Goodbye Australia

Well tonight I fly out to NZ and kick of the week that I have been looking forward to for a while now. My schedule is relentless, my flights at midnight, I loose 3 hours which means I basically loose the night, then there’s a night full of 4 & Rotary promotions fun times, Friday is all about the unveil night, then Saturday is the Nationals in the show hall, Sunday is drag racing, Monday is a chance to get the car prepped for Tuesdays track day, then Wednesday night I fly back home.

With Fridays unveil evening I have been preparing a slideshow and a script to show and tell people about the entire build. I tried to concentrate on the things most people had not seen before and I even surprised myself, I dug that deep that I found stuff that even I had forgotten about, I don’t reflect on much very often as I am so intent on going forwards and stepping things up, I think I forget about what I had actually gone through.

For me though everything comes down to Tuesdays track day, from your generosity we have invested the Pozible money into hiring the best gear in the business to shoot the Hampton Downs action, you gave us $8,500 and between the camera hire, chase car, octocopter, sound engineer, music we have spent it all and a little more on capturing it for you. True to our word not a dollar has been spent on anything that isn’t directly associated with the film, its easily a $12,000 production and I have absolutely everything crossed that the weather, the gear, my driving and the Hilux will do justice on the level we have gone to with this.

When I slide that helmet over my head, fire up my dream and take off down the straight away I will be thankful for every second inside that car, just one whole day, please just work for one whole day!

Sometimes I wonder if the stress is all worth it, I know the risks associated with everything but I also realize the potential that if everything goes to plan then we will have something so special to share with the world. The investment sure doesn’t match the returns and I keep thinking there has to be a way to make atleast a few dollars off all of this, but in reality its a labor of love and next Thursday when I come straight from the airport back to my work to earn enough $$ to do it all again I will be thankful of the headstart the Pozible Campaign made for us, I will always be thankful that for the public’s support not only in NZ but all over the world.

Thanks and Ill see you in NZ!

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9 Comments
  1. Enjoy the Drive. that is all.

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  2. Good luck mate for the week, I look forward to seeing the Hilux at 4 & Rotory’s this weekend!

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  3. Enjoy the trip Bro Hope everything pans out the way you planned it.

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  4. See you in NZ! flights out of aus land at stupid times (considering its so close!) losing 3 hours sucks, and we’re only going over for the weekend!
    Good luck with it all!!
    ps. i’m also looking forward to seeing what brian @ GrinderTV puts together!!

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  5. BUYER BEWARE: SPI Composite Fabrication
    http://www.streetprokits.com/

    Do NOT buy anything from this company.

    For 9 months I have had thousands of dollars tied up with them, waiting for numerous fibre glass panels for a new build.

    I was told in February that it had been shipped. They have said since March that it ‘had problems in Australian Customs’. Since August they have told me that they will ship another order. They have never supplied me with any proof that it had been shipped, even the first time. I called multiple shipping companies in New Zealand and Australia, no one has it. SPI Composite Fabrication cannot seem to supply me with any formal documentation/proof that it even left their shop.

    Every person I have dealt with at SPI Composites (even the owner, Izaaz Ali) has made false and misleading claims about everything from the issues at customs, when they shipped it, the expected delivery time. They have lied about contacting me the next day regarding the shipping – A week later and I am still having to beg them for information regarding my order. I could go for hours about the excuses they have made, about the promises they have broken and about the complete lack of professional business conduct. They are manipulative, they are conniving and they are the absolute worst business I have EVER had to deal with.

    I have spoken to multiple other people in Australia and in New Zealand who have had similar or even worse problems with them. This is a stern warning to anyone else looking to buy a product with SPI Composite Fabrication. Do Not Do It.

    The best that I can hope for in this situation is a full refund. Even if I receive it, I will still feel exactly the same about this business. After being messed around for 9 months, putting off the build of my 2014 car, all the time I’ve spent dealing with SPI Composite Fabrication, my time and money to call shipping agents in Aus & NZ and just the general headache of the whole situation, I would never recommend SPI Composite Fabrication.

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    • It’s a real shame about your woes, not good business at all.
      Slightly bewildered why you posted it here.
      Hope it all works out in the end.

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  6. ps. will you have any merch at all available for purchase with you during the weekend?

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  7. All best in NZ Nigel. The FrankenLux will be solid all weekend! lol

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  8. All the best on this side if the ditch! Am soo envious that I won’t be at the natz.. Work family blah blah. Hope that your mind is blown by the whole experience! !

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