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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The hotel arranged parking for us outside the main entrance, so we parked all our cars here after a hard day’s racing.
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.
Here’s a shot I took outside the hotel at about 2am on Friday night/Saturday morning.
Do you like my orange rims?
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!
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!
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.
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
In return for all the food, Sean kept up entertained by wearing an endless number of awesome t-shirts.
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.
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.
But she has some dope ink!
Check out this back piece by Tokidoki!
Sean kept inviting people to taste his rainbow, and guess who obliged? Hahaha
Here’s Amy enjoying an illustration of Malaysian-style hot dog.
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!
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!