On a day which the ATC held a long-awaited press conference about ESMA's modified vehicle approval process, Kanzen Motorsports coincidently held an event to celebrate their one year anniversary. And, as the rest of Dubai spent the week focusing on the launch of the new KIA Rio or the opening of the new Bugatti show room on Sheikh Zayed Road, we spent the week at Kanzen’s workshop getting prepared for the event.
If getting sideways is your thing or you own a 86/BRZ, or any JDM car for that matter, then you are probably aware of their workshop. If not then who knows where you have been hiding for the past year. Set up almost exactly a year ago by three like minded people, all who have been the driving force behind some of the most interesting projects from this season's shows. They have also slipped into becoming one of the only specialized 86/BRZ workshops within the UAE. Fixing everything from DI failure or the annoying clutch release bearing, they have seen it all. Aside from the usual day to day tasks they are also not scared of taking on a bit of the unusual.
It's almost a year to the day that we shot the entire Stance Kitchen crew's (including their founder Ivan's and co-founder Konan's) cars. Both Ivan's and Konan's were again on display but looking slightly different from when we last featured them. Both of their cars have undergone some major surgery whilst in the hands of Kanzen.
Ivan’s BRZ was one of the first wide-bodies to roll out of their workshop and Konan has a healthy habit of having axles replaced at their workshop. His S14 is back there as we speak after breaking yet another. We are hoping that Kanzen sorts him out with some modified rear knuckles to prevent this from happening in the future. The stance life eh?
Outside was filled with a sea of JDM cars but due to poor lighting we were unable to get any decent pictures but there were a few tidy Silvias and one very well put together 86 owned by Lemar. Something we need to see more of in the future.
So, here’s to another year, and another successful season. Who knows what we will see next rolling out of Kanzen’s doors but you can rest assure we will most likely have the low down on it first.