[VIDEO] Nugget Nationals @ Winton Raceway

The wonderful folk at http://gripshiftslide.com/ attended our Winton track day last year and put together this awesome video for us!

Nugget Nationals from grip shift slide on Vimeo.

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2015 Season Information

NUGGET NATIONALS 2015 SEASON INFORMATION

Here’s some basic information you need to know if you’re going to be competing in 2015.

    1)SERIES SIGN UP (Open now):

If you have not previously registered for Nugget Nationals, you will need to register yourself and your car with us using this form:http://goo.gl/Yh0jOw

If you registered with us in 2014, you won’t need to sign up again. If you don’t want to continue to receive updates on the series by email, just let us know and we’ll remove you from the list of registered participants.

    2) REGISTRATION FEE (Email to follow):

In order to help us make this series official we’ll be charging a small registration fee this year. In return for your money you’ll receive a sweet merchandise pack and the opportunity to win a real life trophy!

    3) WINTON TRACK DAY REGISTRATION – MARCH 21st (Stay tuned):

In the coming weeks, we’ll let you know via email and Facebook when the Nugget Nationals Winton track day entry forms are open.

    4) EVENT CALENDAR (Stay tuned)

We’ll release the full calendar of events soon!

EXE and Nugget Nationals: End of year BBQ 2014

6th December, 2014

With our track days for the year done and dusted, we thought it would be a good time to get the crew together to reflect on the year that was.

Naturally, we took the two biggest cars to go collect supplies.

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Some of the nugget competitors were out and about today in their other cars, including Ying’s Starlet GT.

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Some people cook with gas, Tom cooks with beer.

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We purchased lots of Pork in the morning. 😉

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Kam and Justin celebrate the fact that none of their Porsches caught on fire this year.

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No table? Kam has a wheely good idea on how to rectify the problem.

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We are totally stoked that we finally have a 121 bubble car that will be competing in Nugget Nationals in 2015!

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New and old Nugget competitors discuss the upcoming season.

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Henry left his echo at home and arrived in his Evo instead.

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Napo’s new Nugget has it’s heater permanently stuck in the ‘ON’ position. This is particularly funny as his AC doesn’t work and we’re coming into the hot Summer months.

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“So the heater always being ‘ON’ is basically like having a dual core radiator.”

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Heathcliffe the Civic was sporting a new ride height.

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Apparently it’s not low enough until your mud flaps are scraping on the ground.

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We think JP went to almost every track day available this year. This is how realiable Toyota motors should be.

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Dan’s burger socks were appropriate for this day.

Who am I kidding? Burger socks are appropriate EVERY day.

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Pete’s s2k sans wing.

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“Just drive the car in Ash, there’s plenty of space in the car park.”

*SCRAPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPEEEEE*

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Vincenzo’s Lotus always gets plenty of love.

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Chris Nugget had recently come back from an off road camping expedition where it doubled as his hotel.

Ahh Nugget cars, is there anything you can’t do?

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I find it hilarious that Andrew has the tiniest car in Nugget Nats (Mira) and also one of the largest cars here (GS300).

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On a scale of 1 to Napo, how happy are you right now?

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Cheat day for everyone.

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Silas is back!

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Food coma’s all around.

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Thanks to Kam for hosting us and to everyone that came along to chew the fat.

Stay tuned for more details on Nugget Nationals 2015!

Round 3: Wakefield track day results

3rd November, 2014

After a night in (what felt like) the Antarctic, the first EXE / Nugget Nationals interstate track day was finally upon us!

With the Melbourne crew rolling 25 deep, we were joined by 15 of our friends from Sydney.

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As the Melbourne drivers went out to familiarise themselves with the track (some for the first time), a few were caught out in the trickier corners of the circuit.

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As a side serving, the Wakefield track day was also being used as our 3rd round of Nugget Nationals.

1:20.4 for Henry’s Echo.

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As much as some of us would’ve liked to have been driving our other cars at this day, there was no denying that Wakefield is possibly one of the best tracks for those behind the wheel of an underpowered sub 1500cc vehicle.

1:16.6 for Tom’s civic,

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1:25.2 for Jake’s 323.

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1:17.6 & 1:18.1 for the co driven Sirion of Viv and Millsy.

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In a very hotly contested battle between Ying and the Sirion boys, Ying came out victorious by the slightest of margins with a 1:17.2.

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Chris was also still out there smashing out some solid lap time in his nugget!

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1:16.0 in the little red Civic.

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Here are the final results as recorded via RaceChrono.

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As the day drew to an end, there were happy faces all around.

A big thank you to the rest of EXE crew for making this day possible. We’ve learned a few things (sorry about the timing) to bring back for our next track day here.

An additional shout out to the Nuggets Nat’s competitors that made the journey. Some of you guys left your actual track cars at home to bring them along so, thank you for your support!

Round 2: Winton track day results

12th October, 2014

As usual, we’re at the track bright and early for what was shaping out to be a scorcher of a day.

With the first track round of Nugget Nationals upon us, it was also a prime opportunity to size up the competition.

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Ying Bot’s nugget sporting some ghetto custom numberplates.

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The Nakama boys were out in full force with their aptly renamed team “Nugkama.”

These two K11’s were shared between several drivers on the day and bought a distinct Mexican flavour to the event.

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I’m not sure which one of the Nugkama Nuggets this was but 1:53 was their time to beat.

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Cain laying down a 1:56.

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2:08 for Andrew in the crowd favourite Mira.

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Despite the extreme heat, the Nuggets proved their reliability showed up in the dummy grid for every session.

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1:51 for Ying.

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Caught up in the excitement of hitting her PB for the day she overcooked it coming into turn one and ended up in the loving arms of the gravel trap.

Sideways and backwards.

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As the day wore on and the on track temperatures soared, the higher powered cars slowly decreased in numbers as they went into preservation mode.

The only constant was the unwavering onslaught of Nuggets that were seemingly unaffected by the 32 degree heat.

1:54 for the Neverlift Civic.

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Unfortunately Viv and Millsy were plagued with quite a few teething problems (like losing an entire brake pad on the track).

1:52 for the GTVI.

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Pulled out of retirement at the eleventh hour, Silas was back with Ahiru who had been sitting unloved on a lawn for the last few years.

After an early morning wheel bearing change, it was still good for a 1:52.

We suspect it would’ve gone a bit faster had he had time to clean the layer of mold that had grown over parts of the car. 😛

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Leading the nugget charge was Chris with a very respectable time of 1:46.

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As we were out driving or flagging for most of the day, we didn’t manage to get photos of all the entrants, but here are the results for the Nugget Nationals competitors as taken from Natsoft.

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All we wanted to do was share our love of little cars with people and hoped that others would see how much fun it would be to track cheap micro machines.

On Sunday when we looked out onto the track and saw Micra’s chasing Echo’s it felt as though someone had taken the picture straight out of my heads and projected it in real life.

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Thank you to all the entrants and EXE crew for making this possible!