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Event: Super GT Official Test Day at Motegi

Action, Automotive, Event, Japan, Motor Sports

A few weeks ago Super GT held the final official test day for the 2012 season.  The venue; Twin Ring Motegi.  While the majority of the teams set out to gather data for the upcoming 2013 season, there were a handful of championship contenders who were out testing with weight handicaps to simulate conditions of the final two races; Autopolis and Motegi.  JDM Clips was on hand to get some coverage of the first of two test days.  During the last race in Kyushu, the S-Road Mola team has clenched the 2012 GT500 team championship in an impressive last lap victory.

 

Epson HVS-010 rounding the lightly banked course.

 

 

The Hankook Porsche leaving the pits.  This team currently sits in first place in the GT300 class, but just 7 points ahead of the A Speed team.

 

 

Despite the rain during the first half of the session, it ended up being a great day for racing.

 

 

Raybrig HSV; I love the livery on this car.

 

 

While we’re on the subject, I may as well post the 3rd HSV in GT500 – the Weider team.

 

The #61 BRZ of the R&D Sport team – drivers Tetsuya Yamano and Kouta Sasaki currently sit 13th in the driver championship.  I’m guessing this team was focusing on their upcoming 2013 season during testing.

 

 

The JLOC Lambo piloted by Orido heading to the track.  I’m convinced that these guys are among the coolest people ever.

 

 

Another European car among the GT300 field; the GAINER Audi R8.  The team is currently in 4th place, although they are 16 points behind the 3rd place team.

 

 

Pit work on the Aguri teams ride.  I like the seating driver position on this car.

 

 

My favorite GT500 team; Lexus Team Zent Cerumo, still has a good chance of snagging the 2nd place crown for 2012.

 

 

Back in the garage area…

 

 

 

The Team Mugen GT300 CR-Z racked up an impressive 24 points in it’s shortened season.  I look forward to seeing what this car and team is capable of in 2013.

 

Autech GTR rear section.

 

Taniguchi was on hand to impress all the ladies.

 

 

HSV enemies.

 

Boxer on life support.

 

 

The 4th GT500 team that utilizes the HSV – Autobacs Aguri.  To say that this team struggled in 2012 would be an understatement.  All the best to them in 2013.  Looking forward to the final race and standings for 2012.  Thanks again to JDM Clips for the great shots.

Event: AutoCon 2012 – Los Angeles V.3

Automotive, Event, JDM

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I’m going to try and roll everything else I have left into a third and final, massive leftovers post of AutoCon 2012.  I can only imagine how cool it will be – especially since I’m kicking it off with this fantastic coupe on Panasport G7s.  As far as the timeline goes, it’s still pretty early in the day, and definitely still in the morning.  The show opened to the public at about 12 o’clock, and that’s just around the time I said that I’ve had enough.  I was fortunate to have a good jump on the show without too much foot traffic, so I really got a good look at the lot in it’s entirety before the gates opened.  The lot was so big though, that I think even if I hadn’t I’d still be able to get some good shots.  Recapping the show, I must say the entire roll-in process and media handling was a gigantic improvement over last year.  Thanks to the AutoCon staff for another good show and I look forward to seeing this event gain in popularity over the next few years.  Take a look past the break for a grip of pics that wrap up my coverage.

Event: AutoCon 2012 – Los Angeles V.2

Automotive, Event, JDM

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Man, I’ve been traveling a lot lately.  I think I’ve flown about 3,000 miles in the past 3 days.  Not normal, but I’ve been really busy at work recently.  That’s probably the main reason that my coverage is so slow to come out – which I apologize for.  I think just about all the other blogs have all but finished posting pics, but I’m lagging.  I suppose that’s one of the side effects of doing this all on my own; I don’t have as much time as most people (running an airline is quite time consuming -_-;).  With that said, let me quit wasting your time and let’s power through the rest of these photos.  I’ll be making one more post after this and I’ll try to get the all edited and ready for upload in the morning.  After 3 back to back 4am mornings, I have a feeling I’m going to be sleeping in tomorrow.  I’ll start off round 2 with a few shots of this familiar Kouki S14 on Mag Blue Nismo LMGT-4’s – super clean build.  Click past the break for more AutoCon 2012.

Event: Wekfest LA 2012 – Long Beach, California V.4

Automotive, Event, JDM

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It’s almost been a week since Wekfest LA, and I’ve just about wrapped up all my coverage.  I’m going to try and squeeze everything I’ve got into this final post – so it’s going to be massive.  I went ballistic on this one so, by far, you’ll see the most diversity in cars throughout this post.  I’ve also included another slideshow gallery at the bottom for the masses.  Hope you see your car!  Also, if you want some special VIP only coverage of the show, check out our friends down under at Street-Cover.  I supplied them with a few shots to help spread the Wek love over in Australia.  You should probably check the site out anyway because it’s pretty rad.  Again, special thanks goes out to all those at Weksos Industries involved in organizing such a massive tour, as well as the city of Long Beach for being cooperative.  Let’s just jump right into the coverage.  You know the drill – click the break for more.

Event: Super GT Round 2 – Throwdown at Fuji Speedway v.3

Action, Automotive, Event, Japan

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In two weeks the Super GT teams will make their way over to Malaysia for the third Round of the series that takes place at Sepang International Circuit.  So, that means I have two more weeks to show you coverage of the Fuji race!  Just kidding; I have a few more shots of the race left, so I’ll throw them into this post.  I also have some cool shots from qualifying that I’ll sprinkle around throughout the rest of the week.  Judging by the traffic, it seems like you guys are enjoying this series.  It’s really a unique race with some awesome cars – for me it was really enjoyable to watch, photograph, and now share.  Hope you are enjoying it – click past the break for more .

Event: Super GT Round 2 – Throwdown At Fuji Speedway v.2

Action, Automotive, Event, Japan, Motor Sports

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We continue the coverage of Super GT Round 2 from about the middle of the race.  By now I had wandered myself around the better half of the track and started making my way back to the paddock area to get something to eat.  While doing so, I managed to miss the massive crash of the Art Taste Porsche driven by Tim Bergmeister that ended up sending him to the hospital.  I’m not sure if he had a puncture in one of his tires that threw him off, or if it was a driver error, but the accident was pretty horrific.  This delayed the race for a good 30 minutes while they cleaned up and got the car off-track.  It didn’t take long though for the GT cars to start up at full throttle again.  Click past the break to check out more racing action from Fuji Speedway.

Locale: Cobb Tuning Socal – Shop Tour

Automotive, Locale, Motor Sports

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After two straight weeks of work, I finally managed to squeeze in a much needed day off.  This past Wednesday I had plans to shoot my friends Z32 but, due to a scheduling conflict, had to cancel.  Not being one to waste a day off, I sat down and thought of some other things to shoot for the website.  I had remembered someone telling me last month that COBB Tuning had opened a new facility in Southern California; I had also remembered reading about an open house for their grand opening.  Well, after I had looked into it, I realized their grand opening had already past on the 22nd.  No big deal, I figured I’d go ahead and stop by because I had plans on going that direction anyway – and I’m glad that I did.  The brand new, 10,000 square foot facility that COBB Tuning inhabits is extremely nice.  Upon my arrival I introduced myself to Ronnie, one of the cool dudes in charge of sales & marketing, and they gladly showed me around the facility.  Check out more past the break.