Solodex with your daily driven.
Name: Alan Rajkumar-Maharaj A.K.A. Zodiaque
Profession: IT Officer/ Web Developer/ Graphic Artist
Vehicle: 1985 Mitsubishi Lancer
Class / Bracket: GS
How & when did you first come across Solodex?
I had joined CARS in 2002, with more interest in their navigational rallies admittedly. During a meeting I heard about Solodex. I decided to go as a spectator to an event and I was hooked. It would be a few more years’ before I actually participated.
In 2005 I entered my Lancer in the novice class. I competed here for 5 events before opting to move to my Bracket for 2006, taking first place in my debut. I do not have such luck at all events, but since then there is hardly an event that I would miss.
Has this sport have any impact towards you daily driving?
It has. This sport by the nature of it trains you to maneuver a car within constraints. It teaches you the limit of the car at those speeds. A driver who regularly takes part in Solodex becomes a good precision driver. This ability comes in handy in any road situation in which I would need to act quickly.
If there is; what would be the one thing you would like to see introduced or changed in Solodex events?
I saw introduced in 2006 tandem running of cars. Although the current facility would not allow for this, I would like to see this once again someday.
How did you choose your current vehicle & why did you choose it?
I had always liked the RWD Lancer, basically since I knew myself. Of course as I grew older so did they. This did not stop me from Looking for one as my first car.
After starting a couple projects with a Ford escort and a Hillman Hunter estate, it was decided that neither of these would be finished in time for me to use for daily commute to University. These two cars are still at my home.
So the search was on for the RWD Lancer. Both my dad and I spotted the same white rwd lancer on separate occasions in Gulf City Mall’s parking lot. I carried the details to my dad who said he had already spoken with the owner. It was fate; it would seem that I drive this car.
Is it your “daily driven” vehicle, and why?
It has been my daily driver since I was 18. It has taken me everywhere I could think of. Late 2008, when I switched jobs to one that was further away, I started using another car that my parents have loaned to me. Although very reliable, my parents thought it safer to use a newer vehicle. I do miss driving it daily, despite the luxuries etc. of a newer car.
The Lancer is now a dedicated hobby and track car, whilst retaining all the functionality of a daily driver.
What were your original plans for the car and have they changed?
My original plans remain the same. I intend to restore the body to a decent state as well as the suspension and all mechanicals. One thing is certain; there will always be a Mitsubishi engine under her hood.
What performance modifications have you made to your car?
The original engine block was damaged in December 2007. A complete 4g15 from a third generation fwd lancer was sourced, that block is now mated with the original 4g12 head.
The head had been ported, polished and skived. I customised an intake manifold to accept a Weber 32 36 carburetor rather than just bolting a plate to it. The exhaust system is a 2.25 inch system, straight pipe with one resonator. The original clutch fan has been replaced with an electric unit.
What suspension modifications have you made to the car?
There are no modifications to the suspension at this time, all stock.
Are you planning on changing your car soon, maybe to upgrade?
As a Solodex car, I’m not sure. I hope to keep this one running as long as it could go.
Has Solodex taken any “toll” on your vehicle, and what can other dexers look out for with regards to wear on the car?
The only damage ever received in Solodex itself has been the shortening of the tire life. There is no real way to avoid this. Keeping your tire pressure at the correct level for the course will help reduce uneven wear.
Besides this, one should always keep your car maintained well. All fluids should be changed at the recommended time interval or sooner. These are the life of your car and not only important for Solodex, but general car life.
Have you ever won a class/event?
Yes I have, a few times. The competition in this class has always been close; everyone gets a turn at first place.
How and when did you first find trinituner.com?
I probably found out about it while in secondary school. This was befor I owned a car, but I had always been interested in them. I have been a member since Version 1 and have seen it evolve over time.
How has this site benefited you?
I have gotten to know more about local motorsport and its participants. I have also met some of my best friends here who share a common interest in the automotive lifestyle.
Any last comments you would like to make?
Never be discouraged, not only in motorsport, but anything you put your mind to.
“If you want something, go and get it.”
Believe, belief, beyond…
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