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Dreams or Cash?

16 Feb

What’s good everyone?

Yesterday I was faced with a pretty hard choice, a choice that effectively could destroy a huge dream of mine.
Let me explain, as most of you regular readers will know over the last year things have got increasingly bad for me financially and its not really getting any better. My main source of income at the moment is a minimum wage (at best) bar job, which currently is hardly getting me by at all.

Yesterday I was offered a pretty good job, vehicle repair related and it was pretty much right up my street not to mention that I’d probably be on a better wage and a solid salary with a few more perks… What am I moaning about?

Well it’s all good yea but where does this leave me with my other commitments? The job offered to me was from Monday to Saturday which means this…
No car events, drift events, car shows ect ect which in turn means a whole lot else. No Photography or coverage on JDY Motorsport and worst of all is that I would have to give up my work with Togethia.

I made no snap decision thats for sure! I rang a few close friends and my mummy to talk about it which was also difficult because they all pretty much said the same thing… go for the job!

This made me feel incredibly upset but I knew that at the end of it all, it’s only up to me and I should do what I think is best for me. I sat back and thought for a second…

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Right, I’ve decided I will give up my weekends and photography and simultaneously end my JDY Motorsport and any chance of a dream career in Motorsport media, meaning I call up Togethia’s executive producer and tell him that I am unable to do any more work for the company in its crucial first years. I’m gonna go for the job and get a bit more financially secure, buy a bigger car and maybe pile on a few more pounds around the waist.

….Obviously this thought was worth committing suicide over so I then thought to myself…

I’m going to continue doing what I love and continue my dream of working with and along side, in my eyes the next best thing to happen to the world of alternative and mainstream Motorsport media productions, not forgetting meeting and working with some of the most interesting and fun people I’ve ever met. To say I am a part of Togethia gives me great happiness and I don’t think any amount of money could ever make me happier but if by chance I win on a few scratch cards along the way then that’s fine with me.

By all means I may look back in a few years and think maybe I shoulda’ gone for the job instead…

Naah! No way!

How many people can look back in their life and say that they followed their dreams and not their wages? In fact I think thats a great saying and I may have to copyright that saying.

“Follow your dreams, not your wages”
James Young

I may struggle but at least I’m happy

:: James Young

I’ll Be Damned!

2 Feb

Just saw this last night over on ClubRoadster… 15×10 et-24 all round!

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I don’t like the wheels, I don’t like the fitment and I definitely don’t like the tire choice of 195/45/15 intact why did I post this?

… Well it’s quite an achievement to go that size all round but if it was me… 195/50’s all the way home! There isn’t enough profile to the tire, just makes it look assy in the arch.

(copyrighted the word assy for future reference)

:: James Young

Import Shipment.

28 Jan

On Tuesday I was invited down to Southampton docks to give Pete and Mark from Togethia a hand with some filming work. Sajid Moghal was picking up some freshly imported, crash damaged Evo’s and Impreza’s for his company. Saj’ is the owner of the widely known Crawley based company ‘Jap Performance Parts’

Jap Performance Parts are in basic terms a supplier or breaker for used performance JDM parts. Before today I hadn’t got to spend much time with Saj but after spending the day with him, the rumors of his awesomeness were very much more than truthful.

Arriving at the boat named Morning Crown was overwhelming. Its sheer size was one thing but the inside was a whole other story! The internals of the boat were just wide open platforms for storing. Also aboard were plenty of accommodation for the crew as well as an outdoor basketball court to keep them all occupied on those endless sea journeys around the world. We were allowed to visit the captains bridge which was an array of unfamiliar buttons and levers, so much so that it took us ages to find the air-horn… but Pete was on the case!

The seven cars were offloaded and we left the ship to film the cars re-loading on to a CarTravel lorry including my little underpowered daily Roadster. Pete and Saj headed back to JPP whilst me and Mark carried on getting soaked by the rain and poor drainage Dock 4 offered. Once the cars were loaded and good to go we were very politely interrigated on our clearance to film and allowed to leave.

The shipment was unloaded at JPP as Togethia filmed. Saj gave me the grand tour of the premises and it was pretty mind blowing due to some of the pure JDM aftermarket parts, some of which discontinued. I particularly fell in love with the collection of seriously sought after wheels. Whilst on my journey round the units I came across Saj’s TA27, in black, fitted with wide Wats and instantly told him I would quite frankly die to own this car… Part of me was hoping he would pull out a knife and cut me right there on the spot! Sadly, I got no pictures of it but I’m sure another chance will come.

JPP is the kind of company I would love to be involved with. The atmosphere is pretty incredible and everyone loves what they do and loves working for Saj. It was a great feeling to see two determined business owners in one room, being Saj and Peter Farrow, with their heads firmly screwed on.

We all discussed plans for this year and although I cant attempt to reveal anything what I will tell you is this…. 2012 will be a ground breaking year on many accounts that are of interest to you and I and not only do I get to watch first hand but I get to be involved with the development too which makes me extremely lucky, extremely happy and of course extremely grateful to all the Togethia crew.

As always my next adventure with Togethia can’t come sooner. This trip was incredible and just made one hell of an epic day out, thanks to everyone!

Here are a few shots I took from the day via iPhone:

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Last shot by Jas at JPP.

Massive thanks to Peter Farrow, Mark Henderson, Sajid Maghal, JapPerformance Parts and CarTravel Logistics

:: James Young

I’m Back!

22 Jan

Well it’s been a long time since I’ve posted my own photography work and there’s a hell of a lot more where this shot came from. This shot was taken at Silverstone race circuit last summer during the Formula 1. I think it was some kinda Porsche GT cup type series but I’m not too sure, just one of the many other events going on during the practice days and since I’m craving Porsches at the moment I thought I’d post this quick edit up.

Also on the cards is,

– Gubsport vs ST Racing at the Bereaved Fathers Charity Drift Event.
– Jon Powell’s mighty M5 e60 BMW London Shoot.
– Walton at Wembley feature.
– More Formula 1 Silverstone.

…and plenty more!

I’m also currently coming to you from my new ”JDY Motorsport Studio” …more on that soon!

Eventually I got the laptop back from Sausage-land but I’m still a little disappointed in the whole situation regarding firstly, the utter slowness of the laptop and the way the company I bought the bloody thing from handled the whole situation. Frankly, they couldn’t of been any more fucking useless. Going through a dispute at the moment with them to get them to accept responsibility for the problem and refund me.

Anyway, I’m glad to be back editing photos and I’m looking forward to posting up some proper features!

See ya soon!

:: James Young

End Of 2011 By Togethia.

7 Jan

A brilliant short film to sum up the best of 2011’s drift events Togethia covered.

If you havent already, check out Togethia Media Service’s blog.
(if theres no link, I’ll update tomorrow)

Also a massive thanks to all the supporters that helped and followed Togethia in 2011!

:: James Young

All Togethia Now!

4 Jan

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Are you on the mythical book of many faces known as Facebook? If so, check out the Togethia Page and keep up to date with what me and the crew get up to and what events we are attending in 2012. Show you’re a part of the ever growing supporting crowd by clicking on the “Like” button.

Check it out… Togethia Media Services Facebook Page

:: James Young

Teachin’ Bout FC!

3 Jan

Wassup people, welcome to the new year. Hope everybody had a good weekend. Anyway, let’s put an end to the small talk and on with the first post of 2012!

Every now and again I get strangely addicted to certain cars of the drift world… Whether it’s an S-Body, AE86, KE70, Skylines and ofcourse Eunos Roadsters. One iconic automobile I have had a major soft spot for since a young age was the RX7.

I still remember the first 7 I saw, clear as day. I was about 11 years old following a White FC with my father. I remember gawping over the aggressive lines and the twin pipes in the rear, flaming at every lift off without fail. Awesome!

So recently iv been obsessing over the FC in particular but realised there wasn’t a lot of blogs or google finds that really made me go “wow!”

… Until I stumbled across specialist blog, RE-Extreme:.

Alas, pages and pages of FD’s, although awesome, not enough to satisfy my cravings.

Then I typed FC3S in the search bar, bingo!

I came across I feature titled; Ef-Shi. In this post a pretty epic FC with a long list of lessons… Don’t worry, you’ll get the idea.

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So this is the car in question and here comes the lessons. Now pay attention and listen up.

Lesson 1:
Dangerous Curves.

This is a Super Greddy 1 Body kit by RE-Amemiya. We might say the curves are generous.

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The rear fenders are simply massive. The louvres beside the rear lights add about 50mm but the rear fenders are much wider than that 150mm at a guess.

Lesson 2:
A side dish.

Filling the generous curves are these Panasport G7 wheels. The dish is simply amazing in person. 295 section rears are stretched slightly for an amazing stance.

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Lesson 3:
Menacing vision.

When your car appears in anyone’s mirror, that’s sometimes a call to action or a call to submission.
The converted lights don’t reduce drag at night like flip up lights do. The vents mean that something needs cooling and the custom race tow hook means that sometimes there also maybe that need for serious circuit action.

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Lesson 4:
Back it up.

If you drive a car that is so far off the normal scale. You’s better have the power to support it. You may want to enlist someone special to build an engine capable of serious performance. Koseki-san from Scoot preformed the engine work and built something ported and capable.

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A generous snail of the Trust T-78 variety provides generous boost to produce over 500hp with ease. Wangan specials like this often are tuned for top end so the low end lag of a big turbine is irrelevant.

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Of course running this sort of power requires a myriad of upgrades for reliability. Huge radiator and inter-cooler and the custom piping required is also installed.

Lesson 5:
Driver support.

For this to not go out of control, the driver needs to have control. A huge bucket, grippy Personal suede steering wheel, brake bias controller, and ample engine monitoring is necessary for good decision making and input at speed from the driver seat. An 11 point roll cage provides the rigidity and reassurance that if it does get a bit wild then you aren’t going to do too much damage. Heat reduction on the floor and solid foot work is a also supported in this car.

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Lesson 6:
Show off!

If you have something like this, don’t leave it in the shed. Get out and enjoy it! The car commands respect.

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Even sitting next to the Scoot 4 rotor, this FC gets just as many looks. Huge Scoot rear wing adds another dimension. You will get attention. Some people crave it, some people hate it. If you hate attention, don’t build a car like this.

Lesson 6:
Drive it and enjoy.

When you have a beautiful machine, the pleasure comes from the feelings and aura surrounding something special.

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A car like this also creates that bespoke image that has people guessing. What’s that? In this image the uneducated wouldn’t have a clue.

Practical ride hight is useful, sometimes 300klms/hour does something to ride height. So don’t be fooled by this stance. Easily able to negotiate the odd parking area and service station. It’s a street car after all.

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Lesson 7:
Membership.

The other thing that happens is that you end up with an equally obsessed group of car crazy friends to help you enjoy your machine. In this picture you have some of the best cars in Japan. It’s kind of a natural attraction.

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Lesson over!
Your graduation assignment?… Build something better.

All photography and literature sourced from Re-Xtreme:

:: James Young

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