• Shops open for business

    I feel like 2016 has been nothing new, what it has been though is rewarding, I fought off the urge for more projects and focused on the ones I currently have. Tying up loose ends in the garage has been one thing, the website has been another. The name “Engineered to Slide” was coined just […]

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  • ETS Drift Ute – Warming up for the Geelong Revival

    It’s been a while since I pushed the start button on the Hilux, it’s still such a relief to me that I am able to just jump inside this, push the button and have some fun when the opportunity arises. The opportunity came about after a chat to the Geelong Revival Staff, I wanted to […]

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  • Garage spring clean

    Over and over again, the idea of making a dash ran through my mind. I decided to make it out of fibreglass and so it began, a huge mess and hours of sanding. But first I needed to make up a frame, something to allow the shape to flow. Once I had the profile sorted […]

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  • ETS Drift Ute – 3 years in 100 Photos

    I had a request the other day to be a part of a book, the book was on modified cars, they wanted three photos and a short story on the car, 3 photos I thought………. That should be easy. I fired up the old laptop, it took a few minutes to come to life, bogged […]

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  • ETS Drift Ute – Back in the country

    I think everyone has seen those images of containers falling off ships, well I’m happy to say that I got a call from customs saying the container is in the docks safe and sound. I have to thank Extreme Global for being a great shipping company to deal with. If you ever need your car […]

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  • ETS Drift Ute – Pre Jamboree Prep

    As I flew out of Melbourne AUS bound for Wellington NZ I knew what work had to be done on the Hilux that was sitting in the STM workshop. There were three major jobs that needed to be done. The diff: After breaking a driveshaft during the filming of Dream Build Drive at Hampton Downs […]

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  • ETS Drift Ute – Gaining the KW

    If you read my previous post about the Hampton Downs track day then you will recall my minor issue with power, after Andre and Ben extracted 287rwkw on the DTM dyno last year I was excited to drive what seemed to be a weapon on paper, 950kg and 287rwkw was the quickest thing I had […]

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  • Tour of NZ – Hampton Downs

    So this was it, the day that I had dreamed of since the very beginning. Azhar had orginised the racetrack and with Gary’s guidance I had the whole place to myself, it doesn’t get much better than that. I wouldn’t be alone on this day though, it was a special day for Matt as the […]

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  • ETS Drift Ute – Feeling Alive Again

    Could I have picked a more difficult hobby? I dont think so. Being so invested with something so complicated has its ups and downs. When I set out to build a car from scratch the idea was to build it as basic as possible. I think I achieved this, mechanically its a very simple car, […]

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