If championships were based on beauty, the 2014 V8 Supercars trophy would be handed to Volvo already. Volvo’s new S60 V8 Supercar is now my favourite touring car for the 2014 season. Since all of the V8s are based on shared architecture, the learning curve should be less significant than of years past (prior to 2013). As with most of Volvo’s previous racing programs, the engine and prep will be undertaken by Polestar. The first test at Sydney on February 27th will have FIVE (Ford, Holden, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo) factory efforts in the V8 series. Touring car is on the rise on a global scale.
We’ve been in contact with Tomochika Shibata for a few years now. He was one of our first Japanese fans to comment on our site. It felt awesome having some fans overseas. He recently had the opportunity to go to this year’s Tokyo Autosalon aka the coolest car show in Japan. So I asked him to send along a few photos.
326Power’s insane GS. Static, obviously.
The Roberuta F40 has already made the internet blog rounds.
Of course they’d have an E30 touring. Love the 90′s feel to this car.
Kin Jong Un?
Definaetly one of my favourite Japanese rides this year. Bee Dragon’s Nissan Y33 Cima.
AE Performance was Paul Walker’s shop. You know he was a legit car guy when you see multiple E36 M3 LTWs, 850CSI, a BMW 2002 Touring Alpina and a Volvo 1800.
Its off season for us. Not much on the docket. Dan is working away on his Caddy, Adrian on his motor build, I’m looking for a new car, Mauncho is shopping for items for his new ride, and a few other things in the works. That’s about it. Nothing major and no real progress in the last few weeks. The start of winter is usually the lull before the winter builds start going. Headed over to Dan’s in the winter beater. The Subie will not be seeing summer anymore, good riddance. Still dumped though. :)
Dan and Geoff decided to build on a smaller scale. 1/24th to be precise. I sort of wanted to join in too. But I have issues with patience….I have none. I’d end up tossing the kits out after a few days of painting, gimme Minichamps and Autoart die-casts over these any day. I MIGHT end up changing my mind later though.
Dan bought a 993 GT3, Tom Kristensen DTM car and a VW golf. Geoff bought a Mike Rockenfeller DTM car.
Not a whole lot was accomplished as time was taking up watching Pacific Rim. Engine components mostly.
These trucks actually look pretty low. But I think I’m more impressed with Van Damme’s stance in this video.
This year we decided to stay an entire week at Ocean City. It was well worth it. The extra days were awesome as H20i actually felt like a vacation for once. The house we stayed at sucked though. I swear my stuffed nose was from mold. No big deal, most of the time was spent mobbin up and down the strip, even before the crowds showed up on Thursday. I went through AT LEAST a full tank while on the strip. 500-600kms+ up and down coastal. Got damn.
By the time the weekend rolled around I had managed to pick up a nail on my front left tire. It wasn’t leaking air, so I thought its better if I just leave it alone. Pulling up to the Outkasts meet, it proved otherwise. The nail popped out. Quick call to Dan and he was there with a jack. We did need some spare wood to get the car up though. With the flat tire in hand we went to a local shop to get it patched. These two beauts were outside.
The Wagon GTG was hands down the most subdued meet of the week. It was also made up of about 90% wagons which is nice. Ussually a meet means, 10-15 apt cars then 50 random cars.
Taphouse was bangin all week. Didn’t matter the time or weather. It was packed. Im not even sure whats meets were there. We just showed up.
Governors Club meet. It was held on the morning of the actual show. Tbh, I didn’t even know it was going down, we just stopped at the convention centre because there was a pretty big crowd.
Left overs. Randoms snaps from the week.
Stopped off at Cars and Coffee on my way to Subaru Hypermeet AND the Tires23 BBQ. I was only able to stick around for 15-20 minutes.
I may or may not like this 964. Engineered Automotive’s shop car. Must be nice.
’69 Volvo 164. The owner’s kid was having a ball stomping in the puddle.
’63 Ford Galaxie. A sixties 2 door coupe bigger than today luxury 4 doors.
Volvo has decided to run a full factory effort in the 2014 V8 Supercars Series. They will build and design a 5.0L version for their 4.4 V8 from the XC90. Holden, Ford, Nissan, Mercedes and Volvo. Racing in cars that look like real cars. With USCR, North American DTM, DTM, the revamped WTCC, SuperGT(now with DTM spec cars), Superstars Internatianl Series, AND the V8 Supercar Series. Top tier touring and sports car racing hasn’t been this good in years.
A look back a Volvos previous racing endevours.
There are a few shows on the West coast that we’d love to visit. Leavenworth Drive is definitely one of them. Mike McConnell had the chance to go this year. Looking at these pics, the East coast is missing out.