A few weeks back I was asked by WickedEPRacing – The guys who are known to build some of the fastest Starlets the universe has ever seen, to join them at the 2013 Drags which was going to be held at the Katukurunda Air Strip. My immediate response was “Yes for sure”.
A few years ago i remember seeing the ever so famous super car meet which was held at the nawam mawatha car park… and i thought wow thats just brilliant. The selection of car that were present that day was insane! Since then i remember hearing a few friends of mine mentioning “back in that day… there was this super car meet where the best of Sri Lanka’s performance cars met”.
From then on the question that i kept asking my self was why hasnt it been happening… I never got the answer to that question until we celebrated our 1 year anniversary of pistontorque last year. Thats when i saw the true potential of our community! Everyone enjoyed last year and that was what made me come up with this meet up, which will from now on been an annual meet up!
Our 2nd Year meet up took place on the 3rd of February @3pm and below is what went down.
We last witnessed a legal drag race exactly 12months ago, within a few months after it was organized everyone were soon thirsting up for another one! Although attempts were made to hold another drag battle early and mid this year failed, the green light came from the officials to hold it at the Katukurunda Air Strip to end this year.
They say getting the right type of attention from the right type of people ends with satisfaction. But get that wrong type of attention and you’l end up stiring up a hornets nest. In this case Gihans Ver 9 STi seems to be doing very well at getting the right type of attention from the right type of people, as it has been getting lots of thumbs up from the local Subaru owners & enthusiasts.
It was last month where i happened to hear a very distinctive sound being emitted… the sounds of equal length headers and then this silver ghost appeared in the dark… Fast forward few weeks ago and i was up at 5AM on a Saturday and then rode shot gun in this at 5:45AM on the calm Colombo suburb streets… My plan was to capture this just as the sun was revealing its morning rays.
There’s a very strong saying in the automobile industry that goes by “Pictures don’t do justice to a car unless you see it in person” Well from my personal experience of being in the local car industry for the past couple of years and in shooting cars for the past 1 year i can clearly tell you that, that saying is definitively true… as i really got to feel the difference from seeing a very new car on paper(pics) and then getting to see it in the flesh.
It was a month or so ago that i happened to stumble on some social media comments that said “Sti 11″ and although i had seen the new sti sedan online, those comments sti 11 kind of confused me lol. But after a bit more digging around i found out for real that a 2011 STi was imported into the island… from that very moment i knew i had to check it out! After a few text messages to Javidh Wahab whos STi 9 was featured here, passed the news to his brother Ishraq Wahab…. a few days later i get a message from Ishraq saying he’s “Super excited for the feature”.
So a day was set!
On that particular Saturday waking up at 5am was not an issue at all for me…. Trust me i even woke up before my alarm went off lol… i guess it was good old motivation’s smacking on the head… kinda reminded me of the days in school
There have being times when we all have see some old wild wild west gunfight action on television. Well its a bit rare now but as kids it was one of the things that we enjoyed (until our parents stopped us from watching it for the violence). But hey even Looney Tunes got it! LOL
I know we all do miss the old days when we were just kids! but gunfights or gunfighters if you were to call it were conflicts between Good vs Bad, Villains vs Heroes or Lawman vs. Gunslinger.
In this case it wasn’t about firearms or physically harming someone… but it was about a battle that was 1st set up in 1992 when Mitsubishi created the 1st generation Lancer Evolution and Subaru created the 1st generation Impreza WRX. The battle between these 2 started on the tracks in Japan and made its way into WRC.
Along with the WRC bug various motoring media groups started comparing them and reviewing them together which lead to a die hard fan base of these 2 cars respectively.
If your wondering whats the real buzz about these 2 cars are… its quite simple, they both have 2L 4 cylinder turbo engines and are All-Wheel Drive. From their inception in 1992 to this very day, that has being their formula!
A few days ago i was going through the thought of how the modern (not the latest) model of the Evo and STi would look together on the street or anywhere for that matter. Soon that thought became a quest…. a quest to find 2 of the best examples in Sri Lanka.
So today from the Subaru camp we have the Impreza WRX STi Ver IX (9) Spec C Type RA and from the Mitsubishi camp we have the Lancer Evolution IX (9) GT spec.
Its 11:50AM on Sunday September the 4th 2011 and you find people on the streets going about their work calmly and peacefully as usual as any other sunday…
That is all about to change.
While travelling to our hotel in KL i was constantly on the look out for cars. Well not just not any type of cars, but cars that have created a special spot in our hearts. Thats when i took a casual glance at the side mirror of the taxi and i realised that we were being silently stalked…. by non other than….
Here’s part 2 of Speed Championship 2011 – Round 3.
Nigel Perera who was known for his rich racing history decided to keep out of the scene for a while.
After being away from racing for a few years, he has finally made it back into the local rally/tarmac racing scene. During the time he was away from racing, he always made it a point to help his fellow racing buddies with engine tuning and so on. All the while observing the racing scene progress.