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Dawn Drivers: Waking up to the smell of octane

Waking up early is something I envision doing when I am well into my fifties and intent on going for a walk to stave off the belly fat. Currently I may have the same issue however I am not waking up early because of laziness. That stops when a private event comes around with the boys and girls from Zen Garage, I kind of skip laziness and go straight to stress… about whether my car is going to be enough to hang with these dudes and their highly modified and very defectable rides.

Strong mocha in belly and I am on the M4 motorway hurtling towards the darkness beyond my windshield, music playing at a medium level with the windows up to stave off the chilly early morning air, it’s 4:55am and I can’t remember the last time I was awake around this time… on a Saturday. Listening intently to my GPS guide and before long I have turned up to a nondescript street in what I think is Leichhardt though I wouldn’t know because this place is alien to me and I don’t know what the fastest way to the cop shop is. I turn into a dark driveway and notice the headlights shining on a far wall at the end of the drive “Zen Garage” it says and instantly I feel relieved, I found the place!

People and their shiny, low and fast tonne and a bit chunks of metal, carbon fibre and polycarbonate turn up. I really felt for the residents of Leichhardt that morning.

After what seemed like 30 minutes the rest of the crew arrived and I got to walk around the garage plus say “hai” to Sergio and his team. I noted a sign that urged respect for neighbours by not playing loud music or revving the engine or doing burnouts… seriously. Around 6am we all headed to the cars and started on the convoy through Leichhardt to Glebe and to the Harbour Bridge revving hard in confined spaces and generally keeping only the most basic semblance of control in high octane guzzling fun-time machines.

As for what happened next you don’t need me your humble narrator, rather pictures that illustrate the moments much better than witty banter:

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Waiting at the servo almost immediately after leaving HQ. Time to admire the cars coming for this epic journey

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Sergio’s Skyline, dropped lower than a worms winkie

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This Odyssey belongs to the Klumps

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E30 bimmers are a personal favourite, lovely wheels too

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Getting going. 6am and degenerates like us make quick moves

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Spit bridge for a quick gather up of the rest of the crew, nice cars abound

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Fiat with great stance and a tin opener taken to it. It’s Turbo charged.. you know.

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Ok Ok the Focus isn’t exactly low but it is fast and looks like a rally car.. right!?

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In good company

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That E30 again. My grandpa had a similar vintage 735i in the same colour

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This Maloo was loud as in apocalyptically loud.

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Great scene

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Cool S2000, seems to be the business

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Running to Kuringai

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A common sight, you overtake and then a Skyline comes raging past

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Great car

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Not sure if that is legal… aww heck who cares when it looks that good. Full roll cage and everything.

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Feels like a touge run in Japan, really just a 2-way in Northern Sydney

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Much fuel was burned for the cause that day

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Lake side and loving it.

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At the end of the run, cars ticking cool. The Focus did admirably

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Seems right at home with this lot… I think

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A beautiful view to end a great run

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Serenity… I will be back for sure

Thanks to the guys at All Stars and Zen Garage for a great morning, I crashed hard after this and slept for ages after getting home safe. See you next time.

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AllStars: Stance-off

The AllStars crew have put on another gathering of like-minded car aficionados. This time the key was “Stance”.

Not political, it’s about how your car sits. Does it sit like it’s got a stilt up it’s keister or does it sit like it’s taking a dump on the pavement? If you said “hell yeah” to the second option then you belong in the stanced crowd and you should have brought your car down like these people.

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Toyota Aristo, VIP style, I don’t see much of this in Sydney. Makes sense because this dude had Victoria plates.

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Not alone, that’s for sure, much more hotness here

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Something so right about E30 Bimmers, this one was very clean, love the wheels, must take around an hour to wash those… each.

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On another BMW – I am a fan of the marque, please enjoy this wallpaper

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Chunky looking 350z. Work Meisters are my personal favourite

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Nismo wheels on this very sorted looking S15, you know they’re serious when they carry spares… for punctures of course.

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Tasty fitment

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The Zen Garage stand and rides of the Capozzi kind.

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This S15 had something to say…

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…Worked much?
S15: I just met you and this is crazy but here’s my number so call me maybe.

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Panorama of the “B side”. If your car doesn’t officially qualify for “super stance” then you parked here as hard as you could. Having said that some cars here were pretty awesome.

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86 sitting nicely, good fitment.

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Cable ties and steelies, why…

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… because Race Car that’s why and I love this.

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This S13 looks like it comes straight from the Touge runs in Japan. Take a look at the dish on the rims.

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That’s deep

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We know you do honey

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The “A side”

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MPS with SSR Professors, it’s just the right wheel for virtually any application. Love that Thule roof rack.

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This was on the MPS so I made a wallpaper for it. Owner must be picky and sick of the scraping

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No school like the old school Work Meisters. 5 spokes is enough, clean Civic too.

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I like a good E30, this one is a regular and the stickers are great. I dunno about dialling Tracy Grimshaw on a phone though

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My Dad had the 4-Door version of this car. You know 4-doors for more…

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Old Corolla, on the back it had a “ToyoGlide” badge. I love the stance too

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Great day all around, warm enough and very clear, we get pretty good weather around here

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There are alternate views on what car mods mean. Did you know you can get that rust going with pee? mightycarmods told me so.

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BMR crew out with their very vivid E90 3-Series. Orange is kewl

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I like your Enkeis, your cars are pretty cool too. Simple is best. You can make most cars look even better with some really nice wheels, these guys know it

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We don’t speak engrish

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Work Meisters: Flexible application, don’t matter what you drive. I’m just glad either of them aren’t on Dolce’s because I have seen that before and it’s… not good.

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We were leaving around lunch time and some low riders were coming through, caught one in the act. Shadows didn’t help us but now it’s all nostalgic like those instagram photos. So pretty… the picture. The dudes were like tough and balling or something, hopefully not blue-balling.

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Tidy 80’s Corolla, these things are coming back, it’s like Datsun 510 all over again.

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Even the AllStars ez-go got stance so you don’t have any excuse not to. Sergio one of the masters of ceremony showing us how they do it, AllStars style

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Thanks guys, nice showing and keep it up.