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Preview: A Quick Stop To Nojireal

Automotive, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports, One Shot

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A few weeks ago we stopped by Yusuke Nojima’s shop out in Ibaraki for a quick bit to take some photos of Noji’s newest project.  This particular car will be built with the intent to sell overseas.  While we were there though, I grabbed some shots of his iconic ‘Real Of The World’ build as well.  Stick around for a little inside look at NojiReal.

 

 

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Encounter: Studie AG/GSR – Veilside FD

Automotive, Encounter, Event, Japan

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Most certainly when one hears the name Studie AG, or Good Smile Racing, the first thing to come to mind is a BMW of sorts, possibly followed by images of vocaloid sensation Miku Hatsune.  I’d be willing to bet not many people think of Mazdas though; but in this case, we’ll have to make an exception.

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This remarkably unique car seen here is the brain child of Veilside Nagoya, and Studie AG, located in Yokohama.

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I’ll apologize in advance, but I can’t identify these wheels to save my life.  At first I thought they were the Andrew Racing Veilside models, but after a couple quick searches I determined they were not.  So, if you know please chime in. *edit* A couple viewers have identified them as Junction Produce Scaras.  Thanks guys!

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The sharp lines of the Veilside kit are akin to the older Group C race cars.  Really good looking kit.

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The Miku livery that GSR and Studie have made famous as an icon of racing looks right at home on the door panels of the FD.

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Hope you enjoy, and happy holidays!

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Encounter: Okamura-san’s Attack S13 – ガラージブリオ

Action, Automotive, Encounter, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports, Time Attack

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Here’s another attack enthusiast you don’t see too much of; Okamura-san’s S13.  Also a member of the Gokigenja family, this SR powered S13 coupe was built with the help of Hiteq Garage Brio – a shop based out of the Nagano area of Japan.

 

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The pieced together aero makes for a pretty aggressive stature.

 

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The plywood splitter is a testament to the grassroots of Evome.  It’s also reminds me of the one I had on my civic haha.

 

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Okamura-san managed a 1’00.673 attack time around TC2000, with sector times in the high 24’s and 11’s.  I hope to see him around next year.

 

 

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Encounter: ゴキゲンジャー Taro-san’s Attack GC8

Action, Automotive, Encounter, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports, Time Attack

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One contender in Time Attack not seen often is Taro-san’s GC8; hailing from the Gokigenja squad of cars and built in part by Fiber Garage.  A very unique chassis in a sport usually dominated by FD’s, S-chassis, EVO’s, and Skylines – but nothing to joke about at a top time of 57.299 around TC2000.

 

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Early morning circuit preparation involves lots of coffee.

 

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Heading out for the first set of runs…

 

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On to the attack.  Taro’s sector times are only tenths off those in the 56 second range – no doubt he will achieve it in 2014.

 

 

 

 

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Event: G-Edition Show – Fuji Speedway

Automotive, Event, Japan, JDM

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Well, I bet you didn’t expect to see coverage from the Stancenation G-Edition show on this site…and neither did I!  I know this coverage is more than late, but it’s been kind of a fun post for me to put together.  Attending this show was actually a nice surprise, and I got to see a lot of friends as a result; which, when it comes down to it, is the only thing that really matters to me.  We were a few miles away at the annual みんカラ Meeting earlier in the morning, and didn’t particularly plan on stopping by the Speedway, but I got a few messages from friends that were there, so we decided to stop by as we were very close.  It was great seeing a lot of the cars in person that we normally see on the internet on a regular basis.  Like Saito-san’s S14 above…

 

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…and others like Sasamoto-san’s Y33; which was on a set of Rezax that day.  Really like this car, especially the vinyl on the rear quarter panel.

 

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Sano-san was present and getting quite a bit of attention.  His FD seems to change every time I see it, and after talking with him for a few minutes, he definitely strikes me as the type of guy to always have new ideas.  His originality is insane!  He let us in on a few secrets in regards to a new engine soon…but I’m not allowed to disclose anything ^^

 

 

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Of all the cars in attendance that I was able to see, Masakazu-san’s SW20 was probably my favorite out of all.  For obvious reasons; this car is aligned with my tastes perfectly.  Thanks to Elvis for getting me in contact with him as well.

 

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Yasutaka-san’s USDM styled S2000.  If you follow Joey’s blog, The Chronicles, I’m sure you’re aware of who Yasutaka is and his association with Tactical Art.

 

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I had an opportunity to see him at Joey’s 5th year anniversary meet, but it was still nice catching up at Fuji.

 

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It was also neat to see Keisuke-san’s Scion that was adorned with a catalog of HKS parts.

 

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This guy must have just come from Las Vegas…

 

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Of course 326 Power had a strong presence.  They had a pretty cool booth set up with a whole bunch of different sedans on hand.

 

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These two Toyota’s from ‘Kandy Shine’ had matching glitter pink paint.  Hard to tell in the pictures, but it was actually very cool.  It also reminds me of a live performance of this song.

 

 

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This R32 has been gaining quite a bit of exposure lately.

 

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A R32 I’m sure you’re already aware of; you can’t get much lower than Naoki-san.

 

 

 

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This RPS13 looked pretty track ready with the decent amount of aero it had on.

 

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Awhile back I made a small post on a couple of the Garage Mak cars that were in attendance.  You can check it out here.

 

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The LEVEL guys had a large showing with all their S2000’s.  I remember sending a LINE message to Vincent while I was here as he’s friends with a few members.  You can check Vincent’s S2000 out in the newest Import Tuner!

 

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Even outside the show there were some really cool cars to check out.  I really liked this hatch on TE37V’s.  Very simple, very clean.

 

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Even though it was missing some flares in the rear, I was completely in love with this car.  I wish I had some more time to wait around for the owner…

 

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This Gloria was sitting all by itself on a nice set of SSR SP1’s, so I had to take advantage.  Fuji’s lots make for some cool backdrops.

 

Well, hope you enjoyed what little coverage I had.  Maybe you saw something you haven’t yet, maybe you didn’t – but if you want to see more, there are plenty of sites with great coverage.

 

 

 

 

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Encounter: Muraki Tatsuhiko FD – The Dark Horse

Action, Automotive, Encounter, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports, Time Attack

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Tatsuhiko’s all black FD sure made a presence at Tsukuba on this cold Sunday morning.  A menacing profile that was backed up by sub one minute lap times around TC2000.  The buddy club QF’s look amazing on the front set of wheels.

 

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While the TE37’s take care of the rear tires.

 

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This FD strikes a good balance between all out track car, and a street car.  I really like the canard and splitter set up.

 

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59.365 hot lap

 

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Hope you’re enjoying these small highlights of some of the lesser known individuals in the time attack scene.  Lot’s more to come!