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Monday Fundays

On Mondays the Zen shop in Leichhardt is shut, on our day off we like to go on adventures. All plans when out the window when Robbie (Zen’s shop manager) rocked up at my place, from there we got a call from a mate who needed help with registering his car. Off we were to Chatswood. Adventure Time!

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Miserable weather, but hey, Robbie’s E30 is a lovely place to be.

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Spotted a Porters across the road from the RTA. Ducked in looking for a vintage bottle of my fave red. Scored big time!

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We spotted these re-release Ninja Turltes at Toys R Us.

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Robbie made a bee line right for the Hotwheels section and boom, what a deal!

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Nice choices huh? Dave chose a good time to start his first collection.

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A small donation got me a balloon (which I forced Dave to carry around for the rest of the day haha).

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Gundam poster outside this shop (Hobby Z) said it all.

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Rad!

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Very cool.

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We were super tempted to buy a rocket (and everything else in the store pretty much!).

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Spotted up high on top of some shelves.

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Z-Tune!

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Mini-z track which you can hire.

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Tabi! Traditional Japanese socks! Next door was Daiso Japan, a store where everything on sale is $2.80.

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Strange and wonderful.

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Ear muffs?

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Robbie cleaning up.

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Dat Purple Drank!

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Feeding the birds at Nick’s place.

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Nike.

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Those God rays.

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Cruising.

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Back at the Bra.

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Dave stole my lighter at some point, he swore it was his, turns out we both had brown bic lighters haha.

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They tell you never to open them, but we pretty much pushed Dave to crack open his Bozo car.

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And ooooh daym! These little cars just come to life when you take them out of the box!

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SO AWESOME!

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YEW!

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We took the EF out too, such a fat little thing!

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The Death of Facebook

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Facebook have killed the reach on commercial pages, and are now forcing page owners to pay to get their posts out in front of their fans.

About a month ago the Zen Garage Facebook Page saw massive spikes in reach. We were reaching 10 million people a week (!), and our likes were going up 1000 a day. A lot of others were experiencing something similar. I even witnessed people who had no interest in Facebook at all, all of a sudden become Facebook addicts (who else doesn’t find getting a billion likes and shares on a post you make a lot of fun?).

Then, even quicker than the reach came, it died and we literally went from millions of reach a week back to 100,000 reach a week. This happened over a week. Our likes though, for reason started to ramp up and went from 1k a day to 2k a day then just a few days ago that too died in dramatic fashion. Someone at Facebook turned something off as we went from 2k likes in one day to no likes at all on one day, then 3 likes the next day and only around 80 likes a day right now.

To put things into perspective: Zen’s Facebook Page was getting 2k likes a day organically, and now it’s getting none, and if I pay Facebook for more likes it costs $50 a day for an estimated 200 likes a day. Get fucked.

I’ve been somewhat proud of the social media marketing skills I’ve developed over the past few years. Building communities is what I’m best at and Facebook has been one of the largest “new” tools I’ve invested a lot of time and work into, but I just can’t help but feel absolutely ripped off. This is phishing at it’s worst. I understand that Facebook has to make money, but it’s how they’ve gone about it that’s wrong.

Honest truth is I’ve been dreading the thought of looking back over the past few years of my life and realising that I spent all of it on Facebook. That’s been a very real fear of mine for the past couple of years, perhaps I should feel lucky I’ve only really lost 2 years to Facebook, and not a whole lot more.

I know what I have to do moving forward. It involves a whole lot of work fucking harder, just like I did in the old days. Am I bitter? A bit, but I’ve got no one to blame but myself really.

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Shoot with Christine Joy Somera

Spent my Monday funday with gamer and Star Wars fanatic Christine Joy yesterday. Had initially planned to maybe shoot her out at Cockatoo Island, but decided to stay in my comfort zone, literally, by having a lazy day shooting her at home.

Really happy with the results. Just the right amount of light (it was on and off all day) and little Christine (she’s tiny!) was such a pleasure to hang with.

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19th Biennale of Sydney

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Braved the rain and checked out the 19th Biennale of Sydney at Cockatoo Island today with Mimi. Full feature on Zen Garage: http://zengarage.com.au/2014/03/19th-biennale-of-sydney

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Geedup x Zen Garage

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It’s here! The result of our collab with Geepdup. A long sleeve T that’s just as home at a track day as it is on the street.

Model: Bettina Banks
Stylist: Melanie Fernandez
Photographer: Selectnine

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Red Lantern On Riley

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Last night the Zen Crew checked out Red Lantern on Riley. Celebrity Master Chef and Restaurateur Luke Nguyen’s second Red Lantern restaurant (the original still running on Crown St in Surry Hills).

More specifically we spent the entire night in the Red Lily Cocktail Bar out the back of the restaurant. A small but racy space with wooden stools and a marble bar. Our bartender Ken was an amazing man and had us exchanging pot shots all night. We pretty much tried every cocktail on the menu, all of which were amazing discoveries, we also had most of the ‘bar food’ menu which was next level and had some of us saying that it was the best bar food we’ve ever had.

We got to briefly meet Head Chef Mark Jensen who’s the co-owner and brother-in-law, and his wife Pauline (Luke’s sister) ran us through every dish that came out. Amazingly Luke was also in the house as he was serving dinner to 2 lucky winners of a competition he ran where the winners were flown first class from anywhere in the world to have dinner with Luke at Red Lantern on Riley! In between keeping the winners entertained Luke came back to the bar to hang out with us more than a few times during the night (he’s a champ, as down to earth as they come, we’re all converted!).

Ved took a lot of shots. I’ll be writing up a full feature for Zen Garage soon!

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Jamboree Sydney

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Serg and Rob.

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The view from our Zen Stand. Amazing! The grand stand on the right and the strip on the left.

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The Zen Stand.

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Wouldn’t be Jamboree without a Bikini Comp!

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Schembri!

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Zen Sponsored drivers Schembri and Jabbit of Blaze Unit going off as usual.

Attended my first Jamboree yesterday. We were given the primo position for our Zen Stand, right at the top, overlooking the drag strip. Was a fast paced event, the action on the drag strip was amazing, so many 6 second passes! The drift shows really broke up the day too, probably the closest the crowd has gotten to drift action in some time.

Unfortunately it rained at around 4pm and that sent everyone packing, we packed up and bailed, but found out afterwards that the rain stopped and racing re-commenced at 7pm! Shame to miss the finals, there’s always next year though!

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LOST: Leichhardt Open Studio Trail 2014

LOST (Leichhardt Open Studio Trail) is an event held in conjunction with Art Month each year in March. During this time artists studios throughout the local area open their doors to the public and Zen Garage was on the map!

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Lost Maps showing all the open studios in Leichhardt.

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Our resident arty chick Krysti Mclellan drawing live on the day.

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Resident Zen Cars: Ved’s MK1 GTI and Justin’s R32 GT-R.

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On the Go mobile mechanic working on Rob’s E30.

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ARTcycle ran a guided tour of a variety of galleries and spaces on the LOST trail and Zen Garage was on their checklist.

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Visit: http://www.artcyclesydney.com

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There are always amazing rides dropping in to Zen Garage.

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Michael’s awesome ‘KE04ME’ F20C powered KE30 Toyota Corolla.

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S2K everything!

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Yono’s super clean E30.

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Sam’s absolutely amazing Lebanese BBQ, such an epic way to end the day.

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Top Gear Festival Sydney – Media Day

Sergio, Ved and I were invited to Motoring in Motion, a preview to the 2014 Top Gear Festival Sydney at Sydney Motorsport Park.


Look what I painted! That Jayson Fong is so talented. His painting was going to be displayed in the Senna Tribute display. So cool.

A very small group of media were treated to an awesome day out. First up we had lunch (the steak and salmon were great!) and had the Australian Top Gear presenters run casual Q&A’s with Craig Lowndes, Robert Dhalgren, Neal Bates, Beau Yates, Lee Holdsworth and Will Davison. Amazing that they got all these top shelf drivers in to chat in front of us! Very cool.

Next up we were introduced to Volvo’s new S60 Polestar. Got to love that blue. What’s better we got hot laps in it on South Circuit with Robert Dhalgren at the wheel. He muscled that car around, the brakes were damn amazing. Super punchy.


Beau Yates’ 86.


This thing was a beast. Seeing it squat and drift… awesome.

After that we got to ride shotgun in either Beau Yates’ 86 or Neil Bates’ old school Celica rally car. I got to jump in with Beau (I’ve been a fan of his ever since seeing him drift at Oran Park when the Japanese D1 Drifters first came to Sydney). Damn his car is amazing. When it grips, it’s got so much torque, the shifting is amazing and the whole car just feels so smooth when sliding. Beau treated me to 2 laps, what a champ! Was great having a bit more of a chat than the past couple of times I’ve run into him.

After that we got happy laps on South Circuit in a couple of 911′s. I jumped in the convertible. Lovely car, my driver did a little grip driving and a little drifting too, full locking it nice and smooth.


Ved snipering Jeremy Clarkson.

Then the new Mclaren 650S was revealed to us. Bit of a treat as this car was only just revealed at the Geneva Motor Show 3 days prior.


What a thing of beauty.


Senna and Ved!


Ved’s Zen Snapback signed by Bruno.

To top the day off we got to meet Bruno Senna and check out Ayrton Senna’s 1988 McLaren MP4/4 F1 race car.


Ramspeed Twin Turbo Gallardo spotted in the carpark.


I walked away with this poster… oh noes it might be game on again!

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Harry’s Cafe de Wheels

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