“Build, Break, Fix, Repeat” is the perception that Valen Ankiah lives by when it comes to his well-maintained popular 1997 Honda Civic. Knighted as a true hot hatch for the Jap fans, Valen's car has graced many forms of media which inspires him to always evolve with the latest motoring trends. Never getting tired of this ongoing change, Valen's ego is fueled by this passion, resulting in a fresh new look every time his car is spotted.
Purchased in 2013, totally stock in its original white coat of paint Valen decided to go for the powder blue look complimented with purple detailing that was carried through to the engine bay, interior and sound set up. When asked why he went for blue, he replied: “Because it is outstanding”. And indeed it is! I have seen him in many car shows over the years and his Civic is definitely one of those cars that stands out from the rest.
His first mod, like most people nowadays was to go Low. However he was not ready to purchase coil overs just yet as he had other plans. The most simple solution was his “angle grinder”. After a few chops, his fear of heights was quickly resolved. He then fitted on a set of 15-inch 9j wide Volks Racing wheel and had them sprayed a neon orange. He was killing the style for a while until he decided that change was needed once more.
In the car scene of today, one is always faced with the question: "Do I build a stance car or do I build a race car?". His aspirations of competing at the drags had set him on a journey of wanting both. “Why make a choice?” asks Valen. Under the hood he threw in a B20 engine, Dicktator management, throttles, a 63-mm exhaust and branches. Dyno’d at Autotrix, he pushed 132kW of power and 198Nm of torque. Pleased with these results, he spent a lot of time thereafter detailing his engine bay and building his sound set up.
He installed 2 Targa 8-inch subwoofers, complete Pioneer mids and tweeters with a Pioneer head unit. He had hoped to do more, but he smugly admits that he does not use the sound system as often as it deserved to be used. He prefers hearing the throttles scream from his 2-litre B20 VTEC Engine. After hearing him pulling off, I understood why...
At the mercy of feeling content, Valen needed more, but couldn't quite figure out just what exactly he wanted. However, a few months later he said the 3 magic words “I NEED AIR”. He then researched the necessary parts from Air Springs Supply Company and started the build. Looking back, he compromised on his suspension for other parts and this time around but this time he was not planning to compromise on anything. He decided to go for a full Air Lift Performance kit. It set him back an arm and a leg but he knew it was the right decision and he hasn't looked back since.
In September 2015, Valen decided to add even more flavour to his ride. He was finished within a few days but he was not happy. He wanted “More low” and so he went back to the drawing board. He realised what he needed to do and after making adjustments to his rear axle, control arm and engine mountings, he finally got the look he wanted.
Interior wise, Valen decided to keep it original for the most part with a few extra gauges and a custom gearknob to add the finishing touches. Mazda MPS motorised seats provide comfort while a Honda Type-R steering wheel steers #datass!
Meeting up with Valen for his photoshoot definitely wasn't easy. He has two passions in life; Gym and Cars, so he was either breaking his car or breaking his bones. When we finally did get down to meeting up, we had issues with the police for being aired out on a public road. We quickly had pack up and get moving before his disc was taken away. Sadly the passion for motoring does not run strong in everyone’s veins, but we still had an awesome time nontheless!
Honda B20 Engine, throttles, Dicktator management, 63mm exhaust and branch
Air Lift Air Suspension
Lenzo 15inch D1 9j, 165/50/15 and 195/45/15 rear.
Full respray – HID Lighting
Original Mazda Mps motorised seats, Honda Type-R steering
Pioneer mp3 head unit, Camtec & Rockford 4 channel amplifier, Pioneer mids, tweeters and 6x9’s – Targa 8-inch subwoofer
A few extra snaps...
If you are a car guy and you are into your JDM cars, you will no doubt remember the famous Initial D anime series which focused on the world of illegal Japanese street racing. The first time I laid my eyes on Warren Rodger's 1993 FD3S RX-7, I had to pinch myself as I could swear I was looking at Keisuke’s RX7 from Initial D. Everything from the colour to the Mazdaspeed bodykit looks exactly like it and I couldn’t help but stare as it was as if I was seeing a Yellow Ghost!
Warren Rodger first saw this mint piece of JDM history sitting in a garage at a friends house two years ago. Before his eyes stood a rarely seen JDM lovers dream and he knew right there and then that he had to have it. He made an offer and after what seemed like forever to Warren, he finally purchased the car. He was now a proud owner of the iconic Mazda FD3S RX-7, but it didn’t take long for the urge for more power to kick in which quite literally sparked the fire for things to come.
Warren stayed stock for a while but minor problems with the 13B motor a year later encouraged him and his father to rip out the motor and build it into the fire breathing monster you see before you, but this was no easy task. He stumbled upon the rx7club.com forum which helped him gain a lot of the necessary info he would need to put his plan into action and so Warren and his father set about removing the engine for its rebuild.
The motor was taken to Dorne at Rotary Turbo Tech in Boksburg who was the man of choice for the rebuild. The motor was then bridgeported, dowelled and had the oil system modified as the original oil metering pump could not supply enough oil to the newly bridgeported motor. Due to the oil metering pump being removed, the car now uses 250ml of Two-stroke oil in each tank of fuel to make sure it keeps the motor lubricated at all times. Brand new gaskets and seals were fitted to make sure this series 6 motor would be healthy for years to come.
While the motor was being rebuilt, Warren and his father resprayed the engine bay and did a few other minor cosmetic touches to the car including, spraying the wing blade, the front lip on the bumper and the grills in the fenders a high gloss black which really accentuates the aggressive lines of the Mazdaspeed bodykit. Next up was the overall stance of the car.
The RX-7 doesn’t have coilovers so Warren ingenuously modified the struts to lower the car closer to the tarmac. At the same time the SSR wheels were split and the barrels were anodized bronze at Astro Anodising in Sebenza. Warren then got paint matched from the barrels to spray the faces of the wheels from Neeresh from Nancefield Paints.
Before the motor could go back in, Dorne sourced a Twin Plate Clutch so that there would be no problems putting down the power Warren had in mind. Warren and his father then set about refitting the freshly built 13B back into the car which was quite the struggle I was told but like true petrolheads, they enjoyed every moment of it.
To cope with the fuelling side of things, Warren fitted a set of 850cc injectors. He then sourced and wired in a Microtech fuel management system as it is a more tuneable management for the rotary motor. The car got tuned by Kobus at BME Tuning and made just shy of 400hp at 1 bar boost on pump fuel with some NF mixed in for good measure. Even though it's running a GT35 turbo, rotaries are notoriously known to need huge turbos to perform as they should but the car is very strong and has a nice power band considering the size of the turbo and the amount of boost. The car ran a respectable 13.2 seconds on the 1/4 mile at ODI Raceway first time out and a speed of 226km/h on the 1km. Warren told me that with a bit more seat time, the car can easily dip into the 12’s.
In the looks department Warren also modified the front bumper to accommodate a Speedhunters Takata tow strap. The side skirts were moulded in to give the car a cleaner look but Warren wanted to keep things subtle being that it is the only FD3S RX-7 in South Africa kitted with the Mazdaspeed bodykit. The bonnet is a custom fiberglass item and really suites the overall look of the car. The exhaust is a full 90mm system with the 130mm jap box to finish things off. The car is running on SSR GT3 3 piece split wheels wrapped in Goodyear 225/40/18 tyres in the front and some super wide 265/40/18 Bridgestone Potenza semi slicks on the back to keep things in check. Behind the stunning SSR’s all you can see are the huge 4 Pot Rotora calipers mated to cross drilled discs.
Interior wise the FD3S comes standard with pretty much everything you’d need but Warren changed the cluster to an imported Mazdaspeed cluster to carry on with the Mazdaspeed theme throughout the car. The steering wheel was then changed to a Nardi steering wheel along with an Isotta gear knob. A few necessary gauges have been fitted to make sure things like boost, fuel pressure and the air fuel ratio can be monitored at all times. A decent sound system has been fitted but with the glorious sound of that 13B motor, it hardly gets used.
Driving next to this car is an absolute car guys dream. As it screams past you the wastegates open and that 90mm exhaust starts beating at your ears like a monkey on a drum. You can’t help but smile and to put the cherry on the cake, as Warren lets off the loud pedal the car shoots huge flames which are really a sight to behold. On idle the car has its distinctive rotary brap-brap-brap-brap sound and has set off many car alarms, but that still doesn’t stop Warren from starting the car in the early morning to rattle his neighbour’s windows.
Warren would like to thank his Father Jimmy for all his hard work on the car and for helping him get it to where it is today. Thank you to the guys from the RE Club SA for all the advice and information. Thanks to Dorne for building such a strong motor and supplying the clutch, Neeresh for all the paint, Gianno for all your help and knowledge and lastly to Greg for selling him such an amazing car!
First introduced in 1966, the Toyota Corolla has seen many different shapes and forms and has since become one of the most popular cars in the world. We see them all the time, but it's not very often that we get to see one as hot as Poovern Ganesan's. After seeing the previous owner racing it at Tarlton Raceway back in 2007, Poovern Ganesan fell in love with this 1983 Toyota Corolla and knew right away that he had to have it! It was love at first sight and nothing could change his mind so he pursued it until a deal was made and the car was eventually purchased.
Fast forward to 2016 and Poovern is still the proud owner of this beast. Now an international orange colour with gold and silver flakes, this Toyo is modded all round from top to bottom! We hung out recently for some car-talk which quickly turned into a full on photoshoot of Poovern’s ride. This is the end result.
Suspension: Megan Racing Coilovers | Ultra Racing Suspension Kit
Engine bay: 3SGTE Toyota Motor | Head ported and flowed | HKS Cams | 750cc Injectors | Aeromotive FPR | Bosch Fuel Pumps | Shot Peened conrods | Standard Toyota piston | Dis 4 MSD Ignition and coils | Dictator Engine Management | T61 Turbonetics Turbo | Turbosmart Dump Valve and Wastegate | Custom Intake and Exhaust manifolds | EBoost 2 Boost Controller
Interior: NRX Seats | Auto Gage Rev Counter | Auto Gage Temp and oil pressure gauges | HKS Boost gauge
Sound: JVC Double Din Head Unit | 15” Rockford T1 Subs | Rockford BD 500 Amplifier For Subs | MB Quatz Mids & Tweeters | Kenwood 6x9’s
Wheels: 17 inch Rezax Wheels wrapped in 205/40/R17 tyres
Poovern describes the car as a never ending project and still has much more in store! Stay tuned, because this ‘Rolla is only gonna get faster!
Photography, words & video by Dyl Welton from Grounded Nation
Low is a lifestyle! This is certainly the case for Julian Naidoo and his air riding VW Polo Vivo. He purchased the car in 2012 and had a set of Maxtrac coilovers fitted a few days later. I would often watch him jacking his car to adjust his coilovers at car meets to get it down low until he one day finally realised; he needed air.
September 2015 saw Julian take the big step to fit on a fully customized Air Suspension system. He believes in the theory of “What wheel gap?” which he certainly lives by. He is currently rolling on a set of 17-inch fifteen52 Tarmac replica wheels wrapped in 185/35/17 Nankang tyres. However, don’t get too accustomed to this look as Julian is fond of changing his wheels.
Julian knew that the standard Polo Vivo interior was never going to do it for him, so he had the seats removed and replaced them with a set of original Recaro leather seats at the front while the rear seats were re-upholstered in Ox-blood red. To compliment this style he had areas of his dash stripped and sprayed red. He kept the standard deck and had a set of Pioneer mids and tweeters to give him the clarity he desired. His dials and controls for his air suspension are located below his deck for his convenience.
Speed was never one of the requirements on his checklist, however he had a free flow exhaust system installed to give the Polo Vivo a little “vroom-vroom” to it. This was the only tinkering that was done to the engine. A set of Polo GTi style side skirts, mirrors and a rear diffuser were custom fitted to the car with the front grille and fogs giving it the 2015 facelift look.
Julian has spent much time and effort to attain the ideal style for his Polo Vivo and with much envy from others, he has set out on the path of perfection. Although the Polo Vivo may be everything he wants right now, Julian aspires to own a VW Golf 5 GTi next.
Words and photography by Jitesh Mohun from Stream Line
December 6th marked the last spinning event for 2015 in Mason’s Mill, PMB. Hosted by Sidewayz, the event played host to drifters from the Supadrift Series such as Paolo Gouveia, Joey Govender, Royce Munnery and others, as well as local spinners such as Kurt Volmink, Bruce Swartley, 15 year old Kyle Amod and many more.
The event started out quietly as the weather wasn’t the greatest on the day but it didn’t take long before the drifters started practicing around the track and that’s when things started warming up! The word got out quickly and before you knew it the banks were full of supporters and the pits had cars everywhere, from the Nissan 200sx to the Mazda RX7 to the legendary ‘boxshape’, the BMW E30. It started off with the drifters doing single runs and showing the crowd what each of them can do, then to heat things up the drifters started doing tandem runs which the crowd went crazy for!
The timed runs followed afterwards which consisted of each driver having to do a set course with the quickest time they could achieve. This was one for the skilled drivers and no mistakes could be made. The spinners took the stage next showing the crowd how it’s done ‘Ekasi’ style. No set course - just freestyle runs with their own stunts. This is always a crowd favourite as the drivers go mad and it gets everyone’s adrenaline rushing!
To have the drifters from Supadrift attend this event really helps this small town grow in KZN’s automotive scene and definitely a positive thing for PMB too as this town needs more motorsport.
Big thumbs up to the organisers, Michael Chetty and Reece Williamson. We hope to see many more events like this!
VW Golf 1 - the worlds most recognized car. Either you own one or know someone who does. The reason I chose this golf to be my very first feature on durbandrags.com is because it looks good, has a banging audio system and has performance upgrades as well.
Akhil Haluman was presented with a stock standard Golf 1 on his 17th birthday. It wasn’t long after that the bug had bitten and the modding began. The exterior has been tweaked with a number of aftermarket goodies the most noticeable being the 17” LENSO BSX rims fitted by the awesome guys at G-Force Tyres. To make the car stand out even more it was brought closer to the ground with a custom 60/40 drop. With the ride height sorted, Akhil decided on having the Vw logo blacked out and also added a set of angel eye headlights coupled with an H.I.D kit, so no more dark nights lay ahead of him. The front end received a color-coded eyelid and the striping on the grill and bumper has been dipped in orange. The bumper sees the addition of the Golf 2 lip as well as smoke indicators.
Onto the interior - orange in all the right place. The seats, door cards & subwoofer enclosure was covered in orange and black leather and orange vinyl was added to the accents on the dash. The car has an array of L.E.D lights all around the interior as well as orange under dash lighting .The driver’s side air vent has been customized by Akhil himself and now houses a digital voltmeter that keeps an eye on the voltage when the bass drops. The audio setup consists of a Jenson in-dash DVD player that sends signal to a Targa 4 channel amp and a Audiogod monoblock. The 4 channel amp powers a pair of Pioneer 6” coaxial speakers while the monstrous monoblock powers the 2x12” Targa Street Series subwoofers which are housed in a custom built fiberglass enclosure that consumes the entire boot. Everything is linked together with 4gauge wiring and the outcome is a really impressive street system.
Finally we come to the engine bay. The engine bay is spotless and that’s hard to come by when a car is daily driven. The engine cover has been chromed and various parts have been sprayed black and orange. That’s not all - the entire engine bay has been given a lick of clear coat and when I say entire engine bay I mean it all , from the rubbers to the hoses to the battery , it all has a coat or two of clear on them. Akhil is a hands on guy so he fabricated a battery cover and wrapped it with orange carbon fiber vinyl while the underside of the bonnet received a splash of orange plastidip. Performance wise the cars 1400 lump has been fiddled with. It now sports a cold air intake with a STK 272 cam, branch and Wildcat exhaust system.
Akhil’s ride has won various trophies over the years in both show and shines and sound off competitions and with regards to future plans we just have to wait and see…
26 April 2015 marked the much anticipated Isithebe Drags. It was obvious that everybody there shared the same strong passion for our local automotive scene resulting in an action-packed day with great vibes all around! There was definitely room for more horsepower but those who attended can all agree that the racers each gave their best efforts on the day which is really what it's all about!
Some shots from the day:
Photos: Rowan Govender
In the stance world, 2015 has been the year of the VW Polo’s so far. A car loved by many – especially Jarred Govender. Jarred’s 2012 Polo Vivo stays more in the category of a stance ride so you wouldn’t expect her to be tearing up the streets, but she’s a real beauty nonetheless!
For Jarred there wasn’t much to worry about when it came to choosing a custom colour for the car because the white paint already complimented the car so well when he first got it and he realised that. Jarred opted to focus on other aspects of the car instead and installed a sunroof for those relaxing Sunday afternoon drives on the highway. A crispy clean ride in every aspect and we're loving it!
Jarred’s Vivo originally came with a set of VW long beach wheels which has since been upgraded to all wide 8.5j chrome BBS rims wrapped in 185/35/R17 Nangkangs and Cobra coilovers have been added.
The interior is pretty much stock standard (for now) with rich oxblood seats. She is still equipped with her stock standard sound system but Jarred has no complaints considering the high quality of the Vivo’s original sound system.
This Vivo is still a work in progress but that hasn’t stopped Jarred from entering competitions. If this is a work in progress then we can’t wait to see the final result!
There is no doubt plenty more to come from this ride as time goes by. Exciting times ahead for Jarred and we wish him all the best!
Feature by Stance Kings
Kerwin Chithray’s 1986 Golf 1 is no stranger to Durban Drags. This showstopper first appeared on our page a few months back and we've wanted to do a full feature on her ever since. Today we’re proud to announce her as our first full feature on Durban Drags!
Originally a two-toned Citi Golf (yellow and white) in 2011, Kerwin stripped and rebuilt the car to his liking over the next few years to achieve his dream of owning a daily-driven show car with a Euro twist. By the mid-2013, she was complete and Kerwin started entering automotive competitions at local car shows. Since then, she has taken Kerwin to JHB and back twice for the VW Camp Festival and she doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon!
A few more of Kerwin’s achievements include:
· A Sunday Tribune Feature
· Selected To Be On Display At The State Of Stance 2014 Event
· Selected To Be On Display At The Durban Motor Show 2014 Event
Now, for the mods…
Engine: Pretty much a stock standard 1300 4 speed carb with a top mount strut bar
Exterior: Full set of beadings and 3 piece chrome grill as well as an original AA Badge, Roof Racks, Crystal Cross Headlights, Crystal Indicators, Life Semi Smoked Tail Lights, Front And Rear Fogs, Xenon kit, Bent Euro Themed Tail Pipe, VMAXX Coil overs, Lenso BSX 15 Inch rims, 7j front, 8j rears wrapped in Federal 165/50/15s and Nankang 195/45/15s, Slight negative camber at the rear wheels.
Interior: Full Terra Brown leather seats/door pads with a black velocity hood-lining. It has an imported cluster from a GTI with the 3 gauges, water temp, voltage and oil bar pressure. A gear lock, central locking and an auto watch level 2 alarm has been added for security.
Ice: Fully customised boot setup in terra brown leather, Sony MP3 player, Pioneer super tweeters, Four 6 inch Pioneer mids, 2 Pioneer 6x9s, Pioneer 12 inch sub, Two Linertec amplifiers, Targa cross over all running off an optima yellow top battery.
Up next for the car is an engine upgrade to a 2l 8v with 400mm sideys, a full wire tuck and a shaven engine bay. We can’t wait to see how it turns out!
This definitely won’t be your last time seeing this ride! Big ups to Kerwin for proving once again that hard work pays off.
Photos: Ape Automotive Photography; Stance Kings