YEAR 10: AusS2000 – S2Ki’s first official member on the last 10 years
Wow, 10 years! A decade ago when I signed up for my account on ‘S2000online.com’ (as it was known then) I had a feeling I was on to something special. I had what I considered to be a very special car. I’d heard about it through the internet and really wanted to share my experiences with it through this fairly new medium. I signed up for S2000online late one night. Little did I know that I was about to embark on a journey that would see me make new friends all around the world, many of whom I would meet either when they came to Australia or who would make me welcome when I visited their home countries.
In 2008 when I casually asked what is there to do in the New York Metro forum the guys got together and organised a ‘Tech Day’. It turns out what this means is closing off a street, getting along 60 odd S2000’s and meeting some of the people that have been a big part of my life in the past decade.
It would reignite my dormant passion for getting under the hood and getting greasy, and take me much further than I had previously gone with everything up to and including engine rebuilding. Previously I had changed the odd clutch. These days I have even been referred to as ‘knowledgable’!
And it would help me realise my passion for motor racing both as a spectator and participant. I have just recently returned from the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix (I stayed with a mate I met through S2ki) and frequently participate in track days.
I have saved a lot of money due to S2ki, and in the process wasted a lot too. When my car started vibrating during acceleration on right hand corners I found the problem on S2ki. It was the CV joints and they were replaced under warranty. When I got bitten by the forced induction bug I found my solution on S2ki in the form of a pieced together turbo kit. And I blame S2ki for the resultant engine rebuild, head gasket replacements and blown diffs since.
S2ki has been a big part of my life for the last decade. Some have asked “Why do you waste so much time on S2ki?”. It has been a decade in which I have made new and important friends, been places I have always wanted to go, learnt things I could never dream of learning. I have grown substantially in the last decade and I feel S2ki has played a pivotal role in that.
Thank you S2ki, and here’s to the next 10 years!
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