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Post by sunny1600 on Wed May 16, 2012 10:58 am

Hi guys,

my name is Mark, 29 years old and I live in the Netherlands. I met some of you guys at last years JAE of which I still remember (and stay in touch with) Dan with the PS13. I also own a white silvia, later more about the car.

i have attended JAE the last 3 years, which is quite a trip from the Netherlands. However every time I make new friends, see cars I have never seen or heard about and drink alot of beers (or bjeej as me and my mates call it).

Besides cars and JAE I also like to take the car out on a date to the Nordschleife, also known as Jacky Stewarts nickname the Green Hell.

My previous car was a nissan sunny 1.6 with GA16DS, hence the nickname sunny1600.
I stripped the car late 2010 and started my search for a better replacement. Which turned out to be a white nissan silvia....

About the car. It is a Nissan silvia S12 Grand Prix sporting the FJ20E engine. I bought it February last year after an epic car collection road trip.
The car was for sale near the Czech border in the little place called Stützengrun.

First sight. Instant crush again


I have driven the GP on the Nordschleife only one time last year. Did 11 laps that day and it felt great. I have had a nissan sunny N14 before that I used to drive on the Nordschleife too. But I like the S12 better..

Previous car, my sunny chalkboardpaint blue.



The S12 GP on track Cool





Why only 11 laps? Because I blew the engine. I had a coolant leak because a hose snapped on the freeway which resulted in a cracked head so had to be rebuilt. That had been done and it turned out that they fucked up my head, they cut the valve stems.

I didnt know the sh*t about the cut valve stems when I met some of you guys last year JAE, I thought it was still an easy fix at that time. Sh*t happens....

So I was totally fed up with the 12 and went on holiday in the States. Met some guys there from the 12 community (Draconis, the guys from LowXIIposition) and had a blast.

In the meantime found myself a fresh FJ20E in Germany so collected. Swapped it in recently and then the starter that died. Replaced the starter and now I am driving the 12 again.
But as with silvia's, this problem was solved. Another occurred. The ring gear which the starter swings is damaged, needs replacement. Also the gearbox needs revision as it has some strange vibrations/noices. Luckily for me I still have two other FJ20's in storage so need to take one off them and use that flywheel with ring gear. One last problem, it looks like the engine eats up oil. So I just bought shares of Shell lol!
Seriously though, just checking it and if it gets too worse have it rebuilt.

I did one lap on the Nordschleife this year, however it was only open for an hour or so and it got closed before ending time due to oil leakage. It was way to crowded anyway to drive it normally.
I am planning to come to the ring on sunday the 27th of May and meet up with Dan and do some laps off course.

Other plans for 2012 are below, but of course I am going to JAE and first time to Japfest 2 Donnington Park.



Plans for 2012
Going for some tracktime at
- Zandvoort (Netherlands)
- Nordschleife (Germany) Whenever possible Very Happy
- Donnington Park (UK) Japfest 2 (tracktime bought 4 sessions)

Here are some links
Couldnt post the links.


Enjoy reading

Mark


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Post by Jack on Wed May 16, 2012 1:25 pm

Welcome to the site mate, nice to see an s12, not that many about! crazy distance to drive for shows!!

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Post by martyn on Wed May 16, 2012 1:30 pm

Hey that's the best intro ever , I met you at jae I think I has the 200sx welcome to the site

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Post by Steve on Wed May 16, 2012 2:40 pm

Now you sir Win the dedication award

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Post by sunny1600 on Wed May 16, 2012 3:32 pm

Tnx guys.. It is an S12 Grand Prix, special edition thats way I drove 9 hours to collect it and 9 hours back...

Epic roadtrip though.

Yeah I met some of you guys I think, only kept in touch with Dan tbh.

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Post by john on Thu May 17, 2012 2:31 am

Wow what an intro! Love the look of the S12, welcome along to the site, just put of interest how long and how much are the sessions at japfest 2? I may join you on track
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Post by sunny1600 on Sun May 27, 2012 4:08 pm

Was nice meeting some of you guys at the Nordschleife today(yesterday).

John here is the link to the tracktime.

http://www2.seetickets.com/japfest2/price.asp?code=608977&pgroup=1&filler1=id1carshows&filler2=multiid1carshows&filler3=

Dont know if i paid 25 pounds a session though. Doubt it tbh.

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Post by Jack on Tue May 29, 2012 2:17 pm

Was nice to meet you bud, will see you at some events later in the year! cheers for the lap lol

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Post by Steve on Tue May 29, 2012 2:45 pm

Nice meeting ya fella i was the guy with the s14

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Post by sunny1600 on Tue May 29, 2012 3:47 pm

yeah np jack. The owner of the evo was pissed cheers

Nice meeting you too Stevo. Some mods and your s14 would make a nice weekend warrior

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Post by john on Wed May 30, 2012 3:00 am

Good to meet you mark! You are a funny man, and we will see you again soon Smile
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Post by finch on Wed May 30, 2012 11:29 am

good to meet you mark, love the s12!
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Post by sunny1600 on Wed May 30, 2012 2:14 pm

Tnx guys, hopefully at Japfest 2. Otherwise at JAE Wicksteed.

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Post by john on Thu May 31, 2012 12:41 am

Looks like a few of us are heading to japfest 2 so we will see you there Smile
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Post by sunny1600 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 2:38 pm

Cool John. Would love to meet you guys there again!.

Here are some links which I wasnt allowed to post the first times. Click on them, they are worth it.

S12 GP on s12sil
Drivers Blog on S12sil part 1
Drivers Blog on S12sil part 2
Photoshoot by Roy Zweers

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Post by john on Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:48 pm

Awesome! What a trek you had to go get the car! Was worth it tho as it looks so cool Very Happy
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Post by sunny1600 on Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:35 pm

My buddy has decided not to take his primera to JF2 and therefor he has his tracktime tickets (4) for sale. If anybody is interested lmk.

He will be at JF2 to hand them over, just wont bring over his car.

Thanks John, sometimes I fking hate the car.

I have a pic of Jack hitting his nutsack.

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Post by Jack on Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:15 am

Haha you what?!

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Post by sunny1600 on Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:48 am

Don't say it isnt you.....



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Post by Jack on Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:23 am

Haha awesome

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Post by Steve on Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:44 am

just having a casual play hey jack Wink

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Post by john on Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:01 am

sweet pic, jack in the background hahaha!
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Post by Steve on Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:17 am

wats the website for that pic wanna see if theres on of me

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Post by sunny1600 on Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:11 am

I think there is Steve.

You should use http://www.ringportal.nl/en/calendar to look for pics of your cars.

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Post by sunny1600 on Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:27 am

Forgotten to update here.

Took the S12 to Donington Park Japfest 2 for some tracktime

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I have been a few times to the Nordschleife

stock chassis


bc racing coilovers

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Donington Park
http://youtu.be/1dCXdXJcvNM?hd=1

Nordschleife
http://youtu.be/ErPI7rnga8E?hd=1

Recaro recliners from a honda accord type r with 3 inch QSP camlocks


BC racing coilovers


Upgraded the brakes from pre facelift S13 256 mm to facelift S13 280mm with DS2500 pads

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Took the 12 to the UK once more

JAE 2012



Been to the ring again





Went to Zürich to see a special S12, The Champion edition of which 100 are made in total.



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Sinds last week my car is on the Australian S12 site as a feature car

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The Flying Dutchman - The S12 Grand Prix
Posted by Draconis, in Feature Car: Flying Dutchman 25 September 2012 · 83 views




Each car has its own personality and much of that is apparent in the way it presents itself. One can say that a car is simply that. An inanimate object that is void of personality and if anything, is just an extension of ourselves as we express our interests, tastes, and aspirations through them. This is very true; however, if one does look or listen closely, one can indeed pick up on just what the car is beyond a collection of metal, plastic, and glass. And indeed, it is this that makes cars come unto their own. To add, there is the interplay between the owner of the car and the car itself that truly brings out the best in both and it is this trait that propels the two in such a manner that it is nearly impossible to not notice and admire.



As our newest addition to our Featured Car list, Mark van der Velden and his Grand Prix are very much an example of how a car and driver can propel the other to beyond that of just "owning" a car. After spending a week getting to know the Grand Prix and seeing all that Mark has in store for her, the two are indeed a powerhouse waiting to happen. We here at S12Silvia.com have long since had our eye on Mark and his Grand Prix but have been waiting for some time to see how things would turn out for the two and just what direction they would be going. With several world renowned tracks already driven, an icon in Europe, and the inspiration of many globally,




It is indeed our privilege to have the opportunity to add Mark and his Grand Prix to the list. We are excited to share what Mark has already prepared for us and the many things yet to come. With so much in the works already, be on the lookout for some great features about one of the finest examples of an S12 Grand Prix that still exist.

Photography credit goes to Jano Buitenhuis. Thanks heaps man for the pics and looking forward to seeing you again next year.

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