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Close-Up: Shaft Auto Service ER34 – Class 1 Heavyweight

Shaft Auto Service, a small outfit in Hachioji that specializes in four door Skylines.  Foremost a car dealership that holds inventory in a wide variety of Skylines, the owner,  Shibuya Taro, offers many ancillary services ranging in everything from fiberglass work, to engine tuning.  Usually a company that stays off the grid, you’d easily recognize their work with the D1 Blitz R34 that Nomuken drives; as Taro-san has a very good relationship with Blitz.  This year they decided to try their hand with a certain take on Time Attack; in steps the Shaft ER34.

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Event: Super Lap Battle 2015

This past Thursday, Global Time Attack, in conjunction with Super Street, held the Super Lap Battle event at Buttonwillow Raceway Park.  SLB is the last event of the GTA series and as usual, the most looked forward to of the season.  Teams from all over North American arrived with hopes of breaking records and clinching titles.  This was the first time I’ve attended SLB in quite some time, and it was interesting to compare it to the events I’ve been going to both here and in Japan.  SLB is a two day event, and it’s much more expensive than your run-of-the-mill track event, so you know that those competing are putting everything they have to be on top; not to mention the cost of those traveling across country.  It all makes for a very vibrant feeling around the pits and on track.

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Event: The Chronicles Year 7

This past Saturday, Joey from The Chronicles held his annual meet at the Eibach Facility in Corona, CA. 2015 marked the 7th year of the website, and hundreds of people came out to show their appreciation for Joey’s work. I was headed up North that weekend, but came to Corona a bit early to say hi to everyone before I left. A lot of friends from Japan attend as they are in town for SEMA which is going on this week. I was able to get some coverage before I left around 1.

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Site News: Poly-Tech Outerwear Pre-Order

I’m excited to announce the release of NDF’s first outerwear garment.  I spent a long time looking into what would be a more unique offering than just a regular cotton, hooded sweatshirt.  I wanted something practical, something with a styled, motorsport feel, and ultimately something that would keep you warm (especially those cold winter mornings in Japan)!  So it is with great satisfaction that I present to you the Dogfight Poly-Tech Sweatshirt.