Preview: A Quick Stop To Nojireal

Automotive, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports, One Shot



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.




Encounter: Studie AG/GSR – Veilside FD

Automotive, Encounter, Event, Japan

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.


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


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!


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


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.


Hope you enjoy, and happy holidays!


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

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



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.




The pieced together aero makes for a pretty aggressive stature.




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.




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.




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

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



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.




Early morning circuit preparation involves lots of coffee.




Heading out for the first set of runs…




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.






Event: G-Edition Show – Fuji Speedway

Automotive, Event, Japan, JDM

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…




…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.


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 ^^





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.






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.




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


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




This guy must have just come from Las Vegas…




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.






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.





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




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






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




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.




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!




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.




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…




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.






Encounter: Muraki Tatsuhiko FD – The Dark Horse

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



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.




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




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




59.365 hot lap




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