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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feature: Art Engine’s Hideto Sakamoto – JZX90 Cresta

Action, Automotive, Drifting, Feature, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports

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Our first run in with Art Engine was quite awhile back at Tsukuba Circuit during an open track event.  Which, after this post, will give you an idea of how versatile Art Engine is.  The company, based in Chiba, while not very well known outside of Japan, has it’s hand in quite a few projects.  While last time, the owner Tobashiya was running his FD at Tsukuba, this time, at Mobara, we meet a different member of the Art Engine family; Hideto Sakamoto.  On top of being a family man with two kids, an insane driver, and a great mechanic, Hideto is also a very nice and funny guy.  Always great to meet people who are down to have a little fun too…

 

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Sakamoto is a technician at Art Engine, and the driver of this Cresta you see here.  Adorned in Art Engine’s signature livery, it’s difficult to mistake it for any other car.

 

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Hippo Sleek aero, and Work Emotion CR-KAI wheels make up the majority of exterior aesthetics and are splashed in the unmistakable lime green and white two tone.

 

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This car isn’t just looks though; and Sakamoto isn’t just a technician…this guy can drive.

 

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Of all the drivers at Mobara that day, he was the most consistent.  Great speed, great angle, no mistakes.  Each turn on the circuit was his to control.

 

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Largely in part to driving skill, and a little help from…

 

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…the 2JZ under the hood providing plenty of power to spin the rear wheels.  Of course, all the work done in house at Art Engine.

 

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We caught up with Sakamoto at the end of the day and he seemed pretty pleased with the performance of the car.  I was pretty glad I got to see another Art Engine car, as well as meet another one of their staff.  Always nice to expand the network.

 

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While not in his signature Ray Bans, this shot still came out cool.  This is the fun I was referring to in the opening paragraph – I know this was a little embarrassing for him; I thought it had an old Option vibe to it – すごいね (笑)!

Thanks again and hope to see you soon! サカモトさん –> また、お会い出来るのを楽しみにしています。

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Shot: RE 雨宮ドラえもんRX7

Automotive, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports, One Shot, Time Attack

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Aoki’s Doraemon themed, RE equipped FD.

 

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Feature: Misa-Chan R-Magic FD3S “Blacky”

Automotive, Feature, Japan, JDM

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Meet Misa.  Misa was showing her car at the Minkara Meeting and after discussing it a bit with her, I knew I had to make a post on it.  I’m not sure what everyone will think about this, but I absolutely love it.

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At first glance, although pretty amazing, it may seem like (I say this in the nicest way) just another Japanese FD.  V-mount, full R-Magic aero, carbon bits every where, fancy wheels, etc., etc. Even if that was the case, it wouldn’t be a bad thing; but it’s not as you will shortly find out.

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19″ Gram Light 57 Accelerate Pros in titanium finish wrapped in Advans take care of the four corners. This is a 2-Piece forged wheel that you don’t see too often.

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But all of this still isn’t the reason I liked this car so much.  If you take a look at this R Magic decal, you’ll start to get an idea though.

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Misa covered pretty much every part of the car should could in rhinestones.  Door handles, interior pieces, headlight shrouds, decals, even the end plates on her canards; all were covered in rhinestones.  I have no idea why, but I find that extremely cool.

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Check out the little titanium rotary design in the headlight.

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The interior matches the exterior quite well…in the fact that it’s also covered in rhinestone.  Check out the Power FC Controller…awesome detail!

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Her son gets shotgun – lucky kid!

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Extraordinary!  Even has a backup camera in one of the license plate bolts.  I love seeing original ideas like this executed so well.  Great work!

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Site News: NDF Shop – Team Spec V2 in stock

Site News

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I told everyone who emailed me regarding decals I would announce when we had more available, and while we’re still waiting on a couple designs to be restocked, we did just get another order of Team Specs in.  Check out the new store front here or from the link on the site up top.  Thanks for the support!