“An Extreme Machine That Gives You Extreme Enjoyment.”
If that isn’t a Reality Distortion Field ala Steve Jobs kind of statement, I don’t know what is. Since the very first local-assembled-with-85-percent-Jap-parts Proton Saga rolled off the assembly lines in 1985, our beloved national carmaker Proton, has indeed enjoyed the longest-lasting product line in the history of automotive engineering. Proton Saga. 1985. Now, still Proton Saga. 2007. 22 years. That’s a national record.
We’ve been teased enough. Desire, indeed, has a new name. At least Proton wants you to believe that. ‘Creating desire’ through clever marketing and convincing consumers to spend money on a car that they don’t need is a challenge indeed.
Touge? What’s that? The question non-motorheads would be asking would be – “Is it a vegetable? Is it edible?” Hah. Made popular by the Japanese comic series ‘Initial D’ with the iconic AE86, EVO3 and Skyline GT-R, ‘Touge’ is a form of illegal street racing on twisty mountain roads. Touge can be traced as far back as the 60s, on various hill climbs in Nagano, Japan. The adoption of rallying techniques to shave off time in cornering gave birth to what you know today as ‘drifting’ or ‘dorifto’ in Japanese. The Father of modern day Drifting – Keiichi Tsuchiya, was himself a great ‘touge’ driver, who gained notoriety and popularity through his exploits on the mountains.
The just concluded R3 Time Attack Challenge 1dot6 over the weekend was both exciting and fun. I returned home without a podium finish at the end of the day, missing 3rd place by just 0.5seconds, but that’s the way it is in sport. Will be back to battle another day most definitely. Find a detailed write-up on The R3gister!
A huge, massive thank you to R3. First and foremost for bringing racing to our roots. Overall, a well-organised and smooth-running event. Kudos. And secondly as sponsors of Stage 2 parts for my car, including moral and technical support.
Also a big hand to new sponsors Silverstone tires (thanks Russell Palmer!), Ultra Racing, Racecraft, Kazuto Garage and Tufoil!
It’s the start of a new racing season. The R3 Time Attack is back with a vengeance. Formerly known as the R3 Street ShootOut Championships, the R3 Time Attack 1dot6 Championships features a new class, new rules and better prizes.
The clutch is slipping like hell. I am bedding in new brake pads. Team Tze Racing, the racing team I am part of with race partner Stan, have secured a couple of new sponsors – Silverstone (semi-slick tires), Kazuto Garage (Enkei RP01 rims!) and Racecraft (carbon fibre bonnet!) for the 2006 season. We also look forward to having Triniti clutches to support our campaign in the coming events. Big thanks to R3, Ultra Racing and Tufoil who have supported us all this while, too!
Hell, slipping clutch or otherwise, I am ready. I am sooooo ready!
In a race that saw many cars frolic in the gravel traps, Alex Yoong, racing for Team Malaysia, finishes on the podium for the very first time.
A1 Team Canada fought their way from back of the grid to win the A1 Grand Prix of Nations, Sentul Circuit, Indonesia giving them their first win of the season.
The A1 GP in Indonesia was action-packed from start to finish, with enough collisions, overtaking and close-racing to keep the 32,000 spectators on their feet throughout the race.
Second place man Alex Yoong said: ‘I’m elated for the team. The car was very strong. We should have pitted earlier though, we could have been even closer. This is what the Series is all about, there was so much overtaking, the cars are strong and built to overtake. Jos Verstappen and I had a real cat and mouse fight as we made our way through the field. It is such a good result for the team and for our new sponsor Proton. Having Proton on board has made such a difference for the team, as we have been able to concentrate on the racing rather than getting to the next race.’
A1 Team Malaysia, currently lies 9th in the 25-nation ‘World Cup’ of motorsports with 49 points. Congrats Alex and A1 Team Malaysia!
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Having clinched the Runners-Up and Fastest Novice of Class C at the GRA Autocross Round 1, I am completely ecstatic to come out of Round 2 as Champion of Class C. Held at the same venue – KLCC outdoor car park, the event saw 100 contestants competing in 6 different classes. After a disastrous test-run in the morning where my front right brake hose broke, resulting in zero brakes during the run, I really had not expected to have competed at all. Fortunately, partner Stan, who didn’t participate this time round, came to the rescue. A huge, massive thank you to my race partner including the two mysterious mechs who came out of nowhere to sort out my brakes.
Richard Burns, the 2001 FIA World Rally Champion, and first Briton to have won the coveted title, passed away last Friday, November 25, 2005.
I have been a fan of Richard’s since he took up Subaru Team colours, and his trademark full-throttle, high-speed jumps have always been a marvel to watch.
Diagnosed with astrocytoma, a form of brain tumour late 2003, Richard had been battling it ever since. Chemotheraphy and radiotheraphy enabled him to leave hospital in summer 2004 after showing signs of improvement. However, his condition worsened months later, and subsequently opted for surgery early this year.
He passed away peacefully in the presence of his loved ones – partner Zoe, family and close friends. He was 34 years old.
The world has lost another great champion, after the loss of rally navigator Michael Park recently.
Deepest condolences to the Burns family. RIP, Richard. You are and always will be a champion in our hearts.
Anyone who would like to send messages can address them to the memorials pages on this website.