Site News: 明けましておめでとうございます | Happy New Year!

Japan, Site News

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As the final sunset passes, I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for your continued support throughout 2012.  NDF wouldn’t be what it is today without the backing of our friends and fans.  I look forward to what 2013 holds for us all and I wish a Happy New Year to all the dog fighters around the world.  I hope your new year is filled with good memories, many new friends, Japanese car parts and lots of motor sport.

Cheers,

Sean

One Shot: アキバ EVO cruise

Automotive, Japan, One Shot

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I had to make a quick run to Akihabara one afternoon (I say ‘had’ because I don’t particularly enjoy going there) to pick up something from ヨドバシカメラ, a.k.a  12 story Mega brain hemorrhage electronic/everything store, for a friend back home.  One good thing about walking through the city though is that you get a chance to get shots like this.  I like seeing tuned cars on Japan’s city streets; it’s such an unusual backdrop for a subject that looks more fitting on circuit rather than waiting at a red light.  I caught this mildly tuned EVO9 making a left as I was walking back to the station.

 

 

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Close-Up: オミオさんのlowdownスカイラインHCR32

Automotive, Close-Up, Japan

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Looking back at the pictures from Nao’s 90’s Cafe Meet at Heiwajima PA, I’m realizing that the turnout was quite good; better than I had anticipated actually.  Throughout the night, various cars from the 90’s era came and went, made greetings and introductions, made small talk over coffee and cigarettes, and left to go enjoy the rest of the evening.  Of the many cars that turned out, this HCR32 was one of my favorite.  The car belongs to Omio-san, and I’m thankful he happily obliged to stage it for me to take a couple photos.  The parking spaces are quite narrow, so you really can’t get any good shots without moving the cars around.

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The first thing you’ll likely notice about this coupe is how incredibly clean it is; literally it is very clean, as in not dirty.  Even the inside of the wheels were spotless.  The sleek profile is achieved thanks to a set of modified ZEAL N1 dampers.  Assisting in the steering are a set of GP Sports tie rods, and ends up front.

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The AVS Model T5’s do a mediocre job of hiding the Nismo brake setup in front, but a great job of looking good.  This wheel is a nice change up from the Model 5’s we see quite often.

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The LED lighting on this car matches the sharp exterior.

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Many thanks to Omio-san for positioning the car and allowing me to take a couple shots!  I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at 90’s Cafe again in a couple months!  Hope you enjoyed this unique R32, and have a great holiday ~

One Shot: Power Vehicles マークII [JZX100]

Automotive, Drifting, Japan, Motor Sports, One Shot

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Andy from Power Vehicles Ebisu running at Nikko for D1SL.  I really like the livery on his cars ~

Encounter: Attractiveスタイル

Action, Automotive, Drifting, Japan, JDM

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Team FUNKY with Attractive PS13 showcasing D-Max style at Nikko.  Driven by Mr. クサバ ユウスケ with high spirit.

 

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I have a lot of content I never posted from this event, so I think I’ll start overloading it.  Can’t wait to get back ~ cheers!

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Encounter: Team M/M/M & ACTION 180SX

Automotive, Drifting, Encounter, Japan, JDM, Motor Sports

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I was first introduced to this car last time I was at Nikko Circuit for D1SL.  The driver, Mitsuru Murakami, is a SEED driver for the Street Legal series; unfortunately, he had some mechanical problems early on and I never got to see it on track.  The car was built in conjunction with Total Car Produce MMM and ACTION/ SPM.  The SR under the bonnet is powered by a GT3037S turbine to the tune of 420ps – plenty of power to throw around on the Federals.

 

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When I arrived they were pushing it back into the garage area to start working on it.  This car has so much soul it’s unreal; top level for sure.

 

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Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see it next year.  I posted a few of these up on the fan page awhile back and they got pretty good responses, so I thought I’d post it up and give you a little more information on the car.  Hope you enjoy ~

 

 

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Garage Life: Repair, Replace and Pretend

Automotive, Garage Life

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A few weeks ago Teddy blew a coolant hose on his drive home from work.  With the 240 being his daily, this seemingly simple issue was one that needed to be addressed quickly.  So back at his shop, some of the norush guys helped remove the manifold to get to the hose, and provided company.  It turned out taking longer than normal because we’re all a bunch of retards according to Teddy.  Looking back on these pictures though, brings into clearer focus something that was already apparent to me; I (we), like to pretend.

 

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I have been graced with the ability to travel to Japan often, and spend a good portion of my time there.  It’s true though, that we (I) can’t be there all the time.  When I’m not, I think (we) do a pretty good job of pretending otherwise.  At first glance, if you didn’t know any better, you’d think that you were looking at a little shop based just outside of Chiba, and not Southern California.  I’d like to think we’re bringing the real culture of Japanese motor sport to the US in this way.  This is our way of escaping the trends, escaping the keyboard warriors, escaping the soul-less, to escape opinion and wait for the sun to go down; this is garage life.  /my random thoughts ~