CONEMASTERS – MORE INFORMATION! (UPDATED 31 MAY 2011)

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

Here is more information regarding the inaugural Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge.

Remember guys – it is an official support race of the Japan Super GT Championship (Malaysian Round)

For those who are interested to compete:

1 ) Entry fee is RM280
2 ) Cars will be split into 3 categoriesFWD, RWD and AWD
3 ) The 18th will be PRACTICE and 19th will be RACE DAY
4 ) Competitors will receive TWO tickets to the Super GT race (worth RM200!)
5 ) There are no restrictions on tyres you can use
6 ) There are no restrictions on engine modifications
7 ) There are very limited entry places as we wish to make it an exclusive event
8 ) Entry deadline is 12 June 2011 (we will NOT be accepting any last minute entries)

A couple of REALLY good drivers have already signed up so I’m looking forward to seeing them in action.

If you have any more questions, please email conemasters@gmail.com or join the Facebook page!

*UPDATED INFORMATION*

A lot of questions have been asked at the Conemasters page on Facebook so I will post the Q&A here too!

1. What are the prizes offered & how many timed runs are there?

Trophies will be given to the top 3 drivers in each categories and we will also have prizes courtesy of our event partners (TBC) … each driver will get 3 timed runs and we will take their fastest time.

2. What time will the event start and what time will it end?

The event will start at 10am and will go on into the afternoon. 18th is practice and 19th is race day. If you have sponsors, you may bring them for taxi-rides on the 18th.

3. Regarding the Super GT tickets included in the entry fee – will they include t-shirts, caps and other promotional items like Super GT is offering?

Entry fee to Conemasters includes 2 Super GT tickets valued at RM200 and does not include other promotional items.

4. Will there be scrutineering for the cars?

Cars will be scrutineered for roadworthiness and safety. We don’t have restrictions on tyres or engine modifications so those won’t be monitored.

GREEN LANTERN

Green Lantern has always been one of my favorite super heroes. I loved his costume and his awesome power of being able to create anything with his willpower.

And now FINALLY a proper Green Lantern movie has been made!

I’m so glad that they went with Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern instead of Kyle Rayner, John Stewart or God-forbid – Guy Gardner. I grew up with Hal Jordan so I hope Ryan Reynolds does him justice!

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power… Green Lantern’s light!

Woo hoo!

WÜRTH TRIATHLON ENGINE OIL

Würth Triathlon Engine Oil

I just received 8 litres of Würth’s highly-acclaimed Triathlon “super” synthetic engine oil from my good friend C.S. Ng from Würth Malaysia so I took my Impreza for an oil change straight away.

Würth is a German company that has been around for more than 60 years and they make more than 400 different types of products for various industries.

For cars they make engine oil, gear oil, brake fluid, octane boosters and many more.

Würth Triathlon Engine Oil

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Würth products, but they aren’t widely available in Malaysia so I’m glad I’m getting the chance to try their engine oil out. Take their semi-synthetic engine oil for example – the amount of synthetic material in your average semi-synthetic oil is about 50% but in Würth’s engine oil it is 75%!

That’s why 4 liters of their semi-synthetic engine oil will last well past 10,000 kms without any noticeable loss in power on regular cars (tried and tested on vehicles like Toyota Vios’ and Honda Jazz’s by existing Würth customers)

What's Good? Subaru Impreza STi Version 8

The first impression that I got after putting the Triathlon in my car was that the engine was a LOT quieter and smoother. I haven’t pushed the car yet so I don’t know what the response is like yet, but I love the smoothness that Triathlon delivers and I’m looking forward to pushing the car a bit over the next few days.

What's Good? Subaru Impreza STi Version 8

I’ll let you know my feedback once I’ve had a chance to properly test the engine oil out.

Thanks very much to C.S. from Würth Malaysia for hooking me up!

CONEMASTERS 2011 GYMKHANA CHALLENGE

Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge @ Sepang International Circuit

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge to you.

Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I am an avid fan of gymkhana racing and I try to compete in them whenever I can.

A few months ago, an opportunity arose where I was given the chance to conceptualize/organize a gymkhana race due to my affinity for the sport (and vast experience in event management)

So now … the inaugural Conemasters 2011 Gymkhana Challenge will take place on the 18th and 19th of June, 2011 @ Sepang International Circuit.

It is an official support race of the Japan Super GT Championship (Malaysian Round) which is being organized by my good friends at JPM Motorsport.

Hopefully we will be able to add to the excitement of the Super GT race.

For those who are interested to compete:

1) Cars will be split into 3 categoriesFWD, RWD and AWD.
2) The 18th will be PRACTICE and 19th will be RACE DAY.
3) Competitors will also receive entry tickets to the Super GT race.

I am still busy working out all the details but if anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or leave a comment here and I will reply you as soon as possible.

You can also check out the Conemasters page on Facebook.

DUNHILL DEFINE

Dunhill Define @ Voodoo Penang

Last weekend there was an event organized by Dunhill cigarettes that took place at Voodoo (seems like all the big events in Penang are happening at Voodoo nowadays) The event was called Define, and they have been holding them annually for the past 3 years. I hadn’t been to any of the previous Define events, but I had heard a lot of good things from people so I had high expectations for this one.

(BTW, for those of you who don’t know, the watch I am wearing is the Haze x Know1edge Time Peace ULTRA limited hand-crafted leather-strap edition that was released a few years ago – only 50 of these were ever made and this is #4 out of 50)

Dunhill Define @ Voodoo Penang

My good friend, Ken Bywater – International Man of Leisure, came up from Kuala Lumpur for the weekend to visit me so we went together. Every time I see him, he has one or two ladies on his arm so this time was no different.

The girl with the crazy look in her eyes is Jorene, and the other lady is Abby, who came up from KL with Ken.

Dunhill Define @ Voodoo Penang

This is Nicole, one of Voodoo’s in-house promoters, and she always takes good care of me and my friends whenever we go there.

Dunhill Define @ Voodoo Penang

Dunhill had a lucky draw and were giving away prizes like iPads to Define attendees. But wait … some of the girls on stage look a little bit familiar … let’s get a closer look:

Dunhill Define @ Voodoo Penang

Oh! On the left is Hui Ming and MCing is Chermaine!

Dunhill Define @ Voodoo Penang

Tobacco companies always find the hottest girls to work for their events.

Dunhill Define @ Voodoo Penang

Definitely not Hennessy in these glasses. Oh, and we finished a bottle of Bacardi before this.

Dunhill Define @ Voodoo Penang

So how was the event? To be honest – it was crap.

Dunhill had a good set-up in the courtyard of Voodoo (guests had to register with iPads etc) but once you got inside, there was nothing to engage partygoers or “define” the Dunhill brand. You wouldn’t come away from the evening with a stronger impression of the brand or anything.

We were kinda annoyed with the music as well. Abby was disappointed that they were playing so much old music and I couldn’t believe that one of the DJs played Justin Bieber’s Baby - but maybe music like that “defines” Dunhill’s new target market.

-_-

HISAGO MODERN JAPANESE RESTAURANT

Hisago Japanese Restaurant

Japanese restaurants have been proliferating in Penang over the past few years and now there’s another new one on the island, albeit with a twist.

Hisago is hidden away in a remote corner of the Straits Quay development and they refer to themselves as a “modern” Japanese restaurant.

Hisago Japanese Restaurant

And just how is Hisago modern? Well, for one the presentation is very contemporary and a welcome change (aesthetically) from how normal Japanese restaurants present their food.

It gives the food a very “fusion” look, like with this Salmon w/ Papourika Sauce.

Hisago Japanese Restaurant

I thought that the “papurika” (paprika) sauce had an interesting flavor to it, but the texture of the (overcooked) fish let it down.

Hisago Japanese Restaurant

The California Maki was good (difficult to go wrong) but I really expect something much funkier instead of a bog standard version of this.

However, Hisago has some crazy lunch deals (RM25 for a set – REALLY good deal for what you get) so I highly recommend visiting them at lunch time!

Hisago Modern Japanese Restaurant
Unit 3E-1-1, First Floor
South Quay, Straits Quay
Jalan Seri Tanjung Pinang
Tanjong Tokong
10470 Penang
Tel: +604-8901251

NEW HAZE MURAL @ THE STANDARD HOTEL, LA

New Haze Mural @ the Standard Hotel, Los Angeles

Hey check this out – Haze has an awesome new mural up in Los Angeles, commissioned by the uber-chic Standard Hotel for their LA location (some of you may remember the awesome T that Eric designed for the New York branch a few years back)

It’s 100% Haze but when I look at it, the mural also evokes some Miró (but that’s purely my own feeling)

New Haze Mural @ the Standard Hotel, Los Angeles

Here’s what Eric had to say about this project:

With all the painting and installations going on around downtown LA last month, I was psyched to have a mural project of my own lined up in the neighborhood too…

Since creating a t-shirt for The Standard hotel a few years ago, I have been interested in participating more in their growing art and product programs.

So when the opportunity came up to take my turn at bat on their 40’ mural space outside the downtown branch, I was all over it…especially since we were able to coordinate doing it while I would be out there for the museum show anyway.

New Haze Mural @ the Standard Hotel, Los Angeles

At 40’ x 6’, I thought the wall was an ideal dimension for the kind of painting which calls for a full stroke top to bottom, the same way we would have approached a T2B on a train car from a platform or catwalk back in the day…

I also thought it would be a good place to start working with a combination of spray paint and traditional brush, looking to conceptually fuse together different references through the juxtaposition of technique and materials.

New Haze Mural @ the Standard Hotel, Los Angeles

Armed with a few boxes of spray paint that Risky, Matt and Reudi blessed me with from the LA Montana Store, plus an 6” wide brush and gallon of black exterior acrylic that I shipped out from Crest Hardware in BK… I jumped on a scizzor lift for couple of days to knock out the artwork I had mocked up on a photograph ahead of time.

After drawing the first outlines in spray, I sprayed in the color backgrounds while my man CR cut back the white with brush and roller, then I came back with brushes for the main black stroke and white date and signature.

New Haze Mural @ the Standard Hotel, Los Angeles

It felt good flexing a few old muscles and working on this scale with spray paint again,
the acrylic laid down over it nice and smoothly too… and considering the theme of the moment, it was cool to get outside and actually do some “art in the streets” while I was in LA too

And in related news, here’s a shot of Eric’s installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles:

Haze Installation @ Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Acknowledge and respect his greatness please.

Haze … ALWAYS winning!