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Automotive Musings

Bashing – Malaysia’s national sport

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Bash. Figurative – criticise severely. Believed to have originated in the 17th Century, perhaps a blend of bang and smash, and dash. Today seemed to me like bang everything and everyone Monday. Or has it always been bang everything and everyone, everyday day?

Hard to say. It’s always amusing to be in a car forum, and a self-proclaimed ‘car enthusiast’ forum at that, to witness bashing after bashing, especially threads which contain keywords “Proton” and “Alex Yoong”. It’s quite sad, not because of the actual debate (which is healthy to say the least), but the amount of blatant bashing based on rumours, uneducated guesses, presumptions and baseless accusations.

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Tech Talk

STOMPed and Lovin’ It!

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Image sourced from Stomponline

Mom, what’s ‘STOMP’? If it makes you think of screaming, running kids making lots of incoherent noise, you are half right. Well, not quite. It is far from incoherent, and far from being just ‘noise’.

So what exactly is STOMP? I’d call it a buffet of music, rhythm and dance, theatre and performance arts. A well-choreographed blend of bodies and movement, of sounds and music, made with everyday objects. If the prices of brooms suddenly escalate, you can suspect it’s due to the STOMP. The amount of brooms they break! Geez!

Who ever could imagine sweeping could produce such a rhythm, such addictive music? Needless to say, I’ll never look at a kitchen sink, rubber hose, pail, matchbox and broom the same way again!

With a cast of 8 of very distinct personalities and characters, you’d be absolutely amazed at the dance routines and the choreography. The coordination spot on. And the music they make just makes you want to get on your feet and boogy.

No speech and no dialogue. And none needed really.

STOMP has no hidden message – just focused, passionate music-making bordering on comedy. Very street influenced, I found it veered slightly towards Latin beats and grooves. I’m not complaining though. Couldn’t keep my feet still nor could I stop my body from swaying! It was just fantastic.

The gifted cast never failed to impress with their percussion skills, and kept the audience intrigued and on their feet the whole duration of the 2-hour show.

I had to sell my left arm, right kidney and right foot to buy the tickets (RM180 x 2 tix, one for my boo) but I came out of the Istana Budaya auditorium last night feeling happy and fulfilled. Money well-spent methinks. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet or not planned to watch STOMP, well, you HAVE to! An experience not to be missed, surely.

Be STOMPed or be square!
STOMP runs till the 25th of September 2005.

Related links:
Stomponline
Lunch-Box Productions – Stomp
Axcess Buy Tickets!

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Apple

The iPod. Nano-fied. I want.

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I have to hand it to Apple Computer. They have this gift. The gift that makes you want things. This uncanny ability to spur interest. Desire. From the very depths of your inner soul, your gut, your emotions. If you think Apple does just computers, hah!, think again. They are way beyond that. How about masters of digital music players? How about king of convergence?

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Automotive Motorsports

Proton R3 Amprex Wins MME2005!

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The jubilant Proton R3 Amprex Racing Team. Pic courtesy of Autoworld

After taking pole position at the 2005 Merdeka Millenium Race, the Proton R3 Amprex Racing Team took the chequered flag convincingly.

Malaysia’s top driver Tengku Djan ended a long personal five-year wait to claim the Merdeka Millennium Endurance (MME) crown; which he described as a bigger victory for the modified Lotus Exige 300RR than his personal glory.

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Motorsports

Proton R3 Amprex Takes Pole Position

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Proton R3 Amprex Racing made amends of their disastrous debut in the recent Malaysian round of the Super GT series by taking control of qualifying for the 2005 Merdeka Millennium Endurance (MME) race at Sepang Circuit today

The partnership of Tony Riccirdello, Tengku Djan Ley and Japan’s Genji Hashimoto all tops their respective qualifying sessions with the Australian V-8 driver clocking the fastest time of 2 minutes 13.970 seconds to take pole position in tomorrow’s sixth edition of the MME

After qualifying yesterday, the grid had been reduced from 93 to the 77 cars in line with the race regulations that allowed a maximum of 77 cars for the 12-hour endurance race, which would be flagged off by Transport Minister Datuk Seri Chan Kong Choy at 11am tomorrow.

Full report available from Sepang International Circuit site.
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Automotive

The R3gister – The Unofficial Resource Site for Everything Satria R3

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An all-new Satria R3 specific blog has been set up by me and prozac, with contributing writer Andrew a.k.a Jakuzzeeman. We’ve christened it The R3gister – The unofficial resource site for everything Satria R3.

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Automotive

MIVEC RS

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Was scrummaging the net looking for info on MIVEC gearboxes and stumbled on a wealth of information, thanks to the NZ-based MIVEC site, one with quite a bit of Malaysian presence. I found info on the MIVEC RS and some detailed specs. Impressive to say the least.

Power rating is 175bhp at the flywheel.

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Automotive Reviews

Satria R3 Stage 2 review

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From the start, the performance-bred, track day special Satria R3 developed exclusively by Proton Motorsports a.k.a Race Rally Research or R3 for short, had always promised and delivered an engaging ride – a no-frills, no nonsense driving experience. With its reinforced, rally-style spot-welded chassis and finely tuned suspension, the SR3 oozed confidence in and out of corners, being absolutely at home on twisty, windy roads.

The communicative chassis was always eager to please, to be pushed to the limit. So much so in fact, that it almost needed that extra torque and horsepower to realise its true potential.

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Automotive Motorsports

R3 SSO 3dot 5 Batu Kawan, Penang : Post Mortem

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Over. My Street ShootOut campaign at Batu Kawan, Penang over the weekend came to an end early Sunday afternoon. With much fanfare, tire-screeching and sideways action, the 3dot5 campaign mimicked the previous one – i.e. fun, challenging but no podium finish, no Top 5 position, not even points (nope, not even one Minardi-esque one!). Grrr.

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Automotive Motorsports

Street ShootOut (SSO) 3dot5, Batu Kawan Here We Come!

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The Street ShootOut series continues with 3dot5 all the way up north in Batu Kawan, Penang. The SSO, as usual will feature the popular Drift and Time Attack events. What a way to celebrate Merdeka – tyre smoke, petrol fumes and R3 Speed Chicks! The SSO 3dot5 will also be held together with a Putera Drag Battle on the same weekend, so triple yay for grassroots motorsports this weekend!