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    #161
    One proof that you don't need a modified car to do good, you just need a modified driver.

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    #162
    Last month Aibo and I embarked on our longest road trip ever: from Manila to Pagudpud, at the north coast of the northernmost province of Ilocos Norte. I was with my girlfriend and her family. We made quite a few stops along the way.

    Calle Crisologo, Vigan City


    Paoay Sand Dunes Park


    Bangui Windmills



    Patapat Viaduct (the white Ford Ranger pickup is the lead car in our convoy)


    Kapurpurawan Rock Formation


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    #163
    Pagudpud beach


    All that driving sure took a toll on Aibo's brake rotors and Tanabe pads though. Just look at them wheels...mind you they're supposed to be black!


    Aibo had a full load of five people and cargo the whole trip. Overtaking slower traffic and keeping up with the turbodiesel Ranger on the long provincial roads was an exercise in planning, as I frequently had to wind out the little L13A3 mill to 6000 RPM in second gear for overtaking long vehicles safely. Hence, fuel economy over the four-day, 1200+ km journey was basically the same as it was while I was driving in Manila. The GD1 has light weight as its greatest weapon; load it up enough and its performance is handicapped.

    What Aibo lacked in grunt, he made up for in relative comfort. Had I still had the stock seats, I would not have attempted this trip. Although they lacked lumbar support, the Recaro SRDs were a godsend for long-distance driving. I was behind the wheel for long spells at a time, as long as 12 hours driving. The normally stiff ride wasn't as much of an issue either as Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte share some very, very good roads - much better than 90% of Manila tarmac/concrete - and Aibo was athletic enough to outmaneuver the odd suicidal maniac driver.

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    #164
    I'll refer you to the thread for my two exploits at Batangas Racing Circuit this year for video.

    Meanwhile here are a few photos.




    I'm not just all racing either. Nowadays I bike on my Dahon Vitesse, and I haul it around on my little Honda.


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Project "Hyaku Shiki Hamster": My 2005 GD1 Honda Jazz 1.3S