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Widebody VeilSide

A title with two words….and yet those two words encompass literally everything about the car I am about to show you.

 

While the 90’s gave us the hero cars we lust over today, they also brought out the heavy hitters in the tuning scene to go along with these hero cars. Yokomaku-San and his company VeilSide needs no introduction and be it a fan or not you cannot deny their influence early on where everyone wanted their bodykit or steering wheel, shift knobs were rare as hens teeth and like wise with their engine parts and interior cluster add-on’s. Fast forward to the years of wide fender and riveted on kits, VeilSide’s Evolution R II kit looks slightly out of place and dare I say it…out dated.

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However this all changes when you look at the elegant lines that form this beauty of a Skyline. If Godzilla were a lady she would be wearing this kit as the modern age Gemma Atkinson (as gorgeous as she is) with the desired hour glass figure. Luckily for us this Godzilla is not a hour glass figure unreachable to us mere mortals but rather a fire breathing, eye watering and brain etching car that garners looks being parked as much as being driven.

Shaggy needs no introduction either, as I have featured another one of his cars which can be found here and skipped the many that he bought and sold between the white GT-R and this current curvaceous beast. I could say he has a fiend for Skylines, but then that makes him sound like a drug addict…not too far from the truth with those skinny jeans but he is a brilliant guy who truly loves his monsters. This particular Skyline was sourced from down south and while it has made a few guest appearances up here, it is known well for being one very staunch car.

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Ok so we have gotten past the niceties and can finally move on to the beautiful black Skyline that wears a stunning VeilSide kit almost as well as those Korean K-Pop groups wear those short skirts….Moving along, Shaggy’s beast features a full VeilSide Evolution R II kit that bolster the arches more than enough to swallow those Pansport G7 18×11.5 front and 18×13.5 rear wheels whole and then some, leaving much more room to go with an even more aggressive offset. Little neat features like a push to open fuel lid sound simple but the amount of kits that I have seen that retain the factory opening mechanism are a plenty and that is why it was refreshing to see the attention to detail like something as simple as this. A slight subtle but once noticed major addition to the rear wing is the Rocket Dancer carbon add on. I really do love this little piece that I first saw on another GT-R I shot which can be found here. Following scouring the exterior for detail cues I moved on to the heart of this beaut.

Engine wise the black brilliance that is this VeilSide R32 featured a stock RB26 power unit…

however upon shooting this car the engine has changed to a built Tomei RB28 featuring the legendary but oh so lovely T04Z turbo from none other than HKS. Fueling and all the necessities are upgraded as well with the likes of a Tomei fuel regulator and fuel rail, GReddy intercooler and piping, HKS manifold with Tomei 270 degree cams. All this power is sent to the driveline via a OS Giken twin plate clutch and produces a beautiful sound with the help of the Kakimoto exhaust. Sadly while I type this the car is currently being sold, so while the specs are impressive hopefully the new owner will enjoy it.

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While the cure for cancer wont be found hiding under these wide arches…VeilSide have created a kit that I think stood the test of time and while the new trend for enthusiasts are wide body flares and huge GT wings, I feel Yokomaku-San foresaw the collectibility these cars would obtain and created something befitting of the Godzilla’s already tough appearance.

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Onward and upward Mr Shaggy…till the next time we meet with your new GT-R!

 

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Taking Original to a New Level

Taking Original to a New Level

 

While I have just written about this very car in ‘From Instagram to Reality’ the owner promptly changed the overall color of the car along with the looks as soon as we had wrapped up the initial shoot.

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With New Zealand’s weather being favourable to those that like rain, planning a new photoshoot proved slightly difficult and couple that in with working full time…things were never going to be easy. CRC Speedshow comes around once a year and this year will be featuring this immaculate machine at the entrance to the show, so pretty much smack dab in the forefront of what’s expected to be a fun filled weekend.

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Running very quickly out of time and patience I made the decision to do a very quick and impromptu photoshoot with the owner and my incredible new shooter Ken, and while the location was slightly off putting to say the least, I think we both did our best to make it work.

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Color wise the car now sports a dolphin grey wrap and adoring the rear to supplement its girth is a carbon clad APR wing. While these two additions are not ground breaking they certainly change the overall finish of the original car to something a little more menacing. Rainbow tint wrap was added to the headlights as homage to the WTAC HKS GT1000 R35 GT-R and certainly looks the part to compliment the neutral grey finish.

 

Overall this was not considered a full shoot due to the location and time so while these pictures are published for now, a full and proper photoshoot will be coming up very soon.

 

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From Instagram to Reality

From Instagram to Reality

 

The internet….a technology that has influenced and shaped the way people find and view information around the world, images are uploaded through various channels such as Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook every second with thousands of views through different devices.

 

Touching on one such platform, Instagram has become a world wide media sharing platform where users can upload their own content of share that of what they see as worth sharing to hundreds, thousands or even millions of people depending on their followers and audience. While Instagram has created yet another place to view content, it has also helped shape car enthusiasts around the world in gaining ideas from others and shaping it to their own ideal. I am fortunate enough to know an owner who has done just that, and in doing so created a very unique (in New Zealand) Godzilla that stands out from the rest for being both subtle yet effective.

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Godzilla is a name well known by now and has been given many guises but it was not until recently that I was given the opportunity to feature such an amazing R35 GT-R owned by a close friend and part of my small car team, Team TSB. Forming his ideal image from the pictures of the R35’s he has seen around the world, this owner set about to create something refreshing with quality being top priority.

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The R35 GT-R needs no introduction however this car is certainly different. At first glance this car may not jump out at you and draw your attention but taking a few seconds to stop and look closer will alert you to the wider fenders adorning the front and rear guards, these were not overnight parts from Japan but as close to it as you can get with the order being placed through Varis for a full set of front/rear over fenders, front lip and rear lower skirt. Varis may not sound familiar with some so a quick rundown will inform you that Varis is a Japanese body kit manufacturer that produces top quality kits for both street and race cars, with some noticeable contributions to a large number of time attack cars competing around the world. Dry carbon right through to the show car end gloss twill weave carbon, Varis produce it all with fiberglass kits included in the mix. With this owner choosing to have quality over cheaper replicas the build time for this kit was a little arduous but I can say from the final finish the wait was well worth it.

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While the Varis kit widened the car the black accents on the side skirts needed some matching and so a Varis carbon bonnet was added to break up the sea of silver. Standard equipment was dropped in favor of the aesthetic flow of the car, and so a carbon Seibon boot lid with built in duck tail was purchased and as such completed the flow of black to add contrast to the majority of the body color.

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Wider guards meant wider wheels were needed as well, so back to Japan to source more parts was in order and as luck would have it, the owner stumbled upon some new satin black Advan GT wheels measuring a staggering 20×11 all round with the GT-R wide enough to swallow them up without breaking a sweat. Tyres were ordered for these mammoth wheels and the only ones up to the task of keeping this beast in check was a set of Toyo R888 315/35/20. Blitz ZZR coilovers keep the car’s stance on point with the ride being slightly bumpy but not unbearable and planted when pushing the car around with the Whiteline sway bars proving their worth.

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Engine power is all the talk when it comes to talking about the Japanese super car killer, and this car certainly lives up to the hype. Engine work has been carried out by none other than New Zealand’s home of Godzilla ST Hitec and features a whole list of modifications to take this supercar killer beyond its already formidable reputation. Work carried out includes a ST Hitec intake kit, ST Hitec intercooler kit, ST Hitec transmission cooling pan and ST Hitec titanium exhaust, 1000cc injectors fuel the beast with a Dodson transmission cooler and Dodson downpipe and Y pipe rounding off the base performance list. All of these modifications barely scratch the surface of what the owner has planned for this car, but I can say from first hand driving experience, pushing this car will have you stuck to the back of your seat as you grapple to hold on to the steering wheel long enough to shift to the next gear and repeat till you run out of road…which comes short very fast.

 

Moving from the gorgeous exterior, the interior has been kept very tidy and stock with some tasteful modifications being key in keeping things personalized but subtle. A Recaro fixed back bucket seat is swapped out when the owner pushes this car on track but other than that, a simple carbon steering wheel is all that is needed to refresh the already brilliant interior and add a slight touch of flow from the carbon clad exterior to now the interior.

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While I may have a personal investment in drooling over this car, I think the owner has done an amazing job in transforming a staunch and touch Godzilla into something more formidable with a heart to go with the looks and as such, has taken a Instagram dream and turned it into a beautiful reality.

 

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