Modified Nationals Top 10

1 06 2010

Right, after sifting through the pictures I was having somewhat of a hard time deciding which ones to post up. Which is when it struck me that using the age old method of the Top 10 system might just work. So here we go, my Top 10 cars from The Modified Nationals 2010. There may be some controversial choices in there but I’ve tried to keep the choices are varied as possible as well as choosing from a lot of different budget ranges. So sit back, relax and please feel free to debate my choices.

10.  MG ZR

9. Carbon Fibre Honda Civic

8. Fiat Punto

7. Datsun Sunny Estate

6. VW Golf R32

5. Vauxhall Corsa B 5-Door

4. Z-Cars Mini

3. HKS Nissan Skyline R34

2. Vauxhall Corsa D

1. CarAudioSecurity Subaru Impreza





Battered and Bruised

18 05 2010

Battered and bruised, used and abused and harder than a Sledge-Hammer to the head.





Drift Culture

13 05 2010

I heard the other day that Drifting is the fastest growing Motorsport in the world. I think it’s easy to see why. No other Motorsport provides quite the same spectacle as Drifting, the noise, the smoke and just how fantastic some of the cars look. I must get to some Drift events this year.





Rocket Bunny

12 05 2010

If you’re into your JDM cars or the Drift Scene you’re more than likely aware of the Rocket Bunny Silvias. But did you know they’ve also done a Mk2 Golf? I’m really feeling their take on a Euro car, but I can’t help but wonder what it would look like with similar wheels to the Silvias.





Playing Ketchup

12 05 2010

The 280zx is possibly the least popular of all the Z-Cars, seen as the bulky, overweight younger sibling to the 240z it has never reached iconic status like it’s older brother. However, with the right stance and a big power Forced-Induction engine they can be the fighting underdog. Just like this one.





The Assassin

10 05 2010

While we’re on the subject of Bosozoku inspired rides let me introduce you to The Assassin. Starting life as a sweet and innocent 1989 Nissan Sunny 1.6 it has slowly revealed it’s inner demon thanks to some coaxing from owner, Rat-Look.com member Rob. Now with a full on stance, various accessories and in show mode a 6-foot high exhaust this Sunny really stands out from the crowd. Not only is the Sunny a left of field choice for a base car but also in the ever growing field of Rat-Look cars The Assassin in my mind looks one of the more thought out and complete examples. And besides… with looks like that, I’m not going to argue with it!





Crazy Taxi

5 05 2010

A 1989 Nissan Bluebird 1.8 GS… doesn’t exactly get the blood flowing does it? In the UK you couldn’t get a more stereo-typical Mini-Cab. It’s the sort of car that conjures up images of beaded seat covers, magic trees and no smoking signs. However if you’ve ever visited Retro-Rides you’re more than likely aware of the motto ‘Everything had potential’. Time and time again the members take something distinctly average and boring and make something that drops jaws to the pavement. So it’s no surprise that this little gem comes from the Retro-Rides stable too. Belonging to regular poster Count Pandamonium, it was bought as a completely standard Automatic back in December. Although in his own words it wasn’t setting the world on fire it was however remarkably clean and extremely comfortable to drive. But, as is often the case, clean and comfortable is never enough. Soon the Bluebird was being looked at with lusting eyes, deciding the wheel trims had to go they were whipped off in favour of a set of larger Primera steels which were mated up to a small drop courtesy of Mr. A. Grinder. But this wasn’t enough, the Taxi needed some girth and it’s prayers were answered in the form of the 14×7 Wolfrace Slotmags you see here. Initially on massive tyres and with a virtually standard ride-height the look just didn’t quite work but as is often the case some smaller tyres and another visit to Mr. Grinders surgery transformed the car. Now sitting pretty the Bluebird has become one of my must see cars of the Summer as it just shows even the most bland cars can really stand out with a bit of creative thinking.