2015 Nugget Nationals Round 4: Wakefield

Due to the paper thin walls and the creakiest floor boards known to man kind, most of our cabin was up well before we needed to be at the track, which was only a few metres from our accommodation.

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As we all rolled into the pits…

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…it was time to get our cars ready for scrutineering.

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With the last round of Nugget Nationals held in NSW we had a few Sydney Nugget competitors come down and join us.

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In possibly the most hotly contested track day of the whole series, the top 4 front runners (Adam, Viv, Henry and Ying) were out setting nail bitingly close lap times.

Nugget Nationals – Session 4

Henry:  1:17.696
Viv: 1:17.810
Ying: 1:17.814
Adam: 1:17.977

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After each session we came back and shared tips with each other, than got annoyed when our fellow competitors went faster after trying new techniques.

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The best thing about Nugget Nationals? We’re all fierce rivals on track but good friends once the helmets come off.

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In a wild last session, Ying somehow managed to take half a second off her previous time which would also ultimately deliver her the first place victory for that round!

Nugget Nationals – Wakefield Results

1st Ying – Toyota Echo Sportivo – 1:17.2
2nd Henry – Toyota Echo Sportivo – 1:17.5
3rd Viv – Daihatsu Sirion GTVI – 1:17.8
4th Adam – Daihatsu Sirion GTVI – 1:17.9
5th Blandon – Toyota Echo – 1:22.3
6th Peter – Nissan Micra – 1:22.4
7th Will – Honda Civic –  1:23.0
8th Jake – Mazda 323 – 1:25.5
9th Wendy – Nissan Micra – 1:27.2

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The next morning the Nuggets and non Nuggets set off for the 700km drive back home to Melbourne.

Big thanks to EXE crew, Nugget Nationals and all the other people who made the trip out. Let’s do this again in 2016!

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2015 Nugget Nationals Round 3: Winton

On Sunday the 13th of September, we tagged along to the EXE track day to hold round 3 of Nugget Nationals.

You know it’s going to be a good day, when you pull back the curtains and see an AZ1 parked outside in the cabin next to yours.

The Nugget Echo’s have been the strong front runners ensuring their attendance at every event.

Stuart was here for his first track day in the Nugget Mirage which he had picked up for $350!

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Although the addition of the fancy  colour coded cage in it didn’t make it look very Nuggety anymore!

Iain was the only member of Team Neverlift to make it down for the weekend. I was sent an SMS from his team mate Seb in the morning to make sure I kept an eye on Iain.

“Make sure he doesn’t kill my car!”

Look at that sinister smirk. Iain later returned the car to Seb with it only firing on 3 cylinders…

With the Nugget competitors lined up on the grid and perfect temperatures, it was going to be a very interesting day for PB’s.

In fact ALL of the Nugget competitors PB’d.

When we first started this series over a year ago, many people had supported us and thought it was a cute idea, but I’m sure not many people would have thought that Nuggets would actually be competitive against the higher powered cars on track.

But boy, did the Nuggets bring it this weekend with FIVE of the competitors cracking into the 1:4x’s and separated by less than a second.

Yes, we’re talking cars with less than 55kw at the wheels placing well in a field of 60 cars. To say we were proud organisers would be an absolute understatement.

Thanks to Kalt, Lime Imagery and Happiness by the Kilowatts for some of the photos I’ve used below.

First Place: David Napo
Nugget: Honda Civic
Lap time: 1:48.45

Second Place: Viv “Van Dyke”
Nugget: Daihatsu Sirion Gtvi
Lap time: 1:48.76

Third Place: Adam Mills
Nugget: Daihatsu Sirion Gtvi
Lap time: 1:48.85

Fourth Place: Henry Luong
Nugget: Toyota Echo Sportivo
Lap time: 1:49.28

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Fifth Place: Ying Bot
Nugget: Toyota Echo Sportivo
Lap time: 1:49.40

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Sixth Place: Brendan Dutton
Nugget: Honda Civic
Lap time: 1:50.64

Seventh Place: Iain Mccowan
Nugget: Honda Civic
Lap time: 1:50.87

Eighth Place: Hayden Ryan
Nugget: Toyota Starlet
Lap time: 1:53.37

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Ninth Place: Stuart Chambers
Nugget: Mitsubishi Mirage
Lap time: 1:55.12

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Tenth Place: Matt Doyle
Nugget: Mazda 121
Lap time: 1:56.69

As some of the usual Nuggets were unable to attend, it’ll be interesting to see how the overall series leader board looks after this round before we head to Wakefield in NSW for round 4!

Here we have, Dan’s AZ1 which is definitely no Nugget.

In fact it was my (and many other people’s) favourite car out on the track that day.

He was running the Autozam on 165/50R15 Achilles ATR K Sport tyres and I believe he may take honours at Winton for being the fastest Kei Car(?) with a time of 1:53.14!

As always a big thanks to our good friends at EXE crew for letting the Nuggets tag along.

Well done to all the competitors who continue to surprise everyone and set some great lap times. You all earned your PB’s.

Well done little ones!

2015 Nugget Nationals Round 2: Motorkhana

Early on Sunday morning we gathered the Nugget competitors for the second round of Nugget Nationals. This event would mark the first time the Nuggets had come together for a motorkhana event!

Ying's top cooking tip: If you tie bread bags to your cage it won't get squished in transit!

Ying’s top cooking tip: If you tie bread bags to your cage it won’t get squished in transit!

It was our first attempt at drawing up motorkhana maps and in true Nugget style, we made sure there was a sense of humour to the courses.

Super efficient Ying had printed out enough copies for all the competitors.
Super idiotic Ying, then left all those maps at home.

Sorry guys. 😦

Lucky I still had the map we had scribbled the measurements on from the day before.

Lucky I still had the map we had scribbled the measurements on from the day before.

A big thanks to Johnny, Brett and Grant for some of the awesome photos I have used in this blog post. 

Without much notice, we asked Kam to help us with the drivers briefing that morning. We’ve done this heaps of times before and we’re a professional and well oiled machine by now.

You couldn’t even tell we hadn’t prepared.

"So the track is about...that big."

“So the track is about…that big.”

"And you just kind of twirl around it."

“And you just kind of twirl around it.”

It was now Kam’s turn to run through the penalty system, which despite having been sent out a few weeks in advance, was the first time he had read them.

"If you hit a cone, it's a 5 second penalty. If you go the wrong direction it's....A SIXTY SECOND PENALTY?!? Well you guys are all fucked."

“If you hit a cone, it’s a 5 second penalty.
If you go the wrong direction it’s….A SIXTY SECOND PENALTY?!? Well, you guys are all fucked.”

TJB is always less than impressed with our shenanigans.

While others expect to open warehouse doors to Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s, this is what I’d much rather see.

All 3 members of team never lift.

Nugget competitors are the best.

Nugget competitors are the best.

Napo: The only competitor to wrong direction before the event even began.

Stuart and Brendan discuss how they didn’t’ have to do anything to get their cars “khana ready.”

Starlet Sandwich!

No your eyes are not deceiving you.

That’s Jace putting his 4×100 Star Sharks (previously seen on his MX5) on to his 121.

Hnnng. One day I will own a set.

Hnnng. One day I will own a set.

We also invited some of our non Nugget friends along to enjoy the day with us.

With the event under way, the competitors did whatever it took to remember the maps.

Lance preferred a more traditional method.

We must move forward, not backward. Upward, not forward and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom.

Dan utilised his phone holder.

Dan utilised his phone holder.

While Johnny preferred to air drive the course.

While Johnny preferred to air drive the course.

After witnessing an expert run from Zac. The other competitors knew who the one to beat was.

Why so serious?

Why so serious?

In order of finish:

1st place:  2003 Mitsubishi Mirage

Zac regularly competes in Motorkhana events and his experience showed on the day.

2nd place: 2001 Daihatsu Sirion GTVi

Our resident rally champion Viv also showed that he’s no slouch around some witches cones either!

3rd place: 2009 Audi TT RS

A man who is never short of confidence, Kam declared before every run that he was going to win.

4th place: 2001 Toyota Echo Sportivo

Sandy.

Sandy’s owner Henry knows how to work his best angle with a cheeky booty pop.

That Hansel, he's so hot right now.

That Hansel, he’s so hot right now.

5th Place: 1992 Honda Civic ED 6

Iain who spent the entire day with a massive smile on his face.

 6th Place: 1995 Honda Civic EG

Napo is better at steering than he is at cooking sausages.

7th place: 2002 Toyota Echo Sportivo

60 second penalty for me because Ying because she went in the wrong direction on her own map.

You could say that the William course was really hard. (Teehee)

Nugget Gnome strikes again.

8th place: 2003 Mitsubishi Mirage

Liam in the Techsport Mitsi.

9th place: 1995 Honda Civic GLi

A good result for Brendan’s first attempt at Motorkhana.

10th place: 1992 Honda Civic ED 6

Ilhan was captured in this awesome photo by gripshiftslide.com photographer Grant.

11th place: 2015 Audi quattro

Much to our amusement, Josh opted to use his launch control out of the start box.

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12th place: 1998 Toyota Starlet Life

Doing Starlet life proud. Hayden in his EP91.

13th place: 1991 Nissan Micra

Peter had flown down from Brisbane to get his fix of Nugkhana. He had also managed to convince the ever gullible Napo that the K11 was fitted with a 4 pedal foot brake system.

14th place: 1992 Honda Civic ED 6

Om nom nom nom. Seb eating cones with the ED.

15th place: 1996 Nissan Skyline R33 GTS-T

Dan Leet – The driver.

Dan Leet – The Barista.

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16th place: 1995 Mazda 121 Bubble

Nugget 5-0 with Officer Doyle.

17th place: 1999 Honda S2000

Peter struggled with his wipers turning on during every run!

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18th place: 2007 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Jally drove AND helped me with admin AND entered in the timing results for us all day!

The excel wizard and the one who makes sure I don't completely botch all the paperwork up.

Excel wizard and the one who makes sure I don’t completely botch all the paperwork up.

19th place: 1996 Nissan Skyline GTST

It’s hard to tell Hann’s 33 apart from Dan’s.

20th place: 1990 Mazda MX5 Roadster

J. Blaze was too busy being a boss both on and off track to care about where he placed.

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21st place: 1988 Toyota Mark II

Charlie didn’t like my maps haha.

But he still took first place honours for best interior.

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22nd place: 1991 Nissan Micra

Along with his co-driver Peter, Jason pulled off some of the funniest runs of the day with one person steering while the other pulled the hand brake.

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23rd place: 2003 Mitsubishi Mirage

Unfortunately Stuarts track Nug couldn’t make it, but luckily he also had a back up daily Nug!

24th place: 2001 Mazda 121 Shades

Jace earned his B licence today and also had the best window banner I’ve ever seen.

25th place: 1998 Toyota Starlet Life

We we’re the only ones concerned that Acey was going to flip his bog stock Starlet. He clearly wasn’t worried as the car was so quiet we could hear him laughing from the other side of the skid pan.

26th place: 1993 Honda Civic EG GL

“My car stalls everytime it gets too much sideways” – Lance.

27th place: 2003 Nissan 350Z Touring

Jia had the most awful sounding tyres of the day, but made up for it with this.

28th place: 1996 Nissan 180sx Type X

Previous Nugget entrant Andrew was back but this time in his new 180sx. Everyone was impressed with Andrew’s driving, even if he made a very loose attempt at completing the maps.

“Do I get extra points for stopping in the box side ways?”
“No, but you do get an extra 20 second penalty for hitting 4 cones on your way in!”

A big thank you to all those who came down to compete in our first attempt at a NugKhana. We hope you enjoyed the courses but let us know your feedback if you think we can improve on anything!

Today’s field of drivers were some of the best we’ve seen with everyone organising themselves and many of the field chipping in to help. Whether it was making coffees, marshalling, helping to cook, picking up cones, cleaning up or taking photos, you all played your part.

Thank you for making it a great day out!

Special thanks to Darrin for his support of our series and motor sport in Victoria and also to the amazing Nugget committee (Thomas, Kam, Daniel, Jally, Henry, Ying) who put in extra hours prior to the event to make sure the day ran smoothly.

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KNOW YOUR NUGGET: Lance’s Civic

Long time track enthusiast Lance, has finally crossed over to the dark side and picked up a little Nugget of his own!

1) Name – Lance Lee

2) Nugget car of choice – 1994 (I think) Honda Civic Gli – SOHC 1.5 litres of carby goodness

3) Other cars – I normally track my 350z. But I do have past experience with other fwd cars such as an ae111 levin, ralliart colt, integra and ek civic.

4) How did you hear about Nugget nationals? – Most likely Ying or Mr Andy So

5) What made you want to join Nugget nationals? – All in the name of fun – plus I’ve always wanted to enter a race series!!!

6) Why did you pick the car you have to be your Nugget vehicle of choice? – I cant say I really picked this car to be my nugget of choice. The nugget actually belongs to my mate Matty, although he denies it is his for unknown reasons. It was rescued from his parents driveway early 2014 and I had gone to the trouble of getting the car roadied last year with the initial aim of it going to one of my cousins as a first car. Although this didn’t end up going to plan, in some ways it kind of did go to plan as now the car will serve a higher purpose!

7) What is your favourite thing/feature about your Nugget?
a) Viper alarm system with disconnected alarm (alarm had mind of its own)…
b) but it has REMOTE START which works when the cars warm (or it will crank forever)
c) engine doesn’t fire up unless you hit the gas pedal first. Which I think gives the car some extra character and reminds me of my old ra23 which used to do the same thing 🙂

8) Funniest thing about your Nugget – Hmmmm. rather than list the broken things…a short story: During the early hours of the night/morning the nugget now has work duties driving my dad to and from work. One time when he had finished work he was walking to the nugget and saw his workmates standing at the back of the car staring at the muffler looking confused. The car was trying to crank its engine for god knows how long. My dad must of knocked the remote start which turns out has a really good distance.

9) A random fact about you – Chocolate makes me sneeze

(Please note.. photo is a slight exaggeration of the condition of this nugget. It now has some sunburn/sun spots on many of its panels).

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KNOW YOUR NUGGET: Napo’s Civic

Some say that his tears are the source of the fountain of youth…all we know is that he called David Napo.

1) Name – David “Napo” Napoleone

2) Nugget car of choice – Honda Civic EG

3) Other cars/Previous cars – DC5R, EP3R, EK4 and S14A

4) How did you hear about Nugget nationals? – Long drive home from Winton, Ying suggested I should “attempt” to boost my e-fame by joining this fun series.

5) What made you want to join Nugget nationals? – The chance to enjoy competitive budget motorsport. That and the chance to beat Tom (ChargeR) on a reasonably level playing field.

6) Why did you pick the car you have to be your Nugget vehicle of choice? – I’m building an EG Civic racecar and love the car in general. With a chance to share parts and setup ideas, the EG was my car of choice.

7) What is your favourite thing/feature about your Nugget? – Cornering is ridiculously fast (certainly faster than my EP3 which was track orientated). Oh, and filling the tank for under $40 and getting insane mileage. ‪#‎Nugget4Lyf‬

8) A random fact about you – I impulse buy EVERYTHING and usually regret it later, the nugget is heading down that path (haha).

9) Funniest thing about your car? – Upon purchase the heater was stuck in the “fully ON” position and could not be switched off. I consider this as a feature as I enjoy seeing my passengers become uncomfortable with the heat. Also the driver door key barrel was broken so exiting out of the passenger side became the “norm”.

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[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.

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!