THE 90's CLASSIC YEARS   2008-present


35000 MILES 3500 HORSE  Jan 2014

A 6 minute motion spectacular. Our 2013 European road trip all captured on film .. the Pyrnees to Monaco, Florence, the Dolomites and the best of Austria.

 


GT3 vs. 993 (RS)  Aug 2013

An honest comparison of the GT3 vs. the RS rep

 


911uk 2013 Tour to Italy  June 2013

4007 incredible miles across Europe in the Gt3 .... France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Belgium

 


GT3 mini detail  March 2013

Getting the '3' protected.

 


"SHOPPING 2013"  February 2013

There's a new baby in the stable !!!

 


"Lotus EXIGE V6"  Jan 2013

The wait is over - time to drive the new Exige V6 and the hype is indeed all justified.

 


"Well that was 2012"  Dec 2012

Alpine & Skye porsche tours ... the Movie !

 


2012 Scottish Tour to SKYE  Dec 2012

Nine porsches this time ... in Scotland. We couldn't wait any longer !

 


Ride and Handling Summary 2012  July 2012

After many many mods, an appraisal of the cars ride and handling. I think I'm finally there.

 


Removing the engine sound deadening  July 2012

More noise, less weight.

 


2012 911uk Porsche Alpine Road trip  July 2012

2012 road trip .... eight porsche 911's across the best roads in Europe

 


Cayenne COILS  Dec 2011

Fitting new coils and plugs to your Cayenne

 


RS steering wheel  Dec 2011

Not as simple as it looks


Cayenne Cruise retrofit  Nov 2011

Fitting cruise control to your Cayenne on the cheap

 


SHOPPING 2011  Updated October 2011

Final decision time

 


  

  

The BIG REAR END MAKEOVER   September 2011, never say to yourself "whilst i'm down there " !!!

RS TOP MOUNTS + Strut Brace   article complete

The final piece of the RS suspension jigsaw.

 

COSMETIC RESTORATION  article complete

A good chance to clean, powder coat, grit blast, polish, electroplate, refresh, renew, paint and wash eveything in sight !

 

Chain Cover Gaskets & washers   article complete

Fitting new gaskets and screws/washers to help keep those leaks at bay. A huge job but a doddle if the rear is already stripped.

 

RS+ rear Suspension   article complete

A big upgrade I have been planning for some time now. RS rear suspension arms and solid subframe mounts and a cosmetic refurbish of the suspension cage and arms along the way.

 

AC delete   UPDATED 13th September

Removing the major air conditioning components

 

RS engine carrier  article complete

With the rear bumper and catalyst off, now's a good time to install the strengthened RS engine carrier.

 

Rear Chassis Corrosion !  article complete

If you haven't checked it ... do so soon !.

 

CAT BYPASS PIPES   article complete

Time for some music. This is also a DIY for rear bumper supports, engine carrier upgrades or anything that requires the removal of the rear PU and bumper. PART 1 up now.

 

  

  


SummerSpruce  July 2011

A few niggles, cosmetics and an oil change.

 


SHOPPING 2011  Updated June 2011

Audi time

 


SHOPPING 2011  Updated May 2011

More Hunting

 


2011 993 DIARY online  April 2011

2011 diary now online

 


Bonnet Badge repair  April 2011

busted pin on my badge

 


SHOPPING 2011  March 2011

Beginning the search for a new addition

 


Bilstein PSS10  March 2011

A change of Suspension to suit an increasingly RS'd 993

 



RS M002 AERO   August 2010, fitting RS aero bodykit


M002 Aero kit  

What's in the box

 

 


Fitting the Side Skirts  

Fitting the RS side skirts

 

 


RS spoiler  

rear spoiler

 

 



RS speedlines  June 2010

RS speedlines have arrived

 


RS anti roll bars  May 2010

fitting RS front and rear anti roll bars

 


RS 'Goldenrod' shifting rod  May 2010

fitting a solid RS style shoft rod

 


CLIO 172  April 2010

cheap spare car ... but amazing fun

 


RS Brakes  April 2010

RS front and rear calipers and discs.. relevant to all 993 caliper, disc and pad changes.

 


993 Spark Plug lead replace  April 2010

Renewing all 16 plug leads and the 2 coil ot distributor leads.

 


993 BUYERS GUIDE  April 2010

Comprehensive guide to the model range, inspecting and common problems.

 


RS ENGINE MOUNTS  March 2010

This simple modification made a HUGE and startling difference to the car.

 


GEARBOX SHIFT SHAFT SEAL   March 2010

leaking shift shaft seal, a simple 30 minute DIY

 



THE BIG 60k   March 2010, an exhaustive 24k+30k+60k service


the big 60k overview  

Overview of the servicing schedule, what I did and how much it cost

 

 


Gear oil change  

Gearbox Oil change

 

 


oil change and all filters  

Oil and filter change, air filter, pollen filter and fuel filter.

 

 

spark plugs   March 2010

Part of an exhaustive 24k+30k+60k service - spark plugs


dizzy cap & rotors  

Inspecting the distributor caps and rotors.

 

 

isv valve   March 2010

Cleaning the Idle Stabiliser Valve




RS UPRIGHTS AND EVO TIE RODS  updated   January 2010

Upgrading the 993 steering and eliminating the bumpsteer. Part 1 & 2 with video

 


968cs DRIVING IMPRESSIONS   December 2009

Finally get around to describing the 968cs.


FOR SALE   December 2009

The 968 clubsport M030 is up for sale

 


968 Autumn Mods   September 2009

single mass flywheel, rim refurb, new tyres, cam timing and a decat pipe

993 ALUMINIUM VALVE COVERS   September 2009

one of the principal 993 weaknesses dealt with

replacing the OEM covers with some nice shiny ones that won't leak


993 chain cover leaks   August 2009

oil weeps with 5w40 oil

993 broken window lifter   August 2009

replacing a rusted through window lifter arm

993 headlight guide repair   August 2009

simple but nasty

993 costs   August 2009

if you can do your own spannering then here's what it'll cost

Trying 17" rims   August 2009

Further investigation in the pursuit of the perfect road setup

993 A arm bushes   August 2009

Poly bushes fitted to 993 front wishbones

993 RS quick shift and shift rod mod   May 2009 UPDATED

RS quick shift fitted and shift rod modified

993 First Impressions   May 2009

Suspension finished & dialled .. my first proper drive

993 DIARY   May 2009

upgrades, mods and maintenance ... a 993 blog

993 DETAIL   May 2009

protection and preventative detail

993 SUSPENSION OVERHAUL   May 2009

fitting new KW variant 3 and inspecting the complete front and rear suspension

THE 968 GETS A FRIEND    April 2009

my journey finding a new stablemate

968cs - ENGINE DETAIL    Jan 2009

ongoing engine cleanup and detail

BEST OF THE 1990's    Dec 2008

videos from the 1990s.. a few gems here
McLaren F1
Porsche 993 Turbo
esprit S4
esprit V8


ESPRIT SPORT300 GALLERY    Dec 2008

Its on my shortlist for the next purchase. A rare car, rare to see pictures, very unlikely to ever see one in the flesh


968cs - CAM INSPECTION    Dec 2008

part of my winter repairs and mods... inspecting the camshafts, engine cleanup and cosmetic improvement and injector cleaning

968cs - Brake Upgrades    Nov 2008

Big reds, Big blacks and medium blacks

968cs - PLATE LIFT & CALIPER REFURB    Nov 2008

part of my winter repairs and mods... inspecting the brakes and refurbishing

GUESS THE CAR    July 2008

a much-needed return to proper motor cars ... what is it and why ?

 

 

 

THE CATERHAM YEARS   2002-2006


Duratec R    Feb 2007

Worth the wait. A new car is born.


THE NEW CARBON NAIL    Oct 2006

after a long build, sourcing components from all over the world, from USA to IFrance, Italy, Singapore and Australia... she is finally ready.

2005 DEATH OF A NAIL    July 2006

A visual tribute to the Duranail .. i will miss it badly.


Rebuild diary    April 2006

almost there ..... looking good !

NOW UPDATED


EVO road & track car 2005 DVD    Nov 2005

Well, now for some good news.

"Now available - Evo Road and track car DVD. 35 minutes of behind-the-scenes white knuckle action from the evo road test team "


Rebuild diary    Nov 2005

plans and progress in making an even better car


SPA
14th October
2005

3 years of caterham trackdays, my time finally comes ... so very unlucky on a cool down lap but on another level so very lucky

BRANDS
7th October
2005

A quick shakedown at brands in prep. for Spa after remapping at Road & Track.

A1GP at brands Hatch
added 27th September
2005

5 minute montage movie from the opening A1GP race

DONNINGTON
added 14th August
2005

Better tyres, first ever proper day at Donnington in the duranail.

Snetterton
added 14th August
2005

mixed day ..... a car in poor health.

OULTON PARK
added 10th July
2005

Some movies from Oulton now with Datalogging overlaid.

tow cars
added 10th July
2005

some ideas for solid reliable transport to and from the circuit.

CADWELL PARK added 25th May 2005

return to cadwell after 3 years


DURANAIL 2.1
added 2nd May
2005

New dash, new scuttle, new switches, new Mychron MXL, new microphones, new wiring, new cage, new mirror mounts, new camera install.

Rockingham added 1st May 2005

First outing for the duranail in 2005 ... testing the dash and cameras


"2004 TEH YEAR IN MOTION"
added 16th January
2005

Approximately 4 weeks in the making, video clips taken from over 25 hours worth of footage, 20 individual music tracks professionally mixed, 10 minutes of relentless supersonic movement, multiple cameras on multiple cars, 18 guest drivers amidst a myriad of other cars and racing circuits from Holland, Belgium, France and the UK ......... a year in the life of

Emerald Trip added 5th December 2004

Overfueling at Emerald, down on power


Oulton Park and the Misfire problem
added 5th November

Mixed weather, shagged tyres, fucked off, cba

the WOLFWAGON added 3rd October 2004

Goodbye to the 205, hello to the Mk2


JBOX
added 28th September

Box of tricks for cameras and microphones

Goodwood Festival 4.5 min MOVIE added 12th Sept 2004

A friends video of various cars and displays and runs at Goodwood this year,,,,
great if you like the old classics and the P1 !

 

 

 

 


Bat EURO 2004 - Dijon & Magny Cours
added 28th August

Back from holiday, 3 days on 2 of the best French Circuits... lots of camera angles, 14 different movies.

Castle Coombe R400 & F3 racing  added 20th July 2004

Pics and a movie from the powertrain R400 caterham series and the F3 series at Castle Coombe.


Snetterton split screen dual car movies
added 14th July

Some footage from jimbocam aboard his Honda Powered 340r from snetterton ... so heres couple of split screen composites.

Snetterton added 4th July

My first time at snet.... possibly the most enjoyable day so far in the car.


BRANDS GP added 3rd July 2004

First time at brands GP. New springs, new slicks, new diff ....and Derek Bell in the 962 joins us for a nice leisurely lap !

Duranail MODS added 25th May

The transformation of the car is taking time, but of course the car will NEVER actually be finished !


Brands Indy added 13th May 2004

Another great day at Brands .... the car is well on its way now.

1st Lotus limit training added 5th May 2004

Some limit handling with Andy Walsh and a chance to really assess the car's beahviour.


S2 Exige added 4th May 2004

Not much Lotus content these days around these parts ..... here Dan Harman does the honours and gives us his impressions of the new Lotus S2 Exige

Duranail meets NSX added 28th April 2004

Heavyweight 3.5 minute edit !

Prepare yourself for motion sickness !!!


Donny national added 18th March 2004

a mixed bag day .....

Brands Indy 23/02 added 26th February 2004

First ever shakedown for the Duranail... christening the beast at Brands


Duratec install Gallery added 13th January 2003

The number of duratec powered cars is growing ... a gallery and links to owners' build diaries and websites

THE BM's  added 4th December 2003

2003 was in fact a busy time. Amongst others I drove a 330ci, a 330ci clubsport, a 328i, a manual M3, an SMG M3, two M5's, a 528i, 530D an X5 and an Audi S6.

Some M5 downloads as well including Sabine Reck in the Ring Taxi and Tiff Needell in the M5.


Quest for a silent, overcloked computer added 16th Septemmber 2003

Hmm.... 'sad f**k' territory here but i really need the speed and i need the silence so heres how I did it.

THE CATERHAM DURATEC R added 15th December 2003

Somehow, i knew along that i'd one day own a Mondeo !


BTCC lap analysisadded 17th Spetmeber 2003

A little bit of movie fun with a btcc lap ....

TRAX 2003 page added 8th September 2003

Ooohhhh..... Trax 2003 at silverstone. A car show with a difference...... I went mainly to research buying a lotus carlton and meet some owners, got kind of sidetracked a bit though.


Pug Diary added 20th July 2003

Keeping some notes on the maintenance, care and costs of the little Peugeot,

REVISITING the PUG 205 GTI 1.9 page added 6th July 2003

Budget drivers cars motoring but big on thrills and grins. It doesnt take me long to find a beautiful & original 1.9 for silly money.


"2002" The Year In Pictures movie added 24th January 2003

A huge 4.5 minute movie of last year .. all the best bits of trackside and in-car action with lots of fast editing and eye candy. A lot more advanced than the Sussex Blat movie, i'm hoping it will prove even more popular.

Lancer Evolution VII page added 24th October 2002

Somehow I always knew I'd come back. Getting to grips with my brand new EVOVII, I make a detailed comparison with the preceeding VI model.

Counting the cost page added 22nd September 2002

Whats the true cost of a trackday ... including absolutely everything. Not for the squeamish !

Spa F1 comparison movies page modified 15h September 2002

Me and David Coultard battle it out at Spa Francorchamps... no prizes for guessing who wins but its interesting comparing lines and also getting into true perspective just how shockingly quick the F1 car is !!

Esprit S4 video ! page added 27th August 2002

Carefully recovered and reconstructed from a perished VHS videotape from summer 1995. I have done a small amount of re-editing, added new music and sped the pace up of this old movie of mine. See the old Azure S4 in action around the lanes of Surrey.. in car shots, bullet cam and roadside footage ....

Police, Camera, Jackal  page added 26h August 2002

December 1993, the 215bhp BBR Elan SE heads off on a crisp Sunday morning. A black unmarked police car containing an old acquaintance spies me pulling some unecessary and excessive G-force through a roundabout ! Download the VASCAR movie and hear the strange incessant banter from two of her majesty's finest....

Cameras & Clamps  page added 11th August 2002

This is a guide to setting up your camera for in-car footage and also a little bit about dv cameras and bullet style cameras. The most popular solutions are names along with weblinks and pictures.

Donnington Park  movies & analysis added 11th August 2002

5 movies including 3 with the Van Diemen Formula Ford and also Matt Daniels hooliganising at the s bend. Also, a split screen analytical movie of Donnington with and without aeroscreen & ACB10's.


Spa Francorchamps  trackday added 2nd August 2002

Open Pitlane at Spa with Wheeltorque. Lots of heavyweight machinery, plenty of full blown race cars - the best circuit in the world ! Lots of movies including race GT2 action, more FFord laps, insect tragedies, lock-ups and gearchanges halfway through Eau Rouge !


WEB SIGHTINGS & BBS GEM

Peugot 205 rolls on track, see the movies section
Matt going the slow way round Donnington national as per
Radical SR3 steering wheel mounted data logging - mmm yes please
340rs out in force at Spa Francorchamps
Mark's ferrari 355 conrod and sump after a hard day at Brands
Robs Oulton Park visit with some nice data from the DL90

 


Seat Leon 20VT  thoughts added 2nd August 2002

I owned one for 3.5 months and rather liked it. The Cupra R is now out and at 210bhp, better suspension, brakes and styling it looks a huge bargain at 17K.


Donnington Park trackday added 8th July 2002

Second visit this year. This time running no aeroscreen and the sticky ACB10 semi-slicks. Also, Howards first shakedown with the Van Diemen Forumla Ford.


Cadwell Park trackday added 4th June 2002

First ever time at Cadwell. An amazing circuit and a great day run by www.slipstream-trackdays.co.uk. Lots of movies, caterfield overload and some nice footage of a Radical SR3 and Metro 6R4.


Sussex run movie added 23rd May 2002

An edited compilation of footage from a Lotus elise run deep into Sussex and the Devils Punchbowl. With lots of slow fades, accelerated action and a background dance track by Opus 3, this has proved hugely popular all over the web - 1500 downloads of the high res version in just the first day of going online.


My Superlight R added 14th May 2002

I guess it was only a matter of time. My initial reactions and reports of the car on road and track are printed here. My SLR and R500 test drives can also be found here.