There are very few cars that I can say I have a bond with... This is one of them.
I first.... "Met" this particular R34 4-Door several years ago, it was black and only wore a kit and wheels, no fancy graphics, nothing... it was also a non-turbo Neo RB25 bolted onto an Automatic Transmission! It then began it's transformation, albeit slowly... My first real encounter behind the wheel was on the way to Brighton, it was wearing it's now infamous giant spanners and Mac Tools logos, but still had more bark than bite... the Non-Turbo engine was louder than it was now... but it looked the part.
2012 brought a new era for the Mac Tools Car... It had a new heart, an RB30 one! It then had it's first outing at the Bavaria City Race in Dublin, which was nothing compared to it's real future.
It's first expedition was to the infamous Gatebil show in Norway, having only just days before been re-fitted with an engine and mapped... We were on the Way!
One thing was for sure... Zero F*ks, were given that week!
It was at the end of that weekend, that I bonded with the car... driving from Oslo to London in a mere couple of days, only stopping to party and recover lost bodywork following the battle with cobbled streets... thats nearly 1300 Miles of road... like a trucker, the true "Road Warriors"
Every part of this car bears some badge of honour... the roof, has...well... an interesting decoration, that was added by the guys over at Front Magazine, something that I think is quite cool and is a reminder of the times it had in Gatebil.
Certain stickers, like this fresh and fitted one... I collected on a Swedish Motorway, an admiring enthusiast in a rat look volvo spent an age trying to catch up, just to hand me this...
There have been changes since, just visible in the window is a full 4 door cage, one that just fits the part and doesn't cost the back seats!
The super sleek Uras wing that adorns the bootlid is something that has been custom fitted, the usual mount legs have been forgotten and a custom set made by Julian so that it sits like a blade on the back of the car and not like an ironing board!
For a long time, I had grown apart from the Mac Tools car, various issues and bits being missing or borrowed meant that there was little opportunity to get behind the wheel... only finding myself behind the wheel of the badder and slightly wider sister.
Then recently came our annual toy run, where once again I gratefully received the keys for my lost friend, who had since come with a few little upgrades, new suspension and some engine tweaks, but one thing was for sure - it was still as mental as I remember, every minute biting the hand that feeds it at the slightest touch on a wet road.
This car, is by no means a "Scene Queen" that gets put on a trailer everywhere and then has everything painted and replaced when something gets a little... rub! It bears the scars of the walls with pride.
I have to say, I have a soft spot for this car... It may not be the fastest or best, but every time I get behind the wheel it is an experience, from nods of appreciation from passers by, bikers and a thumbs up from an older man in an Aston Martin Vantage (the proper one, not the new baby one) to the pure rush that Apexi RX6 Turbo being unleashed to the world. One thing is for sure, it produces smiles for miles, even just cruising along like nothing else matters.
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