Well I thought it was about time everyone knew the faces of Garage H. We have been around since 2004, and are continuing to grow. I will be updating the blog more often now, but first up I will explain who is in our team and the assets they bring to the team!
Nick Bourke. Nick is one of the founders of Garage H. From back in 2004 when we were building my R32 GTST in our garage, right through to this day, he has had alot of very good ideas. Nick is a qualified engineer, he does all the fabrication for Garage H, as well as some mechanical aspects. He is a perfectonist and it always shows through his work. I will be showcasing some of the products he has made for Garage H through the coming months, he now wants to work on some of our products and start selling them to the public. Some of the parts he has made from scratch include the Garage H Wheelie Rack, Garage H Deluxe Hubs, De-actuator and others which will be posted up in the future.
Theresa Knight. Theresa came on board December 2010. She proved herself by helping us build the Green Battle Car early in 2011. She is very good on the tools, but also helps out behind the scenes whether it be organising to get a whole lot of tyres changed for an up-coming trackday/comp/demo, updating the facebook page, registering us into demos/competitions and other stuff like sorting out schedules so we can get everything into place before an event.
Owen Newman. Owen came on board October 2010. He started off as our pitcrew when we were drfiting MAX in the 2010-2011 D1NZ series. He showed us that he was keen to get behind Garage H by showing up on time and helping out time after time. Owen is a Qualified Automotive painter and has completed courses in custom designed paintjobs, he is the brains behind MAX’s Marble Maroon paint and he continues to bring new idea’s to the table.
Simon Bourke(The one that writes the blog posts!!!). I have also been behind Garage H from Day 1. I generally handle most of the mechanical side of things, doing up the nuts and bolts after Nick has created the part to install. I have alot of input into the parts that Nick creates. I am the man behind the wheel of Max 80% of the time, have completed a season of D1NZ Pro-am 2010-2011, placing 9th overall at the end of the season. I have had alot of experience behind the wheel of a drift car, I have driven at over 50 trackdays in the 8 years I have followed drifting. I am a qualified builder and have spent a very long period of time working on cars, so I know Nissans very well. I also run the Garage H wrecking yard.
If you see any of us out and about we are always happy to stop and chat. Theresa and I will be found at Hampton Downs most weekends as we run Corporate Drift Days, Track days and Skidpan/Gymkhana days out there.
Simon, Nick, Owen and Theresa. Check out www.facebook.com/TeamGarageH to see what we have been up to this week!
One problem with the van has been rust. Nick has spent alot of time cutting it all out and welding patches in, then nu-teching it up and sanding/painting it!
Sorry for the lack of updates, have been so busy running everything around here that I have had no time to update!
MAX170 was pulled off the road to fix up on the weekend of the V8 Super Tourers. I went out for a Friday night before the event practice session. In short the car felt horrible to drive, started leaking oil all through the engine bay, tried to fix it at the track, no go, had to pull out of the Super Tourer Demo, cars now parked on driveway waiting for some major attention…
However on the flip side that has meant that I have got behind the wheel of my 180sx! After building the car up it has had a fair amount of road use driving around and out to the track etc, did a short demo in it at Nizfest last year.
After that it was basically parked up until the 4&Rotary nationals when we put it in the show, on the way home Theresa got pinged for having no rego, fair call. It was then parked up until a few weeks ago when we decided to get it all legal again!
Next event up in the 180sx was Ardmore airport Wings vs Wheels. I woke up the Saturday before the event(the next day) and decided to get it all up to spec. Got the Warrant of fitness and rego all sorted, went out to check out the track on Saturday evening. It was a very very basic manji setup. Shredded the pair of tyres I drove out there on, went home and got some replacements and headed out the next day! It was a touch boring, but once 3 of us got out there it livened up the course a bit. The car ran well the whole day, I was really impressed by how much fun was had in such a basic setup!
Next event on the calender was the Advance Skidpan day last Sunday. I had a little play in the 180sx and it was feeling good. A friend turned up without his car car we shared it around all day. Towards the end of the day after session on the skidpan we noticed water spurting up from under the intake plenum! It was then trailered home to prevent further damage, today I pulled the intake plenum off to find the smallest of splits in one of the water pipes!
Not the first time a small issue has cut a day short.
More updates to follow!
Ready for the 4 and Rotary Nationals.
The whole engine bay has been super hard to work with from the first time we started modifying parts…
Nick has been working away at the rust work, mainly around the headlight area. The van has been put on hold breifly while we get Max, the 180sx and also Battle cars ready for the 4 and Rotary Nationals this weekend, will be full steam ahead after that, aiming to have the van road legal by mid Febuary.
Have spent a bit of time sorting out the steering setup on the Van. The first step was getting the steering box mounted, which Nick made up a bracket for and welded it on.
Next I ran the lines from the rack up into the passengers side next to where the pump mounted up, which was a super tight fit, I ended up using a much smaller belt so I could tension it without hitting the waterneck. Then the resoviour was mounted inside the engine bay under the passengers seat and lines run down to the pump.