Archive for August, 2008

30
Aug
08

RacingJunk.com!

RacingJunk.com® Gives Back to the Racers with their 2008 Sponsorship Giveaway”

North Adams, MA March 28, 2008 – Racers and race fans across the country are eagerly awaiting the start of the 2008 race season. Spring is finally here and it’s time to pull out those race projects and get them ready to run. Raceway Media’s RacingJunk.com, the world’s largest online motorsports marketplace, is celebrating the start of the racing season by launching the second annual RacingJunk.com Give Back to the Racers Sponsorship Giveaway. This annual contest is their way of supporting the entire grassroots racing community.

RacingJunk.com is giving back to the racers with their impressive 30-week Sponsorship Giveaway, sponsored by Snap-on and supported by some of the biggest names in racing. One lucky winner will be selected at random each week for 30 weeks, running from April 10 until October 30. Weekly winners will receive valuable prizes from Snap-on, Simpson, RH2way, Auto Meter and Goodridge. Anyone who is a RacingJunk.com member can enter to win, and membership is free. RacingJunk.com prides itself on not only being the top racing classifieds site on the web, but also on being a free site – for the racers and by the racers.

Once the weekly contest is over on October 30, all 30 weekly winners will be entered to win one of three incredible prize packages of racing equipment and tools. The thirty finalists’ profiles will be featured on RacingJunk.com and members will vote to determine who wins the Grand Prize.

The Grand Prize, valued at over $75,000, is a fully loaded Haulmark race trailer packed with great product from Snap-on, Simpson, Lincoln Electric, Auto Meter, Goodridge, RH2way, Gemini Autolift, Barry Grant, Mickey Thompson, Champion System and much more.

The second place winner will take home the “Ready to Race” Prize Package, with over $15,000 worth of racing equipment and tools from Snap-on, Simpson, Auto Meter, RH2way, Goodridge, Safety Solutions, Barry Grant, Champion System and other industry sponsors.

The third place winner will receive the “Fill the Garage” Prize Package, with more than $10,000 worth of tools and racing equipment supplied by Snap-on, Simpson, Auto Meter, Barry Grant, RH2way, Goodridge, Safety Solutions, Champion System, Holley, Nitrous Express and others.

To enter, go to the 2008 Sponsorship Giveaway contest page online and click on “Enter to Win.” Entrants must be basic members of RacingJunk.com and at least 18 years of age. See the Official Rules for complete rules and details.

Basic members can enter the contest each week, but will need to resubmit their entry every week. Club RacingJunk members fill out their online application just once then are automatically entered in each week’s contest. Basic members can easily upgrade to Club RacingJunk.com membership by visiting Club RacingJunk.

ABOUT RACEWAY MEDIA
Raceway Media, LLC, a Boxcar Media, LLC Company, is a multimedia publishing firm serving the racing and performance enthusiast industries. It is a free ‘one-stop shop’ for those looking to buy, sell, trade, entertain or interact with people throughout the automotive and motorcycle racing and performance communities.

The company’s holdings include RacingJunk.com and MotorcycleAds.com, which together receive more than 70 million page views per month and have more than 270,000 members. Raceway Media also owns BoatingJunk.com, MuscleCarJunk.com, RacingJunkRides.com, RJRaceSpace.com and the soon to be launched CollectorCarNation.com.

27
Aug
08

OMG! Can I Have You’re Allograft!?

Here’s a quick update on the progress of my knee.

I’m sitting at home at 12:44am putting this blog up while it feels like my stomach is tied in a knot. I am scheduled for surgery in about nine hours, which probably means I should be sleeping. I’ll be at Baptist Hospital for the night after Dr. Nestor Javech does his handy work on my left knee. After weighing my options, I’ve elected to go with an allograft to repair my knee.

What is an allograft you ask? Well that’s the same question I had, an allograft is basically a ligament transplant from a dead guy straight into my knee. Patellar, hamstring, and achilles tendons are the most commonly used. Basically, using an allograft will help cut down on post operation healing time because the operation will not involve cutting out one of my own tendons to replace my ACL.

Advantages

  • No risks, pain, or scars from the donor site
  • Operative time is quicker

Disadvantages

  • The very low risk of contracting a serious infection from the cadaver tissue. Newer techniques of tissue radiation have minimized this risk.
  • National shortage of allografts due to a high demand combined with a low supply of suitable, qualified cadavers.

I’ll try to make this as short as possible. Basically what they are going to do is cut out my damaged ACL and replace it with the allograft. This is done by drilling into my bones, and threading the new/used tendon through and using screws to hold it in place, and voila! I am as good as new, well sort of. The following diagram shows exactly how they will be destroying my knee, I’m expecting to see them use a Makita drill and, wait a min I hope I don’t see them doing anything! I’m supposed to be knocked out!

So that’s the basic procedure. I am unbelievably nervous about it. If you are reading this, and have had knee surgery I’d love to hear from you! (fortune@warrenshimquee.com) Sorry for the crudeness of this post, I think I’ll get some sleep now, I’ll keep everyone updated on how it all goes!

26
Aug
08

4 Fast 4 Furious (wtf?!)

I’m slightly at a loss for words after seeing this amazing (not) trailer for Fast and Furious (4). If you’ve kept up with this “high octane” movie saga then you’d know that this has turned into more of a joke than a serious movie, kind of like the last couple Batman movies that were made before they pressed the reset button with Batman Begins. What is everyone’s thing with Vin Diesel? and Paul Walker? Has Universal considered hiring people who are actually GOOD at acting?

In this installment of the Fast and the Furious, Dominic and his gang hijack another truck filled with valuable goods (gasoline) in order to sell it all so they can overnight parts from Japan, SICK!  This is just like the first film, minus the driving under the trailers and the neon clad Honda Civics. Wasn’t I at a loss for words? They can’t be serious about this, watch it and make up your own minds about this ridiculousness.

18
Aug
08

www.wreckedmagazine.com

Like cars that make tons of smoke and drive sideways? Of course you do, http://www.wreckedmagazine.com has all of the latest coverage from the hottest drift events around the country. Check out this video from Formula Drift Seattle!

2008 Formula D Seattle Review

15
Aug
08

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun

I’ve always promised photoshoots to my friends here in Miami, most of the time I am genuine when I tell them I like what they have done with their cars, in this case I felt bad for these two losers and I was generous enough to give their cars some camera time. Just kidding. Max Artaza and Danny Mir are old friends of mine who have been involved in the sport compact scene for years. Their latest builds come in the form of Honda S2000 AP1’s that show off each of their own personal flavor with the parts they chose to include into their builds. Max’s Veilside S2000 is hella clean, simple, and to the point. The same with Danny’s car, sporting low offset wheels and flared fenders. Each of these cars have come a long way and I thought they both deserved a proper photo shoot.

I also wanted to try out some new ideas I’ve had for a while now that required two cars. This was my first attempt at a shot like this so please be gentle, I haven’t perfected it as yet. We started the day on the sand at the beach with Rachel Young and Lactose Novoa and then made our way to the park to take photos. Unfortunately, the weather was bleak and we didn’t have much time to shoot more photos. The good thing is I was able to snap some decent looking photos before the bad weather spoiled the day. Like I said this is my first attempt at a shot like this so please dont be too harsh.

14
Aug
08

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Destruction!

Here’s a bit of a science lesson for you, and since last Thursday, a lesson for me too. I’ve been playing roller hockey for about 14 years now, and I’ve been quite lucky as far as injuries go over the years. I had a damaged right knee about ten years ago that bothered me a bit but its since then healed and works fine for the most part. My right wrist suffered some minor ligament damage but nothing life threatening. That pretty much summed up my list of injuries until last week Thursday night when I experienced what it was like to tear my anterior cruciate ligament otherwise known as the ACL.

We had barely started the first period and we were up two goals already, one of which I scored with a sniper style wrister that beat Pirate high on his glove side while we were on a three on one. I should have known something was up if I am scoring on a wrist shot. There was a face off in our zone to the left of our goalie, the puck reached behind our net where I went to retrieve, when I was met by an opposing player who was after the same thing. After fighting for the puck, I fell trying to win the puck, while trying to get back up one of the players from the opposing team fell on my left leg. It was the loud popping and tearing noises that came from my knee that told me that I was in trouble. I had never felt pain like this before, also, in the back of my mind I knew that this was the only good knee I had left which I had now pretty much destroyed.

I remember hitting the ground screaming at the top of my lungs and looking back at my leg expecting it to be pointing the other way. By this time play had stopped and my team mates and the officials were standing around checking on me. There weren’t enough things for me to kick or punch the pain away, I can remember smashing my head (with my helmet on) into the concrete to try to reduce the pain that was coming from my knee. It was horrible. My team mates helped me off the court and it was then when I realized I had really done some damage, I couldn’t put any weight on my left leg. I was sure it was time to go to the hospital.I reached home and made the calls to my doctor who set up an appointment to see him in the morning, sitting in the emergency room for a non life threatening injury just wasn’t worth it at the time.

I stayed at Nurse Rachel’s house Thursday night staying mobile on a pair of crutches that were hidden in my garage since i was 13 that were way too small for me. Rachel chauffered me around Miami as we visited a handful of different doctors who sent me to all sorts of different places. I finally ended up in the office of Dr. Ismael Montane who sent me for an MRI scan which stands for magnetic resonance scan which has been around since the mid 80’s. An MRI scanner is a huge machine with a cylinder in the middle of it that sends radio waves 10,000 to 30,000 times stronger than the magnetic field of Earth through your body affecting the body’s atoms forcing the nuclei into a different position. As each of the atoms move, they make radio waves of their own, the MRI scanner picks up on these signals and a computer turns them into a .jpg! for your blog. Just kidding, Photoshop CS3 did the .jpg conversion.

So what does this all mean? Well to get right to the point, I’ve damaged my ACL and sprained my MCL. What the hell does that mean you ask? Well these are some of the same questions I asked myself so I took the liberty of doing some of my own research to get to the bottom of it all.

There are four ligaments that hold your knee together, now, apparently, I only have two that are in proper working order. The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), the Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), and the Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) make up the four main ligaments. The diagram below shows the exact location of each. I’ll save you the mess of scientific mumbo jumbo and explain to you the functions of only the ligaments that I have injured.

The ACL is one of the most important of the four ligaments in the knee, which makes it awesome since I have pretty much destroyed it. Ligaments are strong, dense structures made of connective tissue that stabilize a joint, connecting bone to bone across a joint. The function of the ACL is to provide stability to the knee and minimize stress to the knee joint, apparently what scientists don’t know is that it also reduces stress to my brain when it is in proper working condition because the stress to my brain at this point is ridiculous.

The MCL, another one of the quad ligaments that is crucial for knee stability, and another ligament that I have injured. The MCL stretches from the end of the femur to the top of the tibia on the inside of the knee joint, which prevents “opening up” of the knee.

Now, if you’ve read all of that, and learned something you are are in the same position I am in, just with two good knees. So what are my options? Well, starting next week Tuesday, the 19th of August, I will be starting my first session of Physical Therapy at Baptist Hospital. Hopefully, the PT will help me heal everything in my knee and I’ll be able to get back to playing hockey, and oh yeah, WALK again. My other option is surgery which would entail taking a tendon from a dead guy (cadaver) and replacing my damaged one with that, gross. But if it works, it works. For now, we’ll see how the PT goes and play it by ear.

Thats it for now, just wanted to fill you guys in on what has gone on so far, I will have more posts with my handicapped antics and what I am doing to speed up the healing process, for now check out these cool photos from my MRI, I really have no idea what I am looking at if you do, please email me and tell me what I have done! (fortune@warrenshimquee.com)

09
Aug
08

8-8-08 SOOOOO RUCKY!!

Despite my slanted eyes and my yellow skin, 25 years living in Miami, Florida has officially rendered me white washed, it’s true. I don’t speak any Chinese, although my mother does, and my Jamaican accent is embarrassing to say the least (please hold all of your bombaclaats). But I did learn how to count to ten in Chinese which has stuck with me over the years.

Usually, when I am on the road with Preston Li from http://www.urbanracer.com he always schools me on why I am Chinese. No, really, the guy is like an encyclopedia for Chinese people. One of his many lessons that he lectured me about was the superstition that Chinese people don’t like the number four because the Chinese word or four sounds just like the word for death. This is the complete opposite for the number eight as it sounds similar to the Chinese word for LUCKY.

This is so convenient for China. If you haven’t heard, they are hosting the Summer Olympic games this year in that crazy plastic building. Any idea on when the games started? You guessed it 8-8-08! The luckiest day of the year. The opening ceremonies were televised this evening on NBC and we were dazzled as expected. Some of the most elaborate choreography and stage set-ups I have ever seen! If you missed it, you might want to think about getting a TV, and while you are at it, get a cell phone too, get rid of that beeper.

Thats pretty much all I have to say about the China games, unless Preston schools me on something else about it. I’ll keep you guys posted!