“It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! Magazine,
Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine,
Hangin’ pictures on my wall,
Every Saturday Rap Attack, Mr. Magic, Marley Marl”
Growing up in Cork, access to Word Up! Magazine was likely slack, if even nonexistent. Salt-n-Pepa were the condiments you had in the middle of the table, and the closest we came to Heavy D was the suger laced, citric goodness of a bottle of Sunny D. While Mr. Smalls had his musical influences, I had automotive ones. I would spend hours, likely better spent studying for the Junior Cert or whatever, browsing car sites, soaking up knowledge of suspension mods, lap times and historic championships. The photos always drew me in further, telling the story in the most visual medium possible. I covered my walls in center fold pull outs of Escorts, Fiestas, Silvia’s and Corollas, and my computer hard drive was full of saved pictures of drifting, rallying, shows and builds. One of my daily check ins was always FreshFix.
It was almost a muscle memory at one point. Turn on Computer. Check Fresh Fix, Autolifers, OMGDrift, Speedhunters and RallyForums. Read every article that was new since the last visit. Save images. That was what I was into, but something I never envisioned becoming a part of. Later, I began to take a few pictures after buying a DSLR on a whim, I had really wanted to buy a Racing Wheel for the Playstation with the money from a first summer job. When Harvey Norman didn’t have the Logitech that I wanted, and me being 18 with the first real lump of self-earned cash, a reduced Nikon caught my eye and lit a bug. That camera would die a death at the hands of a spilled beer bottle in the middle of Worthersee in 2015 but taking pictures of cars had started to become something I enjoyed, even though looking back my Lightroom skills were ‘questionable’.
I’ve always been my own harshest critic, and truly the amount of times I’ve questioned everything about my own work is incredible in a way nobody ever knows, but over time I got gradually braver in how to share my photos. I started a Facebook page, not to promote myself, but rather as a thought to friends who I felt I was clogging their Facebook feed with silly racing images. Things grew slowly, mainly as I started to improve in areas and try new things with each passing opportunity. I went back to my old habits of reading websites and studying pictures. Find people that are top notch, study their photos and try and decipher just how the shot is captured.
In December 2016 I saw a post on FB. FreshFix was relaunching. It excited me as it was a returning part of what had got me into cars in the first place. In a moment of madness, I sent an awkward email to the site, simply introducing myself and asked if, yano, you’re really stuck, and its ok if you’re not, would you sorta be interested in a few of my photos on the site. It really was that bad. I’d sent a similar mail to another site around the same time and got no reply, so confidence was low. Twenty Four months later, a lot of articles, countless words (some clearly written with the occasional alcoholic enablement if truth be known) and god knows how many images, here we are.
Marty & Rob, the real FreshFix team, saw something in me that I never saw myself. I knew how to sorta photograph cars, and I could babble on verbally for days, but they helped so much in ironing out the two to become a less crinkled end product than before. The very first article on the revamped site bore my name and I was giddy with the excitement for days before the launch. Shot in an industrial estate in Galway, that Nissan shoot is still one of my fondest. As a behind the scene scoop, that was the second car shot that day, at a time when my productivity was really at a high point. I had actually never photographed a single car as a feature until a few months previously, when Maurice Malone coaxed me into a series he was working on for CompleteCar at the time. Maurice is a Journalistic tour-de-force, an incredible wordsmith (and now also quite annoyed with my praise!) who is at the top of the game right now in Ireland, and those Irish Icons articles were a huge launchpad. The Silvia was shot for that series, alongside a Lancia Delta Integrale the same day, but the Nissan became a FreshFix feature car instead.
The nature of my widespread interest in all things automotive hopefully came across in the articles shared, covering such a broad base that some sites have teams working on to cover. I gave you Rallying, from the WRC pinnacle to the grassroots local events, Drifting, Track Racing, Stance Shows and Motorcycle Road racing. Feature cars were 4WD, FWD and RWD. I enjoy just being around cars, and that what I always just wanted to share here on the site.
Over time, I became a sole contributor to the site. It felt like a personal blog, but I was determined to keep the site ticking over. The articles on these pages helped me get work out there on other sites and Magazines, but the regularity of maintaining the site just got too slack on my side due to work commitments.
At the end of December, the FreshFix.ie domain will cease and the great times we had on the site will filter off into cyber space, hopefully remembered fondly. Rob King is the man behind the incredibly good Trackdays.ie sessions in Mondello, and the growth they have seen over the last two years is testament to the great work being done. With Sell out notices on nearly every event this year, and the ever-expanding fleet of Trackdays vehicles in the pipeline, all looks good. Marty Moore always was, and always will be the real powerhouse behind FreshFix. A fantastic photographer and vlogger in his own right, Marty has become a dab hand at the online Sim Racing and has developed a number of guides on the subject through the really enjoyable Garage Life series.
As for myself, well I don’t really have anything planned. I’ll continue to photograph racing cars through the CianDon platform, and will have occasional articles appear on other sites, but as of now I have no regular outlet lined up for the new year. For the time we have left though, it’s time to celebrate the great time we’ve had over the past two years and I’d like to thank each and every one of you for the support.
If you are in anyway a car nut you’ll probably already know about Mighty Car Mods, RoadKill and the likes of Car Throttle etc. But if you keeping digging through Youtube you can find plenty of hidden gems. Here are our top 5 car channels to subscribe to on Youtube,
I came across his channel after he made a video of his crash at the Nurburgring when the fuel tank fell out of his Dc2 at high speed! If you are a track day nut who enjoys double clutching and some heel toe action then you will enjoy his videos. He cuts out all the rubbish you get in other car channel videos. He’s pretty good at explaining what he’s doing in his videos and can sometimes give you that kick up the arse to go work on your own car. He owns a k20 DC2 along with his 328 BMW that he uses to learn how to drift. You can find his car channel here
Ever fancied living in Japan? Well, you must follow this guy if you want to see what really goes on. He really shows off the culture in Japan and makes you extremely jealous of what goes on in his videos. He is consistently at the Ebisu circuit in his missile R32 skyline and Ae86. I’ve personally never been to Japan but he really gives you a taste of the culture. You can find his car channel here.
This is a weird one because I came across Monky London when googling Ek3 race cars at the time I was building my own EK3 race car. He had just bought one which he plans on putting a b18 engine into it. It turns out he’s a proper Hoonigan and is not afraid to let rip on the roads, he also does fantastic drift diaries in his “trusty soarer”. Along with his own cars, he does some car reviews. Just expect lots NOM NOMS and Duggits.
You can find his car channel here
Ever wanted to know what it’s really like to own a Supercar? Well, he shows you all the in’s and out’s of doing so. The first ever video I saw of him is when he owned a Skyline R32 GTR and showed the reactions of the Americans asking what it was because it was RHD. He also went to the main Nissan Dealer to get a service and well eh, I will let you watch it above. You can find his car channel here
Yep, you might be looking at the URL wondering what website you’re actually on. The page is still young in terms of fresh content but you can find plenty of my on boards from racing in the fiesta series to some car builds and motorsport diaries. So don’t miss out and subscribe to our youtube car channel here.
Am I right in saying I saw Freshfix before?
Yes, you are correct, Freshfix did live before way back in 2010 but let me fill you in what happened and why we went off the map for a short time.
Back in 2010 while in college the likes of Juiceboxforyou was the only real Irish blog showcasing the Irish scene. I was fascinated and wanted to start my own blog but try to focus on the VAG scene. At the time I was a member on Vagdrivers.net,I pitched my idea’s to its members and the name Freshfix was created. For a start, I didn’t have a clue how to create a blog,Thankfully my cousin came to the rescue and a basic site was built and created. A few weeks went by and I received an email from Paul Gallagher who was a graphic designer from Donegal and the “real” Freshfix was born.
Looking back now I didn’t have a clue what to do and what to post. We had a number of people who helped contribute to the site from the beginning to the….well eh resting period. We were trying to keep with the times of what was cool and also start some merchandise the facebook page was starting to grow and people started to talk about the site. Of course not everything said was positive but you have to take that when starting to voice your opinion on the interwebs.
I will happily admit now that when I was writing about an event or subject it was just me trying to be the next Juiceboxforyou or Paddy McGrath from Speedhunters, or say what the cool kids wanted to hear. It was a lesson learned and going forward I plan to make the adjustments required to improve the content. Another thing I also learned is that I cannot write for S**T ( you may have already noticed already from this post) but again it’s time to learn and improve.
I received a message from David Egan asking would we do something with his new drift team ( DealtWidth) along with WKD Imports. He liked the style of photography and we both had the same image in our head of where it was going to go. We did some work together but trying to cover a weekend for Freshfix along with a video for WKD & Dealtwidth was tough to do, with the work of the team we got it done but maybe not to the best of our ability. Sadly this didn’t continue on but was an experience nonetheless.
So how did it die?
College was finished and a career was pursued in the motor trade. The issue with that is I had to work 6 days a week along with wanting to start racing at Mondello Park. The exchange for racing was to sell off all of my camera equipment to fund the car,racing suit and trailer. At this point, all my focus went to racing.
Conor & Adam kept updating our facebook page but the domain expired and basically, everything was gone, all that was left was our 4000 likes on the facebook page. Hats off to the guys who helped out because no one received a penny from Freshfix, without them it simply would not be what it was or is going to be again.
Cool,so what can we look forward to?
Motorsport is still a massive focus of mine but along with the racing, I started to do some vlogs with a friend. It started off as a facebook page called JustForFun Motorsport and we documented the build of the cars and some weekends. Again this didn’t really work out but I thought of how can I combine this and Freshfix back together.Rob King advised me I should start it again and when I turned to the guys who helped me before they all agreed. With the help of Rob, I also designed parts of the website which is all new to me.
What’s going to be on the site?
The site will have 4 main compartments-Blog Posts,Vlogs,Image Gallery,Shop.The blog posts will be a combination or random ramblings along with features and event reviews. The vlog will mainly consist of motorsport diaries and possibly some car reviews. The image gallery can be your one stop shop if you were at a recent event and looking for a photo of your car. The shop will allow you buy the most recent Freshfix merchandise
I do hope you will tune back in and give us some feedback where possible. To celebrate our comeback we are giving away free lanyards. All you need to do is subscribe to us here