Category: Encounter

Encounter: COCKPIT T Four built Nissan S15

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COCKPIT is a huge company known for more than just aftermarket builds.  This particular S15 was built by the COCKPIT shop in Tatebayashi, located in the Gunma prefecture of Japan.  Any Initial D fans out there? Anyway, this shop is split up into a few ‘divisions’ for a lack of better terms.  Each of these divisions concentrate on one particular aspect of vehicle modification.  I had to kick off the TAS 2012 coverage with a little Encounter with this machine; there are so many things about it that I like that I had to highlight it outside of the regular coverage.  Click past the break for more.  Let’s go!

Encounter: Omori Factory Spec R32

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I got such a good response from the Omori Factory built R34, that I thought I wouldn’t waste any time in posting up their S-Tune R32 build as well.  The concept of the S-Tune R32 is to remain a street car.  As a result, the body style has remained relatively unchanged.  To obtain maximum street-able performance that does not exceed the chassis’s strength is an important key in Japanese motor sports.  Thanks to our partner site JDM Clips for snagging these shots at Nismo Festival.  JDM Clips is one of the most watched channels Japanese motor sports on YouTube with loads of awesome content.  Be sure to click the link on the sidebar to check it out.  Click past the break to see more.

Encounter: Stance Lab x Memory Fab E-Class Mercedes

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I don’t get the chance to attend many car shows here because my work has me busy on weekends quite often, but every once in awhile I can sneak away and can attend.  Honestly, I don’t even like car shows that much, I prefer motor sport events, but I’m glad I got the chance to go to AutoCon this year because there were a number of great builds I’ve been missing out on.  Over the past couple years, the US has really stepped up in regards to build quality compared to Japan.  This car really has nothing to do with Japan, or racing for that matter, but for some reason I couldn’t stop looking at it.  Whether it was the Carlsson body kit, the prototype AirRex air-suspension, or the custom, stepped lip BBS from Memory Fab; it doesn’t really matter because the end product is beautiful.  Click past the break for more on this build.

Encounter: Omori Factory Clubman Spec R34

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Nismo; the name itself inspires thoughts of Nissan specific performance builds.  The list of performance related OEM divisions is long, but none are quite as powerful as the relationship between Nismo and Nissan.  With that said, the name Omori often goes unnoticed.  Omori is where Nismo is headquarted…well, was anyway; I believe it is moving to Yokohama.  Regardless, Omori Factory has been the birth-site of many NISMO creations.  Including the elusive Clubman Spec R34 you see here.  Click past the break to see more of the elusiveness…

Encounter: Lexus LFA @ 2011 LA Auto Show

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With the hype surrounding Lexus’ LFA slowly dying out, it’s easy to forget just how bad ass this car really is.  I was happy to run into the 2012 model at the LA Auto Show last week, so I decided to put up this shot and an accompanying spec sheet with all the little details about the car we all drool over.  Click past the break for the breakdown that will melt your face off…

Encounter: Auto Gallery Yokohama R32

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This past weekend at Fuji Speedway, GT-R Magazine held ‘R’s Meeting 2011’, a giant gathering of Skyline owners and their cars.  This event seems to be extremely similar to the Skyline Festival; which was sponsored by Nissan.   Exhibitions and ride-alongs were given throughout the day from the various tuners that attended.  One car that I will always be happy to see, and will eventually get to photograph one day, is the Auto Gallery Yokohama R32.  This has always been my favorite Skyline build and I’m excited to share some photos with you – compliments of JDM Clips.  Click past the break for a few quick snaps.

Encounter: Drift Prepped IS300

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I flew up to San Francisco on Tuesday to visit with a few friends and visit for a few days.  I hadn’t been back to Nor-Cal for years now, and it was nice to get back to my roots.  On the way back to the airport, just before the 101, I saw this IS come rolling up next to us, so I grabbed the cam real quick and snapped some shitty pics of it.  Turned out to be Joe McGuigan’s ProAm built Altezza.  I thought it was a pretty cool catch.  Click past the break for more.

Encounter: Mugen RR @ FSW

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I know I haven’t been updating the site as much as I should;  I’ve been busy with real life.  All that aside, I received a nice surprise in my email yesterday morning by the way of some new photos from Japan.  Taka sent more coverage of the Mugen Circuit Challenge my way, but this time it took place at Fuji Speedway.  One of the cars that caught my eye was this Mugen RR.  Only 300 of these were produced, and they would run you close to $40,000 if you wanted one.  For that though, you get one hell of a weekend track car; compliments to the host of finely tuned Mugen products on board.  Click past the break to see it in action.

Encounter: JGTC Xanavi 350Z

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A long time ago I was visiting Ginza, and happened upon the Nissan Gallery.  You can tell this was awhile back because the JGTC doesn’t exist anymore.  Replaced by Super GT, the series is no longer overseen by JAF, but solely by the FIA.  Upon the arrival of the 350Z, the R34 GT was retired in the class.  This was Nissan’s 2006 (?) entry car.  The gallery was closed, so I couldn’t get a tour inside.  Maybe next time.

Encounter: S30 Kannai


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We were walking back to our hotel after a decent dinner at a place in 伊勢佐木町 when I saw this old Datsun parked on the street.  Of course the lighting and weather conditions were horrible for pictures, but since I didn’t get much material on this trip I decided to snap a few anyway.  It had some pretty classic styling; such as the exposed rivets on the fender flares and rear wing.  The gold Watanabes were a nice touch against the white and black color scheme.  Click past the break to see a few more shots.

Encounter: Shibuya Vitz

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So I’ve returned!  It seemed like such a short trip, and honestly, I didn’t get as much material as I would have liked.  On a side note though, my friend is on his way over the Pacific as we speak, and has promised to send some Encounter shots.  The first day after we arrived, we took a short trip to Tokyo and as we were walking around Shibuya looking for some good grub, I caught this little RS shooting by.  I’m not too educated in Kei cars, but they are still a very big scene in Japan.  The super-compact Toyota Vitz is popular among Kei Tuners.

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