Well, it’s Thursday night and we have some great news! We’re in the hotel room at 9pm! The new CV boot swap the guys made last night worked perfectly today and the car ran flawlessly.
We were back on the road a few hours after getting back to the hotel but it was worth the effort. The crew have been absolutely amazing this week and they are doing an incredible job!
Well, we have officially made it through the first half of the week. As expected the GT-R is running very well and if it weren’t for the worries about the CV boots, the only service we would be performing to the car would be filling it up with fuel. This car is truly incredible. Steve is having an absolute blast and after each stage has a huge grin on his face.
Mark and Joe are really doing a great job and working hard. They had a bit of a problem today when the service van started filling with the fumes from the fuel and was messing with their heads a little. We have taped off the back half of the van with clear drop cloths and a lot of duct tape so it should be well sealed from here on out.
Well today was eventful. There were eight stages in total, one of which was canceled due to a problem with crowd control (good call by the organizers!). We were able to get some great video footage of the car coming through two stages as well as photography through Stage 8.
Photo courtesy Warwick Patterson / Formulaphoto.com
Stage 8 is insane! This stage takes place in the middle of a housing district. Imagine the largest neighborhood in your area. Now block of the roads and run a train of rally cars through it. It was incredible. Mike and Steve did a great job through here and really hustled hard. Unfortunately they caught the Subaru early in the stage and weren’t able to get by because the roads were so tight.
Well, we have mostly good news and some bad news. Good news is we are getting some awesome video footage and I can’t wait to bring it home. Steve has been doing a great job operating our in-car video system so we should be able to get some great footage.
Photo courtesy of Marc Urbano – Road & Track
The guys from Road & Track and I spent the day getting deep into some of the stages and getting video footage as well as photos. I will send some of the photos tonight but the video footage will have to wait until I get home. For those of you who know me, I’m not the best when it comes to modern technology.
Day 2 of the 2009 Targa Rally featured a two stage prologue, which the GT-R was able to run one of the stages, and things look really good.
2:05pm NDT (9:35am PST)
Standing in a field in Newfoundland with the STILLEN Sweepstakes winner Seth and his cousin Glenn. A Suburu went off bad in a Prologue Stage.
2:14pm NDT (9:44am PST)
First day is going well. We were hoping to come down yesterday to do some final touches on the car but unfortunately our flights got messed up and we did not get in until six or six thirty. No worries though!
Oneill Motors has been great to us and let us come in early to perform our nut and bolt check. Special thanks to Brian and Dave for all their help!!!
Next we will be taking the GT-R over to tech.
Tonight I will be sending a full explanation of a top secret part of the car. Coilovers!!!
Well, the car is ready to go. Steve flew out a few days early to get the STILLEN GT-R across the border and all the spare parts into the service van. Mark (Lead Mechanic) and I (Kyle Millen) are in the airport waiting for our flight to Toronto where we will board our second flight into St. John’s.
We’re all excited and looking forward to a great week. I will be posting information, updates, and hopefully video interviews throughout the next week. I will also be posting comments to the STILLEN Twitter account, I encourage you to follow along there as well for daily updates.
Well, the STILLEN GT-R has made it across the country, and is currently settled in Maine, awaiting Steve Millen’s arrival to drive it the rest of the way into Newfoundland for the Targa Rally. The FedEx Transporter delivered as promised, and everything arrived safe and sound, and ready for action.
We thought this would be a perfect time to introduce you to the STILLEN GT-R as it exists prepped for the Targa Newfoundland, with the full rally preparation finished. We also played with some of the testing footage, and as you’ll see below, this transformed GT-R is something to see.
Meet Seth. Seth is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Seth is about to have a lot of fun. Seth is the lucky winner of STILLEN’s 2009 Targa Newfoundland Sweepstakes.
Seth and his cousin Glenn will be traveling with the STILLEN crew up to Newfoundland, Canada to watch the STILLEN R35 GT-R compete in the rally event. The trip includes airfare, hotel accommodations, rental car, meals and spending cash, along with
Steve Millen and the R&D crew here at STILLEN are at full throttle wrapping up the build of the STILLEN GT-R, and Road & Track has been continuing their great video coverage of the build and testing.
These three videos bring the total to 16 videos surrounding the STILLEN GT-R and the build for the Targa Newfoundland Rally which is in mid-September and quickly approaching.