Wow nearly a year since my last update!
Pulled my car out of storage at the beginning of March, very blessed to have a customer who let me keep my car in his garage for 4 months over the winter. They live about an hour from me so didn't get to see it at all during that period so its always nice when you get back in it, start appreciating all the little details again. I find the best way to get bored of a car is to daily drive it, I'm grateful this isn't my daily! All taxed ready to drive, I bought 6 months as couldn't stomach the £600+ or whatever it is now for a full year.
I had the Z1 Air Intakes sitting for a while and never got round to fitting them before I took the car off the road. So me and a friend decided to go ahead and fit them. A simple job you would think but as mentioned before I needed to remove the oil cooler to be able to fit the intakes as the oil cooler bracket was fixed to the crash bar where the filters sit. After some debate we thought it would be better just to relocate the oil cooler, so we got a neighbour who does custom turbo bikes to do us a custom bracket so the oil cooler can sit below the crash bar. Came out well but the heavy duty stainless steel lines were nearly impossible to relocate so decided to ship the car down to Horsham for them to figure out and also carry out a service.
As always Jez and the team were very accommodating and sorted everything out no problem. Spotted by @V1H who was down there getting his new cats fitted. Sure do look good together, managed to catch up at the Torqen meet later on in the year.
I think I've only done about 5k miles this year so far, definitely been about quality not quantity this year. Me and @Killick.z enjoyed North Wales so much last year we wanted to do another road trip but bigger this time round. Originally was looking at the NC500 but we agreed Scotland was missions and we both would like to do Wales again. So we planned a 4 day road trip from North to South.
Car prepped ready to go!
Also managed to swap my wheel nuts out for some new ones from Z1, no more rusty locking wheel nut!
Wheel area now complete!
2022 Wales Road Trip.
Cannot even begin to tell you how good this was, we spent two days North then two days South. We had a mixture of sunshine and rain, the roads were quite for the most part and our cars did not skip a beat. I didn't think I could fall in love with my car even more then I already was but this road trip did just that. What a highlight to the year. Just under 1000 miles covered and 25 hours of driving... Just awesome 😎
Caffeine and Machine on the way home, Monday afternoon and there was still some tasty cars around, weather was perfect, just a perfect way to end an amazing road trip!
Only attended a few meets this year, not really about static meets but is always some acceptions.
Torqen Summer Meet, great to catch up with Adrian, Coz and the team and some other car friends!
Me and @ShortPaul comparing v1 and v2 differences!
Simply Japanese at National Motor Museum, Beaulieu with the forum. Have never been to this neck of the woods before and always been told its a beautiful location so went down the night before and stayed in Southampton. Great to put some cars to faces and meet everyone! It was a great day!
So, the big talking point for the v1 is always the seats, no Recaro CS's like in the v2. A lot of people get the Juke Nismo CS's for the v1 but if I'm honest I've never like the CS in general when it comes to comfortability. They look awesome but I think they are over priced and not as comfortable as my current seats. Anyway last year I was a passenger to my friend in his track E46 M3 and we drove to the Nurburgring, he had Recaro pole positions and I honestly couldn't believe how comfortable they were after sitting in them for 9 hours. So decided to go with them, I have not seen anyone put pole positions in a Nismo yet so I like the idea that it is different but looks OEM at the same time. Managed to order them in the perfect Nismo spec similar to the v2 CS's. Black Leather with Red Alcantara inserts. I went for the Buddy Club rails as they have the all important seat belt relocation hole. Absolutely over the moon with them and can't wait to fit them in the coming weeks!!!!!