2013 – my year in pics


So as the sun sets on 2013, here are some of my favourite photos of my adventures throughout the year…

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A year of ups and downs and big decisions..

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Tokyo Auto Salon

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Holiday in Cebu, Philippines

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Street art – Shibuya, Tokyo

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Work – RAUH Welt Begriff, Chiba, Japan

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RWB New Year Party – Roppongi, Japan with Jeab, Nakai-San and Shusaku-San

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Tokyo SkyTree

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Snowboarding – Inawashiro resort, Fukushima, Japan

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RWB New Year meet – Hard Rock Cafe, Roppongi, Tokyo

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Asakusa at night

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My first two Porsches that I cut up and built at RWB

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Took part in the Tokyo St. Patrick’s day parade with our football team

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My favourite time of year – Megurogawa, Tokyo

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Watching the world go by – Harajuku, Tokyo

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Tokyo station after the restoration

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Spent my last day living in Japan driving around Chiba in an RWB 993 with some great friends

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Ha’penny bridge, Dublin

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Croke park, Dublin

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Had a fantastic time in San Francisco, such a beautiful city! Was great catching up with old friends and even got to ride around the city in a Hakosuka!

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50 years of the 911 – Mondello Park, Co.Kildare

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Ireland v Faroe Islands – Aviva stadium, Dublin

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IDC round 1 – Mondello Park, Co.Kildare

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Went to Gatebil Rudskogen in July, what an experience! Got to hang out with my good friend Torby and got to see his awesome garage where he’s currently restoring his stunning Datsun 240Z!

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Back to Japan in July to race at idlers 12hour endurance race for RWB

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My third endurance race working with RWB and the best yet, LOVED driving the lovers rough/RWB Ireland 993, such an awesome car!

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My good friend Danny at FC Autosource loaned me this beautiful AE86 while I had a couple days off after the race and which I subsequently got arrested in 🙂

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Got to see the Coronas at the FM104 the gig at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, what a band!

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Headed to Barcelona for a few days back in August

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My friend Jonathan and I raised almost €1500 for our skydive in aid of the Irish Haemophilia society back in November, absolutely amazing experience and all for a great cause!

Well that’s been pretty much it for 2013, I’m sure I missed some stuff but that’s all I can think of right now, been a great year…

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Thank you!

– Gary Patrick Mannion

Eoin O’ Sullivans IDC JZX90


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It’s been a while since I really posted anything here and I have been meaning to get around to posting pictures of my good friend Eoin’s awesome jzx90 that he built to compete in this years Irish Drift Championship so I took my camera along to round 1 in Mondello Park back in April.
I have also decided not to edit any of the pics because I have been busy and I don’t get paid for it so who cares 🙂

We had a late night Thursday putting the finishing touches to the car before a very early start for Friday morning practice…

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We set up in the paddock early enough and checked over the car before practice started as it was the cars first time running and we wanted to run the car as much as possible throughout the day in case of any issues

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We came across a couple of smaller issues throughout the day but just after lunch 1st gear decided it didn’t want to work anymore and Eoin was left starting off in second gear which wasn’t ideal!

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Eoin done a great job throughout the day and improved with every run with faster and more aggressive entries with the car looking absolutely fantastic in the process!

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As the day came to an end I decided to get some pictures of the car in the paddock..

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BMW Marrakech brown was a perfect colour choice!

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Unfortunately for Eoin, he had an argument with a barrier during round 2 at Punchestown and the car is now looking like this…

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But he is working on rebuilding it along with a new Getrag 6 speed box from a Supra that we got from Japan so look out for more updates in the near future.

Here is a link to the build thread on Driftworks:
http://www.driftworks.com/forum/drift-car-projects-builds/165191-jay-zed-ex-ver-2-0-a.html

And a lot of credit has to go to Philip Wright who spent a long 18 months or so building the car and getting it finished in time for round 1!

Gary

Coming soon: Eoin O’Sullivan’s IDC jzx90


Been way too long since I posted on here but I promise to update it more frequently in the future, for now, here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come….

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I will be posting a full blog post of the build, the finished project, the car in action in round 1 at Mondello on April 19-21 and full details of the work that went into the car so stay tuned…

Gary