May 26, 2010

… it was nice owning you.

There is something special about your first car, no matter what it is. I’m please that mine was a Celica.
I will always remember her but there will be details that I may forget, so I decided to photograph the small things that made her great.

But to begin with, here’s my first day with her, sitting in her new home with the soshinoya badges I got her.

Showed some age, but it didn’t matter.

It was such a nice feeling to sit in your very first interior, felt like a new small home.

After two years, many drives, nights out and events, this is how she left me:

The header cover was one of the very first things to come off. A few kgs shaved and new view of the exhaust.

Factory mounted strut bar.

I loved all the manufacturing stamps and safety stickers. One look at the name Denso and a nostalgic feeling from Gran Turismo comes in.

There’s a K&N Replacement Air Filter in there.

The brakes were never any good. Age? Most definitely. They couldn’t take the heat.

Who doesn’t love pop-up headlights? And the frameless glass was a nice touch.

The radiator got replaced soon after I got her, the rust sensitive Copper meant I needed a new one, Aluminium this time.

She started first time, every time.

The 3SGE may have lacked torque but it did the job.

260km/h? A little optimistic.

Power rear view mirrors, that’s what I’m talking about.

The RAZO RA43 Shift Knob, my favourite.

The cup holder was crap so I wanted to delete it and while I was at it I decided to make room for the sleepy-eye switches. Carbon-fiber found in the trash at Uni, it was perfect.

Oh it was.

A cracked exhaust meant that the silencer wasn’t really functional, a bonus as it made it sound amazing.
Here’s a video to remind me:

Farewell, it’s sad to think it’ll be a while until I drive something exciting. I hope I don’t have wait too long…


A Familiar Scene

May 20, 2010


She’s not moving under my command anymore. Awaiting her new owner.


April 18, 2010


Uni is keeping me busy… I’m getting into the whole 2 shots together photo, it works.

… will be to a car park.

Basically, I’m going back to Cardiff, she’s for sale and the insurance is out… sad times.

Home Grown

April 5, 2010


Out Once More

March 21, 2010

So glad to be home for a few weeks… My car is still for sale, I’ve had a few nibbles but nothing major. At least I still have something nice to drive while I’m here although I do want to change car by this summer, hopefully.

I really want to go shoot some cars this holiday so I’m going to visit a couple of events and some other random stuff.
In the mean while:


Projects – Last Shoot

January 6, 2010

I’m leaving to go back to Cardiff tomorrow and continue my second semester, so I thought I would go back to my usual spot and take a few shots of my car. I’m selling it and hope it’ll be sold by the time I come back for easter so this was sort of my last time to shoot it and maybe even see it.


I’m quite sad that I’m selling her, you’ll never forget your first car and she was quite darn good. 160 odd hp may not sound like much but for a first car it has been awesome.


I don’t know why I always come to this place, this little road between vineyards. It’s always peaceful and quiet. Maybe it’s because it’s that last place I can see the sun go down.


I’m happy I’m moving on to another car though. I want RWD and I need something that I am willing to put my money into. I never want to spend anything on this car because I’ve always imagined myself moving on to something better. I’ve decided that my next car is going to one that I’ll keep for ever, until I destroy it that is. Something that I can finally pour everything into.


I know it’s a cheesy photo, but I had to have one with her.


Goodbye, for now.


I also did some more testing with the VV3000 on that round. I love it because it has a separate screen, so I can move the camera around anywhere and clearly see what it’s looking at. It’s nice and small too. The problem is the quality is quite poor and the sound isn’t much. It’s good for on-board filming as you can pretty much stick it anywhere but you might have to get the audio from somewhere else.