Monday, February 23, 2009

Drive It Like You Stole It #12 - Gohtong Jaya & Bukit Tinggi

Pic 1: Some of the boys

DILYSI #12 actually is an invite from the rotary boys of the RE Club. The initial plan was to head to Goh Tong Jaya via Ulu Yam. Yeah, the route is a bit on the short side thus from there some of us continued on the journey up to Bukit Tinggi via Karak Highway.

There were 6 cars for the drive comprising of:-
3 Mazda RX-7 (FD3S)
1 Mazda RX-7 (FC3S)
2 Nissan Skyline 25Gtt (ER34)

We pushed off from our usual RV point a bit later than usual but it's ok since we are not heading to Frasiers Hill where the route up is time controlled. We departed slightly after 8am and surprisingly the traffic is still not too heavy. The bunch of us still managed to stretch the legs of our rides. Woohoo!

Video 1: Going through Ulu Yam twisties

Upon reaching the town of Ulu Yam, we stopped for a quick breakfast. Thanks to Wayne for the treat. Appreciate the gesture. :P

Pic 2: Waiting for Wayne here

Pic 3: Our breakfast stop

Pic 4: That's how close we are to Genting Highlands

After our breakfast, up we started our ascend up to Gohtong Jaya. I'm not particularly a fan of this route due to the steep inclines and unassuming corners. Many of which tightens in the middle. Got to be careful not to overcook them else it will be disasterous. Following behind Chun Beng, I'm amazed at the lines that he took. He's a darn fast driver!

Video 2: Going up to Gohtong Jaya

Reaching Gohtong Jaya, we stopped by for a quick chit chat and 'teh tarik'. There were a couple of Lotus Elise MK1 and some superbikers where we were. Now those are some serious machines.

After Gohtong Jaya, we head downhill to rejoin Karak Expressway. Here Chun Beng and Shukor left us and head back to Kuala Lumpur. The remaining 4 of us continue up towards the Bukit Tinggi exit on Karak Highway. Going up Bukit Tinggi is a joy as there are practically no cars on the road. The roads are darn clear even at 10:30 in the morning. Simply marvelous. Perhaps next time we can have a session here going up and down twice! Hehe

After a quick rebreather, off we head back to Kuala Lumpur. We clocked about 140km to and fro for this trip and I'm mighty pleased as this is indeed a very good and effective stress reliever. Been quite stressful at work for the past week; now I'm ready for yet another week. :P

Video 3: Going up Bukit Tinggi

Pic 5: Check out the twisties :P

Pic 6: Following close behind

Pic 7: Chun Beng's FD3S

Pic 8: Woay Chee's FD3S

Pic 9: Wayne's FD3S

Pic 10: Shukur''s FC3S

Pic 11: Alvin's ER34

Pic 12: Having "teh tarik" at Gohtong Jaya

Pic 13: What are some JDMs doing parked in a back alley?

Pic 14: Back alley warrior? :P

Pic 15: At the Rabbit Farm

Pic 16: Group shot

Pic 17: Group shot

Pic 18: These guys wanna be car models? :D

Pic 19: The owners and their ride

Pic 20: 2 FD3S and 2 ER34

Pic 21: The best looking FD3S rear lights I've ever seen!

Monday, February 16, 2009

A trip to Bangkok .... (again)

Pic 1: Wat Phra Si Sanphet-The Grand Palace-Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit

A couple of readers messaged and emailed me on the lack of updates. Sorry guys, was kind of busy plus also lazy to update for a bit.
Hehehe :P

Anyway, I was in Bangkok for a couple of days with my other half. Yea it's like an annual pilgrimage for me to vist the land of smiles.
Hahaha :D

Pic 2: Buddha head covered with roots of an old Bodhi tree at Wat Mahathat

Pic 3: Wat Mahathat

I thoroughly enjoyed this particular trip as it's the first time we set foot at Ayutthaya, the old capital that is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the best place I've ever visited in Thailand in terms of historical value. Simply awesome!

Anyway back to topics on cars; as usual, I took some time to also drop by one or two tuner shops/performance parts shops in Bangkok.

Pic 4: RPM Motorsports at Thonglor

Pic 5: 1st generation Ford Thunderbird

First stop was RPM Motorsport in Thonglor. Unbelievably of all the vehicles in the world, I saw the first ever Ford Thunderbird (1955-1957)! This car is more than classic; it's a piece of history in itself. This example is very well restored and was undergoing some grooming works at this premise. Here, there' also a nicely body kitted Maserati Quattroporte shod with 255/30/21 wheels up front and 295/25/21 wheels at the rear. Massive wheels indeed!

Pic 6: A nicely kitted Maserati Quattroporte. Love the dual mini spotlights

Pic 7: A nicely kitted Maserati Quattroporte

Pic 8: 21" wheels! :O

Pic 9: Check out the shine on the car.

Quite a few farangs (foreigners) recommends Klongthom and Vorachak but they turns out to be a "nice-to-visit" place rather than an exciting place for JDMs. Nothing much to see here. Or maybe I was at the wrong area/section. Hmmmm....

Pic 10: Klongthom Center

Pic 11: Inside Klongthom Center

Next up is Super Autocar. Here is where the JDMs go to; I see they cater to mostly A31 Cefiro, Lancer Evolutions and Subaru Impreza WRX on top of the run of the mill Honda Jazz and FD Civic. Next door is an parallel importer and guess what? They have a R35 GT-R inside. How much? It's for sale at a cool THB 9,000,000. Gulp!

Anyway, just to share some pics of my visit and sorry for the lack of updates.

Pic 12: Super Autocar

Pic 13: Arai helmets!

Pic 14: Cusco bars (none for Skylines tho)

Pic 15: Inside Super Autocar

Pic 16: This is for the EVO fan boys...

Pic 17: A31 dorifto

Pic 18: Check out the fat guards

Pic 19: A32 Cefiro VIP style

Pic 20: R35 GT-R for THB 9,000,000
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