Team Cream’s

Sen­tra Sil­hou­ette

NZ Performance Car - - 4 & Rotary Nationals 2017 -

Be­ing handed the keys to a car that you’ve never seen be­fore and given 24 hours to build it into some­thing fast is a bloody hec­tic task — but that’s what the lads at Team Cream had signed them­selves up for at this year’s nats, en­ter­ing the In­ter­club Build Off. Rid­ing on the spice-of-life wave­length, they had al­ready dreamt up a hand­ful of gnarly cre­ations to get the crowds riled up, but noth­ing could be set in stone un­til the car was handed over. Chief creamer Sean Jones told us, “We couldn’t plan too much. Kelvin had the wheels, 14x10-inch and 14x12-inch Watan­abes, and we were real keen to make those fit some­thing to make a street-style boso­zoku car.” What they ended up with was an N13 Nissan Sen­tra — not quite your typ­i­cal boso base car, and also not the 4x114.3 stud pat­tern the Watan­abes fit onto ei­ther. That was re­solved thanks to the boys at 360link, and, with a bit of Kiwi in­ge­nu­ity and some leftover MDF sheets from a dis­play stand, the boxy body was des­tined to switch tracks af­ter group chat ban­ter lead to V 2.0 — a sil­hou­ette racer!

The first step was chuck­ing the springs out the win­dow and cut­ting off the bump stops for the ap­pro­pri­ate low, be­fore tak­ing the re­cip­ro­cat­ing saw to the guards and cut­ting those suck­ers right out to clear the wheels. A few kilo­grams of metal lighter, it was then time to add the MDF — a shit­load of it. Its shape pro­gressed fast, and it

wasn’t long be­fore the boys threw around the idea of chop­ping the roof off, although it was um’d and ah’d over, as no one was sure if it would pass scru­ti­neer­ing for the drags the fol­low­ing day. That de­ci­sion was soon re­solved cour­tesy of the liq­uid courage of many rowdy beers at GT Refin­ish­ers, and a Face­book vote, re­sult­ing in the roof be­ing re­moved and the body be­ing slammed to obliv­ion in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion. Burn­ing on into the very late hours of the morn­ing, the team did seem a touch worse for wear the fol­low­ing day.

There had been doubts that it could be pulled off from within the group, but, in the end, the build only took around seven hours be­fore it hit GT for the fin­ish­ing touches and a hearty lick of paint — which drew heavy in­spi­ra­tion from the Brock Rac­ing En­ter­prises (BRE) themes of yes­ter­year’s Datsun race cars. “The whole thing was done very much wing­ing it,” said Sean. “I guess we all just knew what we wanted and worked hard, and it pretty much fell to­gether.” Los­ing the drag race to the UMF-built com­peti­tor, the slow-but-stylish sil­hou­ette Sen­tra pro­duced a 22.4-sec­ond pass af­ter blast­ing the mu­si­cal horn the length of the strip — top work, team! It was enough to win the crowd over and take the ti­tle, too. Not that it was about win­ning, it was sim­ply about hav­ing fun with a great bunch of peeps.

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