the relevant information.

DORIFTO NEKO’S NEW RIDE

Dorifto Neko's New Ride

My boy Victor aka Dorifto Neko just got back from Australia and within one week of returning home he had already sourced and bought a new car – a Mazda RX-7 FD3S.

Dorifto Neko's New Ride

The FD3S has always been one of my favorite cars. I think the styling is classic and the car still looks so fresh even though it was first released in 1993.

Dorifto Neko's New Ride

The RX-7 is a great addition to the What’s Good? team and I’m happy to report that Victor is already planning an impressive build for the car and will be campaigning his FD3s in gymkhana, drift AND time attack events.

Welcome back, fatty!

THE OFFICIAL CONEMASTERS VIDEO IS HERE!

Check it out – the official Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge video that I spent all of last week putting together.

If you like the video, please help us share it with your friends.

The URL for the video is www.vimeo.com/badboyben/conemasters

(If you watch it on the Vimeo page, you can see a much bigger size)

I’d like to thank all the Conemasters crew for their help and all our event partners for their support again.

Thank you all so much!

EXIGE PHOTOSHOOT

Lotus X BadBoyBen Exige Photoshoot by Eric Ooi

When I was in Kuala Lumpur last month to meet with Christian from Lotus UK, I had another daunting task at hand, which was to get me and the Lotus Exige shot for a major ad campaign.

I have no problem having my photo taken in clubs or doing goofy poses but when it’s for something serious like an ad campaign then I start freaking out.

Contrary to popular belief, I am really NOT comfortable in front of the camera but sometimes when you are in my position … you have no choice!

Lotus X BadBoyBen Exige Photoshoot by Eric Ooi

Luckily for me, I had the good fortune to work with renowned portrait photographer Eric Ooi, who managed to calm me down and get me relaxed enough so he could get the shots he wanted.

Eric is a super nice guy, very professional and of course a brilliant photographer. Sometimes I am really blessed to be able to work with such talented individuals. The shots he took were amazing and I can’t wait for everyone to see them!

Lotus X BadBoyBen Exige Photoshoot by Eric Ooi

Darren Chang was kind enough to let us use Auto Detailer as our location and he even got his boys to give the Exige a wash and wax before the photoshoot!

Look at the car, it’s positively glowing! (I only wish they had the same kind of service for people. Hahaha)

I cannot thank Darren enough for his valuable assistance and generosity.

Lotus X BadBoyBen Exige Photoshoot by Eric Ooi

Another SUPER IMPORTANT behind-the-scenes person who helps me out but no one gets to see very often is Penny Foong.

Penny has been helping me sort all my work-related shit out for a while now and she has been doing a fantastic job.

What’s Good? (and me) would be totally lost without her!

Lotus X BadBoyBen Exige Photoshoot by Eric Ooi

In case anyone of you are wondering, I am not wearing a strange, light-absorbing black pair of shoes but an unreleased pair of sneakers from DC Shoes. They will only go on sale in December 2011, which is why I can’t show them to you yet.

Yes, sometimes I get sneakers more than a year before they’re released. Don’t be mad.

;)

Thanks again to Eric Ooi, Darren Chang and everyone at Auto Detailer!